2018 Women And Online Graduate Programs

More Women Than Men Are Getting Master's Degrees Today!

2018 Women and Online Graduate Programs

Women continue outnumber men in online graduate degree programs, according to a recent study. This study, published in late 2017, shows that the majority of online master’s students are women (64%).  Women outnumber men, overall, in both online and on campus graduate programs!

Women earned the majority of doctoral degrees in 2016 for the eight straight year.  The fields of study that have attracted disproportionately higher numbers of women at the doctorate and master’s levels include Public Administration, Health Sciences, and Education. Fields where females are underrepresented include Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and Physical and Earth Sciences.

What are the stats for women grad students in the field of business? The number of females per 100 males is 84.8 at the doctoral level and 77.3 at the master’s level.

Congratulations to all the ladies out there who are pursuing a graduate degree! You’re working hard to get ahead, to improve your skills and livelihoods, and to become better critical thinkers, presenters, strategists, and leaders. There is no doubt that improving your level of education will lead you to better places in your life.

If You’re Starting To Research Online Degree Options…

If you want to move ahead faster in your career, getting a degree online is a great first step. Carefully research the level and type of higher education you need to reach your desired goal. Maybe a certificate that focuses on building specific skills is a better option for you than a full degree? Maybe a degree is necessary because it provides the level of education needed to gain a specific credential. Great places to look for this information are the websites of professional accrediting bodies like AACSB for business or CCNE for nursing.  And in health professions, check with state licensing boards for the specific requirements in your state.

Reach out to potential employers to ask about what level / type of education is best for your desired position. Then, visit the Online Degree Database to get complete and unbiased details about online degree programs so you include all of the nationally available program options in your first pass of research.

Search for online degree programs in your field of interest based on what’s most important to you. Is it total tuition, time to complete the degree, available specializations / concentrations, prerequisite or admissions requirements?  Then, create your short lists of online program options for free!

Check out our free Interactive Tool to customize your search of all online degree programs including Business Bachelor’s degrees, MBAs, Master of Healthcare Administration, Master of Social Work, Ed.D.s, Master of Analytics, and more. Save yourself weeks of time researching all of the available degree options for online study on your own.

Once you’ve narrowed down your degree choices using the Online Degree Database, consider hiring an expert to help you make your final decisions. Check out the innovative new consulting services offered by our friends at Clear Degree. They offer personalized assistance in finding the best degree program at a better price in less time, saving you thousands in time and tuition.

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.

One Final Note

The most inspiring women in my life continue to show me how committed they are to being the best they can possibly be:

  • by supporting and encouraging me
  • sharing their wisdom and ideas freely
  • and teaching me new things about my work and myself on a daily basis

I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing women during my career. On International Women’s Day 2018, thanks to all of you great women out there in my life!


Why Online Master’s Degrees are Better for Changing Careers

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Thinking About Changing Careers?

If you are thinking about changing careers to one that requires additional formal education, this article is for you. Whether unhappiness in your current career or a stroke of luck  where a new opportunity arises drives your interest, thinking about changing careers is a healthy endeavor, and well worth your effort. But let’s be honest – approach it carefully.

A recent Forbes article clearly articulates the most important considerations to keep in mind if you are interested in using a master’s degree to help you change careers. Here are their key points:

  1. The cost of earning a master’s degree is significant. Taking on the financial burden of a student loan could negatively impact your overall career outcome.
  2. There is an opportunity cost to consider when you take the time to complete the degree, especially if you reduce your work week or stop working all together to attend class.
  3. Employers favor work experience over classroom time, and graduate school curriculum is often more theory than practice.
  4. You may start your new career at the same level as others who have just completed their master’s, which minimizes the value of the years of experience you have in your current career.

Online Master’s Degrees Offer Unique Benefits

However, earning your degree online easily overcomes these drawbacks. And, many public and private universities and colleges offer online master’s degrees, giving you lots of great options. Most importantly, the learning outcomes, course quality, and cost of these programs are comparable to on-campus offerings.

Let’s go through how online degrees overcome the drawbacks identified in the Forbes article, step-by-step:

  1. Shop online master’s degree programs to find the ones that meet your financial needs. For example, online MBA programs cost as little as $10,000 or as much as $120,000. And there are over 490 online MBA programs to choose from in the U.S. There’s an online program out there that will meet most, if not ALL, of your requirements.
  2. Most online master’s degrees are designed to allow you to continue to work full-time and take your online courses part-time. These programs offer five or eight week terms, back-to-back within a semester, so that you can take one course at a time. This allows you to complete two or three courses in a semester. So the opportunity cost of losing work time is minimized with an online degree.
  3. Look for an online program that includes a capstone, internship, or practicum experience. Most professional online master’s programs have these components to ensure you get the hands-on experience employers look for. The more experience you gain in your new career field, the better.
  4. And, think carefully about how your work experience in your previous career enhances your candidacy for a position in your new career. Be sure the master’s degree IS the right pathway to this new career. If it’s not, don’t do it. Most online master’s degrees are in fields where there is demand for employees with a master’s degree (Business, Healthcare, Engineering, Social Work, Criminal Justice, and more).

Benefits For Every Career

Finally, it’s important to realize that all master’s degrees (online and on campus) train students in:

  • critical thinking
  • research and analysis
  • writing and presenting
  • and, students are required to successfully participate in cross-functional team projects, one of the most common business skill sought by employers

Get Started With The Online Degree Database

Of course, figuring out the pathway to your new career on your own is a lot of work. That’s why we developed the Online Degree Database. The database contains the most comprehensive listing of online professional master’s degrees, and their details, in the market today.

We are not a marketing company – we don’t sell your contact information to anyone. Visit our Available Programs page to see our available degrees. Use our interactive tool to select the programs that best meet your needs. Get your FREE report that contains the university name, degree name, and link to the program website so you can continue shopping. Easily complete your due diligence on managing the cost of the programs you consider with this tool. If you’re just starting to think about whether an online master’s degree is the right path for you, visit our website for helpful tips and blog posts designed to help you with your decision-making process!

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.

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Questioning the Returns of Online Education

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The Returns of Online Education

A recent white paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research has called into question the returns of online education to students.  According to prominent source, the paper “found little evidence that studying online led to students landing jobs in booming industries. Online education did boost students’ wages, but that growth was neither high enough to recoup what society paid up front in taxes to fund their education, nor — in some cases — to cover their student loan payments. Additionally, colleges did not see any significant cost savings from offering education online, and students actually paid more for tuition than if they had studied in person.”

This study has set off a fire-storm in the education community. Key thought leaders in the ed tech industry, among others, are suggesting that there are serious flaws in the methodology of the study.

I agree that the study’s methodology is flawed and that the paper’s findings are, therefore, not supportable. But, I also have to question, why even target online education with a study like this in the first place?  Online education is the same education students receive on campus, but it’s distributed via a different channel – online. That’s the difference. The premise of this study makes no sense.

Measuring the Value of Education Regardless of Distribution

Now, there must be differences in the VALUE of education that students receive from different institutions. Of course there are. Just look, for example, at the vast cost-differences between Ivy League universities and community colleges and state universities. Clearly, students perceive that the value of an Ivy League education is higher. But admissions selectivity limits access to these institutions, leaving most students looking for other options for their higher education. And if the student can’t travel to campus, attending online opens up access.

As I mentioned in my previous blogresearch with online students indicates that the vast majority believe their online experience is equal to the experience they’ve had on campus. And after graduating, most believe their online program was worth their time and money. Half of students in this same study indicated that it is likely they would not be earning their degree if it were not offered online.  I’d say there is pretty conclusive evidence that online students do see valuable returns from their online education.

Ensure Your Returns on the Best Online Degree Programs

If you believe that a bachelors degree, master’s, or doctorate degree is key to your career advancement, do NOT be discouraged by studies like the one here that’s likely to grab headlines, but focuses on the wrong questions (in addition to the methodology flaws).  Focus on getting all of the information you need to make the best decision for you, when it comes to selecting a university degree program. Universities are very focused on ensuring that their degree programs are excellent, regardless of how the education is distributed (on campus or online)! But it’s your job to do the due diligence work of finding the best program for you.

Avoiding the mistake of not getting good returns for your investment in an online degree is pretty straight-forward. Make sure that you aren’t paying too much for your degree, whatever that magic number is. And focus on finding a program will give you the applied skills employers want to enhance your career options.

Save significant amounts of time in your search for that just-right program by using the Online Degree Database to help!  It is the most comprehensive and free source of information about online degree programs available in the market today. You’ll be glad you did! Visit our Available Programs page and get your free reports today!

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.