2019 Best Online Colleges in Colorado

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The following list is comprised of the best online colleges in Colorado. Ranked #6, Metropolitan State University of Denver is the least expensive option, charging $8,794 per year for their bachelor's programs in social work and nursing. University of Denver is ranked #1 and has the highest median salary at $90,000 for degrees such as global studies, information technology, and communication arts.

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 Colorado, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Denver Annual Tuition $28,935 Median Salary $90,000
#2 #2 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $14,280 Median Salary $85,700
#3 #3 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $14,880 Median Salary $84,700
#4 #4 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Annual Tuition $14,792 Median Salary $82,100
#5 #5 University of Northern Colorado Annual Tuition $10,800 Median Salary $76,500
#6 #6 Metropolitan State University of Denver Annual Tuition $8,794 Median Salary $74,400
#7 #7 Colorado Christian University Annual Tuition $14,070 Median Salary $74,200
#8 #8 Colorado Mesa University Annual Tuition $9,998 Median Salary $72,800
#9 #9 Adams State University Annual Tuition $9,936 Median Salary $65,100
#10 #10 Nazarene Bible College Annual Tuition $14,400 Median Salary $44,000
Salary data provided by Payscale Logo. Updated 2018.

2019 Online Colleges in Colorado 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: $28,935
  • Median Salary: $90,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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A private university with 12,000 students, University of Denver offers over 300 academic programs, many of which are available in online or hybrid formats. Online classes are 10 weeks in length and are asynchronous, meaning that students may log in to take them at any time. There are no additional fees for taking online courses. 100% online master's degrees are offered in a variety of subjects, including geographic information systems, information & communications technology and professional creative writing. The transportation management program teaches students about transportation, logistics and supply chain content and can be completed in as few as 18 months. Bachelor's completion degrees are offered in five subjects, including communication arts and global studies.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,280
  • Median Salary: $85,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fort Collins
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A public research institution of renown, Colorado State University - Fort Collins is the flagship university of the Colorado State University System. Distance students will find that it offers a sweeping complement of low-cost, online degrees. From bachelor's degrees in agricultural business and journal & media communication, to master's degrees in music therapy and statistics, to doctorates in education and systems engineering, online students have access to many accredited program options. Bachelor's degrees require 120 credits for graduation, while master's degrees require between 30 and 40 degrees for completion.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • Median Salary: $84,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Denver
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University of Colorado Denver caters to diversity, with students of color representing 59% of its new freshman and half of all new students transferring in from other schools. Distance learners can attend remotely by taking classes through CU Online, which offers many different degree programs. Online bachelor's degrees are 120 credits and cover subjects such as English writing and public service. Online master's degrees are 30 to 48 credits and include disciplines such as public administration and elearning. Sample courses are available to help distance students determine which classes are right for them. The online learning platform allows around-the-clock access for ease of scheduling, and students are encouraged to participate in classes and network with their peers.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,792
  • Median Salary: $82,100
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Colorado Springs
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University of Colorado - Colorado Springs makes earning an online degree easy for its students. For starters, their website has an online fee calculator, a State Authorization Page and academic advisors to assist distance learners with their decision-making. Those who do choose to enroll in a UCCS online degree program (all of which are accredited)will find seven different undergraduate programs and 13 different master's degree programs to choose from. Perhaps best of all, the UCCSConnect online platform allows students the flexibility to fit their education around their hectic working and family schedules.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • Median Salary: $76,500
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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University of Northern Colorado offers a comprehensive catalog of affordable, regionally-accredited online classes and degrees through its UNC Online portal. Its online platform allows for asynchronous, 24/7 classroom access, though most classes do have set weekly exam and discussion times. The online experience at UNC is designed to foster student interaction and collaboration. Online bachelor's, and bachelor's completion degrees are offered in subjects including American Sign Language communication studies, while a larger number of master's degrees are offered in education, educational psychology, sport administration, and additional disciplines. Programs are between one and three years in length.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,794
  • Median Salary: $74,400
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Denver
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Metropolitan State University of Denver caters to many working adults by offering a diverse selection of affordable, online degree programs. Online learning and technology skills self-assessments allow potential students to determine if they have the right skill sets to be successful distance learners, while online registration streamlines their enrollment process, saving them time and money. Online bachelor's degrees are available in accounting, criminal justice & corrections, health & management services, management information systems, nursing, and social work. Requirements vary by degree, with the bachelor's degree in criminal justice & corrections requiring 45 credits for completion.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,070
  • Median Salary: $74,200
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Colorado Christian University offers a wide variety of accredited degrees for thousands of adult students to complete 100% online. Areas of study include biblical studies, human resource management, accounting, counseling, and more. Students can log in from any location at any time to view presentations, participate in discussions, and submit weekly assignments. CCU uses the online learning portal called Blackboard. This virtual classroom allows students to interact with instructors and other students and also provides resources and tools to complete assignments.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,998
  • Median Salary: $72,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Grand Junction
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Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional value to all students, but online students will find that they have access to additional perks that on-campus students don't receive. For instance, unlike traditional classes, online classes at CMU have no fixed schedule. Students may log into them whenever they want, and though they still have to abide by test and assignment deadlines, their exams can be proctored online. Online readiness assessments and orientations allow distance students to gauge whether CMU's online classes are right for them before applying, and the school's online learning platform provides students with discussion forums, chat rooms, an assignment tool, and quiz tools. The CMU online degree catalog includes undergraduate and graduate programs in subjects such as nursing, sport management, and radiologic sciences.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,936
  • Median Salary: $65,100
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Alamosa
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Founded in 1921, Adams State University has recently undergone a massive renovation that has transformed its campus and increased its enrollment to an all-time high. Its online school now offers associate degrees and minors in arts, sciences and numerous other disciplines, as well as master's degrees in business, education and the humanities. Student support services available to distance learners include academic advising and financial aid counseling, tutoring, mentoring and scholarships. In addition, Nielsen Library offers ebooks and access to electronic databases and documents.

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Online Master's Degrees (14)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,400
  • Median Salary: $44,000
  • Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Colorado Springs
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Nazarene Bible College is a Holiness Christian College and aims to prepare students for ministry, fulfilling its mission through Higher Christian Education. Offering online education since 1998, NBC was the first Nazarene institution of higher education to offer electronically delivered courses. With a completion rate average of 94% since 1998, NBC is dedicated to providing quality and accessible education to everyone, having a course management software that allows students to complete their education anywhere and anytime.

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