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One of the primary benefits of earning a Master of Business Administration is that it can teach you skills that will be beneficial in nearly any career.

Whether you’re aspiring to become a C-suite executive, launch your own business, or take on a leading role in a nonprofit organization or government agency, an Online MBA from Ohio University can help you get there.

Our innovative program is designed to enhance not only your core business competencies in areas such as marketing, finance, and analytics, but also prepare you to grow as a leader by building your communication, teamwork, and decision-making skills.

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Focus Your Career Path

OHIO’s Online MBA offers nine distinct concentrations — the average for AACSB-accredited online MBAs is four — giving you many options to pursue a career path that aligns with your interests.

You can choose from concentrations in:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship
  • Executive Management
  • Finance
  • Health Care
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Selling and Sales Leadership

Continue reading to learn more about the industry outlook and some of the opportunities you can pursue when you earn your OHIO MBA.

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The Benefits of Earning Your OHIO MBA

Whatever career path you choose, earning an MBA can accelerate your career advancement and position you for greater success.

In a 2021 exit survey of recent OHIO Online MBA graduates, 43% of respondents reported that they had already received a pay increase, while 36% had earned a promotion. In addition, an overwhelming 92% said they were somewhat or extremely satisfied with how the program prepared them for lifetime career opportunities.

Your degree can also lead to higher earning potential.

According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, the median salary of MBA graduates is $115,000, which is 75% more than that of people with a bachelor’s degree alone.

Furthermore, the National Association of Colleges and Employers projects that 2021 MBA recipients will earn over $29,000 more than individuals who earned their bachelor’s degree in business.

Where Do MBA Degree Holders Work?

People with MBAs can work just about everywhere. Whether it’s the private sector, nonprofits, Fortune 500 companies, or entrepreneurial startups, having an MBA can position you to excel in your chosen field.

Some of many sectors employing MBA recipients include:

  • Health care
  • Manufacturing
  • Information technology
  • Government
  • Retail management
  • E-commerce
  • Automotive
  • Public administration

Diverse Careers for Business Professionals

Because the skills you learn in an MBA program are broadly applicable, you’ll find degree holders working in a wide range of occupations. Below is a sample of potential careers, along with median salaries.

Chief Financial Officer

Median salary: $138,304*

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are the highest-ranking financial executives in a company and are responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial operations. Often reporting directly to the chief executive officer, the CFO’s role typically includes planning; tracking cash flow, income, and expenses; and ensuring compliance with applicable financial laws and policies.

Financial Analyst

Median salary: $83,660**

Financial analysts help organizations and individuals manage funds and attain profitability. They may offer investment advice, develop growth strategies, and assess the performance of stocks and bonds. The job often entails evaluating financial data, studying economic trends, and preparing written reports.

Financial Manager

Median salary: $134,180**

These professionals help to maintain the financial health of an organization by developing long-term goals and directing investment activities. Typical responsibilities include preparing financial statements, analyzing market trends, finding ways to maximize profits and reduce costs, and supervising employees who do financial reporting and budgeting.

General Manager/ Operations Manager

Median salary: $103,650**

General managers, or operations managers, play a hands-on role in ensuring that organizations run smoothly on a daily basis. Their responsibilities may include hiring, training, and supervising employees; improving operational processes; and creating and maintaining budgets.

Management Consultant

Median salary: $87,660**

Individuals in this occupation advise organizations on ways to improve efficiency and increase profitability. This typically involves gathering information about where enhancements are needed, interviewing employees and studying current processes, analyzing financial data, and then recommending new procedures and overseeing their implementation.

Marketing Manager

Median salary: $142,170**

Marketing managers help to position, promote, and maximize sales of goods and services. They may be responsible for creating and leading advertising campaigns, overseeing product development, developing pricing strategies, raising brand awareness, and increasing market share.


**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Lifelong Career Support


“This is an absolute game changer. We’re helping our students, regardless of where they are in their career, critically think about where they want to take their careers and put the steps in place to make that happen.”

— Kari Lehman, Assistant Dean, Graduate and Professional Programs


With so many opportunities available to you, choosing the right career track might feel overwhelming. That’s where we can help. When you earn your MBA from OHIO, you become a Bobcat for life, even after you graduate.

As a graduate degree-seeking business student, you will have the chance to work hand-in-hand with our Graduate Career Acceleration Team (GradCAT) and have access to four months of a career coach, branding expert, and career concierge. Additional benefits include:

  • 24/7 online resources that can be accessed anywhere, anytime
  • Convenient, live coaching via video conference or phone
  • Job-search resources that include new openings, personal assessments, and webinars

Whether it’s lifetime annual career coaching sessions, unlimited access to our job-search technology platform, or networking opportunities with more than 250,000 alumni, you can take comfort in knowing that we’ll be with you every step of the way as you strive to achieve your professional goals.

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