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I looked at it very seriously last year. The program looks excellent , ask them for a brochure. I know of a few people who got their degrees from UNE. I ended up studying with USQ (a toss up between the two) which I am also happy with, nearly half done.
Gordon, what made you choose USQ over UNE? Anything in particular?
I thought the courses seemed more interesting at USQ.
USQ has a trimester system rather than 2 semesters. This gives you a little more flexibilty in the amount of classes you want to study and enables you to finish sooner.
I found the program coordinator (Bronwen) at USQ to be extremely helpful and still do. She makes the place run.
The tuition was about the same, quite affordable really (approx. $9,000 AUS) for either of the schools.
Still it wasn't an easy choice, they are both good schools. In fact, I looked closely at over 18 masters programs in TEFL/Linguistics/Education around the world.
UNE is a well-respected university and its online courses are great. But if you're going to study on-campus you might want to think again! If you're looking for night-life and excitement for your non-academic hours, UNE is not the place to go!
(It's in my hometown so I'm pretty qualified to comment!)
I finished the online MA in Applied Linguistics through this uni in 2005. The biggest attraction at first was that it could be done in a year. I found that some of the subjects were very well organized and content systematically structured, but others were very ordinary. I believe that things have greatly improved since then with an addition of new subjects and the option of majoring in TESOL. Since I studied linguistics in my BA I honestly felt that the course content was a bit easy for an MA, but it seems to be on par with similar programs internationally.