The digital age has vastly changed many aspects of our lives, including education. The internet has made everything so accessible that it’s now easier than ever to learn anything online. Schools and universities have quickly embraced the advantages the internet has provided us with, with many now offering online platforms that enable students to study online either part-time or take an entirely online program. Institutions now offer elementary, middle school, secondary school, bachelor’s degrees, and even postgraduate degrees online to make learning easier and more accessible to more students.
If you’re looking to complete a master’s degree online, here are a few things you should consider.
Is Online Learning Right for You?
Studying online comes with a certain degree of self-discipline and motivation. Unlike a traditional set-up where you’ll have instructors and even peers watching over you and reminding you to do your work, a fixed schedule to follow, and deadlines to meet, flexible online programs usually allow you to create your own schedule and calendar. If you’re not careful, this could easily lead to slacking off and putting off work for a much later date. You’ll need the discipline to create a schedule for yourself and to continuously see it through without having anyone monitor you physically in order to complete your master’s degree.
Once you’ve committed to this, you can then begin researching for schools and universities. Which brings us to the next question.
Is the program well-respected?
Yes, there are a lot of schools and institutions offering online degrees but you should still practice due diligence when signing up for one. Look through the curricula and the faculty to see which one offers the best. Are the courses current and updated? Are they recognized online? Do your research before you invest in a school. A master’s degree is a huge investment, both in terms of money and time. You don’t want to waste either one on a master’s degree that won’t be respected by future employers both here and abroad.
Once you’ve chosen your school, it’s just a matter of getting your application form and documents sorted out. Typically, you’ll need to present a letter of intent, recommendation letters, your college diploma, transcript of records, and birth certificate. For AMA Post Grad, we require student applicants to go through an interview process to assess your mental and physical soundness before we admit you to our master’s degree program.
Do remember that because a master’s degree online is typically a flexible program, the time it takes to complete it is not always fixed and is entirely dependent on how quickly you go through the course. Some students can go through it quicker than others, while others need to take more time. It will also depend on whether or not you choose to do this full-time or part-time. All in all, an online master’s degree should take you around three years to complete.
And that’s it! Make the biggest you will ever make on yourself and start looking for the perfect school for you. AMA Post Grad is the first school in the Philippines to offer a full online program that includes bachelor’s degrees, postgraduate degrees, short courses, and CPD courses. It is the ideal choice for busy professionals who still want to keep their full-time job while pursuing a master’s degree. Make the right choice and enroll in AMA Post Grad today!