Caveat Emptor, let the buyer beware
This means you need to ask the necessary questions, do the necessary research and get the necessary answers BEFORE spending money, especially if you are spending a great deal of money.
There are great programs out there but... The best programs are not going to cost you an arm and a leg or a mortgage on your home or farm.
But they say they are accredited? Great, but does that mean you can transfer their credits to Yale, or U.C. San Diego or University of Michigan? Be sensible you are getting a religious degree from a religious institution. Most of the time their accredtation is for their benefit not yours.
Should I even get a New Thought degree ? Yes, if New Thought is your path, get a degree in New Thought and become a practitioner, then a teacher, then a minister and eventually a doctor. But always remember, the degrees are not worth anything if you are lacking in compassion and don't develop your consciousness.
How can I know if the program is good? By the consciosuness of the peopel running the program. Are they supoprtive and loving? Are they pushing you to be your best? Since it is a religious degree, don't be fooled by a bunch of academics who are touting their credentials. One student was attending a Divinity School and found out that her "professor" had a doctorate from a Seminary she created. But she learned a great deal and eventually graduated and is now a successful minister.
But if I pay more for my degree it should be worth more! Not really. You need to understand that if you want such validation, then you need to go to Harvard, Yale, Stanford or UCLA, University of Maryland etc... A religious degree is for you to become a minster. But you might be able to get on a talk show and they will call your Rev. or Dr.
There are lots of good programs and good degrees The chief difference between them is often the cost and the philosophy. If you pay $500 dollars and successfully complete Dr. Holly Heinz's ministerial program and get your ordination you are a New Thought Minister. If you are going to do your own ministry and don't need to be part of a denomination that is probably the best investment you can make.
But if you want to be part of a particular organization, then start with their classes and work up through their hierarchy. Don't go to a different organization, get your ordination and come back to your local center which is part of a different denomination and think they will hire you. You can compare that to going to a baptist college and then going to a methodist church to get a job. They are likely to say that you are the wrong denomination.
Get educated and use your brains! If you want to get a good degree but don't want to spend a fortune, do your research. If you don't care how much you spend and you are blessed with a trust fund, then go for it baby but think before you leap because your degree may not guarantee your ordination.