The bottom line is, yes, online degrees are given less value by most employers. That said, there are things to consider. First, a degree is typically better than no degree. If an online degree is the only cost or time effective solution, don't let the fact that it's online deter you. Second, the prestige of the institution is a big factor. Many employers will respect an online degree more if it comes from a prestigious public or private institution that also has campus enrollment. Finally, you may be the only person to know it was online. Many top tier institutions are now offering distance education degrees, and most don't specify on the diploma what type of degree it is. So, search for your options. If you can find a top state institution that offers distance education and awards the degree in the same way they would an on-campus student, go for it. If possible, avoid the online only institutions. For any institution, check their accrediting organization to make sure the college or university is accredited and among respected peers.