Today's job market is brutal! It was only a decade ago that a bachelor's degree was held in high regard and if you held a master's degree you were golden! Now, bachelor's degrees are the equivalent of a high school diploma and if you don't hold a graduate degree you won't even get an interview for a job which holds any clout. It just keeps getting tougher and tougher to make ends meet in America but you can't just roll over now, can you? It's great that you have a college degree but if you want to stay competitive, you need more!

If you still have your job during this economic depression, you are lucky. You can't risk losing your job because you want to go back to college. Luckily there are many options now so you can keep your full time job and obtain your graduate degree.

By attending an accredited online college you can earn your online graduate degree in as little as 12 months depending on the program you choose! There are many accredited programs out there to choose from which offer just about any degree you can think of. There are many online business degree programs which can be completed entirely from home in 12 months. There are also, many management degree programs, psychology degree programs, and nursing degree programs which can be completed in 18 months.

By getting an online master's degree you are sure to get promotions and raises in pay. You will be offered greater respect from your peers and more responsibility and freedom in your job. The best part of these online graduate programs is that most of them acknowledge past college credits and accept financial aid and scholarships to reduce the burden of tuition payments.

If you already have a masters degree, many of these online schools offer doctorate degree programs, too. Another nice feature of many programs is that if you already have a bachelor's degree in one field you can your graduate degree in a different field in less time than usual!

Before applying to online graduate schools, there are a few things you need to check into. One important factor is whether the school is fully accredited and by whom. You want to be sure that all of your hard work and money are not thrown away on a school that no one will recognize. You also, want to be sure that your past credits count towards this degree and that they offer financial aid or scholarships. Once you have all of these things in place, you are ready to begin your hunt!

Here are some of the top, most highly respected and accredited online colleges which offer online graduate degrees:

  1. Western Governors University
  2. Capella University
  3. Walden University
  4. Abilene Christian University
  5. California Coast University
  6. Northeastern University
  7. Southern New Hampshire University
  8. Drexel University
  9. University of Phoenix
  10. Merylhurst University