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How can I pursue an undergraduate degree online?

I would like to pursue a library science degree online. I have completed my high school studies and passed exams very well. However, I currently have a full-time job, which makes it impossible for me to pursue an undergraduate degree day course at university. My only option is to study online. However, I know very little about studies online. What does it take for people to acquire distance learning degrees? Can one register directly for a bachelor degree, or there are other steps to follow first? I urgently need a piece of advice.

Frank Nichols

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Zach Chandler on April 5, 2018

It is indeed a great thing that you want to pursue your bachelor’s degree. These days many young people feel content as soon as they get a job. Little do they know that further studies improve their career prospects greatly, even in their current job. The online degree in library science you mention probably means that your current or desired job has something to do with library work. Again, that is commendable since not many people want to take care of books. To study online, you should know the following.

  1. You need a laptop or tablet connected to the internet to pursue your desired degree. Then, you can search the internet for undergraduate degrees online. Search engines such as Google will help you to do this. You will find several universities offering different degrees. You can see what the requirements you should fulfill to join.
  2. You can also find out the basic qualifications, financial implications and course requirements from these sites. Some colleges can offer you a full online course, but others will need you to visit the campus once in a while.
  3. It is really up to you to choose the course suitable for you. The distance learning degree you want to undertake will be specified. In this way you can choose either a bachelor’s or associate degree. So it is actually up to you.
  4. The duration of the course will also be specified. You will know how long it will take for you to graduate. Undergraduate degrees tend to take between 3 to 7 years depending on their complexity or the units you will cover.
  5. Taking your studies online is not a leisure activity. Do not be under the impression that you will not have deadlines to meet with your coursework, assignments and exams. It is misleading to believe that you will do everything at your own pace. However, there is enough flexibility to do your regular work while undertaking your studies. It calls for proper time management to fulfill the requirements of both.
  6. Finally, know that degree studies require research and regular writing. So you will need to have access to a library. Such a library can be a physical one or one found online. Many online universities allow you access to their library via the internet once you pay fees. You can find out more at excite.com.

Noel Byrd2 years ago

I do agree it is a good idea to pursue your degree online. You will have the opportunity to continue your current job while studying. Moreover, an undergraduate degree online will cost you less than on-campus learning. You will not incur costs emanating from commuting and accommodation. You will also not suffer from traveling long distances and the culture shock of meeting new people. There is a lot of flexibility too, since you can undertake the course in stages. Your completion time will totally depend on you. It will also open new avenues for you to continue learning at higher levels, even beyond your desired first degree. I should also add that online degrees are available at different universities. The most highly respected institutions have expanded their learning space by providing these opportunities. Do it!


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