The average time it takes a student to graduate from UAA is around 5.5 years versus typical four year degrees. Some students decide that they want to continue their education even after receiving their respective four year degrees and pursue graduate school. All schools offer similar graduate programs with a mix of different specialties so why continue at UAA when you could see the world?
The average resident cost to finish grad school at UAA without textbooks and other expenses is roughly $12,000 – $15,000. Attending schools outside of UAA could cost you up to $30,000 at some colleges or $40,000 to complete grad programs at certain private colleges. The going rate of an MBA at Columbia University currently is $168,307. For nonresidents at UAA, graduate school will cost you a total of $31,057, which is still very competitive in the market of schools with accreditations similar to UAA’s.
“We are staying very competitive in the cost value of our grad programs,” UAA director of graduate programs, Bogdan Hoanca said.
After 4-5 years of attending UAA you have become accustomed to the way the campus works and the availability of resources UAA offers. Starting at a new school it could be more difficult to access these resources in short time frames. Staying at UAA allows you to use the relationships built with professionals to enable grad school research to be easily accessible as well.
However, there are reasons to leave UAA. You may just want a new start in life or UAA doesn’t have the graduate program or specialty in a program that you are looking for.
Making the decision to leave UAA may be difficult, and the decision to stay may seem easy. It is important to weigh all the options. UAA offers graduate schools that could apply to a multitude of different job opportunities. In order to make sure that you are choosing the right option for yourself, be sure to ask a few different influential people who can help you make that decision. Each graduate program has an advisor that would be more than willing to help you come to a final decision without bias. These advisors can be reached by viewing the graduate school programs on the UAA website.
“Our goal is to see the students succeed, whether that is here (UAA), or somewhere else,” Hoanca said.