It's no secret that completing a graduate degree online has grown in popularity. The flexibility, for one, is a no-brainer for working professionals looking to advance their career. Yet while online courses aren't too far off from the traditional on-campus experience, you may still have a few preconceived notions about the whole process. To clear things up, here are three things that may come as a surprise to you about taking an online master's degree program.
You won't be alone. Just because you won't physically be in a classroom, it doesn't mean you won't be working with your professor and peers. Many online courses have web-based tools that allow for an interactive experience, like discussion boards and online chats, so you'll still be able to form relationships and engage with other students. At LIM College, you'll be able to do this with our two online graduate programs: Master's of Professional Studies degrees in Fashion Marketing and Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management.
You'll be accountable for your work. Let's quickly debunk the common myth that completing your degree online is easy to do. Sure, you'll have the convenience of taking classes around your own schedule, but that doesn't mean you won't be held accountable for doing the assignments. Online programs at LIM College are asynchronous, allowing students the flexibility to complete coursework during a specific date range. But you'll still be given deadlines that (in most cases) will be strict. Plus, a great faculty who teach rigorous academics will definitely make sure you'll work hard.
You can still take advantage of career services. At reputable schools, students are encouraged to work alongside their career management service centers—no matter if they're taking classes on-campus or online. Advisors are there to help guide you in the right direction toward your career goals and can often open doors for you through their extension industry connections. If you're choosing LIM to pursue your online graduate degree, our career advisors are well-versed in fashion recruitment and will gladly help you with resume writing, professional writing, and social media reputation management—giving you the same attention our on campus students receive. All students—including online—also have complete access to services like Simplicity, an easy-to-use online job database, to search for fashion internships and full-time employment.
Curious to learn more about LIM's online MPS programs? We're excited to tell you about them.