(Don't you just love planning for the future?) The year is 2012. Obama has been elected for a 2nd Term. Gas is $6. And BlackLabRat has enrolled in _____ to obtain a masters in _____. I need to fill in the blanks now. By the summer of 2012 I would have obtained: Education: BS in Biology from Excelsior. Graduate Certificate from MSU Professional Certifications: Certified Medical Technologist in Microbiology (AAB) Registered Microbiologist (ASM/ASCP) My professional goals are somewhat up in the air. I would like to end up at either a research facility, a state lab, or the CDC/any other federal entity. I'm trying to think of a master's that will compliment me best. A masters in public health of course would be fine. I found an online program at American Public University for around $13,500. I also saw another graduate certificate program that sparked my interest (like, 90% sure that I will pay for this program), it is in Clinical Pathology ----> Clinical Pathology Certificate - UMassOnline.net I'm thinking with my professional certifications and 2 graduate certificates my future self wouldn't need a masters. But if I could find a college that will accept the graduate credits that I already have and apply that to a masters I might go along with getting a masters in whatever. Are there any masters for less than 10K via online or DETC? I call myself looking but I might have missed something. Maybe by 2012 something new would have came out.