May 30, 2017

3 Undeniable Advantages of an Online Graduate Degree

By Jodi Groeteke Hockemeier, College of Graduate Studies Enrollment Director | Admissions Advice

Thinking about getting your graduate degree, but not sure you can swing it? You’re in good company. Not everyone can take a multiyear hiatus to attend grad school. That’s why online degree programs are popping up everywhere these days—even at the most traditional institutions. It’s real-life education. Because life goes on.

Here’s three reasons an online program makes sense:

  1. Flexibility. As much as we’d all like our ducks in a pin-straight row, the truth is, life is messy. It’s unpredictable. It’s demanding. An online grad program conforms to your lifestyle so you can accomplish your goals whenever and wherever it works for you. Whether it’s participating in a discussion on your lunch break at work or being able to attend a class when your kid is home sick, it’s about getting it done. In spite of your ducks.
  2. Accessibility. Gone are the days of settling for a less-than-ideal grad school because of proximity. With an online program, a world of information is at your fingertips. There are no limits to the programs you can choose from, so it’s easy to find one that is perfectly suited to your goals. And, online classes put you in touch with people from all walks of life and corners of the world, providing invaluable perspective—and some solid networking opportunities.
  3. Possibility. In a competitive job market, a graduate degree can keep you at the leading edge of your game. But, putting your career on the back burner to head off to a brick-and-mortar campus isn’t always realistic (or even ideal). There’s a lot to be said for gaining real-world experience, and with an online program, you can make valuable career moves without skipping a beat. You get all the advantages of a quality education—without the excess debt you’d incur by hitting pause on your income stream. You already have the cake. Go ahead and take a bite.

While there are some advantages across the board, not all online graduate programs are created equally. Be sure to check out Concordia University Nebraska. It may be just what you need to achieve your goals, on your terms. Because ob-la-di, ob-la-da … you know the rest.


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