Can You earn a Degree Online ?

The level of degree or certificate that you can earn through online distance learning depends on the school and particular field in which you want to study. There are programs available for degrees at the Associate, Baccalaureate, Master, and Doctorate levels, as well as professional certificate programs and Continuing Education Units.

  • Associate's degree-An Associate's degree is awarded to a student upon the successful completion of a two-year program of study. Typically, it requires that the student pass courses totaling 60 credit hours, with a minimum number of courses being in a particular field. It usually takes a student two years of full-time enrollment to complete an Associate's degree.

  • Baccalaureate or Bachelor's degree-To earn a Bachelor's degree, a student is usually required to successfully complete at least 120 credit hours of coursework. Typically, 60 credit hours of the 120 must be upperdivision courses related to the student's major. It usually takes a student four or five years of full-time enrollment to complete a Bachelor's degree.
    Master's degree-A Master's degree is a graduate degree awarded to a student upon successful completion of a post-baccalaureate program. The number of credits or units that a student must complete, and the amount of time that it takes, depends entirely upon the graduate program.

  • Doctorate or Doctoral degree-This is the highest degree awarded by colleges and universities in the United States. The requirements for the degree vary depending on the institution and field of study. Typically, it requires a dissertation or a comprehensive examination during the final phases of the program. And it usually takes around four years to complete.
    Certificate-A certificate is a document validating that a student has completed particular courses of student in his/her field of expertise.

  • Continuing Education Unit (CEO) -This is a standard measurement for a student's participation in a continuing education program. Generally, these programs apply to fields that require certification or licensure. One unit is equal to ten contact hours of participation in a qualified course.

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