Western New Mexico University
Western New Mexico University is a public, state-subsidized educational institution. The university offers a Master of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies program. However, students with bachelor’s degrees can enroll in courses without actually pursuing the master’s credential. All Western New Mexico University courses are run by a traditional academic calendar, which includes two summer sessions as well as fall and spring semesters. If you decide to pursue a degree through the university, you’ll need to choose two to three concentrations. Options include history, English, writing, sociology, psychology, political science, criminal justice, and several types of education. All MAIS courses are offered on the Internet and are great options for home study.
The university does not charge any application fees as of 2010. Students can take up to 12 credits a semester without special permission. During the summer session, residents of New Mexico as well as non-residents pay the same tuition rate, which equals about $535 per course. The price of books is not included, though a few courses do not require the purchase of textbooks.
During the traditional academic year, non-residents and residents alike can take up to six credits total for about $1,070. However, if a non-resident decides to take more credits during the fall or spring semesters, tuition rates spike dramatically. For example, adding one extra course could end up costing an additional $4,000 in tuition. On the other hand, residents of New Mexico would still pay only about $550 per course, even if they decide to take 9 to 12 graduate-level credits.
These postgraduate courses for home study do not ever require students to visit campus. Degree-seeking students must complete 36 credits to graduate with the MAIS.