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Complete a Bachelors Degree Online

written by: Mary White•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 12/28/2009

Do you wish that you had completed your Bachelors degree while you still had time to go to school? With bachelor degree completion programs, even the busiest people can find a way to fit school into their schedules by going back online.

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    For many adults, the choice to leave college to pursue full-time employment often seems like the best course of action at the time the decision is made. While going to work before completing school can make sense both professionally and financially, the decision is one that can be limiting in the long run. The reality is that once you establish yourself in your profession and set your sights on moving ahead, the fact that you don't have a degree can limit your options.

    One of the primary reasons that adult learners go back to school is to earn the credentials they need to advance in their careers. However, it can be very difficult for working professionals to fit school into schedules that are already packed with employment and family responsibilities. That's why online Bachelor's degree completion programs are such a popular option for adults who want to finish their degrees.

    Many schools that offer online programs of study have special degree completion programs that allow people to combine credits they have earned in the past with online courses for the fastest and most efficient path to Bachelor's degree completion. Rather than having to start over, adult learners can apply some or all of their prior coursework to earn college credit in an online course of study. Additionally, instead of having to attend scheduled classes in person, students can complete their assignments online from any location where a computer and Internet access are available.

    If the idea of enrolling in an online Bachelor's degree completion program appeals to you, the best thing for you to do is search for a school that offers programs in your field of study and one which is designed specifically to meet the needs of adult learners. You'll want to choose an option that allows you to make the most of the college coursework that you have already completed to minimize the time it will take to finish your degree. Verify the school's policies for granting credit for prior college credits earned, being sure to find out if there is a maximum on the number of previously earned college credits accepted and if the previous courses have to have been completed within a certain time frame. This information will help you determine which program is the best fit for your particular situation.

    Once you decide to finish your bachelor degree online to help meet your long term career goals, it's a good idea to let your supervisor know what you are doing. Once company management learns that you are working on completing your degree, you may be considered for positions with greater responsibility as they become available. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that your employer may provide financial support for tuition costs associated with completing the degree.