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Welcome to Context

Deciding on an online bachelor's degree or master's degree is one of the biggest decisions of your life. During your decision-making process, you'll probably wonder, “What degree is right for me?” and “How will I pay for my degree?” Your answers will be different than those of your peers, because your situation is unique.

Decisions are made in the Context of personal history, professional experiences, and ambitions. We aim to widen your frame of reference.

You want to make the decision that makes the most sense.
We want to empower your perspective.

How do you make the big decision?

You start with Context. Nobody should make such an important decision alone, and we've got your back. Here are some important factors to consider in your degree search:


Accreditation is proof that a program, college, or university meets the highest standards. Accredited online degree programs provide assurance to you and your future employers that you've earned a top-rate education.


Higher education is an investment in your future. Like any sound investment, you want to be sure you're getting the best value for your money. While you research degrees, remember to break down the costs associated with every program on your shortlist to help you choose wisely.

Transfer Credits

From 1994 to 2014, more than 31 million students enrolled in college but never earned their degree or certificate.* If you're one of those 31 million, you'll want to do everything you can to get credit for the courses you've already taken and paid for. We can help.


For some students, a broad, general program is the way to go. For others, a narrower, more targeted education is key. That’s why we break down the specializations for every program to make comparing and contrasting as simple as possible.


The colleges and universities you'll find here are leaders in the academic space, not followers. Many of them offer unique, cutting-edge courses that you can't find anywhere else. Context provides you with the most current course listings from every program so you're aware of everything that's out there.


Course material is only as good as the educators delivering it. Accessibility matters, and so do stature and experience. If your most important class is being taught by a Nobel Prize winner, you'll want to know about it.


What better way to learn about a program than from people with direct experience? Each program on our site includes thoughts from current students, alumni, or faculty to give you a firsthand glimpse into what the degree is all about.

Online Learning: What's in it for you?

The flexibility you need is within your reach. The online degrees you'll find here are specifically designed to help you balance your role as a student with your responsibilities to your job and your family. You can have it all.

The quality you deserve from a degree program will be present, every step of the way. It won't vary, wane, or waver because of the online platform. The programs you'll find here are dynamic courses of study, created and delivered by leading-edge colleges and universities.

The professors who change lives in traditional classrooms are now changing lives across the world, thanks to the evolution of online education. The programs you'll find here feature inspirational, award-winning educators — often the very same educators who teach on campus.

The level of engagement offered in today's online environment is off the charts. Students learn in interactive classrooms and collaborate with professors through virtual office hours, keeping you connected like never before.

The caliber of your peers in the online space is stronger than ever. What does that mean for you? Opportunity. The opportunity to build a powerful professional network and study alongside bright minds from every corner of the world.

The direct application of your education is fostered in the online model. Because the flexibility allows you to work while you study, you can apply what you learn on the job, in real time.

78% of students say the academic quality in their online experience is the same or better than it was their classroom experience.*

*2015 Learninghouse survery: Online College Students

What will employers think?

The online college degree programs you'll find here can open the same doors as any on-campus program. Employers won't see that you earned your degree online. These schools won't make that distinction on your diploma. Why? Because these online programs come with the same rigor and rewards that you'll find on any campus

Online learning has come a long, long way. Today, more than 6.7 million students attend college online, according to U.S. News & World Report. Whatever stigma was attached to a distance-learning degree 25 years ago is extinct in today's world. Online education is the new norm. Employers want to see that your degree is from a reputable, accredited institution. Many employers are especially impressed by students with the commitment to earn a degree while they work. Some may even offer to pay for you to earn a degree while you're employed.

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