It seems like you can get anything on the internet these days. From clothes to concert tickets to Brittany Spears’s used chewing gum, chances are you can find it on the web.  The same goes for a college education. The number of people turning to online learning is growing as online degree programs prove to be a great option for higher education.

If you are wondering whether an online education is right for you, here are a few pros and cons to an online degree program vs. a traditional program.


  • Flexibility:  If you have a job, kids, or a busy lifestyle in general, one of the biggest benefits to an online degree program is the flexibility.  You’re able to schedule class time, study time and exams around your lifestyle.
  • Cost:  There are many factors to consider when figuring out the cost of your education.  While tuition is the obvious big ticket item, there are many other costs to traditional classroom learning which include transportation costs, parking fees, time off work, housing, and meal plans, to name a few.  Most of these additional costs are eliminated through online learning.
  • Convenience:  You are able to complete your classes from anywhere as long as you have a computer and an internet connection.  Decide for yourself when and where you study.


  • Interaction: Some students enjoy the face-to-face interaction they are given in a traditional classroom setting. With online education, you may interact with students over the internet, but there is no face-to-face time.
  • Pace: With online classes, you are responsible for getting your coursework in on time. To complete an online program, you must have the discipline to complete assignments on your own without the face-to-face encouragement of an instructor.

The decision to pursue a degree online really depends on the needs and goals of each individual student. Brookline College offers both online and traditional programs in a variety of fields. For more information on our programs of study click here.

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