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Online students are looking to improve their employment situation and are satisfied with their investment in an online undergraduate degree or graduate degree.
Carol Aslanian
President & Founder of Aslanian Market Research

Why Enroll in a Graduate or Online Undergraduate Degree Program?

By Carol Aslanian

We don’t always immediately know what job we want to have for the rest of our lives, and as a result, sometimes you’re not working in the field that you want to make a career in. It’s a big decision, and it’s a good idea to contemplate the subject for a long time, sometimes years. Going back to school to get an online degree for the career path you do want to pursue may be a great idea for you, your family, and your future.

Most online undergraduate degree programs and graduate programs are convenient because they give students the ability to schedule their coursework and lesson time around important things in their lives—especially their current career. Online education may be ideal for someone who wants to switch careers, maybe wants to earn another type of degree to do so, and has to work full-time while earning that degree.

Life’s circumstances can interrupt even the most dedicated of students. There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing all the work that goes into earning a degree and everyone should experience that at least once in their lifetime. Earning a degree may also make your family members proud of you in a way you’ve never experienced before. If a part of you has always wanted to finish what you started, an online degree program may allow you the flexibility to do so without putting other parts of your life on pause. 

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Online Undergraduate Degree Program

More Reasons to Consider Online Undergraduate Degrees and Graduate Degrees

60% of Undergraduate and 70% of Graduate Students

Report Being completely satisfied with their investment of time and money in their pursuit of an online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees.[i]

40% of students Pursuing an Online Degree

Report improvement in their employment status, within a year. Typically a Raise or Promotion.[i]

80% of Transfer Students Surveyed

Report having credits to transfer, and roughly half said "most" or "all" credits were accepted into an online program[i]

FAQs About Online Undergraduate Degrees & Graduate Degrees

Do people with an undergraduate degree make more money?

In short, it’s possible! While earning an undergraduate degree doesn’t guarantee you’ll earn more money, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015 the median earnings for someone with a bachelor’s degree is $1,137/week. While someone with a high school diploma earns just a median of $678/week. That’s a big difference!

Some careers may require an entry-level education of a bachelor’s degree or higher (those with a master’s degree make a median of $1,341 per week). BLS stats project that earning a degree might open up career paths that would otherwise be closed to non-degree earners. Of course, program outcomes vary according to specific curriculum, and no employment opportunities and salaries are guaranteed.

Am I really alone when I study online?

Definitely not! While you may be completing your coursework online when your schedule allows, you may still have interaction with other students and definitely with professors. You may participate in group work via email, and professors can facilitate class discussion by way of online forums.

Webcam technology may also allow a professor to conduct one-to-many presentations where she teaches a live lesson and answer questions in real time. You may even be able to webcam-chat with your professor and other students to discuss certain topics in more depth.

Is an online degree cheaper than campus learning?

Not necessarily, but there may be some cost differences when you’re earning your degree online vs. earning it on campus. Because the school is not responsible for having a classroom for you to attend, they may have fewer overhead costs than if they have to house thousands of students and provide safe and effective learning environments. But they still need to pay the professor to teach the class for the education you’re receiving!

However, you don’t have to attend campus classes, you don’t have to pay to commute to class, or pay room and board to live on campus. Since going to school online requires an internet connection, you may want to opt for a high-speed internet connection to ensure you can complete your work efficiently. Be sure to speak with a representative at the school you’re interested in and they should be able to break down how much each course will end up costing you.

Can I transfer credits?

Well, it depends on the institution and the credits you have earned. It is possible not all credits can or will be accepted by the school you are transferring to. It is also typical that the department you are transferring into, not the admissions office is determining if your credits are transfer worthy. Here are some steps to take if you are looking to transfer credits:

  • Request official transcript(s) from whichever schools you attended. You can have them sent directly to the school you want to attend.
  • Speak with your academic advisor at the school you wish to attend in order to discuss which credits will transfer. Find out who is responsible for the decision.
  • Fill out a transfer application from the school you want to attend. It may be an entirely different application than the one you filled out initially.
  • Be on top of your admission deadlines. Because of transcript request processes, the deadline for transfer applicants may be different than for applicants coming in with zero credits
What are popular undergraduate majors & grad school majors?

In 2015, Aslanian Market Research conducted a survey of 1,500 students who were either currently enrolled in college, had recently been enrolled, or who planned to enroll in a fully online undergraduate degree or graduate degree program or fully online certificate program in the next 12 months. The answers also gave us a list of 10 most popular undergraduate majors and grad school majors.

Undergraduate Majors

  1. Business administration
  2. Nursing
  3. Computer science&engineering
  4. Information technology
  5. Engineering
  6. Sociology
  7. Networks, computer networking
  8. Elementary education
  9. Social work
  10. Criminal justice

Grad School Majors

  1. Business administration
  2. Nursing
  3. Computer science&engineering
  4. Information technology
  5. Early childhood education
  6. Counseling psychology, psychotherapy
  7. Computer security, cybersecurity
  8. Networks, computer networking
  9. Technology management
  10. Social work

Across online undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees, you can see many majors in common—the top 4 online majors are exactly matched in popularity. If you’re interested in one of these undergraduate majors, you’re in good company! You should have plenty of classmates if you choose to earn your online degree.


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