What Kinds of Degrees Are Available Online?

Today, more people are getting online college degrees than ever before. All kinds of degrees are available online, from associate's to doctoral, in fields spanning from fashion design to law. Read on to learn more.

Degrees Available Online

Public and private universities alike offer online degrees, with more institutions adding online courses each year. In fact, in January 2018, a U.S. News and World Report article revealed that more than 6.3 million students were enrolled in one or more online courses during the fall 2016 semester. That's up 5.6 percent from the prior year.

Some colleges offer dual programs that feature some classes online and some on-campus. Students can earn associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees online, in addition to diplomas and certificates for non-degree-seekers. Students also can study just about any topic online. Web programs are available for aspiring massage therapists, artists, business executives, fashion designers, psychologists and even lawyers. One notable exception is medical doctors, as there are no online medical schools.

Programs Non-traditional, web-based diplomas and certificate programs
Degree/Certificate Levels Associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees available
Possible Career Fields Engineering, nursing (partially online), business, education are some examples
Continuing Education Courses offered in real estate, education, business and finance
Median Salary (2018)* $48,690 (for Real estate sales agents)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)*6% (for Real estate sales agents)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Earn an Online Degree

All kinds of people choose online degree programs for all kinds of reasons. Busy professionals who don't have time to attend on-campus classes, stay-at-home-moms who want to earn a degree while caring for their children full-time and recent high school graduates who want to attend an out-of-state university program, but need to stay home are just a few examples of students online degrees can accommodate.

Convenience and accessibility aren't the only advantages of a web-based degree program. Cost is another major reason people go online for college. Though not all institutions charge less for online classes, several public schools, including Colorado State University and Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, have introduced notably reduced rates for online tuition. Many schools that are new to the online market also reduce rates for web-based classes in an effort to be competitive. Student loans and federal aid can help lighten the financial burden of earning an online degree in much the same way they would for a student seeking a traditional degree.

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