edonnelly wrote:Then I would be very careful about pursuing online degrees unless you are sure that both (1) the program is accredited and (2) your employer would recognize that degree as fulfilling the requirement. There are some legitimate and non-legitimate online learning places (I don't know about what is offered in the classics). Just be sure that if this is something your career depends upon that you get something that will be valuable not only to your current employer but also to any other should you ever change jobs.
Good points. I can’t help regarding employer perception, especially regarding foreign or out-of-state universities, but here’s something regarding legitimacy:
To determine if an American university is accredited by a recognized accrediting body, check the US Dept of Education database
To determine if a university in the United Kingdom can grant degrees based on a Royal Charter or Act of Parliament, check the UK Department of Education database
. Many universities in the British Commonwealth hold Royal Charters (I’m sure the three South African ones I mentioned do), but the South African government also has an accreditation body called SAQA you can check.
Again, Gary D., if you’re able to do this at a reasonably local university, it would probably both improve your experience as well as resolve any employer questions.