Learn how HR pros see an online master degree and how that has an impact on your own future as an online degree graduate.
A major concern for those seeking an online master degree is whether they can get anything out of it. Sure, one might argue that the knowledge they gain is something already, but to most people, what is really important is whether or not the degree is going to be recognized by those they need to recognize it. That is, will the HR officers actually credit the online degree on an applicant’s resume?
This is an important question, especially given that many people are still wary of the online master degree. This wariness arose at the time due to a compound of reluctance to question conventional schooling and a rising occurrence of web-based fraud. The result was a general suspicion of web-based education.
However, opinions have been improving somewhat due to the rise of accrediting organizations for various courses. Formalized—and recognizable—accrediting bodies have done a great deal to soften HR officers’ attitudes towards online degrees. It helps that many of the members of these accrediting bodies are usually movers and shakers in their respective industries, further strengthening the value of the accreditation they bestow.
That said, HR pros still warn to be careful about the institution you choose for your online course. According to them, majority still hold some form of prejudice against the online options, so you want as recognizable a school as you can get. A well-known school’s name can help you when it comes time to look for a job.
The warning is that even accredited schools, if not well-known, can be held suspect. This is why even accreditation is not enough. Ideally, you want a program that does have accreditation and also comes from a big-name school.
To that end, you may want to avoid purely online schools. HR officers caution that they are less likely to give jobs to graduates of such institutions. Of course, there are exceptions, but this is the prevailing trend, even if many purely online schools are known for having faultless standards.
There is also a noticeable difference in opinion come baccalaureate degrees. Recent surveys have shown that there is more of a negative attitude among HR officers for graduates of baccalaureate programs online than for graduates of a master degree online. This indicate that it may be better to get your baccalaureate the conventional way, then go ahead and get your masters online.
Overall, opinions have been changing for the better for online masters graduates. Studies have shown that majority of the HR officers at the moment do credit masters diplomas from online courses now. However, majority still do consider them less desirable… although that is slowly improving.
Online students should do all they can to mitigate the skepticism about their degrees too. One way to do this would be to stack up years of experience to add to your resume. Alternatively, you could take on extracurricular projects relating to your field that would be listed as accomplishments later on.
The best thing to do if you want your online master degree to be taken seriously, though, is to take care in choosing one in the first place. Take your time when looking for programs and ensure that the one you get is as creditable as possible. This should go a long way towards making you a hire-able candidate for HR officers later on.