Many factors contribute to the successful completion of an online graduate program. Here are seven factors for you to consider in determining whether the online master's degree program at Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies would be the best fit for you. Time Management and Organizational Skills Online graduate courses are not any less demanding than traditional courses. Both approaches require you to set aside time throughout the week to attend to course requirements. As an online student, you will also want to create a study space that allows you to give focused attention to your coursework. Additionally, online students need to be able to track the many details associated with course requirements and participation. Successful online students are proactive in creating both the necessary time and space to study. Responsibility and Focus of Control As a graduate student coming into a new field of study, there may be times when personal research to fill in prior learning gaps may be required. By recognizing that you have control over your learning, you can move from a grade-based definition of success to a learning-focused approach. The successful online graduate student takes responsibility for your learning, recognizing that what you learn and how deeply you learn is within your control. Initiative and Help-Seeking Each course will establish a rhythm in which reading and assignments are submitted, but since there are no face-to-face components associated with most online classes, it's critical that you seek the information you need to complete the course. Successful online students take the initiative to find the answers in course materials before asking questions to gain clarification as needed. Engagement and Curiosity Online courses rely more heavily on peer-to-peer discussion within the learning community. This kind of discussion and peer interaction helps you as an online student to engage more fully in course content, process reading and lecture content and deepen your learning. Successful online students engage peers in the learning process and see such engagement as an opportunity to express your curiosity when others share viewpoints that may differ from your own. Communication There is a heavy reliance on reading and writing in online courses. Texts, discussions and written assignments are important components of your coursework. Effective written communication skills are essential. Successful online students have a high level of comfort with written communication and are able to use your skills to interact with peers, faculty and staff in a way that represents growing professionalism. Technology and Problem-Solving Online courses make use of educational technology to serve student learning. Successful online students have access to current computer technology, the Internet, and are comfortable using technology to create documents, engage in online conversations and find information. You also are willing to develop new skills and problem-solve as necessary. Motivation and Shared Vision Online graduate studies take commitment. Having a clear sense of your motivation and vision is critical to weathering the challenges that graduate education will pose. Sharing that vision with those who can help you achieve these goals is essential (family, friends, co-workers). Successful online students have a clear sense of your internal motivation for pursuing your studies, and your vision is shared by a supportive community.