Online school worth it?

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graddespair
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Online school worth it?

Post by graddespair » Tue May 12, 2020 7:30 pm

I was accepted into a physics Masters program to start Fall 2020, but it is looking more and more likely that it will be done remotely. I don't think that I would be able to find research during the year in the case that I do not do the Masters program. Because my ultimate goal is to be accepted into a competitive PhD program, is it worth doing a partially remote Masters? I am assuming that remote teaching will not be as effective and schools will take grades achieved in online classes less seriously. I think the most likely alternative is that I try to find a job to keep me occupied in the case that I do not do the Masters.

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Nishikata
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Re: Online school worth it?

Post by Nishikata » Tue May 12, 2020 9:39 pm

Do you pay for it?

You should look for a job and get the job offer first. Have all options on the table and decide.
At this moment, it is also very hard to get a good job.

Also, there is a difference between a conventional degree program that has to be taught online due to unforeseen circumstance, and a designed online degree program (think of those Coursera online degrees).

The former will still have equal value. After you graduate, people won’t ask whether you attend classes in person or online.

The latter, has the word (online) embedded in the degree. That is not as good.



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