2019 Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania

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Ranked for their alumni salaries and affordable tuition, the following schools represent the best online colleges in Pennsylvania. With the lowest tuition of $7,716 per year and a median salary of $78,600, Clarion University ranks #9, offering 18 online bachelor programs such as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology. Drexel University is ranked #2 and has the highest median salary for alumni. Students can choose from 15 different online bachelor programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Security.

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 Pennsylvania, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 La Salle University Annual Tuition $10,000 Median Salary $97,600
#2 #2 Drexel University Annual Tuition $22,545 Median Salary $98,400
#3 #3 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Annual Tuition $28,530 Median Salary $90,900
#4 #4 Widener University Annual Tuition $14,460 Median Salary $88,600
#5 #5 Thomas Jefferson University Annual Tuition $18,150 Median Salary $88,500
#6 #6 Saint Joseph's University Annual Tuition $44,794 Median Salary $91,700
#7 #7 Gannon University Annual Tuition $9,568 Median Salary $81,900
#8 #8 Temple University Annual Tuition $18,445 Median Salary $83,000
#9 #9 Clarion University Annual Tuition $7,716 Median Salary $78,600
#10 #10 Duquesne University Annual Tuition $38,178 Median Salary $81,800
#11 #11 DeSales University Annual Tuition $14,640 Median Salary $78,500
#12 #12 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $9,540 Median Salary $76,600
#13 #13 Neumann University Annual Tuition $15,600 Median Salary $76,500
#14 #14 Geneva College Annual Tuition $11,970 Median Salary $73,900
#15 #15 Point Park University Annual Tuition $13,650 Median Salary $73,700
#16 #16 Rosemont College Annual Tuition $18,900 Median Salary $73,900
#17 #17 Eastern University Annual Tuition $17,639 Median Salary $73,500
#18 #18 Immaculata University Annual Tuition $26,500 Median Salary $73,400
#19 #19 Misericordia University Annual Tuition $31,530 Median Salary $72,700
#20 #20 Pennsylvania College of Technology Annual Tuition $14,725 Median Salary $70,000
#21 #21 Cedar Crest College Annual Tuition $17,250 Median Salary $66,900
#22 #22 Seton Hill University Annual Tuition $18,600 Median Salary $64,100
#23 #23 Mount Aloysius College Annual Tuition $21,870 Median Salary $63,800
#24 #24 Carlow University Annual Tuition $28,788 Median Salary $63,000
#25 #25 Chatham University Annual Tuition $25,620 Median Salary $62,200
Salary data provided by Payscale Logo. Updated 2018.

2019 Online Colleges in Pennsylvania 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: $10,000
  • Median Salary: $97,600
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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La Salle University's online degree programs provide convenience and flexibility without sacrificing quality. Graduate students will find the greatest number of choices, as the university offers nine fully online master's degrees in subjects like Computer Information Science, Economic Crime Forensics, Business Administration, and Nonprofit Leadership. Students interested in the MBA program can choose one of six different specializations, including specializations in finance, accounting, marketing, and management, all available online. Bachelor's level students also have options including an online RN to BSN, and a B.A. in Organizational Leadership.

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Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $22,545
  • Median Salary: $98,400
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Philadelphia
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Drexel University is one of Pennsylvania's top institutions of higher education, and the academic excellence that distinguishes its campus programs is also present in the university's online programs. Over 140 online degree and certificate programs are available, including bachelor's programs in 10 subject areas such as cybersecurity, business, and communication, and master's programs in 20 subject areas such as psychology, engineering, education, and criminal justice. Many programs can be completed at the student's own pace, allowing them to earn a degree while simultaneously attending to professional and personal responsibilities.

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  • Annual Tuition: $28,530
  • Median Salary: $90,900
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pittsburgh
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Through Pitt Online, the University of Pittsburgh gives distance students access to the same programs and faculty members that the research university's on-campus students receive. Current online graduate program offerings include four different master's degrees in education, an M.S. in nursing with three different tracks, a Master of Library and Information Science, and a Master of Public Policy and Management. There is also an online RN to BSN program available, as well as an RN to MSN program. Online students have an academic advisor to help them plan their courses and ensure that they will graduate on schedule.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (9)

Online Doctoral Degrees (12)

Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,460
  • Median Salary: $88,600
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Widener University's online programs include a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with optional concentrations in business process management and health care management, as well as a Master of Social Work and an RN to BSN program. The MBA program is accredited by the Associate to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Online students receive many support resources, including a personal student services coordinator, 24/7 tech support, financial aid advisors, and career services. Admission requirements for programs include a minimum undergraduate GPA, and graduate applicants will generally need GRE scores as well.

  • Annual Tuition: $18,150
  • Median Salary: $88,500
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Philadelphia
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Thomas Jefferson University offers nine online bachelor's degrees in subjects such as human resources management, law enforcement leadership, accounting, and organizational leadership. Graduate students can choose from eleven master's degrees, including an M.S. in Population Health Intelligence and an M.S in Sustainable Design, as well as three doctoral degrees. Courses are eight weeks in length, and degree programs range in length from 18 months to four years for certain master's programs. Admissions are conducted on a rolling basis, meaning that prospective students are able to apply whenever they are ready.

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Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

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  • Annual Tuition: $44,794
  • Median Salary: $91,700
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Online learners, and graduate students in particular, will find many online degree programs available through Saint Joseph's University. The university offers eight different master's degrees, including an MS in Criminal Justice, an MS in Health Administration, an MS in Business Intelligence and Analytics, and three different master's degrees in education. Online students receive many of the same resources that campus students utilize, including an academic advisor, financial counselors, career counselors, and direct contact with faculty. Online students at Saint Joseph's University also benefit from 24/7 tech support.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,568
  • Median Salary: $81,900
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Erie
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Gannon University provides asynchronous learning opportunities for distance students that are heavily influenced by the university's Catholic roots. Graduate students may choose from five different master's degrees, including a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science in Criminalistics, and a Master of Public Administration. There are also several graduate certificates available. Undergraduate students who are already registered nurses may earn an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Gannon University. The university estimates that students will need to spend 10 to 15 hours per week, per course on their studies in order to meet due dates for assignments. Students receive 24/7 technical support to help ensure that they are able to complete coursework on time.

  • Annual Tuition: $18,445
  • Median Salary: $83,000
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Philadelphia
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Temple University offers online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs that give working students the flexibility they need to complete or continue their education. There are 12 master's degrees (including programs in social work, health policy and management, and human resource management), two doctoral degrees, and one undergraduate degree in business administration available. In order to support online students, the Student Success Center offers live exam review sessions and tutoring via email. Additionally, the university's Career Center is available to help online students decide what career path is right for them and what steps they need to take to achieve their goals.

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Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (22)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,716
  • Median Salary: $78,600
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Clarion
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Clarion University's online degree programs are available at every level, from associate to doctoral. There are six associate programs provided, as well as 11 bachelor's degrees, nine master's degrees, one doctoral degree, and 16 certificates. Bachelor's degrees are offered in business administration, liberal studies, criminal justice leadership, and other subjects, whereas graduate students can choose programs in library science, accounting, applied data analytics, and education, among other subjects. Online students can take advantage of the university's Center for Career and Professional Development, as well as an Online Writing Center whose staff will provide feedback on papers within 48 hours.

Online Associate Degrees (6)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (18)

Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $38,178
  • Median Salary: $81,800
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pittsburgh
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Duquesne University is a Catholic university that offers many online degree programs, including bachelor's degrees in systems technology, organizational leadership, and nursing, master's degrees in business, education, leadership, and nursing, and several doctoral degrees. Online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, and are just as academically demanding as on-campus classes. For this reason, alumni of Duquesne University's online programs receive a diploma that is identical to that received by campus students. To help ensure that online students succeed, the university provides several support resources, including tech support, access to an online writing center, and career advising services.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (4)

Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Doctoral Degrees (4)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,640
  • Median Salary: $78,500
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Center Valley
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DeSales University specializes in accelerated online programs to help students receive their degree as quickly as possible. Thirteen accelerated bachelor's programs exist, including a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security, and a Bachelor of Science in Financial Planning. DeSales University has a very flexible credit transfer policy, which allows students to transfer in up to 75 previously earned credits, and also awards academic credit for certain non-academic experiences such as military training and work experience. The university's Department of Distance Education and Instructional Technology provides additional support for online students, including an orientation and periodic workshops.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (12)

Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,540
  • Median Salary: $76,600
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Millersville
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Millersville University of Pennsylvania is one of the 14 institutions included in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, meaning that the university and its online programs are held to high academic standards and subject to government oversight. Online degrees are available at the undergraduate level in nursing, business, and social work, and at the graduate level in education, emergency management, and sport management. Online tutoring services are offered through the Chryst Writing Center and Annex and the McNairy Library. The university estimates that students will need to spend at least 10 to 15 hours per week, per course in order to be successful.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,600
  • Median Salary: $76,500
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Aston
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Neumann University offers three online bachelor's degrees in public safety administration, liberal studies, and organizational studies, and two online master's degrees in education and organizational and strategic leadership. Students in most degree programs can transfer in up to 90 credits, and may be able to earn credit for non-academic experiences. Online students have access to a variety of resources, including tech support, academic advising, career development, counseling, financial assistance, and library services. New students are admitted for the start of each semester, and application requirements include official transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation, and an essay.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • Median Salary: $73,900
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Beaver Falls
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Geneva College is a Christian university that seeks to integrate the teachings of Christ into all of its academic programs. Available online bachelor's degrees include Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees in Aging Services, Child and Family Services, Human Resources, Management, Organizational Leadership, Public Relations, and Criminal Justice. Many of these programs include a combination of required classes and electives, and can be completed in just 16 months. Admission requirements include official high school and college transcripts and a GPA of at least 2.0 from all institutions of higher education.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,650
  • Median Salary: $73,700
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pittsburgh
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Point Park University provides 10 online bachelor's degrees, two online post-bac programs, and ten online master's degrees. Bachelor's programs include a B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising, a B.S. in Accounting, a B.S. in Information Technology, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice, whereas master's programs include an M.A. in Educational Administration, an M.A. in Intelligence and Global Security, and an M.Ed. In Special Education. Bachelor's programs can be completed in 2-4 years, master's programs in 1-3 years, and most courses are eight weeks in length. There is no fee to apply and admissions requirements vary by program, but may include an essay, letters of recommendation, work samples, and transcripts.

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Online Master's Degrees (12)

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  • Annual Tuition: $18,900
  • Median Salary: $73,900
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Rosemont
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Rosemont College's tagline is "The Power of Small," which refers to the fact that the institution's small size allows it to cater to the individual needs of both on-campus and online students. There is one online bachelor's program available in criminal justice, as well as four master's degrees in business administration, healthcare administration, strategic leadership, and homeland security and emergency management. All courses are designed to allow enrolled students to simultaneously attend to any personal or professional responsibilities they might have. Additionally, online students receive 24/7 tech support, as well as academic assistance through the Student Academic Support Center.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,639
  • Median Salary: $73,500
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Saint Davids
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Eastern University offers online associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in a wide variety of subject areas, including business, counseling and psychology, education, nursing, and urban and global studies. All classes are asynchronous, but they are not self-paced. Assignments have specific deadlines to allow for timely discussion and collaboration between students and instructors. The university estimates that students will need to spend approximately seven hours per week on class activities such as lectures and activities, with additional time required for assignments.

  • Annual Tuition: $26,500
  • Median Salary: $73,400
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Immaculata
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Immaculata University's online students receive many of the same resources offered to campus students, including academic advisors and career counselors, online tutoring, and access to committed professors. There are two online associate programs offered, nine online bachelor's programs, and two online master's programs. These programs cover many subject areas, including cybersecurity, marketing management, educational leadership, business administration, nursing, and information systems. Immaculata University also has a flexible credit transfer policy and allows undergraduate students to transfer in up to 72 credits.

  • Annual Tuition: $31,530
  • Median Salary: $72,700
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dallas
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Misericordia University is dedicated to providing online students the same high-quality education that is provided to campus students. Online courses are taught by faculty who are experts in their field, and classes are typically limited to 18 or fewer students so that students receive individualized attention. All online students are assigned an academic advisor to help them plan their courses and reach their academic goals. There are 13 undergraduate programs available, including bachelor's degrees and certificates in information technology, accounting, and business administration, as well as seven graduate programs in subject areas such as nursing, occupational therapy, and organizational management.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (11)

Online Master's Degrees (7)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (7)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,725
  • Median Salary: $70,000
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Williamsport
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Online students at Pennsylvania College of Technology receive many benefits, including in-state tuition regardless of residency, the ability to choose a part-time or full-time schedule, and online tutoring opportunities. Additionally, online courses provide individual interaction with faculty and are of the same caliber as their on-campus counterparts. Bachelor's level students will find the greatest number of program options, including degree programs in accounting, applied health sciences, applied management, automotive technology management, business administration, dental hygiene, emergency management technology, health information management, and nursing. There are also associate degrees available in accounting and business management.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,250
  • Median Salary: $66,900
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Allentown
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Cedar Crest College's School of Adult and Graduate Education is on a mission to serve adult and distance learners and help them fulfill their goals. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, and they are offered at both a regular or accelerated pace. Degree options include a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with five concentrations, such as economics, health care management, and marketing, as well as an online RN to BSN nursing program and an online master's degree in teaching. The college has a generous credit transfer policy, which allows students to transfer in up to 68 credits from a community college and up to 90 credits from a four-year institution.

  • Annual Tuition: $18,600
  • Median Salary: $64,100
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Greensburg
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Seton Hill University's online programs are designed for working adults who want to earn a degree and advance their careers. The university offers online bachelor's degrees in accounting, behavioral health, business administration, criminal justice, and healthcare administration. It takes full advantage of the latest technological innovations in order to create immersive and engaging online courses, and has been named an Apple Distinguished School by the trillion-dollar technology company. There are five start dates per year, and courses are accelerated, allowing students to start their education whenever they are ready and complete it as quickly as possible.

  • Annual Tuition: $21,870
  • Median Salary: $63,800
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cresson
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Mount Aloysius College's online program options include fully online bachelor's and associate degrees in business administration and a RN to BSN program, as well as a hybrid program in information technology available at the associate and bachelor's levels. Students earning a bachelor's degree in business administration may choose from five different concentrations, such as sports management, marketing communications media, and human resources management. Most courses are eight weeks in length and cost $600 per credit for part-time students.

  • Annual Tuition: $28,788
  • Median Salary: $63,000
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pittsburgh, Cranberry, Greensburg
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Through its Center for Digital Learning and Innovation, Carlow University offers three fully-online bachelor's programs: a B.S. in Business Management, a B.S. in Health Management, and a B.S. in Nursing. There are even more options for graduate students, including an M.S. in Fraud and Forensics, an MBA, and three different master's degrees in education. The university estimates that online students will need to spend at least 10 to 12 hours per week, per class on their studies. Online students have access to an IT help desk, as well as an academic advisor who is available for virtual meetings and is committed to responding to all inquiries within 24 to 48 hours.

  • Annual Tuition: $25,620
  • Median Salary: $62,200
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Pittsburgh
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Chatham University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers online degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Available bachelor's degrees include a B.A. in Business Administration, a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A in Healthcare and Business Management, and a B.S. in Nursing. Online master's programs are offered in professional writing, interior architecture, and nursing. The university allows students to transfer in up to 90 credits from any accredited institution of higher learning, and some students may be able to earn academic credit for work experience.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Pennsylvania (80)

There are 80 accredited colleges and universities in Pennsylvania that offer online degrees. Options range from public schools such as Edinboro University of Pennsylvania which offers a wide variety of online master's degree to private schools such as Lehigh University, which offers, among other online degrees, master's and certificates in the field of education. One affordable school in the state is Allegany College of Maryland, which offers two associate degrees: an associate of science in computer technology and an LPN to RN program, both 100% online. For military members, Pennsylvania State University-World Campus and Clarion University both stand out as offering strong support and benefits to veterans and active servicemembers.

At a Glance:

  • Nineteen of the 80 online schools located in Pennsylvania have affordable tuitions under $15,000.
  • Pennsylvania State University-World Campus offers 210 online degrees, with options at all degree levels and across a variety of academic disciplines.
  • Students residing in the state can apply for funding from the Pennsylvania State Grant Program, a financial aid program that helps students pay for higher education at the undergraduate level.

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