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There once was a time when online programs were few and far between. Even when some online courses began to emerge on the education scene, some of the more reputable institutions still believed that a traditional college setting was best for student learning. Those schools failed to jump on the online bandwagon.

Their failure to follow the pack may have been attributed to the dismal statistics being presented about online education in its earliest years. In its initial stages, only 2.6 percent of those who enrolled in online classes completed them.

Flash-forward to the 21st century, and just about every major college and university is offering at least some of their programs online. The nature of some courses of study do not allow for a 100-percent online learning environment, such as medical training. Those students often can take a combination of online and traditional college setting courses to complete their degrees.

Other courses, however, lend themselves brilliantly to complete online teaching, including a Master of Business Administration, or MBA.

A Master of Business Administration degree, or MBA, is a postgraduate degree students who have mastered the art of business can achieve. Graduates who have obtained MBAs have studied the theory and application process of business and its management principles. They have gained knowledge which can be applied in a number of real life business scenarios.

For many students, being able to take and complete the course study for an MBA degree completely online has allowed them to pursue earning one. Busy professionals, who already have a job, would find it difficult to attend traditional college classes while still maintaining their current employment. Having an online option makes it more realistic for working professionals to complete the degree program.

With the resurgence in popularity of online courses, many traditional business programs now are offering online degree programs which compare with the traditional ones they’ve long offered in their traditional campus settings. Among them are the University of North Carolina, Pennsylvania State University and Indiana University. All of these schools have received accreditation for their online MBA programs through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, or AACSB.

So how do you know if you’ve chosen a quality online program?

As with their brick-and-mortar counterparts, MBA online degree programs can earn accreditation. At present, there is only one reputable accreditation agency for online MBA degree programs, and that is the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, also commonly referred to as the AACSB. When researching an online program, be sure to ask if it is accredited and, if so, by whom. Online programs which are not accredited through any agency should be avoided.

Also, it is worth noting that any program which promises a quick completion is likely not a quality program. The average length of time to complete an MBA program is two years. However, there are programs online which promise to help students earn an MBA in a week or two. Programs which promise such a quick turnaround should be avoided, as most are what is known as a “diploma mill.” MBAs earned through such a program would be a detriment – rather than a benefit – to those who possessed one.