2019 Best Online Colleges in Texas

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This list highlights the best online colleges in Texas, based on affordability and alumni salaries. Texas A & M University-College Station ranks #1 on the list with an affordable annual tuition of $9,118 and the highest median salary of $104,000. Students can choose from a wide variety of online programs, such as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Analytics, and more. South Texas College, ranked #8 , has the most affordable tuition for in-state students at $2,100 each year.

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 Texas, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $9,118 Median Salary $104,000
#2 #2 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $8,880 Median Salary $92,000
#3 #3 University of Houston Annual Tuition $10,491 Median Salary $88,900
#4 #4 LeTourneau University Annual Tuition $13,500 Median Salary $85,100
#5 #5 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Annual Tuition $7,911 Median Salary $84,200
#6 #6 University of North Texas Annual Tuition $8,403 Median Salary $79,000
#7 #7 Amberton University Annual Tuition $7,950 Median Salary $78,400
#8 #8 South Texas College Annual Tuition $2,100 Median Salary $76,900
#9 #9 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $7,260 Median Salary $77,300
#10 #10 University of Houston-Downtown Annual Tuition $6,630 Median Salary $75,900
#11 #11 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $13,011 Median Salary $76,500
#12 #12 The University of Texas at San Antonio Annual Tuition $6,678 Median Salary $75,500
#13 #13 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi Annual Tuition $5,362 Median Salary $75,300
#14 #14 Midwestern State University Annual Tuition $9,233 Median Salary $75,800
#15 #15 Angelo State University Annual Tuition $6,756 Median Salary $75,300
#16 #16 Texas Woman's University Annual Tuition $7,035 Median Salary $75,300
#17 #17 University of Houston-Victoria Annual Tuition $6,012 Median Salary $74,900
#18 #18 West Texas A & M University Annual Tuition $8,906 Median Salary $74,500
#19 #19 Texas A & M University-Commerce Annual Tuition $10,247 Median Salary $74,600
#20 #20 Tarleton State University Annual Tuition $5,840 Median Salary $72,800
#21 #21 Texas A & M University-Texarkana Annual Tuition $11,174 Median Salary $73,500
#22 #22 Dallas Baptist University Annual Tuition $27,870 Median Salary $72,200
#23 #23 Southwestern Adventist University Annual Tuition $20,910 Median Salary $68,100
#24 #24 University of the Incarnate Word Annual Tuition $15,900 Median Salary $65,000
#25 #25 Our Lady of the Lake University Annual Tuition $27,912 Median Salary $64,100
Salary data provided by Payscale Logo. Updated 2018.

2019 Online Colleges in Texas 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: $9,118
  • Median Salary: $104,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: College Station
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Distance education programs offered through Texas A&M University - College Station encompass a wide variety of fields, including life sciences, education, engineering, geosciences, government, health, and law. There are dozens of master's degrees available, as well as several doctoral degrees and one bachelor's degree in nursing. The admissions process for online students is the same as for campus students, reflecting the academic rigor and selectivity of online programs. Some classes are asynchronous whereas others are synchronous, so students should be sure to check the requirements of each course before enrolling to ensure that they will be able to fulfill all academic obligations.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,880
  • Median Salary: $92,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lubbock
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Texas Tech University's online programs are available at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. There are 10 online bachelor's degrees available in disciplines such as digital media and professional communication, restaurant, hotel and institutional management, and plant and soil science. There are 30 online master's degrees offered in subjects ranging from software engineering and industrial engineering to educational leadership and public administration. Doctoral students have three online options: a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership Policy, a Doctor of Philosophy in Family and Consumer Science Education, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,491
  • Median Salary: $88,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Houston
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Online students enrolled through the University of Houston are eligible to take courses offered through all four schools that form the University of Houston System. The largest of the four, the University of Houston, was acknowledged by the Carnegie Foundation for its research activities in 2011. The system provides degree completion programs for undergraduates at both the bachelor's and associate levels in disciplines such as anthropology, marketing, psychology, communication, business, criminal justice, and nursing. Graduate students will find an even greater number of options, including degree programs in creative writing, education, business administration, engineering, and nutrition. 

Online Bachelor's Degrees (7)

Online Master's Degrees (16)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • Median Salary: $85,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Longview
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LeTourneau University is a Christian polytechnic institution that offers many online degrees for both graduate and undergraduate students. Bachelor's degrees are available in 24 different subjects, including computer information systems, business administration, education, and engineering. Master's degree seekers have seven options in subjects such as education and psychology. Many degree programs offer several concentrations, so students are able to focus their education in the way that best serves their interests and career goals. Additionally, some programs are available in an accelerated format, allowing students to earn a degree in a shorter amount of time. 

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (13)

Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Certificate Programs (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,911
  • Median Salary: $84,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Lubbock
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center offers online bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs through its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Health Professions, and School of Nursing. For each of these schools, there is a designated technology support contact who will help online students with any technology issues that might arise. Available online bachelors degrees include a B.S. in Healthcare Management and a B.S. in Nursing, and master's degrees are provided in subjects like addiction counseling, healthcare administration, and public health. 

  • Annual Tuition: $8,403
  • Median Salary: $79,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Denton
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The University of North Texas provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to earn a degree online. There are four bachelor's degrees offered: a B.S. in Rehabilitation Studies, a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a B.S. in Information Science, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. Master's level students have many more options. The University offers 23 different master's degrees across six different academic colleges, including the College of Information, which offers an M.S. in Learning Technologies and an M.S in Library Sciences, and the College of Education, which offers an M.S. in Early Childhood Education and an M.S. in Educational Psychology. 

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Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,950
  • Median Salary: $78,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Garland
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Amberton University bills itself as "a university designed for working adults," and its online courses and programs are held to the same academic standards as their campus counterparts. Six online bachelor's degree programs are offered, including a B.A in Professional Development and a B.S. in Human Relations and Business. Master's degrees are offered in 12 disciplines, such as managerial science, international business, and family studies. Students may be able to earn transfer credit for military service or work experience, and may also be able to earn academic credit by taking exams such as the College Level Examination Program Subject Exams.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (12)

Online Certificate Programs (8)

  • Annual Tuition: $2,100
  • Median Salary: $76,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: McAllen, Weslaco, Rio Grande City
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Students can elect to earn an associate or bachelor's degree online through South Texas College. Associate degrees are available in 20 subjects, such as education, psychology, mathematics, and sociology. Four master's degrees are offered in computer and information technologies, medical and health services management, technology management, and organizational leadership. Several certificates can also be earned online. Online students have access to an academic advisor who can help with course selection and the development of an academic plan, and online tutoring is also offered via video chat through the college's Centers for Learning Excellence.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,260
  • Median Salary: $77,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Nacogdoches
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Stephen F. Austin State University's online programs include six undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so there is no application deadline. Online students have access to a variety of support systems, including career services, counseling, academic advising, virtual tutoring, and services for students with documented disabilities. Tech support is also available. Most online courses are asynchronous, but students must meet certain deadlines for assignments and other activities. Online courses require the same level of commitment as campus courses and differ only in that they provide more flexibility and enable students to work from anywhere with a reliable internet connection.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (39)

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Online Certificate Programs (8)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,630
  • Median Salary: $75,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Houston
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The University of Houston-Downtown offers 15 online bachelor's degrees and three online graduate degrees across four academic colleges. Undergraduate students may earn a B.S. in Technical Communication, a B.B.A. in Finance, and a B.S. in Psychology, among other degrees. Master's degrees are available in non-profit management, teaching, and security management. These online degree programs have the same content and quality as their on-campus versions. Applicants who have already earned 15 or more credit hours from a regionally accredited institution are considered transfer students and must have achieved a GPA of at least 2.0 in order to be accepted.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,011
  • Median Salary: $76,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Huntsville
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Sam Houston State University's fully online programs include four bachelor's degrees, 25 master's degrees, and two doctoral degrees. Other than the method of delivery, there is no difference between online and on campus degree programs, so official transcripts of online students will not indicate online status. The university operates on the semester system, and new students may enroll before the start of each semester. Online students can take advantage of many university resources, including career services, library services, tutoring services, and academic advising. 

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

Online Master's Degrees (33)

Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (23)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,678
  • Median Salary: $75,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: San Antonio
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The University of Texas at San Antonio offers one fully online degree at the undergraduate level, a B.B.A. in Cyber Security. This program has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. There are also four different certificates available online. Online students have access to technical support through OITConnect, the university's IT department. They may also use the university's library resources, counseling services, and tutoring services. 

  • Annual Tuition: $5,362
  • Median Salary: $75,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Corpus Christi
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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers online bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees across five of its academic colleges. Those interested in business can earn an MBA or a B.B.A. with three possible concentrations. There are also four master's degrees and one bachelor's degree available in the field of education, and three master's and two doctoral degrees offered in nursing. In addition, there are bachelor's and master's degrees that the university plans to add to its online platform in the coming years. All online students complete an online orientation, which is approximately one hour in duration. Online students also have access to academic and technical support services.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,233
  • Median Salary: $75,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Wichita Falls
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Distance education at Midwestern State University is available for bachelor's and master's level students. There are nine programs offered, comprised of four bachelor's programs and five master's programs. Most of these programs are in health sciences disciplines, such as nursing, health administration, and radiologic science, but there are also programs available in other subject areas. The university estimates that students will need to devote approximately four to eight hours per week per class to their studies in order to be successful. There is an online orientation available to help distance education students gain familiarity with the software that they will be using.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (11)

Online Master's Degrees (21)

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,756
  • Median Salary: $75,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: San Angelo
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Angelo State University provides online bachelor's degrees in three areas: border and homeland security, intelligence, security studies and analysis, and social work. There are 15 master's degrees offered in subjects ranging from nursing and professional school counseling to business administration and criminal justice. Online students are able to access many of the services offered through the university's Porter Henderson Library. They can also request help and accommodations from ASU's disability support services program. Online tutoring is available as well, and is free for all students.

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Online Master's Degrees (12)

Online Certificate Programs (15)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,035
  • Median Salary: $75,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Denton
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Fully online programs are available through Texas Woman's University primarily at the master's level. There are 14 fully online master's programs in subject areas such as education, nutrition, and child development. Undergraduate students have some options as well, although all degrees offered at this level are undergraduate completion degrees. This means that students enrolled in these programs are typically expected to have already earned a certain number of credits that will count towards their degree, and only junior and senior level classes can be taken online in order to complete the degree. Programs of this type offered through Texas Woman's University include a B.S. in Criminal Justice, a B.S. in Dental Hygiene, and programs in nursing and sociology.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (7)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,012
  • Median Salary: $74,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Victoria
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The University of Houston - Victoria caters to distance learners with its wide variety of online programs. There are 20 online bachelor's degrees and 15 online master's degrees, and they span the fields of education, business, health sciences, humanities, and information technology. Online tutoring is available in writing, statistics, and mathematics, and students usually receive help within two to three business days of submitting an inquiry or paper for review. There are also dedicated Online Support Technicians who serve to help students with any technical issues that might arise with online learning software.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (19)

Online Master's Degrees (35)

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Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,906
  • Median Salary: $74,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Canyon
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West Texas A&M University offers 13 online bachelor's degrees and 15 online master's degrees in subject areas such as business, communication, marketing, nursing, computer information systems, and various educational specializations. Many of these programs prepare students to take licensure or certification exams in the state of Texas. Some online courses are available in a six-week accelerated format, whereas other courses follow a traditional semester schedule. In order to enroll in an online program, prospective students must first gain admission into the university, and their applications are held to the same standards as those of traditional applicants.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (14)

Online Master's Degrees (12)

Online Certificate Programs (3)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,247
  • Median Salary: $74,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Commerce
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Online students enrolled through Texas A&M University - Commerce can earn a degree at a variety of levels, within a variety of fields. Undergraduate students have seven program options, such as a B.B.A. in Business Analytics and a B.S. in Agribusiness. Master's students can choose from among 23 programs in subject areas such as education, finance, physics, and sociology. All online courses follow a semester schedule. Online students can access many of the university's resources, such as library services, career services, and financial aid. They also have access to a 24/7 help desk for technology issues.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (11)

Online Master's Degrees (39)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,840
  • Median Salary: $72,800
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Stephenville
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Tarleton State University, which is part of the Texas A&M system, offers nine online bachelor's degrees and 10 online master's degrees. Available bachelor's degrees include a B.B.A, a B.S. in Psychological Sciences, and a B.A.S. in Veterinary Technology, and master's degrees are provided in subjects such as English, information systems, criminal justice, and quality and engineering management. The university requires that prospective undergraduate students have some prior college experience in order to be admitted. They must have at least 30 transferable credit hours, a GPA of 2.0 or greater, and passing scores on the Texas Success Initiative assessment.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,174
  • Median Salary: $73,500
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Texarkana
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Texas A&M University - Texarkana provides five different online degrees. Four are at the master's level in business administration, accounting, instructional technology, and nursing, and the last is an RN to BSN program. Academic advisors can offer assistance through email, phone, or video chat, and students can also use the online tutoring services provided by the Success Center to get help in all subjects. Technical support is also available through the iSITE Service Desk. There are usually four start dates per year and full-time undergraduate students generally take 36 credit hours per year, while graduate students take 25 credit hours per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $27,870
  • Median Salary: $72,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Dallas
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Dallas Baptist University is a private liberal arts institution with many online programs. Students hoping to earn a bachelor's degree have 26 programs from which to choose, whereas master's level students have 15 options (many of which offer several different tracks or specializations). The university also offers unique accelerated programs in business and ministry that allow online students to simultaneously earn a bachelor's and a master's degree in less time than it would take to complete both degrees separately.

Online Associate Degrees (4)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (16)

Online Master's Degrees (69)

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Online Certificate Programs (20)

  • Annual Tuition: $20,910
  • Median Salary: $68,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Keene
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Southwestern Adventist University has a 35-year history of catering to adult and distance learners. Online courses are taught by the same professors who teach on campus, and distance students enjoy the same content, objectives, and outcomes as traditional students. There are two online associate degrees and seven online bachelor's degrees offered in subjects such as business, fire science, history, religion and psychology. Admissions requirements for freshman students include a high school GPA of at least 2.5 or an average GED score of 500, as well as SAT or ACT scores, and an official transcript.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,900
  • Median Salary: $65,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: San Antonio
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University of the Incarnate Word provides many opportunities for students to earn a graduate or undergraduate degree online. There are 11 bachelor's degrees and two master's degrees available online in subjects ranging from business administration and human resources to criminal justice and health sciences. Undergraduate students receive free textbooks, and there are no application fees or other academic fees. Classes take place over the course of eight weeks. There are six terms per year, and new students are welcomed at the start of each term.

Online Associate Degrees (7)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (19)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $27,912
  • Median Salary: $64,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Online
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Our Lady of the Lake University's online programs are geared towards prospective graduate students who want to advance their careers or enter a new field. There are five available master's degrees, including an MBA with two concentrations, as well as one doctoral degree in the field of social work. Admission requirements for graduate level students include a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, a minimum GPA, and demonstrated proficiency in English. Depending on the program, there may be additional requirements, such as letters of recommendation, a personal essay, and GRE scores.

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