Do you ever wish you could go back to college and finish your schooling? Or, perhaps you did not get the degree you wanted and you would like to go back and get one that is pertinent to your interests. Maybe you would like to advance your current title to something more professional (e.g., social worker to clinical psychologist). Well, there are avenues you can take to make these dreams a reality: online universities. By earning an online degree, you can still maintain the hassles of everyday life while simultaneously getting that degree you have always envisioned. Below, individuals will find a step-by-step guide on how they can earn a legit, online degree.
- Decide on the major you would like to study, making sure that the degree will pay dividends in the long-term so your money is well-invested. Write out ten pros of earning this degree and as many cons as you can imagine, seeing which side is balanced more in your favor. Finally, get access to the Internet and use a search engine (e.g., Google or Bing!) to type in something like “online school offering degree in psychology”.
- Realize that, just because the courses are going to be online it does not mean that it is not going to be a lot of work; many people assume incorrectly that online schooling is not difficult or even real. Well, it certainly is, and almost all of the programs are accredited (which you need to check!). Be ready to work diligently, just as you would if you were sitting down in a traditional classroom.
- Find out how long the degree is going to take to complete and compare it to a regional campus, seeing if the prices are roughly equivalent. Generally speaking, many of the online colleges (e.g., Walden, University of Phoenix, and Kaplan) tend to be a bit pricier than traditional colleges in which a person physically attends a lecture; however, many people who want to earn their degrees online are people who may already have a life established, so this obstacle may not be a problem for everyone.
- Contact the campus that you are thinking of attending and get more information on its program; find out about financial aid, benefits, and methods of dispersing lecture material and grades.
- When you have done all of the investigating, sign up for some courses! Realize, too, that the same rules apply to an online student as a classroom student: deadlines, course withdrawal periods, plagiarism, cheating, and others. Take your online studies seriously and you will do well!