I'm currently attending an accredited university which provides an online BSc CIS program. Is an online degree considered lowly in compared to a traditional education, and can it affect admissions into masters programs offered abroad?
If you are seeking a BS degree from a United States accredited university through an online program, and wish to enter a Masters program with another U.S. accredited university, it should not be an issue on its own merits.
However, research universities may take a second look at your application if the online-achieved BS degree is not from another research institution. To ensure your acceptance to such a Masters program, you will want to achieve a higher grade point average than expected. It would also help if you publish any articles during you progress towards the BS.
Other non-research institutions in this scenario should not have an issue accepting you with your online-achieved BS degree, so long as you clearly demonstrate in your application you meet all their requirements for admission.
Now, even with that said, non-research universities may even accept you even if you have defficiency in required undergrad coursework. In this case, a little real-world job experience as little as 1 year can help assure them you can do the work.
In all cases, don't underestimate the application letter you submit. I would make sure it communicates you have a goal in your education and career after the Masters. And it should demonstrate you are capable to meet their requirements, and to succeed in their program. That is ultimately what they are looking for.
Firstly, let me clarify that i am a full-time B.IT (Hons) Majoring in Information Systems Engineering degree holder, currently trying for an admission for part-time MSc/MIT.
It definitely does make a difference when the degree is earned online. From the point of view of the faculty, especially if you're applying for a full-time course, is that you did not have face-to-face interaction within the learning process. Although, some online courses do include some physical classes in campus and video conferences via the web. At the end of the day, an online degree would not have included the same experiences a student has in campus running here and there to print and submit assignments etc.
But, on the other hand, it really does depend on the universities you are applying for and whether they would accept your BSc that as part of their requirements.
To me personally though, being from technical IT background, I know some people who are working hard to earn their degrees online and it definitely isn't easy juggling between studying and working as all of them work full-time. I think some universities would definitely take full credit from your BSc and allow you to enter to a related Masters program
Good luck in completing your program!