2019 Best Online Colleges in Georgia

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The schools on this list offer the best online programs in Georgia based on their affordable annual tuition rates and alumni salaries. University of Georgia ranks #1 and offers degrees such as business administration, special education, and more for $9,552 a year. Ranked #20, Fort Valley State University has the lowest annual tuition of $5,611, a median salary of $54,000, and offers online programs in subjects including criminal justice, psychology, political science, and more.

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 Georgia, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Georgia Annual Tuition $9,552 Median Salary $86,700
#2 #2 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $7,192 Median Salary $83,100
#3 #3 Georgia State University Annual Tuition $8,730 Median Salary $79,600
#4 #4 Augusta University Annual Tuition $8,648 Median Salary $75,300
#5 #5 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $5,850 Median Salary $74,400
#6 #6 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $4,770 Median Salary $72,400
#7 #7 Albany State University Annual Tuition $5,640 Median Salary $70,000
#8 #8 Mercer University Annual Tuition $13,770 Median Salary $70,800
#9 #9 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $7,622 Median Salary $67,600
#10 #10 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $7,533 Median Salary $67,500
#11 #11 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $6,780 Median Salary $67,100
#12 #12 Georgia Southwestern State University Annual Tuition $5,970 Median Salary $65,900
#13 #13 Georgia Military College Annual Tuition $7,020 Median Salary $65,700
#14 #14 Clayton State University Annual Tuition $6,060 Median Salary $65,200
#15 #15 Savannah College of Art and Design Annual Tuition $36,630 Median Salary $68,200
#16 #16 Shorter University Annual Tuition $10,800 Median Salary $64,200
#17 #17 Savannah State University Annual Tuition $8,000 Median Salary $61,100
#18 #18 Middle Georgia State University Annual Tuition $5,970 Median Salary $58,800
#19 #19 Toccoa Falls College Annual Tuition $10,656 Median Salary $57,100
#20 #20 Fort Valley State University Annual Tuition $5,611 Median Salary $54,000
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2019 Online Colleges in Georgia 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: $9,552
  • Median Salary: $86,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Athens
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The University of Georgia’s online college gives students the chance to earn a degree or certificate from a highly respected public research institution without leaving the comfort of their home. At the undergraduate level, UG offers online bachelor’s degrees in business administration and special education. For graduate degrees, they host master’s programs in seventeen disciplines, including educational psychology, community nutrition, and financial planning, as well as thirteen graduate certificates. Online courses are just as rigorous as those delivered on campus, and class sizes are limited so instructors can provide students with more personalized instruction.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,192
  • Median Salary: $83,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Kennesaw
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Kennesaw State University is a Georgia-based institution offering online degrees for nontraditional students. They currently have more than 70 online degree and certificate programs with more in development, all taught by the same faculty as on-campus courses. These programs range from a bachelor’s degree in engineering to a master’s in international policy management to a doctorate in instructional technology. With the slogan, “Go back. Move ahead,” they encourage adult learners to return to school to pursue advanced degrees that will help them move ahead in their careers. The school offers a variety of student services, from academic to technical support, to ensure online students are adequately supported.

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,730
  • Median Salary: $79,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Atlanta
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Georgia State University is an Atlanta-based public institution offering online associate and master’s degrees through Perimeter College Online. Students can complete an associate “pathway” degree in business administration, criminal justice, education, and more; this prepares them to complete their baccalaureate studies at another institution or on GSU’s campus. Students can go back to school online to earn a master’s degree in criminal justice administration or various education fields, including health and physical education, reading language and literacy, and English to speakers of other languages. Local students can benefit from taking a mix of online and on-campus classes, but online tuition is the same affordable rate regardless of a student’s residency.

Online Associate Degrees (17)

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Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Certificate Programs (3)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,648
  • Median Salary: $75,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Augusta
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Augusta University is a public research institution and healthcare facility in Georgia that offers online and hybrid degree and certificate programs for aspiring and established medical professionals. These include a BS in nuclear medicine technology, an MHS in clinical lab sciences, and a doctor of nursing practice. In addition to their health-related degrees, they also offer online programs in education and counseling. Students can earn an MEd in curriculum and instruction, a post-baccalaureate certificate in sports coaching, or a post-master’s certificate in school counseling.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • Median Salary: $74,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Statesboro
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Georgia Southern University caters to working adults who want to go back to school online to complete a bachelor’s or earn a graduate degree or certificate. Their undergraduate degree completion programs include a BS in information technology, an RN to BSN, and a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies, where students choose three of six areas of study in lieu of a single major. GSU offers more than 50 master’s, doctorate, and graduate certificate programs in the fields of business, education, and healthcare. Most of these programs can be completed fully online, but many are also offered as hybrid courses for students who want to combine on-campus and online coursework.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (3)

Online Master's Degrees (21)

Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (25)

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,770
  • Median Salary: $72,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dahlonega
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The University of North Georgia offers a range of online degrees and certificate programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Core general education classes are available through the University System of Georgia’s eCore, and the remaining classes are offered through UNG Online. Students can earn an associate degree with a specific baccalaureate pathway or an RN to BSN degree. They can also expand their options by taking a mix of online and on-campus classes. Graduate programs include master’s degrees in international affairs, nursing education, and public administration, as well as a doctorate in higher education leadership. UNG encourages community-building among its online students through their Online Student Ambassadors program, which conducts discussions and promotes mentorship among peers.

Online Associate Degrees (5)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $5,640
  • Median Salary: $70,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Albany
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Albany State University is a Georgia institution offering online certificates and degrees to nontraditional students across the state, country, and world. They offer a broad range of online associate pathway programs, designed to help a student complete core requirements for a specific bachelor’s degree. They offer three fully online bachelor’s degrees, and an additional three that can be completed by combining online and on-campus coursework. Their six master’s programs span the fields of nursing, education, and criminal justice. ASU offers online math and writing tutoring to their distance students to help ensure their academic success.

Online Associate Degrees (22)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (10)

Online Master's Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (8)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,770
  • Median Salary: $70,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Macon
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Mercer University is a private liberal arts institution in Macon, Georgia that provides busy adults the opportunity to earn an online degree. The average age of students in their distance learning programs is 35. MU’s fully-online programs include nine bachelor’s degrees, ten master’s, and three graduate certificates or endorsements, with even more options available through hybrid on-campus and online coursework. Online classes follow an eight-week schedule, with some requiring virtual attendance of a once-weekly online class. The school provides online tutoring, advising, and career services for their distance students.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (11)

Online Master's Degrees (20)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,622
  • Median Salary: $67,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Milledgeville
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Georgia College & State University is a public liberal arts institution in Milledgeville offering online graduate programs for adult learners who want to further their education through distance learning. GCSU students can earn one of twenty master’s, EdS, or doctoral degrees from the colleges of arts & sciences, business, education, or health sciences. Online students can study from anywhere in the country, but local students can choose from nine additional graduate programs available partially online. GCSU also offers online classes during the summer for their undergraduate students.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (20)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,533
  • Median Salary: $67,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Columbus
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Columbus State University, which is part of the University System of Georgia, offers a range of online certificates and degrees for non-traditional students. CSU partners with eCore, a statewide system for providing online general education courses to students at all of Georgia’s public universities. Through eCore and CSU, students can earn a bachelor’s degree entirely online in fields such as business, communication, and information technology. Their graduate programs include more than three dozen master’s and certificate programs in education, computer science, nursing, and more. CSU is approved through NC-SARA, which establishes standards for online education and enhances the overall quality of education for distance students.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (23)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,780
  • Median Salary: $67,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Valdosta
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Valdosta State University is a public institution in the University System of Georgia that offers a broad range of fully online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These programs span the fields of criminal justice, education, health, and more. VSU’s SmartPath Core program puts students on the fastest track to completing their general education courses online, whether they are high school students looking to get ahead or adult students returning to school. The school also offers competency-based learning through their YOUSucceed programs, an innovative mastery-based assessment method that allows motivated individuals to achieve their goals at an accelerated rate. Currently they offer K-5 science and math endorsement programs through YOUSucceed, with more options coming soon.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (12)

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,970
  • Median Salary: $65,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Americus
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Georgia Southwestern State University is a public institution located in Americus that offers online certificates and degrees in select fields. Students who have already earned an associate degree from an approved institution can complete a bachelor’s degree in business, information technology, or nursing. Through a partnership with Dalton State College, GSSU is also able to offer an online bachelor’s in criminal justice. At the graduate level, students can earn an advanced degree or certificate in computer information systems or nursing. The school also offers Prior Learning Assessment, which allows working professionals to earn course credit for previous experiences in the field.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,020
  • Median Salary: $65,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Milledgeville
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Georgia Military College is a junior college offering affordable and accessible online degrees. Their 19 fully online associate degrees include programs in business administration, cybersecurity, and pre-nursing. They currently offer three fully online BAS degrees in business management, supervision and management, and supply chain management & logistics. GMC does not charge out-of-state tuition, so the same affordable tuition is available to students studying from anywhere in the world. They employ a staff of administrators dedicated solely to serving their online student body in the areas of admissions, advisement, and financial aid.

Online Associate Degrees (32)

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Median Salary: $65,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Morrow
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Clayton State University offers immersive online degree programs that allow students to study whenever and wherever works best for them. Among these programs are sixteen bachelor’s degrees in areas such as accounting, dental hygiene, and liberal studies. They also offer three online master’s programs in archival studies, business administration, and nursing. CSU withholds campus fees for online-only students, making their online degree programs even more affordable. The school requires all online students to complete an orientation, which introduces them to available resources including online advising and tutoring.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

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Online Master's Degrees (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $36,630
  • Median Salary: $68,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Savannah
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Savannah College of Art and Design’s eLearning programs give students the unique opportunity to earn an art degree from this prestigious private university without leaving home. Students can earn a bachelor’s in advertising, graphic design, game development, photography, or sequential art entirely online. SCAD also offers master’s in fourteen fields, including creative business leadership, illustration, and writing. All coursework for each 10-week class is asynchronous, so distance learners can complete their studies whenever their schedules allow. Students provide peer critiques of their classmates’ creative work through an online forum. SCAD has been pioneering online art education for over 12 years; they offer virtual tours of their online learning experience so prospective students can determine if the learning platform is right for them.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (7)

Online Master's Degrees (21)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • Median Salary: $64,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Rome
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Shorter University, a private Christian college in Rome, Georgia, offers online degree programs to students seeking a flexible, Christ-centered education. Their 18 online degrees span both the undergraduate and graduate levels: six associate degrees, six bachelor’s, and six master’s. Majors include business, Christian studies, criminal justice, and sport management. Their 8-week classes run year-round, with two sessions each in the spring, summer, and fall semesters; the average student takes two courses at a time. Most of the coursework is self-paced and can be completed at the student’s convenience.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • Median Salary: $61,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Savannah
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Savannah State University’s online learning program was designed to meet the needs of adult learners who cannot commit to a regular schedule or on-campus attendance. They currently offer a bachelor’s of business administration degree that can be earned entirely online when paired with two years’ of general education courses through eCore, the online core education program through the University System of Georgia. SSU helps adult students complete this degree in as little as two years by awarding credit for prior experience and allowing them to test out of certain classes. Asynchronous coursework allows students to work whenever is convenient for them as they pursue their academic and professional goals.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,970
  • Median Salary: $58,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Macon
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Middle Georgia State University’s online degrees rank high for affordability, making higher education more accessible for non-traditional students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. They currently offer three associate of science degrees in the fields of criminal justice, financial technology, and political science. Their nursing and information technology programs are offered at both the bachelor’s and master’s level. MGSU also offers certificate programs in airline management and airport management. Students are expected to participate in online discussions and projects, logging on to the platform 2-7 days per week.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,656
  • Median Salary: $57,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Toccoa Falls
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Toccoa Falls College is a private Christian liberal arts college in Georgia that offers a range of online undergraduate degrees. Students can choose from three associate and ten bachelor’s degrees in subjects such as business administration, criminal justice, and ministry leadership. Prospective students can watch a sample class online to see if the learning format is right for them. Distance learners at TFC are required to participate in service and outreach opportunities in their local communities. TFC offers a class discount for students who choose to take online classes while working full-time in Stephens or Habersham counties. TFC online students are still eligible for the school’s study abroad programs and can even participate in intramural sports if they live within 40 miles of campus.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,611
  • Median Salary: $54,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fort Valley
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Fort Valley State University is a public institution offering four online bachelor’s degrees in the fields of criminal justice, organizational leadership, political science, and psychology. As part of the University System of Georgia, FVSU undergraduates complete their general education classes online through the state-wide eCore program. For graduates looking to advance in the field of mental health services, FVSU also offers an MS in clinical rehabilitation counseling. The school charges the same affordable rate to all online students regardless of residency.

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Accounting, nursing, education, and psychology are among the most popular majors in Georgia. Low overall tuition rates at these schools offer online students many affordable options. For instance, Valdosta State University offers a bachelor's degree in psychology for $7,500 annually, while Georgia Southwestern State University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting for $5,970. Nurse practitioners, web developers, and physician assistants are among the most in-demand job categories in this state. Georgia Southern University, Columbus State and Georgia Southwestern State University all offer a wide variety of degrees in nursing, while Georgia Southwestern State University also offers a master's of science in computer science.

At a Glance:

  • 80% of colleges in Georgia have tuition of less than $20,000 per year.
  • The state of Georgia offers six different grants to eligible state residents attending college.
  • Georgia's Race to the Top fund is a $4 billion federal grant opportunity being applied, in large part, towards adopting standards and assessments that prepare students to succeed in college and the workplace and to compete in the global economy.

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