Value of University of Phoenix Degrees

How valuable is a degree from the University of Phoenix? Well, it depends. One of the downsides of getting a degree from a for-profit university that has not been around for a very long is that the value of the degree can vary drastically. If Yale is in the news for some sort of scandal is hardly going to diminish the value of their degree Erie it on the other hand if University of Phoenix is in the news because of a scandal they can have a huge impact on how their graduates are perceived.

Why is this? Why can the value of the University of Phoenix degree go up and down dramatically on the value of a Yale degree is more stable? Yale has a very long history in the United States. This history helps smooth out its reputation. If there’s a scandal today it is less of a big deal because there are centuries of history behind the college. University of Phoenix on the other hand does not have this long-term history. That means anything that occurs that might diminish the value of a degree today represents a very large proportion of what the general public knows about the school. Worse still it can be the main thing that they know about the school. Everyone has heard of Yale University outside of a new story reflecting them in a poor light. University of Phoenix on the other hand is a little bit different. While many people may have heard of University of Phoenix a single negative news story is going to carry much greater weight because it represents a much larger portion of what that person knows about the University of Phoenix.

Also top universities have a reputation that’s based on the people who have graduated from there. When someone is running for Senate or president and you hear that they graduated from Yale University that goes into part of your understanding of the academic quality of the school. On the other hand you’re very unlikely to see someone running for president who graduated from University of Phoenix. That simply is not University of Phoenix’s market. This permits the University of Phoenix at a disadvantage because they are not associated with the big names that more traditional universities are.

This isn’t to say that Phoenix doesn’t offer any value. I’ve seen several people who have graduated from the program who feel like it was a good investment of their time and money. On the other hand you need to be very careful in understanding what role your degree will play throughout your career. If you simply need a Masters degree in order to move up to the next level of pay at your current job it might be a good option. If you’re trying to use your education as a selling point over the course of your career you may want to choose a school with less volatility of reputation.

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Selective Masters Degree Programs

If you are trying to choose a Masters degree program, one thing you need to consider is how selective the school is you want to apply to. In theory this should matter. Each professor should have a high standard and students who don’t meet that standard should fail out. However in practice it’s not so simple. Many classes require group learning experiences where you will do projects with your peers. If you’re working with a lot of talented smart peers this can be a very beneficial process. However if you’re working with a lot of peers who have no business pursuing a Masters degree it can be very difficult and even torture.

On one hand there is some value in learning how to work with difficult incompetent people. It’s a real-world skill that you are going to need regardless of what field you go into. However you don’t want that learning experience to detract from your experience of actually learning the course content. If you go to a school that is fairly selective in sales out students early on this will be less of a problem.

There are several different ways for a school to be selective. Many schools are highly selective in who they allow to enter the program in the first place. Many masters degree programs have extensive applications that require you to submit all kinds of information, take tests, etc. before you can be admitted. On one hand this can be good. They can weed out a lot of people who shouldn’t be trying to pursue a Masters degree. This type of approach is very good in weeding out people who don’t have enough mastery of the English language to making graduate school.

On the other hand this type of approach requires a great deal of work in is sometimes difficult to judge. People who are in charge of admissions at most colleges have a very poor track record of being yelled to predict which students are going to succeed and which ones are not. In fact their ability to choose often is no better than chance. The admission barriers simply require a student to put in a certain amount of work just to apply to the program. This helps weed out some people who would not be successful but the data obtained from the admissions process isn’t something that admissions professionals can use to predict how well a given student will do in the program.

Another approach is to allow pretty much anyone to start the program by taking some classes. Students can start out by taking two or three classes from a prescribed list. The schools arrange the list and require certain classes to be taken before you can apply forward mission that includes some easy and some hard classes. This gives the students a good taste of what it will be like once they apply for the program and it also gives the school a good idea of whether or not they’re going to be successful in actually doing the coursework. This is the type of approach that is favored by Harvard extension school and it does a great job of keeping their educational programs open to anyone who can successfully complete them without requiring students to jump through a bunch of hoops simply to see if they’re willing to work hard enough at the admissions process to predict that they may do well in school.

Another thing worth considering when trying to choose a college to pursue a Masters degree is how the school benefit. This is particularly important when you’re looking at for-profit schools. A for-profit school have a lot of incentive to keep students in the program so they can can can you to get their money. If they fail students out they stop making money from those students. On the other hand some for-profit schools take all your money up front. You can complete the work you don’t even end up in the higher-level classes.

When evaluating masters degree programs you may want to take a close look at how many people fail out. If the number is too high it may indicate that the program is not very good at teaching students. On the other hand it may indicate that they accept a great number of students that should not be pursuing a Masters degree in the first place. If the number is too low it could indicate that they have fabulous teachers. However more than likely indicates that the coursework is not sufficient to differentiate between those who should be pursuing a Masters degree and those who are not going to be able to obtain a sufficient level of skills to truly perform at the Masters level. You don’t want to graduate from the school that is known for passing everyone. You don’t want to try to graduate from a program that’s known for failing everyone either. However, I could blend between students who make it in students that don’t is going to be the healthiest situation you can hope for. You should be able to get these statistics from the admissions department.

Choosing a selective school to pursue your Masters degree helps ensure that you’re getting a degree that will be valuable over the course of your career. It also helps ensure that you’re going to be old and maximize your time spent learning and minimize the time dealing with incompetent fellow students.

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Two Types of College Education

There are two types of college educations. The first type is based on time the second is based on skill. The first type of education we want to talk about is the one where ready much anyone can get a degree as long as they’re willing to put in the required time. Colleges that offer this type of degree are basically getting you in attendance certificate. Unfortunately college’s are forced to differentiate between whether or not they are awarding you a degree based on the amount of time you spent in the class or based on any skills you developed.

The second type of college education is based on skills. These type of colleges are going to have a very high failure rate. You will not be able to get a college degree simply by showing up. If you want to graduate you’re going to have to deeply understand the subject matter you’re studying. Most people assume that all colleges working this way but that’s not necessarily the case. In fact government regulations sometimes require teachers to make all sorts of concessions for students who simply can’t handle the material. It’s not uncommon for students who have trouble reading to get extra help by having the tests read aloud to them in a separate room where they can give verbal answers. If you’re at a school that offers these type of programs to people who would not be able to get the degree otherwise, it’s a good indication that you’re at a school that is rewarding people for their time not for their skills.

Modern society has decided everyone should go to college. This is extremely detrimental because it keeps the value of educational low for the students who have the capability of achieving the most. There are schools that don’t succumb to this type of societal pressure. However, many of the state-run institutions due. Which means that the affordable institutions are often the ones that are not keeping a high standard.

I don’t have any problem with people being admitted to college, but there needs to be a way to quickly fail people out to simply can’t make the cut. It doesn’t do them any long-term advantage to keep them in college, let them acquire debt, and encourage them to head down a career path where they simply cannot succeed.

It’s far better for them to forgo the college education in look at making a living through some sort of trade where they can make good money but without requiring the skills they would need to graduate from college. This doesn’t mean they can’t make a good living. Plumbers, electricians, masons and other workers are in high demand. They offer a skill that is very important and they are paid very well. It may not be the same as a desk job but his good work and makes good money. These type of careers are far more accessible for someone who cannot meet the rigors of a college education.

If we want to see the human race advance, we need to keep our standards for college education high. The more we dumb down what goes into a college education the more we hold back the next generation from reaching its full potential.

Employers are partially to blame as well. I’ve seen many situations where jobs require a degree when a degree is not at all necessary to do the work. Part of this is the employer’s fault, but a lot of it rests on the way they expect people to behave in society. Employers realize that getting a college degree may not mean the person is actually college material. However the fact that they plowed through a two or four year program and showed up enough to get a degree indicates that they will more than likely show up for work. Someone who hasn’t pursued a degree is more of an unknown factor. So employers are often using a college degree just to determine if someone is going to show up for work. This perpetuates the cycle which is detrimental to the workforce, to the students, and to people who want jobs without a degree.

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Master’s Degree Q & A

Can I earn a master’s degree for less than $5000

Most master degree programs are going to cost more than $5000. However you may be in to get some scholarships that will help keep costs down. In addition the scholarships you may be able to get some type of educational loan that can keep costs down as well.

There are some smaller state schools where you may be able to get a masters degree for under $5000. Some of these are actually pretty good schools. You’ll want to look in areas where the cost of living is fairly low because that is an important part of determining how much you have to pay for your degree. Also you’ll want to look in states where you can claim residency. Most state schools offer a lower tuition cost to state residents because they are reimbursed by the state government. So if you’re looking at attending a college that is out of state you might want to see what you have to do to establish residency there before enrolling in the program.

Can you apply to master’s degree programs at two different universities?

Yes you can. In fact it is quite common. You may not get into your top choice graduate school. So it’s always good to apply some other places just to make sure you are accepted somewhere. In some schools this is less of an issue. You might talk to the admissions department and find out what your chances are of being accepted. In some smaller schools they can probably just tell you if it looks like you’ll be accepted or not. If you are going to be accepted to your first choice school in may make sense to forgo any additional applications simply because the amount of time and effort involved. If it is questionable and you really want to start graduate school in the upcoming semester, it’s probably not a bad idea to apply to more than one place.

Can you get a job with a Capella University master’s degree?

It is possible to get a job without having a Masters degree.  A degree from Coppell University will probably not hurt your chances as compared to not having a Masters degree at all. However you will be at a disadvantage if you are competing with people from long-established traditional universities that have a very good reputation.

That’s not to say that a degree from Coppell University is not valuable. In many cases it can be valuable, but it may not have the same job market advantage as a degree from Harvard or Yale.

However, in many jobs your pay will be tied to your educational experience. Often every Masters degree gets the same consideration regardless of where it’s from. From a return on investment standpoint, Capella might not give you the best return on investment because it is often more expensive than the options you’ll have from the state school. Still if you don’t live anywhere near a state university it can be a good option in order to get some type of degree.

Can you earn two master’s degrees?

Yes you can earn multiple masters degrees. In general a PhD is the pursuit of doing original research in an area that has not been studied thoroughly. So people looking to further their education by using existing research and not necessarily create new research of their own will often pursue multiple masters degrees.

The downside is that if you ever want to teach at a university a PhD is going to be much more advantageous than multiple masters degrees–at least in most fields of study.

How much can I make with a master’s degree?

It’s hard to say. Your skills and your job market are probably a better indicator of your earning potential than your degree. That said having a Masters degree can significantly increase your income if it is in an area that is sought after. If you get a masters degree in underwater basket weaving it probably isn’t  going to significantly enhance your earning potential. However if you get a degree in a hot area like genomics or bio informatics you may get a significant return on your investment.

Can I get a master’s degree while working a job?

Yes you can get a Masters degree what working a job. Many of the newer programs offered by universities and in particular for-profit universities are targeting people who already have jobs and not recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree. These type of programs are often very flexible in their scheduling and often offer some type of online class with the weekend face-to-face meetings.

One of the advantages of pursuing a Masters jury while you are working a regular job is that your real life experience can come into play. Your classes may give you new ways of looking at your current problems, and your current work experience may give you the ability to more quickly understand what is being taught in class.

How hard is it to get a master’s degree?

This is a tough question to answer because it can vary so much from person to person and from degree to degree. If you are getting a degree in an area with which you have an extremely large body of experience you may find the degree to be very easy. If you’re getting a degree in an area with which you do not have very much experience then you may find at least some of the classes to be very difficult and challenging.

One significant difference between getting a bachelors degree in getting a Masters degree is the amount of focus on topics you are interested in. A bachelors degree includes a large amount of work that is just general education. Masters degrees include very little of this type of work in nearly every class you take will be tightly focused on the subject matter you’re wishing to study. You may have some courses that aren’t as interesting to you but they will still be related to your topic. There may be some equivalent of Gen. Ed classes basically dealing with how to do research. However in most cases even these classes will be tightly focused on your subject area showing you how to do research the proper way to receive academic recognition for the topic you are studying.

Is it a bad thing to get an online master’s degree?

There have always been diploma mills. There have always been quasi-accredited institutions of dubious academic quality selling degrees for life experience or very little actual work. The growth of the Internet has not changed this. Many of the diploma Mills is simply moved to doing things online. You have to make sure that you are getting a degree from a reputable university. This is true whether you are getting the degree using a traditional distance education program where things are done through the mail, a traditional degree where you attend classes in person, or taking classes online.

One thing you should keep in mind though is that many employers want to make sure you have the social skills necessary to succeed at your job. It probably is not a good idea to get a bachelors degree online simply because so much of the college experience is learning how to act in social settings. If you forgo the social experiences and get your bachelors degree online you may be at a disadvantage when it comes to working in the real world. However, for a Masters degree this is less of an issue because the fact you’re pursuing a Masters degree means that you’ve already achieved a bachelor’s degree.

One downside of pursuing an online Masters degree is that you’ll probably have fewer interactions with other students and teachers. You may want to consider how important the networking opportunities that usually come in graduate school will be to your future career. If your goal is simply to get a masters degree because the bumps you up a pay grade, the networking opportunities might not be that big a deal. However, if your goal is to get a better education so you can find a better job the networking opportunities may be just as valuable as any of the stuff you learn in the classes themselves.

One thing to keep in mind is that you’re going to have to sell yourself regardless of what school you go to. If you take online classes from a well-known University while pursuing a full-time job and raising a family, you can bring this up in the interview process to help show how good you are at juggling multiple priorities and multitasking. In some ways the students who are able to quit their jobs and go back to school full-time have it much easier than what you may have it getting a degree online.

What type of school is University of Phoenix?

The University of Phoenix is a for-profit accredited educational institution. It offers a number of different degrees. The key difference between University of Phoenix and many of the other universities is the fact that it is run with the profit motive. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. One advantage is the profit motive may help University of Phoenix adapt more rapidly than its nonprofit counterparts. The University of Phoenix is going to be able to invest money quickly in order to take advantage of changes in the job market. More traditional universities may react more slowly. The slow reaction time helps bring stability to nonprofit universities but it also means that you may not have the exact skills employers are looking for in a recent college graduate. Typically this is a problem because your degree gives you a foundation to build whatever skills that you need within your chosen profession. Still in some cases there are advantages in having a degree that’s rapidly readjusted to that market conditions.

Unfortunately the University of Phoenix does not always have the best academic reputation. Some of this is probably baseless and simply founded on the idea that people are still a bit wary of degrees that come from for-profit institutions and online study processes. Some of it may be well founded in that there have been cases of students pursuing degrees without fully understanding the quality of education or opportunities that may be offered to them and getting a great deal of that without having a marketable skill upon graduation.

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Academic Reputation and Career Choice

When you choose a college you’re doing a lot more than just choosing a place to get a diploma from. The reputation of the school you graduate from will follow you for the rest your life. The effect is most pronounced right after you graduate. However your alma mater is something that will show up on your resume for the rest of your working career.

This is especially true when you’re looking at getting an online degree of some sort. The reputation of the school in question is something you can’t afford to overlook. A lot of people know this and look at the reputation of the school from which they want graduate. But what most people don’t do is think about what the future reputation of that school is going to be.

This is where it’s very important to understand the difference between for-profit and nonprofit schools. Most traditional universities are not-for-profit institutions. They don’t pay taxes on the money they earn and their mission statement is usually something about increasing education.

For-profit schools on the other hand are run just like any other business. The service they provide is education but their mission is to make money. They do this by providing education and some do a very good job of it. However, the long-term choices made by a for-profit educational institution may be significantly different than the long-term choices made by a not-for-profit educational institution.

Regardless of the current quality of your education, you need to look to the future to understand how your degree is going to be perceived 10 years 15 years and 20 years down the road. What may be a very good well-run school today might become a laughingstock tomorrow.

Both for-profit and nonprofit schools can go downhill. However the profit motive of for-profit schools means there is an additional competing factor in what is driving business decisions for those types of institutions. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. These type of schools may be more quick to adapt to changing market conditions and providing degrees that students need well before their nonprofit counterparts. On the other hand they may be more likely to chase a profit to the detriment of their academic reputation.

The teacher academic reputation of your school may be more or less important depending on what field you plan to work in. If you want to be a college professor the academic reputation of your school is going to be very important. If you want to go into business the academic reputation is maybe less important after 10 years. Your accomplishments and work history are going to be far more important than where you went to school.

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Master’s Degrees – Traditional vs. Online

Their two main types of masters degrees that are available today. First there are traditional masters degrees that are held in brick-and-mortar institutions. Second there are online institutions that allow you to take your classes over the Internet. Each institution has its own set of benefits and drawbacks.

First let’s consider some of the benefits of a traditional masters degree program. In traditional masters degree program you physically go to campus, sit with other students in the classroom, and listen to the teacher. This model of education has stood the test of time and has worked quite well for the past few hundred years. Some significant benefits over traditional masters degree or better networking with your peers and teachers and more of a social atmosphere. This may seem like a minor thing but it is a very important part of education. Many first jobs and careers are greatly influenced by who you went to school with. In a traditional institution you get to know people face-to-face and this is a very important part of your educational process. If you are struggling with a particular concept it’s easy to talk it over with a friend or classmate. Even the few minutes you have before class starts allows interactions with other students and sometimes the teacher. This type of “rubbing shoulders” with people around her topic is very valuable and can provide you with an educational foundation and benefits that are going to be difficult to get in any other way.

The benefits also extend to the mindset you have a traditional institution. It’s a lot easier to be academic when you’re in an academic setting. There is a certain amount of inspiration that comes from the architecture, history, procedures, and rituals of an academic institution. These can be very beneficial in pursuing a degree because they help enhance your ability to study.

Now let’s consider some of the benefits of an online education. One of the major benefits is no commute. If you’re getting an online masters degree you don’t have to get in the car and drive somewhere to go to a class. That time can be spent studying. In less you live next door to university this can be a substantial timesaver. In particular it’s a benefit if you’re wanting to pursue a master’s degree while working a full-time job or while you have friend and family commitments. Another benefit of flexible scheduling. Online degrees often allow you to do your course work and attend lectures as it is convenient for you. You can’t get too far behind. However, if one week you want to do your lectures on Monday in the next week it’s easier to do them on Tuesday that typically isn’t much of a problem. This type of flexibility may seem minor injury actually experience it. Changing work schedules, kids with different needs and school events, and even just working around the schedule of getting together with friends can all be very difficult to schedule around a rigid class time. The flexibility of online classes is significant and can make it a lot easier to go back to school when you’re already in the middle of a busy life. Taken together with the time saved by not commuting, you have more time so there is less need to work around things.

In most cases the time you spend on the lectures is fairly flexible and can be broken down into smaller components. If you need to watch a two-hour lecture you can watch it for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. In some cases this can be even better from a study perspective because it allows you to mull over what you’ve learned during the day in and come back to it later. Online lectures typically can handle an interruption. If you’re trying to study while your kids are asleep and one of them gets sick if no problem with half lecture and come back and finish in the morning when everyone’s at school.

Another great benefit of an online degree is that you aren’t confined to schools that are geographically near your location. If you choose the school that the best fit for you and not necessarily the one that’s what then an hour’s drive of your house. You can also choose the school that offers classes and degrees that are in your price range instead of needing to pay a lot extra simply because a school is located next door.

Some of the drawbacks of a traditional degree have to do with timing and scheduling. With a traditional degree you’re going to have to being at university and you’re going to have to go to classes at specific times. If you’re a full-time student living on campus or nearby campuses might not be a very big deal. But if you’re working parent it can be very difficult to try to schedule times for classes without interfering with work or family. Even if you have a flexible job in understanding family members it can be difficult to get the amount of class time that you need. This particular true because a lot of classes meet for one hour three or four times a week. This means a good deal of your time will be spent mingling back and forth to the college. If you live just a short distance away from the university made even find that you’re spending as much time on the road as you are in class. It takes 30 minutes to get to and from the University in your classes are 50 minutes long. Days where you only have a single class may require you to spend an hour in the car for 15 minutes of instruction. This is an terribly efficient and it’s probably one of the biggest reasons that people don’t pursue an education after they are in the workforce.

An online masters degree does have some drawbacks as well. First of all not everyone can learn effectively in an online setting. There are several different types of online classes. Some classes are foreign-based in these type of glasses you go online at some comments to look for them and comment on other people’s comments. This is what a lot of online classes have done traditionally and the idea is to allow you to interact with other students. While this can be helpful in may not be the best way for you to learn. Also in such a setting you be greatly constrained by the intelligence of your peers. If you’re dealing with a bunch of people who are smarter than you and this type of interaction may be beneficial. However if you’re dealing with a bunch of people who are not as educated or not as smart as you it may actually hold you back instead of giving you the full benefit of your masters degree.

Another form of online masters degree classes is a setup attracts a live class. A teacher teaches just like you normally would to real students and the lectures are recorded. These lectures are then put online where you can watch them as if you were a regular student just in a different location. This type of set up is often the most ideal. It does take a significant amount of time and you don’t want to get behind on watching the lectures because the commute difficult to catch up. It’s also not possible to raise your hand and ask a question in a prerecorded lecture. Some schools are getting around this by offering live streaming of their classes. However this does away with one major benefits of an online degree which is having the ability to watch the lecture is whenever it is convenient for you instead of having to put your life on hold at a certain time a beach day of the week.

Another form of online instruction used in online masters degrees is a blend of multimedia interactions. These tend to be similar to the types of systems that were used in CD-ROM education. It may consist of some text end video, tutorials where you have to move things around on the screen, or experience-based learning. This type of education is very difficult to setup and requires a great amount of time on the part of the instructor. It can be a good experience for the student but oftentimes the experience is subpar. It is also difficult for the education to keep up with changes in the industry and new research it has once the coursework is created it can be difficult to make changes to it.

There are other types of ways to present course material to students but those are the major categories and you will find that most schools fall into one of those types of online education. One thing we did not mention was the whole idea of a traditional correspondence course simply using the Internet instead of postal mail. Universities are getting away from this model because it isn’t the most effective. In that model you are simply give them both in the study guide and use in your study guide and quizzes and tests back to a proper teacher at the university. Some schools have simply replaced the United States Postal Service with e-mail, but this isn’t really leveraging the power of having online classes.

You need to make sure that the way that your classes present material works with your personal study style. That doesn’t mean it’s a problem if it stretches you, but you want to make sure you’re not doing a bunch of work debt goes against the way that you learn the most easily.

Another drawback of an online masters degree is the fact that it can be very isolating to spend so many hours alone at your computer doing coursework. The social aspects of a traditional masters degree shouldn’t be overlooked. If you be very difficult to discipline yourself to go sit in front of the computer and do coursework if you’re and extremely social person and enjoy the interaction with other people. Getting masters degree will require a significant commitment of your time. You’re giving away quite a bit of your life to get the degree. And online degree may not give you a very fulfilling experience and as such are educational experience may suffer. It’s important to make sure you know yourself before investing too much in your online educational experience.

Another thing to consider when comparing the benefits and drawbacks of traditional and online masters degrees is the cost. Some of the least expensive educational opportunities are at brick-and-mortar universities. This is particularly true if you’re able to get in school tuition and are able to take advantage of state-sponsored educational opportunities. It can be more difficult to take advantage of different types of tuition assistance if you’re pursuing an online degree. Many of the schools that are catering toward working adults set a very high price tag on their education. This is because many of these people are having their education paid for by their employers, or are working at jobs and are easily able to get loans to pay for their education. Schools that are catering toward more traditional students may have more tuition assistance options and often will have lower prices because they are trying to fill the void in the market that doesn’t have as much disposable income. In the past online degrees were more expensive because the technology investment required to present classes online at to be recovered from the students. This is why you may see special assessments and fees for online versions of classes that are not paid if you attend the physical lecture. This is becoming less of an issue as the cost of technology has come down. What used to cost $1 million to set up now can be done easily with a standard computer.

Be careful that you don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a particular master’s degree is more valuable simply because it’s more expensive. This is not always the case. There are number of for-profit institutions trying to get people to sign up for Masters degrees that are taking advantage of this perception. Do your homework and make sure you understand the quality and history of the institution you are considering before putting money down.

One type of degree that we haven’t mentioned is the hybrid degree. Some masters degrees are recognizing the value of networking and social interaction. To help students get those experiences in addition to the academic experience they offer hybrid experiences. These allow students to do a great deal of the work online but bring them together every few months to work with other students face-to-face. Obviously these type of degrees can be expensive because they require traveling. When these type of degrees are pulling strings from all over the United States the place that you may go for the face-to-face meetings may move around as well. One month he may go to a local university in the next month he may be flying across the United States to go somewhere else that’s local for other students. However these type of experiences can be very valuable because they do allow you to get the face-to-face and social aspects of a degree while still preserving a great deal of flexibility in your day-to-day schedule.

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What is graduate school?

A graduate school as an academic institution that awards advanced degrees. It is called a graduate school because one of the admission requirements is to already possess a bachelors degree. Oftentimes a graduate school may not be a physically separate institution. Many universities house graduate schools within the same campus that offers bachelor’s degrees.

Often a significant amount of graduate degree studies is creating some type of original research. This often takes the form of writing a thesis or dissertation. In many cases a graduate school student will have to defend their thesis or dissertation–often orally before a committee.

Graduate schools offering number of different degrees. A Masters degree usually requires the shortest time commitment. Graduate schools also offer doctoral degrees and professional degrees. The number of graduate schools are starting to offer graduate certificates and graduate citations–different forms of graduate recognition that do not lead to a new degree.

The process of applying to graduate school is called the admission process. Often you will be required to take some type of standardized test in order to be admitted to grad school. Common standardized tests in the United States include the graduate record examination GRE and the graduate management admission test GMAT. Schools will often require that you achieve a particular GPA in your undergraduate work. They also may require you to make a particular grade or higher on the standardized tests. Most schools will require some type of admission essay an application in order to apply. Admission decisions are often made at the departmental level rather than by the institution. This is because masters degree level work often involves working closely with the faculty of your department.

Some schools are starting to allow non-degree seeking students to take classes. In some cases these non-degree seeking students can take a few classes to get a feel for the course work, and then apply for admission to graduate school in order to pursue a degree. In the case of schools like Harvard extension school, these non-degree seeking classes are used to determine eligibility for pursuing a degree. They allow the school to have a pretty good idea of how the student welfare if they decide to pursue a degree at the institution.

As mentioned before the thesis or dissertation is one of the most important parts of getting a graduate degree. Many students complete all of their course work except for the dissertation. The acronym ABD stands for all but dissertation. Their number of reasons that this is the holdup for many students. The thesis or dissertation can be difficult. It is particularly difficult if the student is not very good at writing. Students with a lot of experience writing will probably have little trouble writing a thesis or dissertation as long as they can make the time commitment to get it done. Students have difficulty writing may find the dissertation to be more difficult than any of the rest of the classroom work combined.

In many situations graduate school has special programs in order to offer free or reduced tuition for graduate students. The students are often given work-study where they will assist the professors in doing research or even in teaching classes. In some cases there are stipends available as well. In fact, at large universities very few doctoral students are actually paying anything and are probably being paid by the university while they complete their studies. Often professors are doing research funded by grants from the National Science Foundation or private foundations. These professors may be able to hire graduate students as research assistants were to do other work related to the research. In some cases a student may be able to get a grant to actually complete her dissertation by a foundation or organization that is interested in what they are researching.

As mentioned many graduate students hold teaching fellow positions or do other types of teaching work. Traditionally they make seemingly lower pay than other faculty members. This leads to an interesting chicken and egg problem. Students who want to teach at the graduate level after graduating may find it difficult to locate positions because those positions are already filled by low-paid graduate students who are teaching just to get through their graduate school.

While the different ways of providing reduced tuition or free tuition through work-study and other programs they look attractive, many graduate students find that they are better off getting a job in their field. The job will often pay more and may give them an experience and perspective they would not gain through the classroom only. Of course the difficulty is trying to find an employer that is willing to work around an academic schedule. However there are number of employers that are very interested in the “Youngblood” of someone going through graduate school and very committed to their particular field of study.

While a number of school is that while many schools offer teaching fellowships and other forms of academic financial assistance many do not. The cost of graduate degree can be very high very it can cost anywhere from a few thousand dollars a year to 50 or $60,000 per year. The cost can vary dramatically from school to school and program to program. This requires the student to keep a very close pulse on the return on investment of their educational endeavors. Getting a degree that costs $150,000 that allows you to get a job that makes $25,000 a year is not a good investment. It is a particularly bad investment if there are other similar programs where you could get a similar degree for 10 or $15,000. Students must choose their schools wisely with an eye toward how the cost of their education is going to be paid for over the life of their career.

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Why Get A Masters Degree?

It wasn’t that long ago that college degrees were rare. Having a college degree virtually guaranteed you a job because employers side as a mark of distinction. Current degree programs have been dumbed down to the point that nearly everyone can get a college degree of one form or another. It’s possible to junior college degree without even knowing how to read. When your diploma doesn’t even guarantee an employer that you can read at a decent level, it really isn’t worth very much. Now days a great number of jobs require a college degree but that’s not in order to get somebody of superb quality. Instead it simply to weed out the bottom rung of people who have no degree whatsoever.

It’s questionable how effective this is considering a number of people that didn’t go to college and probably outperform some of the college graduates that have no skills whatsoever. Still it does point to the fact that a college degree is not worth what it used to be even though the cost of education is rising.

If you want to truly stand out from the crowd you’re going to have to do something other than simply getting a bachelor’s degree. This is where masters degree comes in. A Masters degree allows you to further specialize and helps give you an academic experience that goes well beyond what you receive as an undergraduate. A Masters degree gives you the qualifications that a bachelors degree once gave job seekers. It allows you to be part of a smaller segment of well-educated people and get employers to take notice of your academic credentials in a world were suddenly having a college degree means very little when it comes to the hiring process.

It’s important to pay attention to the quality and reputation of your school when pursuing a master’s degree. One benefit of getting a masters degree is it may allow you to diversify or even cover up the quality of the school you went to for undergrad. There a lot of hiring managers that don’t really understand the differences between colleges. If you go to a college that they recognize it’s considered a good thing. If they have heard the school or have heard bad things about it is considered a negative and that’s about as detailed as their assessment goes.

However, not all schools are equal. Every school has different things it’s good at different things is not so good at and sometimes even thinks it’s really bad. It may be difficult to judge where a school falls for the degree program your wishing to pursue. When trying to decide which school to choose for your masters degree studies you need to consider a lot of different factors. Talking to prospective employers about your different potential school choices isn’t a bad idea. Also looking in the news to see which universities are making announcements and producing research in your area of study can be a good indication of which schools are well known for what you want to learn.

Of course there’s nothing that says you have to go to this top school for your field. In some cases you may get a better education going to a less known school that has a degree program you’re interested in. If you go to a top school you will probably be competing with other top students. If you’re at the very top of your class and everything this might not be a bad thing. However if your normal student you may have more opportunities going to school but smaller and not as well known for what you’re wanting to study. You may be able to do more, get more interesting research positions, and interact more directly with the teachers at a smaller school than you would at a larger one. You also may be able to be the top of your class and the smaller school where you would just be average at a larger school. By larger school and in a school that has a lot more people and a lot more resources invested in the topic you wish to study.

On the other hand a larger school that has a big program in your chosen department may have resources that you would not have access to at a smaller university. This digitally true if you’re doing your studies in an area that requires significant amounts of equipment or other types of capital investments.

All in all which school is best for you depends on a lot of different factors and you just need to make sure your considering all the different angles before making a selection. There is also the small fact that you may not be able to get into every school. Your best bet is to apply to a handful of schools that you think would be a good fit for you and them choose from the ones that accept you to find the very best one for your particular situation and educational needs.

A master’s degree can go a long way toward making you stand out from other job applicants. However in the end it is only one part of your resume. Make sure you don’t put everything you have into getting a degree in overlooked important things like job experience and other achievements.

In the future we are probably going to see more and more people getting masters degree in order to stand out from the crowd. If you want to be competitive in the job market getting a master’s degree may be one of the best ways you can do that in the best way to show that your above average and have an educational experience that will allow you to perform better than the majority of your peers.

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Combined Degree Programs

Many schools are starting to offer compressed programs that achieve multiple degrees. For example the business school at Columbia University is now offering a three-year degree that will allow you to graduate with an MBA and a law degree. Many other schools offer an MBA degree along with the study of a particular field in a compressed time frame.

These type of degrees can be very beneficial. Not only does it give you a diverse amount of knowledge it does so on a much faster time scale than you would be able to do otherwise. The downside of these type of degrees is that you won’t have quite as much diversity as you would have by taking two separate degrees. First of all all of your studies will occur at the same college. This means you won’t have the benefit of experiencing multiple academic institutions. Furthermore you may find that while your college is strong on one of the degrees the other one is lacking. You can’t choose your school based on the best-of-breed for each degree. Still the ability to complete their degrees quickly and hand-in-hand to be very beneficial in giving you to the job market quickly.

It is probably worth asking employers what they think of particular degrees before spending too much time pursuing one. There may be some negative connotations of the idea of a combined degree. On the other hand there could be some very positive connotations of getting an employee who has the wide range of knowledge that will come with these type of degrees programs.

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Is the University of Phoenix a good school?

Many people who are looking at getting some type of online masters degree will consider the University of Phoenix. One of the most common questions they have is “is the University of Phoenix a good school?” There are many different ways to answer this question. The reputation of the University of Phoenix is multifaceted. So there isn’t a simple answer to questions about the quality of the University of Phoenix.

One way to assess the quality of the University of Phoenix educational process is to think about how it will look on your resume and think about who is likely to be reading your resume. If they compare two candidates who are exactly the same except for one has a degree from University of Phoenix and the other has a degree from a large state school which candidate do you think they will be most impressed with? If the state school would look significantly better, then the University of Phoenix may not be a good choice for your field of work.

In some areas of study the University of Phoenix degree may actually be better than a degree from a state school. It all depends on what job market you’re working in. Unfortunately most situations will give a benefit to the degree from the state school. There’s several reasons for this. First all the state school has likely been around much longer than the University of Phoenix. Longevity is one of the qualities people rank highly in the way they rank a school or university. The mere fact of the University of Phoenix has not been around as long will generally make people think less of it than a school that’s been around for 200 years. Why is this? Well for one, a school that has been around for 200 years have a very strong reputation foundation. Even if they are small scandals and problems, they will be proportionally less likely to impact the reputation of the school overall. With schools that have not been around very long, small scandals and problems are more likely to get attention. They’re more likely to damage the perception of your degree.

Another way to assess the value of a degree from University of Phoenix is to look at cost. The University of Phoenix is not exactly a cheap school to attend. They charge a tremendous amount of money–on par with some of the online degrees offered by Ivy League schools like Harvard. In some cases the University of Phoenix is actually more expensive. If you’re going to have to pay the same amount of money it may be much more beneficial to get a degree from an Ivy League school and get one from University of Phoenix.

Along this same line of reasoning, A for profit school may not be the best value for you. When you look at the return on investment, many state schools can offer more for your money in certain job markets. In fact if you choose carefully you can find a state school that is very inexpensive with a decent reputation. These types of schools can offer you a solid education with very little debt. While they may limit you from some of the job options you might have with an Ivy League education, the majority of the jobs you’re likely to get will still pay well and, considering you will be starting from a much better position in having fewer school loans, may be a much better option.

Another way to evaluate the University of Phoenix is to take a look at what type of professors they have. Generally for-profit colleges like the University of Phoenix try to hire teachers who are working full time in their field. On one hand this can be a benefit because it means the teachers are likely to have a lot of real-world experience. On the other hand it may not give you a teacher that it is focused on teaching as you might get from a traditional university. There are trade-offs either way. However it’s important to consider that teachers at the University of Phoenix are generally paid quite a bit less than teachers at other universities. Part of this is because they are working part-time in part it is because the University of Phoenix has a profit model where they carefully managed the cost of the teachers. Having teachers who are actively working in their field may be very beneficial in certain situations. However if you are wanting to go into academics it probably is not the best to take classes from a teacher who isn’t teaching full-time.

There is a very different mentality in the way a for-profit school and a non-for profit school is run. University of Phoenix is designed to make money. Traditional universities usually have other motives. Obviously they don’t want to lose money, but oftentimes they are looking at things from a longer-term perspective than a for-profit corporation. This means a traditional university may be more likely to prioritize academics even if it comes at a higher cost. On the other hand a for-profit university is more likely to make changes rapidly in order to accommodate the job market and to offer new courses of study as they become needed. While this can be a good thing, the slow-moving pace of traditional universities often ensures a higher level of quality than what you get from a school that is trying to quickly react to the market.

Of course whether or not quickly reacting to the market is good for your particular degree depends on what you’re trying to study. Areas like technology may benefit from quick turnaround times and the ability to make rapid changes to meet market needs. If you’re studying philosophy this probably isn’t beneficial or even desire.

When evaluating the University of Phoenix it’s very important to make sure you are not succumbing to marketing. The University of Phoenix and a lot more on marketing than other schools do proportional to their budget. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, he can make the University of Phoenix Seymour Prado went in your field than it actually is. You need to make sure that you’re evaluating schools based on actual facts and not marketing hype.

One great way to evaluate a school is to talk to the HR department at a few potential employers. Tell them what you’re wanting to study and asked them how degrees from various schools would impact your chances of getting a job should there be a position open. If they don’t have much positive to say about the University of Phoenix in May indicate that the institution is not a good fit for the degree you are wanting to pursue.

The University of Phoenix data may have a place in the academic ecosystem. Whether or not a degree from the University of Phoenix is a good choice for you and whether or not the University of Phoenix is a good school for your needs depends on your specific situation. Be very careful to make sure you’re evaluating things based on your own personal needs and goals and not based on marketing literature or what happened to work well for someone else.

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