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    Online Doctorate with no residency requirements?

    I'm considering going to Walden University, as they have the abridged program through their psychology department. However, there residency requirement is the only thing that is staying my hand for final confirmation. Sadly I'd be forced into my second choice which would be NorthCentral University. Both reputable, but the latter just more costly. Has anyone found anything in their research that has any masters+ph.d/psy.d programs with no residency requirements? RA is a must, looking for reputable colleges with a mid-grade cost at most.

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    Well, you could look at Grand Canyon , they have a 100% online MA and PhD in Psychology . I'm pretty sure GCU charges less than those other two schools. Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an Emphasis in Cognition and Instruction | Grand Canyon University
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    Duh! I completely overlooked this thanks for the reference FJD!

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    Someone who chooses a doctoral program to avoid short residency periods is really missing out. Not only does it narrow your choices to a few just-okay options, you also miss out on fantastic learning experiences and opportunities to connect to a community of scholars that you just don't get from your living room. I've done it both ways and I feel the residencies are a terrific element.

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    With a child on the way (in March) and a wedding to plan (May), I will not be able to do the residency requirements. Neither financially nor time-wise. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgarretson View Post
    I'm considering going to Walden University, as they have the abridged program through their psychology department. However, there residency requirement is the only thing that is staying my hand for final confirmation. Sadly I'd be forced into my second choice which would be NorthCentral University. Both reputable, but the latter just more costly. Has anyone found anything in their research that has any masters+ph.d/psy.d programs with no residency requirements? RA is a must, looking for reputable colleges with a mid-grade cost at most.

    Thanks in advance
    We need more information. What is the purpose of the doctorate? Licensing? Teaching ? just personal development?
    Many people just want a doctorate because they are available and don't want to miss out but there must be a goal otherwise might not make much sense.

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    cgarretson..I work for NCU. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Sadly, we don't offer a bridge program or a PSY-D. Hopefully it is in our future plans. This is the first time I've heard that Walden is cheaper then NCU? I've heard that their PHD programs are up in the 70-75g's range? I could be mistaken

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    Purpose: Personal development; i've always wanted the distinction among my peers,and I currently have the time to pursue it as well see as they are readily available online. Leg up; I figured regardless of the career or even part-time job I seek would give me an edge over someone else in the same position. Career possibilities: working in upper management, teaching in a university setting or even community college. I've always had a passion for instructing others and helping others understand complex ideas that will better them for their future.

    @managerial0500 I've always heard of people complaining of NCU's tuition costs for their doctorate programs in the long run. Not doggin on you or your university, but word of mouth usually from first hand experienced students holds stronger than someone who promotes it for possible profit gain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgarretson View Post

    @managerial0500 I've always heard of people complaining of NCU's tuition costs for their doctorate programs in the long run. Not doggin on you or your university, but word of mouth usually from first hand experienced students holds stronger than someone who promotes it for possible profit gain.
    Why don't you check the prices yourself? NCU prices have gone up quite a bit over the past few years but I still think it is cheaper then Walden. Again, do not count on anyone posting info on an internet forum when you can find the answers for yourself from the source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgarretson View Post
    With a child on the way (in March) and a wedding to plan (May), I will not be able to do the residency requirements. Neither financially nor time-wise. :/
    I travelled up to 80% of the month staying in hotels, residencies were never an option for me either. I went with NCU since it was only one of the two PhDs offered completely online in 2004.

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    Quote Originally Posted by managerial0550 View Post
    cgarretson..I work for NCU. Let me know if I can answer any questions for you. Sadly, we don't offer a bridge program or a PSY-D. Hopefully it is in our future plans. This is the first time I've heard that Walden is cheaper then NCU? I've heard that their PHD programs are up in the 70-75g's range? I could be mistaken
    Generally speaking, how much is NCU?
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    Based on some rough numbers; Walden = 84k for masters+ph.d, NCU = 64k for masters+ph.d This is not based on credit transfers from masters to ph.d and taken at the higher ends of the ranges for credit completion

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgarretson View Post
    Purpose: Personal development; i've always wanted the distinction among my peers,and I currently have the time to pursue it as well see as they are readily available online. Leg up; I figured regardless of the career or even part-time job I seek would give me an edge over someone else in the same position. Career possibilities: working in upper management, teaching in a university setting or even community college. I've always had a passion for instructing others and helping others understand complex ideas that will better them for their future.

    @managerial0500 I've always heard of people complaining of NCU's tuition costs for their doctorate programs in the long run. Not doggin on you or your university, but word of mouth usually from first hand experienced students holds stronger than someone who promotes it for possible profit gain.
    I'm not on here to promote my school or anything like that. I just offer any info anyone needs. Yes NCU's doctorate/phd prices are not as competitive in general but when u add in residency costs + NCU not having any technology fees or any other "fees" that most schools have, I think NCU just stands out. Where I think NCU really has a leg up against the other major for profit schools, is our masters program where the MBA is currently at $19k total and the MED is at $15K.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DxD=D^2 View Post
    Generally speaking, how much is NCU?
    What program are you looking for prices on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgarretson View Post
    Based on some rough numbers; Walden = 84k for masters+ph.d, NCU = 64k for masters+ph.d This is not based on credit transfers from masters to ph.d and taken at the higher ends of the ranges for credit completion
    I transferred in the max credits and completed my PhD from NCU for about $25K. I guess I got the deal of the year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cgarretson View Post
    Purpose: Personal development; i've always wanted the distinction among my peers,and I currently have the time to pursue it as well see as they are readily available online. Leg up; I figured regardless of the career or even part-time job I seek would give me an edge over someone else in the same position. Career possibilities: working in upper management, teaching in a university setting or even community college. I've always had a passion for instructing others and helping others understand complex ideas that will better them for their future.

    @managerial0500 I've always heard of people complaining of NCU's tuition costs for their doctorate programs in the long run. Not doggin on you or your university, but word of mouth usually from first hand experienced students holds stronger than someone who promotes it for possible profit gain.
    Between NCU and Walden, I would chose Walden for few reasons. Walden has a good record of graduates working in Academia. Just google PhD Walden and you will find many graduated working as full time academics. This shows a good acceptability of this degree in the academic setting.

    There are some residency requirements with Walden but this actually gives credibility to your degree as it shows that Walden is interested in making sure that students meet with faculty in order to make sure that you succeed with your education .

    In Psychology , Saybrooke has also good reputation for its distance programs. Check this school too
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