I think a lot of the Masters programs promise the result by Friday. I just got mine - thank f*** I passed. The whole process is bloody drawn out though - hand in a dissertation in September, get the result in December and graduation is in the Summer! Still, remember that song, "I'm glad it's all over I'm glad it's all over". My advice - stay away from Masters Education (ie, educational theory) courses. I'd rather eat my own liver than go through that again. Writing a dissertation on something you are interested in is a lot better. Most programs you can get at least some of your points from something less hellish than the core.