FAQ: Online Associate's Degree in Business

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ronnmccortney@hotmail.com posted this 03 August 2011 - Last edited 04 March 2016

I need some assistance getting started on an online degree. It was suggested I start with an associates. I am currently a temp working as a Buyer for our Purcahsing Department. One of my sups pulled me aside and told me most of the permenent positions require a degree but, if I have a plan laid out, and present it with my application, it may open some doors So, the question of where to begin. Are these online classes a pay as you go or do you need to plop down you cash in advance? The company I work for does have a reimbursment plan, though I'm not sure of the structure. I received an email saying there is counseling avaialbe here. I'm hoping to get in touch with someone that can help me ask the right questions.... Tbanks!

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dhandlos posted this 04 August 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Well, one quick question for you...do you have a focus in mind for your Associates?

Some institutions let you pay one class at a time, and some may also factor in work experience or let you test out of courses.

VickyPhillips posted this 04 August 2011 - Last edited 04 March 2016

Hello Ron,

If you have no college course experience to date then yes, beginning by looking at an associate degree would be a good first step.

An associate degree takes only 2 years (rather than 4 for the bachelors degree) AND is a good first degree that you can transfer toward a 4-year bachelor degree later.

To get the full story read our great article What Is an Online Associate Degree

Get Educated profiles 200 online associate degrees in our directory of accredited online degrees.

Here are the steps

STEP 1: Get a copy of your company's tuition reimbursement program and have someone explain to you.

Understand what you qualify for and how much money $ you qualify for.

--Will your company pay for individual courses or only degree programs? --Will your company pay for courses or degrees from nationally accredited colleges as well as regionally accredited colleges.

SEE: Online college accreditation

--How much and when will your company pay for courses? Most companies cap the pay out at $2,000 a year max AND will only pay you after you successfully complete a course with a C or above grade. Some companies only pay after you've been employed for at least a year.

STEP 2: Once you know what your company will pay for and how much they will pay per year match that to the type of education that is available.

STEP 3: For a look at the most affordable or cheapest online degree at the associate level search all our online associate degrees and then HIT the ORDER by COST button at the top of your search. The system will rank all the degrees by cost for you.

PLUS ...

STEP 4: To check for a low cost community college in your state that has online degrees and free counseling to help you better understand the college degree process and financial aid, check our great list of low cost online community college sites.

Good luck!

Go Get Educated Vicky Phillips
Founder -  Get Educated

ronnmccortney@hotmail.com posted this 04 August 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

Something related to purchasing, the field I'm in. I'm not sure what area that covers. I've worked as a supervisor in stocking, shipping, and manufacturing most of my life, but that's what I want to get out of. Where I'm working now, they found I bring a differnt veiw of how things work as far as how items are received and processed. That I suppose is my strength. I guess I need to speak to someone from administration as to which direction to go. I think they're not to concerned as to what I take as long as I persue a degree. I'd like to stay out of the warehouse, a more traditional office position.

dhandlos posted this 08 August 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

If viewing how things work and how items are processed are a strength that you'd like to leverage, then an associates in business and/or administration could be up your alley.

Several of the 100 online associate degrees profiled by Get Educated fall under that category, costing less than $20,000.

VickyPhillips posted this 08 August 2011 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Hi Ron

I'd agree with David here.

You could earn any type of online associate degree, meaning with any major area of study you'd like at this point. A general associate degree in business and management would give you a broad foundation for any business career and any type of bachelors degree later.

Get Educated profiles over 60 online associates in business

These range in cost from about $11,000 from (Dakotas) Bismarck State University Online to almost $47,000 from Dallas Baptist University (a private school in Texas).

Let us know if this helps you.

Vicky Phillips
Founder - Get Educated

katesolomon posted this 31 October 2011 - Last edited 06 August 2015

With Recession taking place every now and then, there is no job security. To get a security in your job you need to be either an experienced person , so that company cannot afford losing you or you must be really professionally qualified so that your knowledge can be used for improvement of the company. Getting experienced needs time but you can always get yourself professionally qualified.

mike7755 posted this 29 June 2013 - Last edited 06 August 2015

I am seeking counsel on best way to start on an online associates degree in business. I have been in senior leadership roles in the retail industry for several decades (I'm an old guy), but never went to college - started right after high school and experienced success via hard work and good fortune.

I want to fill this education gap, and thought starting with the associate degree was best bet.

Would like to see if my experiences would enable me to 'test out' (CLEP?) and capture some credit hours to jump start the process.

Ultimate goal will be to earn a bachelor degree in business (management and or finance).

Can you help me?

Mike

VickyPhillips posted this 03 July 2013 - Last edited 26 October 2015

Hi Mike,

I assume you have no formal college credits to date. If so, yes, starting with a 2 year associates degree is a good move.

An associate degree takes only 2 years (rather than 4 for the bachelors degree) AND will give you the first two years -- freshman and sophomore year courses -- that you can transfer toward a 4-year bachelor degree later.

Get Educated online degree comparison engine catalogs over 300 online associate degrees

Here are the steps

STEP 1: Understand TYPE of ACCREDITATION you will need your college to have. Accreditation status impacts your plans to transfer a 2 year degree toward a 4 year degree so you want to make sure you have the right type of accreditation to allow you full transfer later toward a bachelor's degree.

SEE: Online college accreditation

STEP 2: Consult this article on college credit for work experience to learn the types of assessments -- CLEP is one type -- you can use and how that process works. There is a general management clep and one for accounting and so that may be useful for you to consider taking.

SEE: 5 Ways to Earn College Life Experience Credit

STEP 3: Read about the best online life experience colleges -- real regionally accredited colleges that have 2 year and 4 year degrees

STEP 3: Compare associate degrees to find the most affordable or cheapest online associate degree. Search our database of over 300 online associate degrees

STEP 4: Try to find a low cost community college in your state that has online degrees and free counseling to help you better understand the college degree process and financial aid, check our great list of low cost > online community colleges

Good luck!

Vicky Phillips
Founder - Get Educated