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Why grad school?Earning a graduate degree offers you the benefits of advancing your learning, beyond the bachelor degree, and that advanced learning will not only improve or extend your abilities and productivity, but it can also increase your self-confidence and the recognition you get from peers. Studies have shown that those with Master degrees earn about $8000 more annually, on average, than those who just have a bachelor degree (but keep in mind that is an average). But to get the benefits of an advanced degree, you need to be the type of person who can exploit the career advantages that such a degree can offer. If you are ambitious enough and determined enough to complete the graduate degree, and you have the personality, morals, flexibility, and other personal attributes to advance in your career field, then chances are good that you will be among those who benefit, career-wise, from earning a graduate degree.
After earning a bachelor's degree, some college grads may feel that the major they chose is not the best one for their desired career future, or they may feel that their interests have changed. One solution for such college grads may be to earn a Master's or Doctorate in a field that would serve them better ... now! College grads may see or hear about opportunities that are only available to people with graduate degrees, and they want to get access to those opportunities.
There are some majors, such as psychology or education, where the better paying jobs almost always require a graduate degree. If you are in a field like that you may find a graduate degree is really a career necessity for you. Other good reasons to earn a graduate degree are many, and include a desire to prove you CAN earn it; a desire to enhance your academic/occupational prestige; plans to change career field; or a wish to qualify for a specific job or ambition. Your reasons depend on you, but it is a good idea for you to "pin-down" what your reasons or motives are, so that you can keep them fresh in your mind when you need them to help you keep going.
So a graduate degree can definitely offer the potential to make more money and advance your career, if you are the type of person who will push forward to realize the benefits of having the degree once you earn it. However, in the final analysis the "why" of grad school is a question that has your name all over it ... in other words your the only one that can answer that because it depends on your personality and situation, what you expect from your work and life, and it depends on what motivates you. Your reasons for earning the degree are really quite personal and unique to you.
Why online?Online graduate school offers you the chance to complete a graduate degree from a recognized (regionally accredited) school while maintaining many of the other good and advantageous aspects of your current life. For example, you can keep your current job, residence, neighborhood, friends, avoid uprooting your kids, and so on, yet still earn your graduate degree from a reputable or prestigious university, online. You can avoid the cost and time losses involved in commuting to a campus. Also, online degree programs offer a much wider choice of specialties, and choice of university, compared to local grad schools. If your local colleges or universities do not offer the degree that you want to earn, or if they turn down your application, you may still have the opportunity to earn the degree you want by going online.
But, online learning is not for every one. For example, online learning is likely to require greater self-motivation than attending campus classes, yet it also can help you to develop that self-motivation within yourself. Online students can often learn as much or more than classroom students because classrooms can have distractions, while online learning can allow total concentration of the student on the computer screen, in a quiet, controlled, at-home setting. Most online courses and degree programs are "asynchonic", which means that they do no require all students in a course to "attend class" at the same, specific time. Rather student- professor and student-student interaction is done by online methods such as texting, email, file submission, and message boards. That means you can still attend grad school classes online even if your daily schedule changes from week-to-week; even if you have no time for the commute; or even if you have no baby-sitter available. This can be especially advantageous to students who work nights; who have childcare duties; who are just too tired after work to commute and attend regular classes; or who have other time challenges that require flexible scheduling.
Congratulations for considering extending your education with graduate study. Cheers to you.
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