2017 Top Online Schools for Women in STEM

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These 64 online schools are the top college and universities for female students pursuing degrees in STEM. As defined by the National Center for Education Statistics, STEM includes "agriculture and natural resources, architecture, biology and biomedical sciences, computer and information sciences, engineering and engineering technologies, health studies, mathematics and statistics, and physical and social sciences."1

Female students in these fields may face unique challenges in their educational pursuits because women are widely underrepresented in STEM professions; women make up almost half of the total workforce in the country but comprise only one quarter of the STEM workforce.2 All of these schools offer an array of online science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees and have demonstrated support for female students in those fields.

In addition to our Top Online Schools for Women in STEM, we highlight the most affordable online schools for women in STEM and the 15 online colleges offering the strongest support to women studying STEM fields.

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Top Accredited Online Schools for Women in STEM (64)

School Annual Tuition STEM-Friendly Score
Arizona State University Annual Tuition $18,990 STEM-Friendly Score 77.33
Auburn University Annual Tuition $16,133 STEM-Friendly Score 76.47
Boston University Annual Tuition $50,980 STEM-Friendly Score 81.79
Capitol Technology University Annual Tuition $8,775 STEM-Friendly Score 54.49
Carnegie Mellon University Annual Tuition $35,185 STEM-Friendly Score 81.85
Case Western Reserve University Annual Tuition $24,429 STEM-Friendly Score 79.74
Clarkson University Annual Tuition $20,175 STEM-Friendly Score 71.35
Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $13,635 STEM-Friendly Score 79.65
Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $27,870 STEM-Friendly Score 91.11
Drexel University Annual Tuition $28,244 STEM-Friendly Score 78.97
East Carolina University Annual Tuition $12,902 STEM-Friendly Score 51.90
Eastern Michigan University Annual Tuition $13,338 STEM-Friendly Score 56.16
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $11,625 STEM-Friendly Score 59.91
Florida Tech Annual Tuition $15,300 STEM-Friendly Score 59.20
George Mason University Annual Tuition $20,651 STEM-Friendly Score 77.96
George Washington University Annual Tuition $10,320 STEM-Friendly Score 79.45
Georgia Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $16,300 STEM-Friendly Score 79.67
Illinois Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $44,150 STEM-Friendly Score 76.59
Iowa State University Annual Tuition $10,350 STEM-Friendly Score 64.72
Johns Hopkins University Annual Tuition $20,274 STEM-Friendly Score 87.49
Kansas State University Annual Tuition $15,246 STEM-Friendly Score 66.25
Lehigh University Annual Tuition $22,400 STEM-Friendly Score 78.28
Michigan Technological University Annual Tuition $20,225 STEM-Friendly Score 65.64
Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $9,840 STEM-Friendly Score 71.49
Missouri University of Science and Technology Annual Tuition $18,000 STEM-Friendly Score 68.48
Naval Postgraduate School Annual Tuition $12,000 STEM-Friendly Score 55.60
New Jersey Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $18,030 STEM-Friendly Score 74.84
North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $23,971 STEM-Friendly Score 75.16
Northeastern University Global Network Annual Tuition $23,536 STEM-Friendly Score 65.39
Ohio State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $18,439 STEM-Friendly Score 73.59
Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $11,670 STEM-Friendly Score 76.80
Oregon State University Annual Tuition $13,248 STEM-Friendly Score 62.57
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $13,950 STEM-Friendly Score 76.67
Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $14,550 STEM-Friendly Score 75.78
Saint Louis University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $19,200 STEM-Friendly Score 62.93
Southern Methodist University Annual Tuition $20,250 STEM-Friendly Score 93.54
Syracuse University Annual Tuition $22,500 STEM-Friendly Score 72.72
Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $38,385 STEM-Friendly Score 79.00
Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $6,480 STEM-Friendly Score 59.08
University of Alabama at Birmingham Annual Tuition $13,984 STEM-Friendly Score 66.96
University of Arizona - Engineering Annual Tuition $17,235 STEM-Friendly Score 73.70
University of California - Los Angeles Annual Tuition $14,871 STEM-Friendly Score 76.04
University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $16,369 STEM-Friendly Score 63.77
University of Colorado Boulder Annual Tuition $20,250 STEM-Friendly Score 76.10
University of Idaho Annual Tuition $17,306 STEM-Friendly Score 55.89
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $18,612 STEM-Friendly Score 69.91
University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $12,236 STEM-Friendly Score 62.99
University of Maryland - College Park Annual Tuition $16,470 STEM-Friendly Score 69.46
University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $11,700 STEM-Friendly Score 69.75
University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $8,625 STEM-Friendly Score 66.28
University of Michigan - Dearborn Annual Tuition $11,865 STEM-Friendly Score 70.46
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $9,510 STEM-Friendly Score 52.21
University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $32,959 STEM-Friendly Score 55.75
University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $12,826 STEM-Friendly Score 69.72
University of Southern California Annual Tuition $27,118 STEM-Friendly Score 87.01
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Annual Tuition $26,025 STEM-Friendly Score 63.35
The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $13,879 STEM-Friendly Score 65.11
University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $19,740 STEM-Friendly Score 82.20
University of Wisconsin - Madison Annual Tuition $24,000 STEM-Friendly Score 66.40
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Annual Tuition $22,413 STEM-Friendly Score 61.18
Washington State University Annual Tuition $20,625 STEM-Friendly Score 62.38
Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,019 STEM-Friendly Score 65.29
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Annual Tuition $21,855 STEM-Friendly Score 79.97
Wright State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $15,900 STEM-Friendly Score 69.78

Top Online Schools Supporting Women in STEM

These 15 online schools are the top colleges offering the strongest support to women in STEM. In addition to having high percentages of female STEM students and a variety of online STEM degrees, all of the following schools earned the highest possible score for their online presence supporting women in STEM fields. For example, second-ranked Columbia University in the City of New York has a website devoted to women in science that provides links to online resources, books, and blogs for female students in the sciences. You can read our full methodology for these rankings here.

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  • Online Degrees: 26
  • Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 93.54
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Southern Methodist University School of Engineering has developed a variety of partnerships and programs to facilitate STEM interest and learning. Programs primarily focus on educating pre-college students by developing coursework curriculum and activities to students. There may be opportunities for online students to participate in the curation and implementation of these programs, as they are widespread across the nation. The university offers a number of Society of Women Engineers scholarships, as well as scholarships for women in math science fields. Online learners can benefit from the extensive network of alumni and faculty through their programs, and individualized attention through their coursework.

Online Master's Degrees (17)

Online Certificate Programs (9)

  • Online Degrees: 66
  • Annual Tuition: $27,870
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 91.11
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Columbia University in the City of New York is home to the Women in Science at Columbia organization, designed to support women in STEM fields through community, resources, and outreach events. Online students can reap the benefits of the support system and networking facilitation. The university also hosts a multitude of organizations in STEM fields. Distance learners can choose from graduate programs in engineering, or certificate programs in biomedical informatics. For professionals looking to expand their skills, the online Earth Institute at Columbia integrates scientific expertise with business policies to address environmental sustainability.

Online Master's Degrees (38)

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  • Online Degrees: 171
  • Annual Tuition: $20,274
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 87.49
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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At Johns Hopkins University the Office of Women and Gender Resources connects female students, traditional and online, with campus-wide groups and organizations, including the Success STEMS From You program, and the Women in Business alumni group. The university also offers a significant tuition discount to eligible high school teachers in the STEM field to further their education. Online students can choose from over 240 programs to suit their career needs, with many derived from STEM fields, including a degree in applied physics, bioinformatics, electrical & computer engineering, and space systems engineering.

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  • Online Degrees: 94
  • Annual Tuition: $27,118
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 87.01
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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The University of Southern California supports women in STEM fields by facilitating their representation in science and engineering through the WiSE program. While the objective of the WiSE program is to increase the number of female tenured and tenure-tracked positions, this shift in demographics impacts female students studying in STEM fields as well. The program also administers grants aimed at undergraduate and graduate students to encourage women to study and develop fruitful careers in these fields. Online students can chose from over 30 graduate degrees in engineering alone, as well as from a vast variety of online degrees in science, medicine, and technology.

Online Master's Degrees (72)

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Online Certificate Programs (20)

  • Online Degrees: 38
  • Annual Tuition: $19,740
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 82.20
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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The University of Washington - Seattle offers numerous STEM programs and organizations, including ones such as the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program which is geared specifically towards underrepresented groups in the field. Women seeking online degrees in STEM fields can benefit from the host of active groups advocating for equal access and encouraging female engagement in male-dominated fields. From a certificate in applied biostatistics, to a master's in energy infrastructure, online students can engage in a multitude of STEM field coursework to broaden their professional scope or embark on a new career path.

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Online Master's Degrees (19)

Online Certificate Programs (17)

  • Online Degrees: 21
  • Annual Tuition: $35,185
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 81.85
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Carnegie Mellon University offers a variety of online STEM degrees at the master's level including programs in software engineering and information technology. Faculty and staff at the school are committed to supporting women in these degree programs. The high percentage of female enrollment in STEM programs at Carnegie Mellon is evidence of this; in 2016, almost half of the incoming undergraduate computer science and engineering students were female. Carnegie Mellon also has an advisory committee - Women@SCS - made up of undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty that seeks to support women in the computer sciences and provides online resources that distance learning students can utilize.

Online Master's Degrees (19)

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  • Online Degrees: 72
  • Annual Tuition: $50,980
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 81.79
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
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Boston University is dedicated to developing effective teaching strategies through their STEM program. The Digital Learning Initiative works to facilitate online learning strategies through multiple interfaces and proactively curate innovative projects. The ARROWS program at the university specifically focuses on integrating women in the STEM community by fostering interactions and mentoring through a variety of groups. Beyond these specific programs, students are offered numerous opportunities to engage in online coursework, ranging from certificates to doctoral degrees. Students have access to multimedia content facilitated by university faculty and backed by the Distance Education team, which is continually researching and integrating technology to best meet the needs of online students.

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  • Online Degrees: 26
  • Annual Tuition: $21,855
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 79.97
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute facilitates a network of women in STEM fields by providing professional development workshops, leadership programs, and support groups. They host a chapter of the Society of Women Engineers organization, and the Women in Computer Science organization, to name a few. The university offers a $20,000 scholarship to women enrolled in technology programs, as well as a variety of other large scholarships and grants to traditional and online students. Among the graduate programs offered in STEM fields are master's degrees in environmental engineering, power systems engineering, and robotics engineering. Online students are supported by a team of academic advisors who facilitate the distance education process and provide help throughout the school year.

Online Master's Degrees (15)

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Online Certificate Programs (11)

  • Online Degrees: 15
  • Annual Tuition: $24,429
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 79.74
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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At Case Western Reserve University the Leadership Lab for Women in STEM boasts online learning and leadership development to assist individuals in leadership positions in STEM fields. Students are provided with professional coaches to develop their leadership vision, receive constructive feedback and training, and stay abreast with the latest research in retention in STEM careers. Additional online features include graduate degrees and certificates in engineering, and applied digital health technology. Working professionals can complete continuing education courses, and professional development programs to further their personal goals, or meet objectives set forth by their organization.

  • Online Degrees: 18
  • Annual Tuition: $16,300
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 79.67
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The Center for the Study of Women, Science and Technology is geared towards supporting women in STEM fields by recruiting and facilitating quality learning environments. Some of the initiatives include mentorship, workshops, research partnerships, and faculty career development. Georgia Institute of Technology offers two STEM-related graduate degrees in applied systems engineering, and manufacturing leadership. Both degrees provide opportunities for working professionals to their engineering skills with management training.

  • Online Degrees: 71
  • Annual Tuition: $13,635
  • STEM-Friendly Score: ---
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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At Colorado State University-Fort Collins, the STEM Center supports student-led research and projects in STEM fields, and serves as a liaison for CSU students as they navigate working relationships with outside organizations. The ADVANCE program exists to systematically explore how to best support women in STEM fields at the university, and increase gender diversity in such fields. Additionally, the Women and Gender Advocacy Center provides traditional and nontraditional female students with professional development resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities. Online students can choose from a multitude of graduate and bachelor's degrees in STEM fields at an affordable, fixed tuition rate regardless of location.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (13)

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Online Certificate Programs (20)

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  • Online Degrees: 137
  • Annual Tuition: $10,320
  • STEM-Friendly Score: ---
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Female students interested in STEM careers can work directly with an Industry Career Coach at George Washington University to explore occupational opportunities, gain expertise in their field, and build a promising resume for their post-graduate career. This is just one of the ways GWU supports women in STEM fields. Additionally, the Selected Professions Fellowships offers grant money to women in male-dominated arenas. Online students can gain a certificate or degree in myriad STEM fields, including a master's in systems engineering, or a master's in medical laboratory sciences.

Online Associate Degrees (2)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (9)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (12)

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  • Online Degrees: 85
  • Annual Tuition: $38,385
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 79.00
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Texas A&M University-College Station proudly partners with female educators, schools, and gender-equality organizations to improve awareness of STEM careers, and facilitate online degree programs in related fields. The university offers a breadth of STEM professional development courses fully online in education and pedagogy. Among a variety of online degrees available in STEM fields, the university offers a M.Ed. with STEM emphasis program for professionals in education settings, as well as a 12-credit hour STEM Certificate for teacher-practitioners. Working professionals can increase their education with graduate degrees in engineering, medicine, and science.

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Online Master's Degrees (54)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

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  • Online Degrees: 261
  • Annual Tuition: $28,244
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 78.97
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Drexel University provides a number of group opportunities for individuals interested in STEM research and implementation. They partner with the Association for Women in Science to facilitate leadership and professional development training opportunities, in addition to hosting a chapter of the Society for Women Engineers, which highlights education in STEM fields. Among the numerous groups and organizations available to students, online students can further their working knowledge of STEM concepts and effective implementation strategies by completing a year-long STEM Education Certificate. Online students are supported with 24/7 tech support and academic resources including a research library, the Writing Center, and Steinbright Career Center.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (13)

Online Master's Degrees (141)

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Online Doctoral Degrees (12)

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  • Online Degrees: 19
  • Annual Tuition: $22,400
  • STEM-Friendly Score: 78.28
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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In 2012, Lehigh University established a one million dollar endowed scholarship fund for women in STEM fields. This is only one example of the school's commitment to supporting female students in science, engineering, and math programs. Lehigh University has had a Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) group for six years and was one of only seven recipients of the ADVANCE grant from the National Science Foundation in 2010, which is part of a national effort to increase female representation in STEM fields. Online students interested in STEM degrees at Lehigh will find a variety of engineering programs at the master's level.

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