University of North Dakota

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by jcummings, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. jcummings

    jcummings New Member

    Any opinions on the quality of the MS in Applied Economics program at UND? It is RA and totally DL. Or would I be better off with the same degree from Georgia Southern University?

  2. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    I'm not sure that the school you select is that important. Why not perform a weighted trade study to see which program is best for you?
  3. jcummings

    jcummings New Member

    Let's put it this way...which school would you prefer to have on your resume?
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    The UND women's soccer team had a great year, far superior to Georgia Southern. So ya gotta go with the Fighting Sioux.
  5. Dr Rene

    Dr Rene Member

    The UND College of Business and Public Administration, which offers the MS in Applied Economics, is accredited by AACSB, if that matters to you. I haven’t checked if Georgia Southern is AACSB accredited.

    Just one data point
  6. jcummings

    jcummings New Member

    Georgia Southern is also RA and AACSB.
  7. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    If cost isn't a concern, don't forget about the MA in Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins.
  8. DBA_Curious

    DBA_Curious New Member

    I think the fact that UND forces you to participate in a research project through their Bureau of Business and Economic Research makes for a stronger resume. Georgia Southern doesn't have anything like that and I think that puts their program at a disadvantage relatively speaking.

    Just my $0.02
  9. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator Staff Member

    UND does in-state tuition regardless of residency on the Applied Economics program.

    For the fiscal conservative types, that is an added bonus.
  10. jcummings

    jcummings New Member

    I do not see where the MA program at JH is DL? Can you provide the link?
  11. jcummings

    jcummings New Member

    All things being equal, UND definitely seems to have the most positive points in its favor.
  12. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    Johns Hopkins MA in Applied Economics. 10 courses, 2 in residence, but you can take those two courses in a three weeknformat. It's been discussed on the forum here previously. I don't recall where on their website it is posted. I was slated to take one course there this semester, but decided to hold off until summer when I have a break from my other program.
  13. ScottM

    ScottM New Member

    AUTiger, I have browsed through the Hopkins Applied Econ MA website, but it appears to me that the program is entirely brick and mortar. I'm a bit surprised that only UND and GA Southern offer DL Econ Masters programs and Johns Hopkins would be a great addition, but do they actually have a program? Thanks.
  14. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    It looks like they have made changes to their program. From their website it states that half of their course offering is available online. It used to be 10 courses, 2 had to be done in residence. It appears that is no longer the case. If that is what has happened I'm glad I held off on taking the course I was going to take this term. Someone might want to email them and inquire. That was the one thing about their program that bothered me, the person who replied to my emails about the program was rather short with me. She didn't seem interested in helping at all. Granted, the person replying was likely in an entry-level position and I'm sure that my experience with her wasn't indicative of their entire administration.
  15. ScottM

    ScottM New Member

    I'll shoot JH an email this afternoon and let you all know what they say. In the mean time, has anyone had any further dealings with the UND, GSU, or any other DL Econ Masters program? I emailed GSU asking for some additional info several days ago, but have not received a response. I'd definitely like to find a single person who has some experience with either of these programs before enrolling.
  16. mcjon77

    mcjon77 Member

    From what I see, JHU offers 8 courses online:
    Microeconomic theory and policy
    Macroeconomic theory and policy
    Macroeconomic Forcasting
    Cost Benefit Analysis (summer)

    If one took all of those courses, they would only need to take 2 on campus courses to complete their degree. They have MANY MANY more courses available, but those 8 are the only ones available online.

    Also, I've never seen anything mentioned about one being able to take the residential course over a 3 weekend period. It seems that one would have to take them during the summer/Fall/Spring semester. You MIGHT be able to get one of those two classes knocked out via the independent research course. In any case, you are looking at either moving to the DC metro area in that time period, or commuting every week for at least 14 class sessions per course.

    Now, keep in mind that they DO NOT actually advertise this degree as being an online program. It just so happens that you can do 80-90% of your coursework online. I don't know if they have established additional residency requirements like Harvard Extension School does, but I do know that they advertise some of their biotech masters programs as being 100% online.
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  17. E L D

    E L D New Member

    Sorry for posting on an older thread but it keeps coming up in my searches on the subject. Current 100% online Masters in Economics that I've found:

    John Hopkins - MS Applied Economics
    Master of Science in Applied Economics | AAP | JHU
    Older posts debate whether it was 100% online. The core courses and all classes required for 3-4 of their specialties are now 100% online. My personal pick (given my background and goals) if it wasn't for the costs exceeding my funding.

    Purdue - MS Economics
    Curriculum for MS degree - Purdue Krannert
    Target student has a STEM or at least a quant heavy undergrad. Can chose between an advanced theory or applied business concentration.

    U of North Dakota - MS Applied Economics
    Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) | Online & Distance Education
    Thesis or Independent Project now required. Instate tuition for online students. Located in the business school and is AASCB accredited. Free to choose from a list of electives. Cheap and with the Thesis - this is the one I'm currently leaning towards.

    Georgia Southern U - MS Applied Economics
    Master of Science in Applied Economics | Finance & Economics | Georgia Southern University
    No thesis. Instate tuition for online students. Located in the business school and is AASCB accredited. Cheap and you complete 2 of the 3 specialties.

    American U - MA Economics
    Masters In Economics Degree | American University Online
    Located in Washington DC and is a Master of Arts in Economics. New to 2014 but appears to have a limited list of electives at this time.

    The above have varying GRE/Letters of Recommendation requirements but most appear to require at least 3hrs of Calculus, 3hrs of Stat, Int Macro, and Int Micro.

    Jason, MSOM
  18. jdischy

    jdischy New Member

    I am just finishing up my coursework at the U of North Dakota. I have only good things to say about the program. At times it was challenging but it was always manageable. If you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them for you.
  19. lyn_london

    lyn_london New Member

    I have a question. How are employers responding to the degree?
  20. addision

    addision Member

    At UND, did you take the distance format or were you on campus?

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