2019 Best Online Colleges in New Jersey

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Based on affordability and alumni salaries, this list highlights the best online colleges in New Jersey. Ranked #1, St. Peter's University offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations such as Accountancy, Healthcare Management, and Management. St. Peter's University has a median salary of $92,640 and offers an annual tuition of $14,850. Thomas Edison State University, ranked #3, provides a wide range of online degrees for $9,967 annually and has a median salary of $80,796.

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 New Jersey, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 St. Peter's University Annual Tuition $14,850 Median Salary $92,640
#2 #2 Rider University Annual Tuition $42,120 Median Salary $95,597
#3 #3 Thomas Edison State University Annual Tuition $9,967 Median Salary $80,796
#4 #4 Rowan University Annual Tuition $14,100 Median Salary $77,749
#5 #5 William Paterson University of New Jersey Annual Tuition $22,336 Median Salary $74,068
#6 #6 Centenary University Annual Tuition $19,776 Median Salary $72,756
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2019 Online Colleges in New Jersey 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: $14,850
  • Median Salary: $92,640
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Jersey City
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St. Peter’s University is a private Catholic institution giving students the chance to earn an online degree taught through the lens of Jesuit values. Undergraduates can complete their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or RN to BSN programs fully online. For graduate students, SPU offers a Master of Higher Education in General Administration and a doctorate in educational leadership. Their doctoral program follows a cohort format to promote collaboration among online peers, a principle which is consistent through all of SPU’s online programs. The student and faculty communities at SPU are among the most ethnically diverse in the nation, so online students will encounter a wide range of perspectives even while studying from the comfort of their own home.

  • Annual Tuition: $42,120
  • Median Salary: $95,597
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lawrenceville
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Rider University is a private institution offering online bachelor’s and master’s programs for distance learners. Their nine fully-online programs include a BS in allied health studies, an MBA in business administration, and an MA in athletic leadership. RU students receive the same high-quality education whether they study on-campus or online, as the classes are taught by the same faculty and follow the same curriculum. Online students work independently to complete required readings, quizzes, and writing assignments, but the courses require near-daily participation in online discussion forums.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,967
  • Median Salary: $80,796
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Trenton
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Thomas Edison State University was one of the nation’s first universities to be built around the needs of adult learners. Though located in Trenton, NJ, their broad range of flexible online degree and certificate programs allow students to study from anywhere in the world. They offer 90 different programs at all undergraduate and graduate levels. To provide optimal flexibility, online classes at TESU have no set meeting times, though they do require students to log on several times a week to participate in class discussions and submit coursework. Just as prospective on-campus students can sit in on class when they visit, prospective online students at TESU can test out a virtual class to see if the learning environment suits them.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,100
  • Median Salary: $77,749
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Glassboro
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Rowan University is a public institution in Glassboro, New Jersey and offers online education programs through Rowan Global Learning and Partnerships. This internet-based branch of RU brings the school’s most popular degrees and certificates to a wider group of students, whether local working adults or college-aged students living across the country. They currently have 40 fully-online and 14 hybrid programs that span all undergraduate and graduate levels. These include a BA in law and justice, an MA in finance, an EdD in educational leadership, and an ESL graduate certificate, to name a few. High school students can also dual-enroll in RU’s online classes to jump-start their college career.

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Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

Online Certificate Programs (16)

  • Annual Tuition: $22,336
  • Median Salary: $74,068
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Wayne
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Students can complete their bachelor’s or earn a master’s online through William Paterson University of New Jersey. Their online BA in liberal studies is a degree completion program that allows students to choose two concentrations of the four that are offered: history, geography, psychology, and sociology. WPUNJ’s two master’s programs are in the field of education: an MEd in literacy and an MEd in curriculum and learning (school library media concentration). These programs allow online students to complete their clinic hours locally. Students can also take a mix of online and in-person classes to complete their degree if they prefer.

  • Annual Tuition: $19,776
  • Median Salary: $72,756
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Hackettstown
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Centenary University offers a variety of online business degrees and certificates for adult students looking to earn additional credentials without taking a break from their professional commitments. At the undergraduate level, students can earn an AA, one of three BS degrees, and a social media marketing certificate—all entirely online. For graduate students, CU also offers an accelerated master’s in business administration degree as well as certificates in health administration and leadership. Additional programs are offered through a blended format, with some classes completed online and others at the Parsippany campus. Students are paired with a personal guide who acts as both academic adviser and success coach.

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