Online Master's Degrees from Accredited Colleges (MA, MS)

A Master's Degree is defined as a postgraduate academic degree that is awarded a student who has completed an academic program that they enroll in after having received their Bachelor's Degree. In Japan and the US, the program can take anywhere from 2 to 6 years, whereas in other countries, such as Denmark and Sweden, it may run from 1 to 5 years.

Online Master's Degree

The usual length of time is between 1 to 3 years and can be entirely course-based or research-based.  Typically, most programs are designed as a combination of both approaches.  The Master's degree programs offered online is targeted towards the working professional who can benefit from flexibility in scheduling, time-savings, and additional advantages that online learning affords.

Types of Master's Degrees

Master of Arts (MA) - awarded for course study completed in subjects such as the Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, or Theology and Divinity.  It can be either course-based, research-based, or a combination thereof.

Master of Science (MS) - is typically a "taught" postgraduate academic degree and may be entirely course-based, entirely research-based or most commonly a mixture of both disciplines.  It is normally awarded in the area of mathematics, the natural sciences, and computer sciences.  However, depending on the focus of course studies may also be awarded in economics or engineering.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) - attracts individuals from a broad array of academic course study.  The MBA designation originated in the US and focuses on the "scientific" approach to management.

Master of Education (MEd) - a postgraduate academic master's degree awarded by colleges and universities.  It is typically classified as a degree in education and oftentimes includes course study such as administration, counseling, and curriculum and instruction.

Other Master's Degrees:

  • Master of Library Science (MLS)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)

Educational Requirements

Normally, admission into any master's program hinges upon the student having been awarded a Bachelor's Degree  Additonally, progressing on to a Doctorate program may require holding a Master's Degree.  In certain graduate programs, coursework on a Doctorate Degree can begin immediately after earning the Bachelor's Degree.  Also, there are some programs that provide for a conjoined Bachelor's and Master's Degree after about five years of study.

General Education Requirements

Since general education requirements are normally fulfilled at the undergraduate level (i.e. Associate's and Bachelor's Degree levels), there are no general educational requirements for a Master's Degree.

Required Core Subjects

Required core subjects differ based on the Master's degree curriculum you are enrolling in.  General education requirements remain the same through most of the accredited colleges and universities you can enroll in through this site.  However, your required core subjects are determined by the area of study that you choose to pursue.  For more information on required core subjects of you Master's Degree program, please see your particular degree curriculum listed above.

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