Hot Student Stories

What are some of the misconceptions about online masters degree programs?

Before I take an online IT degree, I would like to know what to expect. I, therefore, kindly ask you to provide me with the common online masters degree programs misconceptions. I need to know what to expect before I commit to an online course. For instance, I think that there can be a free online degree if you know where to look for them. Is this true? These are some of the things I need to be clarified since I know some of the things I am expecting may not happen. Thanks.

Frank Nichols

in Online Courses

1 answer

1 answer

Jeremy Wood on May 15, 2018

To start with, do not desire free online degrees. With a free course, you cannot demand anything; you just take what is given to you. Just forget about it.

Most students believe that online courses are easy to pursue. Some claim these courses are even easier than on-campus courses. This is not true. Do not enroll in a course thinking you will get great grades easily. Online courses make a student study in isolation. There’s no study buddy to remind you that it’s time to learn something. Moreover, there’s no teacher to remind you about an assignment’s deadline. This way, it is very easy to lose focus. You find yourself procrastinating and you end up with loads of work to cover in the last few weeks of the semester. It is then that you will get to the realization that online master’s degree programs are just as demanding as on-campus courses.

Students also think that there’s no time limit for completing a course. Students think that one can take as long as they wish to complete a course. When online courses emerged, this was somewhat true. However, today, each online course is a part of the degree program in a college somewhere. For this reason, online courses have limits. Failing to complete the course within the period will amount to a fail. It is important, therefore, that you get to know the course requirement before registering.

Additionally, students think that online courses are of lower quality than the traditional classes programs. This is true. If an online course was found to be poor in quality, it is because the content was delivered in a messy manner, or the course was designed in a poor fashion. This is the same thing that happens to traditional on-campus courses; if they are not organized properly, they become poor. Most courses delivered online are not only organized well, but there are also strict measures to ensure that the delivery conforms to the set standards for general learning and online learning in specific.

Most students are worried that if they wish to change schools or take higher education, they will face problems when trying to transfer. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Online courses are transferable. Many campuses see online courses as traditional courses and nothing should make online IT degrees to be non-transferable. Do not let these misconceptions misguide you in your decision. Now you know what to expect.


Roger Moore2 years ago

I agree that these are common misconceptions about online masters degree programs. There’s also the belief that it is difficult to meet with your instructor. Not being able to get a hold of your lecturer can be frustrating especially when clarification is needed, or when you need you need time extension on an assignment. Online programs’ lectures know the need for being in contact with students. They have, thus, put up ways through which learners can reach them when they need to discuss something in person. They also reach out to students via email to ensure all is well. People also think that in an online course it is difficult to interact with classmates. This fallacy should end. Peer to peer learning is emphasized and is a part of all online courses. Discussion forums are central to each course done online. Students can also interact via web conferencing programs such as Skype. 

Add you answer