While in the past it was necessary to attend university classes on campus if you wanted to obtain a Master’s degree, it is now possible and even advantageous in many ways to obtain a Master’s degree in many fields online. A number of universities, such as American InterContinental University Online and Baker University Online, offer a wide range of courses whereby you can earn a certified Master’s degree. Whether your passion is Education, Criminal Justice, Nursing and Healthcare, Business, Computer Science, Engineering or Social Work, you can find a distance learning program that offers a certified Master’s Diploma in this field. In fact, you will most likely find a large number of universities offering Master’s courses in the field of your choice that can be learned via distance learning.
It is wise to take your time and research carefully exactly which university is the best one for you. Consider the price and whether you can afford it or whether you feel comfortable taking out a student loan. Also, check into the procedure for taking exams. You will have to take these in person; they cannot be done online, so you will want to make sure that the university has a learning center near, or fairly near, to where you live. You should also check into what each course entails and be aware of the fact that many fields of study involve your doing at least one ‘practicum’ course where you put into practice what you are learning under the supervision of someone who is already certified in the particular field you are studying. You should go into distance learning well aware of what it entails. If you have part time or even full time work then you should realize that you will likely have to spend a few hours every evening as well as at least part of your weekends studying for the Master’s degree of your choice. It is often not easy but it is rewarding once you obtain the degree you have worked so hard for.
Make sure you are comfortable with the university course you are taking and the university that you have chosen to take the Master’s course from. While friends can give you good advice, since you are the one studying the course you should go with what you feel would be best for you and your situation once you have considered all the options.