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The Best Online Master's Programs of 2020 - Investopedia

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The Best Online Master's Programs of 2020 - Investopedia

Posted: 26 Oct 2020 12:58 PM PDT

What Is an Online Master's Degree Program?

An online master's degree program, is, as the name suggests, a graduate-level degree that can be completed partially or fully online. Other than where students are located, as online master's programs have matured, there are essentially no differences between classes offered virtually and in-person. Among the programs listed here, the professors, curriculum, assignments, and testing are all the same. Some online master's programs require attending the live lecture virtually, while others allow asynchronous viewing later at your own schedule.

Are Online Master's Programs Accredited?

Most online master's programs are accredited, and certainly, highly ranked programs and all state-run universities are. But students should always confirm the program's accreditation. There are two organizations that sponsor accreditation: the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the federal U.S. Department of Education. These organizations maintain searchable databases that prospective students can use to verify a school's current accreditation standing.

What Does an Online Master's Program Cost?

Online master's programs can range in cost, depending on the institution and the program. At the low end, a program will cost less than $13,000 (for an MS in Educational Leadership at WGU) and at the high end, about $74,000 (USC's MBA program). Books and student fees are extra and also vary from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Many universities offer various forms of scholarships, grants, paid teaching, paid research, and student loans. One of the main advantages of online study is that it allows students to continue working to pay for their education while studying.

How Long Does an Online Master's Program Take?

Online master's programs are designed as a mirror of the on-campus master's and most programs take one to two years to complete. However, because most online master's are designed for working individuals, they often offer the flexibility for students to take fewer classes and extend the course of study, if needed. Most programs, however, have caps of four to seven years, during which the program must be completed.

How We Chose the Best Online Master's Programs

To arrive at each of these best online master's degree programs, we reviewed about 100 different programs and narrowed down the list to the top seven. We took into consideration the school's and program's online teaching experience, breadth of degrees and courses offered, the time required for completion, cost, curriculum delivery method, class structure, and ratings from top organizations such as U.S. News and World Report. These are all top criteria students evaluating online master's degree programs usually consider.

UW Students Learn How to Operate Drones in New Online Course | News - University of Wyoming News

Posted: 26 Oct 2020 10:56 AM PDT

October 26, 2020

people standing in a field

Christopher Leatherman (center) teaches a drone class to students at the University of Denver last fall. Leatherman taught a three-day "UAS Ground School and Operations" course to UW students this fall. Due to COVID-19, he had to teach the normal field school course online. To learn how to fly drones, students worked with a flight simulator and controller from the company Little Arms Studios. (Taylor Albrecht Photo)

The use of unmanned aerial systems, or UAS, by industry may be in its infancy, but there are many businesses already using the technology. These include construction, entertainment, historic preservation, search and rescue, tourism and wildlife conservation.

To meet this growing demand, the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees, in June, approved the launch of geospatial information science and technology (GIST) programs. New programs, which began this fall, are offered in the areas of geographic information system (GIS), remote sensing and UAS, better known as drones.

An online graduate certificate program course, officially named "UAS Ground School and Operations," took place earlier this fall. Christopher Leatherman, owner and chief remote pilot for Aerial Solutions of Wyoming, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company in Gillette, taught the course.

"2020 was the third field school I have taught for the University of Wyoming. This is the first virtual school we had due to the pandemic," Leatherman says. "We worked with a flight simulator and controller from the company Little Arms Studios. I prefer to teach in person, but we must adjust with the times."

During the ground school, students learned the basics of UAS safety and flight. This included the preflight processes to ensure the UAS is safe to fly before leaving the ground. Basic airspace rules were discussed so students understood where they can and cannot fly a drone.

"We start with simple flight maneuvers to help the students become comfortable with the aircraft. As their skills improve, the exercises become more complex," Leatherman says. "These exercises include an obstacle course. At the end of the class, the students' flight skills are tested."

Leatherman's own resolve was tested. Originally scheduled as a three-day, in-person course, plans for the class had to change after he was infected with COVID-19.

"I became sick for several days in early September. I went to my doctor and, after a few days, the COVID test came back positive," Leatherman explains. "Thankfully, I did not need to go to the hospital, and I have recovered after a month. UW made the right call in moving the ground school to online. COVID is dangerous, and we must do what is necessary to prevent it from spreading."

Leatherman says the biggest adjustment was rewriting the course so it could be taught online. He had been teaching ground school classes at the University of Denver for years. That course, too, had to be moved online this fall due to the pandemic.

"At first, the University of Denver planned on canceling the class," he says. "However, the GIS director and I were able to save the class by finding the Little Arms Studios flight simulator and moving the course online."

Ryan Apfel, a first-year graduate student in UW's GIST master's program, took Leatherman's course because he was interested in learning how to operate a drone. During the class, he says he learned how to control the drone around different obstacles so that flying became more muscle memory than thought. 

"I expect drones to become much more common in the environmental sector," says Apfel, of Laramie. "Learning technical skills is usually a wise choice and may set me apart from other job candidates."

Alex Greenfield, a UW senior from Wellington, Fla., majoring in geology, has worked in real estate and saw the drone course as an opportunity to expand his business services and establish a niche in the appraisal world. He recalled working for a client who had a number of agricultural investments. As a result, Greenfield was introduced to the practical advantages that unmanned drones could provide to help draw conclusions about the health of a site's soil, crop vitality and many other aspects that could improve one's understanding of real property.

"It also was an opportunity to familiarize myself with the controls while not destroying thousands of dollars in UW drones," Greenfield jokes. "The simulation assignments ranged from basic takeoff and landing procedures to task-oriented obstacle courses in a variety of terrains. 

"I initially crashed quite a bit in the simulators but, after a short time, I gained a good feeling for how to operate drones and what to expect in the field," he continues. "Of course, I would welcome an opportunity for a 'field make-up day' to see just how capable I am with a real drone as a result of the simulator."

"The geospatial information science and technology programs are giving students new options for earning credentials in the fast-growing and marketable field of geospatial science," says Ken Driese, GIST program director for UW's Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC). "Unmanned aerial systems, or drones, are cutting-edge tools that are changing how we collect data in many fields, and job growth for students trained in how to use UAS and interpret UAS data is strong."

Graduate students can earn an online certificate in UAS that teaches them how to use drones in their research or their careers. Undergraduate students can earn a certificate in remote sensing, giving them a credential that is helpful for many jobs in and outside of Wyoming, Driese says. 

Leatherman's role at UW began in 2016 when he gave a presentation at UW's UAS Symposium. He gave another presentation at the 2018 version of the symposium. During this time, Leatherman got to know Driese.

In spring 2019, Driese and the UW staff invited Leatherman to teach two weeklong UAS flight and mapping classes for the staff.

"For those classes, I taught the students the basics of safe drone flight and mapping," Leatherman says. "These classes were one of many factors that helped persuade the UW Board of Trustees to approve the geospatial program."

Leatherman is a Federal Aviation Administration-certified remote pilot and manned aircraft student pilot with extensive aeronautical knowledge. Additionally, he is a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, an organization of remote hobbyist pilots, and Drone U, a group of professional UAV pilots.

Bachelor's Degree Center Releases National Rankings of History Degree Programs - PRNewswire

Posted: 26 Oct 2020 05:38 AM PDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bachelor's Degree Center (https://www.bachelorsdegreecenter.org/), a free guide to traditional and online bachelor's degree programs in all disciplines, has released four rankings of the best bachelor's in history degree programs in the US:

25 Best Bachelor's in History Programs for 2021
(https://www.bachelorsdegreecenter.org/best-history-degrees/)
15 Best Online Bachelor's in History Programs for 2021
(https://www.bachelorsdegreecenter.org/best-online-history-degrees/)
10 Fastest Online Bachelor's in History for 2021
(https://www.bachelorsdegreecenter.org/accelerated-online-history-degrees/)
10 Most Affordable Bachelor's in History for 2021
(https://www.bachelorsdegreecenter.org/affordable-history-degrees/)

The Top 3 Best History Bachelor's Programs for 2021 are: 1) Stanford University; 2) Harvard University; 3) University of Washington. The Top 3 Online History Bachelor's Programs for 2021 are: 1) Washington State University; 2) Arizona State University; 3) University of Arizona.

A complete list of all institutions ranked is included at the end of this release.

"Why get a bachelor's degree in history in the 21st century? Isn't history dead?," the editors of Bachelor's Degree Hub ask rhetorically: in fact, "The best history degree programs are dynamic, technologically advanced, and much more influential than you realize." Expertise in history can have value in a wide variety of settings: "Earning a history degree also provides graduates with an opportunity to work in museums, libraries, and other educational fields outside of the realm of teaching." In addition, graduates "can use that degree to pursue a career in various industries such as architecture, design, as well as many other fields." History is also a stepping stone into law or political science. Far from a worthless degree, BDC editors explain that a bachelor's in history can be the foundation of any number of rewarding careers. 

Bachelor's Degree Center editors rank both on-campus and online programs to help students of all backgrounds, with all kinds of goals. As the editors explain, "When choosing an online history degree, you need to decide on a program that fits your needs but is also flexible enough to allow you to accomplish your goals while you are attending school. By attending class online, you will be able to go to work as usual and still maintain your school schedule." On the other hand, the mentorship and networking opportunities in the best on-campus programs can be invaluable. Bachelor's Degree Center's rankings of the best history degrees are designed to point prospective students of all kinds to the program that is right for them.

Bachelor's Degree Center has been providing advice, resources, and rankings on the best traditional and online bachelor's degree programs since 2014. Completely independent and unbiased, BDC is working to be the ultimate resource for new high school graduates, working adults returning to school, and nontraditional students.

All Institutions in the Bachelor's Degree Center History Degree Rankings (in alphabetical order)

American Public University
Arizona State University
Ashford University
Bellevue University
Charleston Southern University
Columbia College
Columbia University
Granite State College
Harvard University
King University
Liberty University
Mary Baldwin University
Maryville University
McNeese State University
National University
Nicholls State University
North Carolina Central University
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Oregon State University
Ottawa University
Princeton University
Regent University
SUNY New Platz
Sam Houston State University
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern Oregon University
Southwestern Adventist University
Stanford University
Texas State University
Thomas Edison State University
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Arizona
University of Central Florida
University of Idaho
University of Illinois at Springfield
University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Maine Presque Isle
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts at Lowell
University of Memphis
University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of North Alabama
University of North Dakota
University of Southern Indiana
University of Washington - Seattle
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
University of California, Berkeley
Utah State University
Valley City State University
Washington State University
Washington University in St. Louis
West Texas A&M University
Westfield State University
Yale University

Ava Ellis
Media Manager, Bachelor's Degree Center
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