The 2,044 Master's degrees that the University of Cincinnati conferred in the 2010-2011 school year is 20 percent greater than the number conferred just five years ago.

There are not only more students seeking Master's but today's students have different goals, says Margaret M. Hanson, Associate University Dean for UC's Graduate School.

"Current graduate students are practical and pragmatic," she says. "They are looking for educational opportunities they can immediately use to secure good paying jobs or advance their careers."

Peg Griffin agrees. She oversees Northern Kentucky University's 19 Master's degree programs as Director of Graduate Programs.

"In terms of content, they are looking for programs that are relevant to their professions "” skills and insights that will apply to their real-world job and allow them to advance professionally."

Degrees in health care are the most in demand at both schools.

"Nursing is busting at the seams," says Griffin. "The national health care debate has brought much attention to the fact that our population is aging. The need for professional nurses is only increasing, and you'd be hard pressed to find a local hospital not staffed by NKU MSN graduates. We're literally turning away hundreds of applicants each year."

UC"s Hanson has seen the same increase in health care degrees followed by those in computer science, teaching and criminal justice.

"The Cincinnati area has a large number of hospitals and clinics to place our health care graduates," says Hanson. "Computer science graduates are finding work virtually everywhere in the country and abroad."

She says while interest in these degrees has grown because the job market has remained strong in those fields, it is also the result of the flexibility that schools can offer students.

Online courses are the main source of growth over the past several years. "Some students are local, but like the convenience and flexibility of not having to come into a classroom at a specific time," Hanson says. "But there are still many students taking courses from far away. Graduate certificates are also becoming increasingly popular. This is a way for working adults to strengthen their prospects for promotion or new career options. Many of these certificates are available online as well."

Griffin also believes flexibility has fueled NKU's growth.

Students "often have work and family obligations and need a degree program that allows them to attend classes and progress toward a degree while balancing these responsibilities. NKU's programs are offered in the evenings and online, making it easier to attain the skills and knowledge needed to advance in a chosen profession."

While job placement is always a concern for students, NKU's Griffin says those in the graduate school also have other goals.

Because NKU's programs are designed for working professionals, most of the graduate students are already employed. "They come to NKU to advance their careers. For that reason we focus more on career progression than placement. Our graduates routinely move up through their organization. For instance we have several MPA graduates who are now chiefs of police and city managers," Griffin says.

Before chosing a graduate program, Griffin recommends:

"A prospective graduate student should first consider how a program fits into their professional goals. What knowledge, skills and credentials will a given degree give them to help them succeed? Will it prepare them to enter or advance in their chosen profession? And will the program give them the flexibility to attend classes and attain a degree while balancing other life commitments?"



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ANTONELLI COLLEGE
 
124 E. Seventh St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
 
(513) 241-4338
 
9100 West Chester Towne Center, West Chester, OH 45069. (513) 330-6807
 
www.antonellicollege.edu
 
Associate degree programs: A variety of quality occupational associate degrees.
 
Cost: $12,000 per year.
 
Financial aid: Grants, scholarships, loans, work study.
 
Heavy online or online-only options: Yes.
 
Average time to complete programs: Typically 70 to 80 weeks of class.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Here are the top reasons to choose Antonelli: Small class sizes with personalized attention; career-relevant classes; lifetime career placement assistance in desired career field; family atmosphere; customized financial aid assistance for those who qualify; externships/internships in desired career field; accreditation from Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges; industry-recruited instructors with hands-on learning; caring faculty and staff; complimentary tutoring available; all-inclusive tuition; flexible class scheduling with day and evening classes; weekend office hours; scholarships available to those who qualify; paid membership to student organizations.

 
ART INSTITUTE OF CINCINNATI College of design

1171 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45246

(513) 751-1206 "¢ www.aic-arts.edu

Associate degree programs: One.

Cost: Full-time, $21,110 per year including books, supplies and fees.

Financial aid: Title IV Grants, loans and scholarships.

Non-traditional adult working students: 15 percent. (2012 number not available)

Heavy online or online-only options: No.

Average time to complete programs: 22 months.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: It offers career training that focuses on talent and the love of art/design with opportunities in many areas.

 
ART INSTITUTE OF OHIO "” CINCINNATI

8845 Governor's Hill Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45249

(513) 833-2400 "¢ www.artinstitutes.edu/cincinnati

Bachelor degree programs: Eight.

Associate degree programs: Six.

Certificate programs: One.

Cost: $29,888 (16 credits/quarter) per year. Excludes starting kit (varies by program).

Financial aid: Federal or state aid, private loans, grants, scholarships and others.

Non-traditional adult working students: Approximately 34 percent of the student body is age 24 or over.

Heavy online or online-only options: No.

Average time to complete programs: Four quarters for diploma program (one year full-time); six quarters for associate programs (18 months full-time); 12 quarters for bachelor programs (three years full-time).

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: In the current economic climate, many adults are searching for an opportunity to reinvent themselves and begin a new career. The Art Institute of Ohio "” Cincinnati provides a great opportunity for adult learners who want to pursue their passion in the creative fields of design, media arts, fashion or culinary arts. Our programs feature industry-relevant technology, instructors with real-world experience, hands-on curriculum and career planning services.

BECKFIELD COLLEGE

16 Spiral Drive., Florence, KY 41042

(859) 371-9393 "¢ www.beckfield.edu

225 Pictoria Drive, Suite 200, Springdale, OH 45246

(513) 671-1920 "¢ www.beckfield.edu (Tri-County)

Bachelor degree programs: Five.

Associate degree programs: 12.

Certificate programs: Three.

Diploma programs: Five.

Cost: $311 per credit hour.

Financial Aid: Loans, grants.

Average time to complete programs: Varies.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Beckfield's full-time schedule is simply three classes per week, allowing for work and family time while still earning a college degree. The school also has excellent job placement services.

 
BUTLER TECHNOLOGY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT SCHOOLS

3603 Hamilton Middletown Rd., Hamilton, OH 45011

(513) 645-8200 "¢ www.butlertech.org

Certificate programs: 10.

Cost: Range is $5,939-$15,070 per year.

Financial aid: Pell grant, Stafford loan, PLUS loan, scholarships, agency funding, veterans benefits.

Heavy online or online-only options: No.

Average time to complete programs: Four to 13 months.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Butler Tech will give you a better return on your investment. Its programming is directly focused on giving students exactly the skills they need to succeed in their career. That programming is continually updated to make sure learners are experienced in the latest tools and techniques.

 
CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

2700 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45204

(513) 244-8426 "¢ www.ccuniversity.edu

Graduate degree programs: Three.

Bachelor degree programs: Seven.

Associate degree programs: Eight.

Certificate programs: Two.

Cost: College of Adult Learning, $11,000 per year; undergraduate, $13,600 per year; graduate, $9,000-$12,500 per year.

Financial aid: Federal aid, state aid, merit and need-based institutional aid.

Heavy online or online-only options: Yes. 20 online graduate level courses available.

Average time to complete program: Varies.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: If you want your career to be a ministry, whether in the church or the business world, CCU can equip you to make better decisions, speak with authority and align with God's purposes.

 
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

2600 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45221

(513) 556-1100 "¢ www.uc.edu

Graduate degree programs: 156.

Bachelor degree programs: 103.

Associate degree programs: 49.

Cost: $10,065 per year undergrad; $13,236 graduate and pharmacy; law $20,946.

Financial aid: Varies.

Non-traditional adult working students: 24 percent are older than 25."¢#169;

Heavy online or online-only options: Yes.

Average time to complete programs: Varies.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: The University of Cincinnati has hundreds of majors to choose from at the associate, bachelor, masters, doctorate and professional levels. They include both traditional programs offered on five campuses in the Cincinnati metropolitan area plus distance programs in Education, Nursing and Allied Health.

 
UC CLERMONT COLLEGE

4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia, OH 45103

(513) 732-5200 "¢ www.ucclermont.edu

Bachelor degree programs: Six.

Associate degree programs: 39.

Certificate programs: 23.

Cost: $4,863 per year.

Financial aid: Loans, grants, co-op.

Average time to complete programs: Varies.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: When you attend UC Clermont, you are attending the University of Cincinnati. It means that you have full access to UC's uptown campus student support services, student clubs, fraternities, sororities, intramural sports and more, including all UC libraries and student tickets to Bearcats games "” basketball, football, soccer "” the works. Students will find highly-dedicated and credentialed faculty in our classrooms, where the emphasis is on the student.

 
UC BLUE ASH

9555 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

(513) 745-5600 "¢ www.ucblueash.edu

Bachelor degree programs: One.

Associate degree programs: 67.

Certificate programs: 18.

Cost: $5,499 per year.

Financial aid: Loans, grants, co-op.

Non-traditional adult working students: Nearly 75 percent of students work.

Average time to complete programs: Varies.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Raymond Walters College provides plenty of convenient options: evening and Saturday classes, part-time or full-time enrollment, distance learning options, counseling and tutoring, and financial aid. Its staff helps ease your transition and provides one-on-one tutoring. Classes are small, and professors are approachable and helpful. And it has "one-stop" financial aid processing so you'll find out fast how much aid is available.

CINCINNATI STATE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223

(513) 861-7700 "¢ www.cincinnatistate.edu

Associate degree programs: 75.

Certificate programs: 66.

Cost: $5,000 per year.

Financial aid: Federal, state, institutional scholarships.

Heavy online or online-only options: Yes.

Average time to complete programs: 3.5 years.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Through its co-op program the college is able to work directly with employers to meet their employment needs and also help direct students to where the jobs are.

 
DEVRY UNIVERSITY

8800 Governor's Hill Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45249

(513) 583-5000 "¢ www.keller.edu

Graduate degree programs: Seven.

Bachelor degree programs: Five.

Associate degree programs: One.

Cost: $350-$580/credit hour; Keller Graduate School of Management, $2,100/course.

Heavy online or online-only options: Yes.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: The school's career services staff works diligently with graduates to guide and motivate them through the career search process. Staff members work with students on career planning, job interviewing and resume preparation. The Cincinnati campus has a Career Services staff member.

 
GATEWAY COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

1025 Amsterdam Road, Covington, KY 41011

(859) 441-4500 "¢ www.gateway.kctcs.edu

Associate degree programs: 30 programs of study, 23 of which offer an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degrees.

Certificate programs: More than 80 in 25 different programs.

Cost: $3,490 per year.

Non-traditional adult working students: 91 percent of students have indicated they intend to work while going to school.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Gateway's faculty and staff are very experienced in helping adult students overcome the challenges associated with starting over. The school provides career advice as well as academic advising, and it has an array of support services to help students juggle the demands of going to school, working and managing a family at the same time.

 
GREAT OAK CAREER CAMPUSES

3254 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241

(513) 771-8925 "¢ www.greatoaks.com/adult

Associate degree programs: One.

Certificate programs: 17.

Cost: For total tuition, books, tools, etc.: $5,500-$9,375 per program.

Financial aid: Available for all full-time program offerings.

Heavy online or online-only options: No.

Average time to complete programs: 900 hours.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Over 96 percent of recent Great Oaks graduates found jobs in their fields of study.

 
HONDROS COLLEGE

4605 Duke Drive, Suite 115, Mason, OH 45040

(513) 573-6093 "¢ www.hondros.edu

School of Nursing Campus

7600 Tyler's Place Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069

(888) 466-3767 "¢ www.hondros.edu

Associate degree programs: Various associate and certificate programs.

Cost: $14,000 per year.

Financial aid: Yes.

Heavy online or online-only options: N/A.

Average time to complete programs: Varies.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: As a career college, Hondros offers the highly focused education needed to succeed in real estate, appraisal, mortgage, insurance, home inspection, financial services and nursing. Its mission is to serve the adult learner with career-specific knowledge and education based on practical application.

 
INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY "” CINCINNATI

9286 Schulze Drive, West Chester, OH 45069

(513) 881-3601 or (800) 498-4968 "¢ www.indwes.edu

Graduate degree programs: Three.

Bachelor degree programs: Six.

Associate degree programs: One.

Certificate programs: None onsite. There are online certificate programs available in communication, criminal justice, human services, and religious studies.

Cost: Average total, $15,000-$22,000.

Financial aid: Stafford Loans, Pell Grants, tuition assistance from selected companies.

Heavy online or online-only options: Yes.

Average time to complete programs: Approximately 20-24 months.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Its affordable, accelerated programs allow students to continue to work, attend to family responsibilities and complete a degree program. Its programs are convenient, allowing students to register only once for all the courses in their program, and delivering all books and materials directly to each student. Students attend classes once a week; the average course length is five to six weeks. Classes are small in size, generally around 15 students.

 
IVY TECH

50 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

(812) 537-4010 "¢ www.ivytech.edu

Associate degree programs: More than 150 programs and concentrations statewide, all of which result in an associate degree or certificate.

Cost: Less than $3,000 per year.

Financial aid: Yes.

Heavy online or online-only options: Yes.

Average time to complete programs: Varies.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Ivy Tech is Indiana's most affordable college "” about half the average annual cost of other schools for tuition and books. It gives you more options, more choices, more ways to complete your education and land a great-paying job for a lot less investment.

 
KAPLAN COLLEGE

801 Linn St., Cincinnati, OH 45203

513-421-9900 "¢ www.cincinnati.kaplancollege.com

Associate degree programs: One.

Certificate programs: Four.

Cost: Medical Assistant, $15,000-$20,000 for diploma, $31,867 for degree.

Financial aid: Available if qualified.

Heavy online or online-only options: No.

Average time to complete programs: Nine to 18 months.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Kaplan is responsive to the needs of adult learners, many of whom juggle work, family and other responsibilities. In addition to small class sizes, its comprehensive support system provides academic advising, study skills workshops, financial aid counseling, time management guidance and more. Curricula include programs designed to prepare students for entry-level employment or advancement in many of the country's fastest-growing occupations.

 
MIAMI UNIVERSITY

501 E. High St., Oxford, OH 45056

(513) 529-2531 "¢ www.muohedu

Graduate degree programs: 80.

Bachelor degree programs: More than 100.

Associate degree programs: 20. Through regional campuses.

Certificate programs: Seven. Through regional campuses.

Cost: $12,198, plus $1,460 (books and supplies) per year.

Financial aid: Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Nursing Loans, loans from Miami University, Bank Education loans, federal Pell grants, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, scholarships and grant aid from Miami.

Heavy online or online-only options: No.

Average time to complete programs: Median time is 3.7 years.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: The workforce development consultants at Miami's Corporate and Community Institute work with individuals and employers for on-site, on-campus or online training.

 
MIAMI UNIVERSITY "” HAMILTON

1601 University Blvd., Hamilton, OH 45011

(513) 785-3111 "¢ www.ham.muohio.edu

Bachelor degree programs: Three.

Associate degree programs: Seven.

Certificate programs: 12.

Cost: Lower division (students with less than 68 semester credit hours), $2,316 per semester. Upper division, $3,510. (Add $300-$1,000 per year for books).

Financial aid: About half of the students receive some sort of financial assistance.

Non-traditional adult working students: 35 percent are 25 or older.

Heavy online or online-only options: Each of Miami's regional campuses is offering 30 online classes this semester.

Average time to complete programs: Average student is on campus for six semesters.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Students choose a Miami regional campus for the affordable tuition, low faculty-to-student ratios, financial aid programs, free counseling and tutoring, and convenient day, evening, and online course offerings.

 
MIAMI UNIVERSITY "” MIDDLETOWN

4200 E. University Blvd., Middletown, OH 45042

(513) 727-3200 "¢ www.mid.muohio.edu

Bachelor degree programs: Three.

Associate degree programs: Seven.

Certificate programs: 12.

Cost: Lower division (students who have earned less than 68 semester credit hours), $2,316 per semester. Upper division, $3,510. (Add $300-$1,000 per year for books).

Financial aid: About half of students receive some sort of financial assistance. Many are eligible for scholarships and awards based on need and/or merit. Aid packages are often combinations of grants, loans and work-study.

Non-traditional adult working students: 36 percent are 25 or older.

Heavy online or online-only options: Each of Miami's regional campuses is offering 30 online classes this semester.

Average time to complete programs: Average student is on campus for 8.6 semesters.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: Students choose a Miami regional campus for the affordable tuition, low faculty-to-student ratios, financial aid programs, free counseling and tutoring, and convenient day, evening, and online course offerings.

 
MIAMI UNIVERSITY "” VOICE OF AMERICA LEARNING CENTER

7847 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069

(513) 895-8862 "¢ www.muohio.edu/voalc

Graduate degree programs: Two.

Cost: $9,000 per year.

Financial aid: A special program for area educators pursuing graduate degrees, Miami TEAM (Teacher Education Access at Miami) Scholarship, provides 50 percent tuition and fees to eligible participants.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: The VOALC is part of Miami University's ongoing outreach efforts to serve the region, increasing accessibility to graduate and undergraduate programs for persons working and living in the Tristate. Courses and programs at the VOALC are focused in areas that have been identified as greatest need (e.g. professional development for educators, graduate business program for working professionals, baccalaureate completion programs to increase educational attainment level of surrounding population).

 
COLLEGE OF MOUNT ST. JOSEPH

5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233

(513) 244-4531 "¢ www.msj.edu

Graduate degree programs: Six.

Number of bachelor's degree programs: 38.

Associate degree programs: Nine.

Certificate programs: Nine.

Cost: $23,500 per year.

Financial aid: In 2008-2009, more than 70 percent of adult students received some type of financial aid, including loans, grants and scholarships, including a transfer scholarship, the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and the Moore-Eckel Scholarship. There are also scholarships available for specific areas of study.

Heavy online or online-only options: No

Average time to complete programs: Varies.

Why should an adult looking for more education choose this school: The Mount provides a campus and programs that appeal to most adults who are considering returning to finish their degree or pursuing an advanced degree. As the only college founded by the Sisters of Charity, the mission of the Mount is demonstrated through the values of simplicity, humility and charity.

 
NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

100 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099

(859) 572-6364 "¢ www.nku.edu

Graduate degree programs: 20.

Bachelor degree programs: 70.

Associate degree programs: Six.

Certificate programs: 23 graduate.

Cost: Undergraduate full-time, $7,128 per semester for Kentucky residents ($11,592 for Cincinnati area residents). General graduate rate, $423 per credit hour ($554 for Cincinnati area residents).

Financial aid: For graduate students there are a few graduate assistantships. The only other aid available to graduate students is guaranteed student loans.

Heavy online or online-only options: No.

Average time to complete programs: Two to three years for graduate students depending on full-time/part-time status.

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