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Ask Amanda: How to Pay for Part-Time Graduate School

Posted by Amanda Keighley on Jan 17, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Last time I wrote, I answered three big questions I get a lot in my job as program manager in online graduate programs.

But there was one question I left out on purpose…because I knew it needed a post of its own! When prospective students come to me to pursue a graduate certificate or degree, nearly all of them ask the same thing: “How am I going to pay for school?”

Most of these students are working professionals, looking to take one course at a time. Unfortunately, most financial aid won’t cover graduate certificates or part-time students, and many of us simply don’t have the time or freedom take at least two classes, or six credits, a semester.

So, where does the money come from for part-time students?

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Topics: Student Resources, Online Graduate School, Ask Amanda, FAQ's, Affording Grad School

Ask Amanda: Online Grad School FAQ's

Posted by Amanda Keighley on Dec 21, 2016 10:00:00 AM

  “What should I expect as an online student?”

“Can I get hands-on, practical learning in an online course?”

“How will I feel connected and supported online?”

As a program manager for WPI’s online graduate programs, I hear these three questions more than any others. If you’ve been thinking about grad school and think online is the right fit, you may be asking yourself the same things. So let’s break it down, question by question.

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Topics: WPI Online, Online Graduate School, Ask Amanda, FAQ's

A few of my favorite things at the ATX East Conference

Posted by Amanda Keighley on Jul 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

This summer, robots took over New York City!

Don’t panic! I’m talking about an awesome conference I had the chance to attend in June: ATX East. This event drew robotics and automation experts from all over the country, with over 900 exhibits and 11,000 industry professionals. It was great to learn more about innovations in the field of robotics engineering and to meet and mingle with some seriously brilliant minds.

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Topics: Why Graduate School?, An engineer's insight...

3 Characteristics of a Successful Online Student

Posted by Amanda Keighley on Sep 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Every day I speak with prospective online graduate students. One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “How do I know if online courses are the right fit for me?”  This is a great question, and in fact, online learning is not for everyone; but possessing these three characteristics are an excellent indication that you will be successful!

  1. Independent Learner
  2. Goal-Oriented
  3. Computer Savvy

Here's why...

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Topics: Why Graduate School?

5 Simple Tricks to Stay on Track in an Online Class

Posted by Amanda Keighley on Jul 20, 2015 8:30:00 AM


I completed my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)!

I’m not going to lie, it was challenging. With no financial commitment and the overwhelming responses from thousands of participants in MOOCs, it’s easy to just fade away into the background and disengage. I’m happy to say though that I stuck with it, and have a nice certificate to show for it! 

Here are five simple tricks that can help anyone stay on track in order to complete a MOOC, or really, any online class:

  • Make a commitment and identify your goals
  • Make yourself familiar with the course requirements and learning platform
  • Stay on track
  • Get connected
  • Expand your network and use social media

Let me expand a little bit more...

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Topics: Trends in Higher Education, Professional Development

3 Reasons You Should Pursue Your Master's Degree

Posted by Amanda Keighley on Feb 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM


Should I pursue a master's degree?

This is a question that I, like many others, have contemplated for weeks, months and even years.  So what is it that makes it the right time to pursue your master’s degree? Here are three key reasons why you should earn a master's:

  1. Become an Expert in Your Field
  2. Be Better Prepared to Change Careers
  3. Open Up Possibilities for Promotions and Job Opportunities
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Topics: Why Graduate School?