7 Celebs Who Earned Online Degrees

Online degrees used to have a bad reputation, but with increasing popularity and flexible scheduling and convenience, online degrees have become more normal and acceptable. Because they allow people of all ages and schedules to earn degrees, even the following celebs have buckled down to earn their degrees online.

  • James Franco – James Franco is quite the college student.  Though best known for his roles in the "Spider-Man" trilogy, "127 Hours", and "Milk", Franco is also quite educated with a bachelor’s degree from UCLA, and a graduate degree from Columbia University, having taking online classes to earn his degrees. Franco is also currently enrolled at Yale University, working on a Ph.D. in English.
  • Conan O’ Brien – Conan O’Brien, best known for his late night talk show, is another celeb who managed to earn a degree online. The late night funny-man obtained a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard University through its online program.
  • Ashley Judd – Ashley Judd, who is known best for her lead roles in "Kiss the Girls", "Where the Heart Is", "High Crimes", and "Double Jeopardy", has also made a valiant effort to earn an education. The actress enrolled in Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, after earning a bachelor’s degree online in French.
  • Marcia Cross – Best known for her role on "Desperate Housewives" and the original "Melrose Place", Marcia Cross graduated from the Julliard School in New York. She later earned a master’s degree in psychology as an online student.
  • Hilary Duff – Hilary Duff is probably best known for her roles on the Disney Channel show "Lizzie McGuire", "Cheaper by the Dozen" and "A Cinderella Story", but the young actress has also had a successful clothing and perfume line, has released 3 platinum albums, and wrote her first novel in 2010. Duff also took online classes in 2005 from the Harvard Extension School to work towards earning a degree.
  • Lisa Leslie – Lisa Leslie, known for being one of the greatest female basketball players, earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California. Later, the basketball star earned her MBA online from the University of Phoenix.
  • Shaquille O’ Neil – Shaquille O’Neal is famously known for his moves on the basketball court, which he pursued after dropping out of school at Louisiana State University. O’Neal later returned to the school to earn his bachelor’s degree and later earned his master’s degree in business administration online from the University of Phoenix, according to an article posted in the Washington Post.

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