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The Difference between Online and Traditional Degrees

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When it comes to getting a degree, people have choices, including an online degree or a traditional brick-and-mortar degree. But what are the differences between an online degree and a traditional degree? And what's the best approach towards getting an education today? That depends on what you're looking for and, most importantly, what your lifestyle is like.

Accessibility of Online Courses

One of the biggest differences an online degree offers is accessibility - whether the degree is a Bachelor's degree or a Master of Business Administration. Pursuing an online degree can be done from practically anywhere. You turn on your computer and you take your class. Plus you can work on your assignments online any time of the day or night. This means you can work at your schedule not at the rigid pre-scheduled times and required attendance that a traditional approach requires.

Student/Instructor Interaction

Often online students have a very close working relationship with their instructors. As Dr. Greg Washington, Provost and Vice President for Campus Operations for AIU Online, observed during our first AIU Serious Talk webinar:

As a faculty member and as a student, I was always amazed at how well you can get to know the people that are in your class. I taught in a traditional setting and online, and there is no doubt in my mind that I knew my online students far more than I know my ground students.

Flexibility of Online Education

Flexibility is another feature an online degree program offers. If you can't quit your day job and go to school full time, then an online degree is the obvious choice. It fits into your life.

It's obvious that for today's busy, hectic lifestyles, an online degree is the obvious choice. That's because online universities like AIU Online are there for you 24 hours a day, year round. You can get your education when you want it and when you need it.

Learn more about the online business degree programs offered at AIU.