Most expensive distance learning degrees?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by ChiSquare, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. ChiSquare

    ChiSquare New Member

    There is so many topics on cheapest distance learning degrees, so we obviously need a topic on most expensive degrees.

    The most expensive I know is Duke University Global Executive MBA at $140,900 with 5 residencies.

    But which is the most expensive distance degree with no residencies?
  2. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    Not sure they would be the most expensive, but Johns Hopkins offers two degrees that can be done entirely via distance, a masters in communications and a masters in applied economics. Both programs are 10 courses and the classes are about $2200 each. So roughly $22k + books and fees with no residencies. I'm sure some programs cost more, but per course I think Hopkins could easily be the leader.
  3. ChiSquare

    ChiSquare New Member

    It is not even close: Texas A&M DL masters in petroleum engineering, 12 courses at $3,838.49 (Out-of-State and International), about 46k $ for the entire program.

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  4. ChiSquare

    ChiSquare New Member

  5. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Geez, this has got to be a cash cow for these universities. It's probably cash they legitimately need, but knowing that online classes do not cost much to implement sure makes it seem like a rip off.
  6. mark74

    mark74 New Member


    I looked around Johns Hopkins website for the applied economic program and I can't see where it says that you can do it online. I don't doubt you, but did you see it written somewhere? I just want to be sure before I add it to my potential next degrees list. :)

    I have been looking at too many expensive schools, because 22K actually seems reasonable to me.! :)

  7. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Columbia University, MS engineering degrees via CVN. Delivered online, no residency.

    Requires 30 credits, taken as ten 3-credit courses. Tuition is $1372 per credit (= $41,160 for 30 credits) plus $375 per course (=$3,750 for 10 courses), or $44,910.
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  8. mark74

    mark74 New Member

    A MS in Information Technology Management from Carnegie Mellon appears to be $56160 + fees if I understand the pricing structure correctly (144 units at $390/unit). I don't see any mention of a residency. I believe that is one of the most IT degrees.
  9. mark74

    mark74 New Member

    Stanford's online MS in Computer Science tuition is $1310/unit for 45 units or $58950 total tuition.
  10. okydd

    okydd New Member

    Royal Road U. in Canada DocSocSci 7 courses for U$70,000 plus
  11. mcjon77

    mcjon77 Member

    The Johns Hopkins Applied Econ program does not explicitly say that it is an online program. However, one can take the majority of their classes online, including all 5 required courses, and 3 out of 5 electives. End the end, unless they add additional online courses, one would have to take at least 2 courses on campus. Theoretically, this could be completed in a summer, if one attends full time. They also have an "independent research" course that you might be able to use for one or two of those courses.

    One thing to note. The courses are 2,875 per course, not $2,200. With graduation and registration fees, this is easily a $30K degree.
  12. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    The Royal Roads University's DSocSci degree is certainly expensive, but it does not qualify as a no-residency program, since it in fact involves six or seven weeks in residence:

  13. mark74

    mark74 New Member

    Thanks, mcjon. Having to take two courses on campus would probably rule it out for me. Johns Hopkins seems to continue to convert programs to be fully online (in engineering), so I would not be surprised if this one is 100% at some point also.
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  15. Michelle

    Michelle New Member

    I wish the Johns Hopkins degrees were less expensive because their MA in Communication looks like a fantastic program for my interests. Plus, I started out at JHU about 20 years ago, so it would be cool to actually earn a degree from there.
  16. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    Thank you for the clarification, you're actually the person who informed me of this program in a previous thread.

    I did a little research and it appears JHU offers some courses in a 3 week format during the summer and January terms. I know it's a lot of time, but that might make the program doable for some not living in the DC area.

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