Why You Should Consider an Online Graduate Degree
February 12th, 2013

consider an online graduate degreeOnline learning isn’t just for people starting out with an undergraduate degree program or trying to complete their bachelor’s degree.

E-learners include working professionals and adult learns seeking to advance their education with graduate degree programs. You’ll find online graduate programs offered in a huge variety of subject areas, from engineering to health care to information technology to business and beyond.

Taking Graduate Education to the Next Level
The opportunities to earn a graduate degree online are incredible. The growth in online degrees, at the master’s and doctorate levels, too, allow working professionals to get an advanced degree, but on your schedule and without having to physically be on campus.

Graduate students can put their multitasking abilities to the test, by juggling work and family obligations while going back to school with an online program. There’s no need to leave the workforce while earning a master’s or doctorate degree because an online education enables you to get in school while still working full-time or part-time.

Here’s more proof of the prevalence and growth of online graduate degrees: U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings this year included graduate online degree programs in business, education, engineering, information technology, and nursing.

Online Graduate Education Success Stories
One of the schools that performed well in U.S. News’ rankings is the Stetson University School of Business in DeLand, Fla., which offers a Master of Accountancy and a joint Master of Business Administration degree with the University of Florida.

Dr. Stuart Michelson, dean of the School of Business Administration, says: “As Stetson has become involved in online education, we wanted to ensure we offered only the highest quality educational experience. For that reason, all of our online offerings have been synchronous courses, allowing real-time interaction between the professor and our students.”

Brandman University, based in California, had its online MBA program named to the U.S. News’ online program Honor Roll. Glenn Worthington, dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies, says: “We are focused on delivering an innovative curriculum that is flexible and convenient to meet the needs of busy adults and we’re pleased that our efforts have received national recognition.”

Why Earn a Graduate Degree Online

Here are five reasons to pursue a graduate degree online:

  1. You’ll learn at your own pace and with a flexible schedule.
  2. You’ll have access to a quality education no matter where you live.
  3. You’ll learn from distinguished University faculty with an interest in innovative learning online.
  4. You’ll be able to use the latest technology to learn, which could be applied to your current job.
  5. It’ll save you or your company money (if they are reimbursing you or contributing to the costs) with online learning, which often is more affordable.

Pursuing a graduate degree in any format is a worthy pursuit. You may find that an online graduate program is the path you need to take to accomplish your goals.