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  • Writer's pictureCaleb Kaltenbach

Affordable Online Graduate Degrees

Updated: Jul 3


In recent years, online degrees have bridged the financial and geographical gap for those wanting to earn a degree. I've compiled a list of top schools offering budget-friendly online graduate degree programs that cater to diverse needs and career aspirations. Most of these schools are not faith-based, but each has a reputation for providing quality education and ensuring their programs are accessible to everyone. Whether you're looking to advance in your current field or embark on a new career path, these schools offer the flexibility and affordability you need to achieve your educational goals without breaking the bank.


The schools in the list below:

  • Are fully accredited

  • Have a tuition rate of $600 per unit or less

  • Offer low tuition or in-state tuition/no out-of-state tuition rates for online students

  • Feature more than one online degree program

  • Vary in being on a quarter system or semester system


Please take time to check out the various degree programs at any school that might interest you. I have endeavored to list the most recent tuition rates, though it is still your responsibility to investigate all aspects of the schools and their programs.


If you want a graduate degree in ministry/theology/biblical studies, check out my blog posts about 100% online ministry/theology masters degrees in the USA, overseas theology graduate degrees, and distance learning grad degrees in New Testament studies.


The list will be updated as I learn about schools offering new programs.



Tuition-free ($100 or so exam fee at the end of each course)


Tuition is affordable and uniquely billed


$199-$817 a unit


$241 a unit


$250 a unit


$255 a unit


$257 a unit


$285 a unit


$295-387 a unit


$300 a unit


$303 a unit (if enrolled in 6 or fewer units)


$305 a unit


$335 a unit


$340-$540


$347 a unit


$347-755 a unit


$349 a unit


$349 a unit


$350-$550 for most programs


$355 a unit


$362 a unit


$375 a unit


$375 a unit


$375-$650 a unit




$383 a unit


$387-$390


$370-$392 a unit


$392 a unit


$393 a unit


$396-$527 a unit


University of Wisconsin (various schools within the system)

$400-$870 a unit


$410-$640 a unit


$420-$700 a unit


$427 a unit


$440 a unit


$442 a unit

***Average cost per unit


$444 a unit


$450 a unit


$455 a unit

***$290 a unit for active duty service members & their family; $386.75 a unit for veterans & their family


$455 a unit

***$290 a unit for active duty service members & their family; $386.75 a unit for veterans & their family


$455-$550 a unit


$455-$565 a unit


$459-$599 (most programs) 


$470 a unit


$470 a unit


$475-525 a unit


$495 a unit


$499-$502 a unit


$500-$600 a unit (some degrees require more $$ per unit)


$502 a unit


$509 a unit


$510 a unit


$525 a unit


$530 a unit


$530-$730 a unit


$535 a unit


$539 a unit


$562-$583 a unit


$565-$615 a unit


$571 a unit (some degrees require more $$ per unit)

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