Degrees in business management | degrees

Degrees in business management | degrees

Degrees in business management come with various options. Students can pursue two-year, four-year or graduate-level degrees in business management – in person, online or through correspondence. These degrees include:

Associate Degrees

Associate degrees – the lowest degrees in the hierarchy – indicate that a student has completed two years of introductory business management education. They are awarded by community colleges, junior colleges, polytechnic institutes, and some four-year universities and colleges. Holders of associate degrees transfer to bachelors degree programs or may pursue entry-level employment.

Bachelors Degrees

Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelors of Commerce (B.Com) and Bachelors of Management (B. Mgmt) are the usual undergraduate education options. They are awarded by universities and four-year colleges. These four-year degrees introduce students to economics, business law, organizational behavior, marketing, finance, taxation, statistics, accounting, and management information systems.

MBAs and Graduate Degrees

A graduate degree is the highest level of business management education. A doctorate (PhD) is the pinnacle in the academic world, although an MBA (masters in business administration) typically garners more prestige. Students planning on an academic career usually complete a masters in management or an MBA, then go on to the PhD or Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). PhDs and DBAs require the student to become an expert in a field, generate original research and write and defend a 100,000-word thesis, which may take three or more years. But those with business careers in mind almost always pursue an MBA. An MBA provides graduate-level education in the core business management areas of finance, marketing, human resources, accounting, and strategy. An MBA is a one- or two-year program.

Business management degrees are available on campus, online and via distance education. Some programs even allow students to pick and choose among these options. Nervertheless, the traditional on-campus format remains the most popular choice for people pursuing a degree in business management.

This article was originally published on Suite101 by Andrea Coutu of Become a Consultant at

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