I've searched the forum and found very little addressing the average cost of a master's degree so I did a little searching. Surprisingly it's a bit difficult to find any real solid information. I have several reason for searching for this information. Most importantly (to me anyway) is that I think I may be bonkers for narrowing down my degree search to Saint Louis University MS in Biosecurity/Disaster Preparedness --> Institute for Biosecurity - Saint Louis University - About the Institute (I really like Epidemiology)and Penn State's MPS in Public Health Preparedness --> Penn State | Online Master of Homeland Security in Public Health Preparedness. The St. Louis program is $28,000 (I'm pretty sure without books), and Penn State is roughly $25,000 (also without books). You can't argue with the name recognition or quality of these programs but are they really worth it? This is the question I've been racking my brain with for several weeks now. So I decided I would search for the average cost of a master's degree and see if I'm really nuts or not. What I've found so far according to this article The next step: Real world or grad school? - Opinion/Editorial the average cost is between $28,400(public schools) to $38,700 (for private). I find this to be absurd when I know I've seen many for a lot less than that. The article lists moneywatch.com as the source but looking on that website I can't find anything that relays this information. The closest thing I found on that website says master's degrees cost between $5000 and $38,000 --> Graduate School: Should You Get Another Degree? - CBS MoneyWatch.com I guess this may be due to the different types of programs out there and how different many of them are. Plus if you add into the mix that there are some 30 hour programs and some 48 hours programs you will end up with a wide discrepancy. So I figured this might be a good place to list any sources on the average cost of a master's degree plus get your thoughts on if you think what I'm considering is too high for the ROI.