What Should I Know About Online Degree Programs?
If you haven't attended courses online you probably have questions about the process. The information here is designed to answer many of those questions so you can decide if online is right for you.
An online degree is a bachelor's or master's degree earned by completing courses over the internet. Online courses can take many forms and span many disciplines. While some online institutions might also include an in-person component, CSU-Global's courses are 100% online -- no set class times or locations.
There are many benefits to earning your degree online, most obvious is the flexibility. With no fixed class times or locations you're are free to pursue your education without putting life on hold. If you have a full-time job, you take care of your family, you want to travel, or do anything else in addition to school, with an online university, you can have it all.
Online universities can also be more affordable than traditional brick-and-mortar institutions. Nationally, college tuition increases 8% on average every year, but CSU-Global has not increased tuition rates in over five years.
Additionally, students at CSU-Global benefit from our Tuition Guarantee. With the CSU-Global Tuition Guarantee your affordable tuition rate is guaranteed not to rise from enrollment through graduation. What you see is what you get at CSU-Global!
We don't charge any student fees or out-of-state premiums at CSU-Global. Students aren't burdened with the cost of a ground campus, but do have access to similar student resources.
An online degree might not be good option for everybody, but it could be the right choice for you.
Regardless of your educational goals, the way that you reach them must fit your individual lifestyle. To help you decide if online is right for you, look at what a sample schedule can look like for an average online student.
In an online university, technology is what connects you to instructors, coursework, and fellow classmates. CSU-Global faculty are specially trained to teach in a dynamic, asynchronous learning environment, which gives way to a versatile learning experience.
Students interact with classmates and instructors every week through online discussion boards with comments. Valuable conversations and discussions still occur, but at a pace that works for each individual student. The online format can allow for more thoughtful responses then you might get in a real-time classroom environment.
The majority of courses include critical thinking assignments and exercises, portfolio projects, and required discussion contribution.
Not all online degrees are the same depending on the institution. That's why it's so important to research a college or university's accreditation prior to enrolling.
Accreditation is awarded to institutes of higher learning by an independent, external group of auditors who confirm that the college or university in question keeps their promises to students.
CSU-Global has earned regional accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Regional accreditation is highly regarded around the world because it is a comprehensive, peer-reviewed process that ensures a consistent standard of quality for higher education institutions. CSU-Global is proud to be one of the few regionally accredited online universities.
Another reason accreditation is so important is because employers respect degrees (online or otherwise) from institutions that they recognize positively. An unaccredited degree could be questioned by potential employers or future educational institutions, if you want to continue your studies at a different university.
CSU-Global is part of the world-renowned CSU System, which means you are earning your degree from an institution employers already know, trust, and recognize.
Every one of our programs at CSU-Global is offered 100% online, with no fixed class times or locations. We offer the following opportunities:
Use the links above to view complete academic offerings by program, and discover just how versatile an online learning environment can be.
Online graduates can absolutely be successful, and CSU-Global graduates do a great job of proving it...
As of Spring 2016:
These statistics demonstrate the return on investment (ROI) students receive after completing their degree at CSU-Global. Not only are alumni receiving better professional opportunities with a CSU-Global degree, but they also enjoyed and will continue to benefit from the experience.
Review additional statistics about alumni, faculty, and students in our Briefing Book.
Completing your degree program online can take significantly less time than at a traditional brick-and-mortar campus...or it could take a bit longer. It depends on the particular student's pace and schedule.
CSU-Global offers every course, ever trimester in accelerated 8-week increments. Students can quickly complete courses when they're ready, rather than having to wait a full semester or trimester for a course to be available.
At CSU-Global, time-to-completion also depends on how many transfer credits a student can apply toward their degree. We are committed to accepting as many transfer credits as possible, including community college credits and alternative credit options.
Enrolling at CSU-Global is easy. Begin the process by reviewing the admission requirements for your program. Once you're able to meet those requirements apply online and your student advisor will help you the rest of the way.
Of course you can always contact us directly with any questions or concerns about the process.