"I'm doing the online doctorate."
WHAT?!!! The online doctorate? ONLINE? DOCTORATE?
There I was, struggling with an insane schedule every day, having to ask permission to miss a class, and paying millions of dollars in tuition, all so I could get a pretty diploma with a particle in front of my name. While at the same time someone could get the same pretty diploma without all the hassle?
Turns out that my school (out of all the other schools in the US that could have done it), my school had launched in 2005 the first online music doctorate. The only thing I'm grateful for is that at least they offer it only in music education. I can't imagine how much angrier I would have been if they had offered it in performance. How could one possibly get to the highest level of their instrument online?
The difficulty of grad school is beyond the school work. Most students in grad school are professionals in their field. Fitting in work in order to pay for school is incredibly hard when classes are during the day and schedules change frequently. So knowing that some people get a free pass challenges the whole system.
Students have always accepted the hardships of going to grad school because of the understanding that committing to school full time was the best way to learn. But if accredited schools give the exact same diploma to online students, why would anyone ever choose to loose their job, be treated as if they had never worked professionally before, move, and take out student loans?
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Posted by Geraldine at 7:27 PM