I Need A Masters Degree FAST

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Qwerty56, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. Qwerty56

    Qwerty56 New Member

    I have a dilemma. My job is now rewarding people based on their degree level. I'm looking for a cheap, fast, online Master's Degree. The field does not matter. I prefer accredited schools only. HELP!
  2. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Does the accreditation type matter, i.e. regional or national?
  3. nyvrem

    nyvrem Active Member

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  4. nosborne48

    nosborne48 Well-Known Member

    Wow...The quickest legitimate master's degrees I know of take a bare minimum of a year. Mine amounted to just 24 semester hours with no thesis or project yet taken by D/L I just got in under the three year time limit for completion. It was BY FAR the most challenging academic goal I've ever undertaken. I don't think "fast" is an option.
  5. Jan

    Jan Member

    What do you mean that it doesn't matter what the field of the Master's Degree focuses on? IF you enter ANY Master's Degree program and then determine that you don't have ANY or low interest or passion for the study material, the probability of completing the degree program, no matter how cheap or fast it is, is very low! This is especially so for online degree programs that require a great deal of self-discipline due to the fact that you will primarily be completing the coursework independently.

    If you have carte blanche, and can take any Master's Degree program, instead of panicking and looking for fast and cheap, you may wish to initially determine what field of study interests you and THEN perform a search for graduate programs that meet your financial and time requirements to complete the degree program.
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  6. Qwerty56

    Qwerty56 New Member

    I prefer RA.
  7. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    Very few masters degrees are 30 credits long (that seems to be the shortest). Most seem to be about 36 credits in duration (and some are up to 45+). Today, there are sooooo many RA online options available. It's remarkable.
  8. Qwerty56

    Qwerty56 New Member

    I was not going to address your pretentious and unhelpful reply, but then I realized that there might be others like you that do not recognize that external factors drive some people; even if unrelated to the task at hand. I appreciate your concern. However, my motivation for completing my classes is the fact that my job description would not change, but my salary would increase significantly. While education is a passion for some, it is a necessity for the few like myself to continue our passion with a few more bucks in the bank. So, no. It does not matter if I have to take five classes on monkey poop flinging and six classes on the components of toe jam as long as it results in a conferred Master Degree.
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  9. Jan

    Jan Member

    Pretentious not, but very realistic. I definitely understand the need and desire to make more money. However, I am also aware that IF one does not look before they leap into ANY online graduate degree program for which they have no interest or passion, other than being fast and cheap, the likelihood of completing the degree program is not good and the dropout rate is high!

    In fact, even the dropout rate for individuals who possess interest and passion in specific online graduate programs is relatively high, especially in many online doctoral programs.

    I was merely providing you with some food for thought, NOT questioning your motive (earning more money) for seeking an online Master's Degree.
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  10. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    Jan has made a good point. There are a significant number of students who do not complete their grad degrees. Ever. It's reasonable to assume that an even larger percentage do not complete their programs FAST. There are a few 1 year MBA programs around but I believe that these are full-time (quit your job) type programs. There are others in a variety of fields that might be completed in 18-24 months while working a full-time job. If you'd say something about the field you're in then perhaps we could narrow the field a bit.

  11. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    Ah, I remember the good old days when Jan did, in fact, specialize in pretentious and unhelpful replies. But eventually she became one of us, which is more than we can say for Qwerty56, who signed onto this forum a full year ago. (Happy anniversary, Qwerty.)

    Yet in the course of a full year, Qwerty has learned nothing about how do do his or her own research, has not learned the principle that there is no such thing as the “quick-cheap-easy” combination leading to a legitimate degree at any level.

    Qwerty has given us no indication of what he or she even considers to be “quick.” When someone inquires about a master’s or any other degree and does not provide an indication of how fast one is looking to earn it, the nature of his or her occupation, and a subject in which one is interested in pursuing a degree, that person is a rank amateur who will never earn such a degree – especially when he or has had a full year to explore this forum.

    So my suggestion is that, since you’re sleazy enough to take the low road in this thread, you do, in fact, pursue whatever master’s you can find in monkey poop flinging and the components of toe jam. They might be the only things you have the mental capacity to pursue.
  12. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    LOL :)

    Here are some 30 credit online RA masters degrees:

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  13. Jan

    Jan Member

    Me again,

    In this case, I believe your good intentions providing potential Master's Degree programs for tbe OP's consideration are for nought.

    Anyone who states that they are seeking a FAST and CHEAP graduate degree program, without specifying ANY subject area of interest, raises questions as to their actual level of motivation, tenacity and self-discipline to complete ANY degree program, cheap, fast or otherwise.

    In fact, the impression is that the OP's criteria for a Master's Degree can only be met by acquiring an unaccredited graduate degree!
  14. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    There are many jobs that pay more, simply for having a certain level of education, especially in the government sector. For example, here are the incremental educational pay-steps at the Houston Police Department:
    • Bachelor’s Degree $3,640
    • Master’s Degree $6,240
    • Doctorate Degree $8,840
    Some people just want the degree for the money. Teachers are another classic example of government employees who get paid significantly more, simply for having more degrees. They pursue higher education for the money -- and not for anything else. Qwerty56 may be a reflection of this economic endeavor. Money is money. $$$
  15. Jan

    Jan Member

    Me again,

    Yes, there are good reasons for pursuing additional degrees, such as for monetary increases, promotional opportunities and other career related incentives. However, the advanced degrees sought by such individuals are related to their profession NOT ANY degree that is cheap and fast!

    So it's not a matter of the OP wishing to earn more money, because many of us are driven by similar motives. However, it's his demanding ANY degree program, not one specifically associated with his profession, that does not require any effort (fast) and costs practically nothing!. In short, is the OP seriously seeking a "real" graduate degree or a fantasy?
  16. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    He says he only wants an accredited degree.

    Some employers will pay for any degree in any field, while other employers will only pay for specific degrees that are job related. It varies.
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  17. Jan

    Jan Member

    Me Again,

    There is no such thing as a FAST regionally accredited graduate degree, because it appears what the OP means by the term FAST is easy, little expendure of effort, time or work! In this regard, the OP will not find a regionally accredited graduate degree that meets this "criteria"!

    As far as his use of the term CHEAP, is he talking about $100 a credit or less?

    Yes, SOME employers may pay for any degree in any field, but the majority require an advanced degree to be related to the profession one is engaged in, such as in the example you provded, teaching, for pay increases and promotional opportunities.
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  18. bceagles

    bceagles Member

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  19. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    Not cheap but accelerated.

    My wife completed a masters degree at National University in California.
    The one class a month format. worked well for her.
    She got a better paying job after the graduation, so she paid off student loans fast, the degree paid for itself eventually.

    But it's not cheap.
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  20. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    They would be if they could, but it seems that Middle States and NEASC have their limits.

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