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How to Choose an Online Degree Program

Pursuing an online degree program is a flexible option. Students can juggle family, work and other obligations while they complete their degree. ...

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Pursuing an online degree program is a flexible option. Students can juggle family, work and other obligations while they complete their degree. However, before beginning an online program, students should consider a few things such as accreditation, social interaction, career services, program quality, and graduates of the program.

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  1. 1
    Make Sure the Online Degree Program is Accredited. Accreditation guarantees that a degree is legitimate and will be accepted by employers and other schools [1].
  2. 2
    Find Out All of the Methods for Program Interaction. There are many benefits to class participation and different programs offer different online opportunities. Some of the technology used for communication are: live chats, message boards, email and video conferencing just to name a few.
  3. 3
    Investigate the Program's Career Services. The degree program's career placement services can be a great resource to help you find a job after graduation. Find out what's offered and the program's track record for placing previous graduates.
  4. 4
    Try and Speak to Previous Graduates of the Program. Find out where the graduates were hired after graduation. This should give you a good indication of the quality of the program.

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  • Find out about scholarships, grants and private student loans that may apply to you.
  • Consider other online degree programs the school offers in case you decide to change your major.
  • Determine the online degree programs' retention rate.
  • Examine the curriculum to make sure the program meets your needs.
  • Review the program's internet and computer requirements.

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