Is an online MBA Worth It?

July 26, 2022 · 2 min read · By ASU Online
ASU Online’s Master of Business Administration (MBA), offered by the accoladed W. P. Carey School of Business, is an ideal program to strengthen your business acumen and hone your leadership skills to further your career potential.

What is an MBA?

A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate degree focused on leadership and strategy in business. Individuals holding MBAs are needed and valued in nearly every industry spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Holding an MBA can signal to employers that you have skills in the following:

  • Formulating business strategies.
  • Implementing innovative practices.
  • Leading people.
  • Networking.
  • Understanding complex business problems.


Are online MBA programs respected?

Definitely! Earning an online MBA offers you all of the rigor of an on-campus degree program with enhanced flexibility. ASU Online’s MBA program is taught by the same well-respected faculty, using the same curriculum, as ASU’s on-campus program. It’s a great option if you reside outside of Arizona, work full time, or have obligations preventing you from learning in an on-campus program. 

Will my diploma say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Does ASU offer additional MBA online options?

Yes. ASU Online’s MBA program offers you the opportunity to choose an area of emphasis in topics such as finance, marketing, business analytics and more.

Don’t want to choose between engineering and business? You can pursue either of these concurrent degrees from both the W. P. Carey School of Business and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering:


What can I do with an MBA?

Simply put, an MBA opens doors. Advanced leadership skills and a business savvy mindset can be utilized in nearly every industry, ranging from finance to health care. You’ll graduate prepared for a myriad of prestigious job titles, such as HR manager, information technology manager and management analyst.

Earning an MBA can also help you make a career switch. This graduate degree can broaden your perspective and open doors in other fields that pique your interest. Additionally, an MBA can be especially helpful if you’re looking to advance from an employee that works on tactical tasks to managing a team or driving business strategy. With the flexibility of the ASU Online MBA, you can continue working without skipping a beat, while preparing for your next role in management.

And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in management occupations is projected to grow 9% from 2020 to 2030, resulting in an estimated 906,800 new jobs.

Backed by knowledge and skills developed under top-tier faculty from the W. P. Carey School of Business, you’ll graduate prepared to take the next step in your career. This respected graduate degree may open doors or spark conversations with top employers eager for candidates ready to lead.


About ASU Online

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  • Elite expertise and research.
  • Innovative curriculum design.
  • Superior student support services.

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