Potential business majors have no shortage of undergraduate degree to choose from. Because so many schools offer bachelor’s degrees in business, researching properly accredited schools can help narrow the field, especially since there are numerous online business degrees to choose from.
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At the undergraduate level, there are two entities that grant recognized accreditation status to business programs. Any program accredited by one of these groups has been vetted for its academic integrity and the quality of its faculty.
Many students choose a business degree precisely for its versatility; a graduate of a good four-year business degree program is prepared to enter the workforce competitively or to continue on to graduate study. While the careers of business majors can vary widely, some of the most common outcomes are listed below.
|Job Title||National Employment||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Wage|
|Market Research Analyst||392,740||$32.39||$67,380|
|Human Resources Manager||98,020||$52.69||$109,590|
Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.
The most common undergraduate business degree is a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, or BSBA. Many online schools meet accreditation standards and offer worthy BSBA programs that can be scheduled around work or other time commitments.
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida / Online
The Heavener School of Business at U. Florida offers a BSBA program that can be earned wholly online. The four-year program focuses on disciplines such as economics, statistics, finance and management; the online program is designed to accommodate working students. U. Florida is ranked in the top fifty Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report.
Nationwide / Online
Walden University was one of the first online-only players in the education market, formed in the early 1970s to accommodate working students. Walden’s BSBA program is accredited by the ACBSP. Available concentrations within this program include accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, and small business management, among others.
Colorado State University Global Campus
Pueblo, Colorado / Online
Affiliated with the traditional, campus-based Colorado State University system, the Global Campus offers several business degrees that can be earned entirely online. Online students may earn B.S. degrees in multiple disciplines, including Accounting, Business Management, Marketing, Project Management, or Organizational Leadership. Colorado State differs from many schools in its business offerings for undergrads; the variety of AACSB-accredited degree programs creates more opportunity for specialization than in a typical BSBA.
Business schools have been around since the early 1800s, and traditional campus-based schools have no lack of degree options for undergraduate business majors. Bloomberg Businessweek, an industry publication, annually ranks the nation’s business schools based on tuition, enrollment, educational quality and alumni achievement. Bloomberg favored these top three schools in its 2012 rankings.
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana
Several undergraduate business majors are available in this private Catholic college located in northwest Indiana. Students may choose from degree programs in accounting, finance, marketing and management; management students may further concentrate their studies in consulting, entrepreneurship or information technology management. Independent research is encouraged, as is study abroad.
University of Virginia
U. Virginia’s business students earn undergraduate degrees through the McIntire School of Commerce. Students in this program benefit from a curriculum that integrates real-world skills into the classroom; corporate sponsors motivate students and provide early networking opportunities. Studying markets abroad is encouraged.
Ithaca, New York
Cornell has a stellar reputation among employers, and recruiters from the biggest names in business regularly visit the campus. Business degrees at Cornell are offered through the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Business students have unique internship and summer job opportunities, and can take advantage of Cornell’s proximity to New York City.