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Are online master's degrees safe?

I've been wanting to do an online master's degree by correspondence, but the Internet is hard to trust. What can I do to find a trustworthy master's degree program?

 

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Learning by correspondence, often called distance learning, has become a popular form of higher education in today's technology-enhanced society. Around half of all colleges and universities offer online courses and programs. While relying on technology to complete a degree can feel intimidating at first, there are ways to prepare yourself to feel more comfortable about the reliability aspect of technology. Once you decide that an online master's degree is right for you, follow these tips to ease your mind about distance learning.

  1. Always have a technology back-up plan. While it is likely you may never have an issue, it will make you feel more relaxed if you are prepared with a plan from the start. Perhaps the coffee shop down the street that offers free Internet access can be a good back-up plan or your local library that has computers available for use is the perfect option if your own PC decides to take a vacation.
  2. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you are new to distance learning, and not familiar with some of the technology-language or programs, make friends with someone at the central administration office, talk to an enrollment counselor, get to know a classmate right away, or connect with a professor who can be your go-to person for questions. Chances are they will be happy to help.
  3. Find out what kind of tech support the school has. Talk to the technical support department and be sure you know how to reach them at all hours of the day. Post the phone number where you will be able to find it easily in a panic and don't hesitate to use it. It is their job is to talk you through a tech issue so use them.

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