2019 Best Online Colleges in Montana


The schools on this list are Montana's best online colleges, based on tuition and alumni salaries. Ranked #1 on the list, University of Providence offers 14 bachelor's degrees and has the highest alumni median salary at $89,961 per year. Ranked #4, Montana State University-Billings is the most affordable school on the list, with yearly tuition at $8,969. Montana State University-Billings offers degrees such as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

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 University of Providence $24,420 $89,961
#2 #2 Montana State University $12,658 $80,626
#3 #3 The University of Montana $20,378 $78,657
#4 #4 Montana State University-Billings $8,969 $76,946
#5 #5 Montana Technological University $11,413 $75,864
#6 #6 Montana State University-Northern $19,323 $58,527

2019 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: $24,420
  • Median Salary: $89,961
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Great Falls
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Students at the University of Providence can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees entirely online through the school’s flexible distance learning program. This private Catholic institution offers online bachelor’s degrees in education, theology and ministry, legal and paralegal studies, and more. Their online master’s programs include accounting, counseling, organizational leadership, and various health fields. Both synchronous and asynchronous options are available, so students can choose to virtually attend live classes or log on to work at their own pace. As many online students are busy working adults, UP professors work with them to accommodate the needs of their schedule, adapting the format of the course as necessary.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (15)

Online Master's Degrees (6)

Online Certificate Programs (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,658
  • Median Salary: $80,626
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Bozeman
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Montana State University, a top-ranked public research institution, is the state’s largest university. Their reputation for academic excellence extends to their online programs, which provide students with the opportunity to earn a degree from home. At the undergraduate level, they offer a bachelor’s degree completion program in liberal studies. Postgraduates can earn a graduate certificate, licensure, or master’s degree in fields such as nursing, education, environmental sciences, family financial planning, and Native American studies. Online students still have access to important student resources, including academic advising, tutoring, counseling, and career services.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (12)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

  • Annual Tuition: $20,378
  • Median Salary: $78,657
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Missoula
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The University of Montana is a public research institution located in Missoula, but their online programs allow students to study from anywhere. Their diverse range of fully online degrees includes an associate degree in energy tech, a bachelor’s in media arts, and master’s degrees in public health and music education. They also offer a variety of professional certificates and endorsements in fields such as cybersecurity, wilderness management, and library media. They offer a broad range of student resources to their distance students with options such as a resume critique from career services, assistance from a librarian, or help from an online writing tutor.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,969
  • Median Salary: $76,946
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Billings
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Montana State University-Billings’ top-rated online programs give students the chance to pursue higher education from home and on their own time. Their fully online programs include five associate degrees, ten bachelor’s, five master’s, and five professional certificates; fields of study include business, health administration, and accounting. Asynchronous learning options give students the flexibility to study when they want, though some classes may require weekly chats or discussions.  The same faculty teach both online and in-person, meaning MSU Billings’ students don’t have to sacrifice quality for flexibility. Distance students receive support in many areas including career planning, online tutoring, financial aid and scholarships, and access to the library.

Online Associate Degrees (7)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (30)

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,413
  • Median Salary: $75,864
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Butte
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Montana Tech, an affiliate of the University of Montana, is the state’s leading institution for STEM studies. Their online learning programs include two undergraduate certificates, a graduate certificate, and two master’s degrees in the fields of health and engineering. The online classes for these programs are offered in three categories: asynchronous, where all work is completed on the student’s own time; blended, which requires a mix of online coursework and on-campus attendance; and video conferencing, where students attend and participate in a live virtual class.

  • Annual Tuition: $19,323
  • Median Salary: $58,527
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Havre
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Montana State University-Northern is a public institution of higher learning that offers nine online degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s level. These programs were designed with adult learners in mind, aiming to provide these non-traditional students with a flexible means to achieve their higher education goals. MSU-Northern currently offers two online associate degrees; an AA in general education and an AS in business. Their bachelor’s programs include degrees in business administration, community leadership, criminal justice, nursing, and more. For graduate degree seekers, they offer an online master of education degree in instruction and learning.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Montana (13)

Montana is home to 13 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 14 bachelor's degrees and 6 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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