20 Cheap Master’s in General Studies Online 2019

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By BVS Staff
October 2018

Here they are, the 20 cheapest online master’s in general studies in the entire country (based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website). Many of these schools offer tuition rates that are well below the cost of a standard college education. For your convenience, we’ve sorted them in descending order of cost, with the least costly school at #1, according to the hourly, online tuition rate.

#1 – Texas Tech University

Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech University is not a shortened version of anything.

Online MA in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Points: 12
Enrollment: 36,551
Tuition: $12,744
Texas Tech University has an online Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree that offers two options: a 36 hour, non-thesis program; or a thesis option with 24 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis. Students may choose a pre-designed program, using coursework from different colleges, or a self-designed program, which incorporates three areas unique to the students who are creating the degree coursework. With a student to faculty ratio of 21 to 1, admission to the program requires an ACT or SAT scores, high school transcripts with class rank, and a $75 application fee. Texas Tech University offers an online, graduate tuition rate of $190 per credit hour, regardless of residency. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#2 – Western New Mexico University

Silver City, New Mexico

Western New Mexico University has a 36 credit hour online master of arts in interdisciplinary studies.

MA in Interdisciplinary Studies Online

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Enrollment: 3,427
Tuition: $8,730
Western New Mexico University has an online Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree that is a 36 credit hour program in which students design their own degree plan by selecting two to three fields of study from fourteen options including the following: reading education; special education; history; English; criminal justice; and educational leadership. With a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1, the program requires a letter of intent, the creation of a sample degree plan, a GPA of 3.0/4.0, and a $40 application fee. Western New Mexico University charges an online, graduate rate of $249.78 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#3 – University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The University of Alabama performs feats of athleticism as the Crimson Tide.

MS in Human Environmental Sciences (General Studies) Online

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Enrollment: 37,663
Tuition: $26,950
The University of Alabama has an online Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences (General Studies) degree that is a 30 credit hour program with coursework that includes the following: Entrepreneurship in Human Environmental Sciences; Cognition, Strategies, and Technology; and Special Problems in Consumer Affairs. With a student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1, admission to the program requires a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or 3.0 on the last 60 undergraduate hours or acceptable GRE/GMAT/or MAT scores. The University of Alabama charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $394 per hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#4 – University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

The University of South Dakota was established in 1862.

Online MA in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Enrollment: 10,038
Tuition: $14,449
The University of South Dakota has an online Master of Arts in Disciplinary Studies degree that is a 32 credit hour program that is composed of two or three disciplines (9-12 credit hours each), a three-credit hour research methods/statistics course and one credit hour applied learning course. The University of South Dakota charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $450.90 per credit hour. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, admission to the program requires official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a $35 application fee. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#5 – Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, Texas

Wayland Baptist University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Online MA in the Humanities

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Enrollment: 5,077
Tuition: $11,250
Wayland Baptist University has an online Master of Arts in the Humanities degree that is a 36 credit hour program composed of 18 hours in one discipline and 18 hours in another, creating a kind of double major with fields such as English or history or religion. With a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1, the program requires official transcripts and a $50 application fee. Wayland Baptist University offers an online, graduate tuition rate of $465 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#6 – Tiffin University

Tiffin, Ohio

Tiffin University was founded in 1888.

Online Master of Humanities with a Concentration in Humanities

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Enrollment: 3,350
Tuition: $12,600
Tiffin University has an online Master of Humanities with a Concentration in Humanities degree with five areas of concentration: Communication; Arts and Visual Media; English; Creative Writing; and Film Studies. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the credit hour program requires a 300-word writing sample and transcripts, but the application fee is waived if the submission is online. Tiffin University charges $500 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

#7 – Faulkner University

Montgomery, Alabama

Faulkner University is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

Online MA in Humanities

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Enrollment: 3,319
Tuition: $9,450
Faulkner University has an online Master of Arts in Humanities degree that is a 36 credit hour course with coursework that includes Introduction to Humane Letters and Writing and Great Ideas, Authors, and Writings: Historic Investigations. With a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1, the program requires transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources, and your statement of goals and interests. There is not an application fee. Faulkner University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $515 per course. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#8 – University of Maine

Orono, Maine

The University of Maine was founded in 1865.

MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (Maine Studies) Online

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Enrollment: 11,219
Tuition: $24,498
The University of Maine has an online Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Maine Studies) degree that is a 30 credit hour program in which 15 of the 30 hours must be Maine-related courses, which will be selected in close cooperation with the Maine Studies program director. With a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1, the program requires official transcripts, letters of recommendation, a 3.0 minimum on a scale of 4.0, and GRE scores. The University of Maine charges an online, out-of-state, graduate tuition rate of $549 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

#9 – Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, New York

Empire State College is part of the State University of New York System.

MA in Liberal Studies Online

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Enrollment: 11,315
Tuition: $22,210
Empire State College has an online Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree that is a 36 credit hour program with coursework that includes a seminar in liberal studies and models of critical inquiry. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the program requires a transcript for application and 2-3 weekend residencies over the course of matriculation. Empire State College charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $555 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#10 – Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Stony Brook University was established in 1957.

MA in Liberal Studies Online

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Enrollment: 25,734
Tuition: $22,210
Stony Brook University has an online Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree, a credit hour program that may be valid toward meeting requirements of teacher licensure with certain provisions. A curriculum for the program may be designed from courses from a broad range of fields. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program calls for official transcripts, a resume, a 500-750 word personal statement, two letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and a $100 application fee. Stony Brook University charges an online, out-of-state, graduate tuition rate of $555 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#11 – Salve Regina University

Newport, Rhode Island

Salve Regina University’s name translates from Latin to mean, “Greetings, Queen.”

MA in the Humanities Online

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Enrollment: 2,746
Tuition: $10,170
Salve Regina University has an online Master of Arts in the Humanities degree that is a 36 credit program with four concentrations: Humanitarian Assistance; Public Humanities; Religion; Peace and Justice. Salve Regina University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $565 per credit. With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the program requires official transcripts, a personal statement of interest, two professional letters of recommendation, and a resume. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

#12 – Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University was established in 1971.

Online MA in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Enrollment: 75,756
Tuition: $8,051
Liberty University has a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree that is a 31 credit hour program. Some of the disciplines studied for this degree are the following: History, English, Communication, Psychology, Counseling, Sport Management, Education, Religion, and Government. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program requires a copy of your official transcripts. Liberty University offers an online, graduate rate of $605 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#13 – University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

The University of Richmond’s mascot is the Spider.

Online Master of Liberal Arts

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Enrollment: 4,131
Tuition: $24,480
The University of Richmond has an online Master of Liberal Arts degree that is a 30 credit hour program with five core, required courses, four of which are seminars, including humanities, social science, science, and liberal arts. With a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1, the program requires official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a $50 application fee. The University of Richmond offers an online, graduate tuition rate of $620 per semester hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#14 – Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University is a private, research institution of higher learning.

Online MA in Cross-disciplinary Studies

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Enrollment: 21,625
Tuition: $18,373
Nova Southeastern University has a Master of Arts in Cross-Disciplinary Studies degree that is a 33 credit hour/11 course program with coursework that includes Research Design, The Inter-Disciplines and the Writer, and Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, the program requires transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a resume, a sample of academic writing, and a $50 fee. Nova Southeastern University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $755 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#15 – California State University Northridge

Northridge, California

California State University Northridge was established in 1958.

Online MA in the Humanities

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Enrollment: 39,916
Tuition: $15,666
California State University Northridge has an online Master of Arts in the Humanities degree that is a 33 credit hour program with coursework that includes the following: Gateway to the Humanities; Nation and Empire–Law and Government; and Science and Magic. With a student to faculty ratio of 26 to 1, the program requires official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree in any major field of study, a GPA of 2.5, GRE scores (with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, GRE scores are not required), and a $55 application fee. California State University Northridge has an online, graduate tuition rate of $755 per credit. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission.

#16 – Albertus Magnus College

New Haven, Connecticut

Albertus Magnus College is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church.

Master of Liberal Arts Online

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Enrollment: 1,555
Tuition: $19,648
Albertus Magnus College has a Master of Liberal Arts online degree that is a 33 credit hour program with coursework that includes Eastern and Western Mysticism, Moral Leadership, and Technology, Science, and Culture. With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, the program requires official transcripts, two letters of recommendation from former professors or professional associates, a 500-600 word essay showing one’s personal interest in this program, reasons for application, educational expectations, and a $50 fee. Albertus Magnus College charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $851 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

#17 – University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wilmington, North Carolina

The University of North Carolina Wilmington was established in 1947.

Online MA Liberal Studies

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Points: 9
Enrollment: 15,740
Tuition: $16,667
The University of North Carolina Wilmington has an online Master of Arts Liberal Studies degree that is a 30 credit hour course with a program that includes the following courses: Post-Modern Childhood; Atheism and Unbelief; The Shaping of America–Cultural Landscapes and the American Sense of Place. The University of North Carolina Wilmington charges an out of state, graduate, online tuition rate of $874.22 per credit hour. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, The University of North Carolina Wilmington requires an official transcript, three recommendations, and a personal essay. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#18 – Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins University was established in 1876.

Online Master of Liberal Arts

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Enrollment: 23,917
Tuition: $50,410
Johns Hopkins University has an online Master of Liberal Arts degree that is a ten-course program with a vast number of electives, including Ethics for a Multicultural World, Leadership and the Classics, and Ideas of Justice. With a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1, the program requires a transcript showing a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the latter half of undergraduate studies, a 2-3 page essay about your professional, academic, and personal goals, a resume, and a $75 fee. Johns Hopkins University charges $879.33 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#19 – Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas

Texas Christian University’s mascot is the Horned Frog, which is not a frog and does not have horns.

Master of Liberal Arts Online

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Enrollment: 10,394
Tuition: $27,990
Texas Christian University has an online Master of Liberal Arts degree that is a 30 credit hour program that offers 68 electives, including Dilemmas in American Politics, Vietnam in War and Revolution, and Literature of Survival. With a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1, the program requires a copy of an official transcript and a $60 application fee. Texas Christian University charges $935 per semester hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

#20 – University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina

The University of North Carolina Greensboro was established in 1891.

Online Master’s in Applied Arts and Sciences

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Enrollment: 19,647
Tuition: $18,937
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has an online Master’s in Applied Arts and Sciences degree that is a 33 credit hour program that is focused on helping to develop mastery in five attributes to become a transformative thinker and doer: intellectual curiosity; integrative thinking; intercultural dependence; adaptability; and empathy. With a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1, the program requires a 3.0 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale, official transcripts, a personal essay, and three references. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro charges an online, out-of-state, graduate tuition rate of $977.66 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.

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