2020 Best Online Colleges in Montana


The schools on this list are Montana's best online colleges, based on tuition and alumni salaries. Heading the list is Montana Technological University, which has the highest median salary on the list at $11,413. The school offers BS programs in Nursing and Health Informatics. Fourth-ranked Montana State University-Northern has the lowest annual tuition at $6,613, and features programs in Trades Management and Community Leadership. Ranked #5, Montana State University-Billings offers more than 20 online programs.

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 Montana, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 $11,413 $91,700
#2 #2 $8,130 $75,900
#3 #3 $25,140 $74,900
#4 #4 $6,613 $68,700
#5 #5 $12,560 $66,700
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2020 Online Colleges in Montana 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: $11,413
  • Median Salary: $91,700
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Butte
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Montana Technological University offers online certificate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs. Undergraduate options include a Bachelor of Science in nursing completion post-licensure (BSN). Graduate degrees are offered in industrial hygiene and project engineering and management, and a graduate certificate is offered in health care informatics. MTU uses Moodle as its learning management system and OrediggerWeb as its online student management system. MTU offers classes that can be completed entirely online as well as a considerable support system for students of online and blended courses to boost student success. Resources for online students include free online tutoring and access to other forms of academic help, including Khan Academy, Merlot, and Hippocampus. A student health class is also available to online students. 

  • Annual Tuition: $8,130
  • Median Salary: $75,900
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Missoula
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The University of Montana offers several degrees online, including an associate degree in general studies; bachelor’s degrees in media arts and art; master’s degrees in curriculum studies, educational leadership, public administration, and a joint master’s degree in public health and public administration (MPA/MPH). Cyberbear is UM’s platform for student information, and KPCN hosts video tutorials created for students, by students. The Mansfield Library offers checkout and shipping of print materials to nonlocal students. The Undergraduate Advising Center offers its own distance advisor, and students also have access to the online writing center and the career services center. UM, which allows students to choose a status of “distance only,” offers one of the most extensive online support programs of any Montana college.

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

Online Master's Degrees (8)

Online Certificate Programs (15)

  • Annual Tuition: $25,140
  • Median Salary: $74,900
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Great Falls
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The University of Providence is a Catholic-identifying school that offers liberal education to both online and on-campus students. The university offers online undergraduate degrees in addictions counseling, criminal justice, business administration, legal and paralegal studies, and psychology, as well as an RN-BSN completion program. Master’s degrees are offered in counseling, organizational leadership (criminal justice), healthcare administration, infection prevention and epidemiology, organizational leadership (management), and nursing (nurse educator). UP uses Moodle as its online platform, and students can view video footage of live classes through the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra program. The on-campus Writing & Critical Thinking Center offers online tutoring sessions, and the school offers an online student concerns department for distance students.

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (15)

Online Master's Degrees (8)

Online Certificate Programs (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,613
  • Median Salary: $68,700
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Havre
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Montana State University-Northern offers several degree programs that can be completed entirely online. These include associate degrees in general education and business, as well as bachelor’s degrees in community leadership, nursing, business administration, criminal justice, business technology, and trades management. Students may also seek a master’s degree in the field of education in instruction and learning. Minors in psychology, criminal justice, small business management, community leadership, business technology, marketing, and accounting are also available. MSU-Northern uses Brightspace as its online learning platform. There is an online orientation for the program called Adventures in Brightspace for first-time users, and the program includes the option to sign up for text and email notifications.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,560
  • Median Salary: $66,700
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Billings
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Montana State University-Billings offers numerous online degree programs, including two associate degrees in human resource management (general applied emphasis and College of Business articulated emphasis), as well as in accounting technology, business administration, and general studies. There are also bachelor’s degrees available in business administration (accounting, general business, management, and marketing), communication, health administration, public relations, applied science, and liberal studies. Graduate programs include health administration, public relations, and special education, both advanced and generalist. MSU-Billings offers an academic support center with free online tutoring as well as assistance for those registering for classes and online degree requirement discussions. Students also have access to the online library catalog.

Online Associate Degrees (7)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (28)

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Online Master's Degrees (8)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Montana (14)

Montana is home to 14 accredited schools offering online degrees. This includes several community colleges, including Dawson Community College and Highlands College of Montana Tech, that offer very affordable degrees with annual tuitions under $10,000. Montana State University-Billings offers a wide range of online bachelor's degrees, such as degrees in business administration, public relations and communication. Prospective teachers looking for online master's degrees in education will find that the University of Montana offers several master's degrees in early childhood education. The University of Providence is a private Catholic university that offers 15 bachelor's degrees and 8 master's degrees.

At a Glance:

  • The Montana Community Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for a diverse range of Montana students.
  • The Montana University System provides tuition waivers for students who meet certain criteria, including eligible veterans.
  • Montana is a rural state, but nearly 3 in 4 Montana jobs are in one of its 7 urban hubs: Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula.
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