Cheapest online Doctorate program in America

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by anngriffin777, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. anngriffin777

    anngriffin777 New Member

    Riddle me this? Who has it?

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I could not recall, but I think the cheapest is Aspen University's Doctorates.
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Any one that comes with an assistantship!
  4. Delta

    Delta Active Member

    Salt Lake Baptist College has a Th.D. for free! :eek:uttahere:

    Pass that on to Johann.
  5. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Valdosta State University's eTuition rate is $285 per credit hour.
  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Kinkos. Fast, too.

    The clue bird should be along shortly. Wait for it.
  7. Delta

    Delta Active Member

    Have a nice vacation? Welcome back! :cool:
  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Johann already knows. And what follows has nothing to do with SLBC. - just a general caveat about "free" religious schools.

    Appears that school existed on "love offerings." The mimimum "love offering" for a "doctorate" was somewhere over $2,000 IIRC. And they didn't always deliver, it would seem, from the complaints.


  9. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome back Rich - you have been missed
  10. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Thanks, but I have to get back to dealing with that issue of mine. See you in the Spring, maybe. Bye!
  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    If a DETC-accredited school will suffice -- and I'm not looking for an argument - there's W.H. Taft U. That school offers an Ed.D. or a DBA at basically the same price. Tuition is monthly - $420 - and if you can complete the degree in the minimum allowed (27 months) it's a steal - IF, as I said, DETC works for you.

    Done in 27 months, it works out to $11,320 in tuition and about another $1,000 in fees, mostly dissertation-related.

    (If it takes you 48 months - it's not such a bargain. Tuition of $41,160 plus fees - $42k + in total.)

    Holy cow! A speed-doctorate! :smile: That almost sounds like something from "Breaking Bad."

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  12. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    BTW - that minimum from Taft, $11,000+ is not much more than half Aspen U.'s fee -though Aspen charges by the credit-hour and with them, you don't have to cram your whole Doctoral experience into 27 super-compressed months!

    Aspen U., mentioned by TEKMAN earlier, is another DETC school - and one I respect. One of the founders of its predecessor school (ISIM U.) is someone I look up to - Michael Milken. That said, a lot has happened to Aspen's tuition. A few years ago, for a while, a Doctorate could be earned there for about $7,000 in tuition. Now it's about $20,000. Oh, well...

  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Oops. My Bad. Big math error! Doubled by mistake. If you complete the Taft degree in 48 months it should costs around $22,000 including fees.

  14. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    The regionally accredited Valdosta State University comfortably beats out those two DETC schools. The only thing is that you have to spend money on traveling to the campus.
  15. Pugbelly2

    Pugbelly2 Member

    Apollos (DETC) is just about $13,000 (DBA)
    Tennessee Temple (TRACS) is about $18,000 (PhD)
    Johnson University (RA) is about $24,000 (PhD)
  16. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Yes - if you consider that the Taft or Aspen degrees, both non-RA, cost $20,000 or so if done in a reasonable time frame. I couldn't find exact details on the site in a hurry, but I'm assuming around 60 credit-hours of study at your stated $285 per, Sanantone. That's just over $17,000. I wouldn't doubt there are some dissertation-related fees that could increase that a bit - but it still appears to be great value for an RA doctorate.

    However, the Ed.D. programs do not show as online degrees in the University's website, although quite a few other non-doctoral graduate degrees are available online from Valdosta State. So - if we're looking for the "cheapest online doctorate" as the enquiry states - unfortunately, I don't think this one fits the category, despite its high value.

  17. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    The Doctor of Public Administration, which has been talked about a lot on this forum, is online. At least one of the members here completed it. It is 54 credit hours and allows up to 15 transfer credits as long as they are at the graduate level and weren't used for a previous degree. Their Ed.D in Leadership is also online.

    Just click on the "Doctoral Degrees" bubble.
    Online Programs at VSU - Valdosta State University

    If you need further proof.
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  18. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    No, thanks. You have thoroughly proven me wrong, yet again -- and I'm glad you have! These look like great opportunities. Well done! :smile:

  19. RAM PhD

    RAM PhD Member

    :lol: :lol: :lol:
  20. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Not the cheapest, but reasonable. I've known people who have liked their experiences here, including one grad who returned to earn his doctorate. California Coast University (DETC) has three Ed.D distance programs - Ed. Psych, Administration and Leadership - around 62 credits at $290 per hour, so about $18,000. I don't know if there's any provision for grad. credits earned elsewhere, as Valdosta State U. offers.

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