2019 Best Online Colleges for Master's Programs

Students pursuing a graduate program can search our thorough list of accredited online master’s degrees, including 558 colleges and 12,605 degree programs. Our best online master's list highlights the top schools, based on tuition rates and alumni salaries reported by PayScale. Our comprehensive list of master’s programs includes accredited programs in fields like accounting, computer science, healthcare administration, management, nursing, and nutrition, and allows prospective students to learn how many online programs are available in their desired field.

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These 25 online colleges and universities offer the best online master's programs based on alumni salaries and tuition rates. Stanford University is ranked #1, with a reported average alumni salary of $150,200. The university offers 17 online master's programs including a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Science with several different concentrations.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. Read more about our ranked schools below, view our methodology, or learn more about SR Education Group.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 Stanford University Annual Tuition $50,703 Median Salary $150,200
#2 #2 Capitol Technology University Annual Tuition $9,045 Median Salary $126,500
#3 #3 University of Southern California Annual Tuition $19,872 Median Salary $125,000
#4 #4 Georgia Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $1,700 Median Salary $122,500
#5 #5 University of California - Berkeley Annual Tuition $29,296 Median Salary $123,800
#6 #6 The George Washington University Annual Tuition $14,620 Median Salary $120,800
#7 #7 Johns Hopkins University Annual Tuition $21,250 Median Salary $121,400
#8 #8 Illinois Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $24,480 Median Salary $121,400
#9 #9 Missouri University of Science and Technology Annual Tuition $18,000 Median Salary $118,600
#10 #10 Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $12,087 Median Salary $117,100
#11 #11 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $8,625 Median Salary $116,500
#12 #12 Golden Gate University Annual Tuition $15,225 Median Salary $117,200
#13 #13 Southern Methodist University Annual Tuition $20,250 Median Salary $116,900
#14 #14 San Jose State University Annual Tuition $9,000 Median Salary $115,400
#15 #15 Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $19,530 Median Salary $115,400
#16 #16 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Annual Tuition $12,277 Median Salary $114,400
#17 #17 University of Maryland - College Park Annual Tuition $23,220 Median Salary $115,500
#18 #18 University of Colorado Boulder Annual Tuition $25,320 Median Salary $115,400
#19 #19 University of Alabama in Huntsville Annual Tuition $7,590 Median Salary $112,800
#20 #20 George Mason University Annual Tuition $17,825 Median Salary $113,400
#21 #21 Georgetown University Annual Tuition $20,175 Median Salary $113,100
#22 #22 The University of Texas at Dallas Annual Tuition $30,992 Median Salary $114,500
#23 #23 DePaul University Annual Tuition $16,640 Median Salary $112,100
#24 #24 Brandeis University Annual Tuition $17,670 Median Salary $111,300
#25 #25 University of Michigan - Dearborn Annual Tuition $19,725 Median Salary $111,200
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Accounting Schools 152 Degree Programs 278 Annual Salary $105,240 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Aerospace Engineering Schools 27 Degree Programs 54 Annual Salary $120,189 Accreditation ABET
Agriculture Schools 32 Degree Programs 107 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 39 Degree Programs 98 Annual Salary $58,846 Accreditation NASAD
Art History Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Aviation Schools 11 Degree Programs 21 Annual Salary $96,739 Accreditation AABI
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Biology Schools 47 Degree Programs 125 Annual Salary $76,248 Accreditation Institutional
Business Schools 73 Degree Programs 641 Annual Salary $94,397 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
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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 71 Annual Salary $48,800 Accreditation ACPE
Civil Engineering Schools 36 Degree Programs 89 Annual Salary $108,905 Accreditation ABET
Communications Schools 131 Degree Programs 342 Annual Salary $88,795 Accreditation ACEJMC
Computer Engineering Schools 38 Degree Programs 61 Annual Salary $111,663 Accreditation ABET
Computer Science Schools 88 Degree Programs 216 Annual Salary $105,782 Accreditation ABET
Conflict Resolution Schools 25 Degree Programs 47 Annual Salary $74,167 Accreditation Institutional
Construction Management Schools 31 Degree Programs 42 Annual Salary $91,239 Accreditation ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling Schools 116 Degree Programs 355 Annual Salary $58,000 Accreditation CACREP
Counseling Psychology Schools 28 Degree Programs 45 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Creative Writing Schools 16 Degree Programs 28 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Criminal Justice Schools 146 Degree Programs 317 Annual Salary $68,155 Accreditation Institutional
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Cyber Security Schools 90 Degree Programs 181 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation Institutional
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Data Science Schools 56 Degree Programs 92 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Dental Assistant Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $72,851 Accreditation CODA
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Early Childhood Education Schools 10 Degree Programs 22 Annual Salary $54,206 Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC
Economics Schools 36 Degree Programs 45 Annual Salary $123,772 Accreditation AACSB
Education Schools 57 Degree Programs 415 Annual Salary $57,954 Accreditation CAEP, CEA
Educational Leadership Schools 239 Degree Programs 631 Annual Salary $62,327 Accreditation Institutional
Electrical Engineering Schools 57 Degree Programs 129 Annual Salary $121,604 Accreditation ABET
Elementary Education Schools 125 Degree Programs 250 Annual Salary $52,639 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Emergency Management Schools 53 Degree Programs 106 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Engineering Schools 204 Degree Programs 1,080 Annual Salary $114,611 Accreditation ABET
Engineering Management Schools 87 Degree Programs 137 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
English Schools 66 Degree Programs 113 Annual Salary $65,623 Accreditation Institutional
Environmental Science Schools 77 Degree Programs 226 Annual Salary $92,104 Accreditation Institutional
ESL Schools 82 Degree Programs 122 Annual Salary $53,927 Accreditation CEA
Exercise Science Schools 25 Degree Programs 57 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
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Fashion Schools 8 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $73,291 Accreditation Institutional
Finance Schools 180 Degree Programs 286 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 14 Degree Programs 31 Annual Salary $54,699 Accreditation APA
Forensic Science Schools 21 Degree Programs 92 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation AAFS
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Geographic Information Systems Schools 26 Degree Programs 41 Annual Salary $79,428 Accreditation Institutional
Graphic Design Schools 7 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $66,541 Accreditation NASAD
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Healthcare Administration Schools 45 Degree Programs 132 Annual Salary $77,333 Accreditation CAHME
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Healthcare Management Schools 55 Degree Programs 110 Annual Salary $74,946 Accreditation CAHME
History Schools 7 Degree Programs 16 Annual Salary $74,631 Accreditation Institutional
Holistic Medicine Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $66,623 Accreditation CNME
Homeland Security Schools 58 Degree Programs 156 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation Institutional
Hospitality Management Schools 32 Degree Programs 37 Annual Salary $88,050 Accreditation ACPHA
Human Resources Schools 156 Degree Programs 273 Annual Salary $80,913 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Human Services Schools 36 Degree Programs 167 Annual Salary $57,247 Accreditation Institutional
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Industrial Engineering Schools 35 Degree Programs 64 Annual Salary $118,419 Accreditation ABET
Information Technology Schools 29 Degree Programs 122 Annual Salary $90,557 Accreditation ABET
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Journalism Schools 33 Degree Programs 71 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ACEJMC
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Landscape Design Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation LAAB
Law Schools 48 Degree Programs 154 Annual Salary $70,492 Accreditation ABA
Law Enforcement Schools 38 Degree Programs 46 Annual Salary $68,163 Accreditation Institutional
Liberal Studies Schools 114 Degree Programs 268 Annual Salary $67,282 Accreditation Institutional
Library Science Schools 89 Degree Programs 193 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ALA
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Management Schools 430 Degree Programs 2,237 Annual Salary $90,142 Accreditation AACSB
Marketing Schools 47 Degree Programs 83 Annual Salary $88,300 Accreditation AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy Schools 25 Degree Programs 61 Annual Salary $68,213 Accreditation COAMFTE
Mathematics Schools 79 Degree Programs 122 Annual Salary $93,057 Accreditation Institutional
MBA Schools 353 Degree Programs 1,889 Annual Salary $93,004 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
Mechanical Engineering Schools 39 Degree Programs 59 Annual Salary $116,549 Accreditation ABET
Medical Office Administration Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $81,078 Accreditation Institutional
MSW Schools 55 Degree Programs 113 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CSWE
Music Schools 51 Degree Programs 75 Annual Salary $54,503 Accreditation NASM
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Network Administration Schools 15 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $88,164 Accreditation ABET
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Schools 87 Degree Programs 218 Annual Salary $83,995 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE
Nursing Schools 33 Degree Programs 158 Annual Salary $85,661 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE
Nutrition Schools 5 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary $58,685 Accreditation ACEND
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Occupational Safety Schools 13 Degree Programs 16 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ABET
Occupational Therapy Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Organizational Leadership Schools 261 Degree Programs 696 Annual Salary $90,772 Accreditation AACSB
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Paralegal Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $70,492 Accreditation Institutional
Personal Training Schools 9 Degree Programs 16 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 39 Degree Programs 58 Annual Salary $62,043 Accreditation Institutional
Physician Assistant Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $81,086 Accreditation ARC-PA
Physics Schools 15 Degree Programs 17 Annual Salary $101,649 Accreditation CAMPEP
Political Science Schools 21 Degree Programs 72 Annual Salary $92,555 Accreditation Institutional
Project Management Schools 106 Degree Programs 197 Annual Salary $90,717 Accreditation AACSB, PMI-GAC
Psychology Schools 127 Degree Programs 337 Annual Salary $62,211 Accreditation APA
Public Administration Schools 185 Degree Programs 555 Annual Salary $62,346 Accreditation NASPAA
Public Health Schools 121 Degree Programs 254 Annual Salary $68,213 Accreditation CEPH
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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 153 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 49 Degree Programs 66 Annual Salary $49,309 Accreditation CACREP
Secondary Education Schools 120 Degree Programs 276 Annual Salary $56,258 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Social Work Schools 55 Degree Programs 114 Annual Salary $54,467 Accreditation CSWE
Sociology Schools 12 Degree Programs 25 Annual Salary $55,227 Accreditation Institutional
Software Engineering Schools 41 Degree Programs 61 Annual Salary $109,879 Accreditation ABET
Spanish Schools 8 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $64,093 Accreditation Institutional
Special Education Schools 193 Degree Programs 506 Annual Salary $56,418 Accreditation CAA, CAEP
Speech Pathology Schools 8 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CAA
Sports Management Schools 14 Degree Programs 30 Annual Salary $60,515 Accreditation Institutional
Statistics Schools 33 Degree Programs 45 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 29 Degree Programs 39 Annual Salary $68,213 Accreditation CACREP
Supply Chain Management Schools 76 Degree Programs 119 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Systems Engineering Schools 51 Degree Programs 93 Annual Salary $87,388 Accreditation ABET
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Teaching Schools 262 Degree Programs 1,099 Annual Salary $56,630 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Theology Schools 33 Degree Programs 163 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
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Video Game Design Schools 6 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary $68,111 Accreditation Institutional
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Web Design Schools 9 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $101,190 Accreditation Institutional
Web Development Schools 12 Degree Programs 12 Annual Salary $88,164 Accreditation Institutional
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  • Annual Tuition: $50,703
  • Median Salary: $150,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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Stanford University has a robust online program offering graduate degrees, graduate and professional certificates, executive education programs, and free courses designed to help students reach their goals. Students have access to classes, lectures and other learning tools created by Stanford s world class faculty. They offer 11 online engineering master s degree programs, but not all of these programs can be completed entirely online and most require a minimum GPA. The master s degree programs require 45 units to complete, and the tuition is $1,352 per quarter unit. Stanford also charges a one-time transcript and document fee of $125, plus a student fee for each quarter of enrollment (except for summer). Part-time students typically complete their degrees in three to five years, with a maximum of five years allowed.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,045
  • Median Salary: $126,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Capitol Technology University offers technology-related certificates, classes for undergraduates, master s degrees, and doctorates for people looking to further their education. Their accelerated master s degree programs are all fully online, with eight and 16-week courses available. Many of their degrees come in a flexible, asynchronous format, allowing students to complete their work when their schedule allows. Some programs offer a live, virtual classroom in which students can interact with their instructor and peers. All live classes are recorded and available to be viewed at the students convenience. The master s degrees require between 30-39 credits to complete, and the tuition for graduate courses is $603 per credit, plus fees. They offer a discounted rate to active duty military members and there is no application fee.

  • Annual Tuition: $19,872
  • Median Salary: $125,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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The University of Southern California has been offering remote education since 1972 and currently offers over 100 online graduate and executive programs. Students taking online classes receive the same distinguished education as on campus students and face similar, demanding standards. Their online courses offer convenience and flexibility, and also include real time virtual discussions with faculty and classmates. Admission requirements for online programs are typically the same as for on campus students, though international students may face additional stipulations. Online tuition is billed at the standard USC rate, with graduate tuition currently estimated at $27,660 per year, though the price will vary depending on program and length. USC is a top ranked university and has received numerous awards for its online graduate programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $1,700
  • Median Salary: $122,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Georgia Tech has been delivering online learning programs to adult learners for over 40 years. They offer nine online Master of Science degrees and three hybrid professional master s degrees, all based on their challenging on-campus programs. Online students are provided with a renowned faculty, top quality classes, digital learning tools, and a nationally ranked curriculum. Their online programs are a cost-effective way for working professionals from all over the world to further their education and careers. Courses are typically taught asynchronously, but there may be virtual office hours with faculty and teaching assistants that students need to attend at a set time. Georgia Tech s online master s degrees vary in price from $275 per credit hour to $1,100 per credit hour and typically take two to three years to complete.

  • Annual Tuition: $29,296
  • Median Salary: $123,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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UC Berkeley has an extensive online learning program offering courses, certificates and degrees to adults wishing to further their education. The Berkeley School of Information offers two fully online master s degree programs, the Master of Information and Data Science (MIDS) and the Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS). A Master of Public Health is also available online. While the coursework can be completed online, some programs require an on-campus immersion visit. The program length and tuition will vary by program, but the MIDS and MICS are each 27 units and cost $66,150 and $69,984 respectively, plus additional fees. Online students receive personalized support throughout the program and career resources aimed at helping them gain employment after degree completion.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,620
  • Median Salary: $120,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Founded in 1821, George Washington University is based on President George Washington's wish for a national university. This private research institution is organized into 14 colleges and now serves students, both domestically and internationally, through its distance learning program, GW Online. George Washington University remains one of the largest private universities with students in more than 130 countries including 15,000 graduate students, many of which are enrolled in one of the 60 online master's degrees. Online graduate programs are offered in a range of subjects including cyber security policy and compliance to strategic public relations. With alumni that include presidents, prime ministers, royals, and diplomats from around the globe, George Washington University offers all eligible students access to its world-class educational tools including famous programs in government affairs and journalism.

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,250
  • Median Salary: $121,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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One of the most renowned healthcare and medical universities in the country, John Hopkins University offers students a world-class education through traditional on-campus courses and distance learning degree programs. The university offers 97 online master's programs. With an annual tuition rate of $21,250 and more than 24,000 students throughout its various programs, Johns Hopkins provides programs across various disciplines including the humanities, business, and natural sciences. Built through unprecedented philanthropic contributions, Johns Hopkins is considered the first research university in the United States basing its model on the German model. After 142 years, this university remains one of the top prospects for degree-seeking students and working adults requiring a flexible education option.

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  • Annual Tuition: $24,480
  • Median Salary: $121,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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The Illinois Institute of Technology is a private research institution based in Chicago where it has served students since 1940 in the technical fields of engineering, natural sciences, industrial technology, information technology, and various liberal arts programs. This university also offers distance learning master's programs for domestic and international degree-seeking students in almost every academic college in both fully online and blended options for those close to campus. These programs are lead and designed by the same instructors, so distance learning Illinois Institute of Technology students get the same education with the benefit of a more flexible schedule.

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  • Annual Tuition: $18,000
  • Median Salary: $118,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Colloquially referred to as Missouri S&T, Missouri University of Science and Technology has been ranked as one of best options for students pursuing online master's degrees. It offers distance learning students a flat tuition fee that is consistent regardless of a degree-seeking students' residence at about $1,200 per credit for master's level programs and $550 per credit hour for undergraduate options. This leading public land and space grant university specializes in STEM programs and offers distance learning and working students fully online options like master's programs in geotechnics, technical communication, and various engineering fields.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,087
  • Median Salary: $117,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Texas A&M University is one of the top public universities in the country, with 68,000 current students. While it is often known for a vibrant campus culture centered around its successful athletics department, this Division I institution has continued to make a name in the world of academics with cost-effective degree programs offered to traditional and non-traditional students through an exceptional distance learning program. Texas A&M University offers more online degree options than all but two other institutions in the nation. The school's virtual options include graduate programs in 11 of its academic colleges and span all degree levels. Online master's degrees at Texas A&M can cost as little as $12,000 per year in tuition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,625
  • Median Salary: $116,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
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The University of Massachusetts-Lowell offers a large selection of accredited courses, certificates and degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Umass Lowell offers over 20 graduate degrees in areas such as education, criminal justice and business administration, as well as two blended doctorate degrees (online/on campus). Distance learning students have access to online technical support 24/7, and academic advisor and program coordinators are also available to provide support. Tuition is the same regardless of a students residency and is priced per credit. The current rates for graduate degrees are between $470 and $655 per credit and most of the graduate programs take about 30 credits to complete.

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,225
  • Median Salary: $117,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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Golden Gate University has an extensive online program offering accredited courses, professional certificates and degrees for students looking to maintain a work-life balance while furthering their education. Students use GGU s online platform to access course materials, watch multimedia content, and participate in class activities. The classes are identical to those on campus, and are taught by the same faculty, with the same academic standards. Courses are asynchronous, so students can complete their coursework with some flexibility. Tuition is calculated based upon the total course cost for a three-unit course (four-unit for executive and doctoral programs) and varies by program. Current rates for a three-unit graduate course are between $3,150 and $3,600 and most graduate degree programs are between 30 and 54 units in length.

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • Median Salary: $116,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Southern Methodist University has 50 years of experience in delivering fully-accredited distance education. Their Lyle School of Engineering offers 19 master s programs delivered across state-of-the-art technology to wherever students are located. Their courses are recorded live in campus classrooms, so distance students always receive fresh content and see everything as if they were attending on campus. Faculty are available to support students with logistics issues, registration, course selection, and degree planning. Courses are offered in standard length terms and most degree programs require 10 courses or 30 credit hours to complete. The M.S. in Data Science degree is priced at $1,704 per credit hour, while the remaining degrees are $1,350 per credit hour. Active duty military members receive a discounted rate of $675 per credit hour.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Median Salary: $115,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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San Jose State University offers four fully online degree programs (three master s and one doctorate) and five hybrid degree programs, where some courses are online but on campus attendance is also required. Most of the course content is delivered asynchronously, so students have the flexibility to attend school at their convenience. Students use online tools like web conferencing, audio lectures, discussion forums and social networking platforms to interact with their teachers and peers. The master s degrees take between 30 and 43 units to complete. Tuition for graduate and post baccalaureate degrees is priced between $19,717 and $29,408 per year (depending on students housing) with additional fees between $6,218 and $9,230 (based upon full or part-time education), and $396 per unit for non-California residents.

  • Annual Tuition: $19,530
  • Median Salary: $115,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Purdue University offers associate degrees, professional development programs, graduate certificates, and master s degree programs to students looking to further their education online. Their online programs provide the same faculty and curriculum that is found on campus, so distance learners receive the same education and degrees as their on campus peers. Purdue offers their graduate programs in both fully online and hybrid formats and classes are asynchronous, so students can complete coursework at their convenience. Purdue has been recognized for having one of the top online graduate education programs, and many of their graduate degrees have earned their own accolades. Most of the graduate degree programs are around 30 credit hours and the tuition rates, which vary by program, can be found on their website.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,277
  • Median Salary: $114,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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As a show of their commitment to providing lifelong learning opportunities, Virginia Tech offers online and blended programs to help distance learners reach their goals. Their online programs have flexible schedules, limited class sizes and are taught by distinguished Virginia Tech faculty members. They provide student services to all students, whether they be on campus or distance learners. Some of these services include academic support, career services, and resources for veterans. They offer 12 online master s degree programs and 10 graduate certificates. Tuition fees for Virginia state residents are $818.50 per hour, while out-of-state residents are charged $1,595.25 per hour. Some master s degree programs charge additional fees, and these are outlined on their website.

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  • Annual Tuition: $23,220
  • Median Salary: $115,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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The University of Maryland offers online learning opportunities through their Enterprise Learning Management (ELMS) system. Their courses are offered in asynchronous, synchronous, and hybrid formats. The coursework is rigorous and students are expected to study nine to 12 hours per week for every three credit-hour class they take. They offer 18 professional graduate programs and their master s degrees range between 30 and 45 credits to complete. Tuition is $717 per credit, with an additional fee of $95 per term for distance learners.

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  • Annual Tuition: $25,320
  • Median Salary: $115,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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In their quest to provide world-class education to online students, the University of Colorado Boulder delivers the same academic experience found on campus to their distance learning programs. They offer courses, graduate certificates and master s degrees across fields such as business, engineering and computer science. Some of their master s degree programs are offered fully online, whereas others are blended and require some on campus presence. Online students are able to watch live courses, interact with professors, and earn their degree on their own schedule. They are also provided the same resources and and staff support that on campus students receive. Tuition for their Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree is priced at $667 per credit hour for in-state, out-of-state, and international students.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,590
  • Median Salary: $112,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Alabama in Huntsville s extensive online learning program allows students to receive certificates, bachelor s degrees, master s degrees and doctorate degrees fully online. They deliver master s degree programs in the fields of business, education, engineering, interdisciplinary, and nursing via their learning management system. Classes are recorded live and students have access to the lectures and any content presented in class, including slideshows, media clips, and drawings. Courses are taught by UAH instructors and are asynchronous, so students can access them as their schedule allows. The course tuition rates for online graduate programs range between $412 and $596 per hour. Online students have access to the full suite of UAH support and academic services, including online learning communication tools, the UAH library and technical support.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,825
  • Median Salary: $113,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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George Mason University, the largest public research university in Virginia, offers over 50 hybrid and fully online courses, certificates, minors, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs. Their online courses are identical to those offered on campus and maintain the same high academic standards, ensuring online students receive a comparable education with the added convenience of a flexible schedule. All students, whether they be on campus or distance learners, are provided with a range of resources including academic and career services, access to the library, student health and wellness services, and opportunities to engage in university life. Online graduate tuition rates vary between $489 and $1,850 per credit (plus fees), depending upon the program and the student's residency. Program lengths also vary and range between 30 and 48 credits.

  • Annual Tuition: $20,175
  • Median Salary: $113,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Georgetown University offers a number of affordable online degrees that deliver the same academic content as degrees obtained on campus. Some classes are asynchronous, so students can complete and watch coursework on their own time, allowing for a more flexible environment. Other classes are synchronous, so students must log in and participate in the lecture at a designated time. The Executive Master of Professional Studies program has 2 specializations: Emergency & Disaster Management and Global Strategic Communications. The Master of Professional Studies program has 12 specializations, including Real Estate, Sports Industry Management, Cybersecurity Risk Management, and Higher Education Administration, among others.

  • Annual Tuition: $30,992
  • Median Salary: $114,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Texas at Dallas offers a variety of online Master in Science degrees, including Accounting, Information Technology and Management, Management Science, and Marketing. Courses are fully administered online with a curriculum similar to what is taught in on-campus classrooms. Students can view lectures whenever and wherever is convenient for them. Their online Accounting program has 2 possible options: their Accounting Flex or Accounting Cohort program. The Accounting Flex program allows students to take their courses at their own pace and the Accounting Cohort program allows students to finish their degree in 20 months. They also offer an online Master of Business Administration, which offers courses in Financial Markets and Institutions, Fixed Income Securities, Applied Econometrics, Global Supply Chain Management, and many more.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,640
  • Median Salary: $112,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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DePaul University, located in Chicago, offers a number of online masters degrees, including Software Engineering, Sport, Fitness and Recreation Leadership, Public Service Management, Health Informatics, and more. The Master of Science in Business Information Technology allows students to take courses in Enterprise Infrastructure, Decisions in Marketing Management, Introduction to User-Centered Design, Fundamental Operations Management, and Decisions in Marketing Management. Similar to class on campus, online courses are small, so distance learners can interact with professors one-on-one. DePaul University aims to provide a quality online learning experience and has been developing award-winning training for online faculty, digital learning tools, and unique online curriculum.

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,670
  • Median Salary: $111,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
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Brandeis University has several online graduate programs for distance learners who are seeking STEM degrees. Some of these Master of Science degrees include Health and Medical Informatics, Instructional Design and Technology, Digital Innovation for FinTech, Information Security Leadership, plus quite a few more. Most degrees require 30 credits to graduate and can be taken part-time. Students in the MS in Health and Medical Informatics program can take courses in Legal Issues in Data Analysis and Decision Support for Health Informatics, Health Data and Electronic Health Records, Organizational Leadership and Decision Making, Strategic Application of IT in Healthcare, and others.

  • Annual Tuition: $19,725
  • Median Salary: $111,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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The University of Michigan-Dearborn offers a number of online master's degrees that offer students with the flexibility they need to advance their careers. Distance learners can visit the Canvas portal page to access online courses, assignments, discussions, and other resources for their classes. Students can pursue degrees such as a Master of Science degrees in Engineering Management, Human Centered Design and Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Program and Project Management, and more. Those looking for an online Master of Science in Engineering can choose from various concentrations, including Electrical Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and more.

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