The Advantages of the Online Business Management DegreeOf all the opportunities offered by online education, one of the most popular – and with good reason – is the business management degree. There are three broad reasons for this: excellent schools are offering this option, there is an endless variety and design of programs available, and the flexibility is there to progress as quickly or as slowly as a student’s changing work and life circumstances will permit.The first reason is straightforward. There should be no issue at all with finding an accredited online school. Whether your choice is a heavily promoted for-profit, like the University of Phoenix or Western International or a Big Ten or even Ivy League school, all are recognizable names that will carry weight on a resume. In most cases, there is no distinction made between a degrees earned mostly or entirely online vs. one earned in the traditional classroom setting.The second advantage, that of program design, is in my mind the most powerful. For example, if you have completed an undergraduate degree in almost any field, an MBA or MMA from an accredited online school will help you continue to progress in your career. There are many of the same networking opportunities available for you virtually as there are in a traditional academic setting. In fact, I’d argue that there are even more, as you interact in a way that makes it easier to keep in touch after class to begin with (through email, web conferences, and other modern media). You will also have a much broader-basically global-talent pool to learn from and to network with than with a school with a very limited geographic scope. The main issue in selecting a school is to get past the enormous number of ads clogging the internet to find the right school. You might want to start by contacting a school respected in your field and asking about their online program directly, as opposed to trying to find school through an internet search.An online business degree will allow you to get the very latest thinking and trends. Courses are typically delivered by professionals and experts in their field with a keen eye to what really happens in the marketplace. In my experience in teaching online, the cycle time from the ‘field’ (the marketplace) to the classroom is much more rapid than that of the traditional school. For example, when I taught an Internet Marketing class, I constructed a virtual product and let the class do dynamic, real-time market testing of promotional approaches. I can’t see that happening in any other classroom setting.The final advantage to an online business degree is the flexibility. If you are a busy mid-career professional, meetings and travel are probably part of your frequent routine. With an online class, due to the asynchronous environment, you can attend and work anytime. Even if travel isn’t an issue, your life schedule can be much more easily dealt with than in a traditional setting. I’ll give you an example: I’m typing this in the very early morning, when it is quiet and I can concentrate. The only distraction I have is a brewing coffee pot and the snores of my faithful dog, Champ (also a dedicated online learner). I don’t have to wait all day for a prearranged time to work or attend class and neither does someone getting an online business degree.So, when you consider the three main advantages of the online business degree: the excellent reputation of schools offering the degrees, the unique and specialized program offered, and the flexibility to attend as you can, the online business degree becomes an easy choice. The incredible continued expansion of these programs in our colleges is proof of the viability of the online business option.