I was taught that preparation is the key to confidence, and confidence is the key to success. I want you to be confident you will succeed in an online program at Purdue, even if you have no experience in distance learning. Below are five benefits you can count on in your online courses.
If you’re like me, you chose an online program because you’re already working full-time, and the thought of sitting in class for several hours each night after a long day at work is less than appealing. Purdue’s online courses allow you the flexibility to login anytime from anywhere. You can plan your school schedule around your work schedule and your social life.
Although the online program offers more flexibility than an on campus program, Purdue’s online MS in Communication program offers the advantage of a consistent, structured format. Though projects vary, every course is organized similarly, whereby weekly discussions are required certain days of the week and projects are outlined in advance. This structure provides the discipline and schedule you’ll need to stay focused and organized.
The online MS Communication program at Purdue allows students to learn at an accelerated pace. Each of the 10 required courses takes only eight weeks to complete, compared to the traditional 16-week semester. The eight-week courses require a substantial amount of reading, but the ability to focus on one course at a time, in my experience, creates the opportunity for you to really dive into the course topic.
I was nervous the online format would not provide the amount of interaction between other students and professors that I enjoy — but I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve enjoyed countless weekly conversations and healthy debates with classmates through interactive discussions. Even more, I found it easy to connect with professionals via email and phone to discuss projects, and on occasion, ask for advice about work, making what I learned immediately applicable to my job.
Quality education. That’s what we all want, right? Quality is important to me, and that’s why I chose Purdue. The rigor of the courses and the experience of the professors provided me with the benefit of a challenging environment I would expect to find in the classroom. I can assure you from experience that you don’t have to give up quality to gain convenience.
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Jane Siggelko is a graduate of Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree program. The program can be completed in just 20 months and covers numerous topics critical for advancement in the communication industry, including crisis communication, social media engagement, focus group planning and implementation, survey design and survey analysis, public relations theory, professional writing, and communication ethics.
*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.