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In 1999, an innovative consortium of 12 charter member community colleges and universities united as MarylandOnline to promote leading-edge, high-quality distance education courses, certificates and degree programs in Maryland. All Maryland institutions of higher education that are licensed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools are eligible to join MarylandOnline. Students interested in online postsecondary education in Maryland can find information on MOL programs at this site.

But before we dive into our list of best online colleges in MD for 2016, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Maryland today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in Maryland

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Maryland had 64 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 29 public schools, 23 nonprofits and 12 for-profits. The total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the ’12-’13 school year at these schools was: 15,945 at public schools, 3,869 at private nonprofits and 233 at private for-profits.

Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was $9,160, while the out-of-state average was $21,750.

As for the state’s financial aid efforts, the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) reported that Maryland awarded $108.1 million in need-based grants and $5.2 million in non-need grants for the ’13-’14 school year. Grants make up 6.6% of the state’s total fiscal support for higher education.


The State of Online Higher Education in Maryland

The NCES estimates that at least 14.4% of students enrolled in Maryland’s Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 11.5% were reported to be undergraduates and 86.7% were found to be living in Maryland.

Maryland is also a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus, a cooperative that connects students with an extensive directory of online programs throughout the southeast U.S. SREB also has strong financial aid initiatives. Services like the Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus and the Regional Contract Program for Health Professions allow students to pursue online degrees at out-of-state universities at lower in-state rates. The choice of programs is somewhat limited and the admissions criteria can be quite competitive, but qualified students will find incredible opportunities awaiting them.


Best Online Colleges in Maryland

Below, you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in Maryland. Our profiles look at how schools approach online education and then list out their services for distance students and their popular, fully online degrees. After reviewing our best of Maryland, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in Maryland or our index of popular in-state scholarships.

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

Methodology

To determine the best online colleges in each state, we examined the factors most important to prospective students: Academic quality and reputation, online program strength, and cost and student aid. At the most basic level, we use the following formula to determine the best online colleges: Academic Quality + Online Offerings + Cost and Student Aid = Final Score. Of course, there's more to these calculations than meets the eye. Visit our methodology page to discover the data points that shape our formula and to learn more about the process we use to rank schools.

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Stevenson University

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Stevenson University
Stevenson
$28,864

An Online Education at Stevenson University

Online programs at Stevenson University give working professionals an opportunity to earn a postsecondary degree without disrupting their career. With flexible start dates and courses with eight or 16 week periods, online students can schedule classes around other obligations. Stevenson's online offerings are degree-completion programs for adult undergraduates and master's students; freshmen and traditional transfer students should consider residential classes.

SU students and instructors use the Blackboard learning management system to view course materials and discussion forums. Online learners can receive 24-hour tech support, and are given tutorials to help them navigate Blackboard's interface. Through Stevenson's library, online students can access digital resources, including research databases, eBook collections and online journals.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor's in Business Administration
  • Bachelor's in Business Communications
  • Bachelor's in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • RN to BSN

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master's in Business and Technology Management
  • Master's in Communication Studies
  • Master's in Cyber Forensics
  • Master's in Forensic Studies
  • Master's in Nursing
  • RN to MSN
  • The five online undergraduate degrees are suitable for working adults who want to advance in their careers or complete a previously-started degree. Along with the programs listed above, Stevenson University has four hybrid programs available for graduates and adult undergraduates.

    Contact Information

    1525 Greenspring Valley Rd
    Stevenson, MD 21153-0641
    (410) 486-7000

    University of Baltimore

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    University of Baltimore
    Baltimore
    $7,838
    $16,288

    An Online Education at University of Baltimore

    The University of Baltimore offers a selection of online, hybrid and web-assisted undergraduate and graduate programs. The fully online programs are offered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, granting students the greatest flexibility. The BU academic year runs on a three semester calendar: fall, spring and summer. BU uses the Sakai online course management system to deliver online programs.

    Online Undergraduate Degrees

    • Business Administration B.S.

    Online Graduate Degrees

    • Business Administration MBA
    • Public Administration MPA
    • Global Leadership M.S.

    Baltimore University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university also has specialized accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

    Contact Information

    Charles at Mount Royal
    Baltimore, MD 21201-5720
    (410) 837-4200


    Acclaim for online programs

    • #62on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online MBA Program
    • #36on U.S. News and World Report's Best Top Public Schools
    • #115on U.S. News and World Report's Regional Universities (North)

    University of Maryland - University College

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    University of Maryland - University College
    Adelphi
    $6,552
    $12,336

    An Online Education at University of Maryland - University College

    University of Maryland-University College has more than 95 degree and certificate programs that are fully online. And UMUC online students can complete courses throughout the calendar year. Courses run for 8 week sessions. Beginning in the fall of 2014, UMUC replaced WebTycho with their own Learning Experience Online (LEO) learning management system. LEO provides students with 24/7 access.

    Online Undergraduate Degrees

    • Accounting
    • Criminal Justice
    • Cyber Security
    • Health Services Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Legal Studies
    • Psychology

    Online Graduate Degrees

    • Accounting CPA
    • Data Analytics
    • Environmental Management
    • Finance
    • Health Care Administration
    • Speech Communication
    • Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure

    The University of Maryland University College offers more than three dozen undergraduate and graduate level certificates in an array of topics, including computer networking, bioinformatics and integrated direct marketing.

    UMUC is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is part of the University of Maryland system. Specialty accreditation for the Master of Business Administration program is provided by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The Master's in Health Informatics Administration is provided by the Commission for Health Information Management Education. The Master of Science in project management is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs.

    Contact Information

    3501 University Blvd East
    Adelphi, MD 20783-8010
    (301) 985-7000

    Coppin State University

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    Coppin State University
    Baltimore
    $6,252
    $11,186

    An Online Education at Coppin State University

    Coppin State University offers students the opportunity to complete a bachelor's in business management entirely online. The program was developed in partnership with Pearson Learning Solutions and incorporates components from Lync, Blackboard, and Tegrity to create a robust online learning environment. CSU online operates using a traditional fall, spring, summer academic calendar.

    Online Undergraduate Degrees

    • Management B.S.

    CSU is fully accredited through the Accreditation Council For Business Schools and Programs ACBSP.

    Contact Information

    2500 West North Avenue
    Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
    (410) 951-3000


    Most Affordable Online Colleges in Maryland

    Below, you’ll find a second list of the online colleges in MD (Maryland), ranked according to their tuition rates.

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

    Methodology

    Our list of the most affordable online colleges is based on in-state yearly tuition, or annual tuition rates if a school does not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates are based on a full course load each semester or term. All colleges on the list offer at least one bachelor's degree completion program available entirely online. Those institutions with the lowest tuition are ranked highest, providing prospective students with a true list of the most affordable online colleges in their state.

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    Frostburg State University

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    Frostburg State University
    Frostburg
    $5,800

    Coppin State University

    2
    Coppin State University
    Baltimore
    $6,252
    $11,186

    University of Maryland - University College

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    University of Maryland - University College
    Adelphi
    $6,552
    $12,336

    University of Baltimore

    4
    University of Baltimore
    Baltimore
    $7,838
    $16,288


    Scholarships and Financial Aid in Maryland

    Alumni Association Scholarship

    Deadline: May 8, 2016
    Scholarship Amount $1,500 See Scholarship

    For undergraduate students at the University of Maryland who have unmet financial need and a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Applicants must have demonstrated campus leadership or involvement in the workforce and professional community.

    Community Enrichment and Enhancement (CEEP)

    Deadline: February 15, 2017
    Scholarship Amount $3,000 See Scholarship

    This scholarship is intended to foster racial and ethnic diversity within Towson University’s student body. Applicants must be from a traditionally under-served minority group, or have overcome personal, social, or financial obstacles in pursuit of education. Award is $3,000 per year for 4 years.

    Delegate Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2016
    Scholarship Amount $19,000 See Scholarship

    Administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, the Delegate Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. Applicants must be residents of Maryland, enrolled in a two- or four-year higher education institution.

    Emma and Paul Dailey Scholarship

    Deadline: March 1, 2016
    Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

    For entering freshmen at Frostburg State University with a GPA of 3.5+ and an SAT of 1200+. Preference given to students from Allegany County. Award is $1,000 for up to 4 years.

    Guaranteed Access Grant

    Deadline: March 1, 2016
    Scholarship Amount $16,500 See Scholarship

    The Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed Access Grant is for graduating Maryland high school seniors who have demonstrated financial need and a minimum GPA of 2.5+. Award amount varies based on financial need; maximum amount is $16,500. Funds are provided by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

    Honors College Scholarship

    Deadline: December 1, 2016
    Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

    Awarded on a competitive basis to freshmen and transfer students entering Towson University’s Honors College. Amount varies based on the availability of funds and on applicant’s documented financial need.

    Kenneth J. Osborn Memorial Scholarship

    Deadline: January 31, 2017
    Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

    Administered by the Imaging & Geospatial Information Society, this scholarship is for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in preparation for a career in surveying, mapping, photogrammetry, or geospatial information and technology. Award is $2,000 and a 1-year student membership in the Society.

    Second Generation Scholarship

    Deadline: October 7, 2016
    Scholarship Amount $1,000 See Scholarship

    For undergraduate students at the University of Maryland who have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of minorities through community service or extracurricular activities. A GPA of 2.75+ is required.

    Sherman Teacher Education Scholars

    Deadline: January 13, 2017
    Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

    Available to incoming freshmen, transfers, and current undergraduate students at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Applicants must be pursuing a teaching degree in STEM fields, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Award amounts and application deadlines vary by class standing.


    Higher Education Resources in Maryland