Pros And Cons Of An Online Degree

For the 10th year in a row, online class enrollment has been on the rise. It’s no secret that online education is changing higher education as a whole. More than 32 percent of students enrolled in higher education are taking at least one online course, according to US News.

People are drawn to online classes because of their unconventional approach to education, especially when life is too busy to commit to a campus. While an online education is perfect for less traditional students, there are still pros and cons.

Pro and Con


Abundance of classes and degrees: Just because you’re getting an online degree means you’re limited in what you can study. Colleges make it a priority to provide an array of opportunities. You can get a bachelor’s, master’s or even a law degree. But you aren’t limited to whole degrees—you can take individual classes as well.

Learn at your own pace: In conventional classes, students are at the mercy of a time-stamped syllabus. Online classes allow students to take their time to soak in the information. Recorded lectures can be paused and rewound, so interruptions can easily be conquered.

No physical attendance: This opens up opportunities for students who can’t make it to a campus, specifically during conventional hours. For people who want to take classes but work full-time, taking online courses gives them the flexibility to take classes when they can squeeze them into their schedule. That may be during lunch, after the kids go to bed, or in the early hours before heading to work.


Less one-on-one interaction: For those who thrive on a more hands on approach with class discussions, online classes may leave students wanting. However, technology makes it easy for student to collaborate. It’s not the same face to face interaction, but it’s accessible and often more comfortable.

Perceptions: While the reputations of online schools are growing, there may still be a stigma that stops employers from fully embracing online schools. Some employers may not accept an online degree or the university from which it was earned.

Requires self-motivation: For those who driven to finish school in any way, shape or form, online schools are the perfect solution. However, online degrees take time, and oftentimes students put off doing the work until the very last minute. This can have serious implications on the effectiveness of the education and system as a whole. Unless you’re a self-starter and very motivated, online schools may not be the right fit.

While taking online classes may not be the best fit for every student, it goes without saying that they’re convenient and a good investment. Regardless, investing in yourself and furthering your education is a great idea in a tough economy, and online degrees allow students to take classes on top of everyday life.

For those wondering what the future of online education is like, see the following infographic. A lot of time was spent on it, so I hope you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Pros And Cons Of An Online Degree”

  1. Very informative content Mr. John!

  2. Riza says:

    I agree with the pros and cons presented. I think what stops not a few companies from accepting online degree is the fear that anyone can cheat “better” online, with no one watching.

    Still they should give applicants, who earned their degree online, the benefit of the doubt. I say, their efforts to get a degree despite their busy schedule is a hint of their determination, diligence, and productiveness.

    Nice infographic!

    Riza, contributor

  3. I. C. Daniel says:

    Interested a while back into php programming courses.

  4. zubin kutar says:

    Some of these courses are good, highly recommended for people who want to make a career in the digital space.

  5. Gugulethu says:

    Taking an online course needs a lot of dedication because you can end up getting relaxed and get bad results. I would recommend it for old people because they wont get comfortable and they know what they want.

    Yet doing or getting things online is much cheaper. Great post as always bro… Thnx.


    1. I am not agree with you for “an online course needs a lot of dedication” because from my opinion gives you lots of flexibility in terms for timings because in this there is no need to coordinate with others timings as well as gives you a convince for admission procedure. So online education is the best option for all to grow in their career.

  6. faisal says:

    Sorry but class room will be a class room.

  7. Michelle says:

    I prefer an in person degree, but I do understand that many people nowadays are earning online degrees. It is all up to the person who is earning it and how much they value their education.

  8. Luke Yoshida says:

    Interesting article!
    I think that it really depends on what you want to do career-wise after you graduate. If you plan on doing something internet marketing/blogging related, I can see an online degree being fine.

    No matter what, I think getting a degree is really important. If not professionally, college teaches you how to learn. Interviewers will at the very least be able to see that you were able to stick with something for a long time and came out on top. I think that alone is worth the price in itself.

    Have a nice day,


  9. Raymond says:

    Good article.
    I think online degrees works well for people who have busy schedule in their life and can’t commit to a strict college schedule. It is also more suitable for people who are more disciplined with things like self-study.

  10. Nice article, i think having online courses now is very good because it open opportunity for those people who cant go to classroom, but the best point her is you must be self motivated to study on your own.

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