I'm well into the early middle of my career and there are times I regret not going the academic route. But, I also love being a Planning Director and I really love my current job and hope to stay where I am until I retire. I'd also like to stay current in this field or one closely related. Further, I like working on complex projects that take a long time to complete. I have a BS and an MA from a Big 12 university and a decent GPA in each. I test well and I truly believe I have both the time and ability to attempt this project.
So, my fellow Cyburbians am asking for your help. I'd like to spend the next seven to ten years of my life working on a Ph.D. program online while working full time at the job I love. (I have a mortgage, life, and am far too well settled to go back to university full time.) Can this be done? Is there a legitimate and respected online Ph.D. anywhere? I’m looking for something closely related to planning.
I've looked at a few online programs and I can't seem to separate the wheat from the chaff. It appears that Walden University wants about $600,000 for a Ph.D. in Public Administration. Yikes!
So, what do you know about online Ph.D. programs? And do you know anyone you respect that is working on one? Thanks for your thoughts.