2019 Best Online Colleges in Ohio

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This list highlights the best online schools in Ohio, based on alumni salaries and affordability. Ranked #1, University of Toledo has the highest median salary at $81,400 and an annual tuition of $10,400 and offers degrees such as a BBA in Management and a Master of Criminal Justice. The University of Findlay is ranked #4 with an affordable tuition of $14,400, and offers online programs such as a B.S. in Business Management and an M.A. in Education.

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 Ohio, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Toledo Annual Tuition $10,400 Median Salary $81,400
#2 #2 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $7,110 Median Salary $80,600
#3 #3 Cleveland State University Annual Tuition $5,160 Median Salary $79,300
#4 #4 The University of Findlay Annual Tuition $14,400 Median Salary $78,700
#5 #5 University of Akron Annual Tuition $8,477 Median Salary $77,700
#6 #6 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $18,456 Median Salary $78,600
#7 #7 Hiram College Annual Tuition $15,570 Median Salary $77,800
#8 #8 Wright State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,254 Median Salary $76,900
#9 #9 Youngstown State University Annual Tuition $7,869 Median Salary $76,000
#10 #10 Mount Carmel College of Nursing Annual Tuition $5,053 Median Salary $72,700
#11 #11 Muskingum University Annual Tuition $27,500 Median Salary $75,400
#12 #12 Kettering College Annual Tuition $14,040 Median Salary $73,600
#13 #13 Franklin University Annual Tuition $15,780 Median Salary $69,800
#14 #14 Defiance College Annual Tuition $11,850 Median Salary $68,700
#15 #15 Ursuline College Annual Tuition $9,360 Median Salary $66,900
#16 #16 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Annual Tuition $11,940 Median Salary $65,900
#17 #17 Malone University Annual Tuition $29,000 Median Salary $66,700
#18 #18 Antioch University-Midwest Annual Tuition $10,500 Median Salary $63,200
#19 #19 Notre Dame College Annual Tuition $15,750 Median Salary $62,400
#20 #20 Tiffin University Annual Tuition $13,640 Median Salary $60,000
#21 #21 Union Institute & University Annual Tuition $16,350 Median Salary $55,500
#22 #22 Ohio Christian University Annual Tuition $12,480 Median Salary $51,200
#23 #23 Kent State University at Trumbull Annual Tuition $8,897 Median Salary $46,300
#24 #24 God's Bible School and College Annual Tuition $6,000 Median Salary $42,200
Salary data provided by Payscale Logo. Updated 2018.

2019 Online Colleges in Ohio 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: $10,400
  • Median Salary: $81,400
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Toledo
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University of Toledo was first founded in 1872, and its distance education programs date back to 1998. The university offers online programs at all levels, from associate to doctoral, including nine associate degrees, 10 bachelor's degrees, 12 master's degrees, and two doctoral degrees. Some of these programs require residency periods of two weeks or less. Technical support is available via live chat, phone or email, and tutoring for undergraduate students is offered through the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative. Online students also have access to library services, and the university also facilitates test proctoring for students who live more than 50 miles from campus.

Online Associate Degrees (10)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (12)

Online Master's Degrees (15)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (17)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,110
  • Median Salary: $80,600
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Ohio University's online degrees cover a wide range of levels and subject areas. There are six different associate degrees available, as well as 10 bachelor's degree completion programs that are open to all students who already have an associate degree from Ohio University or elsewhere. Students hoping to earn a master's degree have 30 online options, including programs in engineering, education, business, and public administration. Students may be able to earn academic credit for life experiences by enrolling in a course that leads to the development of a personal portfolio that showcases that experience. Additionally, all online students are partnered with an academic advisor, and may also utilize support resources provided through the eCampus Success Center.

Online Associate Degrees (5)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (28)

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Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $5,160
  • Median Salary: $79,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cleveland
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Cleveland State University provides opportunities for distance learning at the bachelor's and master's levels. There are three bachelor's programs, and all but the RN to BSN program are degree completion programs, meaning that students must already have an associate degree before enrolling in these programs. Master's students can choose among eight programs in education, health sciences, and business. Students who experience technical difficulties can take advantage of the university's 24/7 Online Help Portal. Other resources available to distance students include online tutoring, advising, and library services.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,400
  • Median Salary: $78,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Findlay
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The University of Findlay's online programs cater mostly to graduate students. There are six master's degrees available in fields such as education, business, and environmental safety, as well as one doctoral degree. Undergraduate students do have one option for online education at the University of Findlay. There is an online bachelor's degree completion program in business management, which is open to students who have already earned at least 61 transferable semester credit hours. Online students have access to online tutoring through the Academic Support Center, which also includes study strategy counseling to help students avoid procrastination and manage test anxiety.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,477
  • Median Salary: $77,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Akron
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University of Akron offers one online bachelor's degree in nursing and four online master's degrees in health professions, business, and education. All distance students gain familiarity with online learning tools through a comprehensive online orientation. Like all University of Akron students, distance learners also receive guidance through the Academic Advisement Center, Ohio eTutoring Collaborative, and Career Center. In order to fulfill the unique needs of nontraditional students, the university has an academic support service called Adult Focus, which offers scholarship opportunities, information for adult students, and a dedicated point of contact for any issues that might arise during the semester.

  • Annual Tuition: $18,456
  • Median Salary: $78,600
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Bowling Green
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Bowling Green State University's eCampus provides degree programs that can be completed 100% online. Bachelor's degree seekers have four options, whereas master's degree seekers have 11. All programs have six start dates per year, so students can start classes at a time that is convenient for them. Courses are seven weeks in length, and they are taught by the same faculty members who teach on campus. That means that online students receive the same education as campus students, so diplomas earned by distance students have no mention of their online status.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (12)

Online Master's Degrees (20)

Online Doctoral Degrees (6)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,570
  • Median Salary: $77,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Hiram
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Hiram College is a liberal arts institution that offers two fully online bachelor's degrees, one in accounting and financial management and the other in management. There are six start dates per year. Students are allowed to transfer in a maximum of 75 credit hours in which the student has earned at least a "C" grade. The university predicts that students will need to dedicate 10 to 15 hours per week per class to their studies in order to earn acceptable grades. All online students receive a program counselor who will help students decide which courses to take and complete registration.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,254
  • Median Salary: $76,900
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dayton
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Distance education offered through Wright State University is mostly geared towards master's level students. There are 14 online master's programs available online, such as an M.S. in Nursing Education, an M.S. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and several different Master of Education degrees. Bachelor's and doctoral students who are already involved in the field of nursing each have one option. Registered nurses can earn a bachelor's degree through an online RN to BSN program, and doctoral students can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Some of the courses included in these programs utilize interactive video instruction, so the curriculum is engaging and are active participants in their own learning.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (20)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,869
  • Median Salary: $76,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Youngstown
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Youngstown State University's eYSU distance education program currently accommodates approximately 2,000 nontraditional students, allowing them to earn 12 different degrees without ever setting foot on campus. There are six bachelor's degrees and six master's degrees offered. All but one of the bachelor's programs are degree completion programs, so students enrolling in these programs are expected to have an associate degree already. Youngstown State University is a member of the national organization Quality Matters, which facilitates a peer review of member institutions' online programs to ensure that they are providing a high-quality education.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,053
  • Median Salary: $72,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Columbus
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Mount Carmel College of Nursing provides a convenient and affordable way for nurses to earn a degree and advance their career. There are three online programs available: an RN to BSN program, an M.S. in Nursing Education, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The RN to BSN program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study, and there are three start times per year. Students can also choose a part-time schedule. Online undergraduate courses are capped at 25 to 30 students to allow students to receive individual attention from faculty members. Many of the college's courses have been approved by Quality Matters, a national organization that evaluates online courses.

  • Annual Tuition: $27,500
  • Median Salary: $75,400
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: New Concord
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Muskingum University is a liberal arts institution that dates back to 1837. It provides online degree and certification programs in education, information strategy, and nursing. Graduate students can transfer in up to nine semester credit hours with a grade of B or better from a regionally accredited school, whereas undergraduate students who already have an associate degree or 60 hours of transferable credit can earn a bachelor's degree through the Muskingum Adult Program. Students can study part-time or full-time.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,040
  • Median Salary: $73,600
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Kettering
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Kettering College offers an online bachelor's degree completion programs in health sciences. Students who already have an associate degree in health care are eligible for this program, and they can choose to specialize in Respiratory Care, Management, Education, Sonography, and Advanced Imaging. Classes are seven or eight weeks in duration, and there are multiple start dates per year. Students may study on a part-time or full-time basis. They also have access to online tutoring and online library services. One enrolled, students have up to seven years to complete the program of study.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,780
  • Median Salary: $69,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Columbus
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Franklin University's wide variety of online programs is intended to make it as easy as possible for working adults to get the education they need. There are degree programs available at every level, from associate to doctoral. Students may choose among eight online associate degrees, 36 online bachelor's degrees, 12 online master's degrees, and four online doctoral programs. Bachelor's degree students can transfer in up to 94 credit hours, and can also earn academic credit by earning passing scores on standardized tests. Master's level students can transfer in up to 12 credit hours, and may be able to graduate in just 14 months. All online students receive an academic advisor who can assist with academic and career planning.

Online Associate Degrees (7)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (35)

Online Master's Degrees (10)

Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Median Salary: $68,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Defiance
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Defiance College was founded in 1850 and is affiliated with the United Church of Christ. It allows distance learners to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree online, including a fully online RN to BSN program. This program consists of eight-week classes, and students typically take two classes at a time and are able to finish the program in 18 months. Online students have full access to the college's Pilgrim Library, and can check out physical materials or log in to online databases to view journal articles. Librarians are also available to help students with research projects via live chat.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,360
  • Median Salary: $66,900
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pepper Pike
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Ursuline College is committed to helping working adults achieve their goals. The Ursuline College Accelerated Program (UCAP) offers undergraduate students accelerated five-week online and hybrid courses, and students typically take only one course at a time. UCAP students receive an academic advisor, who can help with course scheduling in order to ensure that students graduate on time. Ursuline College is unique in that it allows students to transfer in an unlimited number of credits, although students must complete their final 32 credits at the college.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Median Salary: $65,900
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Mount Vernon
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Mount Vernon Nazarene University's online undergraduate and graduate programs are available in many subject areas, including business administration, education, ministry, and leadership. There is no application fee, and GRE scores are also not required for admission to a graduate program. Students can earn transfer credit for any course taken at a regionally accredited institution, and may also be able to take certain standardized tests to earn additional credit. Career counseling services are available, including job fairs, mock job interviews, and resume writing advice.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (15)

  • Annual Tuition: $29,000
  • Median Salary: $66,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Canton
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Malone University's online degree programs give both undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to learn in a way that is convenient for them. Five undergraduate degrees and four graduate degrees are offered in fields such as business, education, and nursing, and social work. Online undergraduate courses vary in length from five to 15 weeks, and the number of transfer credits accepted varies by program, although all transfer credits must have been earned at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or better. Admissions requirements are also program specific but generally include an official transcript and a minimum GPA.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Median Salary: $63,200
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Yellow Springs
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Antioch University - Midwest is a non-profit school that has been educating traditional and nontraditional students since it began in 1852 under the name Antioch College. It is part of the Antioch University system, which includes campuses all over the country. Today, the school offers online bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as several certificates that can be earned online. These programs are available in subjects such as management, human development, and education. Undergraduate students are allowed to transfer in up to 75 credits from an accredited institution.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,750
  • Median Salary: $62,400
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cleveland
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Notre Dame College's online programs are available in business, criminal justice, education, nursing, and psychology. Several of these programs are offered with multiple specialization options. The college is a member of the national organization Quality Matters, which facilitates a peer review process of all member schools' online programs to ensure that they provide an education that meets national standards. There is no application fee, and students may transfer in certain credits earned at a regionally accredited institution in the past five years with a grade of C or better.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (4)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,640
  • Median Salary: $60,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Tiffin
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Tiffin University's online program offerings are extensive. Online undergraduate degrees are available in 16 different disciplines, such as human services, marketing, and law enforcement, and master's degrees are offered in 25 subjects. Distance students can take one or two classes at a time, depending on their schedules, and online courses are usually capped at 10 to 15 students to allow for individual interactions between students and faculty members. There are six start dates per year, with classes beginning in January, March, May, July, August, and October.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (13)

Online Master's Degrees (26)

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,350
  • Median Salary: $55,500
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cincinnati
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Union Institute & University is a regionally accredited non-profit school with campuses in Ohio, California, and Florida. Online degree programs exist at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels in multiple subjects. For example, there are 12 bachelor's degrees offered, such as a B.S. in Psychology, a B.S. in Elementary Education, and a B.S. in Business Management with concentrations available in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Hospitality Management, Marketing, and other business functions. There is no fee to apply.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (26)

Online Master's Degrees (8)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,480
  • Median Salary: $51,200
  • Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Ohio Christian University's online degree programs require no campus visits, so students can earn a degree from anywhere in the world. All courses are asynchronous, and most have weekly deadlines so that students can plan their assignments around their other commitments. The university offers credit for prior learning experiences such as workshops, seminars, self-study, non-credit classes, training programs, and work. Admissions requirements for bachelor's and master's programs include a minimum GPA, and application fee of $25.00, and official transcripts.

Online Associate Degrees (10)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (30)

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Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,897
  • Median Salary: $46,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Warren
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Kent State University at Trumbull offers three online associate degrees and a bachelor's degree completion program in technical and applied studies, which is intended for students who already have an associate degree. This degree program is available with six optional concentrations, including computer technology and networking, applied business, and internet and multimedia. Online tutoring is offered through the Online Writing Lab. Students can submit a paper via email and expect feedback within 48 business hours.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • Median Salary: $42,200
  • Accreditation: HLC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cincinnati
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God's Bible School and College provides online educational opportunities for associate, bachelor's, and master's level students. There are four online associate degrees offered, three online bachelor's degrees, and two online master's degrees. All online degrees are in subjects related to bible and ministry, except for the associate degree in general studies. There is no application fee, and the median student debt amount is less than $6,000. Tuition is $250 per credit hour, and there are a variety of other fees, such as an online service fee of $10 per credit our and an IT fee of $90 for non-resident students.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Ohio (78)

Ohio houses many colleges that offer online programs for students seeking higher education. Ohio’s most affordable online college is Cleveland State University which starts at an annual tuition of $6,555. The most common online programs taken by students in Ohio include both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Business Administration, and Nursing. However, there are other unique programs within various colleges. Ohio University - Main Campus offers a Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences in Customer Service as well as a Master of Athletic Administration degree. Notre Dame College offers a Master of Arts in National Security and Intelligence Studies.

At a Glance:

  • The state of Ohio offers College Advantage, a 529 savings plan, in which families in Ohio can save money for their children’s college education by using direct deposit or automatic payroll deduction, even if their child chooses not to attend college in Ohio.
  • The Ohio War Orphans Scholarship Program offers financial aid to students whose parents served in the armed forces and were killed or disabled during a war or conflict.
  • The Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) program provides tuition assistance to Ohio residents enrolled in a public or private university in Ohio who demonstrate the highest levels of financial need.

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