According to a BABSON Survey Research Group report (November 2011) titled "Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States, 2011" by I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman, not only are online learning and degree programs becoming more accepted by college faculty, but 65 percent of surveyed institutions reported that online learning was "critical" to their long-term education strategies. Online degree programs can allow students to take classes while continuing their career instead of having to postpone their work to take classes full time. Online programs may also allow students who may not live near a university to work toward earning a degree without having to relocate.
Not all online degree programs are entirely online, and some programs (or "hybrids") may require a certain amount of on-site attendance or prerequisites such as work experience. Check with your school to determine how much of an online program is entirely online.