How Much Does a Distance Education Master's Degree Cost?

Distance, or online, education is usually conducted via the Internet. This emerging area of education may have different costs than a traditional master's degree program and it may have additional associated fees. Learn more about the cost of earning a master's degree through distance education here.

About Tuition and Areas of Study

When it comes to tuition costs, schools may charge by the credit hour or they may charge a flat rate for a program. They might also allow students to earn credit for previously-completed college coursework or gain credits through their life experiences. This can reduce the number of courses needed for graduation and lower tuition costs.

The schools listed below are included here because each was ranked among the top online graduate or undergraduate programs by U.S. News & World Report. These schools' master's degree programs emphasize business, education, engineering, information technology and nursing as well as many other areas of study. Tuition rates provided are for specific programs at each school. Other programs may have different rates.

Important Facts about Distance Education Master's Degree Programs

Prerequisites Vary by program
Courses Hybrid courses are available with online programs
Continuing Education Online Certificate programs are available in various fields
Possible Careers Education Supervisor, School Administrator, Computer Software Engineer, Technology Risk Manager, General & Operation Manager, Regulatory Affairs Manager

Distance Education Master's Degree Program Tuition Costs for Selected Schools

Arkansas State University's tuition for online educational leadership students was $430.69 per credit hour in 2019. The master's degree program in business at Brandman University had a $660 per credit hour rate for the 2019 to 2020 school year.

All online graduate degree programs for the 2019 school year costs $630 per credit hour at Auburn University. Comparably, Bowling Green State University charged a per credit hour rate (fewer than 12 credit hours) of $445.40 for in-state students and $456.40 for out-of-state students.

Engineering master's degree programs at North Carolina State University cost $446 per credit hour for residents of the state during the 2019 to 2020 school year. The charge for out-of-state students was $1,295. At Pennsylvania State Online, tuition for both residents and non-residents in 2019 was $1,185 per credit for their MBA program. Drexel University charged $997 per credit hour in 2019 for students of the Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Practitioner program.

Additional Fees

In addition to tuition, you may incur costs for fees such as shipping for books. You will need regular access to a computer with an Internet connection. You may also have to purchase supplies such as computer programs in order to complete assignments.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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