How To Finish My Bachelors Degree Online?
If you’re wondering how to complete your college education as quickly and cheaply as possible, lots of schools offer options to help you get all your courses and credits done to get your diploma. The problem is that searching for online completion programs can be tricky, since many schools don’t necessarily use the word “completion” in the names of their degree offerings.
What Does Degree Completion Program Mean?
More and more, universities are courting adult students who have taken some college courses. They’re providing the cheapest possible path to a finished degree by offering very liberal credit transfer policies. Business and nursing are two areas where there are a particularly large number of completion programs. But no matter what your major, the odds are that you can find a good completion program if you look closely at a school’s transfer policies. Many online schools simply accept so many credits for previous coursework that you can capitalize on your past coursework to finish quickly, even if the school isn’t specifically advertising completion or bridge degrees. (Read more here about how your ethnic background affects the likelihood that you’ll finish a degree)
Picking The Best And Most Affordable Completion Program
Below is a listing of online schools that are particularly friendly to credit transfer in several different ways. Many offer accelerated programs and can move you from an associates right into a graduate program, while others give credits for CLEP, DANTE, Military Service, Work Experience or other things you may have done outside the classroom. It’s worth spending some time to research your options, because squeezing the most credit out of what you’ve already learned can help you complete your degree in the fastest possible way. Sponsored schools:
Purdue University is an old and well-known school with a very wide range of degree offerings, from certificates to bachelor’s and graduate degrees in majors including business, information technology, teaching, health science and criminal justice.
Purdue does not currently advertise degrees as “completion programs,” but it can accept up to 75% of credits for undergraduate courses from previous learning at another school. At least 50% of the major or “core” requirements for your degree need to be taken at Purdue. That means there’s an excellent option to use previous credits to finish your degree as fast as possible.
Other credits you can put toward faster degree completion include CLEP, DANTES, AP, DLPT or ET test passage. Purdue also has agreements with many community colleges around the U.S. that ease transfer of credits toward a full bachelor’s degree.
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AIU is a large online school offering a vast number of bachelor completion programs in healthcare administration, accounting and finance, international business, computer forensics, internet security, law enforcement, marketing and others.
Credit is provided through a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to provide credit for knowledge the modern adult learner may already have.
If you have an associate’s degree AIU may accept credits on a “block” or course by course basis up to a maximum of half of the total for the bachelor’s degree you are completing. Credit transfers are also allowed for previous college work, military training, standardized examinations (CLEP), experiential learning and professional training & certifications. The univesity also offers accelerated degree programs.
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San Diego, CA-based school, Ashford University offers a vast array of online degrees across the range from associate to bachelor and masters. The school helps students complete their degrees with an affordable program with 5 week classes and a strong credit transfer policy.
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Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org. Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.
John O’Brien has been a writer, editor and consultant in higher education for over 14 years. His background includes writing for insidehighered.com and The Chronicle of Higher Education. As editor of College Degree Complete, he has advised hundreds of adult students on how to transfer colleges without wasting the credits they’ve already accumulated, to finish their degree programs in the fastest and most affordable way.