In the information age, the tendency for students to pursue their master degree by other means than the traditional classroom is increasing. The most popular form of alternate study for post graduate education is the distance learning master degree. However despite its popularity, some daunting unanswered questions still prevent students taking this option when it may in fact be the right choice. This article will address some of the myths surrounding distance education.
Firstly, assumptions are usually made as to the ability for a student studying a master’s to obtain financial incentives or assistance either from the government or private institutions. This is in fact untrue. Although it will depend on the school that you select, financial aid is available to students enrolled in regionally accredited schools.
A quick check through your desired institutions documentation will let you know whether or not the option of financial aid is available to you.
Furthermore, many distance learning educators will offer scholarships in various circumstances that may once again lessen the financial burden for certain students. It may be a good idea to go to an open day and discover whether there are certain incentives available.
Moreover, many students grapple with the notion that a master degree online is somehow different and not as worthy as an offline degree. While there are various forms of online diplomas available, those offered as actual master degrees by reputable institutions are in no way inferior to a the same degree offline. For example many of the institutions that offer a distance learning opportunity are physical institutions as well that only offer it as an alternate to their other courses and hence the level of validity is unchanged. To further prove the similar nature of these master degrees to normal ones, online universities have the same requirements and screening procedures as offline universities.
To pursue a distant master’s you will still need to have a bachelor degree, a GED and will be required to pass an admissions test set by the college as well as supplying an admissions letter and letters of recommendation. Despite this, admission standards do vary and some more lenient of schools hold lesser requirements that those with only a high school diploma may enroll.
If diligence is used to select a school that can meet the needs of the individual, the completion of a masters can be a convenient, financially beneficial and exciting way to further your education. Most students who pursue master degree education online can only testament to their benefits and recommend the same move to their friends and colleagues.