How long does it take to graduate from an online degree program?

Fitting school in with work and home responsibilities can be a challenge. Online degree programs give students the flexibility needed to study on their schedule. Arizona State University (ASU) offers online courses in a 7.5 week format that students can enroll in over six start dates throughout the academic year. Students can enroll in one or more classes at a time to help them successfully achieve work/life/school balance each term.

Online faculty and alumni recommend students approach classes as they would their other responsibilities by setting aside time daily to study and avoiding distractions to maintain focus. It is also helpful to keep an end goal in mind, such as completing a degree or career advancement, to stay motivated. Creating an assignment due date calendar is an effective tool for checking progress and crossing items off a list as they are completed, which can help online learners stay on track to meet their goals. Connecting with other online students via discussion boards or a Facebook group, for example, allows online learners to find their peers and relate with others throughout their studies. Visit ASU's Online Learning Tips page for additional suggestions on successfully learning online.

The number of credits students transfer into their degree program and the type of degree they are pursuing - undergraduate, graduate, or certificate - are additional factors that determine the length of time required to complete a program. A typical ASU student taking courses online transfers in credit and completes his/her degree within two years.

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