A number of high quality schools are offering online masters degrees. Some allow you to take the entire curriculum online. Others have a hybrid approach requiring you to make certain trips for on-campus portions of the education. Many judicial institutions that are known for their academic rigor offer more masters degrees online and they do bachelors degrees. Some of this is based on the idea that a student who has completed a bachelor’s degree at a traditional institution using traditional classroom attendance has already experienced much of the college environment. A Masters degree is often focused on specific skills so the general college experience is less of an issue.
An online degree isn’t for everyone. It requires a great deal of discipline to sit down at the computer and do your coursework. The better institutions offer videos of actual classes. For many people this is much better than trying to sit and simply do a correspondence course communicating over e-mail. Before deciding to pursue an online masters degree make sure you understand how you learn and whether or not you are capable of learning in an online environment. It may even be worthwhile to take a few classes as an experiment to see what works best for you.
Not all online degrees are created equal. Ideally you want to stick with reputable long-term academic institutions. Many institutions that only offer online degrees are frowned upon by those in traditional academia. It may or may not be fair, but they don’t see them as academically sound. To get maximum benefit you want to make sure that that the institution is easily recognizable and academically respected.
Be aware that the cost of a degree may not directly correspond to the quality of the education. Some institutions attempt to increase the value of their degrees or at least the perceived value by charging exorbitant prices.