For many, the decision to obtain an advanced degree to further their education is an easy one. However, deciding being a traditional on-campus degree or an online degree can be a harder decision. Both offer advantages and disadvantages to students, but deciding which one is right is a matter of personal preference.
Online degree programs can be done from the comfort of the home and often at the student’s own pace. This is an advantage for busy people who only have a limited amount of time to work and want to do their classwork on weekends and late at night. Some online programs have weekly assignments that are due, while others simply give you a syllabus and expect all the work submitted by a specific deadline. Be sure and choose the type of program that will work best for your study habits and motivation level. In order to be successful in an online degree program, a student must be a self-starter and able to motivate themselves to complete the work in time.
For students who need more one-on-one help, online courses do not offer close contact with the instructor. In order to get more individualized help, a student may want to choose traditional on-campus programs. These require a more significant calendar commitment, as the classes have scheduled meetings, but students also have more access to the instructors themselves. There is also a higher level of accountability in these types of programs as students are usually required to attend the class meetings.
Choosing which one works if often a matter of which works best with your schedule and your personality. Not everyone can be successful in an online program, and for others, a more structured on-campus program may pose problems. Choose the one that works best for you and for your schedule.