For students with a busy work schedule enrolling in a Hybrid Technology Graduate Program may be a convenient, low residency way to juggle study with other commitments. Sometimes referred to as ‘blended online’ programs because of the addition of on-campus courses with a web-based curriculum, hybrid grad degrees in Technology or Computer related fields warrant consideration.
Hybrid Technology Graduate Program: Essentials
Available as graduate certificates, doctoral and master’s degrees, Hybrid Technology Graduate Degree Programs cover a wide range of academic fields from engineering and science to management and arts. Depending on whether you study full time or part time, a Masters degree typically requires 2 years beyond your undergraduate degree. Doctorate programs may take an additional 3-7 years.
Keep in mind that some universities use the word “hybrid” to describe learning format (i.e. delivery method) while others may use it to describe a program curriculum. For instance, information technology management combines business with IT.
Potential Benefits to “Hybrid” Technology Programs
Some universities refer to hybrid programs as ‘partially online’ or ‘blended’ programs as they require a low residency or on-site component in addition to your online courses. In a field like technology, where there is continuous innovation, professionals in computer-related fields find the need to advance their education to stay current with trends. In essence, hybrid programs intend to offer the best of both worlds: the flexibility of Internet learning with the face-to-face interaction of the college campus.
FACT: “To keep up with changing technology, computer programmers may take continuing education and professional development seminars to learn new programming languages or about upgrades to programming languages they already know”[i].