Shepherd University is a public university that is located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The university offers many four-year degrees in a broad array of fields, including, business, the liberal arts, teacher education, professional programs, social sciences, and natural sciences. There are also non-credit programs and continuing education resources offered at Shepherd University as well.
Shepherd University offers some online courses for distance learners to take advantage of. The university states that is currently does not offer 100% online courses that can be counted towards a graduate degree just yet. Still yet, there is a selection of studies that can be completed from the comfort of one’s own home. It will most likely be in the near future that Shepherd University introduces fully online programs.
Shepherd University is accredited by a handful of accrediting bodies, like the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, or the Council on Social Work Education. The university was also designed as a top ranked public four-year institution in West Virginia. In a likewise fashion, the school has been commended by its contemporaries and is generally known to be a quality institution of higher education.
It will most likely be graduate studies that see the launching of Shepherd University’s first fully online program. As of current listing, there are five possible graduate degrees that form an extension to the body of undergraduate studies that Shepherd University is known for. These five are the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Arts in College Student Development & Administration, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Music in Music Education. You’ll notice that 4 out of 5 master’s degrees are affiliated somewhat with teaching.
This affiliation is because the school began as a normal school for capable teaching individuals in the region. Henceforth, Teaching, Instruction, and Educational Administration have become its fortes. Teaching is a relatively easy platform to communicate across the net. Music, as a performed art, is somewhat difficult to communicate in a distance learning platform. Thusly, the Master of Arts in Teaching has the strongest chance of becoming the first degree offered entirely online.
A notable feature about Shepherd University is that tuition is extremely low. A year’s worth of full-time education costs less than two credit hours. For part-time education, an undergraduate student would have to pay $200 per credit hour. For graduate students, that rate is $281 per credit hour.
Now here’s the wild part. For a full year of full-time education, an undergraduate student pays $350. For students that are not a resident of West Virginia, the rate increase to $1,300. For graduate students following the same conditions the rates are $258 per year and $960 per year, respectively. FAFSA alone could cover these costs. Student’s will rarely, if ever, need to resort to financial aid to cover their costs.