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Do they get less respect? I feel like online degrees in technology and business fields have made inroads, but what about others?<br><br>
I've been going to school for Exercise Science/Kinesiology. With the baby on the way, I won't be able to attend on campus classes, and I do not have anymore online classes I can take at my school. Some of the online colleges do have health science degrees...<br>
Would this likely impede admittance into graduate coursework? When the kids are in school, the plan is for me to go into graduate work. Would any negative be weighed out with the fact I can continue school rather quickly rather than having to wait until my kids (we're planning on having one more, and we don't want too big an age gap) are in school?<br><br>
What are your opinions?
 

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Two candidates with equal work history, if one has a traditional degree and one has online, I select the traditional. Yeah, it's bias, but there's a lot of bias in the world.
 

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I understand there's a bias. I'm just trying to figure out the best way to finish school. The pregnancy wasn't quite according to the schedule in my head, but now I need to figure out the best way to go forward with what is. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> And hopefully still get a degree. Going to a physical school right now is not an option.<br><br>
So it's either a 7 year wait or an online degree. I was hoping the online degree would be the better option. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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I would not bother with online degrees. Graduate schools are in the business of physical schools and look down on online-degrees.
 

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How about looking at on-line programs from "brick & mortar" colleges? The kind where you end up with the same degree.<br><br>
The other thing to do is talk with the admissions folks at the graduate programs you are interested in. Let them tell you what matters to them.
 

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If you have enough credit with the school you were going to before, you might be able to finish up with online classes and still get your degree from the original school. Just a thought.
 

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The school I'm going to, I'm out of online classes to take (I took a lot while working full time). They don't offer any of what I need to graduate online. The counselor is who pointed me to this online college as an option. Thanks for the suggestion, though! Ideas are much appreciated
 

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Dude. Sorry. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br><br>
Although, the school I got my masters from does has an online option for some of their graduate studies. They tend to cater to non-traditional students.<br><br>
FWIW, check out University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. They are super expensive, but it's an excellent school that might have an online option.
 

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I'm getting my degree online thru DeVry. It's my masters.
 

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I know for business/tech classes online is not really discouraged. It was maybe even 5 years ago but they've gotten so common and people have proved themselves so it's not so much anymore. Some managers say they even prefer to hire online degrees. Devry is a good school. DH is taking classes there and he said it's harder than the University of Illinois where he went before.<br><br>
DH is convinced other degrees are going to follow the same pattern as those have and we'll see less bias in the next 10 years as they get more common.
 

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I'm emailing them. Thanks for the suggestion. Hopefully they respond back <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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It all depends on the employer - some places care deeply about where people went to school (like law firms that only hire from top 20 schools or something).<br><br>
Other places just care that you have a degree. It really all depends.
 

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How about looking into taking a class or two at night after the baby is born (then your DH could take care of him/her for a couple hours each evening).
 

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Good luck - I'm sure they'll let you know all about their admissions criteria. If you know you'd like to attend that school, take this opportunity to ask them straight out what you can do to make yourself stand out during the admissions process (degrees, certifications, research, work experience, etc.).
 

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I can look and see what other colleges have with that. There are very limited offerings at my school for night classes-- even more so than online offerings. I've already got my base courses taken, which is what most of the offerings are. It's surprising how limited a lot of the stuff is towards non-traditional students.
 

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I did about 40% of my bachelor's degree online. Resulted in an immediate raise of 26%, a promotion within 7 months and has not hampered the admissions process for my graduate work.
 
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