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What is the cost comparison between the American Band College of SHSU and Various U.S. Universities?

All fees are based on 2018 prices and are subject to change.

SHSU's Master's Degree (ABC)
An Item-by-Item Cost Comparison
ITEM
ACADEMIC COSTS
VARIOUS U.S.
UNIVERSITIES
AMERICAN BAND
COLLEGE at SHSU
Credits & fees (30 semester hours) $35,000 to $60,000 $15,420
Cost of academic fees PER summer $15,833 average nationally $5,140
Average cost PER CREDIT (semester credit) $1583 (per semester credit) $514 (per semester credit)

(†) Study material set, special books and materials plus local fees related to lab and classroom usage that are bill as part of Room & Board & Local Fees below.

RO0OM AND BOARD COSTS & LOCAL FEES VARIOUS U.S.
UNIVERSITIES
AMERICAN BAND
COLLEGE at SHSU
Room & Board (3 summers/double occupancy*) $10,000 to $18,000 $6,465 - 6,885
Books, music, recordings, and lab fees (3 summers) $3,000 to 5,000 $80 (optional)
COST of room, board and lab fees PER summer $5,333 $2,155 - 2,295

(*) Based on period of time students would be required to live on campus: normally 6 weeks per summer at most universities; 2+ weeks per summer for ABC. Breakfast and lunch included in room and board cost above.

TOTAL COMBINED COSTS VARIOUS U.S.
UNIVERSITIES
AMERICAN BAND
COLLEGE at SHSU
TOTAL cost of degree (excluding travel) $50,000 average nationally $21,885 - 22,305
Cost of academic fees/room/board PER SUMMER $16,666 average nationally $7,295 - 7,435

Total cost of The American Band College Master's Degree is less than 1/2 the national average!

TEACHING STAFF & CLASS DIVERSITY VARIOUS U.S.
UNIVERSITIES
AMERICAN BAND
COLLEGE at SHSU
Total number of teachers per summer 6 to 10 23
Total number of different teachers (3 years) 15 to 20 51
Total number of different subject areas 10 to 15 25
Classes related directly to band directing 10 to 20 75

The Sam Houston State University master's degree (provided in conjunction with the American Band College) is a Master of Arts (M.A.) Conducting Track degree. The degree is conferred by Sam Houston State University (an NASM* school) under the auspices of the Texas State Board of Higher Education. In addition, the American Band College Certification (similar to a Nursing Certification) is awarded, in the form of a myrtlewood plaque, by the ABC masters degree faculty to those completing the degree. Number of graduates through Summer of 2017 is 963, with candidates from all 50 states. (CLICK HERE to see ABC Candidate Photobook)

*NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It has approximately 600 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional Membership is gained through the peer review process of accreditation.

 

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