How Employers View Online Bachelor Degrees

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).

Is your accredited online bachelor’s degree going to be as well-respected as a comparable degree from a traditional university? Recent studies say, “Maybe.”

According to a survey of Human Resources professionals done by, 26 percent of those polled believe that online bachelor’s degrees are as credible as bachelor’s degrees from a brick-and-mortar school.

Different fields, Different Views

Your online degree will most likely be accepted if you enter the fields of:

  • Internet/New Media
  • Technology
  • High Tech
  • Media and Marketing
  • Telecommunications
  • Consulting

On the other hand, you may have to convince employers of the validity of your degree in the following fields:

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Healthcare/Biotech
  • Academia
  • Government
  • Finance

What can you do to convince your employer your online bachelor’s degree is valid?

Full disclosure — Explain that you earned your degree online — you have nothing to hide.

Bring proof — Be prepared with transcripts and course study examples, as well as anything you have to authenticate the program and its accreditation.

Share real-world experience — Your professional job experience will stand beside your degree as proof that you’re right for the job.

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