Business no longer entails just the suit-and-tie, 9-to-5 office job. It’s no longer “just business.” Today, business is colorful, innovative, and always evolving. The opportunities within the business world, whether at a thriving corporation or your own start-up company, are truly endless. Perhaps that’s why you want to become a part of it. You have a vision of making a difference and finding great success. But where do you begin?
Today, your chances of landing a successful business career are enhanced significantly with a college education. The question remains, which type of business degree will bring you the most success? Which types of business degrees align most with your career goals?
Whether you are looking to advance in your current position, start your own business, or simply gain a foothold in the world of business, you are in the right place. As a respected leader in entrepreneurial education, Goodwin College knows business well. We know what today’s employers are looking for in candidates, as well as how to make a business plan that will make it in today’s competitive business arena. We can help you choose the type of business degree that best aligns with your goals and your vision for success.
Below are four of the most popular types of business degrees, all offered at Goodwin College:
Business Administration Degree
When aspiring students think about the types of business degrees out there, most minds immediately go to business administration. This is because business administration is such an all-encompassing major, covering every fundamental aspect of the business arena: planning, budgeting, marketing, leadership, development, management, ethics, customer relations. And this is just the beginning.
If you know you have a business mind and a vision of success, a business administration degree is a great place to start. It offers many different routes towards different business careers. At Goodwin College for example, you can tailor your business degree to meet your specific career goals. If you want to start your own business, you can choose an Entrepreneurship concentration. Or, if you are interested in a specific industry, you might pursue:
- Office Management or Medical Office Management
- Human Resource Management or Talent Development
- Manufacturing Management
- Non-profit Management
- Property Management and Acquisition
And more. At Goodwin College, you can also pursue different levels within our business administration major – you can choose to work towards a certificate, an associate, or a Bachelor’s degree. In our degree programs, you will gain hands-on experience in a real business environment and upon completion of any program here, you will be ready to pursue your career goals and develop your own business plan.
If you are a natural number-cruncher and have a data-driven mindset, accounting may be the career path for you. Accounting is a critical part of any business – it is needed to keep finances in order, to inform financial decisions, to keep employees paid, to maintain compliance, and to manage and record all business transactions. Without accountants or accounting knowledge, businesses would simply not run as effectively. Some would not be running at all.
There are several different degree paths you can take in accounting. If you would like to work at a private or public firm, you will need to earn your Bachelor’s degree and eventually become certified. If you would like to work as a bookkeeper, payroll professional, or accounting assistant (all of which require less time in school) in a business, you can go for an Associate degree in Accounting. In Goodwin’s accounting program, you can expect to learn the principles of accounting, taxation, finance, and economics, as well as take courses in Management and Business Law & Ethics.
Management and Leadership Degree
Every business needs a leader – someone who is a strong communicator, an effective problem-solver, and a mentor and manager above all. If you desire to be this person, if you desire a career at the top of the business ladder, then a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership is a sure first step to take.
A Management and Leadership degree is a non-traditional business degree that teaches students how to effectively run and oversee an organization. If you choose to take this route in business, you will learn the fundamental skills that employers are looking for in managers today: the ability to foster organizational change, mentor and develop new talent, advise business decisions, work on a team, communicate with others, provide direction and constructive feedback, as well as understand proper business ethics. Upon graduation from a leadership program like Goodwin’s, you will be well-prepared for a management position in a variety of industry settings, including:
- Law Enforcement
With a Bachelor’s in Management and Leadership under your belt, you may also choose to move forward in earning a Master’s degree.
Master’s in Organizational Leadership
If you wish to gain an even deeper understanding of business management and become a top-of-the-line leader, a Master’s in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) can help you get there. An MSOL degree is among the most advanced types of business degrees today and is designed to expand your pre-existing skills in the field of leadership and management. In an MSOL program, you will gain the tools and competencies needed to progress your career, become a leader, or even launch your own business.
There are many reasons why you might consider furthering your business education with a Master’s degree. As we wrote in our recent blog post, “Is a Master’s Degree in Leadership Worth It?,” MSOL degree students acquire a deeper skillset and knowledge of the complexities of business management – therefore qualifying them for more advanced and higher-paying positions. In addition, MSOL degree holders are more likely to enter the business arena at a management level, and climb the ladder faster than those holding an Associate or Bachelor’s level of education.
This type of business degree is great for a person who is interested in advancing their education without a major time commitment. At Goodwin College, our graduate MSOL courses can be completed part-time in just 20 months, so that you can maintain your current job while learning valuable subjects such as:
- Data Driven Decision-Making for Executives
- Talent and Performance Management
- Organizational Change
- Public Sector Leadership
- Community-Based Change
- Operations Management Across Organizations
- Leadership Consulting
Call us at 800-889-3282 to learn more about the different types of business degrees offered at Goodwin College. Or, visit here to learn why we’re a leader in entrepreneurial education in Connecticut!
Goodwin College is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin College was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.