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The 68 Most Affordable Master’s in Literacy Online

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Reading and language comprehension are important skills for learners from all backgrounds: ESL students, students with developmental delays, and those who struggle with skills deficits. If you value education for all, adding a master’s in literacy to your credentials can increase your earning potential while also increasing your value to the students you serve.

A master’s in literacy online can vary a lot in cost—with over $36,000 difference in tuition costs between the cheapest and most expensive schools. We researched all 121 programs at 109 schools that offer a master’s in literacy online to identify the cheapest options. It pays to Get Educated before you enroll!

Average Cost (In-state): ~$18,000
Least Expensive: The University of Texas at Tyler ~$7,625
Most Expensive: University of San Diego ~$43,950

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

Most Affordable Master’s in Literacy Online

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
The University of Texas at Tyler
(TX)
$7,625.00
$30,560.00
In-State
Out-of-State
2
American College of Education
(IN)
$8,160.00
All Students
3
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
(NC)
$8,183.00
$29,930.00
In-State
Out-of-State
4
Arkansas State University
(AR)
$9,122.50
All Students
5
Northeastern State University
(OK)
$9,302.70
$9,335.70
In-State
Out-of-State
6
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$9,700.00
All Students
7
University of Central Arkansas
(AR)
$9,750.00
All Students
7
Northwest Missouri State University
(MO)
$9,750.00
All Students
9
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$10,106.28
All Students
10
University of Nevada – Reno
(NV)
$10,278.00
$14,678.00
In-State
Out-of-State
11
Eastern New Mexico University
(NM)
$10,838.76
$14,148.96
In-State
Out-of-State
12
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
(OK)
$11,038.50
$19,948.50
In-State
Out-of-State
13
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
(AR)
$11,490.00
$9,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
14
Missouri State University
(MO)
$11,505.00
All Students
15
University of South Florida-Main Campus
(FL)
$12,054.90
$26,764.32
In-State
Out-of-State
16
Western Kentucky University
(KY)
$12,450.00
$21,210.00
$7,500.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
17
California State University-Fresno
(CA)
$12,522.50
$24,402.50
In-State
Out-of-State
18
Augustana University
(SD)
$12,750.00
All Students
19
University of Nebraska at Kearney
(NE)
$12,769.00
$17,197.00
In-State
Out-of-State
20
Black Hills State University
(SD)
$12,778.50
$22,725.50
In-State
Out-of-State
21
California State University-Fullerton
(CA)
$13,320.00
$25,200.00
In-State
Out-of-State
22
Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi
(TX)
$13,321.36
$29,998.72
In-State
Out-of-State
23
University of North Dakota
(ND)
$13,483.84
All Students
24
Hannibal-Lagrange University
(MO)
$13,650.00
All Students
25
Pittsburg State University
(KS)
$13,752.00
All Students
26
The University of West Florida
(FL)
$13,845.60
$17,237.88
In-State
Out-of-State
27
Georgia Southern University
(GA)
$14,048.00
All Students
28
Olivet Nazarene University
(IL)
$14,080.00
All Students
29
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
(MA)
$14,220.00
All Students
30
Stephen F. Austin State University
(TX)
$14,490.00
$18,810.00
In-State
Out-of-State
31
California State University-San Marcos
(CA)
$14,584.00
All Students
32
Jacksonville State University
(AL)
$14,588.00
All Students
33
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
(WI)
$14,616.00
$30,290.70
In-State
Out-of-State
34
Southeastern University
(FL)
$14,680.00
All Students
35
Bethel College-Indiana
(IN)
$14,820.00
All Students
36
SUNY Oneonta
(NY)
$14,858.00
$17,648.00
In-State
Out-of-State
37
Texas A & M University – Commerce
(TX)
$14,968.80
$29,908.80
In-State
Out-of-State
38
Regis University
(CO)
$15,200.00
All Students
39
Graceland University
(IA)
$15,210.00
All Students
40
Concordia University – Nebraska
(NE)
$15,300.00
All Students
40
Eastern Kentucky University
(KY)
$15,300.00
$9,750.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
42
SUNY at Albany
(NY)
$15,300.30
$18,090.30
In-State
Out-of-State
43
University of Northern Colorado
(CO)
$15,600.00
All Students
44
Georgia State University
(GA)
$15,816.00
All Students
45
Liberty University
(VA)
$15,836.00
$10,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
46
University at Buffalo
(NY)
$15,860.10
$18,650.10
In-State
Out-of-State
47
Wilmington University
(DE)
$15,941.00
$10,100.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
48
University of South Carolina-Columbia
(SC)
$15,942.50
$17,652.50
In-State
Out-of-State
49
Asbury University
(KY)
$16,150.00
All Students
50
Indiana University Online
(IN)
$16,535.16
$19,626.12
In-State
Out-of-State
51
University of Alabama at Birmingham
(AL)
$16,550.00
All Students
52
Jackson State University
(MS)
$16,632.00
All Students
53
Ohio University
(OH)
$16,665.00
$17,254.00
In-State
Out-of-State
54
Wilmington University
(DE)
$16,895.00
$10,700.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
55
Park University
(MO)
$16,925.00
$12,365.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
56
Upper Iowa University
(IA)
$17,110.00
All Students
57
Hamline University
(MN)
$17,141.00
All Students
58
Bowling Green State University
(OH)
$17,198.88
$17,594.88
In-State
Out-of-State
59
University of Northern Iowa
(IA)
$17,291.00
All Students
60
Concordia University Texas
(TX)
$17,300.00
All Students
61
Central Washington University
(WA)
$17,331.50
$21,170.50
In-State
Out-of-State
62
University of New England
(ME)
$17,360.00
All Students
63
The University of Findlay
(OH)
$17,688.00
All Students
64
Belhaven University
(MS)
$17,755.00
All Students
65
West Virginia University
(WV)
$17,820.00
$44,640.00
In-State
Out-of-State
66
Western State Colorado University
(CO)
$17,910.00
All Students
66
New England College
(NH)
$17,910.00
All Students
68
Austin Peay State University
(TN)
$17,914.50
$24,514.50
In-State
Out-of-State
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)
$18,140.00
All Students
Saint Leo University
(FL)
$18,185.00
All Students
Northern Michigan University
(MI)
$18,292.00
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$18,325.00
$15,715.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Minnesota State University-Mankato
(MN)
$18,476.96
All Students
Sam Houston State University
(TX)
$18,517.00
All Students
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$18,665.00
$14,505.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$18,768.00
$21,903.00
In-State
Out-of-State
University of Florida
(FL)
$19,149.48
$22,876.56
In-State
Out-of-State
Newman University
(KS)
$19,240.00
All Students
University of Dayton
(OH)
$19,540.00
All Students
Eastern Washington University
(WA)
$19,557.37
All Students
Northern Michigan University
(MI)
$19,906.00
All Students
George Fox University
(OR)
$20,055.00
All Students
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$20,268.00
$23,073.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Eastern Oregon University
(OR)
$20,352.50
All Students
Tennessee Technological University
(TN)
$20,691.00
$28,974.00
In-State
Out-of-State
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$21,124.00
$30,412.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Marygrove College
Master of Education in Reading 14
$21,128.00
All Students
Capella University
(MN)
$21,285.00
$19,246.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Central Michigan University
(MI)
$21,506.00
$12,830.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Concordia University – Nebraska
(NE)
$21,675.00
All Students
Mount Saint Joseph University
(OH)
$21,740.00
All Students
University of Mary
(ND)
$21,960.00
All Students
Lesley University
(MA)
$22,075.00
All Students
Spring Arbor University
(MI)
$22,278.00
All Students
Baldwin Wallace University
(OH)
$22,351.00
All Students
Gannon University
(PA)
$22,440.00
All Students
Virginia Commonwealth University
(VA)
$22,539.00
$46,035.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Rowan University
(NJ)
$22,680.00
All Students
Northcentral University
(CA)
$22,900.00
$15,910.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Delaware
(DE)
$22,926.00
All Students
Regent University
(VA)
$23,100.00
$12,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Notre Dame College
(OH)
$23,160.00
All Students
University of Michigan-Flint
(MI)
$23,400.00
$34,200.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Regent University
(VA)
$23,650.00
$12,250.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Purdue University Global
(IL)
$24,450.00
$18,480.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Fontbonne University
(MO)
$25,476.00
All Students
Walsh University
(OH)
$25,505.00
All Students
University of St Francis
(IL)
$26,052.00
All Students
University of Georgia
(GA)
$26,226.00
All Students
Canisius College
(NY)
$27,980.00
All Students
Mercy College
(NY)
$29,420.00
All Students
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$37,840.00
All Students
Loyola Marymount University
(CA)
$38,450.00
All Students
Loyola Marymount University
(CA)
$42,269.00
All Students
University of San Diego
(CA)
$43,950.00
All Students

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