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Why You Should Do Online Master’s Programs

 Case Study: Karen works as an assistant to a General Manager. She likes her job and she earns a good salary. But, the possibility of growth in the job is quite low and it’s always been her dream to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Since the economy is still shaky, she doesn’t want to leave her job. But, she doesn’t want to wait too long before applying for a Master’s degree either.

What does she do? She looks for online Master’s programs. An online Master’s program not only allows her to study mostly at her own pace, it also allows her to keep earning an income, providing her with a way to avoid those crushing student loans. Further, she would have a job at the end of her program, which will take the pressure off her when she is looking for another job, more suited to her new qualifications.

Why You Should Opt for It
This is one of the reasons why online master’s programs are becoming so popular. They allow participants a certain amount of flexibility to study around work. You could even travel- for work or pleasure- and study at the same time, so long as you have your laptop with you with access to the internet.

Further, you could opt for courses from colleges in any part of the world. You could be sitting at home and earning yourself a Master’s in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University; or sipping coffee in your favorite café working towards your MBA from Carnegie Mellon. How cool is that?

Many online students even do area or regional studies while living in the region they are studying about- talk about total immersion!

Most online Master’s programs follow a similar pattern. Each week, the teacher releases new material for the student to review. This material may be in the form of podcasts or flash slideshow files. They are also accompanied by a transcript of the video or the audio, in PDF form so that you can read whatever it is that you didn’t understand.

 There are weekly assignments- either essays or lengthy discussion posts, and a practice test followed by a graded test. Professors also assign classroom hours during which you can chat with the professor, ask and clear your doubts or just have a conversation with him or her and your fellow online students.

This is covered over a period of two years. Sometimes, it might be condensed so that the students can finish a little faster.

Things to Keep in Mind
Just because you are doing an online course does not mean that it will be any easier than a classroom based one. They both come with their own set of unwritten rules. For instance, online classes can perhaps be a little more difficult to concentrate since you have all the distraction in the world around you.

On the other hand, you can have fun or work all day long and study in the middle of the night or early in the morning if that is what you prefer. 

Also, you will be required to log into the online education website- Blackboard or EDUCAUSE, usually- for a minimum number of hours per week. This is to ensure that you are up-to-date with all announcements made by the professor and in handing in your assignments.

At the end of your online Master’s program, you will have the satisfaction of holding your new degree and you will be ready to take on a new job.

This article, on behalf of SimpleDegrees, was written by Ben Dimarino. SimpleDegrees is a leading online education referral company, dedicated to helping students find that perfect online course. For more information on online degrees, visit Wikipedia.

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