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Is an Online College Degree as Credible as a Traditonal?

28 Sep

Lately, I have been thinking about going back to school. The only way I personally will do so is by taking online classes. The reason being is that I simply do not have the time or schedule to rearrange my life to go to classes that are set in stone. Another main reason of mine is because that 30-60 minute commute to a school is 30-60 minutes that I can spend working on my online classes or working my job. It just fits better for me, and that’s that. However, now that I am seriously considered getting an online college degree, I start to wonder if this is as credible as if I were to physical go to school. Although I have done an extensive search for the best online colleges, distance learning and talking to several friends of mine that have done online classes themselves – I was still left with the question: Is an online college degree as credible as a traditional degree? Alas, more research and I have some things you may want to consider when actually applying to an online college!

As I mentioned previously, make sure you search for the best online colleges and accredited online colleges. Make sure that the online school you are considering applying to is not online known, but also legitimate, prestigious and recognizable. The worst would be to have a potential employer say, “you went to school where?!” Make sure to avoid this question and apply to somewhere that people will know, such as Wilfred Laurier or University of Phoenix.

Consider the level of degree that you are aiming for. It is said that pertaining an online bachelors degrees may be considered acceptable yet less credible than if you were to get online graduate degrees. Hmmm, something to think about, right?

The field of study and industry is also a biggie. Personally, I completely understand this. For example, would you rather go to a doctor that has online degrees – or a doctor that had hands-on teaching and training?  …That should be a rhetorical question!

Conclusion? Obtaining an online degree can be just as credible as a traditional degree. As long as you consider where you are applying to, and the field of study. To be honest, would a legitimate online college let you get your medical PhD strictly online? Probably not.

As for the advice from my friends…. online classes takes a lot of dedication, hard work and commitment.