Why are education degrees sometimes less expensive?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Randell1234, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I have been looking at a few MEd degree and they seem like they less expensive then business degrees from the same school. For example, NCU charges:
    Master's degree tuition
    Master of Education (MEd) — $320 per credit hour.
    Master of Arts–Psychology (MAPsy) — $525 per credit hour.
    Master of Business Administration (MBA) — $525 per credit hour.

    A long time ago I was looking at Jacksonville University (when I live in Jacksonville) and they offered a MAT for something like $200 a credit and their MBA was $300 or $350 a credit. here is their breakdown now

    Part-time, Non-traditional and Graduate Students 2008-2009
    Students enrolled for 11 credit hours or less, Adult Degree and graduate programs:
    Undergraduate Tuition $795
    Adult Degree $398
    Cohort RN-BSN $164
    MA (Math) $400
    MAT $305
    MED $400
    MBA $525
    MSN $400
    Online Nursing $410

    I would assume because education instructors demand less pay because there is not a competitive market in the corporate world. Any ideas?
  2. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    My thought would be that universities charge what the market will bear. A MBA probably has more cache than a M.Ed, it definitely opens more doors than the M.Ed degree. The MBA is probably the only masters degree that broadens your job prospects as it is a generalist degree. Most masters degrees are very specialized and narrow the career fields you can/will pursue, but the MBA opens possibilities in operations, finance, marketing, etc.
  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Colleges and universities generally charge tuition differentials based on the perceived differences of the future earning capacities of holders of different degree titles.
  4. OnMyWay

    OnMyWay Grand Duchess

    That (differences in earnings) and I think they try to give teachers a break... it's a labor of love.
  5. scaredrain

    scaredrain Member

    I know that here in NC the prices are lower because due to the past K to 12 teacher and administrator shortage the legislature here did all they could to get teachers in and out of universities and licensed. Plus also during this time, many school districts were reimbursing teachers and administrators for pursuing graduate level education. Of course with the economy now this almost never happens anymore and costs are rising slightly for some education programs, so the universities can make more money.

    At the university where I currently work, they always state that since they pay certain business and medical faculty more than their humanities, social sciences, liberal studies, etc.. faculty, they have to charge more for these programs, to offset the costs. This was also standard practice at a local community college also, but only in the continuing education department, certain licensing programs and technology programs were at times 5 times higher than others.
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