Is It Worth It To Get a Master’s Degree Online in 2019?

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Recent studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that people who finish their master's degree could see a boost in wages and earning power. In fact, in many cases, these earning increases occur across the board, regardless of profession.  

One of the biggest obstacles facing professionals who want to increase their earning power with a master’s degree remains the time it takes to earn one and whether or not doing so fits into their lifestyle.  As someone with a job, and possibly even a family to support, is getting a master’s degree online worth it in 2019?

What should you know about pursuing a master’s degree online?

With the rise of digital learning, it’s becoming easier than to have access to study and obtain a master’s degree online. Online degrees from an accredited university are the same as degrees obtained from a traditional, brick-and-mortar school. However, the online degree programs at Ashford University are flexible and fit into your schedule, making it an ideal choice for those with a busy lifestyle. 

Ashford University offers a wide range of master’s degree programs to meet your professional and personal goals. Before you enroll, however, make sure that you’re ready. First, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in your field of study. Beyond that, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I have the right technical equipment for effective online learning?
  • Do I have the time and energy to commit to earning my master's degree online?
  • Do I have a clear goal in mind?
  • Am I able to financially handle the responsibilities of pursuing a master’s degree?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then pursuing an online master’s degree in 2019 will be worth it for you.

How long will it take to finish your master's degree?

Getting an online degree at Ashford University offers the flexibility you need to continue working and take care of your family without having to relocate to attend a brick and mortar school. Over the years, online degree programs have been refined, tweaked, and pivoted for the benefit of students looking to earn their degree from anywhere at any time, making the program much more accessible and less time consuming.

For full-time students, from the moment you start to when you finish an online master’s degree, it takes approximately two years to complete a master’s degree program. For part-time students, it can take anywhere from three to four years. Ashford University offers accelerated classes in 6-week formats, only focusing on one class at a time. You can earn your degree at Ashford in less time than if you were enrolled in a comparable, conventional program, and would have access to faculty, classmates, librarians, writing assistants, and career services specialists who can help you get closer to your goal of earning a degree.

Compared to the lifetime of benefits a student could receive by earning a master's degree, such as potential wage increases and higher-level job positions, two to four years seems like a reasonable amount of time to invest and will ultimately make pursuing an online master’s degree worth it in 2019.

Ashford University is committed to seeing you succeed. If you’re curious about enrolling in a master’s degree program at Ashford University, speak with an enrollment services advisor today, and discover the Ashford experience. 

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