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Which are the best institutions offering online masters degree in the US?

I am posting this question for my daughter. She has a bachelor’s degree and is currently working at a lawyer’s office. Now she wants to do masters degree but wants to do it along with her job. So she is thinking about doing masters online. I am not fully convinced about the credibility of online courses because though it seems possible to teach masters degree in law and masters degree in accounting, will it be effective to teach masters degree in engineering online? Do you think it will be a wise idea to spend time and money on an online masters degree?

Samantha Stevenson

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Kevin Sutter on April 16, 2018

The question of a parent is well-articulated. Firstly, let me answer your concerns regarding the authenticity of online master’s degree. It is a reality that almost all educational institutions have started changing themselves to answer the changing needs of people. So now most of them have online versions of their regular courses. In the US, universities offer on-campus, online, and hybrid versions of their courses. The mere fact is that if you are selecting masters program from a traditional, renowned university, there is usually no problem with accreditation because such universities usually run only accredited programs. However, be aware of the fact that some programs of some universities can be outside the scope of accreditation. So it is for you to check the recognition of the specific course you select. Now the real problem is that you haven’t mentioned the master’s degree your daughter wants to pursue; master’s in engineering, master’s in law, or master’s in accounting? However, the happy news is that you will find master’s in all these areas. Let me introduce a few universities.

The first course I found useful for you comes from Northeastern University, Boston. They offer an online master’s degree in legal studies, which is a 30-credit program. You can complete this course entirely online at a cost less than $30,000. Another option is online master’s in legal studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield. The degree is 36 credits in total, which you can complete asynchronously or synchronously. If that is not your choice, there is the University of Oklahoma offering master’s in legal studies with three specializations to choose from. They are health care law, energy and natural resources law, or indigenous people’s law. Arizona University offers you more variety of criminal law, sports law, sustainability law, intellectual property law, and HR.

Engineering and accounting masters are even easier to find. You will find engineering courses in the above-mentioned universities and other places like the University of Florida, the University of Michigan, Columbia University, the University of South Carolina and North Carolina State University. For master’s in accounting, some good places are the University of North Carolina, Rutgers University, and the University of Dallas.

The beauty of the list I have presented is that these are all well-known, reputed universities and the online courses they offer are accredited as the universities themselves. So your concerns regarding the acceptability of online masters programs are ill-founded. The only thing is that you should verify the accreditation of the course and the institution before you join it.

Larry Warren2 years ago

The fears regarding online courses are not totally baseless, according to my personal experience. In 2009 I joined a bachelor’s degree program online. According to the information I had gathered, it had national accreditation by some national accreditation agency. I was very happy with the fact that my program is nationally accredited. However, the real problem arose when I tried to transfer my credit to a regionally accredited university for my master’s. It was said that my nationally accredited bachelor’s degree had no value for that university. If I wanted to continue, my only option would be to continue with national accreditation. Later on, I noticed that in the U.S, regional accreditation is more valuable than national one. While nationally accredited institutions accept credits from regionally accredited institutions, it does not happen the other way. Now, the point I would like to share is that you should make sure that your institution and masters degree course are regionally accepted.


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