Online college courses have become more popular among many individuals, like those who are looking to further their education but have a full-time employment opportunity or unemployed individuals who are either earning their degree for the first time or furthering their education in the hopes of finding a new job. Yet, news related to online college MBA programs have brought about new options from universities that can offer these Internet courses for business students who may, in some areas, want to pursue their Master’s Degree but have a job which presents them from becoming a traditional, full-time student.
Obviously, there are both benefits and drawbacks to receiving an online college degree, and according to a recent article on Fortune.CNN.com, when the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill decided to implement an online MBA program there was concern as to whether this type of degree program could be properly taught online in a way that would allow students to gain the most they could from their educational experience. Yet, online MBA programs are not limited to UNC, as there are reportedly universities like Arizona State, Penn State, and the University of Florida who also offer online MBA programs and, obviously schools like the University of Phoenix have a wide variety of online educational opportunities which may be accessed.
Yet, the concern over offering online MBA programs has centered around the notion that an online student will not get as much of an in-depth educational experience since they will not daily interact with other students or professors on a campus environment, but arguments against this concern point out that students can communicate through forums, online, and even expand their contact with students beyond the college campus they would’ve attended as there are numerous networks around the nation where MBA students may be able to talk and share ideas rather than just simply being confined to the group of students and individuals they see on a traditional campus.
While, again, online MBA programs are nothing new, there are indications that more major universities are beginning to either implement these plans or consider offering online educational opportunities for some of the more popular degree programs as, again, there are some individuals who are not in a position where they can traditionally attend class on campus. Again, there are students who are attending these online degree programs but may have a full-time job or live just outside of commuting distance from a major university that offers one of these programs.
However, it’s hoped that online MBA programs, as well as, online universities and degree programs in general can offer a more wide range section of potential students the opportunity to not only begin their pursuit but further their degree. Yet, in a time where the job market has been slow to recover and offering few options for some, it’s hoped that these types of educational opportunities will allow students to not only further their career, but also begin a career in cases where they have had a difficult time finding an employment opportunity.