Pros and Cons of Getting an Online Degree

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There are a large number of stereotypes associated with online education. Many people think that people who study online are not smart enough to get a traditional education; they are too lazy and that they do not get a “real” diploma. This often makes people refuse to receive an education this way. But do not forget that this type of training has its advantages. If you fall sick or are travelling you can take online high school classes and make sure you never get behind in studies.

There are hundreds of possibilities when you study online. The education you can get is unlimited. You can complete multiple degrees online.

What are the advantages of getting an online degree? Why should you choose this form of study? Here are the advantages:

High flexibility

We mentioned it at the beginning: Distance learning offers maximum flexibility because you learn independently from home. That means you decide at what time you learn, whether in the morning, at noon or in the evening, in the living room, in the park when the weather is nice or at your favorite café. You determine the pace of learning and the rhythm of your studies. This flexibility also makes it easier for you to combine your studies with your private life and work in the best possible way and to get them under one roof.

Arrange job and study

And that is the next advantage: you can continue to work and still study. The burden is very high, no question, but with a little organizational skill and discipline, you can combine both – and continue to earn money, which is a very important factor, after all, distance learning also costs money.

Less stringent entry requirements

Distance learning courses generally have less stringent entry requirements, so that, for example, prospective students can start a distance learning course without a high school diploma. There is also usually no numerous laws and policies and other admission restrictions – the situation is different, for example, when studying full-time at universities, which due to the available capacities cannot accommodate all applicants and therefore use an NC depending on the course.

Same recognition

Do not worry that the quality of distance learning is not as good as that of a full-time course at a university. Because whether you get an academic degree with a full-time, an evening or a distance study does not matter. Graduation is graduation. In distance learning, you also have to work on assignments, write homework, take exams and, of course, ultimately write the bachelor’s and master’s thesis. If you want to be sure, make sure that your desired distance learning is accredited, and that full recognition is guaranteed.

Further advantages of getting an online degree

Those who complete and pass a distance learning course ensure the employers’ respect, because completing a distance learning degree alongside work requires a high degree of discipline, motivation, resilience, organizational talent and time management as well as perseverance. These are all qualities that employers also like to see in their employees’ jobs.

The additional qualification opens up new career paths and creates new opportunities.

You can usually start a distance learning course at any time and are therefore not bound to specific semesters or semester dates. Even with distance learning, you have the right to financial support, such as grants or student loans.

Disadvantages of distance learning

After all the advantages mentioned, what else can speak against distance learning? Are the disadvantages of real disadvantages? What is an advantage for one person can be a major hurdle for another.


We have already listed this point in the advantages. But it is precisely here that one person needs the flexibility to learn, the other one needs more liabilities. It is not for everyone to study at home on your own. Maybe you are the type of learner who likes to have a class network and needs commitment (time and place) to learn. This is not better or worse, but a type matter and in any case, you should take this point into account when thinking about distance learning.

To be sure, you can complete a free four-week trial course at most distance learning universities or – depending on the provider – work through the first two issues on a trial basis and free of charge.

Lack of self-motivation

Due to the self- study, you have to find the motivation to sit down and learn. Flexibility in terms of location and learning time can be worth a lot, but it is of no use if you find that you are not in the mood and can only motivate yourself to learn with a lot of effort. Perhaps you are too happy to be distracted by Games of Thrones or prefer to spend time with friends. In such cases, it can be helpful to look for an evening course that, while offering less flexibility, will help you learn better for distance learning and stay within the recommended duration.

Goodbye to student life

If you choose distance learning, the typical student life is eliminated, and you may not only forego one or the other compulsory student party (but you may not even need it) but also study groups, fellow students and personal, immediate contact the lecturer. Connecting via email or online campus is more difficult than doing this in direct contact. You also have to actively approach your lecturers, for example, if you want feedback.

Longer study time

The length of a distance learning course can also be a disadvantage. Due to the living conditions, for example, children and work, it will be difficult to complete the distance learning program quickly and within the standard period of study. There are correspondence universities that offer distance learning courses with the same standard period of study as for a full-time course (i.e. six semesters for a bachelor’s degree), but usually, the distance learning participants have a little more time. Because the distance learning providers are aware of the multiple burdens, the participants have the opportunity to extend their distance learning free of charge for a certain time. How long depends on the universities.

Further disadvantages of distance learning

Distance learning is a significant time factor that needs to be managed in addition to professional and private life. Even if distance learning offers many advantages, in the end, it is an additional burden.

Distance learning can (but does not have to) be more expensive than full-time or evening studies.

Not all subjects are suitable for distance learning, especially when it comes to subjects that require a high practical proportion.


Weighing the pros and cons is important when you opt for an online degree, but we are in the digital and information age now, and online learning is the future.

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