Three Benefits of Pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling or Psychology Online

November 29, 2021

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With an online master's program, pursuing an advanced degree doesn't have to conflict with your professional and personal responsibilities and time constraints.

Here are three major benefits to pursuing a master's degree online.

  • No Need to Move or Commute to School

Many prospective students feel reluctant to enter a master's degree program because they are unable to relocate or commute long distances to attend in-person classes. Because they are completed remotely, however, online master's programs eliminate this problem, allowing students to earn advanced degrees from the comfort of their own homes. Not having to relocate or commute also helps eliminate many additional expenses, so learning online can save you both time and money.

  • Supportive Virtual Classroom Environment

In traditional in-person classes, many of the lessons, assignments, discussions, and assessments must be completed in the actual classroom. While some online programs consist of pre-recorded lectures that allow students to learn mostly on their own schedule, such a relaxed structure may be intimidating for many students. Synchronous online programs feature live online lectures, assessments, and discussions that combine the freedom of learning at home with the support and engagement of a live classroom environment.

  • Access to Renowned Faculty

A supportive virtual classroom not only includes classmates, but it also includes dedicated instructors. Enrolling in an online master’s program gives you access to renowned faculty that normal physical limitations may not allow. No matter where you are in the country—or even the world—you can enroll in an educational institution with faculty specializing in your interest areas or conducting research that you value. Online instructors ensure they're engaging with students through virtual office hours and offering personal support throughout their studies.

Enrolling in an online master's degree program is a flexible and effective way to enhance your knowledge and skills to expand your career potential.

Palo Alto University is at the forefront of psychology education and offers online master's programs in counseling and psychology that are accessible options for students working full time.

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