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The 25 Most Affordable Master’s in ESL Online

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Tempted to teach English as a second language, but worried about how much it might cost to become qualified? We investigated the 77 different online programs that will award you a master’s in ESL online to uncover the most affordable options—you can save as much as $33,000!

As the world comes to the US, and global business requires English language skills, more people who speak other languages are learning English. Whether ESL, ELL, TESOL, or TESL, there are many solid options for online master’s degrees that can offer either a teaching credential or eligibility for licensure. Giving the gift of knowledge and working with people of all nationalities can be a rewarding career. Getting your master’s degree to join the profession doesn’t have to be expensive—we have ranked the 2018 Best Buys in ESL master’s degrees, giving you the most affordable options all in one place.

Average Cost (In-state): ~$17,800
Least Expensive: American College of Education ~$8,160
Most Expensive: St. John’s University ~$41,270

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 master’s in esl online. The online ESL degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Master’s in ESL Online

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
American College of Education
(IN)
$8,160.00
All Students
2
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$8,421.90
All Students
3
American College of Education
(IN)
$8,940.00
All Students
4
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$9,264.09
All Students
5
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
(TX)
$9,747.52
All Students
6
Arkansas Tech University
(AR)
$10,807.50
$19,327.50
In-State
Out-of-State
7
Southeast Missouri State University
(MO)
$12,501.00
All Students
8
Pittsburg State University
(KS)
$12,606.00
All Students
9
Trevecca Nazarene University
(TN)
$13,050.00
All Students
10
Emporia State University
(KS)
$13,380.96
$18,059.52
In-State
Out-of-State
11
Valley City State University
(ND)
$13,477.26
All Students
12
Missouri Western State University
(MO)
$13,713.15
$15,033.15
In-State
Out-of-State
13
University of Michigan – Dearborn
(MI)
$13,740.00
$16,800.00
In-State
Out-of-State
14
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
(TX)
$13,776.68
$28,716.68
In-State
Out-of-State
15
Roosevelt University
(IL)
$13,880.00
All Students
16
University of Southern Maine
(ME)
$14,008.00
$21,328.00
In-State
Out-of-State
17
Georgia Southern University
(GA)
$14,048.00
All Students
18
Greenville University
(IL)
$14,068.00
All Students
19
Campbellsville University
(KY)
$14,364.00
All Students
20
Western Governors University
(UT)
$14,540.00
All Students
21
Marshall University
(WV)
$14,607.00
All Students
22
Texas A & M University – Commerce
(TX)
$14,668.80
$29,608.80
In-State
Out-of-State
23
Southeastern University
(FL)
$14,680.00
All Students
24
University of North Dakota
(ND)
$14,696.02
All Students
25
Wilson College
(PA)
$15,110.00
All Students
26
Kennesaw State University
(GA)
$15,208.00
All Students
27
Troy University
(AL)
$15,314.00
All Students
28
Wilkes University
(PA)
$15,350.00
All Students
29
Sam Houston State University
(TX)
$15,563.50
All Students
30
University of Northern Colorado
(CO)
$15,600.00
All Students
31
University of South Alabama
(AL)
$15,800.00
All Students
32
Wilmington University
(DE)
$15,941.00
$10,100.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
33
Regis University
(CO)
$16,715.00
All Students
34
Cornerstone University
(MI)
$16,995.00
All Students
35
Post University
(CT)
$17,100.00
All Students
35
Asbury University
(KY)
$17,100.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
University of Massachusetts-Boston
(MA)
$17,820.00
All Students
Liberty University
(VA)
$17,846.00
$8,350.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Northern Arizona University
(AZ)
$17,910.00
All Students
Western State Colorado University
(CO)
$17,910.00
All Students
Azusa Pacific University
(CA)
$17,999.00
All Students
McDaniel College
(MD)
$18,000.00
All Students
University of Southern Mississippi
(MS)
$18,324.00
All Students
Walden University
Master of Science in Education / Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K-12 / Non-Licensure) 3614
(MN)
$18,325.00
$15,715.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Saint Cloud State University
(MN)
$18,659.60
$25,826.48
In-State
Out-of-State
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$18,665.00
$14,505.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Northern Iowa
(IA)
$18,818.00
All Students
Auburn University
(AL)
$18,900.00
All Students
Saint Xavier University
(IL)
$18,985.00
All Students
Newman University
(KS)
$19,240.00
All Students
Hamline University
(MN)
$19,291.00
All Students
Spring Arbor University
(MI)
$19,423.00
All Students
Carlos Albizu University
(PR)
$19,438.00
All Students
University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
(CO)
$19,480.00
$21,520.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Georgia State University
(GA)
$19,770.00
All Students
George Fox University
(OR)
$20,055.00
All Students
Regent University
(VA)
$20,350.00
$10,450.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Eastern Oregon University
(OR)
$20,352.50
All Students
California University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$20,644.80
$21,370.80
$16,783.80
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
Webster University
(MO)
$20,700.00
$15,585.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Murray State University
(KY)
$21,252.00
All Students
Eastern University
(PA)
$21,598.00
All Students
University of Cincinnati-Online
(OH)
$21,720.00
$22,170.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Capella University
(MN)
$21,738.00
$19,654.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Multnomah University
(OR)
$21,755.00
All Students
Biola University
(CA)
$22,356.00
All Students
Northcentral University
(CA)
$22,900.00
$15,910.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Nyack College
(NY)
$23,006.00
All Students
University of Arizona
(AZ)
$23,496.00
All Students
Alliant International University
(CA)
$23,634.00
All Students
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
(MD)
$24,192.00
$40,716.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Canisius College
(NY)
$25,520.00
All Students
The George Washington University
(DC)
$28,919.00
All Students
Clarkson University
(NY)
$37,779.00
All Students
St. John’s University
(NY)
$41,270.00
All Students

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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.

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Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2018 review of regionally accredited master’s in esl 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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