How to Find Online Degree Programs

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					How to Find Online Degree Programs

Searching for online degree programs can be a hectic time during the
college application process. Many colleges and universities are starting
to adopt online degree programs, but it is more common to find online
classes that still require some campus attendance for other classes. This
can hamper a student's ability to acquire a college degree if life
circumstances make attending college the traditional way difficult.

There are some colleges and universities that offer degree programs that
are not in high demand in the career world, which makes the online degree
program undesirable. However, there are colleges and universities that
offer online degree programs that are beneficial to students.

Begin your search by writing down a list of colleges and universities you
want to attend. Then get online and look up the websites for those
colleges and universities. Most sites have a link that says distance
learning or online degree programs. Research those to find out if your
desired major is offered as a complete program or a partial program. It
is a good idea to check out what complete online degree programs they do
offer, even if they were not your planned major, to see if there is
anything that interests you.

If you cannot find anything at your desired colleges and universities,
use an online degree program search engine. Most online degree
directories give you a list of college and universities that offer any
form of distance learning. Then you can narrow that down to your
specifications and try to find a program that fits your needs. The great
thing about the directories is that they do all the work for you. Most of
them will list whether the school offers a complete online degree
program, partial online degree program, or random classes for a variety
of degrees.

Check out your local library for distance education books. Certain
author's specialize in distance learning and online degrees and publish
an updated directory every year. These books are great because you can
sit down with them and really review what the school offers. These books
may also have more information than websites such as approximate cost of
tuition and books. They are also usually easier to navigate than a
website that offers hundreds of links that all seem to bring you to an
information request form.

Lastly, use the traditional method of research and start calling
admissions offices of nearby colleges and universities. Some schools are
still in the process of developing online learning courses and will not
have listings on their website. By calling, you can find out if any
online degree programs are currently being developed. Make sure you find
out when the school plans to offer the program so you can plan
accordingly.

For example, if you want an online degree in psychology but the school
will not offer it for another two year, start taking your basic education
class online. Even if you have to enroll under another major, most basic
education courses are the same. You can then switch majors and transfer
the credits. Online degree programs are out there, it just takes a little
research to find them.

				
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