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Posted May 21, 2016 by

What kind of degrees can be pursued online?

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The availability of online colleges has increased drastically even just over the last 10 years, and with that change, the degree offerings have also become more widespread. Today, students can find almost any degree level or major offered through an online institution. With a little effort and commitment, they can find a career path that works for them and take them where they want to go. So, consider all of the possibilities offered today when it comes to online degrees.

Certification levels

Previously, the certification levels provided through online colleges were limited, but today, students can find degrees at any level to meet their needs. Here’s an overview of certifications and degrees available at most colleges and universities.

•Certification: Many professional fields require ongoing certification to keep a license up-to-date. Fortunately, there are many certification program options, including those in medicine, education, counseling, and even business.

•Associate Degree: Two-year associate degree programs are a good choice for many career options, and online institutions typically offer a wide variety of programs at this level.

•Bachelor’s Degree: These four-year degrees are among the most popular online degree programs. Most online schools offer the widest variety of bachelor’s degree programs.

•Master’s Degree: These options used to be much less common, but students can now find online programs to obtain an MBA, MS, M.Ed., or MA.

•Doctoral Degree: This level of degree is still the rarest to be found on the internet; however, even doctorate degrees are increasingly offered online today. There are a variety of options ranging from business to education and even theology.

Majors

Many students believe they’ll be limited in their major choice if they choose to opt for an online program, but that simply isn’t the case. Online colleges offer a wide range of major options, including those in humanities, fine arts, business, finance, technology, science, health, medicine, education, and even law and criminal justice.

Specialized degrees

Today’s online colleges are even equipped to offer a wide range of specialized degree programs, such as a board certified behavior analyst program that can teach students to see the big picture. These degrees require specific preparation and advanced techniques that make them perfect candidates for an individualized online program. To pursue endorsement through a program like the behavior analyst certification, students are often required to complete specific prerequisites prior to applying for the program to ensure their success.

There are more online degree options available today than ever before. Online colleges offer programs at all different certification levels, as well as degree programs in various subjects. The possibilities are unlimited.

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Rachelle Wilber, guest writer

Rachelle Wilber, guest writer

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700

Posted May 13, 2015 by

The reality behind recruiting employees with online degrees

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Mark Turpin, CEO of The HT Group

How do you compare online degrees with traditional diplomas? Find out why companies’ acceptance of online degrees held by job candidates is growing.

From Penn State to the University of Miami, online degrees have never before been available from such a large and diverse group of institutions. Whether these schools are public or private and have physical college campuses or not, the questions that arise when you’re looking at job candidates remain the same. How do you tell the difference between online and traditional degrees, and at the end of the day, does it really matter? (more…)

Posted May 08, 2015 by

Why You May Want to Consider Earning Your Degree Online: Personal Perspective of a Doctoral Candidate

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Deborah Anderson

Years ago, when you stated that you were going to earn a degree online, it was not surprising to have someone respond with a question of whether or not the degree is legitimate. Or, worse yet, were you “purchasing” the degree (which obviously isn’t a degree at all).

Nowadays, it is not unusual to have online opportunities to earn a degree, from the Bachelors, to Graduate School with the Masters and even the Doctorate. There are respectable schools from the known-for-online, like University of Phoenix and Capella University, to the brick-and-mortar schools. Yes, even the state universities have arrived and have opportunities for people to go to school “online.” (more…)

Posted March 03, 2015 by

4 Engineering Degrees for the Technically Minded Individual

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College students who want to get on the fast track to success would do well to consider majoring in engineering. People who graduate with engineering degrees will find that they never have trouble finding work, and engineering is one of the most lucrative fields as well. There are lots of different choices when it comes to engineering majors, and it can be difficult to decide which one is the best. Here is a look at four of the top engineering majors that students should consider. (more…)

Posted March 02, 2015 by

Medical Assistant Career Overview – What You Need To Know

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Boris Dzhingarov

The medical assistant career is one of the fastest of all the professions when referring to growth. There are various advantages associated with becoming such a professional and although the truth is that this is one career that is quite challenging, requiring you to have a lot of responsibility and dedication, personal and financial satisfactions are really high.

In the modern healthcare industry, the medical assistant is seen as a vital part of the system. He/she will perform a myriad of different tasks that are vital in medical offices and hospitals. You get a chance to help out the community and help out thousands of patients during your life. (more…)

Posted August 22, 2014 by

5 Reasons Why You Should Get an MBA

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A study in the Journal of Education for Business found that full-time Masters of Business Administration (MBA) graduates from Top 50 schools typically have an earning salary that is 50 percent higher than their previous earnings. Additionally, this already high salary nearly doubles over the next five years. An MBA also comes with other benefits besides money. With an MBA you can be a valuable asset to companies, you can change career paths more easily and you can grow your professional network. (more…)

Posted July 07, 2014 by

5 Tips for Success When Taking Online Classes

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Young girl at home learning on her laptop with books. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you plan on taking online classes, be prepared for a totally different learning experience.

Looking into a computer screen to earn a college degree is a relatively new phenomenon and students should alter their study techniques, schedules, attitudes and more to be successful. Below are five tips to help out students new to online learning. (more…)

Posted September 17, 2013 by

Three ways online students can be as social as on-campus students

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Online college can feel isolating sometimes.

Without the physical presence of the campus, students and professors, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on the college experience. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can earn an online degree and still enjoy many of the social benefits of being in college.

Here are three ways online students can be as social as on-campus students. (more…)

Posted July 09, 2013 by

Making Sure Your Degree Is Accredited

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A bachelor’s degree in education with a grad hat. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As prospective students search college databases and educational websites, they will notice a term that gets used quite a lot: accreditation. Accreditation agencies (or simply, accreditors) work to evaluate a college degree program and make sure it meets certain standards. These organizations help students identify legitimate, well-respected schools and avoid scams. (more…)

Posted June 06, 2013 by

Want to Earn a Degree But Fear Computers? How Online Schools Can Help

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Just because you may not be the most tech savvy person does not mean you can’t earn a college degree.  With the right assistance, you can achieve this goal.

Computers are the technical, magical portals to knowledge. That’s why the best online schools are prepared to show adult students how to get up and running quickly and easily.

“Computer skills are commensurate with confidence, yet many professionals are struck with computerphobia – the fear and anxiety about computers and their use – once they are asked to complete tasks other than checking e-mail or surfing the Web,” says Jen Chavez, new student success advisor at American Sentinel University. (more…)