Is there an MA in History cheaper than FHSU?

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  1. Pelican

    Pelican Member

    FHSU seems to have an affordable program at $287.75/credit for on-line graduate-level study. It is unclear to me if there are additional fees in addition to that, and I'm also concerned that it is non-thesis.

    Is there anything more affordable to that? My state, NM, tends to have affordable tuition, but I couldn't find any state school with a master's in History at all on-line in the whole state.
  2. AlK11

    AlK11 Active Member

    None that I know of. I also don't remember any additional fees to the per credit price outside of the graduation and application fees.
  3. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Why does it being non-thesis bother you?
  4. Pelican

    Pelican Member

    I thought that if you do non-thesis, it is hard to do a PhD. Isn't non-thesis a terminal degree? It's unlikely I'll ever do a PhD, but wouldn't want to limit my options.
  5. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    The culminating experience, thesis or non-thesis, does not define whether the degree is terminal. Although all doctorates are terminal degrees, some master's degree are also terminal. For example, MFA, MAT, MBA, M.Eng., and so on.
  6. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    On top of this, doctoral study, particularly PhD study as professional doctorates often have a more fixed curriculum, can be very fluid. You might earn a PhD in History but most of your coursework is actually taken from a department other than history. I was recently speaking with a Cornell PhD about this. His degree was in urban planning. His coursework, however, involved very little from within the planning department and most of it was handled through the hotel school as it his thesis dealt with real estate development in city housing. You work with your advisor to structure the courses and experiences you need to get you to your research goal. It's not a "take these classes and go write this paper and get your doctorate" sort of situation.

    This degree is not going to meaningfully limit your options especially when you consider the price point. You don't even need a Masters to get into a PhD program. You can enroll with a bachelors in many of them.

    Now, I HAVE seen some programs state that their MA or MS is terminal depending upon whether you take coursework only, a thesis/capstone or, in some cases, oral exams. In practice, School A can say whatever it wants about its own degrees and how they will be treated for admission to their other programs. They have no control over what School B does with it, however.

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  8. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

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    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

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