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Online Masters Degree Programs

July 16th, 2011 Comments off

Students guide to Masters degree programs online.
Competition in the corporate sector in almost every corner of the world is tough. When hordes of candidates fighting for the same job end up being classified in the same talent pool, the recruiters turn their attention to the degrees these candidates carry. Naturally, out of the entire lot, a person with a Masters degree in a relevant field has a better chance to bag that job. Sometimes, in an office, promotions are decided not only based on the skill set of the candidate but also based on the presence of a Masters degree. For graduates who are stuck in situations where the advancement of their careers depend on Masters degrees, there are two possible options; they can either choose to leave work and enroll for a Masters degree in a college or university which takes up a year or two of their lives, or they can take the more clever route of enrolling for an online masters degree program without interrupting their career.
The decision to enroll for an online degree can be for a plethora of reasons but the most important thing to ensure is to get one in a relevant field and from a university that has all the necessary accreditations. Due to the huge popularity of online degrees in the world today many mediocre “universities” are offering degrees that fail to pass the test when it comes to imparting quality education or when it comes to offering a degree that is universally recognized. So it is of the utmost importance that proper research is done from your end before you decide which Masters degree you want to earn.

    Here are some basic pointers that you might want to check out before setting about looking for the best online masters degree programs –

  • Do your research thoroughly. If you’re trying to get enrolled in an online program to earn a Master’s degree, chances are that you already have a job and are trying to earn a post graduate degree to further your chances for promotion in the near future. If you’re working in a decent sized organization, then gather information on the Master’s degrees other people have earned to go further up the professional ladder. If I worked for them, it will work for you too. The human resource department can be of great help when looking for such information. A good amount of time spent online can be used to visit online degree forums where users talk about all their own experiences.
  • It is understood that any kind of post graduate study can be hard on the wallet whether it is a regular course or an online Master’s degree, although the latter is much cheaper than the former. However, this time the student already has a job and hence the tuition won’t be a pressure on the parents. Having said that, we must also be careful not to blow our entire month’s wage on the tuition itself. With proper research it is possible to zero in on a course that is not only legit, but also affordable.
  • It cannot be stressed enough how important the accreditation of a degree is. Stay clear of online ads that advertise their courses based on just the price or the flexibility but leave the topic of accreditation unaddressed. At the risk of sound repetitive, it all boils down to proper and thorough research. The website of the course must clearly state all the accreditations its degrees subscribe to.

One thing you need to remember as a prospective student of some Online Master’s Degree Program is that most of these courses are actually offered by reputed universities that are known for their regular courses. This means that once you or your office decides which course is best suited for you, a well timed search through the official websites of these universities will prove highly beneficial.

    Here are some of the top universities in the United States of America that offer online Master’s Degree Programs in various fields –

  • Grand Canyon University – this NCA CASI accredited university has acquired a very good name for itself in the field of online master’s degree courses over a brief period of time. It offers around twenty five different Master’s degrees in various fields. Some of the most sought after ones are Ken Blanchard Executive MBA, MBA and MS is Nursing, MBA in Finance, MS in Criminal Justice, etc.
  • Capella University – being one of the biggest online universities in North America and the world itself, Capella University is all about online MBA degrees. This too is NCA CASI certified, which means all degrees Capella gives out, are widely accepted across the developed nations. Some of the most talked about courses are MBA in Finance, MBA in IT, MBA is Sports, etc.
  • Walden University – Along with Grand Canyon and Capella, Walden University completes the holy trident of online education in the North American region. It offers thirty different courses in the Master’s level out of which the degrees in Healthcare and Public Administration are really popular.

There are many other universities too that offer online Master’s Degrees in various fields. It is totally up to you as a student/worker to find the one that helps you in the best possible way.
The reasons why a lot of offices or companies choose online Master’s degrees for their prospective candidates is simple – the flexible timings do not clash with the work schedule of the employees and the degree also prevents attrition among hard working and skilled people. Some employees choose to pursue such degrees at their own expense because these give them the necessary edge over others when it comes to getting promoted and also because most of these online Master’s degree programs are tax exempted. This means one can not only ensure higher earnings for the future but also save money while studying. With all these benefits it is only logical to believe that online Master’s degrees are here to stay for a long time.