RA masters degrees that can be completed in one calendar year? Anyone?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Afterhours, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. Afterhours

    Afterhours Member

    I need to ease myself back into school. I also need a masters degree for my profession, in just about anything.

    I need it fast, which does not mean that I am looking for an easy degree. I'd prefer to work through the Summer. If the program is somewhat over one year, I might be interested.

    A masters in liberal arts is fine, as is a masters in anything in the humanities or social sciences.

    I read about Texas Christian University on this forum. That wouldn't be bad - it can be done in a year and a half. However, they can not guarantee that I'll be able to tale 16 classes in the same discipline online. If I were in Texas, if would be possible.

    I appreciate any advice.
  2. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 16, 2014

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    A master degree can be done in 12 month, you need find the program that requires only 10 courses (30 semester credits), which mostly are.
    - 3 courses in Spring 2015
    - 2 courses in Summer 2015
    - 3 courses in Fall 2015

    There are plenty of the program as such, your criteria too broad. Is there budget constraint, or you are all in with any kind of tuition? Is school reputation matter for your degree?
  4. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Having taken a master's program that extended a full 2 years, I can't comprehend the phrase "ease myself back into school" in the same question as "completed in one year." I don't know anyone else's opinion, but I think it's either-or.
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I think that Jennifer is exactly right. There will be no "easing in" if you attempt such a program. I'll will be more like "diving in." Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be discouraging. It can be done. Full-time students do it all the time. It's just that it will come as a bit of a shock and it's better to be prepared.
  6. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    I agree with Jennifer and Kizmet on this one. One does not ease-in into a full-time Masters degree program in one year. Don't get me wrong, it can be done. I say if you have the motivation, time and discipline, then by all means do it.

    Here are a few that come to mind.

    University of St. Francis in Ft. Wayne, IN. They have an MBA and a Masters in Organizational Leadership that can be completed in one year.

    Also St. Bonaventure University has an online MS program in Strategic Leadership that can be completed in one year.

    Also, Tekman is right, it would help us know what your budget is. Also another tool to help you look at programs by costs is Get Educated.
  7. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    Texas Christian University (TCU) has an online MA Liberal Arts program, that can be completed in one year.
  8. Afterhours

    Afterhours Member

    Yes. I am familiar with TCU. My only issue with them is that, online. they can not guarantee 6 three credit courses in the same discipline. That presents a problem.

    I am also open to hybrid or low residency programs.

    For me, this would be "easing my way back into school:. My ultimate goal is an MFA in creative writing. I am having a bout with writer's block. Writing anything will be helpful. It will also serve as a bridge between many years out of college, and returning to college.
    The need for letters of recommendation from professors, also presents a problem. I graduated 26 years ago. I raised my children. One is away at college, the other will go next year.

    When I am studying something that I enjoy, I find that easy. So, for me; and perhaps for others, this is a good plan.

    Thank you for suggesting Trident. I will look into it.
  9. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    I finished my 36-credit master's degree at Angelo State University in 14 months. One of my classmates finished in 12 months, but there was no easing back in for either one of us. I took two courses per 8 weeks; he took three courses in some 8-week sessions. Two courses per 8 weeks at the graduate level is considered full-time. It's actually more than the minimum to be considered full-time because 9 credits per semester is full-time; I was completing 12 credits per semester.
  10. Koolcypher

    Koolcypher Member

    Baker University offers an MLA degree that can be completed in a year, and the program offers various concentrations.

    Also my alma mater, Chatham University, offers an online Master of Professional Writing degree. This degree can be completed in 15 months. As a graduate of this program I can tell you that I'm completely satisfied with my degree. :privateeye:
  11. GoodYellowDogs

    GoodYellowDogs New Member

    I have two friends who completed a Masters at Western Governors University in two six-month semesters. They had to really work at it.

    There are several of us who are trying to do a Masters at Patten University in a year or less... time will tell :)

    Both of these programs let you work at your own pace.
  12. Afterhours

    Afterhours Member

    All good ideas. I'll look into each one. Keep them coming!
  13. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    Is the graduate degree necessary, or would a graduate certificate suffice? If you're just trying to sharpen your writing skills, a full-fledged degree may not be necessary. There are many graduate certificates available in creative writing. Some colleges will allow you to apply the credits from the certificate to a full graduate degree program if you choose to go that route later. That would allow you to ease yourself back into school without committing to a full program right off the bat.
  14. Afterhours

    Afterhours Member

    The graduate degree is necessary and it is also a personal goal.

    My writing skills are fine. My creativity is at an all time low. It's a writer thing. Please don't get too hung up on the phrase that I wished that I never uses "ease into it". I am in no way implying that any RA masters program is easy. I don't care how challenging the program is. It's not as though I am doing anything else.

    My Alma mater, Stony Brook University, has an MLA degree that can be completed through distance education. However, I don't want two degrees from the same school.

    I also want a reasonable amount of flexibility when it comes to course selection. I'd like the ability to take seven three credit classes in the same discipline. TCU can not insure that. I appreciate their honesty.
  15. GoodYellowDogs

    GoodYellowDogs New Member

    I think New Mexico (not sure which one) has a interdisciplinary Masters that looked like fun! You can do an emphasis in two or three areas.
  16. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

  17. Afterhours

    Afterhours Member

    GoodYellowDogs - which New Mexico?
  18. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

  19. Graves

    Graves Member

    I finished my master's in 16 months. You can take up to two courses per term at AMU without any special requests. You have to petition in order to take three, but I don't think it would be difficult if you showed proficient performance in earlier courses. Two terms with three courses should do the trick. Be careful about allocating time for assignments though.
  20. Afterhours

    Afterhours Member

    Thanks for your helpful answers!

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