Lowest Cost PHD/DBA

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by matt, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. matt

    matt Member

    I'm currently 1/2 way through completing my MBA. I'm exploring into PhD/DBA programs, including PhDs in organizational behavior. I'm not interested in becoming a professor or teach full time in a college. Just want to attain this terminal degree as a personal life achievement. And yes, it would be good to have it as an academic credential as a professional in the business world, even though I know that an MBA is more than sufficient in that respect.

    Can you tell me:
    1) What is the lowest/most affordable cost US-based Phd/DBA? Quality of program is important as I don't want a low-cost but poor quality program.
    2) What is the most "do-able" PhD/DBA program? "Do-able" as in something you can achieve on a full-time work schedule and not kill yourself trying to do it, i.e. a 1-class per session program would be ideal.

  2. back2cali

    back2cali New Member

    If a State licensed Doctorate degree would suffice, you could look into Breyer State University

    I completed a DBA with them for personal achievement and enjoyed it.
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Matt said, "I don't want a low-cost but poor quality program." That would definitely include that infamous degree mill you keep shilling. :rolleyes:

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  4. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    Are you serious?
  5. matt

    matt Member

    Hi SteveFoester:
    If you mean UoP, I don't think they're that cheap at all. Or maybe I have misunderstood what you mean. :)

  6. matt

    matt Member

    I definitely would want the DBA/PhD to be RA. If I am to work hard to get the degree, I want it to be RA.

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  7. matt

    matt Member

    NorthCentral Univ

    What do you guys think of NorthCentral Univ? Is it lousy or good value for the money?
  8. Shawn Ambrose

    Shawn Ambrose New Member

    Steve's post is directed to Back2Cali - who "earned a degree" from Breyer State University.


  9. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    There are no so many online DBA or PhD programs in the US. From the ones available, Northcentral is one of the most affordable. It is RA and although you might not want to teach now, it will keep the door open for future academic employment at least as adjunct.

    You also have Touro International that is not as expensive as other schools. The expensive schools are Capella, Nova, Walden and Argosy.
  10. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    I have seen many good reviews about the school and although not Harvard, it is perhaps one of the few affordable RA options available. It is not the type of school you would consider for full time academic employment but good enough for adjunct work.

    The positive comments include good faculty, lot of options for specializations, and excellent service. The negative comments that I have read is that the quality of work required is substandard compared with other schools but you cannot ask high academics to part time working professionals.

    You have also the foreign options. Credible schools exist in the UK, Australia and South Africa. The pros are price and credibility, the cons are that many are demanding and directed to academics and not part time working professionals. In the UK and Australia the DBA is mainly for working professionals; however, it is not respected among academics in these countries to be a credential for full time academic employment.
  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I expect that of the countries you listed, only South African schools would be less expensive than NorthCentral.

  12. basrsu

    basrsu Member

    I don't think this post is serious...certainly intended as a joke.

    If a State licensed Doctorate degree would suffice, you could look into Breyer State University

  13. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    If you purchase an expensive computer and a high quality printer, and print your own degree diploma is way cheaper than obtaining a degree from Breyer State University. As the same time it is faster and has the same qualities.
  14. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator

    Look at his previous posts. They are very pro-Breyer State "University".
  15. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Some Australian schools as Charles Sturt have similar prices as NorthCentral. However, some feel that NCU would be a better option only because it would raise less eye brows being local.
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  16. PatsFan

    PatsFan New Member

  17. matt

    matt Member

  18. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Three years of coursework with three terms per year, with the current tuition rate being $4,425 per term means Eastern costs about forty grand before even getting to the dissertation phase. That's getting close in cost to UMUC's Doctor of Management program. Isn't NCU a lot cheaper than that?

  19. matt

    matt Member

    Thanks for the info on UMUC. I didn't know they had a program too. Naturally of course NCU seems to be the cheapest/most affordable thus far compared to all the others. NCU also seems to be quite flexible in their program, thus making it 'easier' on a person who is working full-time.

  20. cumpa

    cumpa New Member

    It's not a DBA but Valdosta State has a DPA that is dirt cheap. Myself and several others from this board are currently enrolled. It's about 127 per credit hour. It doesn't get any cheaper than that. VSU is also a bricks and mortar regional accredited NASPAA accredited school. If the public side has any appeal at all to you this is definitely worth looking into.

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