Online Master's Programs?
Q: I am looking for an online graduate program that focuses on technology
integration. Has anyone heard anything about Walden University's program or
the University of Phoenix? I like the flexibility that these programs seem
to have. Are you aware of any other online Master's programs?
A:I am the distance learning guide at About.com. The Distance Learning site is for students like you: over 1,000 Web sites organized under almost 30 categories which treat student issues. There is a comprehensive, and growing, online reference shelf, which alone, is worth a book mark. Then there is an archive of well researched "How to" articles on doing online research, setting up home study areas, selecting your technology, financial aid, lots more. Now to your inquery: Walden and University of Phoenix are strong programs. You won't go wrong with either. But they are a bit pricey. Both are regionally accredited. UOPx has no residency requirement. Walden has extension-site seminars. Other online masters programs from public universities, which are less expensive, are: University of Maryland (www.umuc.edu) University of Texas (www.telecampus.utsystem.edu) University of Wyoming (ecampus.uwyo.edu) There's a strong program at the University of Illinois, Urbana. The costs are comparable to UOPx and Walden. To make your program selection easier, you might go to the About.com distance learning site. It is the only site we know of which supports online STUDENTS and there are lots of "admissions and selection" resources there for you. For instance: Go to "Colleges and Universities" for directories of online degrees and courses Be sure to click on the "Get Educated" site for one of several downloadable, free 128-page degree directories. Click on "Best books on" and go to Directories for a list of the best online degree guides. I suggest you buy one of the books desribed there: Bear's Guide to the Best Education Degrees by Distance Learning." Click on "Rankings" for online program ratings In the "articles on this subject" section, you might look at this article which gives you 30 questions to ask prospective degree providers: "Selecting a Quality Distance Learning Program." Also, this week, the article "Careers in Post Secondary Education" is on the home page. So, if you want it, you now you have some homework to do.