Have you ever felt that you’ve missed opportunities in life, especially when it comes to schooling? Well, you’re not alone. There is an estimated 30 percent of students currently enrolled in college that are considered ‘non-traditional’, or over 25, with many of them wanting to complete their dreams of receiving a college education, brush up on skills, or even just satisfy their curiosity. The sense of accomplishment that comes with earning a degree feels amazing, and it also helps you grow as a person.
Going back to school to obtain a master’s degree, in particular, can qualify you for jobs that would otherwise not be an option. Even though the economy is improving, many professionals have found themselves out of work or wanting to switch their careers in midlife. Earning a master’s degree or graduate certificate will qualify you for more job opportunities, and you can even earn college credit for skills you’ve learned in previous jobs to accelerate the degree process!
Online education programs are especially popular for adult students, and in many cases, going to an online school can still qualify you for scholarships, grants, and discounts that apply to non-traditional students. It’s the perfect way to attend top colleges and universities without uprooting yourself and you can continue to work while you study.
In addition to the traditional colleges that are now offering online programs, institutions such as Kaplan University have been providing online degrees and certificates for many years, and Mount Washington College is attempting to disrupt the higher education model with low-cost online degree programs.
Below is a sampling of traditional, on-campus universities that have been recognized as having top online degree programs. Their master’s degrees are perfect for adult students who want to advance in their careers, or make a midlife career shift.
- Boston University: Master of Science in Insurance Management, Masters of Science in Banking and Financial Service Management, Masters of Science in Project Management
- Case Western University: Masters in Social Administration
- George Washington University: Masters in Strategic Public Relations
- Norwich University: Masters of Arts in History
- Ohio University: Masters in Coaching Education, Masters of Athletic Administration, Masters of Arts in English, Masters of reading Education, Masters of Curriculum and Instruction, Masters of Health Administration, Masters of Science in Nursing
- Pepperdine University: Masters in Business Administration
- University of Alabama at Birmingham: Bachelor and Masters programs in: Business, Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing
- University of Arizona: Masters in Nursing
- University of Cincinnati: Master’s in Health informatics
- University of Florida: Doctor of Pharmacy
- University of Illinois at Chicago: Masters of Science in Health Informatics, Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management
- University of Maryland: Masters of Business Administration
- University of Southern California: Masters of Science in Applied Psychology
- University of Southern California: Master of Communication Management
- Wake Forest University: Masters in Counseling
- Washington State University: Masters in Business Administration
So, if you are currently thinking of going back to college, now is a better time than any to start pursuing the degree that you have always dreamed of having. It’s always a good idea to research best-fit programs, but there are programs out there that will fit your needs.
Are there any online programs that you think I forgot? Feel free to leave a comment below; I would love to hear your ideas.
Kerstin Stokes is a recent graduate of the College of Idaho interested in helping others achieve their educational dreams, no matter what age they are. Kerstin is currently working to start her freelance writing and marketing career, as well as has dreams of starting her own website soon. You can follow Kerstin on Twitter @ironicsunpunch.