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Five Online Degrees that Fit Your Busy Schedule


You work full time – possibly even serve in the armed forces – to support a growing family, plus you have pets and are active in your community.

You work part time – and some weekends you have drill obligations – and take care of an aging or ill family member, plus you have obligations with your church or volunteer commitments.

These are just two of an infinite number of scenarios that can describe a chaotic, wonderful little thing called life. It’s often complicated and never quite what we expect.

When things stay this busy for this long, sometimes goals that seemed important can drop off into the ether – goals like going back to school and earning a degree are often the first to make the plummet.

But a little invention called the Internet – perhaps you’ve heard of it – can help you get back on track, busy schedule and all. Online education can help you meet your gazillion daily obligations and make your dreams a reality.

The Learning House, a group that helps colleges develop their online degree programs, conducted a study called “Online College Students 2012: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences.” They found that 68 percent of the students surveyed had enrolled in an online program to help them balance their family, work and school responsibilities.

One of the main reasons that students enrolled in an online program, according to the study, was the freedom that the online courses offered. Students in an online program can study any time and anywhere they have internet access.

If you’ve previously disregarded online coursework, now might be the time to give it a second look. There are plenty of degree programs available from accredited organizations. For example:

Paralegal Studies

There’s a reason John Grisham’s books are best sellers. The law is interesting and dramatic. If you have love of all things legal, look into earning your associate’s degree in paralegal studies.

Online paralegal degrees train students to conduct legal research and understand legal language, use LexisNexis (an online legal database), and write briefs and other legal documents. It also prepares you to work under the supervision of a licensed lawyer, which is what you’ll need to know to function in a law office.

Computer Science

If you have a desire to understand the way a computer works, computer science is a field in which you might thrive.

Computer science degrees offer students an in-depth look at what happens inside a computer as it problem solves. It covers software design theory, programming languages, and human-computer interaction. Plus, when you’re an online student, you will get hands-on experience working in teams on information forums.

Criminal Justice

Many former military members have a passion for criminal justice because of the shared ideals between the military and law enforcement organizations. When students also need flexibility, online criminal justice programs are an attractive, common sense option.

Criminal justice students learn about the justice system, historical court cases, and virtually every aspect of crime. There is a wide array of courses in criminal law programs, so be sure to exercise due diligence and research each program’s graduation requirements. Some schools offer homeland security and defense coursework but do not offer law enforcement administration, for example. If you are interested in a particular track, make sure your school offers it and is accredited and in good standing.

Public Administration

Did you love Model U.N. in high school? Have an affinity for student council or local government? Then you may be interested in an online public administration degree.

Public administration students hone their collaborative skills, and study how policy is enacted at the local, state and federal levels. They study welfare, crime, and other social issues and develop people management skills. An online program is ideal for people who are already in the public administration field to earn their degree and help them further their career.

Education

There’s been a lot in the news lately about veterans choosing a second career in education. It is a viable, honorable, rewarding career for many vets, and studying online is an accommodating way to transition from service to civilian life.

Online bachelor's degrees in education teach students about instructional design, education theories and methods, and offer a combination of self-directed classwork with hands-on practice. Online communities also provide a convenient, fulfilling way to connect with other students and share ideas.

Feeling inspired? Great! Now all you have to do is find a school, pick a degree program and start working towards a new career. Use our School Finder to be matched with schools that fit your goals.

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