Masters Degree Online

Although many more college graduates are choosing to attend graduate school immediately after having finished their bachelor’s degree, a large percentage of masters-level students are still adult professionals who not only work all day, but also often have a family and kids at home.  Juggling graduate school and a fully developed adult life is no easy task, and many of today’s adult working professionals are turning to the internet and finding ways to get their masters degree online instead of the traditional way.

The key to successfully doing a masters degree online lies in time management.  We are all aware of the amount of reading that comes with graduate studies, and online degrees are no different in this sense.  The mountainous pile of reading is not diminished, in fact, in might even be increased because the professor designing the course is not in the classroom with you to give you background information.  If online lectures are not organized in your particular program, you could face an even more than usually extensive reading list in order to fill the gaps between the texts normally assigned in the traditional, classroom version of the same class.

When starting a masters degree online, one should look closely at one’s weekly schedule and block out the days and times when it would be possible to spend time studying.  Always round the amount of time that you have available down to the nearest number of study hours.  For example, if you find 21 hours available in your schedule, you should round down to 18, so two classes per semester, given that each class requires 9 hours a week of your time.  If you find 14 hours available, round down to 9 hours, meaning one class per semester.  Especially when just beginning your masters degree online, you should always round down.  In subsequent years, you might be able to stretch a 14-hour week into the 18 hours required for two classes.  It’s always better to start out slowly than to get in over your head from the first day.  Most people who overestimate their capacity at the beginning end up dropping out and not finishing their degree.