Earning Your Master’s Degree Online v. On-Campus

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).

Earning Your Master’s Degree Online v. On-Campus

Many online universities today offer graduate school programs. Are these degrees recognized by Human Resources offices in top companies? In many cases, yes.

Will Your Degree Be Respected?

A Vault.com study surveyed HR professionals. Those professionals listed the fields most likely to accept online degrees, and the fields least likely to accept online graduate degrees. Professionals in the fields of Internet/new media, technology, marketing, telecommunications and consulting can most benefit from an online graduate degree program. Employers in the fields of healthcare, law, and finance are more likely to expect a conventional master’s degree from a brick-and-mortar university.

Will You Miss the Social Interaction?

Perhaps the key factor to consider when contemplating an online university is whether or not you will miss the social interaction and networking opportunities on campus. Certainly, today’s online graduate degree programs offer plenty of student-to-student and student-to-advisor contact via email, phone, instant messenger and chat. But for some people, a computer screen cannot replace campus life.

Flexibility and Convenience

On the other hand, the flexibility and convenience of online graduate degrees appeal to many busy adults who want to earn their degree at home, at their own pace and in the hours they desire.

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