Is a Master’s Degree for me ok?

By | September 14, 2015

I am a student getting ready to finish my Bachelor’s from UCF (Orlando, Fl) in the Summer, and beginning the process of going to for my Master’s, and eventually my PhD.

A lot of schools offer online programs, but is there really a difference between online programs at big schools (UCF, Seton Hall, Miami, USF, etc…) compared to little or not less known schools (Univ. of Pheonix or all other 100% online schools).

Any information would help, thanks so much.

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4 thoughts on “Is a Master’s Degree for me ok?

  1. Kate

    The 100% online schools will not offer the same clout as a degree from a regular university that has online programs. Everyone has heard of U. Phoenix, Walden, etc. and knows that they are online schools. The problem is some are ed, some aren’t. Stick with a well known school with a real campus, and take their online degrees.

    Good luck!
    (MSW grad student in NY)

  2. neniaf

    There are huge differences in quality. The commercial enterprises like UofP focus on making the course look good on the surface. Expect smooth interfaces and flashy touches. The online programs at the not-for-profits are focused on academic quality. It may not be as pretty or organized, but you are learning from people who really know their stuff, rather than being handed a standardized curriculum by the company. I’ve known people who taught for UofP; they were given practically a script to follow, so it didn’t seem to matter that they didn’t know much about their subject matter. You mention that you want to go on for a Ph.D. You should know that in most fields, the online degree from a for-profit will not be respected at all in the Ph.D. admissions process.

  3. Jun S

    Yes its ok, but don’t rely on online programs too much. they are not that accurate, if you can, take your courses in campus and their online program. With this option u can have help off and in campus when you need it, compare to doing it all by yourself.

  4. OrangeKitten

    First, not all online schools are from ‘less known schools’. There are major existing universities that offer online programs, or distance learning. These programs are equivalent to the regular courses offered on campus as the instructors teach the courses the same way, it’s just the internet is used to post notes, lectures, and turn in assignments.

    On the other hand, for-profit institutions, such as UoP, have a fundamentally different philosophy towards ‘education’. As a for-profit, their very interests are in producing as much profit as possible for their shareholders. They are not interested in providing a quality education whatsoever. This fundamental flaw can be seen by how they aggressively advertise (through spam and telemarketing) to gain new students. Aggressive growth is once again a quality of for-profits as it appeases shareholders. Another example is how their so-called enrollment counselors are actually salespeople working on commission (and the position doesn’t even require a college degree!) So you see, it would be unethical for them as a for-profit NOT to please their shareholders in terms of dollars. This is exactly why reputable private schools are all non-profits. They do not report to their shareholders.

    In turn, the world of education shuns for-profits and will not respect any credentials of someone who presents them. The professional world is not quite as cruel but awareness of for-profits is gaining every day, especially as UoP is producing very sleezy tactics in marketing and financial aid fraud. As a result, many employers are finding out that UoP graduates are worthless. Some have gone as far to blacklist applicants using a UoP credential on their resume. So in short, don’t attend a for-profit if you plan to use it for career advancement.

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