2018 Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts

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The following schools are ranked based on their academic strength scores and annual tuition rates. Boston University ranks #1 and holds the highest academic strength score of 81%, offering online programs such as a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Education. Fitchburg State University is ranked #5 and offers the most affordable tuition at $9,240 per year.

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 Academic Strength
#1 #1 Boston University Annual Tuition $13,500 Academic Strength 81%
#2 #2 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $11,400 Academic Strength 75%
#3 #3 Westfield State University Annual Tuition $7,050 Academic Strength 62%
#4 #4 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Annual Tuition $9,660 Academic Strength 63%
#5 #5 Fitchburg State University Annual Tuition $9,240 Academic Strength 61%
#6 #6 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $15,750 Academic Strength 76%
#7 #7 Lesley University Annual Tuition $12,600 Academic Strength 67%
#8 #8 University of Massachusetts-Boston Annual Tuition $12,300 Academic Strength 66%
#9 #9 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Annual Tuition $12,865 Academic Strength 66%
#10 #10 Framingham State University Annual Tuition $10,900 Academic Strength 61%
#11 #11 Bentley University Annual Tuition $16,987 Academic Strength 76%
#12 #12 Becker College Annual Tuition $13,330 Academic Strength 62%
#13 #13 Western New England University Annual Tuition $34,338 Academic Strength 67%
#14 #14 Mount Ida College Annual Tuition $35,720 Academic Strength 56%
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2018 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: $13,500
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 33%
  • Academic Strength: 81%
  • Locations: Boston

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Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,400
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Academic Strength: 75%
  • Locations: Lowell

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (17)

Online Master's Degrees (23)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,050
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 80%
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • Locations: Westfield
  • Annual Tuition: $15,750
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Academic Strength: 76%
  • Locations: Amherst

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (22)

Online Master's Degrees (14)

Online Doctoral Degrees (6)

Online Certificate Programs (21)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Academic Strength: 67%
  • Locations: Cambridge

Online Bachelor's Degrees (13)

Online Master's Degrees (17)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,300
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Academic Strength: 66%
  • Locations: Boston

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (16)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,865
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Academic Strength: 66%
  • Locations: Boston

Online Bachelor's Degrees (3)

Online Master's Degrees (12)

Online Doctoral Degrees (9)

Online Certificate Programs (10)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,987
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Academic Strength: 76%
  • Locations: Waltham
  • Annual Tuition: $13,330
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • Locations: Worcester
  • Annual Tuition: $34,338
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Academic Strength: 67%
  • Locations: Springfield

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Massachusetts (54)

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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