Your Course of Study
Just like in a traditional college or university, every online program has a set of required and elective course offerings that comprise a curriculum that is prescribed or outlined by an institution for earning a degree or certificate. Elective courses are those you will have the option of taking in addition to required courses. Some programs offer more or less elective course choices than others. The number of required courses and electives you will have to take depends on the program.
Some specialized master’s degree programs outline the entire course of study for you in what’s called a lock-step cohort model. This is where a group of students take all the same predefined courses together and in the same sequence. Overall, as you review what courses comprise the curriculum, you should talk to your counselor about which required and elective courses best fit with your career goals.