How Program is Delivered: On-Campus, Blended, or On-line

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The last ten years have seen a proliferation of alternative delivery methods for all educational levels, including graduate education. In addition to the more traditional campus-based programs, many schools now offer distance learning opportunities that do not require the student to be at a particular location. Blended learning means that while most of your work will be on-line, at some point you will go to a site to participate in classes or other activities. If all or most of your program will be delivered on-line, you need to explore the following questions:

  • Is the program accredited?
  • How accessible are faculty members for interactions outside structured on-line activities?
  • What resources can you access that support your studies (e.g., research databases, library)?
  • Does the program offer the flexibility needed to balance personal and academic life?
  • Are courses offered on a regular cycle so that you can plan ahead, and your graduation is not delayed due to a requirement not being offered when needed?
  • Does the program have a strong track record of placing graduates in jobs that are appropriate for the degree?
  • Are you willing to consider a short-term residency on campus (or at another site), during which time you  participate in structured class activities, write exams in person, or present your thesis (Masters or Doctoral)?