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There are many things which come together to make for a successful business enterprise. These things are conveniently divided into four key managerial …

There are many things which come together to make for a successful business enterprise. These things are conveniently divided into four key managerial
segments or functional areas of business including the production, marketing, human resource development and finance.

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  • 1. ==== ====The Truth About Managing Change:http://blog.pro2sell.com/category/ms-in-finance==== ====Thinking about earning your masters degree online? There are many benefits associated withhaving a graduate degree. Earning a masters of science, arts or one of the coveted master ofbusiness administration degrees could put you in a better place professionally and financially. Ifyou are a working professional or have a family, you have a lot to consider but an online mastersdegree may help ease the burden of a busy life. Lets talk about the advantages of earning anonline Masters or MBA degree first.Looking at figures and income projections for various masters degree credentialed worker:- Individuals with a masters degree average $11,300 more a year than bachelors degree holders.- The net present value of a masters degree versus a bachelors degree is $216,000.- The future value (over 40 years) of a masters degree versus a bachelors degree is $1,520,900.(Certain professional and MBA degrees will yield more)If you choose to pursue an online masters degree program you will be building on the knowledgebase you already have while adding skills, credentials and perhaps accomplishing a personalmilestone.Online Graduate DegreesThe availability of online masters degree programs are plentiful. Make sure the schools andprograms are accredited! It is important to note that:- The quality of education from accredited online colleges is the same as their on-campuscounterparts.- Most colleges and universities do not indicate on graduate certificates or transcripts whether acourse or program was earned on-campus or online.- Online courses operate with the same syllabi and deliver the same end product as on-campuscourses.- A survey of 2,500 online students and professors indicated that online courses were at least asrigorous as, and many times more rigorous than, traditional face-to-face courses.- Preference for one setting over the other will depend on your life circumstances and whether ornot you are able to move or find a graduate program nearby that offers exactly what youre looking
  • 2. for.- Diplomas from accredited online programs are honored by employers, licensing agencies andcertification boards. Note: Make sure the schools you are interested in are accredited. There aremany non-accredited masters programs cropping up, particularly online MBA programs. Checkwith the U.S. Department of Education to make sure the school is accredited by a recognizedaccrediting agency.)Graduate studies are characteristically more specialized and intense in focus than your typicalundergraduate programs. It is very important to choose the program that most closely matchesyour personal goals and area of desired expertise. Take some time to consider the types ofgraduate programs available.Masters Degree Programs - Whats available online?Master of Arts (M.A) and Master of Science (M.S):Masters degree programs are available online and in hundreds of subject areas. A mastersdegree will give you continued depth and expertise in an area, and open up doors for higherpaying jobs. Masters level programs are usually 30 to 60 credit hours long, depending on thediscipline or profession. Correspondingly, it will take from 1-4 years to complete. The work is morefocused within a specialty area and research of some sort is ordinarily involved. Sometimes amasters level degree will be included within a doctoral program, but most times a masters degreeis completed independently of a doctoral degree. Three popular types of masters programs arelisted here.Master of Education (M.Ed.):Online graduate degrees in education are becoming a popular option for teachers already in theprofession seeking to further develop their skills and move to a higher salary bracket. A M.Ed. orM.S. in Education usually requires the completion of 36 -48 credit hours. Some programs willaccept a limited amount of transfer credits. Those graduating from 4-year colleges who go directlyto a masters degree program enter the working world equipped with an advanced degree. Othersmay want to have a few years of on the job experience first. Every state has its own licensing andcertification requirements for teachers, so be diligent and check with your state for specific courserequirements.Master Of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.):An advanced nursing degree that allows a registered nurse to become certified in a clinicalspecialty or as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesiologist, or nurse midwife. The pay scale forthis degree is substantially higher than the BSN, and prospects for advancement are very good.Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.):An M.B.A degree is an advanced degree in business management and is a highly valuable assetto the person who desires a leadership role in the business world, in higher education or inindustry. M.B.A. programs do an excellent job of preparing professionals for the top paying jobs
  • 3. that will be available to them. Core topics in any type of M.B.A. program will include economics,accounting, marketing, quantitative analysis, and organizational management and psychology. Itmay be worthwhile to consider one of these specialized M.B.A. programs, as income and level ofposition will likely be higher than a generic business M.B.A.. Some options are: Executive MBA forthose with substantial management experience who want to obtain higher, top paying positions.MBA in IT Management d esigned for the experienced IT professional seeking mid- to upper-levelpositions in various fields.MBA in International Business for those interested in global issues and economy.MBA in Project Management designed for mid- to upper-level management positions in industryand business.MBA in Organizational Psychology prepares you for positions in business and higher education.MBA in Health Care Management - an extremely valuable degree in health care with sub-specialties within this degree type.MBA in Human Resources designed to prepare you for mid- to upper level human resourcepositions.MBA in Marketing designed for those whose specialty is specific to sales, marketing advertising.MBA in Accounting and Finance for those looking to advance in the world of banking, investingand finance, among other settings. You will need to do some research and thinking about yourown background and goals to make sure you find the M.B.A. program that will get you where youwant to go.Cost & FinancingCost of online masters degree programs (MA and MS degrees) vary, but average about $22,000.An MBA varies more widely, but averages around $30,000. Financing options for accredited onlinemasters programs are the same as accredited on-campus programs and include:- Federal Financial Aid Programs- Scholarships and private financing- Employer reimbursementRequest Information from online schools you are interested in to obtain financial aid informationspecific to each school. You will need to fill out a Graduate FAFSA form.Whats next? You have some homework to do! If you are serious about getting an online mastersdegree, we can help. Good luck!
  • 4. By Laurie Jerome-Pertillahttp://www.Mycollegesolution.com - Directory of accredited online colleges, universities andcampus based schools nationwide.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Laurie_Jerome-Pertilla==== ====The Truth About Managing Change:http://blog.pro2sell.com/category/ms-in-finance==== ====