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The 50 Most Affordable MAT Online Programs

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Returning to school to get your Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)? Wondering how to afford school again? This is your one stop shop for budget-friendly MAT online programs. You can study in an online program for the MAT from anywhere, but each program has a different curriculum—and a different cost. With 56 schools offering a total of 121 programs, choosing an affordable program can save you a bundle—as much as $48,000!

The MAT is great for experienced teachers looking to advance, or for those wishing to make a career change. Choose your focus, be it elementary education, special ed, STEM, or any of the many specialties available in this wide range of degrees. The best part is that you can pick an excellent program that suits your life and your goals while not breaking the bank. We’ve done all the research for you, so you can check out your options all in one place!

Average Cost (In-state): ~$18,700
Least Expensive: North Carolina A&T State University ~$7,287.50
Most Expensive: New York University ~$55,596

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest MAT online. The online teaching degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable MAT Online

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
North Carolina A & T State University
(NC)
$7,287.50
$25,887.50
In-State
Out-of-State
2
Morningside College
(IA)
$9,660.00
All Students
3
North Carolina A & T State University
(NC)
$9,710.00
$34,510.00
In-State
Out-of-State
4
Mayville State University
(ND)
$10,358.08
All Students
5
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$10,645.00
All Students
6
Southern Arkansas University
(AR)
$10,910.00
$15,470.00
In-State
Out-of-State
7
Western New Mexico University
(NM)
$11,002.32
$13,347.72
In-State
Out-of-State
8
Dickinson State University
(ND)
$11,254.00
All Students
9
University of Central Missouri
(MO)
$11,358.00
All Students
10
Western Carolina University
(NC)
$11,581.08
$33,007.38
$11,725.14
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
11
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$11,640.00
All Students
12
Georgia College & State University
(GA)
$11,740.00
All Students
13
Campbellsville University
(KY)
$11,970.00
All Students
14
Southern Arkansas University
(AR)
$11,990.00
$17,006.00
In-State
Out-of-State
15
Valdosta State University
(GA)
$12,028.00
All Students
16
California State University-Fresno
(CA)
$12,031.50
$23,911.50
In-State
Out-of-State
17
Stephen F. Austin State University
(TX)
$12,075.00
$15,675.00
In-State
Out-of-State
18
University of Central Florida
(FL)
$12,110.84
$25,708.34
In-State
Out-of-State
19
University of Arkansas at Monticello
(AR)
$12,301.50
$19,651.50
In-State
Out-of-State
20
Southeast Missouri State University
(MO)
$12,848.25
All Students
21
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$13,580.00
All Students
22
Pittsburg State University
(KS)
$13,752.00
All Students
23
University of Maryland Global Campus
(MD)
$14,240.00
$20,270.00
In-State/Military
Out-of-State
24
Campbellsville University
(KY)
$14,364.00
All Students
25
University of West Alabama
(AL)
$14,457.00
All Students
26
Western Governors University
(UT)
$14,540.00
All Students
27
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(NE)
$14,715.00
$24,507.00
In-State
Out-of-State
28
Bethel College-Indiana
(IN)
$14,820.00
All Students
29
Mississippi State University
(MS)
$14,985.00
All Students
30
University of Northern Colorado
(CO)
$15,600.00
All Students
31
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
(LA)
$15,675.00
All Students
32
Liberty University
(VA)
$15,836.00
$10,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
33
Stevenson University
(MD)
$16,335.00
All Students
34
Bemidji State University
(MN)
$16,369.85
All Students
35
Columbus State University
(GA)
$16,391.00
All Students
36
Mississippi State University
(MS)
$16,483.50
All Students
37
Jackson State University
(MS)
$16,632.00
All Students
38
University of Northern Colorado
(CO)
$16,650.00
All Students
39
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
(LA)
$17,100.00
All Students
40
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne
(IN)
$17,325.00
All Students
41
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne
(IN)
$17,325.00
All Students
42
Georgia Southern University
(GA)
$17,560.00
All Students
43
Kansas State University
(KS)
$17,604.90
All Students
44
Columbia College – MO
(MO)
$17,640.00
$11,700.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
45
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(LA)
$18,000.00
All Students
46
Asbury University
(KY)
$18,050.00
All Students
47
University of Memphis
(TN)
$18,090.00
All Students
48
Southeast Missouri State University
(MO)
$18,404.25
All Students
49
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
(LA)
$18,525.00
All Students
50
Biola University
(CA)
$18,630.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Southwestern College – Kansas
(KS)
$19,260.00
$14,652.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Marygrove College
Master in the Art of Teaching / Elementary Reading & Literacy
Master in the Art of Teaching / Curriculum
Instruction & Assessment
Master in the Art of Teaching / Elementary Mathematics
Master in the Art of Teaching / Middle School Mathematics
Master in the Art of Teaching / Effective Teacher for the 21st Century
Master in the Art of Teaching / Special Education
$19,510.00
All Students
Missouri Baptist University
(MO)
$19,968.00
All Students
University of Mississippi
(MS)
$20,040.00
All Students
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$20,375.00
$15,400.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(LA)
$21,000.00
All Students
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(LA)
$21,000.00
All Students
Lenoir-Rhyne University
(NC)
$21,240.00
All Students
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$22,440.00
$14,300.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Louisiana at Monroe
(LA)
$22,500.00
All Students
University of Iowa
(IA)
$24,102.00
All Students
Norfolk State University
(VA)
$24,302.00
$49,366.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Michigan State University
(MI)
$25,890.00
All Students
Oakland University
(MI)
$26,568.00
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$27,835.00
$23,798.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Dallas Baptist University
(TX)
$30,970.00
All Students
New York Institute of Technology
(NY)
$38,550.00
All Students
University of Southern California
(CA)
$44,712.00
All Students
American University
(DC)
$52,100.00
All Students
University of Southern California
(CA)
$52,164.00
All Students
New York University
(NY)
$55,596.00
All Students

Accreditation & Licensing Note: As in all careers with state-specific licensure requirements, prospective applicants should contact the education department in their state of residence and ensure the desired program qualifies a graduate for teacher licensure. Not all programs listed lead to licensure. Applicants can also learn more by clicking the links to request information about each degree program. To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

36 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2018 review of regionally accredited MAT online. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules. The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

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