You’ve reached the point where an advanced management degree would be the best thing for your career. But there are no colleges or universities in your area that offer the kind of degree that would benefit you.
If you’re faced with this dilemma, you might consider trying to earn your graduate degree online.
In “Online management graduate degrees,” TechRepublic has compiled information on the graduate programs offered online by the following seven universities:
- George Washington University—Master of Science, project management
- Keller University (Keller Graduate School of Management)—Master of Project Management
- Seton Hall University—Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership
- Thomas Edison State College/4PM.com—Master of Science in Management
- University of Maryland University College—Master of Science in Technology Management
- University of Wisconsin-Platteville—Master of Science in Project Management
- Western Carolina University—Online Master of Project Management Degree
Our download includes each degree program’s costs, course offerings, and admission requirements. (If you decide you are more interested in pursuing an MBA or a project management certification online, TechRepublic has also compiled lists of schools offering those programs.)
More than MBAs
While online MBA programs seem to have gained the most attention, you can also earn more specialized graduate degrees to improve the business end of your job. Maybe you don’t need training in finance or accounting; instead, you want to enhance your project management or strategic communication and leadership skills.
Philip DiSalvio, Ph.D., Director of Seton Hall University’s online graduate program, said MBAs aren’t the answer for all management professionals.
“If you would agree with the notion that management is really dealing with people and inspiring people and leading people, then the kind of courses that are required aren’t necessarily finance courses,” he said. “They really are courses that deal with managing change and courses that deal with leadership skills and what it takes to be a manager.”
Most of the degrees offered by the institutions featured in our download focus on project management or management in general, although some of the online programs use IT projects as case studies or offer courses with a focus on IT management. However, the University of Maryland University College is offering graduate degrees specifically tailored for the technology community. For example, it offers a Master of Science in Technology Management and a Master of Science in Computer Systems Management.
Whether you choose a program with a focus on IT management or you decide to pursue a generalized management degree, you can count on completing all of the courses online, possibly within two years.
Are there online degrees you know of that you would like us to include in future versions of this download? Send information about them to us.