7 Most Expensive Degrees You Can Get

When researching a college or university to attend after high school, the price tag isn’t supposed to have an impact on where you choose to go. After all, your post-secondary education sets the path for your career and life choices after graduation. However, some schools in the United States set their tuition so high that it’s simply ridiculous to think anyone could actually afford it!

Many of the programs on the list below cost over $100,000 per year, which makes it almost unattainable to anyone other than millionaires and folks who are lucky enough to get a full scholarship. Check this list out, and figure out if you think any of the programs below are worth the money.

Vassar College – Media Studies Program


If you can’t get enough of media, and want to make it your career, you should definitely check out Vassar College. Located in the scenic Hudson Valley of New York state, the liberal arts college was founded in 1861, and has been known throughout its history for being very selective. The media studies program emphasizes an interrelated approach to studying all of the different types of media, and once admitted, students can look forward to studying media from the Bible to the most up-to-the-moment pop culture unfolding around them. One unique aspect of this program is the Senior project, which requires students to organize a unique solo project to be presented to faculty by the end of the year.

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Sabatheus (Jim Mills) / Own Work

Although it may not seem that expensive relative to the other schools on this list, the Vassar College program rings in at $223,525 — the most expensive Media Studies program in the country.

Bard College – Music Program


Although Bard College isn’t entirely devoted to music, their Conservatory of Music is famous across the country for giving artists a solid foundation in classical music. Programs include vocal, piano, advanced instrument performance, and conducting. The Conservatory offers great opportunities for students to perform on campus, as well as taking students on semi-annual concert tours that span the globe.

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It also offers a Summer Institute for students to allow them to pick up classes which they might not otherwise get to take during the year. In addition to using Bard’s campus and facilities, the Conservatory students also have access to the Laszlo Z. Bito Conservatory — a brand-new, purpose built building that features rehearsal rooms, studios, offices, and a recital hall.

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Nancy Kennedy / Shutterstock.com

Considering all the amenities of the Conservatory, the cost is definitely worth it, but it’s not cheap — an undergraduate degree starts at $271,375.

St. John’s College – Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts


If you want to go to college in Annapolis but don’t want to attend the United States Naval Academy, then maybe St. John’s College is for you. A tiny college located in Maryland, St. John’s has a prestigious Liberal Arts program that attracts students from around the country. The Liberal Arts program focuses on using the great texts of the Western canon as a lens through which to explore key topics like Literature, Mathematics, and Philosophy. Although the small classes offer students tons of individual attention, this benefit comes with a hefty price tag: a Master’s degree will set you back $308,392.

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