Survey Ranks Top 25 Best Buys Online Engineering Degrees
The survey of 56 distance learning masterâ€™s revealed online learners should be prepared to pay as little as $5,280 or as much as $67,500. â€œShopping around for an online degree is increasingly the best form of college financial aid,â€ comments GetEducated.comâ€™s CEO and Chief Analyst, Vicky Phillips.
Premiering at the number one spot this year is North Carolina State University (North Carolina) with a modest cost of $5,280 for an online Master of Engineering or Master of Civil Engineering for state residents. Out-of-staters will pay significantly more ($20,000) for the same degree.
Californiaâ€™s State University Dominguez Hills snagged the #2 spot for affordability with a $5,500 Masterâ€™s in Quality Assurance for applicants nationwide. Master of Science Engineering degrees from Mississippi State ranked #3 ($6,848-$8,217).
The nationwide survey, the only of its kind, identified several trends in higher education pricing that directly impact consumers as they go online to earn masterâ€™s or doctorate degrees.
Twenty-four of the twenty-five Best Buys come from publicly funded universities
Capitol College (Maryland) (#15) is the only private college that made the Best Buy list.
More public universities are offering their degrees online at low in-state tuition rates regardless of the applicantâ€™s state of residency.
Example: Eastern Michigan University (#10) allows any student nationwide to earn a masterâ€™s for just over $10,000. The University of Wisconsin Platteville (#20) offers a flat rate tuition that results in a very affordable price tag of just over $15,000.
Name-brand public colleges that made the Top 25 Best Buy list included: California State University Long Beach (#14), California State University Dominguez Hillls (#2), Oklahoma State University (#5), The University of Tennessee (#7), Boise State University (#11), The University of Illinois Chicago (#22), and the University of Wisconsin Platteville (#20), among others.
The top three ranked most expensive distance learning masterâ€™s in engineering were, in order: (1) Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($67,500); (2) Stanford University; and (3) Carnegie Mellon ($42,336).
The complete list of the Top 25 Ranked Best Buys in Online Engineering Degrees can be accessed at http://www.geteducated.com/articles/top25bestbuyengdegreeonline.htm
Complete details of the 56 graduate engineering programs surveyed for the 2005 Best Buy list are available inside the clearinghouseâ€™s free downloadable ebook, GetEducated.comâ€™s Best Distance Learning Graduate Schools, Technology 2005. This free consumer-oriented publication profiles more than 90 online grad school options (USA) in computer science, engineering, and allied technology areas. Download the free ebook at: http://www.geteducated.com/bdlgs_tech.htm
Founded in 1989, GetEducated.com, LLC is the safest place in cyberspace to shop for your online degree â„¢. In a nationwide campaign against online diploma mills, the clearinghouse accepts neither advertising nor listings from unaccredited online colleges or from colleges â€œaccreditedâ€ by bogus agencies. The clearinghouse operates the Diploma Mill Police, (SM), a free online degree accreditation verification service designed to protect online degree seekers from fraud, and publishes a series of free downloadable guidebooks to online colleges.
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