2018 Women And Online Graduate Programs

More Women Than Men Are Getting Master's Degrees Today!

2018 Women and Online Graduate Programs

Women continue outnumber men in online graduate degree programs, according to a recent study. This study, published in late 2017, shows that the majority of online master’s students are women (64%).  Women outnumber men, overall, in both online and on campus graduate programs!

Women earned the majority of doctoral degrees in 2016 for the eight straight year.  The fields of study that have attracted disproportionately higher numbers of women at the doctorate and master’s levels include Public Administration, Health Sciences, and Education. Fields where females are underrepresented include Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and Physical and Earth Sciences.

What are the stats for women grad students in the field of business? The number of females per 100 males is 84.8 at the doctoral level and 77.3 at the master’s level.

Congratulations to all the ladies out there who are pursuing a graduate degree! You’re working hard to get ahead, to improve your skills and livelihoods, and to become better critical thinkers, presenters, strategists, and leaders. There is no doubt that improving your level of education will lead you to better places in your life.

If You’re Starting To Research Online Degree Options…

If you want to move ahead faster in your career, getting a degree online is a great first step. Carefully research the level and type of higher education you need to reach your desired goal. Maybe a certificate that focuses on building specific skills is a better option for you than a full degree? Maybe a degree is necessary because it provides the level of education needed to gain a specific credential. Great places to look for this information are the websites of professional accrediting bodies like AACSB for business or CCNE for nursing.  And in health professions, check with state licensing boards for the specific requirements in your state.

Reach out to potential employers to ask about what level / type of education is best for your desired position. Then, visit the Online Degree Database to get complete and unbiased details about online degree programs so you include all of the nationally available program options in your first pass of research.

Search for online degree programs in your field of interest based on what’s most important to you. Is it total tuition, time to complete the degree, available specializations / concentrations, prerequisite or admissions requirements?  Then, create your short lists of online program options for free!

Check out our free Interactive Tool to customize your search of all online degree programs including Business Bachelor’s degrees, MBAs, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Social Work, Ed.D.s, Master of Analytics, and more. Save yourself weeks of time researching all of the available degree options for online study on your own.

Once you’ve narrowed down your degree choices using the Online Degree Database, consider hiring an expert to help you make your final decisions. Check out the innovative new consulting services offered by our friends at Clear Degree. They offer personalized assistance in finding the best degree program at a better price in less time, saving you thousands in time and tuition.

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.

One Final Note

The most inspiring women in my life continue to show me how committed they are to being the best they can possibly be:

  • by supporting and encouraging me
  • sharing their wisdom and ideas freely
  • and teaching me new things about my work and myself on a daily basis

I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing women during my career. On International Women’s Day 2018, thanks to all of you great women out there in my life!

 

2018 Online MBA Average Tuition

Online MBAs Mean Tuition by Region 2018

2018 Online MBA Average Tuition

Click here now to research online Master of Business Administration degrees!

We’ve recently completed our semi-annual update of the tuition advertised for online MBAs in the U.S.  There are currently 491 online MBAs in the market today. The 2018 online MBA average tuition details are outlined below.

The tuition characteristics, broadly, of online MBA programs include:

  • The average tuition across all online MBA programs is $28,955 (down slightly from $28,974 in 2017). Most of the programs in our database charge a ‘unified’ price, which means the cost per credit is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Only a few programs (N=74) still maintain different costs for residents vs. non-residents of their states.
  • Average tuition for online MBAs at for-profit institutions (N=39) is lower, at $24,028 (up slightly from $23,748 in 2017) vs. $29,384 at not-for-profit institutions (N=448, down slightly from $29,432 in 2017) .
  • As shown in the graphic that accompanies this post, the U.S. region with the highest online MBA tuition is the Mid East, followed by the Far West. The lowest average tuition for online MBAs is found in the Plains region.
  • Total tuition ranges from a high of $128,000 to a low of $7,710
  • Average tuition for professionally accredited programs is $31,027 vs. not professionally accredited programs at $22,940.

States included in each region are as follows: Mid East – DE DC MD NJ NY PA, Far West – AK CA HI NV OR WA, New England – CT ME MA NH RI VT, Rocky Mountains – CO ID MT UT WY, Great Lakes – IL IN MI OH WI, Southeast – AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV, Southwest – AZ NM OK TX, and Plains – IA KS MN MO NE ND SD.

Your Source for All Online Degree Details

The Online Degree Database is the only place where both students and universities can find complete, up-to-date, and accurate details about online degree programs. Our data are sourced directly from online program websites and include: university name, BEA region, state, degree name, concentrations offered, U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, total credits required, cost-per-credit and total tuition, delivery modality and details on required residencies, prerequisite requirements, admissions requirements, and more. Our data are collected by highly trained individuals, not scanned. We do not collect personal contact information or sell leads to universities. Our purpose is to provide unbiased, comprehensive online degree information to researching students and universities with online programs.

More comprehensive information on the characteristics of Online MBA programs is available in our recent publication, Big Book of Online MBAs.

Students, use our website to complete preliminary research for your online program options. Select the degree and program characteristics that are most important to you using our Interactive Tool. Get your free report that contains a short-list of programs that meet your criteria. Unlike other websites, you don’t have to provide any personal information. Use this information to move forward with confidence that you have researched all of your program options from an unbiased source of information. Using our website to research your options will save you hundreds of hours of web searching!

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.

Visit the Online Degree Database today to begin your research. We are the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive source of online degree program details available in the market.

 

2018 Top Online MBA Concentrations

Online MBA concentrations 2018

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2018 Top Online MBA Concentrations

Online Master of Business Administration programs exist in a highly competitive environment today! With over 489 direct competitors (as of February 2018), they differentiate their programs through adding job-relevant or specialized business discipline concentrations. Our database is the only source where all online MBA concentrations are captured. We are pleased to present the 2018 top online MBA concentrations in this blog today.

For example:

  • 31% (151) of online MBAs offer a concentration in Healthcare Administration
    • There are 82 online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) programs in the U.S. Online MHA programs not only face significant competition from other MHA programs, but they also face competition from a large group of online MBA programs as well
  • 29% (143) of online MBAs offer Marketing / Marketing Management concentrations
    • Only 12 online Master of Marketing programs are available in the market today. Is the market more interested in earning the MBA first and adding specialized marketing skills second? Additionally, there are 14 online MBAs that offer a concentration in the more specialized subject of Social / Digital Media Marketing.
  • 29% (140) of online MBAs offer Finance as a concentration
    • There are 39 online Master of Finance programs in the market today. These programs also face significant competition from online MBA programs that offer a Finance concentration.

Other Top Online MBA Concentrations

Additional top concentrations, Accounting, Human Resources / HR Management, and Management, occur in slightly lower proportions.

  • The Accounting concentration is usually designed to offer the courses necessary for undergrad Accounting majors to complete their CPA exams. Most websites clearly articulate this benefit to prospective students.
  • Human Resources as noted in this top concentration list captures only the general HR concentration advertised on program websites. Additional HR-related concentrations we see in our data include Organizational Behavior and Leadership.
  • The Management concentration is offered frequently. Some online MBA programs are differentiating their management concentrations by industry. For example, they offer Sport Management, Hospitality Management, or Information Technology Management concentrations to expand their audiences.
  • It’s very interesting to note that 27% of online MBA programs currently do not offer ANY concentrations to prospective students.

Emerging Concentrations

In addition to top concentrations, some emerging concentrations (fewer than 10 online MBA programs offer these) include: Energy Leadership / Management, Information Assurance, Innovation Management, Consulting Management, Forensic Accounting, Change Management, and Risk Management.

  • The Energy Leadership concentrations are offered at institutions in states with strong energy industry presence, such as in Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Innovation Management, Consulting Management, and Change Management concentrations speak to prospective students who are interested in process management / systems thinking. The assumption is they are looking to become specialized experts in consulting practices. Just how big the market is for these concentrations is difficult to assess with available data.

Top Concentrations at AACSB-Accredited Online MBA Programs

AACEB=Accredited Online MBAs
Here’s the comparison between all Online MBAs and AACSB-Accredited Online MBAs

 

The most common concentrations among Online MBAs at AACSB-Accredited schools are Finance, Marketing, and Healthcare Administration. Just over one-third of these programs do not offer any concentrations with their online MBA programs. What does this say about the market? Online MBA programs, especially those without a prestigious brand asset like AACSB-Accreditation, are using concentrations more aggressively to differentiate their programs. Every relevant program characteristic in an online MBA program, including concentrations, should be leveraged as much as possible, given the highly competitive market for online MBAs.

What’s in a Name?

Finally, for online MBA programs, the name of the concentration game is ensuring that concentrations will add incremental enrollments to the program. This requires a careful balancing act between finding emerging markets of specialized skills and naming the concentration in a way that ensures it can be found searching online. And as we see here with the top online MBA concentrations, especially Healthcare Administration and Finance, programs add these concentrations to open up the competitive space for a program. This allows the online MBA to directly compete for students with other high-demand master’s degrees (the MHA and Master of Finance) for prospective students.

To get even more information about online MBA competitors, and information about other highly sought-after online degree programs, visit our website today! Our unique, comprehensive database contains online degree program information for over 3,000 online programs. If you are shopping for an online program, we are the best and only free source of information with online degree details for over 3,500 online programs.

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.

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