2019 Best Online Colleges in Connecticut


This list highlights schools that offer the best online programs in Connecticut. Southern Connecticut State University is ranked #5 and has an annual tuition of $5,642 for it's online Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN program. Ranked #2, Charter Oak State College provides 33 different online degrees at the associate, bachelor's, and master's levels and offers an affordable option to receive an online bachelor's degree at $7,440 each year. The average alumni salary is $80,780.

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 Connecticut, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Quinnipiac University $16,500 $92,561
#2 #2 Charter Oak State College $7,440 $80,780
#3 #3 Sacred Heart University $17,700 $79,083
#4 #4 University of Bridgeport $16,050 $74,566
#5 #5 Southern Connecticut State University $5,642 $72,483
#6 #6 Albertus Magnus College $31,570 $74,791

2019 Online Colleges in Connecticut 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: $16,500
  • Median Salary: $92,561
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Hamden
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Quinnipiac University began delivering online classes in 2001 and now offers fully online certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs. They offer bachelor's degrees in the fields of business, health sciences, and nursing.  Master’s degrees are available in the fields of business, communications, education, engineering, and nursing. Their doctoral program includes a Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate and a Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). QU is a military friendly school and offers a 10% discount on online programs for active military, veterans, and their spouses.

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Online Master's Degrees (25)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,440
  • Median Salary: $80,780
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New Britain
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Charter Oak State College is a public online college offering certificates, associates, bachelor’s, and a master’s degree. They offer eleven bachelor’s programs in areas like cybersecurity, public safety administration, and nursing. For students seeking a graduate degree, they offer a Master of Science in Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership. Their certificate programs are ideal for professionals looking to continue their education and advance their careers. These are offered in areas such as education, cyber security, and project management. The school is recognized as military friendly, and tuition for active military members is discounted to $250 per credit.

Online Associate Degrees (3)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (33)

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Online Master's Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (22)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,700
  • Median Salary: $79,083
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Sacred Heart University's online program includes one bachelor's degree, several master's programs, and a doctoral program. The online programs are primarily related to nursing and are nationally recognized. Programs prepare students to deliver quality health care, and to become nursing administrators. Among the programs are an RN to BSN, BSN to MSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Social Work, and a Family Nurse Practitioner. Coursework includes a concern for ethics, derived from the University's Catholic affiliation. Tuition varies with the program, but all programs are very affordable. SHU's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,050
  • Median Salary: $74,566
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Bridgeport
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The University of Bridgeport offers a dozen online programs. These include five bachelor's degrees, five master's degrees, and two at the doctoral level. Some programs are accelerated, allowing completion more quickly than usual. Their School of Dental Hygiene was the world’s first and offers both a bachelor’s and a master’s in dental hygiene. Other master's programs include an MBA, an MS in Human Nutrition, and an MS in Nursing. The MBA is accelerated and can be completed in a year.  The Doctoral programs include a Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) and an EdD in Educational Leadership. 

  • Annual Tuition: $5,642
  • Median Salary: $72,483
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New Haven
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Southern Connecticut State University offers a growing library of online certificates, bachelor, and master’s degree programs. Their 36-credit Master of Library and Information Science program (not yet formally accredited) has two options: School Library Media and Individualized Program. The program requires a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA, and will prepare students for a career in library and information science. Students choose elective courses appropriate for the library environment of their choice, including school, public and academic libraries, as well as digital information management. They also offer a 36-credit online Master of Science in Sport and Entertainment Management degree and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program. Tuition rates vary by program, residency, and the student’s full- or part-time status.

  • Annual Tuition: $31,570
  • Median Salary: $74,791
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New Haven
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Albertus Magnus College offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s programs online. Some programs are accelerated, resulting in faster program completion. Undergraduate programs include business, criminal justice, and healthcare management. Master's degree programs include an MFA in Writing and an MS in Criminal Justice. All programs feature a faculty-student ratio of 1:14, access to career services, individual program assistance, and financial aid opportunities.

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (18)

Online Master's Degrees (16)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Connecticut (24)

Connecticut is home to 24 accredited schools offering online degrees, including several public, non-profit universities like Southern Connecticut State University and University of Connecticut. Students looking for an online bachelor's degree in sociology, business administration or health care administration will find dozens of options at Charter Oak State College, which is also one of the most affordable online schools in Connecticut, with an annual tuition of under $11,000. Quinnipiac University offers a wide variety of master's degrees, including MBA's and degrees in education and organizational leadership. There are several private, Catholic universities on the list, including Sacred Heart University and University of Saint Joseph.

At a Glance:

  • Connecticut is one of the most educated states in the country, with nearly 40% of Connecticuters 25 years and older holding at least a bachelor's degree.
  • There are several Connecticut scholarships available to students of color enrolled in educator preparation programs.
  • Yale University, one of eight Ivy League universities, is the third oldest institution of higher education in the US.


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