is this distance learning MA program worth doing?
Here is the web page to the program: http://aiu.edu/Master%20of%20Archeology.html
And if anyone knows of any affordable online programs, I'd love to hear the info.
Post ID#19581 - replied 5/14/2012 1:54 AM
Post ID#19582 - replied 5/14/2012 2:13 AM
Post ID#19583 - replied 5/14/2012 2:47 AM
Post ID#19584 - replied 5/14/2012 6:32 AM
Now not all universities have accreditation for the whole university but individual degrees, usually medical or business. Though with a degree from a UK university you can pay about 100-200 to have your degree accredited. This is what you typically have to do for archaeology degrees from the UK. After this they work for government jobs.
I am not sure this works for all foreign universities. The US has a deal with the UK were you can get federal subsidized loans to do school in the UK. It might be only country specific. I have known people with UK degrees to get employed by the Fed. but they had to get their degrees accredited first.
I know the US government checks for its employees BUT I am not sure if they do for permits. Not sure if states do either. Some people may get away with not having an accredited degree if you do not work for the US gov.In the long run it may not matter for most people where their degree is from.
Post ID#19588 - replied 5/15/2012 4:55 AM
Post ID#19615 - replied 6/2/2012 7:25 PM
Post ID#19784 - replied 10/1/2012 1:39 AM
University of Birmingham Professional and Applied Archaeology MA
University of Birmingham Landscape Archaeology, GIS and Virtual Environments
Post ID#19786 - replied 10/1/2012 8:19 AM
Post ID#19794 - replied 10/12/2012 5:02 AM
Post ID#19801 - replied 10/15/2012 8:58 AM
There's also a commercial aspect. My wife ended up doing a distance learning MA in Museum Studies (yes, Leicester), partially because of their reputation (as a department and as a distance-learning provider) but also because of the relative costs. She could continue to work (distance learning is part-time), the degree cost at the time around $17,000 and as part and parcel of that you literally received parcels with your class materials and core reading texts. These costs were defrayed over the two years. Additional costs were accrued since she decided to go the summer session.
The closest parallel in the US was at the time being offered by Johns-Hopkins, which would have been the first year it was run (eek) and also required up-front payment of $28,000 (eek) with no subsequent support for class materials, readings etc. The only other real options were full-time courses, which would have functionally cost ~$70,000 when one included lost earnings to tuition costs.
Not to say that I'm disagreeing. Even if we disregard the above, I have to question whether there's a little bit more resistance to "postal degrees" in the US. In the UK with the Open University they've been around for a bit longer so... Well, yes. Just thought that I would throw a couple of pennies into the pot.
Post ID#19805 - replied 10/17/2012 12:34 PM
When the Post-9/11 GI Bill came out, I went back to school and got my master's in a different field, in an entirely online program. In all honesty, I think my online masters was academically more rigorous, career oriented, and better run overall.
I'm surprised that more schools aren't offering an online, Terminal Masters in Archaeology, with a focus in CRM compliance. I think applicants would line up, even if funding wasn't offered.
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