DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMS
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Distance learning is learning that takes place when the school or university and student are separated by space and/or time. The gap between the two is usually bridged through the use of technology - such as audio tapes, videoconferencing, satellite broadcasts and online technology - and/or more traditional delivery methods, such as the postal service. Increasingly, it is viewed by many as the best way to study everything from a foreign language to the highest level university degree. There are many online programs available, from many different institutions. Some of the many possible online degree studies are described here.
The MA Degree
An M.A (Master of Arts) is an academic degree higher than a B.A (Bachelor of Arts) but lower than a PhD (Doctorate). An intensive masters degree may be completed in one year, though some Masters degrees take two years to complete. Generally this is made up of taught courses followed by the completion of a dissertation / thesis.
This program aims to provide a means of continuing professional development for language professionals, allowing them to enhance their knowledge and skills and their employment opportunities in language-related fields.
The MBA Degree
The MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree is probably the worlds best known and most widely recognized post graduate degree. It is a professional degree - in that it is intended for those who work in business and management i.e., the intention of a program leading to an MBA is to prepare or further prepare individuals for responsible positions in business - usually managerial positions. MBA programs are run throughout the world, as they are seen to be relevant for the preparation of people for work in management irrespective of the industry, business sector, the nature of the economy, and other areas.
With more than 2000 active students, and a global community of more than 9000 graduates, the APESMA La Trobe University MBA program is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the largest in the world.
The PhD Degree
The PhD - Doctor of Philosophy - is the title awarded by a university after around 3 years graduate study and completion of a dissertation (PhD thesis). Sometimes it might involve the passing of taught components prior to submission of a thesis. Some institutions now offer credit for work which a candidate has already completed in a relevant field and / or for life experience. It is the the highest degree awarded by universities in the English speaking world.
Leicester University offer a range of doctorate programme where students learn through a combination of attendance at the University and individual supervision by your doctoral supervisor through regular email contact. Your supervisor will agree milestones with you, provide feedback on your work in progress, respond to any queries you have, and generally guide you in your research work.