2019 Best Online Colleges in Arkansas


The following list ranks the best online universities in Arkansas based on annual tuition and alumni salaries. University of Arkansas is the #1 ranked school, offering an annual tuition rate of $7,383 and the highest median salary of $87,100. It offers a number of undergraduate degrees in subjects such as Communication, Business Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies, and more. Harding University is ranked #2 and offers an annual tuition of $20,416 per year.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education Group. To see all online schools in Arkansas, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Arkansas $7,383 $87,100
#2 #2 Harding University $20,416 $80,000
#3 #3 Southern Arkansas University $6,300 $73,300
#4 #4 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences $33,010 $71,500
#5 #5 Arkansas Tech University $6,780 $67,300
#6 #6 University of Arkansas at Monticello $5,850 $61,200
#7 #7 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith $4,989 $55,900
Salary data provided by Payscale Logo. Updated 2018.

2019 Online Colleges in Arkansas Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,383
  • Median Salary: $87,100
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fayetteville
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Students taking online courses at University of Arkansas pay in-state fees, regardless of their location, making online degree programs an affordable option for many distance learners. U of A offers online bachelor's degrees in communication, interdisciplinary studies, business administration, education, and nursing. Online master's degree programs are offered in a host of additional disciplines, and online doctorates are offered in education and nursing. The online Bachelor of Arts in Communication requires 120 credit hours and four years for completion. Most online degree programs operate on the semester system. 

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Online Master's Degrees (37)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (6)

Online Certificate Programs (27)

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,416
  • Median Salary: $80,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Searcy
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With origins dating back to 1924, Harding University offers distance students a highly affordable Christian education. Through its online school, it allows working adults and parents to expand the scope of their religious education. In addition to offering certificates, Harding offers an online, accelerated-track B.A. in Bible & Ministry, as well as numerous online master's and doctoral degree options. Its College of Business Administration offers an enhanced online MBA program that utilizes both synchronous and asynchronous elements to deliver a Christ-centered business degree to working students with a busy schedule.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Median Salary: $73,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Magnolia
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Southern Arkansas University offers a competitive edge to online students. Its two dozen online programs include master's degrees in teaching, computer and information science, education, and kinesiology - coaching. They require 30 to 36 credits each and generally take two years to complete. A limited number of scholarships for non-traditional students are awarded each year. The eLearning Innovation Online Course Support Center provides distance students with 24/7 technical support. Other online resources include textbook assistance, access to the library, and student and disability support services.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (3)

Online Master's Degrees (29)

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Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $33,010
  • Median Salary: $71,500
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Little Rock
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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences offers more than 10 online undergraduate and graduate degree program options. Students in their online programs have the flexibility to complete their coursework on their own time. Courses are generally 7.5 weeks long and can be complete 100% online. Degree programs include a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition with specializations in Pediatric Nursing and Wellness and Sports.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,780
  • Median Salary: $67,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Russellville
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Arkansas Tech University's online component, eTech, serves as a hub for any Online Training/Degree Programs and Online Resources. Through eTech, students have access to information, training, and assistance when choosing, using, and creating online resources and systems. ATU offers more than 20 online graduate and undergraduate degree programs, which are designed to be interactive for distance learners. Students at ATU will find coursework to be flexible, but they are expected to check their TECH emails and to login to Blackboard every day to review updates posted by instructors.

Online Associate Degrees (4)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (14)

Online Master's Degrees (10)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • Median Salary: $61,200
  • Accreditation: HLC and COE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Monticello, Crossett
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University of Arkansas at Monticello was established in 1909 by an act of the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas. Its purpose was to serve the educational needs of Southeast Arkansas. Today, UAM focuses on developing key relationships and partnerships that contribute to the economic and quality of life. Offering one online bachelor's degree in education studies, UAM offers more than 10 online master degree programs in subjects such as teaching, education, educational leadership, and fine arts.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,989
  • Median Salary: $55,900
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fort Smith
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Founded in 1928, University of Arkansas-Fort Smith offers a dynamic learning environment for about 7,000 students every semester. Classes are structured to be student-centered. Distance learners can choose from four online bachelor's degree, in subjects such as criminal justice, organizational leadership, nursing, and applied science, or an online MS in Healthcare Administration. 

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Arkansas (30)

Students enrolled in online colleges and universities in Arkansas pay an average annual tuition of about $10,000. The University of Arkansas offers 78 online degrees in a variety of fields. Some of the majors available to online University of Arkansas students include business administration, health sciences, management, applied communication, technical writing, K-12 education, and nursing. The broad range of degree options helps prepare graduates for careers in some of Arkansas' top paying jobs, such as marketing managers, medical and health service managers, public relations professionals, education administrators, registered nurses, social workers, and post-secondary educators.

At a Glance:

  • Students who major in high demand fields such as healthcare and information technology may qualify for the Arkansas Workforce Challenge Scholarship.
  • Specialized degrees offered at Arkansas Tech University include B.S. in Emergency Management and Bachelor of Professional Studies in workforce Technology.
  • Arkansas tuition rates range from $3,830 at Arkansas Northeastern College to $24,000 at John Brown University.


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