Flexibility and potential salary raises among the benefits of an online education

Flexibility and potential salary raises are among the benefits of an online education.
Flexibility and potential salary raises are among the benefits of an online education.

A number of universities are expanding their course offerings through online degree programs. The prospect of attaining an advanced degree through distance education may prove extremely attractive to adult students who work full-time or have children to support.

Starting this March, for example, students of Texas A&M University-Commerce will be able to earn bachelor's and master's degrees online. The programs are 10 weeks long and are all led by faculty of the university.

The college paired with Academic Partnerships, an online education provider, to expand its distance learning offerings. Remote students can earn an executive master's in business administration, or a bachelor's of science in business administration.

Hal Langford, dean of the university's business and technology school, noted that many students stay away from pursuing advanced coursework because of their hectic life schedules. He emphasized that "Texas A&M University-Commerce will deliver to [online] students the same dynamic A&M-Commerce curriculum offered in classrooms, but at the time and location that is most convenient for them."

Average salaries for individuals who have obtained a bachelor's degree range between $44,113 and $86,836 per year, according to the research company Payscale.com.

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