Post # 1
I am currently a stay at home mom considering going back to school. Any help/advice/insight that you may have would be greatly appreciated!
What did you get your degree in?
How long did it take you?
Are you currently working in the field you have a degree for?
Do you feel like you were well prepared for your job(if it was/is in your field of study)?
Would you recommend going to school online?
Post # 4
What are you considering studying? I can see an online-only degree not being taken very seriously in a lot of fields (like science and other STEM fields). I know people who went to for-profit schools are generally overlooked/not hired at my company, even in positions like HR, admin, etc. Just be really careful and make sure you go to a school that’s well thought of. It really does make a difference!
Post # 5
I agree with @crayfish, make sure you stay away from for profit schools. They are a waste of time and money and they are not accredited no matter what they tell you.
There are some majors where doing it solely online is not possible, but you would be able to take some classes online or even test out via CLEP testing. Make sure you take your classes at an accredited university and/or community colleges.
Post # 6
Check out your local community college, you may be surprised at what they offer and it’s usually much cheaper.
Post # 7
@Fruitypebbles193: only do it if it’s from a reputable brick and mortar school. that being said, i’ve taken online classes within a regular in person degree program and loved the format. the classes I took online were in policy and research. my SO is taking classes in health and sports medicine online (also as part of an in-person program) which are pretty sweet, too.
Post # 8
I did a lot of online classes that I LOVED, but I finalized my degree the traditional way. My FI on the other hand got his BA and MBA from an online program. The school is real, not a virtual school, but they have programs that are strictly online. My father also taught for University of Phoenix and I always had a bad taste in my mouth about that school (too expensive for online programs, bad teaching, etc) but honestly, if you want to do it online, you will pay for the convienance.
What programs are you looking at doing?
Post # 9
@ApocalypseCow: A lot of employers I know do not respect degrees from UofP. It’s not worth paying for the convenience if it means nothing in the real world.
Post # 10
Online courses can be very rewarding and educational depending on what you put into them. I didn’t get my degree online, but I took several online courses through the state school that I attended and I really enjoyed them. I prefer a more flexible dynamic so it worked for me.
There are many options for online classes/programs that don’t involve for-profit schools. I agree with PP that you should avoid them, however, I do know a few people who got their masters at University of Phoenix and they were happy with their experiences.
Post # 11
I got my master’s online from USC, there’s no difference since they’re just taping a professor teaching to students on campus, except that I just turned in my homework online. I still got the same homework and same lecture as the students that sit in the class.
I had to go on campus for the tests with the rest of the in-class students, though, since I live around that area. I was also free to go into lecture whenever I wanted. The only reason I did it online rather than on campus is because of traffic. I worked full time, so the drive out to LA is a huge pain 2-3 times a week. If I was in the area that day, though, I sometimes stopped in to watch the lecture or go for office hours.
The tuition is the same, too. I work for an engineering company, so they only paid for a master’s degrees in engineering–so that’s what I got (Mechanical Engineering master’s). It was well worth it since I didn’t have to pay for it–if I had to pay for my tuition, I probably wouldn’t have done it, though.
I recommend it if you need a more flexible schedule–I can’t always be on campus for a 12 o’clock class because of my job, so being able to watch lecture later at home definitely helped.
Post # 12
@CARA1978: There are a lot of employers who don’t respect UoP degrees but there are also a lot who do. I wouldn’t say it means nothing in the real world, I just don’t think the cost is worth it.
Post # 13
@ElleNLOVE: It might depend on the market also. Most of my work experience was in the San Francisco Financial District and Silicon Valley and if employers there have a choice, UofP would be the last on their list since the competition is pretty thick there.
Yes I’m sure some respect UofP but why take that chance after spending all of that time and money?
Post # 14
@Fruitypebbles193: I do! I’m finishing up my BA in Early Childhood Education at Ashworth College, which is (and has been) accredited since 1985!
What did you get your degree in? BA in Early Childhood Education
How long did it take you? I also work full-time, so it’s taken me three years to finish my first 3 years. But a friend got his AS in accounting, and it took him about a year (instead of two years)
Are you currently working in the field you have a degree for? Yes! I worked as a preschool teacher while working on my degree, and quit when I got pregnant.
Do you feel like you were well prepared for your job(if it was/is in your field of study)? Absolutely!
Would you recommend going to school online? Only if you have serious self discipline!
Post # 15
I am working on my Master’s from an established university that offers online programs. I would not go the “for profit” route, however my MIL teaches for one and has nothing bad to say about it.
What did you get your degree in? MAA in Organizational Developmnent
How long did it take you? Started in Fall 2011, will finish next summer. I have been taking one class at a time, including one summer, and I took off one term for my wedding. My program has 8 week terms.
Are you currently working in the field you have a degree for? I work at a bank, so I use some of what I have learned. Ideally I want to be in HR, and I’m trying to make that move now.
Do you feel like you were well prepared for your job(if it was/is in your field of study)? Yes, a lot of the material has been very practical, and useful in my day to day worklife.
Would you recommend going to school online? If you are disciplined enough, I can’t recommend it enough! You have to be on top of things, and logon every day. I love that I can work on my class during lunch, in the evenings, and on the weekends.
Post # 16
@Fruitypebbles193: My FI did. In July, he graduated with a BBA with a concentration in Accounting. It took him about three years, although he was a transfer student, so he had already taken most of the general education courses. He’s not working in the field yet, but he hasn’t been out of school that long.
Only he can really answer the fourth question for you, but I think he’s well-prepared for his field. I think he would say he is, too, though. He would probably recommend his online program as he really enjoyed it, with the exception of one or two classes. It can certainly be more flexible than the traditional way.
My minor (nonprofit administration) is an online program, but I don’t finish for another semester. When I do graduate, it will have taken me four semesters to finish the requirements for it, though I easily could’ve finished quicker. I do feel very well prepared for the field, if I should choose to work in it. I would recommend online courses to almost anyone, and I would definitely recommend my program. If my major (political science) were offered online, I would want to finish my degree that way. The only thing is, some of my online classes for my minor have turned out to be a bit chaotic and demanding because they are only offered as bi-term classes. So, I probably wouldn’t recommend those to anyone who is looking for more flexibility (which, if you’re considering getting a degree online, you probably are).