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  • #31
    Well if those are Master's programs it is pretty reasonable, a bit high.

    $20,000 for a Masters isn't to outrageous, but I know many tradition programs that cost less and provide more.

    I looked into their iMBA program and was shocked, I think it was like $40,000. That is ridiculous for online education, especially from a state run school. Yes, MBA's are more costly but typically you can find a decent traditional program that costs $25,000 - $30,000.

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    • #32
      Colleges aren't in the business of providing education, they are in the business of awarding degrees. Look at some of these new colleges like AMU, they have BA degrees in Counter-Terrorism, Espionage, and Counter-Intelligence. Pretty stupid in my opinion.

      I actually talked with a kid who said he was getting a BA in Terrorism with a minor in Counter-Intel. Jack Bauer watch out.

      If Homeland Security issues interest you, then go for International Relations. It will provide you with a broader education and cover many things related to Homeland Security/Terrorism. Plus, most schools have opportunities for good language programs and study abroad classes.

      lol, there are very few "counter-terrorism" specialists running around out there, and I wouldn't place my education/future on a Homeland Security degree either. Remember, when you are young things sound cool, but when you get older and experience more the real world you will see no degree can prepare you for such issues and that you ****ed away $75,000 on an education that gave you no skill-set.
      Hmm, I resemble this remark.

      I am starting my AMU Masters program in Mil Studies, with a concentration in Unconventional Warfare. I would agree it is a laughable major for most people, but I have been in the Military on Active Duty for 15 years, I have been to all the Government Terrorism/Intelligence Courses, I teach COIN and Terrorism at a Government Academy (Attended by 1811's) and I believe attaching a graduate degree in my specialty will make my resume look even better.

      There is value in the unconventional degrees that many of you are downplaying. I agree that if I was a Car salesman and I got an advanced degree in Stratigic Intelligence I would probably be throwing a lot of money away.

      If you have a career built on these things, they are very valid.

      M-11
      “All men dream...... But not equally..
      Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it is vanity;
      but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
      for they act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.....”

      TE Lawrence

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Green_Latern21 View Post
        Well if those are Master's programs it is pretty reasonable, a bit high.

        $20,000 for a Masters isn't to outrageous, but I know many tradition programs that cost less and provide more.

        I looked into their iMBA program and was shocked, I think it was like $40,000. That is ridiculous for online education, especially from a state run school. Yes, MBA's are more costly but typically you can find a decent traditional program that costs $25,000 - $30,000.
        PA state schools are expensive

        PA state residents will pay more for in-state tuition to Penn State than they will paying out-of-state tuition to any New York State school.

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        • #34
          Just to let you know, Virginia Commonwealth University offers a great program in Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness. It's a fantastic program (I thought about it myself actually). It was one of the first programs of it's kind.

          If you want to go to college in Virginia, you might want to check it out.

          http://www.vcu.edu/homeland/

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          • #35
            I attend Fairleigh Dickinson University (I'm doing a mix of online and in person classes) for a MAS (Master's of Administrative Science).

            'Master of Administrative Science (MAS) - http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=74

            The Master of Administrative Science degree is a 30 credit program designed to develop critical managerial effectiveness. The degree, designed for working adults who are eager to enhance their educational credentials, consists of courses which improve a student’s administrative as well as analytic and decision making competencies.'

            In addition to my MAS I'll have Graduate Certificates in:

            Global Security and Terrorism Studies & Law and Public Safety Administration

            I started the degree FALL '08 and working thru the Summer I intend to graduate Sept '09 (4 Semesters).


            They also have a Homeland Security (MSHS) for those who are interested.
            Last edited by paul354; 04-07-2009, 06:35 PM.

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            • #36
              M-11,

              I completely see how a career soldier would benefit from this education. I think it's a great fit for you, or anyone else who is able to directly apply its lessons.

              But, you also prove my point. Your experience in the field came PRIOR to you getting the degree, which is the right way. You spent 15 years in a related field, then decided to improve yourself and further your education.

              That boys and girls is the proper way to do it, NOT be 19 years old and go major in Counter-Intel expecting to be some guru.

              Good luck bro!

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