2019 Best Online Colleges in Maine

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This list of schools offer the best online degree programs in Maine. Ranked #1, University of Maine offers a wide range of degrees such as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of Business Administration, and more for tuition as low as $9,540 per year. University of Southern Maine is ranked #2 with an annual tuition of $8,130 and a median salary of $69,900. Students can choose from various programs, including a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Master of Arts in Leadership Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavior Sciences.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Maine $9,540 $83,400
#2 #2 University of Southern Maine $8,130 $69,900
#3 #3 University of Maine at Augusta $6,990 $64,200
#4 #4 University of Maine at Presque Isle $7,740 $54,900
#5 #5 University of Maine at Fort Kent $6,990 $53,800
#6 #6 University of Maine at Machias $6,990 $46,400

2019 Online Colleges in Maine 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: $9,540
  • Median Salary: $83,400
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Orono
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The University of Maine features 20 online degree programs, including three bachelor's, 15 master's, and two doctoral degrees. Among the bachelor's programs are a B.S. in Surveying Engineering Technology and a Bachelor in University Studies (B.U.S.) that offers several concentrations, including Labor Studies. The master's programs are particularly broad in the field of education, with several degrees offered in special education. Some programs have courses that are synchronous.  Several programs are limited by area: the Masters in Social Work is only available in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Undergraduate tuition is a modest $366 per credit hour, and graduate tuition is $549 per credit hour.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (17)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,130
  • Median Salary: $69,900
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Portland
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The University of Southern Maine offers seven bachelor's and nine master's degree programs online. The bachelor's programs stress leadership and communication, and the graduate programs emphasize career advancement. Among the undergraduate degrees are a B.A. in  Leadership and Organizational Studies and a B.S. in Applied Technical Leadership. The master's programs are particularly extensive in education. Offerings include an M.S.in Higher Education, an M.S. in Educational Psychology, an M.Ed in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and three master's programs in special education. Tuition for undergraduate programs is $339 per credit, and tuition for graduate programs is $509 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,990
  • Median Salary: $64,200
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Augusta
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The University of Maine at Augusta has been recognized for the excellence of its online bachelor's degree program, which includes offerings across 11 fields. Many of the students taking UMA online classes are completing degrees and hold associate degrees from Maine's community colleges. The programs emphasize preparation for careers. Each year, UMA has an academic theme, such as free speech, which is intended as a focus for class discussion. Some of their most popular programs are in business administration, information and library science, computer information systems and cybersecurity, and justice studies. Tuition is very affordable at $291 per credit hour.

Online Associate Degrees (15)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (39)

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Online Certificate Programs (21)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,740
  • Median Salary: $54,900
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Presque Isle
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The University of Maine at Presque Isle offers online bachelor's degrees in English, history, and psychology. UMPI emphasizes a "Finish in Four” ideology to help students complete their degree in a timely and cost-efficient manner. There are three degree options in English, including a B.A. in Professional Communication and Journalism and a B.A. in Writing. There are three programs in History, which include a B.S. in Secondary Education in Social Studies, and a B.A. in History and Political Science. UMPI's offerings in Psychology include a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in either Biopsychology or Business Psychology. Tuition is a very reasonable $373 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,990
  • Median Salary: $53,800
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fort Kent
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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is a rural campus with the motto, "A Community Atmosphere, A Global Perspective." UMFK offers seven online bachelor's degree programs, and these reflect the global perspective. The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences includes options in Allied Health and Self Design. Allied health is for fields in which no specific degree is offered, and Self Design allows students to construct their own interdisciplinary program. An unusual program is the B.S. in Rural Public Safety Administration, which has several different concentrations. Other offerings include a B.S. in Cybersecurity, an RN to B.S.N., a B.S.in Accounting, and a B.S. in Health Care Administration. Tuition is an extremely affordable $373 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,990
  • Median Salary: $46,400
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Machias
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The University of Maine at Machias has three online bachelor's degree programs, with a number of options in each program. The B.A. in Psychology and Community has concentrations in Applied Psychology and Disabilities in Youth. UMM's Bachelor of College Studies (B.C.S.) program allows students to construct their own interdisciplinary degree. The B.S. in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies also has several options, including Accounting, Management, Business Sustainability, and Sports and Fitness Management. Tuition is $475 per credit hour, and USM is currently offering a "Mainers in Exile" program that allows former students to complete their online degree at in-state tuition rates. About 90% of their students also receive some type of financial aid.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (16)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Maine (15)

Over half of the 15 accredited Maine institutions offering online degrees are public, non-profit universities, including University of Maine and University of Southern Maine. University of Maine at Augusta offers 39 online bachelor's degrees, including degrees in social science, computer information systems and mental health and human services. Several Maine community colleges offer affordable associate's degrees and certificates with an annual tuition below $7,000, including Central Maine Community College and Kennebec Valley Community College. Students looking for online master's degrees in education will find a variety of options at the University of Southern Maine.

At a Glance:

  • The University of Maine is the only institution in Maine classified as a research university.
  • Educational services and healthcare and social assistance are among the fastest growing industries in Maine.
  • Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) lists Maine grants and loan programs for students in education, healthcare and other fields.

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