What Is an Internet Degree?
A growing number of college students are choosing to pursue an online or Internet degree. From state universities to small colleges, nearly all higher education institutions offer online courses or degree programs. Read on to get more information about Internet degrees.
Online Degree Overview
A 2015 survey conducted by the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) found that almost 30% of college students were enrolled in at least one online course (www.onlinelearningconsortium.org). Students can obtain an associate's, bachelor's or master's Internet degree in many areas of study. Those who pursue Internet degrees most often receive the same level of instruction as traditional on-campus classes.
Important Facts About an Internet Degree:
|Degree Field Courses||Technology, Educational Courses, Arts and Science, Business Administration|
|Possible Careers||Health Services, Business and Management, Criminal Justice|
|Key Skills||Earning the opportunity to broaden career choices and your overall career path|
|Common Courses||English Composition, Mathematics and Calculus, Fine Arts|
|Median Salary (2018)|| $99,730 (for medical and health services managers) |
$83,610 (for management analysts)
$81,920 (for detectives and criminal investigators)
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)|| 20% growth (for medical and health services managers) |
14% growth (for management analysts)
5% growth (for detectives and criminal investigators)
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Associate's Internet Degree
Since a 2-year associate's degree can, in most cases, only be obtained from a community college, this type of degree is the least common of Internet degrees. Fewer colleges offer online associate's degrees than those offering more advanced Internet degrees.
Bachelor's Internet Degree
Online programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Internet degree are available in nearly all areas of study. Some Internet degree programs offer only online courses, while others combine online learning with traditional classroom instruction. Most often, the same instructors who teach live classes also conduct online courses.
Master's Internet Degree
A large number of schools offer online Master of Arts and Master of Science programs. In many cases, those pursuing a master's degree are already working full-time, making an Internet degree a popular choice for these individuals. Due to the flexibility that Internet degree programs can offer, students can obtain a master's degree in less time than it takes those who follow an on-campus program.