“There are a lot of organizations that appreciate the ability of someone to work and attend school at the same time,” says Grant Tufts, co-founder and president of Impact Recruitment in Vancouver.

As universities catch up to technology, it’s still early days for degrees that can be completed fully or mostly online. But they are becoming increasingly prevalent. In doing so, they are making post-secondary education available to a wider swath of people than ever, allowing them to complete degrees without leaving the work force.

The number of schools offering online or mostly-online degrees has risen so much, particularly for business education, British education network Quacquarelli Symonds has begun ranking the world’s top online and distance MBAs. The firm also conducts annual surveys of worldwide MBA applicants, and has found that the appetite for part-time and online MBAs is growing.

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