Technological advances have made earning a master's degree possible for students who cannot leave their jobs to dedicate themselves to full-time study. Even some Ivy League schools offer a variety of master's degree programs online, allowing working adults to earn a world-class education on their own schedule and at their own pace. Although offered primarily online, most programs require some coursework be completed on campus.
Harvard Extension School
Harvard University's Extension School offers a variety of master's degrees online. Potential students must take three graduate-level classes and earn a grade of at least a B before applying for acceptance to a program. Degree plans include biotechnology, information technology, journalism, liberal arts, management, mathematics for teaching, museum studies, and sustainability and environmental management. Although billed an as online program, Harvard's Extension School programs require students to complete part of their course work on campus.
Columbia University Teachers College
Columbia University's Teachers College offers an online Master of Arts in Computing and Education. Coursework focuses on four areas of foundational knowledge: cognitive, social, and cultural issues and technology, and educational practice and design. Students must take one course in each of the foundational areas and 10 credit hours of electives or workshops to complete the 32-hour program's degree requirements. Not all of the courses are available online and students will likely have to complete some coursework on campus.
Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration offers a Master of Management in Hospitality and a Master of Science in Hotel Administration. The school's programs are written by Cornell faculty to allow participants the opportunity to interact and collaborate with industry leaders from around the world. Applicants must submit a career essay, character essay, college transcripts, GRE or GMAT score, two recommendation letters, a request for an on or off campus interview, a resume and for international applicants, a TOEFL score.
The Master of Healthcare Delivery Science is offered jointly by the Darmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice and Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business. Designed for professionals already working in the healthcare industry, students can complete the course in as few as 18 months with all but six weeks of the program completed online. The program's goal is to educate clinicians and administrators to become change agents to improve the delivery of healthcare and welcomes applicants from all healthcare fields.
Kimberly Heffernan has taught in public schools for 25 years. Her professional works include numerous curriculum documents and project proposals. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UT Austin and a Master of Education from Sam Houston State University and credentials to be a school counselor.