Columbia, in New York, offers about 30 degree programs with an emphasis on engineering and computer science. Certificates are offered in such areas a Nanotechnology, Financial Engineering and Material Science. Columbia’s very famous teachers college also offers a variety of online degrees. It’s not cheap. A three credit course costs about $4,500.
Harvard has an online “extension” program that’s growing very gradually. To get a degree, you’ll have to attend at least some live classroom courses, which means you need to live in the Boston area. Harvard is, surprisingly, more affordable than other Ivy League online schools, which an average course costing under $2,000. The school is also very committed to helping students financially – if you qualify academically. Perhaps that’s because of Harvard’s multi-billion dollar endowment.
Harvard’s online course offering is quite varied, with classes being offered in Web Development, Liberal Arts and Management.
University of Pennsylvania – MBA from the Wharton School of Business
Although this Ivy League university has somewhat limited offerings in undergraduate studies online, their Wharton School of Business has been giving bona fide elearning degrees practically since online learning started. Make no mistake – Wharton is a business school that’s as highly respected, and in some quarters even more highly respected, than Harvard. Wharton’s website is very explicit about the fact that their online degree is the real thing, stating: “The Wharton EMBA Is the Full Wharton MBA.”
This is a 2 year program, and while admission is competitive, the school is very committed to diversity in its student body. A major key to this program is the fact that it can put you in touch with other Wharton alumni. But there are two huge restrictions: First, there is some classroom attendance required, and the courses are only offered in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Second, it’s expensive as hell: the two year MBA costs more than $150,000. The schools “PennAdvance” does offer students to get undergraduate credits or audit course from anywhere. There are also online degrees and CME course offered in Dental Education, Medical and Nursing Education and English Language.
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