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Everything You Need to Know About Online Degree Programs


Anita Narayan

U.S. World & News Report

Anita Narayan of U.S. World & News Report answers all your questions about finding and enrolling in the right online degree program.

What should I know about online degrees?

Online degrees are becoming more mainstream. They offer flexibility that can be a real benefit to students who have major responsibilities outside of school, such as working or caring for family. Studying online can eliminate the need to commute or relocate for school. You can take classes and earn your degree while fulfilling your other commitments.

If I’m considering an online education, where should I start?

First, decide what discipline and degree you want to earn. According to our user data, online MBA programs are particularly popular. Second, be sure to confirm the program you are interested in is accredited and offers support services, like the ability to meet with your advisers virtually. Finally, find the program that is the best fit for you. This is the most important thing to consider as you weigh your options, and might include your field of interest, career goals, faculty you want to learn from, funding, schedule and more.

How do I choose the right program for me?

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs rankings provide in-depth information on more than 1,500 accredited programs in a range of disciplines. We also offer articles and guides on our site, with advice from online education experts, to help prospective students in their journey.

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