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Looking for advice on online graduate program

Temple90Temple90 Registered User Posts: 17 Junior Member
I graduated with a degree in Risk Management & Insurance in 2013 and have been working in the Insurance Industry for the last five years. I am looking to go back to school and transition into a more technical field. I want to apply for an online program in IT or CIS.
I am seeing a lot of programs with pricing all over the place. Does anyone have any advice for what to look for in a program? Is a lesser known school a bad choice if it results in significant savings?

Any advice is appreciated!

Replies to: Looking for advice on online graduate program

  • happymomof1happymomof1 Registered User Posts: 28,375 Senior Member
    Is the college/university regionally acredited? Start with that.
  • MandalorianMandalorian Registered User Posts: 1,754 Senior Member
    edited April 17
    You have to be very careful with these. Many well-known non-profit Universities have online "Executive Education" programs, these are usually a good choice if they offer the same degrees as the on-campus sister programs.

    However, the non-accredited for-profit online "Universities" are fake and a scam. Stay far away. Those diplomas are not worth the paper they're printed on.

  • HMom16HMom16 Registered User Posts: 613 Member
    Western Governor's and University of Southern New Hampshire are both accredited and offer online degrees. Georgia Tech does as well.
  • BeaudreauBeaudreau Registered User Posts: 1,091 Senior Member
    Generally, I recommend that you limit your search to well-known universities that also offer traditional tech degrees. More and more well-known tech schools are offering on-line Masters degrees. The diploma should say Master Degree, just like for on-campus students.

    My nephew just got an on-line Master in Data Science degree from Cal Berkeley (with two weeks in residence). He loved the program and has already snagged a great job.
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