WCU’s online project management program ranked No. 1 ‘best buy’

Western Carolina University’s online master’s degree program in project management has been given a No. 1 national ranking in quality and affordability by the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated.com.

WCU’s program is listed first among a group of top 39 “best buys.” The rankings are based on a review of 127 distance-learning graduate management and administration programs offered through accredited universities across the nation.

The project management program at WCU was reviewed and “judged to offer a high quality distance degree to a national audience at tuition rates well below the national average,” said GetEducation.com spokeswoman Kathy Morrison. North Carolina residents who enroll in WCU’s program pay about $4,709 to complete it, while the GetEducated.com review indicated that the average cost for obtaining the degree across the nation is $20,181.

Accredited by the Project Management Institute in 1983, WCU’s program transitioned into a Web-based format in 1998, and the first group of students who earned their degrees fully online graduated in August 2000.

Students who enroll in the program complete a six-credit course in each 15-week trimester. The degree can be completed in two years of part-time study.

Jeanne Dorle, director of WCU’s project management program, said the analysis conducted by GetEducated.com helps prospective students focus on both costs and accreditation. “This recognition, coupled with the Project Management Institute’s global accreditation of WCU’s MPM degree, assures our students that their investment in the degree is indeed a ‘best buy,’” Dorle said.

The accolades for WCU’s graduate program in project management come one year after GetEducated.com gave the university’s online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice a similar No. 1 ranking.

“It’s gratifying that others are discovering the value and quality of our academic programs,” said WCU Provost Kyle Carter. “The project management program has produced satisfied and competent students who are making a positive impact in the world of business and government.”

Many of WCU’s most popular degree programs are offered partly or entirely online. Others are offered at community colleges and community centers across the region through instructional television.

For more information about WCU’s master’s degree program in project management, check out the Web site for the Master of Project Management Program or call (828) 227-3990. For more general information about the university’s online programs, contact the Division of Educational Outreach at (828) 227-7397 or toll free (866) 928-4723, or check out the division’s Web site at Educational Outreach.