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edX MicroMasters vs Coursera MasterTracks review, FAQ, comparison - Business Insider - Business Insider

edX MicroMasters vs Coursera MasterTracks review, FAQ, comparison - Business Insider - Business Insider

edX MicroMasters vs Coursera MasterTracks review, FAQ, comparison - Business Insider - Business Insider

Posted: 16 Dec 2020 12:00 AM PST

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"Affordable" and "accessible" are not words typically associated with graduate school, even though having a degree or certification can be crucial for career advancement. To mitigate common economic and geographic barriers, established online platforms edX and Coursera have special programs like MicroMasters and MasterTracks, which offer graduate-level courses for a fraction of the average on-campus price tag.

Ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, they can cover up to 50% of a university master's program's curriculum. Upon completion, you can usually apply your MicroMasters or MasterTrack credits towards full master's programs to reduce costs and finish your degree faster.

You can take these as stand-alone programs to advance your career prospects or as a stepping stone towards a full master's program. And since both platforms count top universities among their partners, that could eventually mean lower overall tuition costs at schools like MIT, Duke, Indiana University, Georgia Tech, the University of Michigan, and more. 

Below, we compared the basic details for each bite-sized graduate program below. Ultimately, the best platform will be the one that offers the program closest to your particular interests and goals. But, in terms of services, edX may edge out Coursera — its offerings are cheaper, significantly more varied, and more lenient overall. 

You can find detailed FAQs on Coursera's MasterTracks and edX's MicroMasters here, and learn more about Coursera and edX here, including how they compare to each other as e-learning platforms.

Best Master's Programs Releases Ranking of the Top 25 Online Homeland Security Master's Programs - Watauga Democrat

Posted: 21 Dec 2020 11:17 PM PST

DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Best Master's Programs (https://www.bestmastersprograms.org/), an online guide to the best master's degrees and careers, is pleased to share their 25 Best Online Master's in Homeland Security for 2021 at https://www.bestmastersprograms.org/best-online-homeland-security-masters/

In the 21st century, Homeland Security has grown into one of the largest government agencies, and there are thousands of jobs in the constellation of departments, agencies, private contractors, and other organizations that make up the homeland security sector. Management of such a vast and complex industry requires a multitude of well-educated, well-trained, and highly experienced professionals. To fill that need, colleges and universities across the US have developed master's degree programs in homeland security, many of them in an online format to help working professionals increase their credentials at their own convenience. For these students, Best Master's Programs has ranked the 25 Best Online Master's in Homeland Security.

The BMP ranking of the top Homeland Security Master's programs is meant to help working professionals find a program with a real return on investment and career impact. Best Master's Programs used three criteria to determine the ranking:

  • Tuition (IPEDS data)
  • Alumni Salary (College Scorecard data)
  • Student Satisfaction (Niche student reviews)

The top 3 online Master's in Homeland Security programs for 2021 are: (1) Purdue University Global, (2) Thomas Edison State University, and (3) Northeastern University. BMP congratulates the top 3, as well as all the top 25.

The full list, in alphabetical order, can be found at the end of this release.

As the BMP editors explain, "An online master's in homeland security and emergency management can prepare graduates for a career as an intelligence analyst, management consultant, program analyst, policy analyst, and more." According to the editors, "There is so much room for growth when you earn a master's in security studies online, that anyone who is interested in the field should consider it." The editors also indicate that "Security master's degrees set applicants apart from the competition and allow them to advance in their careers. They can help graduates get a promotion, advance into management roles, and increase their earning potential." There's no better or more convenient way for a Homeland Security professional to set themselves apart.

Online programs are a good fit for adults who are already working in the industry. As the editors explain, "Earning your master's in security studies online is perfect for those who want to improve their career prospects with a program that is flexible and cost-effective." In addition, "Those who achieve their masters in homeland security can expect a comfortable salary, benefits, and the opportunity for career advancement." Because career opportunities are not limited to government - private contracting companies have an enormous place in homeland security - the editors explain, "Ever since 9/11, national security has been one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States. Getting an online master's in security studies is a great way to increase your career prospects in this exciting industry."

Best Master's Programs is an independent online guide to finding the best traditional and online master's degree programs. They offer rankings and reviews of the top master's programs in all of the most popular fields, career and salary information for the most in-demand jobs, and much more.

The full top 25 online Homeland Security master's programs (in alphabetical order):

American University
Angelo State University
Arizona State University
Colorado Technical University
Excelsior College
Liberty University
Mississippi College
National University
Northeastern University
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Nova Southeastern University
Pace University
Park University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University Global
Saint Joseph's University
Salve Regina University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Thomas Edison State University
Towson University
Tulane University
UMass Lowell
University of Arizona
University of Maryland University College
Virginia Commonwealth University

Steve Green
Media Relations, Best Master's Programs
(919) 864-2220

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