Degrees

Applying For Law Degree

April 23rd, 2014

I really want a law degree. I’ve applied to six different institutions. I’ve been turned down by two of them and I’m waiting on replies from the other four. I think that at least one of them will accept me. My undergraduate grade point average was in the top 25th percentile.

I decided last year that I was going to pursue a law degree. I took the LSATs and I scored really well. I’m not sure I scored well enough to go to Yale University, but I think I scored well enough to go to the University of Texas in Austin. That is actually my second choice. I really want to go to University of California in Berkeley.

I think that with a law degree from University of California in Berkeley, I could get a fantastic job with any firm in a large city with an opening. I have dreamed of living in California my whole life. I should have gone out of state for college, but I decided to stay in state and go to Austin College.

Austin College has been a great school. It is too bad I can’t earn a law degree there. Three of the schools I applied to are in Texas. I have lived in Texas all of my life and feel very comfortable here. I’m not sure I would like North Carolina, even if Duke University accepted me.

I visited Tulane University in Louisiana with my mom last year. She liked the school and thought that I would enjoy living in New Orleans while I studied for my law degree. I’m not sure that the New Orleans lifestyle is really for me. I went to New Orleans only one other time than the time I visited Tulane with my mom. That was with an ex-boyfriend of mine and we had way too much fun.

There was one school I applied at that I actually hope I do not get accepted to. I only applied at Baylor University because my grandmother requested that I do so. I just don’t want to go to school in Waco, Texas. The only thing that I think Waco has going for it is its proximity to Austin, Texas.

My dad got his law degree at SMU and he wants me to get mine there as well. I’m just going to wait and see the results of all six applications before I start dreaming and planning anything. For all I know, my LSAT score and my undergrad GPA are going to mean nothing and I’ll end up at the University of Mississippi.

I’m getting more and more anxious every day. I keep checking the mail and nothing has arrived, yet. I just want to know where I’ll be living next and start the work on the law degree. I think I will be a wonderful lawyer and hopefully someday I’ll be a legislator.

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Choosing A School For A Distance Learning Degree

April 23rd, 2014

There are a lot of factors to consider if you are thinking about a distance learning degree. A good resource is a book called Bears’ Guide to Earning Degrees Non traditionally. There is a lot of information on the internet that is misleading and contains biased information. This book describes all of the schools, even the fake ones.

It is important to know that a school being accredited doesn’t automatically mean that it is a great place. The best accreditation comes from an organization called GAAP. There is a lot of respect given to institutions that offer a distance learning degree and have that accreditation.

Some people think that earning a distance learning degree will be quick and easy. It really is just the same in a lot of respects as its resident learning counterpart. There is a lot of work involved. There are also deadlines and projects to complete. It takes a lot of determination to complete a course study and finish with a distance learning degree.

Scholarships are available for distance learning degrees, but not as many as are available for traditional students. The very best place to get information about paying for school is from the financial aid office of the institution you are checking into. There are a lot of people that will con you out of money offering to find you money for college for a fee.

Looking for a place to earn a distance learning degree can end up being a lot like shopping for a car. It is a good idea to check out all of the costs for every institution that you are interested in. Semester units at one school can cost as low as ten dollars per unit and other schools can cost up to three hundred dollars each. Money is a big factor, but not as big as respect. It is imperative to find a school that will give you a distance learning degree that prospective employers will respect.

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Types Of Associate Degree

April 17th, 2014

An Associate Degree is a type of academic degree that is awarded by a bachelor’s degree-granting institution, junior colleges and community colleges as well. Typically, an associate degree is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree program. Associates degrees are awarded in the United States and, more rarely, Canada, though this type of degree is also being added to the academic degree systems of other countries.

Australia added associate degrees to their Australian Qualifications Framework in 2004, though very few academic programs have begun to use the title. In the United Kingdom, foundation degrees are the equivalent to associate’s degrees. As an equivalent to higher diplomas, Hong Kong initiated various associate’s degree programs.

There are four general categories of associate’s degrees, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Business Administration.

Associate of Arts degrees are generally awarded for academic programs that are intended for transfer to a four year university or college. Typically students working toward an AA degree will major in social sciences of humanities, though general studies students may also receive Associate of Arts degrees.

Associate of Science degrees are, like AA degrees, awarded to those seeking to enter the work force or a four year college or university upon completion of an associate’s degree program.

Associate of Applied Science degrees are awarded to students to relax some of the general education requirements so that when the have completed the associate’s degree portion of their education, they can focus more on their specific area of study. This type of associate’s degree is especially intended for those seeking to continue their education at a four year college or university.

Associate of Business Administration degrees are often awarded to students for completing academic programs that are terminal or intended for continuing education at a four year university or college, typically with a business related major.

Many people earn associate’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees while working by attending evening classes. This practice has become so prevalent that t has been estimated that more degrees are earned this way than through full-time day studies. Getting an associate’s degree is a wonderful way to get started on furthering your education.

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Getting An Advanced Nursing Degree

December 23rd, 2013

Sometimes getting an advanced nursing degree can help you further your career. It is possible to get an advanced degree online with a little time and a lot of effort. A program for a Master of Science in Nursing is available online at the University of Phoenix.

This advanced nursing degree has several requirements. If you want to participate in this program, you have to be a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree and three years of working experience in the field of healthcare. This advanced nursing degree is available entirely online.

There are also many options for obtaining a nursing degree through an accelerated program, like the one at the University of Rochester Nursing School. They have announced plans to build a seven million dollar wing to house one hundred students. The interest in providing accelerated programs for nursing degrees is increasing due to a nurse shortage in the United States.

All types of people are starting to seek out nursing degrees. A lot of people already have started a career in another field and have just not found the fulfillment that they desired. If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you are a perfect candidate for one of the accelerated programs to obtain a nursing degree.

There are more and more schools offering accelerated programs to get a nursing degree, but there are still just a finite number of spots available. The Creighton University School of Nursing in Omaha had only forty spaces for the two hundred applicants in 2003.

The intensive programs for a nursing degree can be very expensive. The schedule of the training is often so intense that maintaining even part-time employment is impossible. The nursing shortage has also gotten hospitals into the arena of luring possible nurses to their hospitals. Some hospitals are offering students funds to repay student loans if they promise to work at their hospital for a few years.

Not every person that seeks an advanced nursing degree is looking to work in a hospital setting. There are a lot of options open to people with a nursing degree. Home care and hospice care are growing fields and there are always shortages of nurses for occupational and rehabilitation therapy jobs.

Someone with an advanced nursing degree can hope to earn over fifty thousand dollars per year. Sometimes their work weeks are set at three twelve hour days. This is very attractive to someone that has been working longer hours for less money in a different field. A nursing degree isn’t for everyone, but it is a good plan for a lot of people.

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Is An Online Degree Right For You?

September 23rd, 2013

Many people have found online colleges to be the best solution for continuing education. The class schedules are more flexible and many times the tuition is more affordable because there are not as many (if any) physical campuses and facilities that need to be maintained.

That said, getting an online degree isn’t for everybody and not all online colleges are equal. It depends a lot on the type of career you’re interested in pursuing. For many technical trades and lower level white collar professions, an online degree may suit these individuals perfectly. For these people it’s a matter of finding which online school is going to best meet their needs.

Choosing a college, whether one with a physical campus or a cyber campus, is certainly an involved process where you must take many different factors under consideration. However, choosing from a selection of online colleges can be somewhat trickier for a number of reasons.

First of all, it may be more difficult to get a feel for how a school is run and what you can expect while attending classes if you cannot tour the campus and talk with representatives in person. You may find that online classes are just not for you. Talking with prospective online colleges will give you a god idea of how well you’ll mesh with an online learning environment.

If you’re good at time management and setting your own goals then an online degree can be the perfect solution. If, however, you find it difficult to keep track of ‘regular’ class schedules chances are you will quickly become overwhelmed trying to manage time and work deadlines in a cyber learning environment.

While there are many top notch online colleges, there are at least as many shady operations out there. If at all possible, enroll in online classes offered by your local community or technical college. This is a way to sidestep the questionable online schools altogether.

If you do decide to pursue a completely online college, there are some things to look for. First of all, I’d stay away from online schools that don’t allow you to browse curriculum and schedules online before talking with a representative. If you visit a school’s website and the furthest you can get is to fill out a contact form, you may as well keep looking at other schools. This is one of the first signs that the school is a degree mill.

When you are contacted by an online school’s representative, be wary of pushy salesmanship type behavior. I‘ve run into too many people that were coerced into submitting outrageous pre-enrollment or other types of so-called deposits to secure a place in classes. No credible college is going to make you feel like there’s a rush to send them money. If you feel pressured to send in vaguely labeled funds, hang up and look at other schools.

There are many reputable online colleges, but the best ones are still online classes offered by traditional educational institutions. If you’re going to enroll in a completely online school, do your homework. Search for discussion forums and find out what other people have experienced with particular online degree institutions, as well as online learning in general.

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What Exactly Is A Masters Degree?

July 23rd, 2013

Often prefixed with ‘magister’, the Latin word for master or teacher, a master’s degree is one that is awarded to those who have learned so much about a given field of study that he or she is qualified to teach on the subject. Sometimes the designation of magister or cognate is used to describe someone with a masters degree.

As you may be aware, a master’s degree is an academic degree that is usually awarded for successful completion of a graduate or postgraduate course of a one to three years length of time. Interestingly, there are other types of master’ degrees.

In the United Kingdom, for example, a master’s degree is sometimes given to an undergraduate student who has a final year that includes courses of grater difficulty, such as those in postgraduate or graduate programs. Sometimes a master’s degree is awarded to undergraduate students who participate in higher-level classes and complete a major research project.

For graduates with a degree of Master of Arts in the United Kingdom, some universities such as Cambridge, Trinity College and Oxford award the master’s degree solely on the basis of outstanding academic performance and standing.

In the older Scottish universities, what are known as ‘ancient universities of Scotland’, undergraduates are awarded a Master of Arts degree for completing the normal undergraduate program that consists of four years of study in either Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences.

More recently there is a standardized European system for secondary education diplomas regarding master’s degrees. In this system, a master’s degree program is a two-year degree program that is entered after completion of a three year undergraduate program in order to attain better qualification for employment or as preparation for a doctoral degree.

There is an excellent entry in the Wikipedia.org website that covers many aspects of master’s degrees and how this type of degree varies from country to country. To find out more about the various types of masters degrees that are available in different parts of the world, visit the masters degree Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masters_degree.

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Having A College Degree Makes A Difference

June 23rd, 2013

Deciding to further your education and attain a degree tends to improve many aspects of life. People with college degrees tend to earn more money and salary increases over the years are more substantial than for those that do not have a college degree.

Additionally, people that have a college degree are less likely to go through long bouts of unemployment. In 2005 overall unemployment rates in the United States were about 7.1% for high school graduates and only 3.5% for college graduates.

There are many technical and manual labor professions where acquiring a college degree may not seem as important as with other career fields. However, attaining certifications and / or degrees related to your field can yield better jobs and ongoing opportunities.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers there have been steady increases in college job placement and recruiting on college campuses throughout 2005 and on into 2006. This means that not only are college graduates more likely to find good jobs, but they have added resources to aid in the job search process during and after college.

The United States Department of Labor publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). The Occupational Outlook Handbook has up to date statistics about many areas of a given occupation, from training and education required, to expected earnings, long term job prospects, what the occupation typically involves on a daily basis as well as the working conditions you can expect to find.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a wonderful tool that you can use in various ways. If you have narrowed down your career or college major choices, you can use the information found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook to find out what a future in each area looks like. You may be surprised to see the differences in seemingly similar career fields, whether in terms of salary, working conditions or longer term job prospects.

You can access the Occupational Outlook Handbook by visiting the U.S. Department of Labor website at http://www.bls.gov/oco/. In addition to career and education statistics, there are also many useful tools for job searching and links to state specific job market information.

Take control of your future by getting a college degree Use resources like the Occupational Outlook Handbook to get even more out of your college education.

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Finding The Right Place To Earn Engineering Degree

June 23rd, 2013

I want to earn an engineering degree. The schools I’ve been looking into are all in the Northwest United States. I am interested in the cities where all of the schools are located because I hope to become active in my community. I want to experience a new place and new things while I am in school. I’m looking for a school with an active student body, a Unitarian Universalist church nearby and plenty of political activists in the area to keep things interesting.

Earning an engineering degree at Henry Cogswell College would have me living in Everett, Washington. I found a church in the area that sounds like a lot of fun and a way to meet a lot of people. The Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church is only eight miles from Everett. I think that if I went to school there, I would really enjoy this church community. Having a Unitarian Universalist church nearby is important to me.

The University of Alaska in Fairbanks has a good program for earning an engineering degree. The campus life there is really active and sounds like so much fun. When I first visited their website, I found information on a summer concert series that they were hosting with some of the most talented musicians in Alaska. I wished I was there already. I visited the website of the UU Fellowship of Fairbanks and their congregation looks really active.

Living in Denver would be a lot of fun. I could go to school at the Denver Engineering School at University of Colorado. The ACLU is very active there and I would love to be a part of that. I want to be involved in politics and I share a lot of common ground with the ACLU. I’m sure that I could really get involved while I was earning an engineering degree. There are two UU churches in Denver to choose from.

The only school that I’ve been looking into that isn’t in the Northwest United States is the University of Hawaii at Manoa. They have a program for earning an engineering degree that is similar to the programs I’ve already been looking at, but living in Hawaii sounds like the most beautiful place to live. I am hard pressed to come up with a place that would be as peaceful. I would more than likely rarely get to attend church there; the closest UU church is in Honolulu.

I’ve already received an acceptance letter from the University of Idaho Engineering School. I’m not going to go there unless all of my other choices turn me down. It was my last choice. My grandmother lives in Idaho and told me that if I wanted an engineering degree, I should go there. I have visited Idaho periodically in my life and just can’t envision myself living there while earning my engineering degree. She is a member of the UU Church of the Palouse in Moscow where the school is and I just don’t feel like I’d fit in there.

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Business Degree Applications

May 23rd, 2013

I really want a business degree. I’ve applied to five different institutions. I’ve been turned down by one of them and I’m waiting on replies from the other four. I think that at least two of them will accept me. My undergraduate grade point average was 3.5.

I decided a long time ago that I was going to pursue a business degree. I took the GMATs and I scored really well. I’m not sure I scored well enough to go to Harvard University, but I think I scored well enough to go to Yale University. That is actually my second choice. I really want to go to Stanford.

I think that with a business degree from MIT, I could get a fantastic job with any Fortune 500 company. I have dreamed of living in New York my whole life. I should go out of state for college, but I can’t decide to leave Massachusetts and not go to MIT or Boston University. If MIT or Boston University accepts me, I’ll be thrilled.

Two of the schools I applied to are in New York. My parents would be supportive if Columbia accepted my application to earn a business degree. The application process has been very difficult because I have lived in Massachusetts all of my life and feel very comfortable here. I’m not sure I would like Texas, even if the University of Texas in Austin accepted me.

I visited the University of Colorado with my mom last year. She liked the school and thought that I would enjoy living in Boulder while I studied for my business degree. I’m not sure that the Boulder lifestyle is really for me. I went to Boulder only one other time than the time I visited with my mom. That was with my best friend and we thought that the people there were way too health conscious.

There was one school I applied at that I actually hope I do not get accepted to. I only applied at Florida State because my great aunt requested that I do so. I just don’t want to get my business degree in Florida. The only thing that I think Florida has going for it is its beautiful beaches.

My dad got his business degree at Temple University in Pennsylvania and he wants me to get mine there as well. I’m just going to wait and see the results of all my applications before I start packing anything. For all I know, my GMAT score and my high school GPA are going to mean nothing and I’ll end up at the University of Toledo.

I’m getting more and more excited every day. I’ll keep checking the mail until my answers arrive. I just want to know where I’ll be living next and start the work on the business degree. I think I will make my parents very proud.

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Bachelor Degrees Around the World

April 23rd, 2013

A bachelor’s degree is typically an academic degree awarded to undergraduates for a major or course that usually lasts for three or four years. In some countries and particular cases, a bachelor degree program may last up to five or six years. Some types of postgraduate degrees are also called bachelor’s degrees, like the Bachelor of Civil Law that is granted by Oxford University.

There is a distinction between honors degrees and pass degrees under the English system of academic degrees. English systems of academic degrees influence many countries’ systems, including the Irish, Canadian, Maltese, Indian, Hong Kong and Singaporean academic systems.

An honors degree typically requires a higher standard than a pass degree. In many areas of the world an additional year of study is required in order to be awarded with an honors degree. Such degrees are usually written as ‘B.A. (Hons)’.

In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, there are ordinary degrees and honors degrees. Some universities offer both options for all majors. Though the courses are all portrayed as honors degree programs, students can opt not to participate in the honors classes and receive an ordinary degree instead.

In Australia there are pass degrees and honors degrees. For the most part, honors degrees are awarded based on academic performance and achievement. In many science related areas of study, attaining an honors degree requires an additional year of study that includes a thesis and original research project.

Today, undergraduate degrees are split into two major groups, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Before the late 19th century all undergraduate degrees were considered Bachelor of Arts degrees. Then in the latter portion of the 1800s universities began awarding the two different kinds of undergraduate degrees.

In the U.S. many universities and colleges, especially those known as ‘liberal arts’ colleges, aware Bachelor of Arts degrees for all academic subjects of study. Many times such schools offer primarily academic courses as opposed to pre-professional training. Schools that off both pre-professional and academic courses will award Bachelor of Science degrees to pre-professional students, such as those studying nursing or finance.

It is also quite common for schools to award Bachelor of Arts degrees for academic courses and Bachelor of Science degrees for areas of study involving mostly physical sciences. At many universities and colleges students may choose between BS and BA courses of study for the same subject.

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