How Long Does It Take to Get Your Business Degree?


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Congratulations on taking the exciting step towards pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree! You already know the value of education in unlocking new opportunities and propelling your career forward. But with a busy schedule, finding the right path to achieve your educational goals can be daunting. In this blog post, we're here to guide you through the journey of obtaining a business degree, that focuses on non-traditional learners like yourself.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Business Degree?

While the idea of accelerating your career and enriching your business knowledge may seem exciting, many adults are intimidated by the question of how long a business degree will take. The answers to that question will vary depending on the type of business degree that you pursue and how much prior college coursework and/or experience you bring in. Let's explore the different options:

  • Associate Degree in Business: Typically taking two years to complete, this degree offers one of the fastest tracks in business education. It covers the fundamentals of business administration, making it a great launching point for those looking to enter the profession without a significant investment.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business: Traditionally taking four years to complete, this degree is the most popular pathway among business school students. Depending upon the possibility of transferring up to 90 credits and taking higher course loads, a student in a traditional setting could complete a Bachelor of Business Administration degree is less time. We also offer a competency based option that allows students with real world business knowledge to take as many courses as they want as quickly as they want.
  • Master's Degree in Business: The time it takes to earn a master's degree will vary, depending on the type of degree and specialization pursued. Generally, a graduate-level business program will take an additional two years to complete after earning a bachelor's degree.
To determine the amount of time your degree at UMass Global may take, you can use our degree cost and time calculator. It will also take credits transferred into consideration.


How Long Do Online Business Degrees Take?

For working adults seeking to earn their BBA degree, the flexibility and availability of some self-paced online programs can be an attractive option. At UMass Global, we offer three fully self-paced BBA degree options: general business, marketing, and supply chain management and logistics. Because these are competency-based and self-paced, adult learners can set their own schedule when they choose to complete their coursework. For the right type of learner, this format can make it easier for them to balance their education with their existing work and family commitments.

At UMass Global, our online BBA and MBA programs enable busy individuals to accelerate or decelerate their progress based on their schedule and life events, making it possible to complete their degree in a timeframe that suits their individual needs and goals. In a general sense, our students can expect a session-based BBA degree to take four years to attain, an MBA about three years.

But, unlike traditional education, our online formats allow UMass Global students to continue working full time while pursuing their BBA or MBA degrees. This means they can achieve their educational goals and increased career potential without having to quit working.

Is a Business Degree a Good Idea for Working Professionals?

For working professionals, a business degree is a great idea because it's an investment in your future. At UMass Global, we believe that with the right tools, people can be an unstoppable force and we are committed to encouraging and guiding you as you strive to improve your career, life, and the lives of those around you through education. As a working professional, your journey towards a business degree will be shaped by your unique experiences and drive for success.

The experience of earning a business degree as a working professional is unique compared to traditional students. While traditional students often focus solely on academics, as a working adult, you bring real-world experiences and challenges to the virtual classroom. This dynamic contributes to enriching discussions, as you and your peers share diverse perspectives and engage in collaborative problem-solving. Additionally, networking opportunities extend beyond the student body, as you connect with experienced faculty and industry professionals who can become mentors and advocates for your career growth.

Pursuing a business degree as a working professional is not just about career advancement; it's also an opportunity for personal and professional growth. The challenges you face, the experiences you share with your peers, and the knowledge you gain will shape you into a well-rounded and confident individual. Earning a business degree is not just about acquiring knowledge; it's about developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills that will serve you well in all aspects of life.

How Flexible Are Business Degree Programs?

One of the key factors that set non-traditional learners apart is the need for flexibility in their educational journey. At UMass Global, we recognize that adults going back to school may have work, family, and other commitments that require a different approach to obtaining a degree. This is why we offer innovative and flexible pathways that empower you to earn your business degree efficiently and at your own pace, ensuring that your education seamlessly integrates into your busy life.

UMass Global's business programs are specially designed with your needs in mind. You can customize your business degree courses to be on a schedule that works for you. Moreover, we understand that your educational journey might not follow a linear path. Life can present unexpected challenges or opportunities that may temporarily shift your focus away from studies. Our flexible programs allow you to pause your education if needed and resume when you're ready to continue. We believe in supporting you throughout your journey, ensuring you have the tools and resources to achieve your goals on your own terms.

How Can UMass Global Support Your Career Goals?

UMass Global takes pride in its commitment to non-traditional learners. We understand you have unique aspirations and challenges, and we are dedicated to providing the support and resources necessary to help you succeed.

Our faculty members are scholar-practitioners, bringing real-world experience into the virtual classroom. They understand the dynamic business landscape and will equip you with practical knowledge and skills you can apply immediately in your career.

Our comprehensive career services team is here to guide you from day one. Whether you need assistance with crafting a standout resume, preparing for interviews, or exploring internship opportunities, we've got you covered.

The UMass Global community is a welcoming and inclusive one, with a diverse student body representing different backgrounds and experiences. We believe that learning from one another enriches the educational experience and fosters a supportive environment for personal and professional growth.

Get Started with Your Business Degree

As you embark on this educational journey, you hold the keys to unlock a world of possibilities. Earning your business degree can have a transformative impact on your career and personal growth. With the rise of online education and UMass Global's dedication to non-traditional learners, achieving your goals has never been more accessible or empowering. We encourage you to take the next step and explore the enriching opportunities that await you.

To get started, explore our business degree programs  or reach out to an admissions counselor to discuss how UMass Global can fit into your career journey.

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