2019 Best Online Colleges in Wisconsin

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The schools on the following list are the best online colleges in Wisconsin based on alumni salaries and affordable tuition. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ranks #1, offering three online bachelor's degrees: a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Undergraduate degrees cost $8,821 per year and the median annual salary is $80,900.

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 Wisconsin, view our comprehensive list.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire $8,821 $80,900
#2 #2 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee $11,760 $78,800
#3 #3 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse $12,736 $78,000
#4 #4 Wisconsin Lutheran College $13,600 $74,800
#5 #5 Marian University - Wisconsin $13,500 $72,700
#6 #6 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh $10,800 $71,300
#7 #7 Viterbo University $14,100 $68,100
#8 #8 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay $10,597 $64,100
#9 #9 Lakeland University $15,150 $62,600
#10 #10 Maranatha Baptist University $13,440 $45,000

2019 Online Colleges in Wisconsin 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: $8,821
  • Median Salary: $80,900
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Eau Claire
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The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offers adult students the opportunity to earn an online master’s degree or graduate certificate from a public liberal arts institution. Studying completely from home, students can earn a master’s in business administration, data science, or communication sciences and disorders. They can continue their post-graduate studies with an advanced certificate program, such as their director of special education and pupil services graduate certificate. UWEC also offers an online business certificate that can help students without a business degree complete the necessary prerequisites for an MBA.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,760
  • Median Salary: $78,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Milwaukee
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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is a public research institution offering more than 30 fully-online degree and certificate programs for distance learners. These online programs cover a broad range of subject areas. At the undergraduate level, students can choose from 12 majors—such as applied computing, biomedical sciences, and communication—and 11 minors, which include architectural studies, comparative literature, and economics. The choices extend into their graduate programs, which range from a graduate certificate in business analytics to a master’s in translation & interpreting to a PhD in nursing. The amount of student-instructor communication required by an online course means distance students actually receive more personalized attention than their on-campus counterparts.

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Online Master's Degrees (42)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,736
  • Median Salary: $78,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: La Crosse
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The department of online education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers a wide range of degree and certificate options for distance learners: three bachelor’s, seven master’s, and one doctorate degree, along with three graduate certificate programs. The school offers the most options in the field of education, but their other programs include subject areas such as business, data science, and health and wellness. Coursework is delivered primarily via an asynchronous method, giving students the flexibility to log on and “take class” whenever is convenient for them within a weekly timeframe. UWLC’s online classes are taught by the same instructors that teach on-campus.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (4)

Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • Median Salary: $74,800
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Milwaukee
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Wisconsin Lutheran College is a private liberal arts institution delivering online education through the lens of a Christian worldview. Their adult accelerated degree program helps busy professionals go back to school from the comfort of their own home; within twenty months, students can earn a bachelor of science in business management and leadership degree. WLC works with their nontraditional students to ensure they transfer all applicable credits from previous studies and earn credit for prior learning experiences. For students who can attend a mix of online and in-person classes at their Milwaukee campus, WLC also offers a graduate certificate in Christian leadership.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • Median Salary: $72,700
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Fond du Lac
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Marian University is a private Catholic institution that offers robust online learning opportunities for nontraditional students. Working adults can earn a bachelor’s in one of ten majors, including criminal justice, management, and nursing. MUW’s graduate programs include five master’s and two graduate certificates in areas such as education and organizational leadership. The school also has a nationally-recognized thanatology program offering both an MS and a graduate certificate for students who want to learn more about issues relating to death, dying, and grief. A mostly asynchronous learning method provides online students with greater flexibility to study while continuing to work full-time. Online instructors receive special training in how to teach online, so students can trust that the quality is comparable with in-person instruction.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • Median Salary: $71,300
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Oshkosh
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The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is a public institution offering students the chance to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree entirely online. Their eight bachelor’s degrees include majors in aviation management, leadership development, and liberal studies. At the master’s level, students can study business, nursing education, public administration, and more. If students are available to take hybrid online and in-person courses on UWO’s campus, they can also earn a bachelor’s and a doctorate in nursing. All online learning is offered asynchronously, meaning students never have to “attend” class at a scheduled time.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,100
  • Median Salary: $68,100
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: La Crosse
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Founded on Franciscan values, Viterbo University is a private institution offering adult learners the opportunity to earn a degree or certificate while studying entirely online. Their generous credit transfer policy makes it easy for adults to complete an online bachelor’s degree in accounting, nursing, organizational or health care management, or a customized professional studies major. These programs offer flexible 8-week class sessions and three annual start dates. Students can study full- or part-time, which allows them to work higher education into their ongoing personal and professional commitments. For postgraduates, VU offers a low-residency MBA in health care leadership and several online education certificates for working professionals seeking to advance their careers.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,597
  • Median Salary: $64,100
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Green Bay
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The online programs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay were designed with nontraditional students in mind. Being unable to commute to campus does not mean you shouldn't be able to pursue your academic and professional goals. For those unsure what they want to study, UWGB’s flexible online associate of arts and sciences degree is a jumping off point for any number of bachelor’s degrees. They also offer six online bachelor’s degrees such as their BS in psychology, BAS in organizational leadership, and BSN in nursing. Their four master’s programs focus primarily on management in the areas of sustainability, nursing leadership, and health and wellness.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (19)

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Online Master's Degrees (4)

  • Annual Tuition: $15,150
  • Median Salary: $62,600
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Plymouth
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With over 2,600 individuals enrolled in evening, weekend, and/or online classes, Lakeland University knows how to cater to their nontraditional students. Their BlendEd classes offer the greatest possible flexibility; week to week, students can choose whether to attend class in-person, via live video, at a remote learning center, or asynchronously whenever they have time. Additionally, Lakeland allows undergraduates to transfer in up to 72 credits from other institutions. Their 12 undergraduate majors range from psychology to food safety and quality. They offer four master’s programs in the fields of business administration, counseling, education, and leadership and organizational development.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (52)

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Online Master's Degrees (7)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,440
  • Median Salary: $45,000
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Watertown
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Marantha Baptist University knows that not everyone can “pause” their life to go back to school, which is why they offer a broad range of online degrees and certificates. Classes are offered asynchronously and on 8-, 12-, and 16-week schedules, providing students with greater flexibility as they seek to fit higher education into a busy work or family schedule. Earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in subjects such as business, Christian ministry, or humanities. MBU’s graduate programs range from a master’s in inter-cultural studies to a graduate certificate in special education to a doctorate in ministry. No matter the program, all MBU instructors incorporate a Christian worldview into their curriculum.

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Comprehensive List of Accredited Online Schools in Wisconsin (45)

Wisconsin is home to many accredited schools offering online degrees. Whether obtaining a bachelor's of business administration from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater or Parkside, or an MBA in accounting from Lakeland University, prospective students have many campus and program options to choose from. Other popular degree programs for online students include sociology, library and information science and criminal justice. Lakeshore Technical College offers the best tuition, at $5,990 per year, while the 12 other technical colleges on the list all have tuition in the $6,000 range. Those students seeking immediate employment upon graduation might consider obtaining a BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and becoming a sociologist, the fifth most in-demand job in the state.

At a Glance:

  • 35% of online universities in Wisconsin have tuition of under $10,000.
  • Wisconsin's technical colleges offer technical degrees for under $7,00 per year
  • Wisconsin 529 allows Wisconsin adults to contribute up to $3,200 in annual, tax-deductible savings towards future higher education expenses for each of their named beneficiaries.

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