10 Reasons to Finish Your Degree Online

by Ron Haynes

Are you in the process of making the decision to finish your degree? I used an online program, but they aren’t for everyone. Before you use my checklist, review these 10 reasons you might consider an online program.

1. An online degree program allows you can set your own schedule — within limits. Accredited online degrees usually don’t allow you to lazily finish a course, but you can determine the amount of courses you take at once.

2. Online courses are accessible almost anytime. Unless there is a server problem, you can usually access your online degree program anytime you have an Internet connection.

3. Online degrees don’t expose you to intimidating professors or students. When I attended The University of Alabama, I originally was considering going to medical school. Other students with similar ambitions were incredibly intimidating and competitive. It drove me crazy. Online degree programs free you from that interaction as well as the interactions of a potentially bullying professor. Additionally, there is the “safety” issue. When you’re using an online program, you don’t expose yourself to potentially unsafe situations by walking across a dark campus at night.

4. When you sign up for an online degree program, you’re able to chose your own learning style. Many courses have lectures via DVD. If you’re a visual learner, this is great news. Other people learn by reading and online degrees are wonderful avenues for that style.

5. There is something for everyone in the online degree world. The amount of course offerings and programs is staggering. Associates, bachelors, masters, and even both types of doctoral programs are available. The majors you can choose range from nursing to business, from web development to ancient history, from graphic design to interior design.

6. You can learn new skills. By taking an online degree program, you’re expanding your horizons by learning new technologies.

7. Online degree programs also offer you the chance to brush up on old skills. You just thought you had forgotten how to write an essay! Most everything is “like riding a bike.” You have so much knowledge already, it’s just a matter of dusting it off and putting it to use.

8. Online degrees are cost effective. Remember that you won’t need to drive to class. You won’t have dorm room fees, meal plans, or parties to attend. Many online degree programs are cheaper than their traditional grounded program counterparts. You’ll be able to save significant amounts of money by purchasing your books online through sites like Ebay, or Half.com.

9. You’ll be able to use current applied technologies. Online degrees insure that you’ll be up to speed with how the Internet works since most online colleges and universities use very late developing technology.

10. You know you want to finish something you started all those years ago. An online degree program is the answer to your need to work AND finish your degree.

Use only accredited online degree programs!


Before you embark on ANY online degree program, please, PLEASE make sure the program is accredited by the Department of Education. If it isn’t, you are wasting your money and your time.

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Ron Haynes has written 1003 articles on The Wisdom Journal.


The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.


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otherdeb (Deb Wunder)

Great article. While online learning is not for everyone, it can be really great for those who have the discipline and motivation!

Having gotten my Bachelors Degree online, I would agree with one exception: In Point #8, you say, “You’ll be able to save significant amounts of money by purchasing your books online through sites like Ebay, or Half.com.” Many schools have special editions of textbooks for their online classes. These change often enough that someone taking the same course as you as little as four months later could need a different textbook, especially in the techonological subjects.

Ron

#otherdeb (Deb Wunder)→
I can see your point on technical books, but in both of my business degrees, I used Half and Ebay with great success. For those fast moving technical fields, though, you might want to stick with new. But even then, you can buy them online and save!

Thanks for commenting!

Richard @ Student Scrooge

I think online courses are a great idea generally — I especially agree with the notion that online courses give you a chance to conveniently be exposed to new idea — a continuing education of sorts.

Do you have any concerns about any sort of “stigma” associated with a whole degree earned online? I’ve always wondered how exactly they are perceived by, say, human resource managers, when they see an online degree vs. offline degree. I would imagine this is changing, but I really have no idea.

Ron

#Richard @ Student Scrooge→
Both my undergrad and graduate degrees came from schools that have traditional classes AND online classes. Most colleges and universities operate that way now anyway. Neither the degree transcripts nor the diplomas say anything about being “online” so it hasn’t been an issue for me.

My father in law made a comment about online schools and I replied to him, “Welcome to the 21st Century.” Honestly, going forward, does anyone NOT think that online education will be the predominant modus operandi? There will always be diehard traditionalists, but the world is changing fast!

Tracy

I am currently working towards my bachelor’s degree online through the University of Oklahoma. I have loved the online format and the freedom to work from home on my own time schedule. Since I live about 25 miles from the closest college, this also saves me hundreds of dollars in gasoline and car maintenance.

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