Which online degrees are worth it, and which are a waist of time?

By | October 16, 2015

I’ve been researching online degrees and have found many of them to be unnecessary for the type of career they promote. Example : pharmacy technician. I spoke with a pharmacist and was told that a degree is unnecessary, just go to Barns &noble and buy a study guide and take a test and.! Your a pharmacy technician.
Not to say that these degrees aren’t informatory, but at my age, chasing down degree after degree just isn’t an option. I need a lagitimate degree that will place me in a career status on it’s own standings,and not a degree that says “Ok, here’s your degree that will prepare you to go to school and get a real one.”
Any advise for a downsized old man like me? LOL
Just kidding about the old man bit. Middle age is more like it.

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4 thoughts on “Which online degrees are worth it, and which are a waist of time?

  1. DS

    The general answer is that none of the online degrees are worth it.

    The only ones that even come close would be online degree programs from REAL universities. Not like university of phoenix or Argosy, but actual proper universities who have recently added an online degree or two.

    Even then, the programs offered are extremely limited and quite frankly, i’d be skeptical.

  2. Sandeep

    Well, As you know, MBA degree is one of the best demanded degree in industry. After graduation, if you are willing to be a part of corporate sector then you must opt for MBA. It will help you in being a good business person, a valuable employee.

    Most of the people prefer job after graduation, because online MBA is the best choice for working professionals so that they can continue their job while getting their higher MBA degree.

    Further the fees for the online degree are affordable too.

    Visit http://www.university18.edu.in/ OR http://www.dbuglobal.com/site/Online_MBA for more information on best MBA courses.

  3. Hannican

    These days, almost every degree sets you up for going back to school to get a real one. Unless you finish a program in math, hard sciences or engineering, you may regret it. Do not get a liberal arts degree!

    When choosing a school, look for one that is either state-funded, or provides online programs in addition to in-person courses. The big schools who advertise all day on TV are often the worst places to go. Steer clear of these for-profit, private universities and colleges, as many of them aren’t respected by employers.

    It’s not that those schools don’t provide a quality education (many of them actually do), but the problem is that people who hire employees don’t seem to trust them as much as traditional schools. It sounds like you want a degree to get a job, so the reputation of your school will definitely count and it’s something that you will need to take into consideration.

    Check out Colorado State University-Global Campus (www.csuglobal.edu) and Brandman University (www.brandman.edu) to see if they offer any programs you’re interested in. These schools have great reputations, CSU-Global is part of the well-respected CSU system, and Brandman was one of the first traditional schools to get into offering online degree programs, so they’ve had a lot of time to work out the kinks and perfect their delivery system.

    Other than them, some of the California State University schools are starting to offer online courses, and even a few Ivy Leagues have gotten into the game. It’ll take some research on your own part to figure out which school offers the best program for you, at the right price, with the proper level of support. Good luck!

  4. Ben H

    The truth is that online degrees are still young. Studying on campus is a method of studying with centuries of examples that going to university provides graduates with a first class education.

    However studying online is convenient and cheaper. The problem I that anyone can make a website where creating a full university campus requires a bit more effort.

    It’s really important to only consider accredited degrees. Pick a subject that interests you. There’s no point studying an MBA if you have no interest in business. Make sure the syllabus covers topics you think will be useful. Also, don’t forget to look abroad for options: online degrees are available internationally, not just in your own country.

    Some of the commenters rubbish online degrees. In some ways they’re right: some online degrees are useless. Although the better colleges will rise above this. If an online college concerns you, try looking for a college with a campus that offers some of its prospectus online.

    I think it’s great you’re thinking about going back to school. Good luck!

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