Online degree programs earned somewhat poor reputation in the 2000’s primarily due to the fact that many of them were offered by suspicious educational institutions and were not very well designed.
In fact, many programs at the time were created solely for making money from students who eventually earned qualifications with no academic or formal backing and without particular value. Now all of this has hanged.
The possibilities that online education offers have been recognized by top colleges and universities in the country such as Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They currently offer a variety of online courses. Furthermore, currently most of the degree programs offered online are fully accredited.
The methods used in online education have undergone major development and are now more effective and efficient at the same time.
These factors and the growing number of job applicants with online degrees have shifted the attitude of most employers.
Now the focus is on the accomplishments of the graduate rather than on the way in which the degree has been earned. Of course, there are still some traditionalists, but most companies are fully opened to people with online degrees and do not discriminate them in any way.
There has not been extensive research or specific statistical data on the matter, but employment practices reveal that people with online and traditional degrees do not have significant differences in their earnings.