Why more universities are offering online graduate degrees

Suzanne Bowness

Community and connection are now watchwords for graduate distance education programs, according to an article in the Apr. 8 edition of University Affairs.

The article highlights the delivery of a range of graduate programs and on-campus residences, as well as a move toward online offerings by traditional institutions.

Here is an excerpt:

“… the residency trend is not a new idea. In fact, if you ask one of the pioneer institutions with more than 20 years’ experience in offering graduate degrees by distance, the real change is to shorter residencies.

“Now, our average residency is probably more like two weeks, rather than five weeks when we started out,” says Steve Grundy, vice-president, academic, and provost at Royal Roads University, where 93 per cent of graduate students learn online or partially online.

Another trend, says Dr. Grundy, is to create programs that are completely online. Royal Roads offers four completely online graduate programs, ranging from a master’s in interdisciplinary studies to an MA or MSc in environmental practice.”

Read the entire article.