Unique brother-in-law situation

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Jason9934, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. Jason9934

    Jason9934 Member

    Eight years ago my brother-in-law fell almost 40ft. He did survive, but his life was derailed. At that time he was 22 years old and 2 classes away from finishing an associates degree (regionally accredited). Today he is 30 and in the same place. HE mentioned to me wanted to get his life together and finish school. I offered my spare room and an 18month time window to finish his degree (I will be moving then.) In addition to his near AA degree (about 60 credits) he has another 15 or so credits from a regionally accredited art school. Bottom line is he needs a degree program online that: will maximize credit transfer, fairly affordable, and possibly allow him to take a few courses at a local university and transfer them in on the fly( may do him some good). A local University offers a MA in management with no BA restrictions so any degree will work. His goal is to enter said program. Thank you in advance to all responders.

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    In his case would be the Big Three for Associate or Bachelor degree. However, the local university that you mention about MA degree without Bachelor is the way to go. Because once you have Master degree, your Bachelor degree is almost worthless. Another one is Harriot-Watt University's MBA does not require undergraduate degree, but professional experiences might required.
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I don't think he was saying that the MA program doesn't require any BA at all, just that they don't care what it's in.

    (Even if that were what he meant, though, it's not true that a Bachelor's degree is worthless once a Master's is earned. It's very unusual in the U.S., so if you don't have one, employers may ask what happened.)

    I agree that your brother-in-law is a good candidate for the "Big Three". Those are three schools that allow for maximum transfer credit flexibility, including as many as 84 credits that you suggest he has. They also allow unlimited testing out of courses through tests like CLEP and DSST. These schools are Charter Oak State College in Connecticut, Excelsior College in New York, and Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.
  4. Jason9934

    Jason9934 Member

    I apologize I meant to say the MA program he wants requires a BA, but the major doesn't matter. I apologize for the confusion.
  5. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    Look at the Excelsior BS in Liberal Studies. In my opinion it is the most flexible degree in the world. The 59 units of electives can include both academic and professional courses and I suspect your 15 units in art will fall in this area.

    You can pick up an AA along the way.

    I might add I had no problem getting into two masters programs with my BSLS degree.
  6. Jason9934

    Jason9934 Member

    Thank You Ian, we are in the process of narrowing things down. Good to know your Excelsior degree has good utility.
  7. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

  8. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    I agree with this. A degree such as that from Excelsior is likely to be the best choice. In my experience, they offer the most liberal transfer policy. It is likely that a large percentage of credits will transfer.
  9. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    Why not just have your brother-in-law finish up his associates at his original community college? Surely, his CC offers online classes that would fulfill his remaining requirements. It would be cheaper for him to go this route than going with one of the Big 3 and paying extra for an associates along the way to a bachelors. In addition, I would imagine that this could be done in one semester (perhaps while taking courses toward a BS) and it might be a nice psychological boost for your brother-in-law to finish up his AA.

    In addition to the Big 3, I would have your B-I-L look into schools such as WGU, Patten University and NASU's self-paced bachelors degree. Essentially, students pay a flat rate during a set period of time (between 3-6 months depending on the school) and they have the ability to finish as many courses during this time (based upon completing assessments) and pay a flat tuition rate.
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