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    Anyone here get a degree online? I am thinking about getting my Masters from the University of Phoenix online. They are well known but I just wanted to hear feedback from you guys.



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    I've "earned" a few on-line degrees in the names of other people (the initial security was very lax). But, I'm sure you're talking about something different...


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    I know someone who was ordained as a minister online. (not sure what denomination) That's somewhat of a degree.



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    "my Masters"??? You are implying you already have a "masters". So why do you need to get it from an online school?? Are they holding it hostage.

    By the way, online schools are a joke. Don't waste your time, and money.

    Or on second thought, do.



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    As I understand it, online programs can be very expensive. I think it is pretty accepted these days. Schools including Iowa State and even Harvard have online programs. I've taken a few online classes and they take a bit more disipline on the students part.



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    Re: Online Universities

    I am debating the same thing for an MBA. Have it narrowed to ISU, Drake and UoP. ISU seems like the easy choice but it would be the largest commitment as far as time and energy.

    UoP has a lot of advantages such as flexibility and less credits required. You take one class at a time and are on full-time status which can help with financial aid.

    On the other side, there's the reputation thing. I don't know what the best route for me is yet.



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    Re: Online Universities

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    I know someone who was ordained as a minister online. (not sure what denomination) That's somewhat of a degree.
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    I've been told that Auburn has an excellent online MBA program... seriously.



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    The online minister thing is through the universal life church, at lease it was 5 years ago when I was ordained...



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    I have taught online and on-campus courses and I can assure you that the best education occurs in the classroom. I would strongly encourage you to considers a traditional program. If you're just looking at something to give you an edge on your resume, consider that there is a huge supply of MBAs in the market - many of whom went the traditional route (full-time or part-time) and will have an edge over online graduates.



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    Re: Online Universities

    Quote Originally Posted by professor View Post
    Anyone here get a degree online? I am thinking about getting my Masters from the University of Phoenix online. They are well known but I just wanted to hear feedback from you guys.
    Phoenix is a complete joke. You'd be better off finding a template for Word, sticking your name in, and printing it off.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CyInSoonerland View Post
    I have taught online and on-campus courses and I can assure you that the best education occurs in the classroom. I would strongly encourage you to considers a traditional program. If you're just looking at something to give you an edge on your resume, consider that there is a huge supply of MBAs in the market - many of whom went the traditional route (full-time or part-time) and will have an edge over online graduates.
    When you put on your resume that you received an MBA from Iowa State I doubt they are going to ask if it was online or care. Now, on the other had, University of Phoenix carries a certain stigma.


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    I'm getting my master's online through San Jose State, and I think there are definitely plusses and minuses. I think there is a ton more work in an online program, and in my field, they stress groupwork, which is difficult in a virtual environment.

    I miss the face-to-face contact with other students and professors, but that is balanced by being able to work from home and at my own pace. You have to be very disciplined in time management, or you will fall behind, though.

    In the end, I think as long as you have a diploma from a reputable university, it doesn't matter how you got it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    In the end, I think as long as you have a diploma from a reputable university, it doesn't matter how you got it.
    I wouldn't even necessarily worry about "reputable" as much as I would worry about "accredited". Accredited is much more important to me because you have a national review board, through review of program and discussion with students, giving their stamp of approval of certification, which is pretty much universally recognized (I got a glimpse of a renewal of accreditation process while I was earning my MBA at St Ambrose University). Reputable is just a ******* match as to who's university is better, with the why's being for irrelevant reasons.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    I wouldn't even necessarily worry about "reputable" as much as I would worry about "accredited". Accredited is much more important to me because you have a national review board, through review of program and discussion with students, giving their stamp of approval of certification, which is pretty much universally recognized (I got a glimpse of a renewal of accreditation process while I was earning my MBA at St Ambrose University). Reputable is just a ******* match as to who's university is better, with the why's being for irrelevant reasons.
    Good point. For my field, I have to go to an accredited program if I want to have any shot at a job, so you're right.

    I said reputable, because of diploma factories. I think Phoenix used to have that reputation (founded or not), but is seen to be OK these days.


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