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Is an Online Degree Right for Me?

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

Today, many people choose to pursue their college degree online. Pursuing an education in this format can be convenient and flexible, allowing you to create an educational path that is suitable for you. With the many proven benefits of online degree programs, it is no wonder so many people are choosing to earn a degree online.

But, is it right for everyone? Here are some things to take into account when considering an online degree.

Goals

Your educational and professional goals are perhaps the most important thing to consider when it comes to getting an online degree. What major are you interested in? What kind of career would you like to pursue? It is important to ensure your degree program of interest is offered in an online format. Doing research at this stage will allow you to determine whether or not your degree can be earned online and if it will be advantageous in pursuing your career.

For example, some occupations, such as physical therapy, require hands-on application of principles. Therefore, this type of degree in an online format may not be ideal. On the other hand, a business degree may be a great choice for an online degree.

Accreditation

It is extremely important to earn your degree from an accredited institution. Accreditation speaks to the quality of the university and its academic programs. In addition, accreditation represents acknowledgement by peer institutions.

In choosing where to pursue a degree, especially an online degree, ensuring your choice is accredited provides an assurance of quality and continual institutional program improvement. Degrees that are not earned from a dependable institution may not be acknowledged by employers or other schools if you are looking to further your education. So, be sure to do your research in choosing where to earn your online degree from.

Transfer Credits

If you have already taken coursework from another institution previously, you may be able to transfer those credits toward your degree program. Be sure to contact the college transfer center of the university you will be attending in order to learn how your credits can be applied to your degree. As a result, you may be able to save time and money, and earn your degree sooner than you think!

Available Resources

Before committing to an online degree program, it is important to ensure you have the resources necessary to be successful. For example, will you have enough time to dedicate to studying, and a peaceful and quiet place to do so? While you will not have to physically attend classes, you will need to dedicate the proper amount of time to interact with the class material. Therefore, earning an online education requires dedication and motivation.

In addition, it is important to research what technology requirements are necessary for completing an online degree. For example, if you do not have regular access to a computer or have poor Internet connection, it may be difficult to keep up with your classes.

Cost

The cost of your education is another factor to take into consideration when looking into an online degree. The benefit with an online degree program is that it has the potential to be cheaper than a traditional campus program. However, it is a common misconception that all online programs are less expensive. It is important to do research and explore financing options of different degree programs. In addition, be sure to look into potential scholarship opportunities.

Online programs have given many individuals the opportunity to pursue a college-level education. For those who want to further their education in a convenient format, pursuing an online degree may be a great option.

Grand Canyon University offers a wide variety of online degree programs for students. GCU is an accredited university that stands out from other online education institutions. To learn more about pursing an education at GCU, contact us today!

About Lauren Abraham
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Communications Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Lauren Abraham is a junior at Grand Canyon University. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living here. She has loved her time at GCU so far, as she has made many friendships and discovered what she is passionate about. Currently, she is studying communication with a minor in marketing. She has always loved writing and working with people, and one day hopes to become an editor or journalist. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.

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