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Whether you’re a resident of Maryland or a non-resident interested in earning your degree one of Maryland’s online colleges, we’ve got everything you need to get started. We review state trends in higher education funding and tuition, as well as the state’s online education landscape, looking at enrollment figures and info on education consortiums and initiatives to advance distance learning in the state.

Following this section, we’ve ranked Maryland’s online colleges and universities by affordability. Each school is fully accredited and offers at least one fully-online degree program. Compare program options, tuition rates and distance learning formats by expanding the overviews below. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, scroll to our program search tool, which allows you to browse our entire directory of online colleges.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find a full list of resources offered to college students in Maryland. We’ve compiled the best scholarships, state boards, educational non-profits and college savings programs. Bear in mind that online students who attend an accredited college or university full-time within Maryland qualify for the same programs and benefits as their campus-based peers.

Postsecondary Education in Maryland

Between 2008 and 2014, the average tuition inflation-adjusted rate at four-year public schools in Maryland rose just 3.1%, the lowest rate increase in the nation.

Maryland’s state and local government grant spending per student has fallen by 36.8% since 2008.

At just over $8,000, the average in-state tuition rate at four-year public universities in Maryland today is significantly below the national average of $9,139.

Maryland’s enrollment rates across all public higher education institutions grew by 25% between 2002 and 2012, national enrollment rates climbed 19% over the same period.

Online Education in Maryland

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 14.4% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Maryland (55,786 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 64.9% of those students were undergraduates
  • 70% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 7.7% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 4.1% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 79.8% were living in Maryland
  • 19.3% were living elsewhere in the United States

MarylandOnline is a consortium of state colleges and universities that offer distance learning courses and programs, students can share resources, transfer credits and take on-campus courses at partner campuses easily within this network.

Most Affordable Online Colleges in Maryland

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Maryland, 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.

Coppin State University

Coppin State University

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

Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University

An Online Education at Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University offers students one undergraduate and two graduate level online programs. All coursework can be completed entirely online. FSU's online programs are powered by Blackboard, a third party distance learning platform. FSU online courses follow the on-campus fall and spring semester schedule.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Nursing RN-BSN

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Administration MBA
  • Recreation and Parks Management MS

FSU is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The FSU nursing program is also accredited by the Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; business programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Contact Information

101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-1099
(301) 687-4000

Acclaim for online programs

  • #41 on U.S. News and World Report's Top Public Schools
  • #46 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #125 on U.S. News and World Report's Regional Universities (North)

University of Maryland-University College

University of Maryland-University College

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

University of Baltimore

University of Baltimore

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

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

Scholarships and Financial Aid in Maryland

Alumni Association Scholarship

Deadline: May 8, 2015
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, 2016
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: na
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: na
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: na
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, 2015
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: na
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: na
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: na
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.

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