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Great Value Colleges - Most AffordableBy GVC Staff
November 2018

Relatively recent advancements in distance education technology have enabled colleges and universities around the country to offer affordable online master’s degree programs in a wide variety of subjects. Such programs allow professionals in diverse fields to advance their subject knowledge and technical expertise without ever leaving the comfort of their homes and to earn their degrees at a pace that fits their schedules and lifestyles. In this ranking, we explore the 45 top affordable online master’s programs.

Rating and Ranking Methodology
Tuition Per Credit Hour Points:

  • Under $250—4 points
  • Under $300—3 points
  • Under $350—2 points
  • Under $400—1 point

Number of Online Master’s Programs

  • 5 or more—1 point
  • 10 or more—2 points
  • 15 or more—3 points
  • 20 or more—4 points
  • 25 or more—5 points

Wow Factor
1 point per feature that “wowed” us

Ranking the Top Affordable Master’s Programs Online

To develop this ranking, our editors considered only those affordable master’s degree programs with tuition costs of less than $400 per credit hour. In applying the rating and ranking methodology above, we also used tuition to break the tie, awarding the more affordable school the higher ranking.

#45 –Delta State University

Cleveland, Mississippi

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Points: 2
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 9
Delta State University offers a dozen graduate programs via distance education through its Division of Graduate and Continuing Studies, most of them affordable online master’s degree programs. Specific program offerings include the Master of Applied Science in Geospatial Information Technologies, Master of Commercial Aviation, MS in Community Development, MS in Social Justice and Criminology, and MEd in Elementary Education. EdS programs are also available in Administration and Supervision and Elementary Education. Delta State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA).
In-State Tuition: $375

#44 –Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Points: 3
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 5
Queens University of Charlotte offers affordable online master’s programs that promote real-time engagement and collaboration through video conferencing, shared blogging, and 24/7 access to content and classes. Specific program offerings include an MBA, MS in Nursing, Master of Health Administration, MA Communication, and an MA in Educational Leadership. Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges and was named one of the top 25 regional universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
In-State Tuition: $400

#43 –Indiana Institute of Technology

Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Points: 3
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 10
Indiana Institute of Technology offers robust, affordable online master’s degree programs through its College of Professional Studies. One such offering is the online MBA program with concentrations in Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resources, Management, and Marketing. The university is also home to several top affordable online MS programs such as the MS in Engineering Management, Management, Organizational Leadership, and Psychology. Indiana Institute of Technology’s online programs emphasize the real-world application of skills.
In-State Tuition: $396

#42 –Concordia University- St. Paul

St. Paul, Minnesota

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Points: 3
A top provider of affordable online master’s programs, Concordia University- St. Paul is a Christian liberal arts university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Areas of study include business, criminal justice, exercise science, healthcare management, nursing, technology, and more. Students can pursue their master’s online by enrolling in programs like the MA in Human Resource Management, MS in Exercise Science, MS in Information Technology Management, MA in Criminal Justice, and MA in Sport Management. Concordia St. Paul’s online master’s programs feature career-focused curricula.
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 12
In-State Tuition: $395

#41 –Baker University

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Points: 3
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 9
Baker University offers its affordable online master’s programs through its School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Most offerings fall within the category of business or education. Specific offerings include an MA in Organizational Leadership, MBA in Executive Leadership, MS in Sports Management, MA in Education, and MBA in Human Resources, for instance. The school also offers entirely online graduate business certificates such as Leadership and Organizational Change, Finance, Healthcare Administration, and Human Resources. Baker’s online master’s students receive support services such as online tutoring, library access, and career services.
In-State Tuition: $375

#40 –University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana

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Points: 3
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 6
The University of Southern Indiana’s affordable online master’s programs are MBA options in Accounting, Data Analytics, Engineering Management, Human Resources, and Healthcare. These programs emphasize interactivity and experiential learning and are offered through the Romain College of Business. They are also asynchronous and accelerated, meaning students can complete coursework at their own pace and complete their online master’s programs in less than a year.
In-State Tuition: $368

#39 –William Carey University

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

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Points: 3
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 8
William Carey University offers a respectable number of affordable online master’s degree programs as well as some hybrid offerings for those looking for a blended format. These options are available from the university’s School of Education, School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Music and Ministry Studies. Standout programs include the MEd in Mild and Moderate Disabilities (K-12), MS in Criminal Justice, MS in Nursing, and Master of Music Education. An online EdD in Educational Leadership is also available.
In-State Tuition: $360

#38 –Georgetown College

Georgetown, Kentucky

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Points: 4
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 11
The top online affordable master’s degree programs from Georgetown College are fully online graduate education programs. Offerings include master’s options in Instructional Leadership, Moderate/Severe Disabilities Education, Teacher Leader, and Rank One School Improvement. These programs are accelerated and can be completed within just 20 months. The school also offers both financial aid and tuition financing options. Georgetown’s online affordable master’s degree offerings are NCATE-accredited.
In-State Tuition: $395

#37 –Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches, Texas

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Points: 4
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 14
Stephen F. Austin State University offers over 20 fully online degree programs, the majority of which are affordable online master’s programs. Examples include a Master of Public Administration, MA in Mass Communication, MS in Human Sciences, MEd in Early Childhood Education, Master of Music Theory and Composition, and MS in Resource Communication. Advanced certificate programs are also available online, including the fully online executive hospitality supervision certificate. The university’s instructors are specifically certified to teach online, and the school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
In-State Tuition: $392

#36 –St. Joseph’s College

Brooklyn, New York

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Points: 4
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 5

St. Joseph’s College offers affordable online master’s degree options in the subject areas of business and human services. Programs are delivered 100% online and are asynchronous in nature for maximum flexibility. Specific program offerings include an MS in Management: Healthcare Management, Executive MBA, MS in Human Services Leadership, MS in Management: Organizational Management. Dual BS/MS options are also available for students without an undergraduate degree. For those looking for advanced certification programs, St. Joseph’s College offers fully online graduate certificates in Human Services Leadership and Management of Health Information Systems.
In-State Tuition: $391

#35 –Southeastern University

Lakeland, Florida

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Points: 4
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 12
Southeastern University offers faith-based affordable online master’s programs featuring flexible scheduling. Students can choose to complete their degrees in twelve, sixteen, or twenty-four months, depending on their desired pace. Sample program offerings include an MBA, MA in Ministerial Leadership, MA in Theological Studies, MA in Human Services, MA in International Community, for example. Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award these affordable online master’s degrees.
In-State Tuition: $375

#34- West Texas A&M University

Canyon, Texas

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Points: 4
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 13
West Texas A&M University offers affordable online master’s degree programs through its College of Education and Social Sciences, Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, and College of Nursing. Sample programs include an MS in Sports and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Management, an MA in Mental Health Counseling, a MEd in Instructional Design and Technology, and a MEd in Educational Leadership. Blended learning formats are available for some programs, and other options exist within each program such as thesis and non-thesis tracks, for example. West Texas A&M University is a National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements Approved Institution.
In-State Tuition: $365

#33 –Georgia College and State University

Milledgeville, Georgia

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Points: 4
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 19
A nationally accredited provider of online affordable master’s programs, Georgia College and State University offers graduate online options through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health Sciences. Degree areas include ministry and theology, business, criminal justice, computer science, education, and more. Students can opt to pursue programs like MSN Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, MS in Health and Human Performance, MEd in Library Media, EdS in Educational Leadership, and Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, for instance. Some hybrid and partially online programs are also available.
In-State Tuition: $362

#32 –Louisiana State University- Shreveport

Shreveport, Louisiana

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Points: 4
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 14
Louisiana State University- Shreveport offers over a dozen top online affordable master’s degree programs. Specific program offerings include MBA programs in Data Analytics, Marketing, Hospitality and Casino Management, and Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise. Other affordable online master’s offerings include the MEd in Reading and Literacy and the MS in Nonprofit Administration. LSU-Shreveport is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, and the Schools of Education and Business also hold their own separate accreditations. Online students receive many of the same support services as the university’s traditional students, including career services, library access, personalized advising, and more.
In-State Tuition: $350

#31 –University of North Georgia

Dahlonega, Georgia

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Points: 4
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 6
The University of North Georgia offers over a dozen online degree programs, over half of which are affordable online master’s degree options. Sample programs include the MA in International Affairs, MS in Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration, MS in Kinesiology, and MS in Nurse Education. No entrance exams are required for admission, and generous scholarships and grants are available for eligible students. All of the affordable master’s online programs from UNG are offered entirely online.
In-State Tuition: $303

#30 –Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia

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Points: 5
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 20
Kennesaw State University’s affordable online master’s offerings span subject areas such as business, computing and software engineering, engineering technology, education, social sciences, and more. Sample programs include the MS in International Policy Management, MS in Quality Assurance, MS in Software Engineering, MS in Information Technology, and MEd in Teacher Leadership, for example. Some courses may include synchronous features, and blended learning opportunities are also available. Kennesaw State’s top affordable master’s online programs are as academically rigorous as their on-campus counterparts.
In-State Tuition: $383

#29 –University of Illinois- Springfield

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Points: 5
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 14
The University of Illinois- Springfield has received national acclaim for its online programs, including its affordable online master’s degree programs. Students may choose from graduate offerings such as the MS in Data Analytics, MA in Social Services Administration, MS in Environmental Sciences, MS In Management Information Systems, and MA in Political Science, for instance. Additionally, the school offers seventeen online graduate certificates, including Geographic Information Systems, Community Health Education, Business Process Management, Environmental Health, and more. Online certificate and licensure programs are also available.
In-State Tuition: $362

#28 –William Woods University

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Points: 5
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 7
William Woods University offers affordable online master’s degree programs in the areas of business and education. Specific program offerings include a Master of Health Administration, MBA, MEd in Equestrian Education, Master of Education in STEM, MEd in Athletics/Activities Administration, and MEd in Teaching and Technology, for instance. These programs are accelerated and span just eight weeks. They also emphasize collaboration and networking, skills that will benefit students well into their careers.
In-State Tuition: $350

#27 –Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Points: 5
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 17
Southeast Missouri offers over 30 online degree and certificate programs, including both undergraduate and graduate options. All of the school’s top affordable master’s degree programs are completely online options. Sample programs include the MA in Applied Behavior Analysis, MA in Elementary Education, MBA in Health Administration, Master of Public Administration, and MA in Exceptional Child Education. All online offerings are taught by the same distinguished faculty members who teach on campus. Southeast Missouri State is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission’s Commission on Institutes of Higher Education.
In-State Tuition: $334

#26 –University of Central Arkansas

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Points: 5
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 17
The top affordable online master’s degree offerings from the University of Central Arkansas mirror the school’s on-campus programs. These programs are offered through the university’s College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Online graduate students can choose from specific degree options such as the Master of Geographic Information Systems, Executive MA in Sports Management, MS in Health Sciences, MS in School Leadership, and MSN Clinical Nurse Leadership Track, for instance. UCA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer these online affordable master’s programs.
In-State Tuition: $325

#25 –Minot State University

Minot, North Dakota

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Points: 5
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 9
Minot State University offers several top affordable master’s degree online programs, including specific offerings such as the MS in Information Systems, MS in Sports Management, MEd in Curriculum and Assessment, and MS in Special Education with a concentration in Deaf or Hard of Hearing Education. Course delivery varies and may include both synchronous and asynchronous elements. Seven online graduate certificate programs are also available, including Special Education Strategist, Knowledge Management, Management Concepts, and Cybersecurity Management. Minot State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and many of the school’s degree programs, including its affordable online master’s programs, hold program-specific accreditation.
In-State Tuition: $298

#24 –California State University- East Bay

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Points: 5
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 4

California State University- East Bay’s robust online degree program features over 100 different courses certified as high-quality online courses. The school also offers top affordable online master’s degree programs such as MS in Education, MS in Educational Leadership, MS in Recreation and Tourism, and MS in Health Administration. Hybrid courses and degree programs are also available. Most of CSU- East Bay’s online courses are accelerated, 8-week classes and students are encouraged to log in three to four times a week to be successful.
In-State Tuition: $295

#23 –Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky

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Points: 6
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 27
Campbellsville University offers over two dozen affordable online master’s degree programs. Students interested in online graduate options can choose from areas of study such as ministry and theology, business, criminal justice, sport management, computer science, information science, and more. Specific program offerings include MA in Teaching: Interdisciplinary, MA in Sport Management, MS in Justice Studies, and MS in Computer Science, for example. Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
In-State Tuition: $399

#22 –Valdosta State University

Valdosta, Georgia

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Points: 6
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 22
Valdosta State University offers nearly two dozen affordable online master’s degree programs from its Center for eLearning. These programs are made available through various schools and colleges, including the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Harley Langdale, Jr. College of Business Administration, and the College of Science and Mathematics. Specific master’s online programs include the MS in Criminal Justice, MEd in Adult and Career Education, MA in English Studies for Language Arts Teaching, MBA Healthcare Administration, and Master of Library and Information Sciences, for instance. Valdosta State is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus.
In-State Tuition: $385

#21 –Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama

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Points: 6
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 26
A top provider of affordable online graduate programs, Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Distance education students seeking a convenient master’s program can choose from offerings in a variety of subject areas, including business, education, family and consumer sciences, emergency management, integrated studies, nursing, kinesiology, public administration, and more. Specific programs include the MBA, MS Computer Systems and Software Design, MS Criminal Justice, MS in Education: Instructional Leadership, MS Instructional Technology, and MS in Education: Library Media. Courses comprising these programs are taught by the same respected faculty members who teach on campus.
In-State Tuition: $382

#20 –University of North Texas

Denton, Texas

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Points: 6
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 24
The University of North Texas offers a variety of affordable online master’s degree options, many of them are accelerated programs. Sample programs include the MS in Digital Communication Analytics, MEd in Educational Leadership, MS in Learning Technologies, and an MBA in Marketing. Other online graduate degree programs are available through the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; College of Merchandising, Hospitality, and Tourism; College of Health and Public Service; and College of Information. UNT’s online students have access to many of the same resources as traditional students, including counseling, career services, a student success program, and academic tutoring.
In-State Tuition: $367

#19 –University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky

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Points: 6
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 18
The University of the Cumberlands offers accelerated, affordable online master’s programs in a variety of subjects, including business, education, counseling, ministry, information technology, psychology, criminal justice, and more. Courses are scheduled around 8-week bi-terms, allowing students to complete their degree programs quickly, often within just ten months. Sample programs include the Master’s in Project Management, Master’s in Teaching, Master’s in Digital Forensics, Master’s in Information Systems Security, and Master’s in Christian Studies. Coursework is delivered in an asynchronous format for maximum flexibility.
In-State Tuition: $315

#18 –Arkansas State University

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Points: 6
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 18
Arkansas State University is one of the oldest online degree providers in the state of Arkansas, and it currently serves over 4,500 online degree seekers. Its affordable online master’s programs include an MS in Sport Administration, MBA, MS College Student Personnel Services, MS in Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Management, MS in Media Management, and MS in Early Childhood Services, for instance. Online students receive an impressive array of services, including career support, online tutoring, academic advisement, and more. ASU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer these online affordable master’s degree options.
In-State Tuition: $294

#17 –Missouri State University

Springfield, Missouri

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Points: 6
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 14
missouri-state-universityMissouri State University is home to over a dozen affordable online master’s programs as well as blended offerings and completely online graduate certificates. Program offerings include the MA in History, MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice, MS in Early Childhood and Family Development, MS in Nursing Education, MS in Project Management, and MS in Child Life Studies. Students may also pursue online graduate certificates such as Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Elementary Curriculum and Instruction, Computer Information Systems, and Conflict and Dispute Resolution. The university offers career counseling services to its online students.
In-State Tuition: $285

#16 –Columbus State University

Columbus, Georgia

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 28
Columbus State University offers numerous top online affordable master’s degree programs featuring some hybrid and blended learning opportunities. Among these offerings include the Master of Public Administration: Government Administration, MEd in Teacher Leadership, MS in Cybersecurity Management, and MS in Applied Computer Science, for instance. The university also offers online teaching endorsements as well as online graduate certificates such as Online Teaching, Marriage and Family Counseling, Healthcare Informatics, and Nurse Educator.
In-State Tuition: $385

#15 –University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 40
The University of North Dakota offers many different types of affordable master’s degrees online. While some programs are available online only, others have on-campus counterparts. Many customization options exist within each program as well, including specialization options and thesis/non-thesis tracks, for instance. Sample programs include the following: MS in Aviation, MBA, MS in Biomedical Engineering, MEd in Elementary Education, MA in Forensic Psychology, MS in Medical Laboratory Science, and MS in Curriculum and Instruction, for example. Individual study options are available.
In-State Tuition: $383

#14 –University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 42

The University of Alabama offers a wide variety of top online master’s programs in areas of study such as commerce and business administration, community health sciences, human environmental sciences, law, nursing, communication and information sciences, education, engineering, social work, and more. Blended learning opportunities are available. Students who wish to continue their education beyond their master’s can consider the university’s online PhD programs in nursing practice and aerospace engineering and mechanics.
In-State Tuition: $372

#13 –University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 34

One of the leading providers of affordable online master’s programs in the nation, the University of Missouri offers over 100 online degree and certificate programs, many of them graduate offerings. These programs are available through several different colleges throughout the university system, including the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; the Truman School of Public Affairs, the School of Medicine; and the Trulaske College of Business, for example. Specific programs include an MS in Biomedical Sciences, MA in Economics, MEd in Autism Education, MS in Learning Technologies and Design, and an MA in Youth Development. Other online master’s programs with residency requirements are also available.
In-State Tuition: $360

#12 –Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 20
Northwest Missouri State University offers accelerated affordable online master’s programs, some of which can be completed within just 12 months. Sample programs include the MBA in General Management, MBA Marketing, MS in Geographic Information Science, MS in Recreation, MS in Education in Health and Physical Education, and MS in Education in Educational Leadership (K-12). Students can also choose to pursue an online graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science. Multiple annual start dates make it easy for students to begin work on their affordable master’s online programs.
In-State Tuition: $325

#11 –University of West Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 14
The University of West Georgia offers affordable online master’s degree programs from its Distance and Distributed Education Center. Specific offerings include the MEd in Media Instructional Technology, Master of Public Administration, Master of Music Education, MBA, and MEd in Special Education and Teaching. Some partially online programs are also available as are online certificate, endorsement, and specialty programs. Teachers and administrators looking for a convenient doctoral program can take advantage of one of four online EdD offerings: Higher Education Administration, Professional Counseling and Supervising, Nursing Education, and School Improvement.
In-State Tuition: $312

#10 –Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 24
A leading provider of top affordable online master’s programs, Oklahoma State University offers online graduate study options in subjects like business, agriculture, education, engineering, and information sciences. Sample programs include MS in Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics, MS in Financial Family Planning, MS in Entrepreneurship, MS in Aviation and Space, and MS in Engineering and Technology Management. Students also have the opportunity to pursue a wide variety of online graduate certificates such as Public Health in Rural and Underserved Communities, Non-Profit Management, Marketing Analytics, Information Assurance, and Grassland Management, for example.
In-State Tuition: $308

#9 –Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas

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Points: 14
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 7
Fort Hays State University offers over 50 online degree programs, many of them top affordable online master’s degree offerings. Students can choose from fully online graduate options in Public History, Educational Administration, Special Education, Higher Education Administration, Special Education, Higher Education Student Affairs, Liberal Studies, and Nursing Education, for example. Online EdS degree programs in Educational Administration and Educational Leadership are also available. In addition to affordable master’s online options, Fort Hays State also offers hybrid and graduate certificate programs.
In-State Tuition: $281

#8 –University of Texas- Arlington

Arlington, Texas

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 19
The University of Texas- Arlington offers numerous degree options via distance education, most of them affordable online master’s degree programs. These programs are available in several different areas of study, including education, nursing, business, and public administration, for example. Sample master’s online programs include the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Studies, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, RN to MSN, MBA Finance, and Master of Public Administration. Multiple start dates per year add an extra degree of flexibility.
In-State Tuition: $273

#7 –Mississippi College

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 20
Mississippi College is a private Christian college offering numerous online affordable master’s degree programs as well as certificate programs. Specific master’s offerings include the Master of Health Services Administration, MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, MS in Communications: Professional Communication in Sports, Master of Social Science in Loss Prevention, and MS in Health Informatics. Students can also opt to pursue six fully online graduate certificates, including Paralegal Studies, Higher Education Administration, and Homeland Security, for example. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges to award these affordable online graduate programs.
In-State Tuition: $255

#6 –University of Texas- Permian Basin

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Points: 7
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 7

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The University of Texas- Permian Basin offers top online graduate programs in the areas of business and education. Its affordable online master’s degree offerings include a Master of Public Administration, MBA, MBA in Finance, MA in Educational Leadership, and MA in Special Education, for example. The accelerated courses comprising the curricula for these programs are just seven weeks in length, and six annual start dates make it convenient for students to begin earning their degrees. The blend of synchronous and asynchronous content delivery make these top affordable master’s online programs both convenient and interactive.

In-State Tuition: $224

#5 –Texas Tech University

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Points: 8
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 30
The affordable master’s online programs from Texas Tech University are offered through the school’s Division of eLearning and Academic Partnerships. Specific program offerings include the MA in Strategic Communication and Innovation, MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, MEd in Higher Education Administration, Master of Music Education, and MS in Horticulture, for example. The same faculty members who teach on campus also instruct online students and students receive the same degree as their more traditional counterparts. Scholarships are available for eligible online master’s students.
In-State Tuition: $300

#4 –University of Arkansas- Fayetteville

Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Points: 8
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 20
The University of Arkansas- Fayetteville offers numerous affordable online master’s degree programs through its Global Campus. Sample offerings include MEd in Special Education, Master of Laws in Agriculture and Food Law, MS in Operations Management, MS in Food Safety, Professional Master of Information Systems, and MS in Electrical Engineering. Blended options are also available. The school’s online graduate education and graduate engineering programs have been nationally recognized. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and participates in the Quality Matters program, a national organization that sets standards for online and blended courses.
In-State Tuition: $289

#3 –Fitchburg State University

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Points: 8
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 13
Fitchburg State University offers its affordable online master’s degree programs through its Division of Graduate and Continuing Education. Offerings include an MS in Forensic Nursing, MBA in Human Resource Management, Master of Special Education: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, and a MEd in Curriculum and Teaching. The school also offers fully online graduate certificates such as Behavior Analyst, Forensic Nurse, and Reading Specialist, for instance. FSU’s online master’s degree students receive support services like career preparation, library access, counseling, and disability services.
In-State Tuition: $177

#2 –Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, Texas

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Points: 9
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 25
Sam Houston State University offers over 40 online degree programs, many of them top affordable online master’s offerings. Specific program titles include the MS in Family and Consumer Sciences, MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management, MA in Higher Education Administration, and MS in Homeland Security Studies. Online graduate students can expect to receive the same high-quality instruction as their on-campus counterparts, albeit in a different format. U.S. News and World Report has recognized SHSU as the number one online provider of online criminal justice graduate programs. Scholarships are available for new online students.
In-State Tuition: $300

#1 –Lamar University

Beaumont, Texas

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Points: 9
Number of Online Master’s Degree Programs: 23
Lamar University offers some of the best affordable online master’s degree programs for those looking to complete their degree quickly. The accelerated nature of these programs allows students to earn their degrees in just 16 months. Online graduate degrees are available from Lamar in the areas of education, business, criminal justice, and nursing. Specific program offerings include online MBA programs in Construction Project Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Criminal Justice Management as well as MSN programs in Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and RN to MSN. For those in education, MEd options include Teacher Leadership, Educational Technology Leadership, Special Education, and Digital Learning and Leading.
In-State Tuition: $235

This concludes our ranking of cheap online graduate programs.

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