Online degree completion programs offer a convenient way for individuals who have already finished a significant amount of undergraduate coursework to earn a bachelor's degree.
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:
- Business management
- Liberal arts
- Human development and family studies
- Information technology
- Criminal justice
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 finish their studies in about half the time it takes to complete a traditional, on-campus bachelor's degree program. Additionally, because a portion of the degree requirements have already been completed, most online degree completion programs take no more than two years to finish.
Before enrolling in a degree completion program, students usually need to meet some or all of the following requirements, depending on the program and field of study:
- Completing 40 to 60 transferable semester hours, possibly resulting in a certificate or associate's degree
- Fulfilling general education requirements
- Having a minimum number of years of professional work experience
- Having a minimum undergraduate GPA
- Earning qualifying scores on tests such as the Praxis I
In addition, depending on the institution, only students who have attended one of the university's partnering colleges may be able to enroll.
Online degree completion programs allow students to earn a bachelor's degree in their area of interest, often in less time than they would through an on-campus program. Before enrolling, students must meet certain admissions requirements.