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The 36 Most Affordable Master’s in Higher Education Online

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Higher education in America is an ever-changing field. If you aspire to administrative or managerial positions in a college, university, or policy setting, getting a master’s in higher education online can boost your job options. Getting a great online degree doesn’t mean you need to go to the most expensive program—many of the less expensive options will have the curriculum, schedule, and prestige you want. With 65 schools offering a total of 71 master’s degree programs in higher education, there are numerous choices.

To help you sort through your options, we researched all the programs in this specialty. Our 2018 Best Buys can save you up to $41,000 on your education. This highly prized degree can get you to the next step in your career in higher education, whether you want to focus on administration, fundraising, student engagement, enrollment, or policy.

Average Cost (In-state): ~$21,700
Least Expensive: American College of Education ~$8,940
Most Expensive: Hofstra University ~$50,268

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 higher education online. The online higher education degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Master’s in Higher Education Online

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
American College of Education
(IN)
$8,940.00
All Students
2
Appalachian State University
(NC)
$9,594.36
$33,300.36
In-State
Out-of-State
3
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$10,106.28
All Students
4
Northeastern State University
(OK)
$10,148.40
$10,184.40
In-State
Out-of-State
5
University of Nebraska at Kearney
(NE)
$12,769.00
$17,197.00
In-State
Out-of-State
6
Argosy University
Master of Arts in Education / Higher & Postsecondary Education 3614
$12,925.00
All Students
7
Angelo State University
(TX)
$13,313.48
$28,253.48
In-State
Out-of-State
8
Liberty University
(VA)
$13,346.00
$8,350.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
9
Texas Tech University
(TX)
$13,908.00
All Students
10
University of West Alabama
(AL)
$14,457.00
All Students
11
The University of Alabama
(AL)
$14,544.00
All Students
12
Missouri Baptist University
(MO)
$14,940.00
All Students
13
Texas A & M University – Commerce
(TX)
$14,968.80
$29,908.80
In-State
Out-of-State
14
Morgan State University
(MD)
$15,435.00
$27,975.00
In-State
Out-of-State
15
Trident University International
(CA)
$15,450.00
$9,900.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
16
Sam Houston State University
(TX)
$15,563.50
All Students
17
Tiffin University
(OH)
$15,800.00
All Students
18
Grace College and Theological Seminary
(IN)
$16,260.00
All Students
19
Adams State University
(CO)
$16,400.80
All Students
20
Indiana State University
(IN)
$16,718.00
$21,203.00
In-State
Out-of-State
21
Saint Peter’s University
(NJ)
$17,031.00
All Students
22
Kansas State University
(KS)
$17,037.00
All Students
23
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
(LA)
$17,100.00
All Students
24
Upper Iowa University
(IA)
$17,110.00
All Students
25
University of Houston
(TX)
$17,188.32
$35,728.32
In-State
Out-of-State
26
Central Washington University
(WA)
$17,331.50
$21,170.50
In-State
Out-of-State
27
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
(LA)
$17,371.00
All Students
28
West Virginia University
(WV)
$17,820.00
$44,640.00
In-State
Out-of-State
29
Endicott College
(MA)
$17,912.00
All Students
30
Mary Baldwin University
(VA)
$18,060.00
All Students
31
Southern Arkansas University
(AR)
$18,470.00
$26,222.00
In-State
Out-of-State
32
Stony Brook University
(NY)
$18,623.00
$35,975.00
In-State
Out-of-State
33
Post University
(CT)
$18,810.00
All Students
34
National University
(CA)
$19,450.00
All Students
35
Lenoir-Rhyne University
(NC)
$19,470.00
All Students
36
Mississippi College
(MS)
$20,054.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Concordia University Wisconsin & Ann Arbor
(WI)
$21,716.00
All Students
Regent University
(VA)
$22,000.00
$11,200.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Capella University
(MN)
$22,020.00
$19,908.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Florida
(FL)
$22,341.06
$26,689.32
In-State
Out-of-State
New England College
(NH)
$22,350.00
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$22,675.00
$19,412.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Southern New Hampshire University
(NH)
$22,722.00
$17,070.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$22,770.00
$17,770.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Northcentral University
(CA)
$22,900.00
$15,910.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Murray State University
(KY)
$23,184.00
All Students
University of Mississippi
(MS)
$23,380.00
All Students
Geneva College
(PA)
$23,580.00
All Students
Siena Heights University
(MI)
$24,732.00
All Students
University of Louisville
(KY)
$25,704.00
$9,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Northeastern University
(MA)
$27,315.00
All Students
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$27,588.00
All Students
Bay Path University
(MA)
$28,080.00
All Students
North Park University
(IL)
$28,590.00
All Students
Duquesne University
(PA)
$28,590.00
All Students
Colorado State University
(CO)
$29,150.00
All Students
Oregon State University
(OR)
$29,402.00
All Students
Boston University
(MA)
$32,100.00
All Students
Caldwell University
(NJ)
$36,720.00
All Students
Dallas Baptist University
(TX)
$36,724.00
All Students
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$36,895.00
All Students
Andrews University
(MI)
$40,346.00
All Students
Drexel University
(PA)
$42,705.00
All Students
Fairleigh Dickinson University
(NJ)
$48,488.00
All Students
Hofstra University
(NY)
$50,268.00
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.

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