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Hiring managers, do you care if a candidate interviewing for an associate role received their degree from an online university?

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Yes

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If you have to ask, you already know that online degrees aren't respected

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Good point. Our team is growing and this person was referred to me by a trusted acquaintance. It just feels odd referring someone with an online degree to the partners. We did end up meeting for lunch last week and things went well.

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I think the question really is will they know the difference if you just dont advertise that you got your degree online? Just say you got a degree from x university and leave it at that.

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Depends on the university/college you/they obtained it from. College degree is a proxy to your overall aptitude and while not a direct indicator of performance it assist hiring managers to determine how someone will perform in a high performance culture. I would also add that specially at big4 teaming/working together is a big deal. Folks who receive degrees online generally don’t have as much experience working collaboratively. But everyone has a different story, so how you tell it and why you went with online vs in person will drive if you get in or not.

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I got my master in accounting from an online program but not an online university. I think it’s different if it’s one of those diploma mills like the University of Phoenix

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If it’s big four yes.

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Was it your official degree? Or you had an official degree and got an online diploma to change careers?

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If you have good experience to pair with it, it becomes less of an issue. If you are fresh from university you are going to need to start with smaller firms

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What Accountant 1 said. I went to the proper four-year school and got my first degree in an unrelated subject. A few years into that career started an online program with a related state university that also offers in-person classes but is generally known for being distance oriented. I obviously don’t go out of my way to advertise that I did the online option and it has never been an issue whatsoever.

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I’ve seen it matter when trying to place people on projects in fed gov engagements

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Depends on for what and what level you’re at

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