Concordia University Chicago’s Online Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree Programs are ranked #31 on the 100 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. However, we know you still have a lot of questions about whether or not these programs are right for you. From degree type to program length and cost, we have compiled a Q&A to assist you on your educational path.

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Each accelerated bachelor’s degree has a unique curriculum and respective career outlook. We offer bachelor’s degrees in management in the following areas:

  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resources (HR) Management
  • Organizational Management

Concordia-Chicago’s Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management is designed to provide you with the professional knowledge and management skills necessary to be effective and socially responsible leaders in dynamic regional, national and global health services systems. 

A healthcare management degree provides opportunities in many fields, including business, education, government, and the not-for-profit sectors. Many who pursue a healthcare management degree will go on to work in administrative or management roles in hospitals, assisted living facilities, healthcare clinics, or rehabilitation centers. 

Occupations in this field include careers such as:

  • healthcare administrator
  • healthcare consultants
  • public health professional
  • clinic director 

What is the job outlook and median salary for people with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Management degree?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in 2019 for medical and health services managers was $100,980 annually. Between 2019 and 2029, employment of medical and health services managers is projected to grow 32% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, OOH Medical and Health Service Managers).

The Bachelor of Science in Human Resource (HR) Management provides students with a fundamental understanding of the workplace, human capital, and how to provide value to any organization. Human resource professionals contribute to the successful operation of an enterprise by:

  • motivating employees
  • enforcing government regulations
  • handling labor negotiations
  • establishing competitive employee benefits
  • developing training programs for maintaining a successful workplace with optimal productivity. 

Equipped with a basic understanding of the fluctuating landscape of corporate culture, graduates may proceed immediately to employment in small businesses, nonprofit organizations, private corporations and global enterprises.

What is the job outlook and median salary for people with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources (HR) Management degree?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a human resources manager in 2019 was $116,720 annually. Job outlook is estimated to grow faster than average over the next decade, increasing 6% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, OOH Human Resources Manager).

This BA in Organizational Management will help you build the essential business, management, and leadership skills you’ll need to achieve your dream career. You will learn the building blocks of any successful organization, including team coordination and delegation, understanding individual and team motivation, and leadership techniques.

After earning this degree, you will not only understand all of the main areas of business, such as resources, operations, marketing, education, and technology, but you will also be ready to custom design your preferred business culture and habits. This knowledge will create career pathways to positions like:

  • industrial-organizational psychologist
  • management analysts
  • chief executives
  • information or tech consultant
  • risk management specialists

What is the job outlook and median salary for people with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management degree?

Employment in management occupations is projected to grow five percent from 2019 to 2029. Incredibly, this is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth will create about 505,000 new jobs.

Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations. 

The median annual wage for management occupations was $105,660 in May 2019, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Do you someday want to be a CEO? According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a chief executive in 2019 was $184,460 annually, with the BLS listing the career as one of the top 20 highest paying occupations. Rate of growth for these positions over the next decade is 4% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, OOH Management).

To enroll in Concordia-Chicago’s accelerated bachelor programs, you must show a GPA of 2.0 or above on your most recent college transcript. If you have fewer than 15 college credits, then you can submit proof of a high school diploma or equivalent. 

International students must have a minimum score of 72 on the Test of English as a Foriegn Language (TOEFL). You will also need to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your transcript from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

This program is 100% online so you can shape your education around your schedule. Courses are asynchronous, meaning you can log on to watch your lectures whenever you have the time. This way, your class is available to you wherever you have the internet, whether it’s between work shifts, before the kids wake up, or after running errands.

Course Length

Course length is the amount of time it takes you to complete one class. Each course is designed to fit into an 8-week accelerated schedule, to save you time and money

Graduation

As for program length, that depends on how many transfer credits you have! If you come in with no credits, the degree would take about three years to complete, compared to the typical four-year degree. However, you can complete the program in as few as 16 months with transfer credit!

Concordia-Chicago allows you to transfer up to 67 credit hours from your past academic and life experience. This is half of the credit you need to graduate, cutting down the time and cost of your education. It’s very important to complete this step!

When submitting your application, you can fill out a transfer credit form, which our admissions experts will evaluate to see how many courses apply for transfer hours. When completing this form, keep in mind these requirements:

  • Coursework must have been completed within the last 10 years.
  • You must have earned a B or better for the transferring class.
  • Courses that are transferred in must be equivalent to your program’s required classes. For example, you cannot transfer a biology course into the Sports Leadership program, because that program does not require any biology classes.

Your tuition will depend on how many credits you begin with. If you bring in the total amount of allowed transfer hours, you can cut your tuition by more than half. 

In addition to transfer credits lowering the total cost, all Concordia-Chicago programs are eligible for financial aid. You can also apply to federal and state grants, including:

  • Federal Pell Grant Program: A grant based on financial need, awarded by the federal government. The maximum Pell Grant is $6,345 for the 2020-2021 academic year 
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant: Additional federal grant funding allocated to the University that is awarded to Pell Grant recipients who show exceptional financial need.
  • Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP): Awarded by the state of Illinois to qualified Illinois residents. The award amount is based on enrolled credit hours; amounts vary from three to fifteen enrolled credit hours.

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Concordia University Chicago has been educating students for over 150 years. When you enroll in our online programs you earn the same campus quality degree. Ready to advance your career with an accelerated bachelor’s degree in management? Contact one of our Admissions Advisors, download a program guide, or take the first application steps.