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The 5 Most Affordable Masters And Doctorate Career Tracks

The 5 Most Affordable Masters And Doctorate Career Tracks
An advanced degree at the Masters or Doctorate level opens up career opportunities and higher earning potential that is otherwise closed off to those with a Bachelor’s degree or less. But if you are a working professional, for example, in the medical field with a family to support, choosing to go back to school again to complete your msn nursing degree can seem like an expensive decision. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of advancing your education against the cost.

There are affordable Masters and Doctorate degree programs available around the country. State colleges are likely to be the most affordable options. The cheapest and most convenient options will be online and night/weekend programs at local colleges that are well known in the community.

Here are 5 of the most affordable Masters and Doctorate degrees.

Kutztown University

Kutztown University is a public institution located in Kutztown Pennsylvania. The large campus is surrounded by a rural environment. Despite its rural location, Kutztown University is close to major cities such as Allentown, Reading and Philadelphia. The college offers 28 graduate degree programs in subjects such as business, public affairs, education, computer science, counseling, English and instructional technology. A post bachelorette initial teacher certification is also available for those entering the teaching field. The university is reasonably priced for Pennsylvania residents and nonresidents. The cost for a graduate degree education for Pennsylvania residents is $15,200 and nonresidents of Pennsylvania pay $22,600.

University of Washington

The University of Washington operates three campus locations in the state of Washington – Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma. The school offers 346 graduate degree programs. Resident costs run around $22,000. Nonresidents pay $34,000. Masters and doctorate degrees are offered in several medical fields such as dentistry and nursing. There are a variety of graduate degree specializations in business, sciences, and education. There are strong job markets in the cities that have campuses, which make it an even more attractive option for graduate education.

Ashford University

Ashford University, located in Iowa, offers graduate degrees in online formats. “U.S. News & World Report” reported is as one of the best colleges in 2010 with tuition costs that are 20 to 50 percent below the national average. Ashford also allows a higher number of credits to transfer in than the standard 75 credits accepted by most other institutions, which can drive down the cost of undergraduate and graduate education. The college is progressive in adopting online education. Ashford offers graduate studies in business, public administration, teaching, health care administration and organizational management. The cost of a master’s degree is around $15,000.

State University College at Purchase (SUNY – Purchase)

SUNY – Purchase is one of 64 campuses that are connected to the State University of New York. Purchase is located in a suburban area of New York but is less than an hour’s drive to New York City. This can greatly benefit students who want to go into the city for networking or internships, but want to reduce the cost of their education. Graduate degrees are offered in many arts programs such as dance, art history, music, theatre, and visual arts. Full time yearly tuition for graduates that are New York residents runs around $9,000. Nonresidents pay approximately $15,000 per year.

Ohio State University

Ohio State University is one of the largest colleges in the United States. Masters and Doctorate programs are available in over 150 disciplines such as health sciences, arts, business, and several scientific disciplines such as biochemistry, biophysics, anatomy, and molecular genetics. Ohio residents benefit most from instate tuition of only $12,000 per year. Nonresidents pay approximately $30,000 per year.

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Dick Baker is a career counselor and guest author at Top Counseling Schools, where he contributed to the guide to the Most Affordable Online Master’s in Counseling Programs.


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