MBAs may now pursue degrees online

Business students can now complete their MBAs over the internet.
Business students can now complete their MBAs over the internet.

Web-based education has become increasingly popular in recent years. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, more than 5 million students were enrolled in web-based courses nationwide in the fall of 2009.

A number of graduate programs are establishing e-learning platforms in an effort to help working professionals bolster their academic qualifications.

Recently, the MBA program at one North Carolina-based school announced it will transfer courses to an online learning format in the fall of 2011. Business school students will be able to complete their degrees in two years.

The program will be led by 15 faculty members. The distance learning students will have access to class podcasts, streaming videos and discussion boards over the internet.

The college's associate dean for graduate programs Steve Allen noted that the program "will teach skills in technology, supply chain, marketing and finance, all in an online format, but all hands-on with ample team work, group work and...discussions."

The new offering may attract military service members as well as stay-at-home mothers and fathers who want to prepare themselves for reentry into the workforce.