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Online Colleges in Arizona

On this page, we’ve collected resources that will help you approach the higher education through online colleges in Arizona. We begin by providing fact-driven surveys on postsecondary and online education in Arizona today, which will give you a good idea of things like funding and enrollment trends.

Following these surveys are our rankings of four-year online colleges in Arizona that offer fully-online degree programs, ranked by affordability. You can find state-specific scholarship information, as well ― keep in mind that most funding opportunities are open to both online and on-campus students. Following rankings and aid info is our list of resources, which consists of trusted sites designed to help you with your higher education research. Finally, you can explore our database of virtually all online colleges across the country.


Postsecondary Education in Arizona

The postsecondary education system in Arizona consists of three public state schools, 11 community colleges, two tribal community colleges and many trade schools and private, two- and four-year institutions.

State funding per student fell nearly 50% between 2008 and 2014.

Tuition prices in that same time frame increased nearly 81%.

Despite the lack of state support and the rising tuition prices, 90% of first-time students in 2012 had in-state status.

Full-time equivalent enrollment at two-year, public schools increased by 48% in 2012.


Online Education in Arizona

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 48.2% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Arizona (360,835 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 78.5% of those students were undergraduates
  • 4.4% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 0.7% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 85.15% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 17.3% were living in Arizona
  • 81.5% were living elsewhere in the United States

In 2012, 17% (14,275) of all first-time undergraduates in Arizona were out-of-state, online students.

Students at participating schools within the WICHE states may take online classes or complete programs from partner universities through the Internet Course Exchange (ICE) program.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Arizona

Below you’ll find the very best in online education in Arizona, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Arizona State University

1
Arizona State University
Tempe
$480
$11,520

An Online Education at Arizona State University

ASU has fully embraced online learning formats by offering over 80 degree programs that can be completed entirely online. While the majority of courses are hosted on the popular Blackboard digital platform, students will also become acquainted with other collaborative tools such Google Drive for document sharing and Zaption for interactive video creation. Courses are delivered through a blend of asynchronous and real-time schedules, and students are expected to dedicate approximately six hours of study for each online course credit. ASU provides online learners with remote, digital access to services one might only expect find on campus, such as tutoring, bookstore assistance and a librarian who is available to chat 24/7.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business - Communication (BA)
  • Criminal Justice & Criminology (BS)
  • Electrical Engineering (BSE)
  • Geography (BS)
  • Information Technology (BS)
  • Political Science (BS)
  • Urban Planning (BSP)

Graduate programs at the master's and doctoral levels can also be earned online. Prospective educators and STEM researchers may find that their fields are widely represented by ASU's online graduate degree offerings.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Biomedical Diagnostics (MS)
  • Biomimicry (MS)
  • Global Technology & Development (MS)
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis (M. Ed.)
  • Early Childhood Education - Certification/Endorsement (M. Ed.)
  • Engineering: Modeling and Simulation (MEng)
  • Behavioral Health (DBH)

Those who wish to move their career forward don't necessarily have to enroll in a program that ends with a degree. Students also have 17 fully online certificate programs to choose from.

Contact Information

University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe,
AZ 85287
(480) 965-2100


Acclaim for online programs

  • #8 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #4 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #3 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #2 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #23 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #14 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #74 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Ottawa University – Phoenix

2
Ottawa University – Phoenix
Phoenix
$480
$11,520

An Online Education at Ottawa University – Phoenix

Students can work toward an undergraduate minor, undergraduate degree or graduate degree by attending classes held fully online through OU. This university sets itself apart with its remarkably low online student-to-faculty ratio of 4:1, a small classroom size that enables students to get more personalized learning assistance. The Blackboard learning management system is a digital hub where students can access course lectures, academic files, quizzes, surveys, discussion forums and other digital classroom collaboration tools. Prospective students are invited to test drive the Blackboard system by signing into a sample online course. Online coursework is delivered through an asynchronous schedule, giving students the opportunity to sign on at any time within a 24-hour period to participate in class.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

The majority of OU's online graduate degree offerings are provided by the Angell Snyder School of Business or the School of Education.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Human Resources
  • Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Arts in Education: Education Intervention
  • Master of Arts in Education: Education Technology
  • Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership

Contact Information

10020 North 25th Avenue
Phoenix,
AZ 85021
(602) 371-1188


Acclaim for online programs

  • #111 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #78 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)

Northern Arizona University

3
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff
$362
$5,000

An Online Education at Northern Arizona University

NAU is an academic institution that has fully adopted online learning technologies; they offer dozens of undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be earned completely online. However, student who yearn for a traditional classroom environment still have the option to take blended courses, which combine online learning with classroom meetings that are available at over 30 campus locations. NAU is particularly flexible when it comes to online course scheduling and pacing. Most coursework is delivered in an asynchronous format, allowing students to sign on at any time of the day or night to participate in classes. Undergraduates may also opt to personalize their degree track with the Self-Paced Option, which enables students to complete coursework without set class schedules.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Science - Administration BAS
  • Comparative Cultural Studies BA
  • Health Sciences - Allied Health BS
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Criminal Justice B
  • Parks and Recreation Management BS
  • Public Administration - B
  • Small Business Administration - BA
  • Sociology - B

Online graduate degrees provided at NAU are only offered at the master's level. This college places a particular emphasis on the development of future school professionals by offering 12 online Master's of Education degree programs.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Administration MADM
  • Early Childhood Education MED
  • Educational Technology MED
  • Educational Leadership - Community College/ Higher Education MED
  • Mathematics Education (MS)
  • Nursing - Generalist (MS)
  • Science Teaching (MA)

Out-of-state students enrolling in NAU's online degree programs have the unique opportunity to save over 35% on tuition by applying for the World Wide University (WWU) discount program. Non-residents who reside within 75 miles of Arizona's border may also be eligible for the Good Neighbor Policy tuition rate, which allows qualifying students to earn up to 6 credits at the lower, in-state tuition rate.

Contact Information

Knoles Drive, Babbitt Administrative Center
Flagstaff,
AZ 86011-4132
(928) 523-9011


Acclaim for online programs

  • #131 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #100 on U.S News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Arizona

Arizona Excellence Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $48,000 See Scholarship

The Arizona Excellence Award is a multi-tier scholarship for out-of-state students entering the University of Arizona. To qualify for the maximum amount of $48,000 (distributed as $12,000 per year), applicant must have a 3.0 GPA with a 1300 SAT (critical math and reading) or 29 ACT score.

Baird Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $50,000 See Scholarship

Awarded to ten freshmen per year by the University of Arizona. Candidates are nominated by their high school – interested students should talk to their high school counselor for more information. Applicants must be residents of Arizona, and must be admitted to the UA Honors College.

Gammage Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $4,000 See Scholarship

This award is for freshmen entering Arizona State University. To be eligible, students must be finalists or semifinalists in the National Merit, National Achievement, or National Hispanic competitions. A minimum GPA 3.0 is required.

Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

For resident or non-resident freshmen entering Arizona State University with a GPA of 3.25+. Applicants must be nominated by a high school counselor, and must demonstrate leadership ability.

National Merit Finalist Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Administered by the College of Nursing & Health Administration at Arizona State University, this award is for students studying a nursing-related field. Applicants must be a National Merit Finalist or Honors student with a GPA of 3.25+.

President’s Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Applicants may be sophomores, juniors or seniors at Arizona State University. A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required, as well as demonstration of financial need, and evidence of community service involvement.

President’s Scholarship

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The Arizona State University President’s Scholarship is a subcategory of the New American Scholars Award program. Selection is competitive, based on academic achievement. Applicant must be a freshman and a resident of AZ, enrolled at ASU full time.

Provost’s Scholarship

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The Arizona State University Provost’s Scholarship is a subcategory of the New American Scholars Award program. Selection is competitive, based on academic achievement. Applicant must be a freshman and a resident of AZ, enrolled at ASU full time.

Sun Devil Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is for incoming or currently enrolled students at Arizona State University. It is awarded to multiple students each year. Applicants must demonstrate academic success and a commitment to community service, and must be in need of financial assistance. Minimum GPA 3.0.

University Scholarship

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The University Scholarship is a subcategory of the New American Scholars Award Program. Selection is competitive, based on academic achievement. Applicant must be a freshman and a resident of AZ, enrolled full-time at Arizona State University.


Higher Education Resources in Arizona