Getting your college education at a distance is nothing new. Once upon a time colleges offered classes via correspondence where you (GASP!) actually had to write on paper and send your assignments through the mail at something called a post office. The Internet has revolutionized distance learning. Getting your degree at a distance has become easier not only to achieve, but also to research schools and get accepted to a school.
There are pitfalls, however. E-learning is still fairly new and many managers and executives scoff at those who have earned their degree online. What’s worse is there are several diploma mills out there offering degrees for such dubious criteria as “life experience.” There are a few that have cropped up recently that offer content exclusively online and do not have a track record to speak of. What’s more, earning a degree from many of these schools may not even help you in the job market as they are looked upon with disdain.
So what’s a person who wants to earn their degree via distance education to do? The schools listed below are established institutions with excellent programs. They don’t differentiate between those who earn their degree on-campus or online, so nobody will know you earned your degree via e-learning unless you tell them.
(1) Penn State University (psu.edu)
Who knew that an Ivy League university offered online degrees? And so many of them! Recognized as one of the most prestigious higher-learning institutions in the country, Penn State offers twenty-one Master’s degrees, thirteen Baccalaureate degrees, and six Associate degrees, as well as several graduate and undergraduate certificates. Programs include nursing, business administration, psychology, and even turfgrass management! How’s that for diversity of offerings?
Tuition is a bit high, but remember this is an Ivy League school. For undergraduate studies expect to pay $481 per credit hour to $517 per credit hour while graduate tuition runs from $682 credit hour to $912 per credit hour, and there are other fees to consider as well.
(2) University of Maryland University College (umuc.edu)
Another great college that offers a wide variety of online learning options. UMUC offers dozens of undergraduate and graduate areas of study, and even offers two doctorate degrees in management! Fire Science, Gerontology, Cybersecurity, MBA…it’s all there.
Tuition for non-resident undergrads is $499 per credit ($237 if you are active military). For non-resident graduate studies it goes up to $659 per credit ($445 for military). The MBA is slightly higher at $694 per credit, and tuition for Doctor of Management is $1,087 per credit.
(3) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (erau.edu)
Are you into aeronautics? Do you work in the aeronautical industry? Then Embry-Riddle is right up your street. Even if you are not in the aeronautical industry Embry-Riddle offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of fields. Programs offered include graduate study in space education and project management, and undergraduate study in occupational safety and health and technical management in logistics. Several graduate and undergrad certificates are offered as well.
The Embry-Riddle web site does not offer specifics on tuition per credit hour but it does give several scenarios depending on your program of study and residency status.
These three universities are well-known and well-respected institutions of higher learning. Earning your degree from any of them will enhance your credentials and give you a leg up over others who may have earned their degree elsewhere or who have no degree at all.
This is the first in a series of articles that will continue to offer you distance education alternatives from high-quality programs. Keep checking back for more!