With huge student loans looming for people who have just completed their first bachelor’s degrees -or second, it’s no wonder there is an increasing interest in cheap master’s degrees. After all, more education equals more job opportunity right? Sure. But in many cases, and depending on the field, a BA is fine. Sometimes even a certificate is sufficient. It really depends on what you want to do. Check with bls.gov to find out what the educational requirements are for your dream job. You might not need as much school as you think, but if you do, listed below are a few inexpensive online master’s programs from regionally accredited colleges.
Fort Hays State University: Okay, this was my undergraduate school. I cannot lie. I will endorse them for years to come. But part of the reason I picked them is because they have multiple online programs, as well as low-cost tuition. Their master’s programs boast a mere $241.35 per credit hour for online students, and you don’t have to be a Kansas resident! The only downside is that some departments are competitive, and a bad GRE score might limit your chances of being accepted. (I speak from experience.)
Amberton University: Based in Garland, Texas, Amberton University is a great low-cost alternative for mature students who are not looking to load up on student debt. Though a regionally accredited school, this Christian college does not participate in federal need-based loans or grants. This might seem like bad news for some, but at $235 per graduate credit hour, it’s a great option. Once again, you do not have to be a resident to get a low-cost quality education from Amberton University. And guess what -they don’t care about your GRE scores! Score for Amberton, but don’t take that as an easy master’s alternative. I hear they run a tight ship.
Western New Mexico University: WNMU offers an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies and includes several concentrations such as writing, psychology, criminal justice, social work, education…the list goes on. You can opt for two concentrations or three. For resident and non-resident graduates, the price for six credits this fall (2012) is $1381.68. This includes technology fees, and breaks down to approximately $230 per credit hour. This is a sure win for those who prefer multiple fields of study. As for the GRE, if you graduated with a good GPA, there’s little to worry about.
This is a short list, and there are many more inexpensive master’s degree programs online. Shop around. Don’t limit yourself to your state, but be aware of different state requirements for specific occupations. And remember, just because a school says they are accredited, does not mean they are accredited by an agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education. Don’t be scammed looking for cheap online education.