2019 Best Online Colleges in South Carolina


Ranked for their low tuition and strong alumni salaries, these schools are the best online colleges in South Carolina. University of South Carolina-Upstate is ranked #1 for having the lowest annual tuition at $10,398 and highest median salary at $72,700. Students can choose from degrees such as a Bachelor of Arts in Health Informatics, an MS in Nursing, and more. Ranked #2, Charleston Southern University offers many online programs, such as a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, for an annual tuition of $15,680.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of South Carolina-Upstate $10,398 $72,700
#2 #2 Charleston Southern University $15,680 $67,500
#3 #3 Lander University $10,700 $65,300
#4 #4 Francis Marion University $12,524 $64,800
#5 #5 Coastal Carolina University $11,536 $62,600
#6 #6 Southern Wesleyan University $12,900 $62,400
#7 #7 Anderson University - SC $13,800 $58,000
#8 #8 Columbia International University $11,400 $51,000

2019 Online Colleges in South 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: $10,398
  • Median Salary: $72,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Spartanburg
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The University of South Carolina-Upstate offers several online bachelor's degree programs through Upstate Online. The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing program is intended for working Registered Nurses, and may be completed in a year. The B.S. in Criminal Justice focuses on career skills and ethics. The B.A. in Information Management and Systems is interdisciplinary, combining aspects of information technology, business, communication, and management. The B.A in Health Informatics prepares students to analyze and design healthcare information systems. Some online courses are offered in association with Palmetto College. Undergraduate tuition and fees are $23,536 per year, and graduate tuition ranges from $6,804-$14,556 per semester depending upon the student’s residency. USCU is located in the Upstate area, in South Carolina's mountainous region.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,680
  • Median Salary: $67,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Charleston
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Charleston Southern University has more than a dozen online undergraduate and graduate degrees available. CSU identifies itself as a Christian liberal arts institution, and all programs integrate faith-based ethics. CSU's undergraduate degrees include five bachelor’s programs. The B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management program takes advantage of the city of Charleston's large hospitality industry. Other bachelor's programs include a degree in healthcare administration and the Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems. There are eight master’s programs offered in fields including analytics, computer science, supply chain management, criminal justice, and business management. The M.S. in Management is accelerated, allowing completion in 18 months. Tuition is $490 per credit and CSU is accredited by SACS.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (12)

Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,700
  • Median Salary: $65,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Greenwood
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Lander University, located in Greenwood, offers four online degrees and one online certificate program. The only undergraduate degree program offered is an R.N. to B.S.N., which is designed for Registered Nurses. The curriculum is founded on the Neuman Systems Model, a nursing theory based on identifying and resolving patient stress. The M.S. in Nursing prepares nurse generalists for leadership and management. The M.S. in Emergency Management focuses on business continuity and community recovery from natural disasters. There are two options in Lander's M.Ed. programs. The Diverse Learners option allows a concentration in Learning Disabilities or in English to Speakers of Other Languages ( ESOL). The M.Ed. Instructional Technology option concentrates on the effective design of teaching materials. Tuition for a year is $10,150 undergraduate and $11,250 graduate.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,524
  • Median Salary: $64,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Florence
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Francis Marion University offers three online degree programs. Their R.N. to B.S. in Nursing can be completed in 11 months and is suitable for career advancement, or for entry into a D.N.P. program. The M.S.N. Nurse Educator program is a collaboration between the schools of nursing and education and is designed to produce nurse educators, both for academic and clinical practice careers. The M.Ed. program focuses on divergent learners, and can be completed in one year. Tuition for the R.N. to B.S.N. is $626 per credit, while graduate tuition ranges from $530.60-$1,646.40 per credit, depending on the program and the student’s residency.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,536
  • Median Salary: $62,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Conway
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Coastal Carolina University's online programs are administered through Coastal's Office of Online Learning (COOL). COOL offers three undergraduate and five graduate degrees. The bachelor's programs include a B.S.in Health Administration, and B.S.B.A. degrees in Marketing and Hospitality, Resort, and Tourism Management. The Hospitality program greatly benefits from CCU's proximity to the tourist industry centered on nearby Myrtle Beach. Graduate degrees include the M.B.A., the Ed.S. in Instructional Technology, the M.S. in Information Systems Technology, and M.Ed. programs in Learning and Teaching, and Special Education. Undergraduate tuition is $1,107 per credit hour and graduate tuition $1,072 per credit hour; both rates are for out-of-state students. Programs are accredited by SACS.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,900
  • Median Salary: $62,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Central
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Southern Wesleyan University offers fifteen online degree programs. All courses reflect a Christian ethos grounded in the school's association with the evangelical Wesleyan Church. The bachelor's programs include an R.N. to B.S.N., and B.S. degrees in Business Administration, Human Services, and Early Childhood and Family Studies. The impressive range of graduate degrees includes an M.B.A. with four concentrations, an M.S. in Managment and Leadership (M.S.M.L) with four concentrations. and three M.Ed. degrees. An Ed.D. in Curriculum and Assessment is also offered. Tuition is $430 per credit for undergraduate courses and most graduate courses. The M.B.A. and M.S.M.L. tuition is $565 per credit.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (11)

Online Master's Degrees (4)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,800
  • Median Salary: $58,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Anderson
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Anderson University South Carolina offers a very impressive array of 24 online programs. AU strongly emphasizes Christian values and has a Baptist affiliation. Bachelor's degree programs include an R.N. to B.S.N., Bachelor’s of Business Administration, Bachelor’s of Human Services, and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies. Graduate programs include an M.B.A. with a variety of concentrations, a Master of Ministry, a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Technology, and a Master of Music in Music Education. They also offer an online Doctor of Ministry program. Tuition varies slightly by program, but most Adult Studies undergraduate programs are $460 per credit.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (16)

Online Master's Degrees (8)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,400
  • Median Salary: $51,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Columbia International University offers fifteen online degree programs. Reflecting CIU's Christian orientation, the programs in theology and ministry are extensive. The offerings include one bachelor's degree in business, eleven master's, and three doctoral degree programs. The graduate programs in ministry include M.A. degrees in Chaplaincy (focused on military chaplaincy), Ministry Studies, and Youth Ministry Leadership. Other graduate degrees offered include an M.A in Care and Counseling and an M.B.A. The doctoral program includes the Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Tuition varies by program, but is quite affordable. M.B.A. tuition is $515 per credit hour, and the Master's programs are $510 per credit hour. Accreditation is through SACS Commission on Colleges.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in South Carolina (32)

One third of the accredited online colleges in South Carolina have an annual tuition of less than $10,000. W L Bonner College is the most affordable, with an annual tuition of only $5,436. Popular careers within the state include management, which students can pursue through University of South Carolina - Columbia's bachelor's degree programs in organizational leadership and business administration with a concentration in management, and Limestone College's numerous bachelor's degrees in business administration. Other popular degrees available at colleges include computer science, engineering and nursing. North Greenville University is a good option for students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees in Christian ministries.

At a Glance:

  • South Carolina schools average less than $17,000 for tuition.
  • The South Carolina commission on Higher Education administers the DAYCO scholarship, which offers full time students up to $2,500 annually and part time students up to $1,250 annually.
  • South Carolina residents are eligible for the Palmetto Fellows, LIFE and HOPE scholarships, as well as need-based grants and lottery tuition assistance.


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