Is there a way to make sure I'm choosing a good business school?
Make sure that it's properly accredited. Accreditation means that an institutions curriculum and professors as well as its finances and facilities have been deemed appropriate by accrediting body. Good business schools will always bear the accredited status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The largest and most widely recognized business school accrediting organization is the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), accrediting more than 528 institutions world-wide. For more about choosing a good business school read "A Down-to-Business Introduction to Business Schools" from our partner site, BusinessSchools.com.
What types of programs do business schools offer?
Business programs are some of the most popular available. Numerous in types, each business degree prepares the student for a line of specialized work. Examples of popular business degrees include:
- Business Administration
- Business Law
- Criminal Justice Administration
- Health Care Administration
- Hospitality Management
For additional information on these and other business programs read our feature article, "The Ultimate Guide to Business Majors and Programs".
Am I able to go to business school online?
Absolutely. There are numerous schools that offer online business programs. Depending on what school or program you chose, it is possible to work towards a Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree, or Graduate Degree in the business area of your choice. Our "Introduction to an Online Education in Business" can help you to fill in the blanks!
How can I find a business internship?
Almost all business programs will require an internship where you will have to apply your classroom experience to the real world. This usually takes place at an external company and may be paid or unpaid. Often, your schools career services department will have internship listings available to help you out in finding an internship. Other times schools may count your job - for instance, an assistant manager position in retail - as internship credit. Never assume this and always speak with your academic advisor first. Many times, an internship can lead to a better position within the same company after graduation.
Is financial aid available from business schools?
Most business schools are involved with government financial aid programs including work study, grants, and loans. These are all applied for by completing the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Likewise, many business schools offer "in-house" financial aid programs available in the form of scholarships and grants. While many students are considered for these in-house funds at the time of enrollment, it is always important to check with your financial aid office to check into any additional opportunities for you to take advantage of. Finally, perhaps one of the oldest forms of financial aid are external scholarships. Our partner site, businessschools.com, offers more information on financial aid. Additionally, read "The Business School Scholarship Guide" for more information!