2019 Best Online Colleges in North Carolina

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The colleges on the following list are the best online schools in North Carolina. North Carolina State University ranks #1, and it offers programs such as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership and the Public Sector for an annual tuition of $27,094 and has the highest annual median salary at $92,256. Appalachian State University is ranked at #4 and has an annual tuition of $19,948 and nine online undergraduate degrees offered.

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 North Carolina, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $27,094 Median Salary $92,256
#2 #2 North Carolina A&T State University Annual Tuition $16,980 Median Salary $82,393
#3 #3 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Annual Tuition $18,961 Median Salary $77,600
#4 #4 Appalachian State University Annual Tuition $19,948 Median Salary $73,417
#5 #5 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Annual Tuition $19,383 Median Salary $69,278
#6 #6 Western Carolina University Annual Tuition $5,670 Median Salary $67,223
#7 #7 North Carolina Central University Annual Tuition $17,207 Median Salary $68,692
#8 #8 Pfeiffer University Annual Tuition $29,200 Median Salary $69,471
#9 #9 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $21,009 Median Salary $67,749
#10 #10 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Annual Tuition $9,262 Median Salary $64,869
#11 #11 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Annual Tuition $6,684 Median Salary $59,618
#12 #12 Fayetteville State University Annual Tuition $7,556 Median Salary $54,960
#13 #13 Gardner Webb University Annual Tuition $13,920 Median Salary $54,119
#14 #14 University of Mount Olive Annual Tuition $14,080 Median Salary $51,986
#15 #15 Mid-Atlantic Christian University Annual Tuition $13,500 Median Salary $46,200
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2019 Online Colleges in North Carolina 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: $27,094
  • Median Salary: $92,256
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Raleigh
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North Carolina State University offers online bachelor’s degrees in leadership in the public sector and leadership in the public sector-military. Students in the leadership in the public sector-military program can take courses such as The Humanitarian Response to Conflict, Contemporary Moral Issues, Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation, and Technological Catastrophes, among others. NCSU offers online graduate programs in agricultural and extension education, aerospace engineering, biological and agricultural engineering, animal science, and business administration. Students in the aerospace engineering program can take courses such as Principles of Structural Vibration, Foundations of Fluid Dynamics, and Heat Transfer Theory and Applications, along with a number of other courses.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,980
  • Median Salary: $82,393
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Greensboro
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North Carolina AT&T State University offers online degrees in agricultural education, electronics technology, environmental health and safety, geomatics, and information technology. Their agricultural education program offers the following specializations: agricultural education professor, ag literacy coordinator, young farm instructor, cooperative extension professional, and high school agriculture teacher. Their online graduate program consists of ten degrees including a Master of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Teaching-Business Education, a Master of Science in Technology Management, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Management.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (15)

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  • Annual Tuition: $18,961
  • Median Salary: $77,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Charlotte
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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers online bachelor's and master's degrees, along with graduate certificates. Their online master's of education program is particularly robust offering 10 different degrees, including a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education, a Master of Education in Instructional Systems Technology, a Master of School Administration, and a Master of Education in Special Education: Academically or Intellectually Gifted. They also have quite a few health and human services degrees, such as a Master of Science in Nursing Community/Public Health, a Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing, and a Master of Science in Respiratory Care, among other degrees.

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  • Annual Tuition: $19,948
  • Median Salary: $73,417
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Boone
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Appalachian State University has quite a few options for students seeking online degrees. Some of their online undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. There are 12 online graduate programs currently offered at ASU, including a Master of Science in Nutrition, a Master of Library Sciences, a Master of Health Administration, as well as doctorate degrees in educational administration and higher education: education specialist.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (20)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $19,383
  • Median Salary: $69,278
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Wilmington
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The University of North Carolina at Wilmington offers online undergraduate degrees in criminology, elementary education, nursing, international studies, and clinical research. Students in the criminology program can take courses in Crime and Public Policy, White Collar Crime, Police in Society, Criminal Courts, and many others. Their online graduate degrees include a Master of Science in Chemistry, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of School Administration, and a Master of Science in Clinical Research and Product Development.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • Median Salary: $67,223
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cullowhee
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Western Carolina University in Cullowhee has a variety of online undergraduate programs in majors like emergency medical care, emergency and disaster management, criminal justice, business administration and law, innovation leadership and entrepreneurship, and more. Their online graduate degrees are also very diverse, including a Master of Science in Nursing, a Master of Arts in Education: Elementary and Middle Grades Education, a Master of School Administration, a Master of Science in Sport Management, and a Master of Human Resources, among others.

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Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $17,207
  • Median Salary: $68,692
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Durham
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North Carolina Central University's online bachelor's degrees include majors in psychology, criminal justice, early childhood education, hospitality and tourism administration, plus quite a few more. Their online bachelor's degrees require between 120 and 128 credits in order to graduate. Currently, NCCU offers eight online graduate degrees, including a Master of School Administration, a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling, a Master of Arts in Educational Technology, and a Master in Library Sciences, among other degrees.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Certificate Programs (7)

  • Annual Tuition: $29,200
  • Median Salary: $69,471
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Misenheimer
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Pfeiffer University offers four online undergraduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Health Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration can take courses in Medical Communication, Healthcare Insurance and Managed Care, Law and Ethics in the Health Sciences, Introduction to Healthcare Leadership, and Operations Assessment and Quality Improvement, among other courses.

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Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $21,009
  • Median Salary: $67,749
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Greenville
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East Carolina University's online undergraduate programs are degree completion programs for students who have already earned prior college credits. Their online undergraduate business program offers Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in a number of concentrations, including general business, management, management information systems, marketing, and operations and supply chain management. They also offer online undergraduate degrees in health information management, elementary education, communication, and industrial technology. Their online graduate majors include education, nursing, public health, business administration, network technology, art, English, software engineering, and many more.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,262
  • Median Salary: $64,869
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Greensboro
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers online bachelor's degrees in supply chain management, integrated professional studies, business administration, philosophy, and human development and family studies. The Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies program costs $562.50 for 3 credits of coursework for in-state students and $2,098.89 per 3 credits of study for out-of-state distance learners. Their master's degrees include a Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration, and a Master of Education in B-K Interdisciplinary Studies Education and Development.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (8)

Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (15)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,684
  • Median Salary: $59,618
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pembroke
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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke offers both online undergraduate and graduate degrees. Currently, they have four online bachelor's degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. They also have three online graduate degrees: a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Administration, and a Master of Elementary Education. The Master of Business Administration is an accelerated online program that can be completed in as few as 12 months. In-state tuition for this program is $8,306 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,556
  • Median Salary: $54,960
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fayetteville
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Fayetteville State University's online education program offers undergraduate degrees in intelligence studies, accounting, criminal justice, psychology, professional studies, and quite a few more. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting program can take courses in Business Software Applications, Operations Management, Principles of Marketing, and Government and Public Accounting, among other courses. They are currently offering two graduate programs: a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Their Master of Business Administration has nine concentrations, including entrepreneurship, general business, healthcare management, international business, and business intelligence and data analytics.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,920
  • Median Salary: $54,119
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Boiling Springs
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Gardner Webb University offers many undergraduate degree completion programs in fields including healthcare management, organizational leadership, computer information systems, birth to kindergarten education, and more. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems program must complete 33 hours of coursework, 15 of which must be taken at the university. They also offer three online graduate degrees for distance learners: a Master of Accountancy, a Master of Business Administration, and an International Master of Business Administration.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,080
  • Median Salary: $51,986
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Mount Olive
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The University of Mount Olive offers the following online undergraduate degree programs: an Associate in Science: General Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program will be able to take courses in Law Enforcement, Court Systems & Process, Punishment & Corrections, and Victimology & Advocacy. They also offer three online graduate degrees: a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education, and a Master of Science in Nursing.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • Median Salary: $46,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Elizabeth City
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Mid-Atlantic Christian University's School of Professional Studies offers online associate and bachelor’s degrees. Their two associate degrees are an Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies and an Associate of Arts in General Studies. Their bachelor degrees are a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry and Biblical Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies. Their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program requires 120 credit hours in order to graduate. 36 of these hours come from general studies, 39 hours come from business administration courses, 18 come from biblical studies, and 27 hours come from open electives.

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