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Online Degree Programs

Pursuing an online degree is a convenient way to continue your education without interrupting your professional life or relocating. However, there are some additional considerations you should take into account if you intend to pursue a degree online.

  1. Online education can be a legitimate way of obtaining a degree. However, you should make sure that the program has been accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). This is the primary organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education that accredits online degree programs.
  2. If you intend to pursue additional degrees or if you intend to transfer to a more traditional, regionally accredited degree program in the future, the online courses you have taken may not be accepted by other institutions, even if they have been accredited by the DETC. If you intend to transfer, the best thing you can do is call the school and see if they will accept the credit you received from your online courses.
  3. It may be easier to transfer credits from online courses if you obtain a degree from a program that has regional accreditation.
  4. If you intend to pursue additional degree programs after you complete your online degree, you should plan your academic path accordingly by checking which schools accept degrees accredited by DETC. The Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA) provides a list of schools that will accept credits and degrees from accredited online programs.