Why Getting a Graduate Degree Online is Right for You
As you get further along in your career, one thing is becoming readily apparent – those with graduate degrees have more opportunities to excel. While you would love to improve your skillset by going back to school, participating in a traditional graduate program is just not an option for you right now with your busy work schedule and family life. Plus, the universities in your area do not have programs that fit your needs, and even if they did, the class fees are so astronomical that you could not afford to attend anyway. So, what chance do you have of getting ahead?
Have no fear, online graduate programs are here!
Now, you are probably wondering just how well online programs stack up to traditional degrees, and the answer often lies in your expectations. If are you hoping to rekindle your undergrad experience complete with dorm life and frat parties, then an online program is definitely not for you. But if you are a working professional that wants to further your education and open up more promotion opportunities, then take a look at these reasons why an online graduate degree may be your ideal solution.
Flexible scheduling allows you to learn at your own pace
Online graduate programs do not require you to cram all of your classes into a traditional 2-year degree. Instead, you have the ability to take as little or as many classes as you like at a time, and you never have to worry about not getting into a certain required class because it is “full”. You may have a certain time that classes start, but you don’t have to be there in the lecture hall. You can attend class at your convenience, whether that be after work, first thing in the morning, or even on your lunch break. Important phone call during class? No problem. Can’t get out of bed because you are sick? Just visit the lecture later. Need to repeat the last section that was covered? Rewind. Brilliant!
You can attend a school in Iowa even if you live in California
When it comes to online graduate degrees, you don’t have to live in a state for a year to establish residency. So even though Upper Iowa University is based in Fayette, IA, the online graduate program allows you to attend your classes anytime from anywhere in the world! Just think of all of the time saved not having to commute back and forth, and you won’t have to spend time away from work or family.
Contrary to popular belief, you will have lots of contact with your instructor and classmates, even if you are on the other side of the country. You can communicate with your instructor via email, attend study sessions in chat rooms, get your assignments and notes via online bulletin boards, and even have your questions answered via instant messaging. Special software programs can stream audio or recorded lectures and virtual workgroups allow you to solve interactive puzzles and projects with other students.
An online degree often utilizes the latest technology
If you are completing an online degree, you will learn from distinguished professors who are not only passionate about their subject matter, but are interested in using the latest technologies and programs to advance your skillset. This may help you get ahead in your career field simply by applying your new tech capabilities.
Online classes may be cheaper than in-class courses
In many cases, acquiring an online graduate degree is much less expensive than getting your degree from a traditional brick-and-mortar school. Online graduate programs have less incurred costs (no buildings to maintain or thousands of support staff to pay), and students do not have costs associated with commuting to a college campus.
H2: Important tips for choosing an online graduate program
- Make sure you are comfortable with the structure and format of the program in regards to your schedule, time to completion, and chosen degree requirements.
- Choose a program that involves dynamic interaction between students and instructor.
- Check out the credentials of the instructors and the reputation of the school.
When it comes down to it, pursuing a graduate degree online is definitely a worthy pursuit. Not only will it help you get ahead in your career, but you can complete the program at your convenience. If you have any questions about the online graduate programs offered by Upper Iowa University, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!