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Online Business Degree Programs the Importance of Accreditation

Updated on December 2, 2009

Online Business Degree Programs

Getting an online business management degree can be an excellent way to improve your career prospects, however choosing the right degree program can often be a challenge. There is no shortage of online business degree programs and selecting one can be a bewildering experience. This is especially true because there are many bad schools out there. The bad ones can range from ones that are just poor quality to down right fraudulent diploma mills. One way to determine if a school is legitimate is to look at its accreditation.

All legitimate online business degree programs are regionally accredited. This means they are accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies listed at the bottom of the page. Regional accreditation is the gold standard of accreditation, it is the only one that won’t raise question marks.

You will also frequently hear people talk about national accreditation. What this means is that the online business management degree program is accredited by the Distance Education Training Council (DETC). There are many perfectly good schools that are nationally accredited, in fact most regionally accredited schools are also DETC accredited. For some people a nationally accredited school may be acceptable but you might have difficulty transferring your credits to another school or getting into a graduate program if the school isn’t regionally accredited.

The simple fact is that there are so many online business degree programs available from regionally accredited schools that there is really no reason to consider a school that isn’t.

The six accrediting agencies are:

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA)

Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)

Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS)

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)

Any online business degree program you are considering should be accredited by one of these agencies. Generally schools accreditation is listed on their website in the about section.


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      bdouble28 6 years ago

      Good hub, every beginner to a business program should read this!