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Online grad schools, cheapest option, no GRE
#1
hi all you helpful folks. i wanted to post this question because the search results did not turn up exactly what i was looking for.

I am a really bad test taker. I am considering my career path right now. I should be done with my TESU BSBA in CIS in less than 12 months. 

after that i am considering my options.

I really want to go to grad school but i don't want to take on a ton of debt and i have no idea how i will be able to pay for it. 

so i am hoping i can get a (probably very short) list of the grad schools with the cheapest tuition, that also don't require the GRE or GMAT. my hope is that i can continue working while doing my grad school coursework. i don't have a partner or anyone who i can split the bills with, so stopping work to go to school is out of the question.

the particular master's degree is up for debate. I am open minded to anything, really. getting an advanced degree has just been a pipe dream of mine for years.

if anyone can help out that would be great, thanks everyone!
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#2
There are lots of choices, but I know WGU is a good inexpensive option.
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#3
If you can blast through a WGU degree in a single term, it's only $4k. Arkansas State is only 9k for a variety of online master's. No GRE. I'll give you some advice the board gave me. See if your Bachelor's leads to a job where they give you tuition reimbursement. If so, go wherever you want on the company dime.
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(05-26-2019, 12:23 PM)elbebopkid Wrote: If you can blast through a WGU degree in a single term, it's only $4k. Arkansas State is only 9k for a variety of online master's. No GRE. I'll give you some advice the board gave me. See if your Bachelor's leads to a job where they give you tuition reimbursement. If so, go wherever you want on the company dime.

i would love to work somewhere that has tuition reimbursement. but it seems like most of the places i've seen only allow you to apply for it once you have worked there for one year; they only pay for a small amount; and you are required to work there for X  number of years after finishing the degree, or else you must pay back what they put towards it. 

where are these magical jobs that give people full rides to grad school?!
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#5
https://www.waldenu.edu/financial-aid/li...me-savings

Walden University has some good deals on master's degrees. For example, Walden offers the first term tuition free for several of its competency-based programs. I did this for the MS in Early Childhood Studies and finished half of the overall program for free. Then, I applied for and received a stoppage until the summer. I am a teacher and I could finish the program in a second term for $1800. I am not sure if I want to do that. Now, I have been an English teacher for 20 years and I can write quickly. One person did complete the early childhood master's and was very happy with the whole thing. Several people have tried the MBA.

Really, $1800 or $3600 for a regionally-accredited master's degree is great. It is for-profit and it would require massive dedication to do it all in two terms. By dedication, I mean that a person really should only work and come home to work on the classes. However, this a path for some people.
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(05-26-2019, 05:42 PM)saraholson Wrote:
(05-26-2019, 12:23 PM)elbebopkid Wrote: If you can blast through a WGU degree in a single term, it's only $4k. Arkansas State is only 9k for a variety of online master's. No GRE. I'll give you some advice the board gave me. See if your Bachelor's leads to a job where they give you tuition reimbursement. If so, go wherever you want on the company dime.

i would love to work somewhere that has tuition reimbursement. but it seems like most of the places i've seen only allow you to apply for it once you have worked there for one year; they only pay for a small amount; and you are required to work there for X  number of years after finishing the degree, or else you must pay back what they put towards it. 

where are these magical jobs that give people full rides to grad school?!

Lots of places offer tuition reimbursement, although yes, it normally does have strings attached.  It's also normally a $5,250/yr max, because that is the Federal max allowed for a company to deduct.  Has been for MANY years (you'd think it would go up occasionally, but nope, it's been that amount for 25+ years).

Someone just posted on the forum about Disney doing it, for any kind of certificate, training, BA/BS or even MA.  Didn't say what strings were attached, but I'm sure there are some.
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#7
This degree looks really interesting. I had been thinking of changing my concentration to the tesu bsba in hr, and then perhaps doing this as my master's:

https://www.amberton.edu/programs-and-co...index.html

are there any negative things floating around about this university? someone mentioned it on here in passing but i could not find anything else that was said about it
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(05-26-2019, 10:05 PM)eriehiker Wrote: I am not sure if I want to do that.  Now, I have been an English teacher for 20 years and I can write quickly.  One person did complete the early childhood master's and was very happy with the whole thing.

I think I am that person.

Also, which competencies do you have left to complete the full degree? Did you focus primarily on the 1- to 1.5-credit competencies to push through, or did you prefer to complete several of the competencies that were valued at less than 1 credit?

As an English teacher, I'm curious what your output was for some of the assessments, as I recall even one of my early short answer responses turned into a 30-page slog to meet the rubric requirements for mastery. The final 1.25-credit grant application ended up being 6,100 words! I really struggled to see how suggested 3-5 page limits for certain sub-sections provided enough leeway on some of their assignments, since my references section was often 7 pages or more. I felt I went way too in-depth, but I never had a basis of comparison, and since it was graduate-level work, I assumed that was the expectation.

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#9
University of the People would should be in the running. You can get your MBA for $2660. You don't have to try and blast through it in one term, either. Of course, it's nationally accredited instead of regionally accredited, but for a lot of jobs that isn't important.
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#10
I have been looking at Fort Hayes State University.  Their graduate tuition is $287.75/credit hour.
https://www.fhsu.edu/academic/gradschl/programs/index

(05-27-2019, 02:37 AM)saraholson Wrote: This degree looks really interesting. I had been thinking of changing my concentration to the tesu bsba in hr, and then perhaps doing this as my master's:

https://www.amberton.edu/programs-and-co...index.html

are there any negative things floating around about this university? someone mentioned it on here in passing but i could not find anything else that was said about it

There have been a lot of posts about Amberton over the years.  Do a forum search for some of the posts. Here are the links to a couple:
https://www.degreeforum.net/mybb/Thread-...er-credits
https://www.degreeforum.net/mybb/Thread-...-graduated

I think most people are pretty pleased with it.  My son is looking at their HR Grad Cert.  He isn't ready to plunge into a full program right now and his work will reimburse for 2 courses per semester and he wants to jump in and take advantage of that! 

I think it looks great and the cost is very affordable! Good luck!
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