At $1.3 trillion, student-loan debt in the US exceeds car loans and even credit-card debt. But education is an investment for the future, or so the mantra goes. Students routinely pay hefty costs to come away with the diplomas they desire.
With that in mind, Business Insider rounded up some of the most costly degree programs around the world.
The programs span some of the expected categories, like medical degrees and MBAs, to less likely bachelor of arts programs and music degrees.
The prices listed below reference only tuition costs without room and board and other expenses.
Below are seven of the most expensive programs in the world:
Harvey Mudd appears to be one of the most expensive undergraduate program in the US. The Claremont, California-based program runs students $209,532 for four years.
It focuses on science, mathematics, and engineering, and graduates earn an early-career average salary of $78,200 and $133,000 mid-career.
Columbia's med school will cost aspiring doctors $230,536 over the course of their four years of schooling.
The competitive program is ranked as the seventh-best med school among research programs by US News & World Report.
The music major at Bard is typically five years and provides graduates with a bachelor of music degree as well as a bachelor of arts in a field other than music. It runs $253,520 for the five-year program.
The Bard College Conservatory of Music is ranked in the top 20 for best music conservatories in the nation.
Though the program is still in proposal phase, the four-year course is a doctorate of business and will cost students $332,000. That makes it one of the most expensive degrees in the world.
The program 'will be very small and selective, demanding substantial resources for intensive teaching and support services,' a representative from Cambridge told Business Insider in an email.
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