Finding the Right Graduate Program for You

The following short article is written to provide general advice about online education and degrees, not just information specific to WGU. If you have specific questions about WGU, feel free to inquire online or speak with an enrollment counselor (1-866-225-5948).

What Finding the Right Graduate Program for You

Congratulations! You’ve made the choice to earn your master's degree online. Maybe you’ve decided an online program will fit best into your busy lifestyle. How can you make sure?

Research Master’s Degree Online Programs

An online master’s degree requires lots of research, culminating in your master’s thesis. But it doesn’t begin on the first day of class. Research different online master’s degree programs before you pick the right one for you. Use the following methods:

  • Talk to graduates of the program. Ask them about their experience and if they found it worthwhile.
  • Read online about the various programs. Make sure the school of your choice offers the program and courses you require for your specialty field.
  • Speak with advisors in the program.

Evaluate Your Finances

Yes, a master’s degree can result in job promotions and a higher salary, but you may have to tighten your belt for the next few years to afford tuition and pay back your student loans.

Evaluate Your Schedule

Can you make the time necessary to devote to an online master’s degree program? Will the program you choose permit you to work at your own pace and set your own study hours?