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    mongoose65 is offline Registered User
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    HELP! Looking for low cost, RA, online masters with 8 week (or 5 week) courses!

    Trying to hit a home run with this. Looking for RA masters (prefer not MBA because too many credits required and too many pre reqs needed) in Management, Operations , Supply Chain, etc with 8 week (or 5 week even better) courses. I am not overly concerned with pedigree or name brand but must be RA. Need to advance to a state program that only accepts RA masters (any subject, especially with my resume and experience). Any info is appreciated. I am familiar with Fort Hays, Amberton, Wayne (MBA ) which are low cost but am looking for a more accelerated program and STILL low cost. I have my GMAT. Of course I'm asking for a lot, but that's the name of the game, right?! Thanks for any info you might provide. Greatly appreciated!

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    Well, Western Governors University is regionally accredited and has an MS in Management and Leadership where you could go as fast as you could handle. Might that be a good solution for you?
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    Thanks Steve. Had forgotten WGU . Ruled it out on cost a while ago but after looking at the website again, could potentially knock it out for between $10 and $13k. Not the cheapest but still very competitive.

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    WGU 's MBA doesn't have any prerequisites except for professional work experience. If you can finish the program in a year, it will only cost you $6500. Patten University is another option. They are self-paced and charge around $2,000 per 4-month term. IIRC, their only prerequisites are microeconomics and college algebra.
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    I just finished the WGU MBA in well under a term - if you can manage that, it will cost you just one term's tuition - pretty much a deal however you slice it. Have two friends that just did it in under a term as well so I'm certainly nothing special. No pre-reqs other than a resume and a bachelors degree.

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    To me this is a no brainer, University of Arkansas online master of operations management program. Only 30 credits, 8 week terms and the total cost for the program is $7,500 ($750 per course). Can be done all online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WR213 View Post
    To me this is a no brainer, University of Arkansas online master of operations management program. Only 30 credits, 8 week terms and the total cost for the program is $7,500 ($750 per course). Can be done all online.
    I liked this program a lot. Even ran out and took the GMAT for it. Still giving me grief for a "conditional admission" because my TESC degree has no GPA. Also, now up to $837.50 per course ($262.50 per credit + $50 tech fee). Still a great deal and option, no doubt, especially for the name recognition. Liking the WGU option a little better. Hard to find any decent recent reviews though. Either fanboy rants that sound fake or complete angry nightmares. For what I need though, it might make the most sense.

    Thanks everyone for the solid and insightful suggestions.

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    I reviewed my WGU MBA journey as I went through it here: a little WGU MBA review....

    I finished in early 2014, some things have changed but even with the new exams/quizzes I think 1-2 semesters should be quite doable. I spent 14 months earning mine, but took time off in the middle and deliberately held off on finishing in order to maximize my employer reimbursement.

    I considered that program at Arkansas but was turned off by the GMAT requirement. I started the Independent Studies Masters at WNMU but hated the 15 week format, WGU fixed that for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel100 View Post
    I considered that program at Arkansas but was turned off by the GMAT requirement. I started the Independent Studies Masters at WNMU but hated the 15 week format, WGU fixed that for me.

    You must be talking about the MBA . The MSOM and the MSEE do not require a GMAT nor the GRE, never had to this point. These programs are proven and reputable, hard but doable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WR213 View Post
    You must be talking about the MBA. The MSOM and the MSEE do not require a GMAT nor the GRE, never had to this point. These programs are proven and reputable, hard but doable.
    Respectfully, I had the same issue and was only interested in the MSOM. Without a GPA (2.5-3.0) a GMAT was a requirement for admission. Only reason I bothered to take it and took it cold and did well enough but by then I was turned off.

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    I finished the 'new' WGU MBA June 1st. Feel free to ask whatever questions you like. I started March 1st. I also did a BSN at WGU , so I was already familiar with the routine and that helped with the speedy finish. Total cost was $3250 plus $140ish resource fee.

    Doing it in under a term can be a little dicey unless you had the extra time I had and/or are extremely motivated, but a year would be cake IMO.

    The classes are about 1/2 tests and 1/2 papers/projects, although one of the tests is rumored to be changing to a project within the next month.

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