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4 Graduate Online Business Degrees for Busy Professionals

Posted by Shelly Quance on 3/29/24 8:43 AM

  March 29, 2024    

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Getting a master’s degree takes commitment. That’s why West Virginia University offers dynamic online graduate school options that help professionals earn a graduate degree while managing their busy schedule.

When you enroll in one of our online graduate programs, you won’t have to give up years of full-time work just to earn the degree. Yes, you’ll be busy. But WVU’s flexible courses are designed for those who want to earn a graduate degree and still work full time.

If this sounds like you, read on to learn more about four program options geared toward the needs of working professionals.

Explore our informative digital resource page — A Guide to Financing Graduate  School!

Master’s in ​​Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination

This specialized program is designed for professionals who want to develop deep expertise in forensic accounting and fraud examination with a focus on combating white-collar crime, fraud, and the illegal movement of money. With this degree, you can choose from career opportunities in the Securities and Exchange Commission, FBI, and private firms that specialize in preventing and detecting fraud.

This program combines online learning with two campus visits and requires 30 credit hours. You’ll take six courses focused on forensic and fraud examination and four courses from WVU’s Online Hybrid MBA program.

Master’s in Business Data Analytics

Organizations everywhere are in search of people who can use data to enhance decision making and explain trends and competition. So, if you’re interested in statistical techniques, data mining, and analysis, a career in “big data” may be the right fit for you.

This programs requires 30 credit hours for completion and can be completed in two years. All courses are offered online.

Hybrid MBA Program

A Master’s of Business Administration is a must for business professionals who want to advance in their careers. WVU understands that full-time professionals like you need convenience and flexibility to earn this degree, which is why we offer the Online Hybrid MBA. 

The MBA program is ranked #32 among public Online MBA Programs by U.S. News and World Report and is continually recognized as a “Best for Vets” program by Military Times. WVU business programs are also recognized as “Best Online Programs 2021” by U.S. News and World Report.

The hybrid format requires student to attend four 3-4 day residencies — three in Morgantown and one in Washington, D.C. You’ll meet your professors, network with classmates, and engage in experiential learning that helps you connect what you learn online with real-world issues.

This program requires 48 credit hours and can be completed in two years.

Healthcare MBA

The healthcare industry in the United States accounts for a staggering $3.65 trillion, equivalent to 17.9% of the total U.S. GDP, with projections indicating it will rise to 19.4% by 2027.

In this evolving landscape, the healthcare sector urgently requires well-trained leaders. These leaders must be capable of managing diverse teams, navigating the complexities of healthcare business, guiding organizations through challenging transitions, and providing innovative solutions to enhance the healthcare system, ultimately leading to improved health outcomes.

Professional opportunities within healthcare, especially for medical and health service managers, are set to grow by a remarkable 20% in the next decade. Our HMBA program is tailor-made for individuals aspiring to enter the healthcare industry or current healthcare professionals looking to formalize and expand their business acumen to take on leadership roles within their organizations.

This online program requires 30 credit hours and can be completed in three to six semesters.

Ready to take the next step?
Check out our resource: The Online Graduate School Toolkit.

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Topics: WVU Online Degree Programs

Posted by Shelly Quance

Shelly Quance has spent almost 20 years working in higher education marketing communications. She currently serves as Director for West Virginia University’s Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment where she works collaboratively with College leadership to develop, implement, and evaluate creative and effective comprehensive communication and marketing plans to increase graduate student enrollment.


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Deciding what graduate school to attend can be daunting at times, and navigating the admissions process can be that much more difficult. We hope to make the journey from considering graduate school to enrolling in a graduate program easier by publishing content that will be helpful to you as you discern if, when, and where, to pursue your next degree.

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