Does an online degree hold as much weight as a traditional degree?

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  1. kyork profile image61
    kyorkposted 12 years ago

    Does an online degree hold as much weight as a traditional degree?

    Will my secondary education degree be laughed at if I get it online as opposed to in a traditional classroom?

  2. frantisek78 profile image79
    frantisek78posted 12 years ago

    Most likely it will be laughed at. It's getting harder and harder to find jobs with traditional college degrees, so you can imagine how close to useless online degrees are. Many employers don't even take online degrees into consideration. Save your money. You'd be better off buying a "(your area of interest) for Dummies" book and just adding those skills to your resume.
    Everybody seems to be pushing getting a further education which will put you even deeper in debt and gives you no guarantees of finding a job that even a GED would be enough for.

    1. kyork profile image61
      kyorkposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I guess it just depends on what career it is that I'm trying to further educate myself for.

  3. Tricia1000 profile image64
    Tricia1000posted 12 years ago

    You can further your education through distance learning.  There are many excellent accredited distance learning institutions all over the world.  Many of them use online platforms as teaching tools and have students worldwide. If you study through one of these, you will definitely not be laughed at because if they are accredited it means their degree offerings went through a rigorous peer review process to meet standards. There are many bogus online universities out there so it is best to be careful if a university only offers online degrees without having a real campus or some form of face to face contact.

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    Marntzuposted 11 years ago

    Depends on the college actually. your degree will not say online or traditional it will simply state where you went and what degree you hold. if it's a respected school you are fine either way. if it's a small unknown college you wont get ahead with either degree.

  5. raymondgutierrezz profile image58
    raymondgutierrezzposted 11 years ago

    Today, with the ever-increasing popularity of online education, employers have come to value online degree as much as a degree from a traditional brick and mortar college. The most important thing you should keep in mind while choosing an online degree is accreditation. It's the benchmark by which employers gage the quality of education that you've received. Accreditation indicates that the college is adhering to established rules and regulations and imparting a high standard of education. For example, if you look up Stevens-Henager College accreditation, you'll see it has been accredited by the ACCSC, an organization that's recognized by the US Department of Education. To avoid trouble and disappointment later on, it's better to evaluate the credentials of a college before you apply.
    See: … Accredited

  6. Man from Modesto profile image81
    Man from Modestoposted 10 years ago

    I wrote an entire series of deeply-researched articles on this: … nal-Degree … ul-Degrees … t-Material

    The gist is: there remains a bias against online degrees. However, the truth is, it actually requires more time and effort to complete an online degree- and the results show greater improvement in online degree holders, AND higher income for bachelor's degree holders.

    I believe the higher income can be attributed to: 1. Online degree holders work while learning- and have more experience. 2. Many online degree holders already had a job when they earned their degree; they are further along in their career tract. 3. Online degree holders are older and more mature. They manage responsibility better. 4. The online process is much more difficult. More people are weeded out in the process. The lower graduation rate produces a hard working, committed individual.


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