VISTAS Counselor Professional and Career Development

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Choosing an Online Doctorate: Five Things That All Counselors Should Know

Angela J. Adams


In recent years, there has been a proliferation of on-line degree programs. In the past decade enrollment at online programs continued to grow faster than projections (Rogers, 2005). Since 2001 enrollment in online university courses has tripled (Hsu cited in Simpson, 2006). Allen and Seaman (2003) estimated enrollment at 1.6 million in 2002 consisting of 1.32 million in Public colleges and universities, 240,000 in Private nonprofit and 37,000 in Private for profit schools. Approximately 272,096 of the 1.6 million participated in Masters Degree programs, while 209, 517 pursued Doctoral/Research degree programs. Of the approximately 578, 986 learners who took all their courses on-line in 2002, approximately 109, 250 pursued a Masters degree and 67, 703 pursued a Doctorate.

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