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More students pursue degrees online

Enrollment spiked to 2.35M in '04, but critics argue in-person classes offer better experience.

Lois Romano / Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- Angela Bostic will get her MBA in August from the University of Maryland University College, part of a dual master's degree she is pursuing. She has never met a professor, has never sat in a classroom and has checked out the Adelphi campus only once, long after she had enrolled. In fact, until recently, the 28-year-old graduate student had been studying from Brussels.

Bostic is among a fast-growing number of students nationwide and worldwide who are turning to online degree programs to complete or advance their educations while they work, decisions that are driven by economics as well as by a society that is increasingly mobile.

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