2019 Best Online Community Colleges in Massachusetts

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These are the best community colleges in Massachusetts that give their students the opportunity to earn an associate degree or certificate entirely online. Of the 10 ranked schools, four have annual tuitions under $6,000 and eight have tuitions under $7,000. The least expensive school on our list is #8-ranked Bunker Hill Community College, which offers five online associate degrees. Students desiring a greater number of options should consider #1-ranked Bristol Community College, which offers thirteen fully online associate degrees.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Campus Location
#1 #1 Bristol Community College $5,820 Fall River (MA)
#2 #2 Massachusetts Bay Community College $5,735 Wellesley Hills (MA)
#3 #3 Mount Wachusett Community College $7,114 Gardner, Leominster (MA)
#4 #4 Quinsigamond Community College $6,107 Worcester (MA)
#5 #5 Greenfield Community College $8,640 Greenfield (MA)
#6 #6 Middlesex Community College - MA $6,450 Bedford, Lowell (MA)
#7 #7 Northern Essex Community College $6,262 Haverhill, Lawrence (MA)
#8 #8 Bunker Hill Community College $5,456 Boston (MA)
#9 #9 Massasoit Community College $5,983 Brockton (MA)
#10 #10 North Shore Community College $6,450 Danvers, Lynn (MA)

2019 Online Community Colleges in Massachusetts - 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: $5,820
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Fall River
  • Online Associate Degrees: 13
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Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, Bristol Community College offers several fully-online degrees in areas such as communication, general management, computer information systems, general studies, and liberal arts and sciences. Students may also pursue an Associate of Arts degree or an Associate of Science degree in General Studies. Students should be aware that different semesters may offer different online course options and that working with an advisor is helpful, especially when pursuing an online degree with BCC.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,735
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Wellesley Hills
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, offers three online Associate in Arts degrees with concentrations in general studies, liberal arts, and liberal arts – psychology/sociology. Four online Associate in Science degrees are also offered in business administration, general business, general studies, and paralegal studies. After offering online degrees for more than 10 years, MassBay’s online catalog has grown to 100 courses and boasts flexible scheduling options and credits that are transferable to higher education programs. MassBay also offers online certificate programs in management and marketing.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,114
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Gardner, Leominster
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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Mount Wachusett Community College is located in Gardner, Massachusetts, and offers a variety of 100 percent online degree programs. These include business administration, business administration career, business administration – accounting concentration, fire science, interdisciplinary studies, liberal arts and sciences, and legal studies. Mount Wachusett Community College uses the Blackboard platform for all online classes, and both ThinkingStorm live and in-person tutoring are available to students in a variety of subjects, including English, mathematics, and science.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,107
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Worcester
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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In Worcester, Massachusetts, Quinsigamond Community College offers students 100-percent online classes to obtain several different degrees, including business administration career, business administration transfer, general studies, criminal justice, liberal arts, and liberal arts with a concentration in history. Massachusetts residents pay $197 per credit while out-of-state students pay $405 per credit. There are more than 100 different online classes available at QCC, and four certificates can be earned online, including applications specialist, business administration, entrepreneurship and small business management, and law enforcement.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Greenfield
  • Online Associate Degrees: 7
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Greenfield Community College offers a variety of Associate of Arts degrees that can be obtained exclusively online. These include concentrations in business administration, liberal arts, art, computer science, economics, education, English, environmental science, food science, gender and women's studies, health science, hospitality and tourism management, and human services. Students studying any of these subjects will be eligible for MassTransfer, which will offer them, upon graduation, admission, discounted tuition, and full credit transfer to certain Massachusetts-based education programs.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,450
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Bedford, Lowell
  • Online Associate Degrees: 6
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Massachusetts’ Middlesex Community College offers seven degrees that can be fully achieved through online classes: accounting, business administration career, hospitality management, liberal arts and sciences (AA), liberal studies (AS), and psychology. MCC has delivered online classes for over twenty years, offering students the same course credits as gained through on-campus classes. Their catalog offers hundreds of different online courses and five certificate programs that can also be earned entirely through online classes. These include computerized accounting, entrepreneurship in small business management, hospitality management, liberal studies, and travel services management.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,262
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Haverhill, Lawrence
  • Online Associate Degrees: 2
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Located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Northern Essex Community College offers two fully-online degrees: business transfer and liberal arts. For the former, students must obtain a minimum of 64 credits to graduate, and NECC offers a recommended course schedule for students. It starts with Introductory Accounting I, English Composition I, Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology, a math elective, and a science elective in the first semester. The latter requires 62 credit hours for graduation and has a recommended course schedule in the first semester of English Composition, a free elective, a history and government elective, a liberal arts elective and a math elective.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,456
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Boston
  • Online Associate Degrees: 5
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At Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts, students can study a variety of subjects and receive an online Associates of Arts degree in business, communication, English, psychology, or liberal arts. All general education requirements for these degrees can also be completed through online classes. All enrolled students will receive Office 365 that can be installed on up to five Macs, PCs, or mobile devices. The library also has a website, online catalog, and database through which many necessary academic resources can be obtained.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,983
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Brockton
  • Online Associate Degrees: 4
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Massasoit Community College in Brockton, Massachusetts, offers four Associate of Science degrees. Three of these associate degrees have concentrations in business administration career, including general business option, marketing option, and supervisory option, while the fourth associate degree is in criminal justice – career option. MCC uses Canvas as its learning management system and offers eTutoring to students who are struggling with the course material. The MCC help desk is also available to assist students with any troubleshooting issues.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,450
  • Accreditation: NECHE
  • Locations: Danvers, Lynn
  • Online Associate Degrees: 1
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Located in Danvers, Massachusetts, North Shore Community College offers a fully-online Associate of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology. Individuals hoping to become fire safety personnel can benefit greatly from the education base provided in this program's curriculum since NSCC is part of the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition Program, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Students will take a number of courses, such as Composition I, Principles of Emergency Services, Fundamentals of Fire Prevention, several liberal arts electives, and at least two fire protection electives.

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