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Should I Earn a Bachelor Degree?

Bachelor Degree Overview

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A bachelor degree is a postsecondary (or undergraduate) degree awarded to students who have completed a bachelor degree program. Most bachelor degrees can be earned within four years, though there are some accelerated programs that can be completed in as little as three years. Students who have already earned an associate degree may be able to complete the additional credits needed to earn a bachelor degree in two years of less. Bachelor degrees are popular degrees amonng business students.

Where to Earn a Bachelor Degree in Business
A bachelor degree in business can be earned from almost any four-year college and university. The degree can be earned online or through an on-campus program. Although every business program is different, most schools require that students complete approximately 40 courses or 120 credit hours.

Reasons to Earn a Bachelor Degree in Business
There are many different reasons to consider earning a bachelor degree in a business field. To start, this education track can lead to a better job and a higher salary. Business professionals who hold a bachelor degree tend to earn much more ($1 million on average) over a lifetime than people with a high school diploma. Earning a bachelor degree in a business-related field is also the first step for students who want to go on to earn an MBA or another advanced degree. Other reasons to consider earning a bachelor degree:
  • A bachelor degree is the most common degree awarded by colleges and universities. Students should have no problem finding a business program that meets their needs or career goals.
  • A bachelor degree is required for most jobs in the business field. Students who complete a program will have the occupational training needed to secure a job after graduation.
  • Employers often hire bachelor degree holders over applicants who have an associate degree or a high school diploma.
  • Students who enroll in a bachelor degree program can choose a major and received specialized education that will help them on the job after graduation.
  • Students who have taken AP classes in high school or college can earn a bachelor degree in as little as three years. Those who already have an associate degree can usually transfer and apply up to 60 credits toward a bachelor degree.
Associate Degrees vs. Bachelor Degrees
Choosing between an associate degree and a bachelor degree can be difficult. Associate degrees are often the more attractive option because they can be earned in less time (usually two years). It is also much cheaper to earn an associate degree than it is to earn a bachelor degree.

Of course, there are drawbacks to choosing a two-year degree in business over a four-year degree in business. An associate degree program offers a general education. Bachelor degree programs, on the other hand, provide students with the opportunity to choose a major and receive a highly-specialized education. This is very important for people who want to work in specialized business fields, such as financial management, accounting, operations management, human resources, or marketing.

Choosing a Bachelor Degree Program
Finding the right bachelor degree program can be a challenge. There are thousands of schools and degree programs to choose from in the U.S. alone. Some of the things that should be considered when choosing a bachelor degree program include:
  • Accreditation
  • Cost
  • Curriculum
  • Faculty Reputation
  • Program Reputation
  • Student:Faculty Ratio
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Career Services
Explore This Topic Further
  • Bachelors Degree - Visit BachelorsDegree.org to learn more about how bachelor degree programs work and the different types of bachelor degrees that are available.
  • Online Bachelors Degree - Visit Jamie's Distance Learning site on About.com to learn more about earning a bachelor degree online.
  • Business School Directory - Visit the Business School Directory to find bachelor degree programs in the United States.

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