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Are online degrees worth anything?

degreepivotdegreepivot Posts: 7Registered User New Member
edited February 2013 in Online Degrees
Hi...

I am 20 years old i am doing a job. I am satisfied with my job till date. But now i am feeling that in any good field high qualification is required so i want do study further.But i dont have enough time to manage study with my job.I have heard about online degree programs but i fear are they worth full or not. can anyone please guide me about online degree programs?
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Replies to: Are online degrees worth anything?

  • BatlloBatllo Posts: 3,047- Senior Member
    Have you tried to take early morning/late nights classes at a local cc?
    Much more affordable and will determine if you are ready to study and have a job at the same time.
  • brutallyhonestbrutallyhonest Posts: 95Registered User Junior Member
    i dont have enough time to manage study with my job
    So how will you study for an online degree?
  • EnglishProfToBeEnglishProfToBe Posts: 46Registered User Junior Member
    Online degrees are notorious money pits with no return. See if you can change your hours a bit or take very early morning/late night classes at a city/state school or CC. Lots of people, especially in CCs, do that and there are often classes that are meant to accommodate work schedules.
  • rupert421rupert421 Posts: 39Registered User Junior Member
    Online degrees hold nearly as much valor as your typical campus programs. Studies have shown that 80% of employers view online students to be just as valuable as campus students.* The trick is to pick the right school. Don't pick schools that are for-profit because they just want your cash. Know your accreditations and look at some popular brick and mortar schools that you like and see if they offer online programs (most do now). I graduated with an online degree and it took me 3 months to find a job in this crappy economy (which is better than most grads are doing). The thing is if you graduate with an online degree from a good school that is recognized by most when you say its name, then you will get a job. You don't even have to mention that it's an online degree and your diploma isn't going to say online.

    That being said, online programs are very difficult. If you think you don't have the time to work and study dont even attempt it. Best of luck......

    *Statistics Show Online Students Are More Successful! - TRCB
  • degreepivotdegreepivot Posts: 7Registered User New Member
    Thanks for the suggestion.I can not handle my study with my job due to lack of time.But in that case i can think about early morning/late nights classes at a local cc. It is a better option.
  • hahalolkhahalolk Posts: 1,757Registered User Senior Member
    If you do decide to attend an online school, avoid for-profit schools because they are far too expensive and typically are poor quality.
  • 2bnoir2bnoir Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
    Hi everyone, I researched online schools and found several sources to look for reputable schools. There are three major companies that operates their client's ( The Universities, i.e. New England College and Boston University) online degree programs, one is Embanet, another is Blackboard and the last is Deltak.
  • RojonoriRojonori Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    I think it largely depends on the school you choose. Some are respected, some not so much.
  • Katrina8Katrina8 Posts: 14- New Member
    It depends on the school. Avoid for-profit schools at all costs. Find a not for profit school with a good reputation that's been around for awhile, with a real campus and real professors (PhDs) creating the curriculum. Here's an example: http://www.ccis.edu/online/

    Any degree you can get without having to put in a lot of hours studying is not worth having. Good luck!
  • 2bnoir2bnoir Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
    Not for profit or for profit, or research institution verse non research institution, professor with PhD's who have large research grants or instructors with Master degrees. It all comes down to what is a good fit for the student. There are two large for profit corporations in adult education which includes the Apollo Group and Career Education Corporation. They own University of Phoenix and American Intercontinental University, both schools are regionally accredited. All colleges and universities are out to make a profit. Is one better than another, it all depends on your situation. For me, going to a ground campus makes more sense, because I want to enjoy my college experience. Plus I am only 17 years old. I did a paper on for profit universities after receiving number of calls from them when I mistakenly fill out something on the internet. I tell you this an online degree will be cheaper for a student who doesn't desire the college experience. There's no housing and board expense obviously, no transportation expense, therefore you can save. The key is finding one where your Pell grant would cover your expense, if the school is domicile in your state better yet. Apply for scholarships through fastweb and *****************. See my post above about well known universities with online degree programs through a third party vendor.
  • XaviFMXaviFM Posts: 952Registered User Member
    Whatever you wrote it got bleeped out.
  • 2bnoir2bnoir Posts: 68Registered User Junior Member
    It was a scholarship website, maybe the Mods can give a reason.
  • drew900drew900 Posts: 10Registered User New Member
    any schools that are 100% online I would stay away from. Also stay away from any for profit colleges.

    find a traditional college and see what online programs they offer. Almost all your universities now from USC to University of Maryland offer some online courses.

    If you have a tough work schedule look for universities that offer hybrid courses where most of the instruction is online but exams are on campus.

    Also..if this is your first time going to college then i suggest starting at a community college. Most of your community colleges now either offer online courses or hybrid courses.
  • GLOBALTRAVELERGLOBALTRAVELER Posts: 2,856Registered User Senior Member
    As long as you are using a reputable school (like Univ of Maryland), your degree program can 100% online.

    Now keep the following in mind....

    Many online students say (and I kind of agree) that you may have a little more work (assignments, projects, discussions, etc) in an online course than a face-to-face class. I am not saying the extra work is harder or more difficult but still more work.
  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse Posts: 24,628Registered User Senior Member
    It depends on the program. My dear friend has a job because she got an on line masters. The job required a masters degree and they did not care where she got it. It was just an item that was checked off the list to get the job.
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