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Friday, March 30, 2012

Mastering The World Online

It’s the dream of many to own a Master’s Degree. Not only will this degree open so many doors of opportunity when it comes to achieving career goals, but satisfaction and a strong sense of self-worth will be yours.

It is considered a postgraduate degree. Owning a Master’s Degree means that you have achieved an academic level of high order over a specific course of study or profession.

Is it possible to obtain this level of education and proficiency through an online course? This avenue of study is increasing in popularity every year due to its convenience and flexibility. The cost of obtaining your Master’s Degree through an online course will vary from $10,000-$100,000 depending on the school and your chosen profession.

Grants and student loans are available to assist with financing and can be researched at students.gov. Traditionally, in order to receive a Master’s Degree, you normally will have to own a Bachelor’s Degree first and then continue from 1-3 years of continued study in a subject or profession that is at least related to your Bachelor’s Degree.

However, there are some universities that are offering a combination Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree that can be achieved after 5 years of study. Degrees obtained through an online school are awarded much faster. Certain professions require a Master’s Degree before you can be licensed such as a physical therapist, engineer or psychologist, etc. 

The two most common types of Master’s Degrees are the Master of Science and the Master of Arts. In a classroom setting, the curriculum involved in obtaining a Master’s Degree is not only course study in a graduate school program specific to your chosen profession, but also extensive research and normally a dissertation would be submitted before a degree can be awarded.

A dissertation is somewhat of a complex application for the degree. It may take 1-2 years to complete and includes the author’s research, findings and possibly a bibliography in whatever is the chosen profession. Obtaining a Master’s Degree is part of the process of going on to achieve a Doctorate or Ph.D. degree.

If you wish to pursue the online degree program, you should certainly investigate the caliber of the teaching staff. The online school that you are considering should have the credentials and qualifications of the teaching staff posted on their website. If they are reluctant to provide this information to you, that should be considered a red flag.

According to industry surveys, hiring managers are considering Master’s Degrees obtained through an accredited online school to be equal to a traditional Master’s Degree. In order for your degree to carry any value, you must first check out the reputation of the online school you wish to enroll in, because there are some online classes that will offer you a degree simply at the drop of a hat.

They are called degree mills and hiring managers are not fooled by a fake degree. A good source for checking to see if the online school that you are looking at is accredited is ope.ed.gov/accreditation.

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