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Schools Peer online degree programs, No in-person class -- Good idea?

  1. Aug 17, 2016 #1
    Hello all, I just had a few questions about online degree programs and was wondering if they can be done/are worth it. First let me explain my situation as to why I want to do online school as opposed to a brick-and-mortar school.

    I'm currently in the military and as you can imagine its pretty hectic not being in one place for very long. I'm generally deployed 6 months out of the year with occasional out of country trips while I'm state side. I currently just signed up for another 4 years and want to make the most of it by going to college while doing my job. However I really don't want to have to deal with going to a physical class while I home. That being said I was wondering if there were any degree programs in the STEM field that can be done solely online from a reputable school.

    In the military my job is fixing jets(avionics and electronic warfare to be exact) and I want to continue doing what I am doing now once I leave the military. Either that or something similar(jets, spacecraft, etc) so I am looking for a degree that would help me in that field. I currently have an AAS in Avionic Systems Technology that I got from the military's community college(Basically, when you get trained for your job in the military; depending on how long/difficult it is, you are awarded with college credits. These credits can then be turned into a AAS in my case if I get the gen eds out of the way). So I hope to use some of these credits to put towards a BS.

    Some degrees that currently interest me are Aerospace or Electrical engineering, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science. Pretty much any of these I would find interesting enough to peruse a degree in. I just haven't seen a lot of programs out there that offer a peer online approach to these sorts of subjects(or there are some but they don't offer a lot of confidence when it comes to the quality of the degree program.)

    tl;dr Are there any good peer online STEM degree programs and can anyone recommend some?

    Thanks for reading!
     
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  3. Aug 17, 2016 #2

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    Are any online degrees worth it in the listed areas? Probably not, you can do a forum search and read some of the other discussions on the subject to see what I mean.

    You don't have an associate degree, military training credit suggested on the smart, or whatever they call it these days, is rarely articulated at any school worth going to.

    I recommend you take classes at a local community college where ever you're stationed, then when you end your enlistment you transfer those credits to a university.
     
  4. Aug 18, 2016 #3
    Im guessing others have asked this question before and you are trying to say, no, there are no online degrees worth a crap? Because that would of been a bit more helpful.

    Sweet thanks for that insight bro!

    Ya, but you missed the part where I said I want to do the exact oppisite of what you are suggesting. But thanks anyways.

    Anyone else have some insight?
     
  5. Aug 18, 2016 #4

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    All online degrees are crap, is this explicit enough?

    Glad we cleared that up. Sarcasm aside, I was also in the miltary and have experience in this matter. So you can believe me, or choose to answer with sarcasm - your choice.

    Yeah, but you missed the part were there is no good alternative.
     
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