Online Degree Completion Program Overview
Online degree completion programs give students the chance to complete a degree they began working on at another school. For example, students with an associate's degree can enroll in an online degree completion program and earn a bachelor's degree. Students who have earned enough credits through a certificate program may also be able to earn a bachelor's degree. Courses in online degree completion programs carry the same value and weight as their on-campus equivalents.
Fields of Study
Just like traditional degree programs, online degree completion programs are available in a wide variety of fields. Options include accounting, business management, liberal arts, anthropology, human development and family studies, information technology, criminal justice, psychology, education and healthcare.
Online degree completion programs are generally completed entirely online and are designed to provide a flexible, convenient way for working adults to earn a degree and still take care of personal, family and career needs. These programs are often offered in an accelerated format, meaning that students complete their studies in about half the time it takes to complete a traditional, on-campus program. Because a portion of the degree requirements have already been completed, most online degree completion programs take no more than two years to complete.
In addition to holding a certificate or associate's degree, students may also need to have a minimum number of years of professional work experience prior to enrolling in an online degree completion program. Students may need to take prerequisite general education courses to give them a more well-rounded educational experience before starting the degree completion program. Depending on the institution, only students who have attended one of the university's partnering colleges may be able to enroll. Other requirements, depending upon field of study, typically include a High school diploma or equivalent, a minimum GPA, qualifying scores on tests such as the Praxis I, and between 40 and 60 transferable semester hours.