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You Have the Power to Earn a Graduate Degree

February 20, 2020 by Karen Grossman |

Woman in cape standing on booksYou’re not afraid of multitasking. Your day is filled with morning carpools, client pitches, and evening ballet lessons. You know a graduate degree is the right next step, but you still wonder if you can add one more thing to work and family responsibilities.

You don’t have to be a superhero to earn a graduate degree, even if you already feel like one. UNC Greensboro’s online graduate programs are designed for working professionals. With flexible time, lower costs, and a supportive network, online learning at UNCG gives you the power to take charge of your education.

Invest in the Long-Term

Earning a graduate degree is a short-term investment that will have a long-term impact on your career — better job options, a higher salary, a promotion, or the new job you’ve been wanting. Taking the time to focus on a goal can set a good example for your family about hard work and following your passion.

Build an Online Community

UNCG offers a supportive online community. Faculty and staff understand you have other commitments. They offer virtual office hours and work with you when you’re fighting the terrible twos and solving professional snafus.

The online format helped Mandy Northcutt stay connected to her peers while earning the online Doctor of Education (EdD) in Kinesiology degree, no matter what was going on at home.

“I might have chaos, six kids in the background. Maybe the triplets aren’t wanting to go to bed when they’re supposed to,” she says. “There’s such a big understanding. We are helpful to each other, we lift each other up, and we’re accepting of all of our circumstances to get our work done.”

Find Balance in Flexibility

When Northcutt was completing her EdD degree, she didn’t want to uproot her family. As a working mom, she needed a flexible program, and the online format allowed her to complete coursework on her time and still manage her other responsibilities.

That flexibility allowed Adam Sampieri to maintain work-life-family balance while earning the online Master’s in Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS).

“There wasn’t a magic recipe, but it was a little bit of just good time management, setting aside the time, blocking out your calendar — this is my reading time, this is my posting time,” the drama and English instructor says. “I can’t imagine a situation that would have been more convenient to be able do it in.”

Apply What You Learn Immediately

Choosing an online graduate program at UNCG means that from the start, you can apply what you’re learning on the job. You’ll have the power to take action and see results.

Josie Williams earned a promotion as Director of Community Engagement at the Greensboro Housing Coalition thanks to the online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management (NPM). The lessons she was learning in her NPM courses aligned directly with the reality of what she was seeing in her work.

“I was able to take things that I learned and apply them immediately in my work setting, and that got my attention,” she says.


UNCG has a reputation for outstanding academics. Online programs are no exception, with Best Online Master’s in Education programs and top-ranked online master’s in nursing programs and more.

You’ll not only save money since online programs typically cost less than face-to-face courses, but you’ll earn a degree from an accredited institution with a longstanding history.


Learn more about our online graduate degrees.

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