Best Website for Online Degree Research

Best website for Online Degree Research

Online Degree Research Is Challenging

There are many websites that suggest they are the best website for online degree research. But, most of these websites are owned by marketing firms that generate student leads for online programs. So the information they provide is limited only to the programs they support. Let’s look at the consequences for students who use these marketing websites for their online program research.

I’ve been to many online degree “research” websites over the past few years. After I give my contact information in return for minimal online program details, I start getting phone calls and e-mails from recruiters who are interested in telling me more about their online program(s). While this is helpful for learning more about a few programs, it’s not useful if you want to really understand your best options from the universe of online programs available to you.

Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about.  These four websites were the first, second, third, and fourth websites returned (non-paid) from a generic search for “Online MBA”:

http://www.onlinemba.com/ returned seven online MBAs when I searched master’s degrees with Business Administration specialty. I got the university logo, online master’s program name, and a red box with the words “Request Info” to click. That was it.

http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/mba/rankings returned 282 online MBA programs, ranked according to U.S. News and World Report’s proprietary methodology (and includes 2015-2016 cost per credit and links to program and admissions websites). Everyone’s heard of U.S. News & World Report Rankings, but their rankings methodology is proprietary, so we can’t be sure that they are built on measures that are meaningful to students (and there are a few hundred online MBA programs that somehow didn’t make their list).

http://www.topmanagementdegrees.com/rankings/affordable-online-mba-degree-programs/ provided a Top 50 Online MBA rankings 2018; a tool to search for MBAs requested that I enter my personal information before any details would be provided.

https://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/ provides a limited number of details for only 54 accredited Online MBAs on their website. They say that these programs are a part of over 200 partner colleges with whom they have an advertising relationship. So, at least they qualify their listing with that statement.

I would continue to review the dozen or so more websites out there just like these, but I think you get the point. There has never been a website designed by a marketing firm to generate leads for online programs that gives students the information they really need for online degree research to make the best decision and there never will be. It’s just that simple.

The outcome of this proliferation of marketing websites designed to collect student leads has significant consequences for students, nicely summed up here: They don’t help students find their best fit school. They don’t provide better information to help students consider their options. They don’t promote a thoughtful deliberation process. And the cost of generating these student leads draws money away from Universities that could be used to improve the student experience, the academic programming, or even to reduce tuition or provide academic scholarships.

A Unique, Comprehensive, and Credible Source of Online Degree Details

The Online Degree Database has online program details for over 3,900 online degrees from more than 900 universities, collected from university websites by highly trained education experts. As shown in the table above, we provide students with details for 492 verified online MBA programs in the market today (along with the universe of other popular business sub-discipline degrees). So, other websites that offer seven options, 282 options, Top 50 rankings, or 54 options for online MBAs give researching students only a small fraction of all the possible information they need for online degree research.

Check out our Interactive Search Tool today for the best online degree research outcomes possible. Get your FREE report that lists the programs that meet your most important criteria! Download as many free reports as you wish. Each report provides you with the name of the institution, degree name, and live link to the program website for the online programs that meet the criteria you select. Click on the program website links in the free report to continue your research directly with programs that fit your criteria. It’s easy, it’s free, and it is, simply put, the best website for online degree research.

The Online Degree Database is the only independent and comprehensive source of information about online programs available in the market. We are not a marketing firm and we don’t require you to provide your personal contact information in return for program details. And we gather the details of all the most popular online degree programs in the United States so you can search by the criteria that’s right for you. You can find program details for online degrees in Nursing, Healthcare, Social Work, Education, Information Technology, and Public Administration on our website too.

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

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. And consider partnering with us to increase your visibility with students who are researching online programs. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.

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!

 

2018 Online MBA Average Tuition

Online MBAs Mean Tuition by Region 2018

2018 Online MBA Average Tuition

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We’ve recently completed our semi-annual update of the tuition advertised for online MBAs in the U.S.  There are currently 491 online MBAs in the market today. The 2018 online MBA average tuition details are outlined below.

The tuition characteristics, broadly, of online MBA programs include:

  • The average tuition across all online MBA programs is $28,955 (down slightly from $28,974 in 2017). Most of the programs in our database charge a ‘unified’ price, which means the cost per credit is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Only a few programs (N=74) still maintain different costs for residents vs. non-residents of their states.
  • Average tuition for online MBAs at for-profit institutions (N=39) is lower, at $24,028 (up slightly from $23,748 in 2017) vs. $29,384 at not-for-profit institutions (N=448, down slightly from $29,432 in 2017) .
  • As shown in the graphic that accompanies this post, the U.S. region with the highest online MBA tuition is the Mid East, followed by the Far West. The lowest average tuition for online MBAs is found in the Plains region.
  • Total tuition ranges from a high of $128,000 to a low of $7,710
  • Average tuition for professionally accredited programs is $31,027 vs. not professionally accredited programs at $22,940.

States included in each region are as follows: Mid East – DE DC MD NJ NY PA, Far West – AK CA HI NV OR WA, New England – CT ME MA NH RI VT, Rocky Mountains – CO ID MT UT WY, Great Lakes – IL IN MI OH WI, Southeast – AL AR FL GA KY LA MS NC SC TN VA WV, Southwest – AZ NM OK TX, and Plains – IA KS MN MO NE ND SD.

Your Source for All Online Degree Details

The Online Degree Database is the only place where both students and universities can find complete, up-to-date, and accurate details about online degree programs. Our data are sourced directly from online program websites and include: university name, BEA region, state, degree name, concentrations offered, U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings, total credits required, cost-per-credit and total tuition, delivery modality and details on required residencies, prerequisite requirements, admissions requirements, and more. Our data are collected by highly trained individuals, not scanned. We do not collect personal contact information or sell leads to universities. Our purpose is to provide unbiased, comprehensive online degree information to researching students and universities with online programs.

More comprehensive information on the characteristics of Online MBA programs is available in our recent publication, Big Book of Online MBAs.

Students, use our website to complete preliminary research for your online program options. Select the degree and program characteristics that are most important to you using our Interactive Tool. Get your free report that contains a short-list of programs that meet your criteria. Unlike other websites, you don’t have to provide any personal information. Use this information to move forward with confidence that you have researched all of your program options from an unbiased source of information. Using our website to research your options will save you hundreds of hours of web searching!

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.

Visit the Online Degree Database today to begin your research. We are the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive source of online degree program details available in the market.