Two online graduate programs earn ‘Best Buy’ designations

Western Carolina University’s online master’s degree programs in human resources and project management have received high national rankings in affordability and “Best Buy” designations from the distance education information clearinghouse GetEducated.com.

WCU’s human resources program was ranked No. 3 in affordability following a national survey of 37 regionally accredited higher education institutions that offer online master’s degrees in that academic field, said Melissa Eubank, director of information services for GetEducated.com.

The survey showed that the average cost of an online master’s degree in human resources nationwide is about $23,500. The cost of WCU’s program is $9,339 for North Carolina residents.

WCU’s project management program was ranked No. 5 in affordability based on a survey of 69 regionally accredited colleges that offer online master’s degrees in management and administration.

The survey showed that the average cost of an online master’s degree in project management nationwide is about $23,200. North Carolina residents pay $9,339 to take the program at WCU.

Earlier this year, GetEducated.com gave WCU’s online bachelor’s degree program in entrepreneurship a No. 2 national ranking in affordability. Other WCU online master’s programs that have received high rankings from the clearinghouse in recent years are nurse educator, nurse administration and health sciences.

Information about the university’s online programs is available at the website distance.wcu.edu or by calling the Division of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397.