2018 Guide to the Best Online Master's Programs

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Students pursuing a master's program can search our thorough list of accredited online master’s degrees, including 602 colleges and 12,781 online degree programs. Our best online master's list represents those schools with the best value for students. Our comprehensive list of master’s programs, including accounting, computer science, healthcare administration, management, nursing, and nutrition, allows prospective students to find vital information about their desired field, including the number of online schools, number of online programs, and more.

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2018 Best Online Colleges Offering Master's Degrees

With high quality academics and modest tuition rates, these 25 schools offer the best value online master’s programs. Prospective students can find top master's programs in subjects ranging from library science to public administration. The ranked schools below each offer at least 10 fully online master's degree programs, with tuition rates under $13,000 per year and academic strength scores as high as 90%.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Academic Strength
#1 #1 University of Maryland - College Park Annual Tuition $7,519 Academic Strength 82%
#2 #2 Clemson University Annual Tuition $6,705 Academic Strength 78%
#3 #3 Johns Hopkins University Annual Tuition $12,565 Academic Strength 90%
#4 #4 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $6,900 Academic Strength 76%
#5 #5 University of Arkansas Annual Tuition $4,791 Academic Strength 70%
#6 #6 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $7,050 Academic Strength 75%
#7 #7 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $4,275 Academic Strength 68%
#8 #8 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $10,800 Academic Strength 84%
#9 #9 Union University Annual Tuition $7,425 Academic Strength 72%
#10 #10 Mercer University Annual Tuition $9,075 Academic Strength 74%
#11 #11 University of Kansas Annual Tuition $8,100 Academic Strength 72%
#12 #12 North Greenville University Annual Tuition $7,020 Academic Strength 69%
#13 #13 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $7,215 Academic Strength 69%
#14 #14 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $4,395 Academic Strength 62%
#15 #15 University of Georgia Annual Tuition $10,693 Academic Strength 77%
#16 #16 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,009 Academic Strength 65%
#17 #17 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $6,894 Academic Strength 67%
#18 #18 University of Delaware Annual Tuition $9,750 Academic Strength 74%
#19 #19 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $7,380 Academic Strength 68%
#20 #20 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $8,985 Academic Strength 72%
#21 #21 University of North Texas Annual Tuition $7,904 Academic Strength 68%
#22 #22 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $5,925 Academic Strength 63%
#23 #23 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,444 Academic Strength 62%
#24 #24 Asbury University Annual Tuition $8,075 Academic Strength 68%
#25 #25 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $5,730 Academic Strength 62%
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Accounting Schools 147 Degree Programs 272 Annual Salary $105,240 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Aerospace Engineering Schools 27 Degree Programs 54 Annual Salary $120,189 Accreditation ABET
Agriculture Schools 35 Degree Programs 110 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Anthropology Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $61,923 Accreditation Institutional
Architecture Schools 13 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $55,227 Accreditation NAAB
Art & Design Schools 44 Degree Programs 106 Annual Salary $58,846 Accreditation NASAD
Art History Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Aviation Schools 11 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $96,739 Accreditation AABI
B Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Biology Schools 49 Degree Programs 126 Annual Salary $76,248 Accreditation Institutional
Business Schools 68 Degree Programs 598 Annual Salary $94,397 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
C Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Chemical Engineering Schools 8 Degree Programs 13 Annual Salary $121,586 Accreditation ABET
Child Development Schools 7 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary $62,205 Accreditation APA
Christian Counseling Schools 21 Degree Programs 66 Annual Salary $48,800 Accreditation ACPE
Civil Engineering Schools 37 Degree Programs 90 Annual Salary $108,905 Accreditation ABET
Communications Schools 137 Degree Programs 348 Annual Salary $88,795 Accreditation ACEJMC
Computer Engineering Schools 39 Degree Programs 62 Annual Salary $111,663 Accreditation ABET
Computer Science Schools 91 Degree Programs 216 Annual Salary $105,782 Accreditation ABET
Conflict Resolution Schools 26 Degree Programs 46 Annual Salary $74,167 Accreditation Institutional
Construction Management Schools 33 Degree Programs 44 Annual Salary $91,239 Accreditation ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling Schools 125 Degree Programs 360 Annual Salary $58,000 Accreditation CACREP
Counseling Psychology Schools 30 Degree Programs 46 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Creative Writing Schools 16 Degree Programs 28 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Criminal Justice Schools 154 Degree Programs 324 Annual Salary $68,155 Accreditation Institutional
Criminology Schools 23 Degree Programs 37 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Cyber Security Schools 90 Degree Programs 174 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation Institutional
D Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Data Science Schools 57 Degree Programs 94 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Dental Assistant Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $72,851 Accreditation CODA
Dental Hygiene Schools 9 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
E Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Early Childhood Education Schools 11 Degree Programs 23 Annual Salary $54,206 Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC
Economics Schools 38 Degree Programs 47 Annual Salary $123,772 Accreditation AACSB
Education Schools 53 Degree Programs 373 Annual Salary $57,954 Accreditation CAEP, CEA
Educational Leadership Schools 250 Degree Programs 630 Annual Salary $62,327 Accreditation Institutional
Electrical Engineering Schools 58 Degree Programs 128 Annual Salary $121,604 Accreditation ABET
Elementary Education Schools 125 Degree Programs 242 Annual Salary $52,639 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Emergency Management Schools 51 Degree Programs 103 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Engineering Schools 212 Degree Programs 1,108 Annual Salary $114,611 Accreditation ABET
Engineering Management Schools 92 Degree Programs 148 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
English Schools 72 Degree Programs 121 Annual Salary $65,623 Accreditation Institutional
Environmental Science Schools 85 Degree Programs 241 Annual Salary $92,104 Accreditation Institutional
ESL Schools 84 Degree Programs 122 Annual Salary $53,927 Accreditation CEA
Exercise Science Schools 26 Degree Programs 59 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
F Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Fashion Schools 8 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $73,291 Accreditation Institutional
Finance Schools 180 Degree Programs 284 Annual Salary $127,294 Accreditation AACSB
Fire Science Schools 9 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation Institutional
Forensic Accounting Schools 10 Degree Programs 20 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Forensic Psychology Schools 13 Degree Programs 30 Annual Salary $54,699 Accreditation APA
Forensic Science Schools 22 Degree Programs 93 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation AAFS
G Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Geographic Information Systems Schools 26 Degree Programs 44 Annual Salary $79,428 Accreditation Institutional
Graphic Design Schools 10 Degree Programs 15 Annual Salary $66,541 Accreditation NASAD
H Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Health Education Schools 107 Degree Programs 154 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Healthcare Administration Schools 44 Degree Programs 132 Annual Salary $77,333 Accreditation CAHME
Healthcare Informatics Schools 19 Degree Programs 33 Annual Salary $72,851 Accreditation CAHIIM, CAHME
Healthcare Management Schools 51 Degree Programs 105 Annual Salary $74,946 Accreditation CAHME
History Schools 7 Degree Programs 15 Annual Salary $74,631 Accreditation Institutional
Holistic Medicine Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $66,623 Accreditation CNME
Homeland Security Schools 60 Degree Programs 162 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation Institutional
Hospitality Management Schools 31 Degree Programs 34 Annual Salary $88,050 Accreditation ACPHA
Human Resources Schools 157 Degree Programs 283 Annual Salary $80,913 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Human Services Schools 40 Degree Programs 186 Annual Salary $57,247 Accreditation Institutional
I Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Industrial Engineering Schools 39 Degree Programs 69 Annual Salary $118,419 Accreditation ABET
Information Technology Schools 30 Degree Programs 134 Annual Salary $90,557 Accreditation ABET
Interior Design Schools 8 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $56,678 Accreditation NASAD
J Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Journalism Schools 34 Degree Programs 73 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ACEJMC
L Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Landscape Design Schools 2 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation LAAB
Law Schools 49 Degree Programs 146 Annual Salary $70,492 Accreditation ABA
Law Enforcement Schools 39 Degree Programs 47 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation Institutional
Liberal Studies Schools 119 Degree Programs 282 Annual Salary $67,282 Accreditation Institutional
Library Science Schools 89 Degree Programs 194 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ALA
M Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Management Schools 445 Degree Programs 2,269 Annual Salary $90,142 Accreditation AACSB
Marketing Schools 39 Degree Programs 74 Annual Salary $88,300 Accreditation AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy Schools 27 Degree Programs 61 Annual Salary $68,213 Accreditation COAMFTE
Mathematics Schools 81 Degree Programs 124 Annual Salary $93,057 Accreditation Institutional
MBA Schools 363 Degree Programs 1,874 Annual Salary $93,004 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
Mechanical Engineering Schools 40 Degree Programs 60 Annual Salary $116,549 Accreditation ABET
Medical Office Administration Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $81,078 Accreditation Institutional
Music Schools 52 Degree Programs 75 Annual Salary $54,503 Accreditation NASM
N Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Network Administration Schools 14 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $88,164 Accreditation ABET
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Schools 89 Degree Programs 224 Annual Salary $83,995 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE
Nursing Schools 31 Degree Programs 157 Annual Salary $85,661 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE
Nutrition Schools 4 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $58,685 Accreditation ACEND
O Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Occupational Safety Schools 12 Degree Programs 15 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ABET
Occupational Therapy Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Organizational Leadership Schools 268 Degree Programs 712 Annual Salary $90,772 Accreditation AACSB
P Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Paralegal Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $70,492 Accreditation Institutional
Personal Training Schools 11 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $63,318 Accreditation Institutional
Pharmacy Schools 12 Degree Programs 33 Annual Salary $97,604 Accreditation ACPE
Pharmacy Technician Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $72,851 Accreditation ACPE, ASHP
Philosophy Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $61,648 Accreditation Institutional
Photography Schools 2 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $63,225 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Education Schools 42 Degree Programs 60 Annual Salary $62,043 Accreditation Institutional
Physician Assistant Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $81,086 Accreditation ARC-PA
Physics Schools 16 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $101,649 Accreditation CAMPEP
Political Science Schools 21 Degree Programs 72 Annual Salary $92,555 Accreditation Institutional
Project Management Schools 109 Degree Programs 205 Annual Salary $90,717 Accreditation AACSB, PMI-GAC
Psychology Schools 132 Degree Programs 344 Annual Salary $62,211 Accreditation APA
Public Administration Schools 191 Degree Programs 557 Annual Salary $62,346 Accreditation NASPAA
Public Health Schools 126 Degree Programs 254 Annual Salary $68,213 Accreditation CEPH
Public Relations Schools 35 Degree Programs 49 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
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Radiology Schools 9 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation JRCERT
Real Estate Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $92,874 Accreditation Institutional
Religious Studies Schools 9 Degree Programs 130 Annual Salary $54,903 Accreditation ACPE
Respiratory Therapy Schools 4 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $78,563 Accreditation CoARC
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School Counseling Schools 51 Degree Programs 67 Annual Salary $49,309 Accreditation CACREP
Secondary Education Schools 116 Degree Programs 261 Annual Salary $56,258 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Social Work Schools 56 Degree Programs 124 Annual Salary $54,467 Accreditation CSWE
Sociology Schools 13 Degree Programs 28 Annual Salary $55,227 Accreditation Institutional
Software Engineering Schools 44 Degree Programs 61 Annual Salary $109,879 Accreditation ABET
Spanish Schools 10 Degree Programs 15 Annual Salary $64,093 Accreditation Institutional
Special Education Schools 204 Degree Programs 512 Annual Salary $56,418 Accreditation CAA, CAEP
Speech Pathology Schools 8 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CAA
Sports Management Schools 13 Degree Programs 26 Annual Salary $60,515 Accreditation Institutional
Statistics Schools 35 Degree Programs 48 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 32 Degree Programs 41 Annual Salary $68,213 Accreditation CACREP
Supply Chain Management Schools 81 Degree Programs 128 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Systems Engineering Schools 54 Degree Programs 96 Annual Salary $87,388 Accreditation ABET
T Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Teaching Schools 278 Degree Programs 1,081 Annual Salary $56,630 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Theology Schools 34 Degree Programs 156 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
V Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Video Game Design Schools 7 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $68,111 Accreditation Institutional
Vocational Schools 7 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary $95,050 Accreditation Institutional
W Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Web Design Schools 10 Degree Programs 12 Annual Salary $101,190 Accreditation Institutional
Web Development Schools 12 Degree Programs 12 Annual Salary $88,164 Accreditation Institutional
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2018 Best Online Colleges for Master's Degrees - Ranking Details

All of these schools offer quality choices for those seeking an online master’s program. University of Maryland - College Park tops this list with an annual tuition rate of $7,519. Students at University of Maryland - College Park can choose from 27 different areas of study including accounting and public health. Johns Hopkins University, ranked third, has the strongest academics on the list with an academic strength score of 90%. The average tuition rate of all 25 schools is $7,465.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,519
  • Academic Strength: 82%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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University of Maryland – College Park is a top-ranked public research institution offering 27 online master’s degree programs, including multiple MBA concentrations and a wide variety of engineering degrees. Faculty members at University of Maryland – College Park are widely recognized in their fields; three faculty members have been awarded nobel prizes and six are Pulitzer Prize winners. Tuition for master's programs starts at $7,519 per year. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum grade average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and they must provide scores from a nationally standardized examination, such as the GRE or GMAT. They are also required to submit a statement of their academic objectives and other evidence of potential success in their studies such as a portfolio of creative work or an example of scholarly work. ​

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,705
  • Academic Strength: 78%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Clemson University offers 15 online master's programs and confers over 1,000 master's degrees to students every year. The faculty and staff at Clemson stand out for their commitment to decreasing student expenses by emphasizing the use of Open Educational Resources for online students. In addition to saving money through this initiative, online students at Clemson will find that their programs offer enough flexibility to allow them keep a full-time job throughout their degrees. Tuition ranges from $378 to $864 per credit hour depending on the program tier level.  Application fees vary between domestic and international applicants, the fee being $80 for the former, and $90 for the latter. Applicants may be eligible for a fee waver if they are participants of the McNair Program at their current university.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,565
  • Academic Strength: 90%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University is America’s first research university. It currently offers a wide selection of 73 online master’s degree programs through its Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) department which was established in 1992. Online programs at Johns Hopkins University offer students a flexible schedule and a plethora of opportunities for interaction with peers and professors. Tuition for online master's programs starts at $12,565 per academic year. The school is extremely selective with an acceptance rate of only 13%. Applicants for a master's program must be in the last semester of undergraduate study or hold a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average or at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Academic Strength: 76%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
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University of Massachusetts – Amherst is the university's flagship campus. It currently offers 14 online master’s degree programs. With 24/7 tech support and one-on-one advising for online students, University of Massachusetts – Amherst makes online learning accessible to a wide variety of students. The school has also established the Student Orientation & Resource Area, which provides tutorials, FAQs, and links to useful tools for online students. Tuition for the master's programs starts at $460 per credit hour. The application fee is $75, and applicants may apply to more than one graduate programs simultaneously. The university does not presently accept applications for any online degrees from residents of the states of Alabama and Arkansas.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,791
  • Academic Strength: 70%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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The University of Arkansas is among the nation's top public research universities. The university offers 36 online master’s degree programs covering subjects such as engineering and social work. The online programs and courses offered at the University of Arkansas are developed and taught by the same faculty who teach on-campus offerings, helping to ensure students receive a quality education no matter what type of student they are. Online students pay in-state tuition, making it an affordable option for online students nationwide. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, and must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or better.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,050
  • Academic Strength: 75%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
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University of Massachusetts – Lowell offers 23 online master’s degrees as part of one of the largest online degree programs in New England. Prospective students have the opportunity to "test drive an online course" before applying to make sure that the online learning style is a good fit for them. Once enrolled, students will be taught by world-class full-time and adjunct faculty members and will have access to 24/7 online support. Tuition at University of Massachusetts – Lowell is $470 per credit hour and the non-refundable application fee is $50. All applicants for a master’s degree program must present a transcript of their completed bachelor’s program. The GRE General Test is required for all master’s programs except for the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), which requires a GMAT score. The university is not currently accepting applications for online courses or degrees from residents of Arkansas, Kansas and Minnesota, due to changes in legislation.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,275
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Established in 1906, Missouri State University is a public university with an enrollment of around 26,000 students and a mission to graduate students who are ethical, engaged, and culturally aware. Students from all 50 states are eligible to enroll in one of the university's 14 online master’s degree programs. Online degree offerings at Missouri State University include a Master of Arts in History, a Master of Science in Education with various concentrations, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and a Master of Science in Nursing, among others. The cost for these programs starts at $285 per credit and varies by course level, course type, and department. Annual tuition for the Master of Arts in History is $4,275.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • Academic Strength: 84%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign offers 52 online master's programs, including an MBA and a variety of education master's degrees. Students from across the world participate in the flexible and academically rigorous online degrees and courses at University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign. Online education is made even more accessible through ProctorU, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign's online proctoring program, which allows students to take their proctored exams at home using a webcam. All applicants to an online master's program at University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign must have a bachelor's degree. Students who have done well academically and who have 3 years of professional experience can waive their GRE/GMAT score requirement. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required for those hoping to apply. Tuition varies between $466 and $675 per credit hour for all departments except engineering which is $1,084 per credit hour.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,425
  • Academic Strength: 72%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign offers 52 online master's programs, including an MBA and a variety of education master's degrees. Students from across the world participate in the flexible and academically rigorous online degrees and courses at University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign. Online education is made even more accessible through ProctorU, University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign's online proctoring program, which allows students to take their proctored exams at home using a webcam. All applicants to an online master's program at University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign must have a bachelor's degree. Students who have done well academically and who have 3 years of professional experience can waive their GRE/GMAT score requirement. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required for those hoping to apply. Tuition varies between $466 and $675 per credit hour for all departments except engineering which is $1,084 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,075
  • Academic Strength: 74%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Mercer University offers 20 fully online master's programs designed for working adults or anyone returning to school to complete their degree. More programs are available for those who are able to attend night or weekend classes in addition to online coursework. All online programs follow the same semester schedule of the campus-based courses, with each semester made up of two eight-week terms. Students are required to access their courses at least three times a week and always on the first day of each semester, in addition to some synchronous online meeting requirements which vary by course. Online students can expect to participate in video chats, blogs, and other methods of online course delivery. Tuition varies based on the program.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Academic Strength: 72%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Founded in 1854, University of Kansas strives to prepare its roughly 28,000 students to be innovators and leaders. The school counts among its alumni multiple Pulitzer Prizewinners, senators, governors, and a Nobel laureate. Online students at KU can earn a master's degree in education, nursing, statistics, business administration, project management, and pharmacology, among many other options. Tuition for these online master's degrees starts at $450 per credit hour, with annual tuition amounting to $8,100 for a Master's in Digital Content Strategy. Admission into a graduate program at KU requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university and a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,020
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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North Greenville University is a private, Christian university affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. With an enrollment of over 2,500 students, NGU strives to provide a rigorous and meaningful education in a Christian-centered environment. Online students at NGU can choose between 18 master’s degree programs, including options in business administration and divinity. Tuition ranges from $390 to $450 per credit hour, depending on the master's program. There is a $30 master's program application fee and the deadline for applications is two weeks prior to the start of the program. Applicants must submit a self-reflective essay, three reference forms, and official transcripts.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,215
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Mississippi State University is a public university that was founded in 1878. MSU offers 24 online master's programs in fields such as teaching, business administration, mechanical engineering, and instructional technology, among others. Only 9 hours of previous graduate work can be transferred from incoming students. There is an orientation class for all new distance students consisting of five hours of material, which can be completed over the course of five days. It is optional for graduate students, but is recommended for any students who are unfamiliar with online learning or could use a refresher. The programs follow a semester schedule and students are encouraged to log in to their courses at least once a day.

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  • Annual Tuition: $4,395
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Valdosta State University offers 28 online master’s degree programs, including multiple education degrees, business and public administration options, and an MSN program. Online students will find Valdosta State University's online orientation to be a useful and supportive guide to beginning an online program at the school. Applicants will need to submit two letters of recommendation, GRE scores, official transcripts from previous degrees, and a personal essay. Students can register for any combination of online and on-campus courses, or they can take all of their courses online. Master's students at Valdosta State are generally expected to complete a thesis or other form of comprehensive examination. Some degree programs will also require an internship as part of the curriculum. Tuition for online courses is $293 per credit hour or $879 per three credit course.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,693
  • Academic Strength: 77%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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University of Georgia, with its motto “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things,” is Georgia state’s oldest institution of higher education and the first state-chartered university in the United States. The university offers 13 online master’s degree programs, including a Master of Avian Health and Medicine, a Master of Education in Music Education, and a Master of Business and Technology. In order to be eligible for admission to the University of Georgia, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree, or a foreign equivalent, issued by a regionally accredited school. Most degree programs require three or more letters of recommendation as part of the application process, in addition to GRE scores and official transcripts.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,009
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Southeast Missouri State University offers 27 fully online master's degree programs. The curriculum is available 100% online and can be completed at a student's own pace within the semester schedule, making these master's programs excellent choices for working professionals. Classes are offered in 16-week or 8-week terms depending upon the course or program. Online students at Southeast Missouri State University can take advantage of a demonstration class to help familiarize students with the online modules and how online courses work at the school. Tuition is the same for all online students no matter where they live; all graduate courses are offered at an affordable rate of $334 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,894
  • Academic Strength: 67%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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As one of the 50 largest public universities in the country, Kennesaw State University offers a vast alumni network and extensive resources to all of its 35,000 students. Online graduate students at Kennesaw State can choose between one of 30 different online master’s degree programs, including an MBA, a Master of Science in Engineering Management, an MSN, and a Master of Science in International Policy Management. All online graduate students at Kennesaw State University are charged an affordable e-tuition rate of $383 per credit hour. Applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75, and they must submit official transcripts from each university or college attended.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • Academic Strength: 74%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Online graduate students at the University of Delaware get all the perks of being a student at a highly respected research university with the added flexibility that comes with online coursework. The university's 15 online master’s degree programs make use of a variety of educational technologies including asynchronous video lectures, interactive projects that encourage communication with peers, and online resources and technical support. Classes are offered in seven-week sessions and require around 15 to 20 hours per week for each three-credit course. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in order to be eligible for a master’s program. The GRE admission test is required by most departments, as well as a personal statement or essay, a resume and a Supplemental Information Form.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,380
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Georgia Southern University offers 23 online master's degrees through Georgia ONmyLINE. Students can choose between a wide variety of M.Ed. concentrations, an M.S. in Applied Economics, an M.S. in Kinesiology, and an MBA among other online master's degree options. Each degree program at Georgia Southern University has different pacing and credit hour requirements; there are opportunities for students to enroll in 2-year or 4-year programs with online courses offered on a semester schedule. The fully online master's degrees at Georgia Southern enable students to complete their programs from anywhere in the United States on their own schedule. An online M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education at Georgia Southern costs $7,380 annually.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,985
  • Academic Strength: 72%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Colorado State University is a public university located in Fort Collins, Colorado that has provided distance learning opportunities for over 50 years. The university offers 34 online master’s degree programs, with a wide variety of degrees from which to choose. All online courses are taught by the same faculty members that teach on campus, so online students can feel confident that they are receiving a rigorous education. Online degrees at CSU incorporate multiple educational strategies including audio and visual content, online discussions, articles and textbooks, and synchronous class sessions. Students seeking an online master’s degree at CSU must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,904
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Established in 1890, University of North Texas offers a wide variety of degrees to its more than 37,000 students. The university's 27 online master's degree offerings span a variety of disciplines, including business, education, anthropology, criminal justice, and library science. Many of the online master's options can be completed as full-time or part-time programs, enabling students to select the schedule that fits best with their lives. In addition to an affordable tuition and flexible schedule, online students can expect to have top-notch professors; UNT faculty members have won Grammy, Emmy, and Pulitzer nominations in addition to National Medal of Arts and National Science Foundation awards.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • Academic Strength: 63%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Western Kentucky University offers 74 online master's programs, 52 of which are education degrees with a variety of specializations available. The university offers over 1,700 online classes each year through its WKU Online portal and offers extensive support to online students including online tutoring and an online writing lab. Online courses are offered via two formats: semester-based and on demand. Semester-based classes follow the typical semester schedule with set deadlines and typically do not require any real-time virtual meetings. WKU On Demand classes are more flexible and provide accelerated options that can be completed in seven weeks. These classes can be started any day of the year and anywhere in the world.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,444
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Established in 1871, the University of Central Missouri is a public university with over 14,000 enrolled students. In addition to many on-campus degree offerings, the university offers 38 online master’s degree programs through the online learning management system Blackboard. Prospective business, nursing, teaching, and criminal justice students will all find online master's degrees at the University of Central Missouri that fit their needs. The university’s online instructors are the same professors teaching on campus, so students can expect the same quality of academics in their online programs as on-campus students receive. The cost per credit for online graduate classes is $340 with annual tuition for an online Master of Arts in Communication totaling $5,444.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,075
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Asbury University is a Christian, multi-denominational liberal arts university founded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. The university currently offers 16 online master’s degree programs in fields such as communication, education, and literacy. Asbury University uses its own learning management system for online course delivery, called Discovery. Graduate tuition fees vary between $475 and $611 per credit hour, depending on the program. Each master's program has different requirements, such as a minimum GPA or work experience, which can be found on the university’s website. Applications should be submitted at least two weeks before the first day of the semester.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,730
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University is known as the “friendliest campus in the south.” For distance learning students, JSU offers 24 online master’s programs in subjects such as public administration, computer systems and software design, criminal justice, early childhood education, emergency management, instructional technology, nursing, and sports management. Online students have access to free tutoring services through the Academic Center for Excellence. JSU has multiple exam proctoring options for distance learners: traditional proctoring at a location near the student, remote proctoring through a platform called Examity, and screen recording through a platform called Respondus Monitor.

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