Heading back to college brings out a variety of feelings ranging from excitement to fear. Today’s economy makes a college education more important than ever. However, for many heading into a classroom full-time isn’t an easy task. Online schools are more popular than ever. They are a great choice for those who are serious about their education and who have the self-discipline. One of the most popular graduate degrees today is an MGA. If you are looking at executive MBA schools Colorado is well-known for schools who offer MBAs.
As for myself, my master’s degree was going to be in education. As an undergrad, I was a single mother with three kids and chose a traditional classroom setting. When it came time to get a master’s degree, my work schedule wouldn’t accommodate a regular classroom very well. I looked into going to school online and it was a great choice for me. I had assignments and online discussions due weekly. I could work at my own pace to a certain degree, as long as I made the deadlines. It wasn’t easy, but I made sure I knew before I signed up and paid for classes what to expect. Here are some points I think are worth considering:
Self-discipline-I mentioned this, but it is truly the most important item to consider. If you aren’t sure you can make yourself buckle down and get the work done in time to meet deadlines, an online college isn’t for you. I am happy I didn’t go to school online until grad school. I think if possible it is great to get at least a few initial classes under your belt in a regular classroom. It is a great way to “get used” to going to college.
Expectations-Be careful and don’t assume every school has deadlines and as long as you meet them you can log on anytime. Some schools have classes that meet online at set times.
Costs and Books-Costs can be higher at many online schools. Often it is assumed there is less physical overhead so it should be cheaper. Consider the number of people attending an online school is generally much higher and that drives up costs as well. Consider the cost of books as well. Shipping can make books much more expensive. Shop around online before ordering books from the school to see if you can find a better deal.
Physical location-Does the school have a physical location you can visit? This can be handy for tutoring, administrative issues (payments etc), and for group work.
I am sure there are plenty more points, but these are all things I kept in mind myself. I truly enjoyed attending online. For those considering furthering their education by obtaining an MBA or another degree, best of luck!
*This is a sponsored post, however all points and views are my own.