2020 Best Online Colleges in Tennessee

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Ranked based on tuition rates and reported alumni salaries, this list highlights the best online schools in Tennessee. Christian Brothers University is ranked #1, charges a tuition rate of $12,555 and has a median alumni salary of $89,600. Ranked #11, Tennessee State University offers the lowest tuition at $4,200 per year for its undergraduate degrees. TSU offers 18 online bachelor's degrees in fields such as information technology, psychology, and public relations.

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 Tennessee, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 $12,555 $89,600
#2 #2 $13,020 $84,300
#3 #3 $13,410 $84,200
#4 #4 $6,450 $78,000
#5 #5 $15,390 $74,300
#6 #6 $11,850 $70,200
#7 #7 $8,000 $69,500
#8 #8 $8,404 $69,000
#9 #9 $7,554 $68,400
#10 #10 $9,425 $67,700
#11 #11 $4,200 $66,900
#12 #12 $13,050 $67,300
#13 #13 $13,590 $67,000
#14 #14 $12,570 $63,600
#15 #15 $22,950 $64,800
#16 #16 $25,150 $64,800
#17 #17 $10,980 $62,700
#18 #18 $10,500 $61,000
#19 #19 $11,340 $60,800
#20 #20 $11,780 $56,400
#21 #21 $11,408 $55,900
#22 #22 $15,660 $40,500
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2020 Online Colleges in Tennessee 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: $12,555
  • Median Salary: $89,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Memphis
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Christian Brothers University was founded in 1871 and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. CBU's online catalog includes a bachelor’s degree in nursing (RN to BSN) and a master’s degree in computer information systems. Courses are delivered through the Canvas online learning platform, which is available through the university’s myCBU web portal. The portal also gives distance learners access to grades, transcripts, and other institutional information. Additional student support resources include access to the CBU Bookstore, campus ministry, career services, the counseling center, disability services, health resources, and international and multicultural student services.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,020
  • Median Salary: $84,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Knoxville
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The University of Tennessee-Knoxville offers more than 30 online degree and certificate programs in fields such as agriculture, mathematics, information sciences, education, supply chain management, engineering, nursing, and social work. Distance learning is delivered through the university’s online course management system, Online@UT, LiveOnline@UT (used to deliver live, interactive classes), and other digital tools. Courses are offered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats; regardless of the format, students will be required to meet deadlines. The university’s myUTK web portal gives students access to registration, course schedules, weekly schedules, academic links, Vol Card balances, and more. Student support resources include academic advising, financial aid, and technical support.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,410
  • Median Salary: $84,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cookeville
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Tennessee Tech University offers a wide variety of online graduate and undergraduate certificate and degree programs in fields such as education, exercise science, business administration, professional studies, and nursing. Courses are delivered through the iLearn online learning platform. Distance learners have access to academic advising and resources through the Student Success Center and the Center for Career Development..Tennessee Tech University aims to produce a diverse range of practical, ready-to-work graduates who are prepared to compete in a technologically driven world.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,450
  • Median Salary: $78,000
  • Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Multiple Locations
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Western Governors University (WGU) was founded in 1997 to provide greater access to education for students in need of a flexible learning schedule. Today, WGU offers online programs through their business, teaching, information technology, and health professions schools; degrees are offered in business management, software development, health services coordination, nursing, education, and many more subjects. They are the only school to offer competency-based learning, which allows students to progress through a course as soon as they can prove mastery of the material rather than following a set schedule. Student support resources include an IT help desk, access to academic services, and more. WGU also offers  a unique support system of expert faculty members that serve as program mentors throughout students' academic experience. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,390
  • Median Salary: $74,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Memphis
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The University of Memphis (UofM) offers more than 70 online certificate and degree programs across the academic areas of the arts, business, computing, education, engineering, health, humanities, liberal studies, and social science. Most of UofM’s online classes are asynchronous, allowing students to complete coursework at their convenience. However, synchronous components or an on-campus orientation may be required in certain classes. Courses are taught by experienced, credentialed online instructors. Distance learners access their online courses through the eCourseware online learning platform. Online student resources include access to academic advising and support, tech support, and library services.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Median Salary: $70,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) offers online degree programs in several academic areas, including business administration, community and human services, Christian ministry, educational leadership, human development and family studies, psychology, religion, information technology, health care administration, and organizational leadership. With its religious affiliation, online courses are delivered with a Christian worldview through the university’s web portal, TNU4U. Courses are asynchronous so students can balance their studies around other commitments. Student support resources include access to the Center for Pastoral Health, the Center for Student Development, the university's counseling center, IT services, live streams, the TNU bookstore, the TNU clinic, and the Waggoner Library.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • Median Salary: $69,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Nashville
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Lipscomb University, a Christian institution, offers a variety of online programs from the certificate to doctoral levels. Undergraduate degrees are offered in integrated studies, communication, business leadership, supply chain management, and more. Graduate degree programs are offered in fields such as business, theological studies, performance, and strategic leadership. Courses are accessed through the university’s myLipscomb web portal, which also provides distance learners with administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Lipscomb adheres to a competency-based education model, where students can earn credits for the skills and abilities they’ve previously acquired; up to 60 credit hours may be earned in this format. Student support resources include full access to faculty, online library databases, and admissions counselors.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,404
  • Median Salary: $69,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Chattanooga
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The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC) offers online degrees and one certificate across five academic areas: nursing, education, criminal justice, engineering management, and business administration. Courses are delivered through the university’s distance learning portal, UTC Learn. The university’s MyMocsNet web portal gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Student support resources include access to advising, the bookstore, the bursar’s office, a UTC email account, financial aid, the library, tutoring, and the Writing and Communication Center.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $7,554
  • Median Salary: $68,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Murfreesboro
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Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in academic areas including aeronautical science, business administration, management, criminal justice, education, integrated studies, library science, nursing, professional studies, and psychology. Courses are  offered in both fully online and hybrid formats and are delivered through the Brightspace Desire2Learn online learning platform. Student support resources include access to online tutoring, the Distance Learning Library, the testing center, the writing center, health services, the campus bookstore, and the Disability & Access Center.  Online non-resident students can take advantage of a special e-Rate tuition rate.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,425
  • Median Salary: $67,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Milligan College, Johnson City
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A Christian liberal arts institution, Milligan College offers online programs from the certificate to doctoral levels. Among the programs offered online are a bachelor's degree in nursing (RN to BSN), a bachelor's in information sciences, a master's in business administration (with several concentrations), and a doctoral degree in ministry. Courses are delivered asynchronously through the Canvas online learning platform. The university’s Milligan Today web portal gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Additional student support resources include access to the counseling center, financial aid, and career services. 
 

  • Annual Tuition: $4,200
  • Median Salary: $66,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Nashville
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Through TSU Distance Education, Tennessee State University offers various online programs to distance learners in-state and around the country. Courses are delivered in a variety of formats including fully online, hybrid, and interactive video instruction (ITV/VOIP.  Bachelor's and master's degrees are offered in fields including professional studies, nursing, interdisciplinary studies, and sociology. Certificates are offered in subjects such as applied geospatial information systems and public administration. Courses are delivered through the university’s Adult and Distance Learners Information Portal. Online students have access to a comprehensive list of resources, including academic advising, tutoring, the library and media centers, and counseling services. TSU also offers an online student orientation to help distance learners navigate the tools they need to succeed.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,050
  • Median Salary: $67,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Jackson
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Union University offers a range of online undergraduate and graduate programs in the academic areas of business, education, ministry, and nursing. The programs, which are offered in both fully online and hybrid formats, are geared toward busy professionals; coursework can be completed at the student’s convenience. Union is committed to providing all students with a rigorous education that incorporates Christian values and prepares them for future success. Student support services include academic support resources, access to the library and bookstores, technical support, and more.  
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,590
  • Median Salary: $67,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Memphis
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Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs in health-centered fields such as nursing and health administration. Courses are delivered through the university’s web portal, which also gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Student support resources include access to the Center for Academic Excellence, the bookstore, career services, counseling, disability services, health services, and veteran services. A private, specialized institution, Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences provides a comprehensive health sciences education within an integrated environment of learning and Christian principles.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $12,570
  • Median Salary: $63,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Martin
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The University of Tennessee-Martin (UTM) offers online programs at the certificate, bachelor's, and master's levels. Subjects of study include business administration, agriculture and natural resources, education, nursing, family and consumer sciences, philosophy, and strategic communication. Distance learners access their online courses through the Canvas online learning platform, which is available through the UTM web portal. Student support resources include access to the Virtual Writing Center, Microsoft Office 365, the IT help desk, the campus bookstore, the Paul Meek Library, math lab, and Student Success Center. The University of Tennessee-Martin offers distance learners flexible online course scheduling, research opportunities, and quality academic programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $22,950
  • Median Salary: $64,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lebanon
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Cumberland University offers online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in the fields of education, business administration, sports management, and nursing. Courses can be accessed online through the Canvas online learning platform, which is available through the university’s web portal. The portal also gives distance learners access to grades, transcripts, and other institutional information. CU’s online programs offer distance learners the same education as is delivered on campus. Distance learners will work closely with their instructors and peers, and are able to control the pace of their education. Some of the available support resources offered include career and counseling services, access to the library, and tutoring.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $25,150
  • Median Salary: $64,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Athens
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Tennessee Wesleyan University offers several online undergraduate and graduate degrees for students interested in remote learning. Among the degrees offered are a Bachelor of Science in management, a bachelor's degree in nursing (RN to BSN), and a master’s in business administration. The programs are designed for working adults and allow students to access their coursework online through the Sakai learning platform. The university’s web portal, MyPortal, gives distance learners access to administrative information, including course schedules, grades, and transcripts. Student support resources include career services, access to the library, financial aid, and tech support.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $10,980
  • Median Salary: $62,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Bristol
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King University offers accelerated online degree and certificate programs across many academic areas including English, communication, criminal justice, education, health informatics, history, information technology, psychology, religious studies, business administration, social work, and nursing. Affiliated with the Presbyterian church, it’s faith-based online programs are delivered through the Canvas online learning system. Courses are offered year-round so students can complete their programs while managing other responsibilities. Online programs deliver the same academic rigor as those offered on campus and tuition is among the lowest in the region; financial aid is also available. Student support resources include access to a dedicated success coach, student tutoring, an IT help desk, and career services. 
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Median Salary: $61,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Greeneville
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Tusculum College offers a total of five online degree programs in four academic areas: general studies, business administration, curriculum and instruction, and talent development. Courses are delivered through the Moodle online learning platform. Distance learners have access to the college’s databases through the WebAdvisor platform. Students interested in additional support and resources can look to the Academic Affairs Office, the bookstore, career services, and the tutoring center. Founded in 1794, Tusculum is the oldest institution of higher education in Tennessee and the 28th oldest in the nation. This coeducational institution is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • Median Salary: $60,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Cleveland
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Lee University offers a broad range of online graduate and undergraduate programs, from the certificate to the master's degree level. Fields of study include business administration, criminal justice, liberal studies, Bible and theology, Christian studies, ministry leadership, marriage and family studies, and music education. Courses are delivered through the Moodle online learning platform. Courses span seven weeks and material is available online 24/7. Student support resources include access to student development services, the Center for Calling & Career, chapel services, the counseling center, and service learning. Tuition discounts are offered to ministry students and undergraduate military and first responders. 
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,780
  • Median Salary: $56,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dayton
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Bryan College-Dayton offers online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and two certificates in academic areas including Christian ministry, business, human resources, psychology, and education. Courses are delivered through the Brightspace and Moodle online learning platforms. Distance learners may be able to earn college credit for prior life experience. Student support resources include access to career services, an academic success center, and the school library, which houses more than 500,000 historical resources. Located within the foothills of the Smoky Mountains near Chattanooga, this private, Christian college offers an education that integrates an understanding of the Bible and the liberal arts.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,408
  • Median Salary: $55,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Nashville
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Welch College is a Baptist institution that follows the teachings of the Free Will Baptist Treatise. Several online degree programs are offered across the academic areas of business, ministry, general arts, and theological studies. Online programs are designed for adult students who are balancing other responsibilities. Applicants must be at least 23 years old, though exceptions for extenuating circumstances are granted by appeal. Courses are accessed through the university’s web portal and require about 15-20 hours of work each week. Online students have access to the same support resources that on-campus students receive; resources include access to the online bookstore, the Student Wellness Program, a job bank, and peer tutoring. 
 

  • Annual Tuition: $15,660
  • Median Salary: $40,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Knoxville
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Johnson University offers a variety of online degree and certificate programs across several academic areas, including applied linguistics, business administration, leadership studies, Christian ministries, intercultural studies, biblical studies, economic community development, spiritual formation and leadership, and nonprofit administration. Online courses are available through the Sakai online learning platform, which can be accessed through the JohnsonU web portal. Student support resources include access to the campus bookstore and library, online tutoring, and academic support resources  Johnson University offers distance learners flexible online course scheduling as well as research opportunities.
 

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Tennessee (60)

Tennessee colleges and universities offer online degrees at all levels and in a variety of subjects. The schools offering online programs range from community colleges and public research universities to private liberal arts colleges. There are 15 online schools offering affordable annual tuitions under $15,000, including Johnson University, Strayer University, and Western Governors University. King University, based in Bristol, offers 15 online bachelor's and 11 online master's degrees with a 100% recommend rate from former students.

At a Glance:

  • The State of Tennessee offers funding and mentorship to recent high school graduates from the state. Through the Tennessee Promise program, these students can attend an eligible community or technical school in the state for two years free of tuition.
  • Tennessee ranks 14th among all U.S. state for the lowest student loan debt and has a significantly lower average student loan debt than the national average.

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