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Do Online Degrees Say They're Online?

July 19, 2016 by Kelly Paul |
Kelly Paul

The short answer? No.

Degrees earned at an academic institution do not state that a degree was earned in person or online. They simply communicate that one has EARNED a particular degree.

Often, what people REALLY want to know when they ask if an online degree says “online,” is whether employers value degrees earned online. There is a clear answer.

Yes. Employers do value online degrees. As long as they’re earned from appropriately accredited institutions.

What is Accreditation and Why Does It Matter?

Accreditation by a reputable agency is your guarantee that the college or university you’re interested in can deliver high-quality education – as promised. It assures quality control.

Traditional non-profit colleges and universities are usually regionally accredited; regionally accredited agencies are certified by the U.S. Department of Education. UNCG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Want to learn more about why accreditation matters? Check out our earlier blog post that will fill you in on the important details.

So go ahead and check out that online degree program that holds your interest. Just make certain it’s appropriately accredited first.


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