2018 Five Most Affordable Online MSWs

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2018 Five Most Affordable Online MSWs

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If you graduated from a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s program in Social Work and are looking for an affordable online, advanced standing MSW, it can take days, if not weeks, of time to find the best programs through traditional web searches. And both the cost and quality of an online MSW are relevant criteria to consider as you search. But, you’ll only find these details by searching individual program websites from hundreds of program choices.

The Online Degree Database collects data from university program websites to provide complete, up-to-date, details for online master’s degree programs. In the Fall of 2017, we collected data from the universe of online MSW programs actively marketing on the web. There are 51 online, Advanced Standing MSWs and 60 online, Regular Track MSWs included in our database.

Our Top Five Most Affordable MSW Programs

The top five CSWE-accredited, most affordable, fully online, Advanced Standing MSWs in the U.S. today are:
1. University of Missouri, Columbia (only open to students living in Missouri and contiguous states)
2. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
3. University of Arkansas
4. University of South Dakota
5. Boise State University

Surprisingly, the total tuition for each of these programs is under $16,700 (based on the data published on their websites). In addition to being affordable, these programs are at nationally ranked institutions (per U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings). The total tuition ranges from a low of $13,767 at University of Missouri, Columbia to $16,650 at Boise State University. The average total tuition of the 51 Advanced Standing MSW programs in the Online Degree Database is $34,370, so these fully online programs are a considerable bargain for interested students.

The Online Degree Database Saves You Time

If you are shopping for an online degree, the Online Degree Database is here to help you. This database contains more information about online degree programs than any website in the market today. Our goal is to help you find the right program, saving you a significant amount of time while providing the best information possible, for free.

You can also perform a no-cost search for online, Regular Track, MSWs. The Regular Track MSW programs are designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than Social Work who want to become licensed Social Workers.

With our help, you can develop a short-list of program options that meet your key criteria before you start reaching out to universities for more information, at no cost!

OnlineDegreeDatabase.com is a web-based, continually-updated, easily searchable database of all the most popular online master’s degree programs in the United States. We deliver all the information you need to find the right online degree to advance your career. Because we are not a marketing company, we never sell your contact information to universities or education companies.

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.

Visit our Available Programs page and start your online degree research today!

2018 Top Ten Most Affordable Online EdDs

Online Doctor of Education Ed.D. Programs

Affordable Online EdDs

Are you looking for the most affordable online EdDs? If so, you are not alone. Across the globe, the professional doctorate in education (EdD) is a very popular option for teachers, educational administrators, market researchers, human resource managers, and many others. But, you’ll only find these programs by searching individual program websites of many possible program choices. (On a side note: If you aren’t sure which doctorate degree is best for you, check out this recent article on the difference between a PhD and an EdD. It’s worth the read before you spend too much time headed down one path or the other.)

At OnlineDegreeDatabase.com, we collect data from online program websites to provide you with complete, up-to-date details for these programs. This fall (2017), we updated our online EdD data from the universe of online and low residency programs actively marketing on the internet. There are now 41 online and low residency EdDs included in our database, compared to only 26 in early 2017.

2018’s Top Ten Most Affordable Programs

The most affordable online EdDs in the U.S. market are (total online / out-of-state tuition):

1. Taft University System ($20,160)
2. Valdosta State University ($21,175)
3. American College of Education ($21,945)
4. University of the Cumberlands ($22,500)
5. Doane University-Graduate and Professional Studies ($26,790)
6. Aspen University ($27,000)
7. The University of West Florida ($28,050)
8. Old Dominion University ($29,052)
9. University of Illinois at Chicago ($29,824)
10. University of Louisiana at Monroe ($30,000)

The ten programs above are the most affordably priced, with total online / out-of-state tuition at or below $30,000. The only program that offers lower in-state tuition is Old Dominion University in Virginia. Their in-state tuition rate is just $496/credit, making it even more affordable for Virginia residents at $26,784.

Of these programs, Old Dominion University and University of Illinois at Chicago are low residency. The remaining programs are fully online. Old Dominion requires first and second-year students to attend an annual, two-week Summer Institute during the first two weeks in June. University of Illinois at Chicago requires students to come to campus for a preliminary exam and to defend their dissertation.

Details From The Universe of Online EdD Programs

If you are wondering about the rest of the 41 online EdD programs, here are a few basic statistics:

  • The total tuition for the forty-one online EdDs in our database ranges from $20,160 (Taft University Systems) to $108,000 (University of Southern California).
  • The average tuition across all programs is $46,393.
  • These programs offer concentrations in:
    • Leadership
    • Curriculum & Instruction
    • Community College Leadership
    • Special Education
    • STEM Education
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Student Counseling and Personnel Services, and/or
    • Higher Education Leadership
    • Two offer unique options: Concordia University of Chicago offers a concentration with their EdD in Gerontology. Northcentral University offers a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language.
  • Fourteen of the 41 programs are low residency/hybrid, that require students to travel to campus. The rest are fully online.

Tired of the old way? Find a new way!

As noted above, there has been strong growth in the number of available online EdD programs in the market over the past few years, And, for prospective students, keeping up with this dramatic change is very difficult. Traditional internet searches for these programs can take hundreds of hours.

This is why we created the Online Degree Database. Prospective students are tired of trying to find the right online program through websites that:

  1. require that they provide personal information (that they then sell as leads)
  2. do not contain the most important criteria for consideration, such as updated costs and curriculum details,
  3. and contain limited details for only a few of the many available program options

Our goal is to provide you with the best information from the universe of options, so that you can decide which program to contact. Use our interactive tool to select the best online, low residency, and/or hybrid degree programs for you. Our tool saves you hundreds of hours of searching the web for this information. You create a short list of potential programs by searching on the criteria that best meet your needs. Criteria options include type of degree, total tuition, concentration options, professional accreditation options, admissions requirements, type of institution, or geography. Then, get your free report, immediately, without having to provide any personal information. The free report contains the universities and degree names of the programs that met your criteria (and live links to their program websites). Search as many times as you want at no cost.

The Online Degree Database Difference

What’s the difference? We don’t require you to disclose your personal information. Our comprehensive database lets you search on the program criteria most relevant to you. And your search includes the universe of available program options. It’s a world of difference from the other options available in the market today.

We help you find the best possible short list of programs before you start reaching out to universities for more information. If you are shopping for an online degree, OnlineDegreeDatabase.com is here to help you. Our goal is to help you find the right program, saving you significant amounts of time while providing the best information possible.

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com for more information.

Visit our website today to explore the Online Degree Database difference.

Students Should Expand Their Online Degree Horizon

Online students are enrolling closer to home

Improve Your Online Degree Research

recent study indicates that most students researched online program options quickly and often focused only on local institutions. Given the total cost of tuition and the years it may take to earn these degrees, this narrow approach to making such an important decision is shocking! Students should expand their online degree horizon to be sure they make the best choice possible.

In the table above, we see that over time fewer students (20% in 2017) choose to study online at universities more than 100 miles away from their home.* The study suggests that this is happening because the increased number (increased availability) of online programs encourages localization.

The same study found that 36% percent of online college students applied to only one school and 29% applied to only two schools. Sixty-one percent enrolled in the program that responded back to them first. Why? Either:

  • prospective students research and narrow down their list of programs to consider before finally applying to programs, or
  • they don’t have the time to fully research all of their options and, consequently, reach out only the few that they are most familiar with, because of time constraints

Is this you? By limiting your selection to only online programs within 100 miles of where you live, and only researching a few online programs before selecting and enrolling, you are overlooking truly excellent online programs in the national market that better meet your needs.

The potential trade-offs here are significant: paying higher tuition, being forced to take standardized tests for admissions consideration, missing out on relevant concentrations that might help your career advancement, and more.

Expand Online Degree Horizon with The Online Degree Database

Empowering you to find the best online program is possible if you have:

  1. Reliable and unbiased information on a comprehensive, national listing of online degree programs in an easy-to-use format
  2. The information that matters most to you about these online degree programs – how much is the tuition, what are the admissions requirements, is the program 100% online or will you have to attend some on-campus classes, what concentrations are available with the program, etc.

The Online Degree Database offers these details and more for the most popular online degrees available in the market today. The ODD is a new, unique, and unbiased source of information compared to the traditional marketing portals that are designed to collect your information to see as leads. We don’t collect or sell your personal information to anyone!

Visit our Available Programs web page to see what online programs are in our database and use our interactive tool to select the best possible programs for you when you are beginning your search. Get your FREE reports which contain the university and degree names and program website links for the programs that fit your criteria. We help you do the necessary due diligence you want to do before you make this big investment.

Visit the Online Degree Database today and empower yourself as you expand your search for the best online degree program!

If you work at a university with online degree programs, find out about our market and competitive intelligence reporting capabilities by contacting michelle@onlinedegreedatabase.com.

*In 2017, these data are presented for all online students; unlike 2012 & 2016, online graduate student data is not presented discreetly.