What Employers Think of Online Business Master's Degrees

By Jordan Friedman 

Angela Gray has witnessed employers' changing perceptions of online education firsthand.

The 36-year-old Louisiana resident is the vice president of accounting at PioneerRx Pharmacy Software, where she's also in charge of human resources. She says she sometimes encounters job candidates with degrees earned fully or partially online.

Gray is even pursuing one herself: an online master's in finance from Pennsylvania State University—World Campus.

In the past, "you would see a degree from online and kind of toss that resume in the trash," she says. "That's just not what's happening in HR these days. They are becoming widely accepted, especially from established schools."

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