2019 Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts

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The following Massachusetts schools are ranked based on their high alumni salaries and annual tuition rates. Anna Maria College ranks #12 and has the lowest annual tuition rate of $7,029, offering online programs such as a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science and a Master of Public Administration. The average median salary is $73,100. University of Massachusetts-Lowell is ranked #2 and offers 17 online bachelor programs including a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Security Studies - Homeland Defense.

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 Massachusetts, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences $22,785 $121,800
#2 #2 University of Massachusetts-Lowell $11,400 $99,800
#3 #3 University of Massachusetts - Amherst $11,700 $89,600
#4 #4 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth $12,030 $86,100
#5 #5 Assumption College $40,208 $87,100
#6 #6 Nichols College $7,920 $82,400
#7 #7 University of Massachusetts-Boston $12,300 $82,800
#8 #8 Framingham State University $11,250 $82,300
#9 #9 Western New England University $34,338 $82,500
#10 #10 Berklee College of Music $17,964 $77,600
#11 #11 American International College $12,000 $76,800
#12 #12 Anna Maria College $7,029 $73,100
#13 #13 Salem State University $8,550 $73,200
#14 #14 Westfield State University $9,450 $69,600
#15 #15 Becker College $13,330 $69,900
#16 #16 Lesley University $12,900 $68,000
#17 #17 Fisher College $11,719 $62,600
#18 #18 Endicott College $11,840 $54,900
#19 #19 Bay Path University $12,000 $53,800

2019 Online Colleges in Massachusetts 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: $22,785
  • Median Salary: $121,800
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Boston
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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences offers a number of online certificates, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees. Their undergraduate programs include fields such as health sciences, dental hygiene, and nursing. Their master's programs are offered in subject areas like public health, nursing, and healthcare business. They also offer online doctoral degrees, such as a Doctor of Acupuncture and Integrative Health, a Doctor of Optometry, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Medicinal Chemistry.  Coursework can be completed around student’s schedules, and the faculty and degrees earned are the same as those found on campus.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (5)

Online Master's Degrees (14)

Online Doctoral Degrees (11)

Online Certificate Programs (10)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,400
  • Median Salary: $99,800
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lowell
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The University of Massachusetts-Lowell offers online degree and certificate programs in a number of undergraduate and graduate majors. Their two associate's degree programs are an Associate of Science in Management and an Associate of Science in Information Technology. They offer eight online bachelor's degrees in fields including business administration, English, criminal justice, and psychology. Their online graduate program includes degrees in areas such as education, business administration, criminal justice, and security studies. Online courses are taught by faculty that bring real-world experience to their teaching. Students taking online courses receive access to 24/7 technical support, academic advisors, and program coordinators.

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (18)

Online Master's Degrees (30)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Median Salary: $89,600
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Amherst
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The University of Massachusetts-Amherst offers an extensive range of online certificate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs including three associate’s, 45 bachelor's, 46 master's, and four doctoral degrees. Their associate's degrees include an Associate of Science in Information Technology, an Associate of Science in Sustainable Food and Farming, and an Associate of Science in Management. Their Bachelor of Arts programs are offered in areas such as Translation and Interpreting, Human Services, Children's Learning and Development, Health Studies, and more. Their online master's degrees include options such as an Education Specialist in Administration, Criminal Justice, and Business Administration. They also offer two doctorate degrees in education and two doctorate degrees in nursing.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (24)

Online Master's Degrees (14)

Online Doctoral Degrees (6)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,030
  • Median Salary: $86,100
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: North Dartmouth
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The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offers online undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields including history, marketing, nursing, women’s and gender studies, and political science. They also offer five graduate degrees in computer science, healthcare management, business administration, public policy, and nursing. UMass Dartmouth offers distance learners resources to support their academic career. These include access to eTutoring, eLibrary, the career development center, and online learning resources. Tuition for undergraduate degrees varies by program and ranges from $1,248-$1,362 per 3-credit course. Graduate tuition also varies by program and ranges between $1,911-$2,025 per 3-credit course.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (29)

Online Master's Degrees (10)

Online Certificate Programs (8)

  • Annual Tuition: $40,208
  • Median Salary: $87,100
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Worcester
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Founded in 1904, Assumption is a Catholic college with a liberal arts curriculum and strong academic programs in professional studies and business. With quality programs, flexible schedule, and affordability, Assumption's online programs allow distance learners to earn their degrees on their own time. Students also have the option of taking six week and two week accelerated courses throughout the year.

Online Associate Degrees (11)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • Median Salary: $82,400
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dudley
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Nichols College was founded in 1815 in Dudley, Massachusetts with a mission to "transform today's students into tomorrow's leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business and professional education." Six months after graduation, 94% of Nichols 2017 graduates were employed in a graduate program. Nichols offers a number of online degrees such as a bachelor of science in business administration, four different master's degrees, and four certificate programs.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,300
  • Median Salary: $82,800
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Boston
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The University of Massachusetts-Boston offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and three online Master of Arts degrees in Science in a Changing World, Critical & Creative Thinking, and Applied Linguistics. Their Master's in Education program has a number of specializations, including school counseling, orientation and mobility, teacher of students with visual impairments, and vision rehabilitation therapy. They also offer four Master of Science degrees in Family Therapy, Gerontology (Management of Aging Services Track), Mental Health Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (3)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (24)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Median Salary: $82,300
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Framingham
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Framingham State University offers one entirely online bachelor's degree and five entirely online graduate degrees. Their online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program allows students to transfer in eight credits from past experience (outside of high school) in employment, community service, military service, educational travel, and more. Most of their online master's programs are offered in education. Currently, they have a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Master of Education in Educational Technology, Master of Education in Nutrition Education-School Nutrition Specialist, and a Master of Education in Nutrition Education-Nutrition Education Specialist.

  • Annual Tuition: $34,338
  • Median Salary: $82,500
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Springfield
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Western New England University offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration degree that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, and is Western Massachusetts's only school accredited by this institution. This is a part-time program that is designed for busy, working adults. Potential students must possess 30 undergraduate credit hours in order to apply to the program. The program requires 120 total credit hours comprised of 42 business course credits, 42 elective credits, and 36 non-business course credits.

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Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,964
  • Median Salary: $77,600
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Boston
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Berklee College of Music aims to provide lifelong learning opportunities to those who are interested in music as well as working in the music industry. Students enrolled in online programs are assigned a Berklee-trained Academic Advisor who will help and support them through their online experiences. Offering more than 150 courses online, Berklee College of Music have experienced faculty and industry experts. Prospective students can also experience their unique learning environment through one of 12 free sample lessons.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (47)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Median Salary: $76,800
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Springfield
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American International College offers three fully online programs and one hybrid program. The fully online programs are a Resident Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, a Master of Science in Nursing degree, and a Post Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate. Their hybrid program is a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The Master of Nursing program has three areas of concentration: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Educator. They also offer a Post Master’s Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Concentration, which helps licensed RNs prepare for more advanced nursing practice.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,029
  • Median Salary: $73,100
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, Anna Maria College is a liberal arts institution that is also private and not-for-profit. AMC aims to integrate and combine liberal education and professional preparation. AMC's online classes are small, which allows mentor relationships to develop between students and faculty. Having a  career-oriented liberal arts education, AMC's faculty members are highly practiced and responsive. Students can choose from a variety of online programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services administration, a Master of Public Administration, and more.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • Median Salary: $73,200
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Salem
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Salem State University has fully online and part-time online bachelor's degrees, undergraduate certificates, and professional education courses. Their part-time degrees include occupational health studies, education: early education and care, criminal justice, liberal studies, and more. They have three fully online degrees available in fire science administration, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and intercultural communications. They also have five undergraduate certificate programs: accounting, correctional administration, graphic design, interactive multimedia design, and public relations.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,450
  • Median Salary: $69,600
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Westfield
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Westfield State University currently offers six online bachelor's degree completion programs in business, sociology, liberal studies, history, psychology, and criminal justice. They have three hybrid online degrees available: a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Masters of Science in Accounting, and a Masters in Social Work. They also offer online minors in management, psychology, sociology, and art. Classes are offered in conventional 15-week Fall and Spring sessions, as well as a 6-week Summer session, and a 2-week accelerated Winter session.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,330
  • Median Salary: $69,900
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Worcester
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Becker College's School of Graduate & Professional Studies offers entirely online programs for adult learners. These degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Management Concentration, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program can take courses including Victimology and Victim Services, Corrections Systems and Process, Police and Community, and Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • Median Salary: $68,000
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cambridge
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Lesley University offers a wide variety of online degree programs in art and design, business management, education, human services, humanities, psychology, and liberal arts. Their accredited online business management degree is 30 credits in length and tuition is $13,475. Their Master of Science in Management program requires 33 credits and tuition is $22,075.  Their online programs offer flexibility for students to complete coursework at their convenience, and their platform delivers interactive elements to help distance learners gain support from their virtual community.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (16)

Online Master's Degrees (27)

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Online Certificate Programs (10)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,719
  • Median Salary: $62,600
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Boston
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As an independent, non-profit educational institution, Fisher College offers a schedule of six 8-week terms for students who have busy schedules but want to pursue a quality education. Since students don't have to attend regularly scheduled classes, students can do the work when and where it is convenient for them. Being "Student-Centered," students can engage in online interactions with classmates and take a more active role in the learning process.

Online Associate Degrees (7)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (15)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,840
  • Median Salary: $54,900
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Beverly
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Endicott College is a private college that offers select online associate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees. Students have the option to choose from a 100% online course load or complete a blended course load. Academic accommodations pertaining to online studies include extended time for tests and alternative text materials. Additional resources may be available on a case-by-case basis. Students are responsible for self-identifying and interfacing with support staff to request accommodations.

Online Associate Degrees (4)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (20)

Online Master's Degrees (39)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Median Salary: $53,800
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Longmeadow, Sturbridge
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Bay Path University in Longmeadow, MA offers some accelerated programs that are entirely online, and others that are mostly online but require on-campus attendance once a week (on Saturdays). Some of the fully online programs are in fields such as Communications, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Food Industry Management, and Forensic Psychology, among others. In order to apply, students must have a high school diploma or GED, a conversation (either by phone or in-person) with an admissions counselor, and a short essay or 12 transferable credits from an accredited college.

Online Associate Degrees (3)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (30)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (18)

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Online Certificate Programs (16)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Massachusetts (56)

There are a variety of accredited schools offering online degrees in the state of Massachusetts. Aspiring nurses can pursue online education at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts - Bacon and Amherst, or Fitchburg State University. Aspiring dental hygienists can obtain both bachelor's and master's degrees in dental hygiene at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, or a bachelor's in dental hygiene with one of four concentrations at Mount Ida College. Northeastern University receives a 100% recommendation rate from alumni and current students, making it the most highly-recommended university on the list.

At a Glance:

  • 31% of accredited online colleges in Massachusetts have tuition of under $15,000
  • Virtually every college in the state of Massachusetts offers scholarships and grants. Bristol Community College offers both the Bridgewater State College Presidential Scholarship and the New England Transfer Association Scholarship.
  • The Massachusetts Cash Grant helps students pay college fees that are due in addition to tuition.

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