50 Best Nonprofit Colleges & Universities for Online Master’s Degrees

Our 50 Best Colleges for Online Master’s Degrees 2018 ranking highlights the best non-profit, regionally accredited colleges and universities at which to pursue an online education leading to a master’s Degree. While our Students Before Profits Awards rank online programs in specific disciplines according to affordability, this ranking utilizes a variety of publicly available data including: tuition rates, U.S. News scores, number of master’s degree programs offered, and student to teacher ratios. This data was put through a carefully weighted formula that assigns each school under evaluation a score of 1 to 100. The top 50 scoring schools are featured in this ranking. As always, only regionally accredited nonprofit or public schools were eligible for this ranking.

#1. Drexel University

Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Drexel University is a leading university enrolling over 25,000 students. It is among the largest private nonprofit universities in the United States and is recognized as an innovator in education. Drexel University offers many flexible options for both traditional and non-traditional students. It has several campuses, including three in Philadelphia, but students from all over the world enroll via the internet.

Drexel University is globally renowned as one of the top providers of online degree programs, offering cutting-edge online programs since 1996. Drexel University provides over 140 accelerated degree and certificate programs online and caters to both conventional students and working professionals interested in advancing their education. As a university with a 125-year legacy of providing quality higher education, Drexel is proud to provide the same high level of experiential learning, academic quality, and support to its online students. Online Master’s degrees are offered in a diverse range of fields including: Biomedical Research, Business, Clinical Research, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering, Information Science, Legal Studies, Nursing, Psychology, Sports, and much more.

Accreditation: Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $1,112 per credit hour.

#2. Arizona State University

Arizona State University, which has a physical location in Tempe, Arizona, is one of the largest universities in the United States, with an enrollment of approximately 70,000. It is a public research university that was established in 1885, and it has since graduated many leaders and other productive members of society with the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy.

Arizona State University understands the busy schedule of many students and has come to accommodate them offering rigorous online programs in a variety of different fields. Regardless of your schedule, you can find time to tend to your education with the online schooling offered by Arizona State University’s esteemed administration and faculty. Over 50 different online Master’s degrees are offered through ASU Online in subjects including: American Media and Popular Culture, Biomedical Diagnostics, Business Analytics, Business Journalism, Clinical Research Management, Communication, Criminal Justice, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Systems, English, Family and Human Development, Global Security, Graphic Information Technology, Health Informatics, Healthcare Innovation, History, Industrial Engineering, Liberal Studies, Materials Science and Engineering, Psychology, Social Work, Sustainability Leadership, Technical Communication, and more.

Accreditation: Arizona State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $512 per credit hour.

#3. University of Florida

The University of Florida is a major research institution located in the north Florida college town of Gainesville. This school is the oldest public university in the state and has a ranking of 17 on the U.S. News and World Report list of the top twenty national public universities. The Princeton Review finds the school the seventh best value in public education. With over 50,000 students, the campus is quite impressive in size and scope. There are 16 different colleges set on the main campus. Students can choose from a wide selection of online degree programs ranging from Bachelors to Doctorates.

With nearly 200 online degree programs students can further their education with the University of Florida from anywhere in the world. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees online, all of which are the same degrees as those earned on campus. Prospective students can take the online self-assessment survey to discern if pursuing a degree in this manner is the best route. All online students must meet all the academic requirements set for regular admission to the University of Florida. Online Master’s degrees are available in subjects including: Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Education, Agronomy, Art Education, Arts in Medicine, Biostatistics, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Educational Leadership, Electrical Engineering, Entomology and Nematology, Environmental Engineering, Fire and Emergency Sciences, Fisheries and Aquatic Science, Forest Resources and Conservation, Gerontology, Health Education and Behavior, Industrial and Systems Engineering, International Construction Management, Latin, Mass Communication, Materials Science, Music Education, Pharmacy, Reading Education, Sports Management, Sustainable Design, Urban and Regional Planning, and much more.

Accreditation: The University of Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $341 per credit hour.

#4. Troy University

Troy University is a comprehensive public university headquartered in Troy, Alabama and comprised of a network of campuses throughout the state and worldwide. International in scope, Troy University provides a variety of educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student body in traditional, nontraditional, and emerging electronic formats. Academic programs are supported by a variety of student services which promote the welfare of the individual student. Troy University’s dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and exploration of knowledge and its applications to life-long success through effective teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship, and research.

Troy University is known for providing high-quality, affordable academic programs in formats that make it convenient to balance college, work and family. Troy develops its students by providing quality programs, challenging research opportunities, superior teaching, scholarships, and public services through accessible degree programs administered online. A variety of online Master’s degrees are available through Troy University including programs in: Adult Education, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, History, Human Resource Management, Instructional Leadership, International Relations, Management, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Sport and Fitness Management, Strategic Communication, Teacher Leader, and more.

Accreditation: Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $494 per credit hour.

#5. Pennsylvania State University—World Campus

The Pennsylvania State University—commonly called Penn State or PSU—operates on a stated three-fold mission: teaching, research and public service. Based in Pennsylvania and supporting more than 44,000 students, is one of the largest universities in America. Penn State World Campus functions as the institution’s online program portal. Through Penn State World Campus, students can choose from any of 80-plus degree and certificate programs.

Penn State World Campus offers more than 125 accredited graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, certificates, and minors. These online programs are taught by the same faculty who teach in the academic colleges at Penn State and degree or certificates are the same as those earned in on-campus programs. Penn State World Campus offers master’s degrees online to help students advance their careers. Over 50 online master’s degree programs are available including programs in: Accounting, Additive Manufacturing, Applied Demography, Applied Statistics, Art Education, Business Administration, Community and Economic Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Engineering Management, Geodesign, Homeland Security, Human Resources and Employment Relations, Nursing, Public Administration, Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems, Software Engineering, Special Education, and many more. There are also 22 graduate certificate programs available.

Accreditation: Pennsylvania State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition: $853 per credit hour.

#6. University of Alabama

Located in Tuscaloosa Alabama, The University of Alabama is the state’s flagship campus and enrolls almost 37,000 students. The university is dedicated to advancing the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state of Alabama, the nation, and the world through the creation, translation, and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research, and service. In addition to high quality on campus programs, the University of Alabama offers a variety of programs through nontraditional formats including online, video conference, evening, weekend, etc tailored for adults with demanding work and family lives.

At The University of Alabama students can earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree through flexible programs designed for adults. BamaByDistance students take accredited distance courses from the comfort of home and attend classes at convenient times and locations. Students may also earn credit for prior learning or work-related projects. Students can earn a master’s degree online in Management, Marketing, Operations, Communication, Journalism, Library and Information Studies, Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology, Higher Education, Human Performance, Rehabilitation Counseling, Secondary Education, Special Education, Computer Technology and Applications, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and more.

Accreditation: The University of Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $375 per credit hour.

#7. University of South Florida

Founded in 1956 on Henderson Air Field, an old World War II airstrip, the University of South Florida has grown to become the fourth-largest public university in Florida. Located in the top tier of research universities by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and one of the top holders of US patents, the University of South Florida is a research powerhouse. University of South Florida is located in the city of Tampa, and is spread across the Tampa Bay Area, with three different campuses. Over 48,000 students are enrolled across the three campuses. The university is dedicated to the delivery of competitive undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, to generate knowledge, foster intellectual development, and ensure student success in a global environment.

USF Innovative Education offers opportunities to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or just a single course, in a convenient online format. Online programs are designed to meet student’s educational needs while empowering them to juggle the demands of their busy lifestyles. USF offers more than two dozen online graduate degrees including programs in: Cybersecurity, Music Education, Behavioral and Community Sciences, Adult Education, Autism, Career and Technical Education, Gifted Education, Physical Education, Instructional Technology, Engineering Management, Information Technology, Global Sustainability, Health Informatics, Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Epidemiology, Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief, Infection Control, and more.

Accreditation: University of South Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $348 per credit hour.

#8. Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University is a private nonprofit university ranked among the nation’s top research universities. Nova Southeastern has also been highly ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for its research efforts. Accepting its first class of students in 1964, Nova Southeastern University’s original campus was located on an abandoned Naval Outlying Landing Field that had remained dormant since World War II. Only offering graduate level courses at first, Nova Southeastern University’s curriculum eventually grew to encompass a wider array of courses. Located in Davie, Florida, Nova Southeastern University is currently home to over 25,000 students and offers 175 different programs of study. The university is dedicated to offering a diverse array of innovative academic programs that complement on-campus educational opportunities and resources with accessible distance learning programs to foster academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, leadership, research, and commitment to community through engagement of students and faculty members in a dynamic life-long learning environment.

With an Internet connection, Nova Southeastern University students can participate in online courses from any location in the world. These programs provide Web-based instruction, online access to course content and a wide range of activities, including frequent student-teacher and student-student communication. Online master’s degrees are offered in disciplines including: Accounting, Biomedical Informatics, Business Administration, Child Protection, Clinical Vision Research, Coastal Zone Management, Computer Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Cross Disciplinary Studies, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Education Law, Forensic Psychology, Gerontology, Health Law, Health Science, Information Security, Leadership, Management Information Systems, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Public Health, Software Engineering, and more.

Accreditation: Nova Southeastern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $895 per credit hour.

#9. Indiana University

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Indiana University is a major multicampus public research institution, grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, and a world leader in professional, medical, and technological education. Indiana University is the flagship school in the Indiana University system of higher education and enrolls a student body of just under 50,000 students. The University’s mission is to provide broad access to undergraduate and graduate education for students throughout Indiana, the United States, and the world, as well as outstanding academic and cultural programs and student services.

IU offers more than 100 online degrees and academic certificate programs and hundereds of online classes from all of the IU’s campuses. Students seeking an online degree or simply to supplement their encamps college experience receive high quality and flexible educational experiences through IU’s online courses. Online master’s degrees are available in: Adult Education, Business Administration, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Facilities Management, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Health Informatics, Instructional Systems, Library Science,Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, Marketing, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Nursing, Park and Public Lands Management, Philanthropic Studies, Public Affairs, Recreational Therapy, Safety Management, Social Work, Strategic Management, and more.

Accreditation: Indiana University is regionally accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $404 per credit hour.

#10. Regent University

Established in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent University is a private university originally named the Christian Broadcast Network University. Founded by Pat Robertson in 1977, the Christian Broadcast Network University would evolve over the coming decades to become Regent University. Operating under its original name for thirteen years, the school was renamed to Regent University in 1990. In 1997, the school began to offer a Master’s degree online making it one of the first school’s to do so. Now, Regent University offers seventy different courses and enrolls 6,100 students.

Regent University offers a wide variety of online degree programs that provide students a quality education grounded in the Christian faith. Regent has exceptional standards for its online education and is nationally recognized as one of only 25 universities in the United States to receive an “A” rating by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Regent offers a wide variety of online degree programs leading to a master’s in disciplines including: Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, Film and Animation, Government, Information Systems Technology, International Studies, Law, Leadership, Psychology and Counseling, Public Administration, Religion and Theology, Science, and Theatre and Music.

Accreditation: Regent University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition: $650 per credit hour.

#11. University of Denver

Established in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountains. Still located in Denver, Colorado, the University of Denver enrolls approximately 12,000 students. The mission of the University is to promote learning by engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. DU form active partnerships with local and global communities to contribute to a sustainable common good.

The University of Denver’s college of professional and continuing studies, University College, offers graduate students and Bachelor of Arts Completion Program students the opportunity to earn their degrees or certificates entirely online, on campus, or in a combination of both. Designed and delivered for busy adults seeking a convenient format to pursue their degree, online classes allow students to fit education into their demanding schedule and help propel their careers forward. Online classes present the same content and are driven by the same academic outcomes as campus classes, but are delivered differently for student convenience. A variety of online master’s degrees are available in subjects including: Arts and Culture, Communication Management, Environmental Policy and Management, Geographic Information Systems, Global Affairs, Healthcare Leadership, Information and Communications Technology, Leadership and Organizations, Professional Creative Writing, Security Management, and Strategic Human Resources.

Accreditation: University of Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $660 per credit hour.

#12. University of Missouri

Located in Columbia, Missouri, the University of Missouri is a land-grant university and Missouri’s only public research and doctoral-level institution. The University’s mission is to discover, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge. The university promotes learning by its students and lifelong learning by Missouri’s citizens, fosters innovation to support economic development, and advances the health, cultural, and social interests of the people of Missouri, the nation, and the world. The University of Missouri enrolls over 33,000 students and offers over 300 different programs of study.

Mizzou Online (the University of Missouri’s online division) enables students from anywhere to further their education with more than 100 degree and certificate options and 1000 plus courses designed to deliver the same quality educational experience as the University of Missouri’s on-campus programs. A wide variety of online master’s degrees are offered in subjects including: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Economics; Business Administration; Art Education; Autism Education; Early Childhood Education; Educational Leadership; Learning Systems Design and Development; Library Science; Literacy Education; Mental Health practices in Schools; Positive Coaching; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Technology in Schools; Public Health; Family and Community Services; Gerontology; Youth Development; Health Communication; Media Management; Public Affairs; Biomedical Sciences; and much more.

Accreditation: The University of Missouri is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $360 per credit hour.

#13. Western Kentucky University

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Western Kentucky University is a public university and home to a student body of 21,000 students enrolled in over one-hundred different programs of study. WKU is engaged in internationally acclaimed, student-and-learning-centered academic programs. Western Kentucky University is dedicated to the preparation of students of all backgrounds to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible citizen-leaders of a global society. The University provides research, service, and lifelong learning opportunities for its students, faculty, and other constituents.

Western Kentucky University is committed to helping students reach their educational goals with flexibility of time and space. With more than 1,700 web classes offered each year, on demand options that allow students to start any day, and over 100 online degree and certificate programs, opportunities for nontraditional, distance-based students abound. Additionally, WKU offers nationally recognized support services for online learners including tutoring, career services, and student success coaching. Online Master’s degrees include programs in: Criminology, History, Mathematics, Organizational Leadership, Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities, Adult Education, Education and Behavioral Science, Business Administration, Health Administration, Public Health, Social Work, Biology, Child and Family Studies, Engineering Technology Management, Instructional Design, Library Media Education, Speech-Language Pathology, Nursing, Sports Media and Branding, and more.

Accreditation: Western Kentucky University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition: $490 per credit hour.

#14. Ball State University

Enrolling over 22,000 students, Ball State University is a public institution of higher learning located in Muncie, Indiana. The University also encompasses two satellite campuses in Fishers and Indianapolis. Ball State is dedicated to the preparation of students as global citizens. The university equips students with knowledge of the diverse people with whom they share this world. Additionally, Ball State equips its students to acquire and critically evaluate the abudance of information that they encounter in our rapidly changing world.

Ball State offers more than 70 online degrees, certificates, and educator licenses, taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Ball Sate’s online programs routinely rank among the best in the nation. Online master’s degrees are available in: Adult and Community Education, Applied Behavior Analysis, Business Administration, Career and Technical Education, Coaching Education, Curriculum and Educational Technology, Educational Administration and Supervision, Educational Psychology, Emerging Media Design and Development, Executive Development, Interior Design, Journalism, Nursing, Public Relations, Quantitative Psychology, Secondary Education, Technology Education, Urban Design, and more.

Accreditation: Ball State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $503 per credit hour.

#15. Fort Hays State University

Located in Hays, Kansas, Fort Hays State University is the third-largest public school in the state of Kansas with a student body of 11,200 students. FHSU provides accessible quality education to Kansas, the nation, and the world through an innovative community to teacher-scholars and professionals to develop engaged global citizen-leaders.

Fort Hays State University is a true world leader in distance education, offering over 50 online degrees specifically designed for adult learners. Students can take a class or earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree through highly ranked online programs that are among the least expensive in the United States. Online master’s degrees are available in: Business Administration, School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Education, Educational Administration, Health and Human Performance, Higher Education, History, Instructional Technology, Liberal Studies, Professional Studies, Public History, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, School Psychology, and Special Education.

Accreditation: Fort Hays State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $280 per credit hour.

#16. University of Alabama—Birmingham

The University of Alabama—Birmingham is a public university located in Birminham Alabama and is one of three universities in the University of Alabama System. The school was established in 1936 as an academic extension center and became an autonomous university in 1969. The university enrolls over 18,500 students and offers degree programs in over 140 areas of study at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels as well as offering professional degrees.

UAB offers access to totally online and blended format degree and certificate programs that are an extension of UAB’s dynamic traditional campus that has thrived on boldness and innovation. UAB continues to push the frontiers in science, medicine, business, engineering, education, clinical care, the arts and the humanities — and has garnered national and international respect. Online master’s degrees available include programs in: Criminal Justice, Sociology, Accounting, Business Administration, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Health Education, Reading, Special Education, Instructional Design, Advanced Safety Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Engineering, Information Engineering, Sustainable Smart Cities, Health Administration, Nutrition Sciences, Nurse Practitioner, Environmental Health and Toxicology, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, Health Care Organization, Maternal and Child Health Policy, Nutrition Sciences, and much more.

Accreditation: The University of Alabama—Birmingham is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $1088 per credit hour.

#17. Regis University

Regis University is a private Jesuit Catholic university, offering multiple degrees and programs for undergraduate and graduate studies and online programs. Regis University was founded in 1877 by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits living in New Mexico and is now located in Denver, Colorado. Regis University is a nationally-recognized, award-winning school with a clear mission in serving our communities and striving for leadership and personal development.

The College for Professional Studies (CPS) at Regis University offers many options for online degree programs. The online courses provide opportunities for students to work with their facilitators and other students worldwide. The online degree classes are presented in accelerated terms of five or eight weeks and occur at the same time as campus courses. The classes follow an organized semester schedule; however, there are many choices in when and where you study. More than 6,400 students per year enroll in online studies at Regis University. Online master’s degrees are available in a variety of disciplines including: Accounting, Criminology, Data Science, Developmental Practice, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Reading, Teaching the Linguistically Diverse, Enterprise Systems Engineering, Health Care Informatics and Information Management, Human Resource Management, Information Assurance, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Business Administration, Nursing, Organizational Leadership, Software Engineering, and more.

Accreditation: Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $650 per credit hour.

#18. Kansas State University

Kansas State University is a public, land-grant university founded in 1966. Kansas State has campuses in the cities of Manhattan, Olathe and Salina, Kansas. The main campus encompasses 664 acres in the northeast Kansas city of Manhattan. The university serves over 20,000 students from all 50 States and several countries throughout the world. The university is dedicated to fostering excellent teaching, research and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community.

Kansas State has been offering distance education courses since 1971 and provides a wide variety of online only and online/on-campus programs for undergraduates and graduates, along with certificate and minor programs. A variety of online degrees are available with master’s degrees in disciplines including: Academic Advising, Adult Learning and Leadership, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education and Communication, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Community Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Dietetics, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Family and Community Services, Gerontology, Industrial Engineering, Merchandising, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, Personal Financial Planning, Software Engineering, Teaching, Youth Development, and more.

Accreditation: Kansas State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $563 per credit hour.

#19. Colorado State University

Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Colorado State University is a public institution enrolling approximately 34,000 students. CSU is a comprehensive graduate research university with selective adminission standards. Charged with offering a comprehensive array of baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, it holds exclusive statewide authority for programs in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. CSU is dedicated to the land-grant concept of a balanced program of teaching, research, extension, public service, and engagement for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and the world.

Colorado State University’s online and distance programs provide quality education that moves with its students, wherever they are, and wherever they go. CSU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are regionally accredited, and taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. Also offered are certificates, badges, and individual courses to help students reach your personal and career goals. Online master’s degree programs are available in Agricultural Sciences, Arts Leadership and Cultural Management, Music Therapy, Business Administration, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Tourism Management, Communications and Media Management, Computer Information Systems, Adult Education, Conducting, Natural Sciences Education, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Dietetics, Social Work, Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Stewardship, and more.

Accreditation: Colorado State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $825 per credit hour.

#20. University of Central Florida

The largest public research university in the United States, the University of Central Florida is also the largest space-grant university in the state of Florida. Established as the Florida Technological University, the University of Central Florida was established by the Florida Legislature in the 1963. The Florida Legislature opened the school in order to train and educate students in preparation for work within the United States Space Program at the nearby Kennedy Space Station. Today, the University of Central Florida enrolls 63,000 students.

UCF offers online degree programs that combine an outstanding learning experience with personalized convenience and flexibility. Online programs offer students the ability to advance in their chosen career and create success for themselves. With 20 years of experience providing top online degrees, UCF is a trusted source for innovative education technology. With more than 60 online programs, the university offers some of the best online degrees for students who cannot attend classes on campus. Online master’s degrees are available in a variety of disciplines including: Aerospace Engineering, Applied Learning and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics, Educational Leadership, Engineering Management, English, Exceptional Student Education, Health Administration, Forensic Science, Health Care Informatics, Industrial Engineering, Instructional Design, Public Administration, Social Work, Materials Science and Engineering, Nonprofit Management, Nursing, Research Administration, and more.

Accreditation: University of Central Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $511 per credit hour.

#21. Texas Tech University

Committed to teaching and the advancement of knowledge, Texas Tech University, a comprehensive public research university, provides the highest standards of excellence in higher education, fosters intellectual and personal development, and stimulates meaningful research and service to humankind. Located in Lubbock, Texas TTU enrolls 37,000 students.

Texas Tech University eLearning & Academic Partnerships, a division of the Office of the Provost, is dedicated to supporting online and distance students and the faculty and staff who serve them. From kindergarten through high school to online bachelor’s and graduate programs through lifelong learners aged 50 and over (and everything in-between), TTU offers extensive, flexible, affordable, attainable and prestigious Tier One educational solutions. Online master’s degrees are available in disciplines including: Art Education, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Strategic Communication and Innovation, Technical Communication, Civil Engineering, Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education Administration, Instructional Technology, Special Education, Healthcare Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Public Administration, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Education, Horticulture, Gerontology, Multidisciplinary Science, Plant and Soil Science, Software Engineering, and more.

Accreditation: Texas Tech University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $608 per credit hour.

#22. Lamar University

Located in Beaumont, Texas, Lamar University is a public university with a student body of 15,000 students. Lamar University engages and empowers students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in their personal lives and chosen fields of endeavor. As a doctoral granting institution, Lamar University is internationally recognized for its high quality academics, innovative curriculum, diverse student population, accessibility and leading-edge scholarly activities dedicated to transforming the communities of Southeast Texas and beyond.

LU Online’s mission is to provide alternative avenues of access for those wanting to continue their educational goals. Online courses and degree programs offered through the Center for Distance Education are tailored to meet the dynamic schedules and commitments of adult learners in the workforce. LU Online meets the emerging needs of today’s learner with quality, affordable, dynamic courses, and degree programs for a global society. Online degree programs include master’s degrees in Business Administration (Criminal Justice Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, and Management), Public Health, Nursing, and Criminal Justice.

Accreditation: Lamar University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $509 per credit hour.

#23. University of North Dakota

Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the University of North Dakota is the oldest and largest university in North Dakota and has more than 100,000 alumni, including some well-renowned individuals. The University of North Dakota, as a member of the North Dakota University System, serves the state, the country, and the world community through teaching, research, creative activities, and service. With more than 200 academic fields of study, students gain a quality education and have the opportunity to earn their undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or a law or medicine degree.

The University of North Dakota also offers an exceptional online program. Students can choose from 50+ institutionally accredited graduate certificates, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees. Online and distance offerings are convenient and flexible. Master’s degrees are available in a wide variety of disciplines including: Applied Economics, Aviation, Business Administration, Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education, English Language Learner Education, Instructional Design, Reading Education, Special Education, Electrical Engineering, Forensic Psychology, Medical Laboratory Science, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy Public Administration, Public Health, Social Work, Space Studies, and more.

Accreditation: The University of North Dakota is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $588 per credit hour.

#24. Columbus State University

Located in Columbus, Georgia, just 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus State University is part of the University System of Georgia, enrolling more than 8,200 students in a wide variety of degree programs from online degrees to a doctorate in education. Since the university’s founding in 1958, CSU has educated students who have gone on to become leaders at the local, state, and national level. Columbus State University offers nationally distinctive programs in the arts, education, business, nursing, and more. Columbus State University strives to be a first choice institution for discerning students who seek challenging programs, engaged faculty, and a vibrant, globally, connected campus culture.

Columbus State offers a wide variety of online program offerings leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as Certificate and Endorsement options. Online offering include entirely online programs as well as partial online courses and hybrid online courses. Master’s degrees are available in disciplines including: Cybersecurity, Modeling and Simulation, Software Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Business Administration, Public Administration, Government Administration, Health Services Administration, Special Education, Teacher Leadership, and more.

Accreditation: Columbus State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $301 per credit hour.

#25. Northern Arizona University

Located in Flagstaff Arizona, Northern Arizona University is one of the states premier research universities. Northern Arizona University enrolls a student body of 28,000. NAU’s academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavors enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond. The University is dedicated to developing solutions to challenges and driving innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment.

Through NAU-Extended Campuses, students can choose from a variety of accredited, entirely online degree programs and pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree without interrupting work or personal life. NAU also offers degree programs in a blended format, which means students complete some courses online and some in person at one of the more than 30 campuses across Arizona. A wide variety of online degree options are available at NAU including programs in: Administration, Health Sciences, Justice Studies, Land Use Planning, Leadership, Professional Writing, Project Management, Public Management, Small Business, Applied Geospatial Sciences, Bilingual and Multicultural Education, Career and Technical Education, Communication, Counseling, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, English Literature, English Rhetoric, Global Business Administration, Human Relations, Mathematics Education, Nursing, School Psychology, Special Education, and more.

Accreditation: Northern Arizona University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $458 per credit hour.

#26. Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University is dedicated to changing the lives of its students so that they can go out and change the lives of others.
A private, suburban university near Pittsburgh, RMU combines the advantages of a safe residential campus with the opportunities for experiential learning, professional internships, and networking opportunities of a large city. The university combines academic excellence with a professional focus in more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. It is one of the most affordable private universities in Pennsylvania.

Robert Morris University offers students chances to gain an online degree in the comfort of one’s home. The online experience at RMU is specifically designed to fit your busy, active lifestyle. Each online degree offered by RMU mirrors the university’s tradition of excellence and dedication to the professional student, providing an applied curriculum taught by the same professors that teach in the on-campus programs. Online Programs include master’s degrees in Human Resource Management, Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, Engineering Management, Data Analytics Systems, Information Technology Project Management, Internet Information Systems, Nursing, Business Education, Instructional Leadership, Engineering Management, and more.

Accreditation: Robert Morris University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $865 per credit hour.

#27. University of Cincinnati

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the United States. The University of Cincinnati serves the people of Ohio, the nation, and the world as a premier, public, urban research university dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research.

Online learning at the University of Cincinnati provides access to an abundance of high-quality educational opportunities—degrees, certificates, and courses online and through other media. Online graduate programs at UC consistently rank among the best available in multiple disciplines. University of Cincinnati is committed to meeting the needs of students for alternative delivery options that are affordable and convenient as as they pursue the knowledge and credentials needed to advance in their careers. Online master’s degree programs include degrees in: Health Administration, Health Informatics, Speech-Language Pathology, Taxation, Business Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Instructional Design and Technology, Literacy and Second Language Studies, Medical Education for Health Care Professionals, Special Education, Criminal Justice, Foundations in Behavioral Analysis, Sport Administration, Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Nursing, and more.

Accreditation: The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $890 per credit hour.

#28. Indiana State University

Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Indiana State University is a public institution enrolling 10,200 students. ndiana State is dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge while maintaining its longstanding commitment to inclusiveness, community and public service, and access to higher education. We integrate teaching, research, and creative activity in an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment to prepare productive citizens of the world.

Indiana State Online offers undergraduate and graduate programs to those interested in continuing their education or advancing their careers. ISU offer more than 60 programs that can be completed entirely online or with minimal on-campus visits. Also offered are a variety of online minors, doctoral and specialist programs, and certificates and licensures to those requiring additional education and training in their degree programs. Online master’s degrees include programs in: Career and Technical Education, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology, Electronics and Computer Technology, Elementary Education, Health Sciences, History, Human Resource Development, Mathematics, Nursing, Occupational Safety, Public Administration, School Administration, Special Education, Sport Management, Student Affairs and Higher Education, Technology Management, and more.

Accreditation: Indiana State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $404 per credit hour.

#29. Oregon State University

Located in Corvallis, Oregon, Oregon State University was founded in 1868, and since that time has grown to become a prestigious school. Oregon State is a Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Sun Grant designations as well. As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, Oregon State University promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.

OSU has a robust online degree program that is referred to as their Ecampus. Their program offers students a wide variety of options in various subjects. Bachelor’s degrees can be earned as well as graduate degrees. Certificates are available in certain subjects for both undergraduate and graduate work. Once the work is completed, there is no distinction made between courses taken on campus versus those taken online. Online and offline diplomas earned by students look exactly the same. Online master’s degree programs include degrees in: Business Administration, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Industrial Engineering, Radiation Health Physics, Data Analytics, Public Policy, Higher Education, Teaching, Counseling, School Counseling, English to Speakers of Other Languages, and more.

Accreditation: Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition: $528 per credit hour.

#30. Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is a public, land-grant university whose mission is to provide access and opportunity to students from all sectors of the state’s diverse population, as well as from other states and countries, and to offer excellent programs of teaching, research, and service. Currently, over 21,000 students are enrolled at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi. Enhancing its historic strengths in agriculture, natural resources, engineering, mathematics, and natural and physical sciences, Mississippi State offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs; these include architecture, the fine arts, business, education, the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and veterinary medicine.

MSU offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs online as well as well as several certificate programs all designed to support the busy schedules of working adults. Online master’s degrees are available in disciplines including: Community College Education, Special Education, Business Administration, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computational Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Food Science, Forestry, General Biology, Geosciences, Industrial Engineering, Information Systems, Instructional Technology, Secondary Education, Workforce Education Leadership and more.

Accreditation: Mississippi State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $791 per credit hour.

#31. Colorado State University—Global

Approved by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007, Colorado State University-Global Campus is fully online, statutorily independent university within the Colorado State University System. CSU-Global is first 100% online university in the nation that is both individually and regionally accredited. CSU-Global Campus is committed to advancing student success in a global society, investing in human capital, expanding the state economy, and enhancing the quality of life for citizens in the state of Colorado and beyond by providing access to dynamic degree programs characterized by academic excellence, innovative delivery technologies, and strong stakeholder engagement.

CSU-Global campus offers a broad range of courses at the Bachelors and Masters degree levels in addition to lifelong learning courses and certificates. Degrees in popular areas such as Business, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, and Healthcare Administration are available. Students may also specialize and further focus their course of study in many cases. More than 5,600 students were enrolled at CSU-Global in 2012, and nearly 800 students had graduated from the university. Online master’s degree programs are available in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, International Management, Organizational Leadership, Professional Accounting, Project Management, and Teaching and Learning.

Accreditation: CSU Global is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $500 per credit hour.

#32. Central Michigan University

Established in 1892, Central Michigan University is among the nation’s 100 largest public universities with more than 20,000 students on its Mount Pleasant campus and another 7,000 enrolled online and at more than 4​0 locations across North America. CMU offers more than 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. CMU is committed to the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, discovery, and creativity. The University provides student-centered education and foster personal and intellectual growth to prepare students for productive careers, meaningful lives, and responsible citizenship in a global society.

CMU Online offer​​​s quality and convenient education to students who may not be able to attend class in a traditional classroom. Online courses are engaging and c​​​​hallenging, just like traditional face-to-face classes. The only difference is o​nline courses allow students to accomplish educational goals without sacrificing their work or lifestyle. A wide variety of Online degrees are available at CMU at the bachelor’s master’s, and doctoral levels, as well as several certificate programs. Master’s programs include degrees in: Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Reading and Literacy, Special Education, Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Transactions, Health Administration, Public Administration, Information Systems, Nutrition and Dietetics, and more.

Accreditation: Central Michigan University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $575 per credit hour.

#33. Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University, a public university located in Kennesaw, Georgia took on its most recent iteration in 2015 after merging with the nearby Southern Polytechnic University. Enrolling over 36,000 KSU is a leader in innovative teaching and learning and offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.

Kennesaw State University offers fully online degree programs, certificate programs, hybrid online programs and a large selection of courses in online and mixed-model versions. Designed and taught by KSU faculty, distance learning at KSU offers high quality degree options with distance learning convenience and flexibility. Online master’s degrees are available in: Business Administration, Engineering Management, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Early Childhood, Educational Leadership, Instructional Technology, General Curriculum, TESOL, Teacher Leadership, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, Quality Assurance, Nursing, International Policy Management, and more.

Accreditation: Kennesaw State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $667 per credit hour.

#34. Boston University

Boston University is an international, comprehensive, private research university, committed to educating students to be reflective, resourceful individuals ready to live, adapt, and lead in an interconnected world. Boston University is committed to generating new knowledge to benefit society. With two campuses and over 33,000 students, Boston University is a major educational institution serving the needs of the Boston, Massachusetts. There are twenty colleges and divisions comprising the university.

The online program focuses heavily on graduate education but does offer undergraduates with prior college credit the opportunity to complete their degree online.There are numerous online degree opportunities for graduate students at Boston University. Online courses have a seven-week schedule. Students must complete all coursework within the required period. The average course load is two courses per seven-week period. Students may pursue an online master’s degree in: Art Education, Banking and Financial Services Management, Business Continuity, Clinical Social Work Practice, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Data Analytics, Energy and Sustainability, Engineering Innovation, Health Care Emergency Management, Health Communications, International Business Law, Mechanical Engineering, Music Education, Project Management, and more.

Accreditation: Boston University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $830 per credit hour.

#35. University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university’s 12 colleges and schools. The University of Louisville pursues excellence and inclusiveness in its work to educate and serve its community through teaching diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in order to develop engaged citizens, leaders, and scholars; practicing and applying research, scholarship and creative activity; and providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities.

The University of Louisville offers online programs to propel students along their chosen career paths and prepare them to stand out in organizations, achieve their goals, and to inspire others around them to succeed. A wide variety of online master’s degrees are available in disciplines including: Criminal Justice, Social Work, Human Resources and Organization Development, Engineering Management, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Higher Education administration, Special Education, Classroom Reading, Instructional Technology, Assistive Technology, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and more.

Accreditation: University of Louisville is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $714 per credit hour.

#36. Florida State University

Located in Tallahassee, Florida, Florida State University is a public institution with a student body of approximately 42,000 students. FSU is recognized as one of the nation’s elite research universities and is dedicated to preserving, expanding, and disseminating knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking.

FSU’s Office of Distance Learning offers support to students, instructors, and administrators as they pursue excellence in online course development, teaching, and learning. Undergraduate and graduate programs as well as certificate programs and online elective courses are offered in a variety of disciplines. Online master’s degree programs include programs in: Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Risk Management and Insurance, Communication Disorders, Information Technology, Criminal Justice Studies, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Learning and Cognition, Nursing, Social Work, and more.

Accreditation: Florida State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $760 per credit hour.

#37. Washington State University

Washington State University is a public research university located in Pullman, Washington. It is one of just 115 colleges and universities to be named among doctoral universities with the “highest research activity” in the Carnegie Classification. As a land-grant institution it is committed to its heritage and tradition of service to society and pursues its mission to advance, extend, and apply knowledge through creative research and scholarship, innovative educational programs, and local and global engagement to improve the quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation, and world.

WSU’s Global Campus is a key component to the school’s mission to help students, no matter where they live. Undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as non-degree options, are part of the university’s Global Learning Initiative. Global Campus students have access to 24/7 tech support and their own student services staff, and can access social media sites such as Facebook to interact with other students and faculty. WSU’s virtual classrooms let students participate in group projects, doing such tasks as gathering rocks, tracking wind or even sampling different wines. Virtual mentors are always ready to help, and library books can be ordered online. Online master’s degrees are available in: Agriculture, Electric Power Engineering, Engineering and Technology Management, Business Administration, Molecular Biosciences, Software Engineering, Special Education, Strategic Communication, and more.

Accreditation: Washington State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition: $585 per credit hour.

#38. University of Illinois—Springfield

The University of Illinois in Springfield is a public liberal arts university and the newest campus in the University of Illinois system. The school emphasizes quality teaching from its faculty and students have numerous opportunities to take on leadership roles and define their college experiences. UIS provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities.

Online learning at Illinois Springfield offers flexibility and convenience with the same high quality as on-campus coursework. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as online certificate programs are available. Online master’s degree programs are available in: Computer Science, Data Analytics, Education, Environmental Health, Environmental Science, Planning/Management, Human Services Administration, Liberal and Integrative Studies, Legal Studies, Management Information Systems, Political Science, Public Health, and more.

Accreditation: The University of Illinois at Springfield is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $427 per credit hour.

#39. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is the nation’s first public university and is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. UNC—Chapel Hill prides itself on a strong diverse student body, academic opportunities not found anywhere else, and a value unmatched by an public university in the nation.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s distance education programs, certificates and courses offer students opportunities to participate in the Carolina experience without having to live on or near campus. Courses are offered in completely online, blended (a mix of technology-mediated and face-to-face instruction) or correspondence formats. Carolina Courses Online offers distance education courses on a semester schedule in the spring and fall. In the summer, the courses are offered during 1st and 2nd summer sessions for 5 1/2 weeks each and also over an extended summer session of 11 weeks. See the calendar for important dates. Class attendance is not required, but students will communicate with classmates and the instructor via email and discussion forums. Courses originate and credit is granted from UNC-Chapel Hill.Individuals interested in graduate and professional degrees may apply to enroll in a wide range of nationally ranked graduate and professional certificates through Kenan-Flagler Business School, and the schools of Media and Journalism, Nursing, Gillings Global Public Health, Social Work and the Department of Allied Health Sciences in the School of Medicine.

Accreditation: UNC—Chapel Hill is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $683 per credit hour.

#40. Webster University

Located in the city of Webster Groves, Missouri for which the school receives its name, Webster University enrolls almost 1,700 students. A worldwide institution, Webster is dedicated to providing high quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Throughout its history, Webster has maintained a strong commitment to serving people who may not otherwise have access to quality education.

The school offers a very robust online education program that has contributed to the school’s stunning number of 170,000 graduates. Online programs are open to a diversity of experiences and educational levels: undergraduate, graduate, full- or part-time, domestic and international. Students from all walks of life can explore a field or pursue a degree program where they are at. The online programs offer high academic standards, convenience, and classes that can be taken at home or other locations with 24/7 learning. Online master’s programs are available in: Gerontology, International Relations, Legal Studies, Criminal Justice, Environmental Management, Business Administration, Human Resource Development, Management and Leadership, Public Administration, Cybersecurity, Finance, Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Communication Arts, Education and Innovation, Multimodal Literacy for Global Impact, Teaching English as a Second Language, Educational Technology, Superintendency and Leadership, Media Communications, Public Relations, and more.

Accreditation: Webster University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $780 per credit hour.

#41. Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of Technology is a private nonprofit institution located in Melbourne, Florida. It is the only independent technological university in the Southeast. FIT strives to provide high-quality education to a culturally diverse student body in order to prepare students for entering the global workforce, seeking higher-education opportunities, and serving within their communities. The university also seeks to expand knowledge through basic and applied research and to serve the diverse economic, cultural, and societal needs of its local, state, national, and international constituencies.

Florida Institute of Technology gives full0time working professionals the opportunity to earn their associates, bachelor, or master’s degree from one of the premier independent technological universities at a distance through online learning. Students seeking a master’s degree online can pursue degree programs in: Organizational Leadership, Business Administration, Accounting, Cybersecurity, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Healthcare Management, Marketing, Information Technology, Information Technology Database Administration, Supply Chain Management, and more.

Accreditation: Florida Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $777 per credit hour.

#42. University of Massachusetts

The University of Massachusetts began as the Massachusetts Agricultural College in 1863. The University of Massachusetts is the Commonwealth’s only public research university system. It consists of five campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and UMass Medical School in Worcester. It has a total enrollment numbers over 68,000. UMass provides access to high-quality, affordable education that advances knowledge and improves the lives of the people of the Commonwealth, the nation and the world.

UMass Online was established in 2001, There are over 45,800 students enrolled in UMass Online programs. Online programs leading to associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees are available. Some 30 Master’s degree programs are offered through UMass Online in fields such as: Public Heath, Curriculum and Instruction, Engineering Management, Science Education, Criminal Justice, Critical and Creative Thinking, History, Science in a Changing World, Security Studies, School Counseling, Global Comparative Public Administration, Nutrition, Public Policy, Nursing, Plant and Soil Sciences, Computer Science, Finance, Educational Administration, Applied Linguistics, Information Technology, and more.

Accreditation: The University of Massachusetts is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $580 per credit hour.

#43. Southern Illinois University—Carbondale

Founded in 1869 as the state’s second teachers college – with a dozen academic departments and an inaugural class of 143 – SIU Carbondale is the flagship campus of the Southern Illinois University System. It is a strong, diverse, student-centered research-intensive and comprehensive university that recently earned the prestigious 2015 community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. SIU embraces a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success.

Southern Illinois University’s Extended Campus offers students the opportunity to further their education beyond SIU’s campus online or at extended campus locations across the United States. 10 online master’s degree programs are available in: Architecture, Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Business Administration, Health Administration, Health Informatics, Quality Engineering and Management, Medical Dosimetry, Public Safety and Homeland Security Management, Radiologic Sciences, and Rehabilitation Administration and Services.

Accreditation: Southern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the north Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $460 per credit hour.

#44. University of Memphis

Originally founded in 1912 as a normal school in Memphis, Tennessee, the University of Memphis is the flagship school of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. UofM is made up of approximately one thousand faculty members and 20,000 students, with the majority of its undergraduate students hailing from Tennessee and its graduate students coming from all over the United States and more than one hundred separate nations. The University of Memphis is a learner-centered metropolitan research university providing high quality educational experiences while pursuing new knowledge through research, artistic expression, and interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship.

The University of Memphis Global offers some 60 different degree programs through online delivery options that provide flexibility for working adults with busy schedules and lives. Programs are developed by UofM faculty for UofM students. Students gain access to all the resources of a Tier II research university, and diplomas and transcripts are identical to those earned by UofM campus students. Online master’s degree programs are available in: Business Administration, Sport Commerce, Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, Library Information Specialist, Leadership, Secondary Education, Special Education, Physical Education, Health Studies, Nutrition and Environmental Nutrition, Public Health, ESL, History, Liberal Studies, and more.

Accreditation: The University of Memphis is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $603 per credit hour.

#45. California Baptist University

California Baptist University is one of the top private Christian colleges and universities in Southern California. CBU offers bachelor’s, master’s and credential programs in Riverside, San Bernardino and online. Enrolling over 9,000 students, the University seeks to provide academic programs that prepare students for professional careers, as well as co-curricular programs that foster and environment supporting the intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development of each student.

In addition to its traditional on-campus program, California Baptist offers a variety of online programs through its Online division. CBU Online was designed for the working professional. With flexibility students can earn their degree while working full or part-time. CBU Online accepts generous transfer of credits into its wide variety of online programs. Online degrees are available leading to a master’s in: Accounting, Communication, Counseling Psychology, Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership, Teaching, Kinesiology, Business Administration, Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, Public Health, and Public Relations.

Accreditation: California Baptist University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $680 per credit hour.

#46. University of South Carolina—Columbia

Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina in Columbia has grown into a major research university. The primary mission of the University of South Carolina is the education of the state’s diverse citizens through teaching, research, creative activity, and service. Founded in 1801, the University of South Carolina system is the largest university in the state, serving more than 41,000 students from its flagship Columbia campus, three senior campuses (Aiken, Beaufort, and Upstate), and four regional campuses (Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union).

SC offers 100 percent online post-graduate degrees that offer a convenient, flexible alternative to on-campus programs. Online courses are designed to bring students the same quality and rich academic experience that on-campus students enjoy. This flexible, affordable format allows students to grow intellectually while they continue to devote time and energy to growth in their professional and personal life. Online bachelor’s degree completion programs are offered through Palmetto College, and the graduate school offers online master’s degree programs in: Education, Engineering, Health Information Technology, and Public Health. Students can also find a variety of individual online courses at the University.

Accreditation: The University of South Carolina—Columbia is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $867 per credit hour.

#47. Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto. NU is dedicated to the education of students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment, and to the creation and translation of knowledge to meet global and societal needs.

Northeastern University is home to over 60 online degree programs. They consist of associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degree programs, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Master’s degrees can be earned online in: Accounting and Finance, Analytics, biotechnology, Building and Construction, Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Engineering Technology and Electronics, Global Information Systems, Global Studies, Health and Healthcare Management, Human Resources, Human Services, Information Technology, Law Enforcement and Security, Leadership and Administration, and more.

Accreditation: Northeastern University is regionally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Tuition: $1,335 per credit hour.

#48. University of New Mexico

Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the University of New Mexico is a public research university and New Mexico’s flagship research institution. The university was founded in 1889 and today enrolls over 34,800 students in more than 215 degree and certificate programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. UNM is dedicated to providing students the values, habits of mind, knowledge and skills that the need to be enlightened citizens, to contribute to the state and national economies, and to lead satisfying lives.

Online courses at UNM offer scheduling flexibility, choices of the best times and places to learn, less commuting to main campus, more options for out-of-state students, and more opportunities for international students. UNM offers online degree completion programs and 100% online programs at the bachelor’s and master’s levels as well as certificate programs. Master’s degrees can be earned online in: Dental Hygiene; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Educational Leadership; Organization, Information and Learning Sciences; and Construction Management.

Accreditation: The University of New Mexico is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $363 per credit hour.

#49. Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University is a Catholic university established in 1889 by the Order of St. Benedict of Florida. It is a liberal-arts based college located in the Tampa, FL area that caters to students of all denominations. Rooted in the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition, the university seeks balanced growth in mind, body, and spirit for all members of its community. It is also one of the top providers of higher education to the U.S. military, both through additional education center on or near military bases throughout the country and through its highly regarded extensive online programs.

Saint Leo University offers the same degree programs online as it does through its Florida campus and education centers, with the same rigorous standards applied whether classes are online or on campus. With that in mind, online students of Saint Leo can earn degrees ranging from associate to doctorate and graduate certifications in a wide variety of fields. Master’s degree programs are available in: Business Administration, Cybersecurity, Accounting, Psychology, Theology, Creative Writing, Exceptional Student Education, Educational Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Criminal Justice, Emergency and Disaster Management, Human Services Administration, Instructional Design, Social Work, and more.

Accreditation: Saint Leo University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $615 per credit hour.

#50. Missouri State University

Missouri State University is a public, comprehensive university system with a mission in public affairs. The university’s purpose is to develop fully educated persons with a focus on ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement. The Missouri State University system has three campuses across Missouri, and one in Dalian, China.

Missouri State Online provides accredited, affordable, and flexible undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate options. Online master’s degree programs are available in: Communication, History, Business Administration, Professional Studies, Child Life Studies, Criminology, Cybersecurity, Early Childhood and Family Development, Elementary Education, Literacy, Educational Technology, Special Education, Nurse Educator, Project Management, and more.

Accreditation: Missouri State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Tuition: $689

BENEFITS OF AN ONLINE MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM

After earning a bachelor’s degree, many students may find the thought of going back to school for a master’s degree to be daunting. However, the master’s degree credential is steadily gaining in popularity for employers when it comes advancing in many career paths. Within the next five years, jobs that require a master’s degree are expected to grow 21.7%, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. In terms of lifetime earnings, that same report found that a master’s degree may be worth $457,000 more than a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree also shapes you into an effective leader in your field. By obtaining expert knowledge and business acumen through your program of study, you can shift from a functional role into an executive position.

However, especially at the master’s level, many prospective students are at the stage of life in which pursuing your further education through more traditional avenues is difficult or simply not possible. Some are immersed in rigorous full-time work schedules while other may be for and raising a family. At Nonprofit Colleges Online, we believe that online programs of study are among the best options for furthering your education. Online degree programs at the master’s level feature flexibility that traditional on-campus programs simply cannot offer. Online programs make it possible for you to continue your education without putting the rest of your life on hold. The flexibility of remote study also allows students to select the degree program that is right for them regardless of their proximity to the school and because many online master’s degree programs require no on-campus visits it gives you the control of balancing schoolwork with all other commitments. Furthermore, as tuition rates continue to skyrocket, online programs frequently offer lower tuition rates than their on-campus counter parts. In many cases, 100% online students will be charged the in-state tuition rate regardless of their residency standing. This means that students typically receive a greater return on their investment in their education by completing online programs of study versus traditional programs. While these programs are definitely more flexible and have the capacity to accommodate individuals with diverse and demanding daily schedules, they are no less academically challenging and students in online programs will receive the same robust education that traditional on-campus counterparts receive.

While we stand by our claim that online study is an excellent option for furthering your education it is also important that prospective students understand that online coursework is different from taking a face-to-face course. While students do not need to physically attend classes regularly throughout their week, online courses require students to regularly login to the online course system to complete assignments, dialogue with classmates, and stay abreast of course materials. This requires students to be self-guided and disciplined.