Online Graduate Programs in Mississippi
Online graduate programs offer working professionals the opportunity to access higher education and earn a graduate Certificate, Master's or Doctorate degree online. As educational technology has evolved over the years students no longer have to relocate or limit themselves to schools near them to continue their graduate education.
Earning a graduate degree online also means students have the opportunity to balance academic goals with family or on-going career demands.
Some online graduate schools are completely devoted to web-based learning and offer online graduate programs exclusively. Other universities may make their traditional programming available as an online graduate degree. Regardless of which type of school is offering the program you are interested in, it is important that you confirm that the school is accredited. Why is accreditation important? Among many reasons, two stand out as very important:
Beyond saying online graduate degrees may be available as online masters programs, online graduate certificates and online doctoral degree programs, there are also different features that can determine what type of degree you may pursue.
The first step in determining credibility for any school is to determine if the graduate school is accredited or not. Beyond the school being accredited, students should also research if their program of interest has specific programmatic accreditation. If the answer is yes, it is a good idea to lean toward those schools that have that specific graduate program accreditation.
DID YOU KNOW?
The 2016 Online College Student Aslanian Market Research Study reported that more than two-thirds of graduate students feel their online graduate program was worth the investment of their time (73%) and money (69%).[iii]
With the variety of online graduate programs, there are a few features you might evaluate when choosing with online graduate school to attend. These are;
DID YOU KNOW?
“In some occupations, a doctoral or professional degree may be more beneficial than a master’s degree. For example, about half of psychologists had a master’s degree in 2013 but another one-third of these workers had a doctoral degree—and those with a doctoral degree had a median annual wage that was 46 percent higher than that of psychologists with a master’s degree.”[i]
According to the 2016 Online College Student Aslanian Market Research Report, the top online graduate fields of study have fluctuated from 2014 to 2016. Business remains at the top with 26% of the market share in 2016, while Education has dropped to 14% and Computers & IT has leapfrogged over Education to 20%.
Beyond the fields of study listed above, the study also reports the following as the top 11 online graduate program majors[iii]:
Online graduate programs are not all formatted the same way. A traditional graduate school may offer ‘live’ classes at one of their campuses that online students can ‘attend’ by logging in synchronously (at the same time) to be able to participate. Or, a completely online grad school may have asynchronous course material where students pace themselves. There could also be a mixture of these two formats. Ultimately, each university, whether it is a brick and mortar graduate school or an online graduate school, has different ways of formatting their online grad programs.
There are many reasons a student may choose to pursue a graduate degree program online. Often times convenience and flexibility are factors that may influence the decision to select an online degree over a campus based program. But beyond the format decision, there are many other reasons students decide to continue their education. According to the 2016 Online College Student Aslanian Market Research Report, the top 3 reasons are[iii]:
The opportunity to pursue a graduate degree online may make your goals within reach. Browse sponsored online graduate programs. Then use our on-page navigation to submit a request for more information from the online graduate schools on your list. Take the next step today!
[i]bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/should-i-get-a-masters-degree.htm#to-earn-or-not-to-earn-a-master-s-degree [ii] studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/perkins [iii] Aslanian Market Research 2016 Online College Students
A 33 hour program with genetics, ecology, microbiology, and biotechnology courses, all online except the final 10 day capstone.
This MS degree provides candidates with both a theoretical and an opportunity for practical application within multiple areas.
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Degree: Graduate Certificate, Master
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Degree: Master, Graduate Certificate
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The Ph.D. Program in International Development reflects the reality that international policy/development has global dimension...
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Degree: Master, Graduate Certificate
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The Ole Miss GIS&T program consists of a 24 semester-hour curriculum designed for part-time students.
Degree: Graduate Certificate