Why you should consider an online degree

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Making the decision to go back to school and further your education can be challenging. Do you have the time, resources and motivation to get back into the classroom and earn your master’s degree? If enrolling in classes on campus is still up for debate, perhaps you can consider another option: online learning. Traditional on-campus college and university classes are no longer the only route. Now, you can study and earn your degree from the comfort of your own home.

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According to a report released by Babson Survey Research Group, more than 6.3 million students in the U.S. took at least one online course during the 2016 fall semester, growing 5.6 percent from the year before. In the past 14 years, Babson has reported steady growth in students studying online.
“No matter how much we think that there might be something slowing it down, it hasn’t happened,” said Jeff Seaman, co-author of the study.
As online learning continues to expand and grab attention, more students are curious about giving this non-traditional route a chance. Here are some of the reasons to consider an online graduate degree:


1. Learn on your own time

Gone are the days of pushing aside all your responsibilities to go back to school and dedicate all of your time to your studies. Online classes allow you to make your own schedule and complete your courses on your own time. You’ll still have to meet deadlines for your coursework, but you can dedicate your free time to completing your studies. With online learning, you don’t have to put the rest of your life on pause while you expand your knowledge and expertise in your career.

2. Continue your profession while studying

Because you get to learn on your own time, you don’t have to take a break from your profession to earn your master’s degree. It’s important for many students to continue working as they study to afford schooling. Online learning offers the flexibility that makes it simple for students to work while pushing new boundaries in their profession.

3. Study in the comfort of your own home

Before you can concentrate and get a true understanding of a lesson, you have to be comfortable. With online learning, there are no physical class sessions in the curriculum. You’re not obligated to meet in a real classroom on campus. Instead, you can attend your classes in the comfort of your own home without stepping foot outside.

4. Take a break from commuting

College students can share horror stories about trying to commute on campus. Fighting traffic, finding parking spaces and driving in horrible weather during winter are a few of the downfalls that come with commuting to class. With online learning, the days of sitting in a traffic jam and circling the parking lots are over. The ability to sit down at your computer and start learning will not only save you time and effort, but it can also keep you motivated to continue your courses and complete your master’s degree.

5. Improve your cyber learning and communication skills

With online learning, students can improve their ability to pay close attention and absorb the learning material. A cyber program gives students a new way to communicate with professors, staff members and other classmates. Conveying a thought through message board or email allows students to take more time to develop a response, rather than coming up with something when called on by the professor in person.


If you’re ready to develop your health law literacy and set yourself ahead of the curve in the industry, it’s time to enroll at Hofstra University. We offer two different pathways to our master’s programs (Master of Laws in Health Law and Policy or Master of Arts in Health Law and Policy,) and you can complete all of your coursework online. By fully integrating online education into traditional law school curriculum, we have an innovative online program that’s designed to promise working professionals flexibility paired with an intellectual learning experience.
You’re never required or expected to come to campus, but we’d love to see you at graduation. Learn more about building your expertise and advancing your career by visiting the program page to find out more about earning an online Master’s in Health Law and Policy.


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