Distance learning offers many advantages for people who would find it hard or even impossible to obtain a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree otherwise. If you have a child or children but what to study, or if you hold a full time job, then distance education is a good option to consider.
Many universities offer online courses in both Bachelors and Masters degrees. If you do an internet search for ‘distance education engineering’ you will find many places that offer certified courses in the specific engineering field that you are looking for. You should, however, know what online studying entails. You will need to be comfortable studying off of the computer and using the Internet tools that your course of study requires. Keep in mind that if you are busy during the day, that you will need a few hours every evening and well as possibly some time over the weekends as well to keep up with your course. You will need to have assignments done on time just as if you were attending a traditional university. While online studying is advantageous in that it allows you to study when you have time, it is still a big investment in time whether you are studying for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Engineering.
In addition, another piece of good news for those who are considering studying with a distance learning university is that many employers are just as willing to accept a distance learning diploma, as they are to accept a ‘traditional’ diploma. As online learning becomes more widespread and popular, companies are more interested in whether the university that you studied with is accredited than they are in whether you studied on campus or not.
When choosing a university, it is important to choose something that is within your budget. While an online course often costs less than one taken at a university, it still costs a bit and it is wise to have a plan of how to pay for it – either via a student loan or working and saving up the money beforehand. Make sure the university you are studying with is accredited and study up beforehand on the details of what the course entails. Make sure you are comfortable with your choice; while asking friends for their advice is wise and helpful, ultimately it is your choice and you should not feel pressured to choose a particular university just because a friend or family member is recommending it.