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Institutions of higher education in Massachusetts continue to work towards improved and affordable online education. The forward-thinking New England Board of Higher Education has done much to support regional cooperation of higher education institutions across six states, most notably with the creation of the cost-saving Regional Student Program “Tuition Break” that enables students at public colleges to take advantage of shared educational opportunities and tuition breaks in traditional and online course formats. In 2013-14, some 9,533 New England residents participated in the program, saving an estimated total of $56 million on tuition.

Before we look at the very best Massachusetts has to offer in terms of online schools, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Massachusetts today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in Massachusetts

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Massachusetts had 125 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 30 public schools, 84 nonprofits and 11 for-profits. The total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the ’12-’13 school year at these schools was: 18,935 at public schools, 37,630 at private nonprofits and 526 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 $11,590, while the out-of-state average was $25,480.

As for the state’s financial aid efforts, the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) reported that Massachusetts awarded $87.043 million in need-based grants and $4.062 million in nonneed grants for the ’13-’14 school year. Grants make up 6.8% of the state’s total fiscal support for higher education.

Of the need-based grants, 61% were awarded to public in-state institutions, showing Massachusetts has a strong commitment to public higher education. Despite in-state tuition costs remaining above the national average and steadily increasing over the last few years, enrollment has risen 22% from ‘02-’12, perhaps reflecting benefits of the state’s increased spending per in-state student and increased tuition benefits for a wider range of eligible students.

Massachusetts is clearly supportive of its higher education system and continues to work towards affordable tuition for its students.


The State of Online Higher Education in Massachusetts

The NCES estimates that at least 5.9% of students enrolled in Massachusetts’ Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 47.4% were reported to be undergraduates and 56.9% were found to be living in Massachusetts, meaning the state has had considerable success attracting out-of-state distance students.

In terms of support services for new distance students, Massachusetts Colleges Online is a great starting place for students to find participating institutions, search degree program offerings, find courses and to ask questions. The organization offers students a way of enjoying an expanded network of learning through its consortium of 15 community colleges and 9 state colleges.

Massachusetts is also home to a host of intriguing free online courses offered through some of the best institutions of higher learning in the region. MITx offers a multitude of courses through its Massive Open Online Courses website. This popular open course format is offered through edX and its network of schools and partners, and students have a seemingly unlimited choice of topics and courses to choose from across the board. The importance of free online certificate programs should not be overlooked, as more students are completing a non-traditional education fully online.

However, with expanded online education often crossing regional boundaries, issues of quality control and accreditation standards have arisen. The New England Board of Higher Education has risen to the task of tracking these new challenges. The board is working to find effective ways to control and increase the quality of online and distance education programs in the region and also offers numerous resources via their website, including an online college textbook platform, job links, and updated policies and procedures related to state authorizations and accreditation standards. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the current state of affairs in online higher education in Massachusetts.


Best Online Colleges in Massachusetts

Below, you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in Massachusetts 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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Northeastern University

1
Northeastern University
Boston
$41,686

An Online Education at Northeastern University

Online courses at NU are delivered using the online learning management system Blackboard. Courses are asynchronous, so students can complete their weekly work according to their own schedules. An online class demo shows how on a typical online course works; from their course dashboard, students can access all course materials and quickly review new announcements, upcoming deadlines and fresh discussion threads. Online students also gain access to SmarThinking, the online tutoring program and specialized video conferencing software.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs
  • Bachelor of Science in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication

Students attending a local community college have the option to easily transfer into the NU system to apply toward their full four-year degree.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Global Studies and International Affairs
  • Master of Science in Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Respiratory Care
  • Master of Science in Commerce and Economic Development
  • Master of Professional Studies in Graphic Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Master of Science in Human Services

Certificates and fast-track options are also available via the online delivery format through the Online and Graduate Professional Degree Program.

Contact Information

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5005
(617) 373-2000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #36on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #17on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA)

Bay Path College

2
Bay Path College
Longmeadow
$29,959

An Online Education at Bay Path College

Through the The American Women’s College, one of the many schools that make up Bay Path College, students can complete their undergraduate degree completely online. Each year, AWC runs 6 six-week sessions for online students. One or two accelerated courses are offered per session. Each course is worth three or four credits, so students can easily earn the 120 credits necessary to graduate and complete their degree within four years.

These accelerated courses are designed to help students earn their degree faster. Course content includes multi-media materials, such as video lectures and live web conferencing. Each course is organized into weekly assignments that are laid out in each course’s syllabus. An online orientation is provided to help students familiarize themselves with the system.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Numerous support services are made available to online students including online tutors, who are available 24/7, online discussions with faculty when needed, and the option to schedule an online appointment with an instructor for one-on-one help.

Contact Information

588 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
(413) 565-1000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #184on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor Programs

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

3
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Amherst
$13,443
$28,159

An Online Education at University of Massachusetts - Amherst

UMass Online utilizes Blackboard to present online courses through the Continuing & Professional Education system. For those trying to decide if UMass Amherst Online is the right fit, the school provides a “Try a Class” demo. To gain access to tools such as SPIRE, UMass Email and online library resources, students simply activate their Student OIT account.

Additional online classroom features include tutorials, video lectures, in-browser exams and web conferencing tools. UMass faculty and adjunct professors also use collaborative projects and assignments to keep students engaged in their virtual classroom communities.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is currently not accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN
  • Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in:
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Operations and Information Management

An undergraduate degree completion program called University Without Walls provides students the opportunity to complete their bachelor of arts or science in numerous subject areas.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science: Clinical Nurse Leader

Online certificates and training can also be obtained through Amherst’s Continuing and Professional Education online program options.

Contact Information

374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0111


Acclaim for online programs

  • #12on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #78on U.S News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #15on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

4
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Lowell
$12,097
$26,146

An Online Education at University of Massachusetts - Lowell

The Division of Online Learning and Continuing Education at UMass Lowell uses Blackboard to deliver online, blended, and "web-enhanced" courses. Prospective online students are encouraged to test drive UMass' platform. Online courses offer a unique feature called Chat Hours, which provide an opportunity for instructors and students to communicate in a real-time environment. Participation is not mandatory, however it is highly recommended. Chats are archived for students aren't able to attend a scheduled live chat session.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: Business Minor

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Security Studies: Cyber Security Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Security Studies: Homeland Defense Concentration
  • Master of Education in Reading and Language

Continuing education certificate programs are also available. They are typucally short-term, credit programs of study that are designed to run at a student's own pace. Numerous scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to online students that qualify.

Contact Information

1 University Ave
Lowell, MA 01854-5104
(978) 934-4000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #211on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #97on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA
  • #78on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #68on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • Winner of several Sloan-C Awards for Excellence in Online Education

Boston University

5
Boston University
Boston
$44,880

An Online Education at Boston University

Students participating in Boston University’s online Distance Education program use the Blackboard Learn interface to complete coursework. This flexible online resource allows faculty to interact with students in a variety of ways including lectures, videos, interactive animations, and discussion boards. Students submit assignments and complete exams through Blackboard Learn.

All students applying to Boston University online programs are reviewed by an admissions panel and are held to the same academic standards as on-campus students. Each online program has unique application requirements that students must complete in addition to the general online application.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Undergraduate Degree Completion Program

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Art Education
  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Criminal Justice - Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity
  • Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation
  • Master of Music Education
  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS)
  • MSCIS in Computer Networks
  • MSCIS in Web Application Development
  • MSCIS in Data Analytics
  • MSCIS in Database Management & Business Intelligence
  • MSCIS in Health Informatics
  • MSCIS in IT Project Management
  • MSCIS in Security
  • Master of Science in Health Communication
  • Master of Science in Management (MSM)
  • MSM in Applied Business Analytics Management
  • MSM in Banking and Financial Services Management
  • MSM in Business Continuity, Security & Risk Management
  • MSM in International Marketing Management
  • MSM Insurance Management
  • MSM in Project Management
  • Master of Social Work

Contact Information

One Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-2000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #9Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #3Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #2Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs

Framingham State University

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Framingham State University
Framingham
$8,080
$14,774

An Online Education at Framingham State University

Online learning programs at Framingham State University use the Blackboard Learn interface to complete coursework. The intuitive interface of this tool encourages students to engage in critical thinking and collaborating online. Blackboard Learn is also accessible on mobile devices, allowing students and faculty to access their course pages anywhere, anytime.

Students can register for online courses at Framingham State University without being enrolled as a student. New and returning students can sign up and pay for courses at any time through the university’s registration portals.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Education concentration in Curriculum and Instructional Technology
  • Master of Education concentration in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education concentration in Nutrition Education: School Nutrition Specialist
  • Master of Education concentration in Nutrition Education: Nutrition Education Specialist
  • Master of Science concentration in Merchandising

Contact Information

100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701-9101
(508) 620-1220

Westfield State University

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Westfield State University
Westfield
$8,694
$14,774

An Online Education at Westfield State University

People Learning and Teaching Online, or Plato, is WSU’s online learning interface. By logging in to their myWestfield personal account, students gain access to a variety of services including registration, advising, email, course chat, course announcements, library access and free online tutoring.

Any Massachusetts community college graduate, or anyone who has completed the Mass transfer compact, the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education allows students complete their bachelor’s degree entirely online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Management, B.A.
  • Criminal Justice, B.S.
  • History, B.A.
  • Liberal Studies, B.A.
  • Psychology, B.A.
  • Sociology, B.A.

Via the online learning platform ed2go, students can also take non-credit courses. Also partnering with ed2go is WSU’s Gatlin Online Career Training Course, which offers a wide range of highly interactive courses and industry Certificate Programs that students can take completely via the internet.

Contact Information

577 Western Ave
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
(413) 572-5300


Acclaim for online programs

  • #58on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

Endicott College

8
Endicott College
Beverly
$28,926

An Online Education at Endicott College

Endicott College’s Learning Management System is called GullNet. The platform hosts all course materials and communication tools, including lectures, class notes, presentations, syllabi, assignments, proctored exams and assignment and reading logs. Students interact in virtual work study groups, class forums and instructor office hours using message boards and chat sessions.

The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies conducts online courses following the asynchronous model, so students may access and complete coursework at any time of day. Most courses are five or six weeks long. Endicott's Assessment of Prior Learning enables students to earn college credit from related professional work or earlier study. Students that qualify for prior learning credits are typically at least 24 years of age and have a minimum of two years of significant, full-time work experience.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Managements
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

A tuition discount for the tuition costs related to the completion of a bachelor’s degree of 10% is available to the alumni of Endicott’s two year programs. Alumni can visit the Alumni Bachelor Completion program page to learn more.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration

The BCBA® Certificate Option - Online is available for professionals currently holding an undergraduate or graduate degree in Special Education, Psychology or related fields who wish to be certified by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

Contact Information

376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 927-0585

Fisher College

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Fisher College
Boston
$27,575

An Online Education at Fisher College

The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies at Fisher College (DAPS) uses Blackboard to deliver its online courses. Most Fisher Online courses follow a six or eight-week long term. Courses are designed for individuals with busy schedules, so students can access their online classrooms at any time of day. Students should expect to spend at least ten to fifteen hours per week on each of their online courses. All online students have full access to the school’s library resources.

Online students may qualify for financial aid and can apply to reduce their credit loads by taking CLEP and AP proficiency exams for transfer credit.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Management: Health Information Management Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Management: Leadership Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Management: Computer Information Systems Concentration

Certificates, professional training, and associates degrees are also available.

Fisher encourages online students to take advantage of their cohort as a learning community. It's easy to reach out to participate in virtual study groups and projects, student email addresses are posted on each course’s website.

Contact Information

118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-8800


Acclaim for online programs

  • Ranked by OnlineU as “Best Value” for Bachelor of Humanities in 2015

Anna Maria College

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Anna Maria College
Paxton
$32,134

An Online Education at Anna Maria College

Students attend online classes at AMC by accessing the virtual classroom through the College’s learning management system called Engage. While the programs are asynchronous, some instructors require their students to turn in assignments on set due dates or to log-in to the virtual classroom a few times per week. Some courses only require a submission once a week while others may have several due dates throughout the week. In some cases, students can complete an online program in less time than its campus-based equivalent.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. in Fire Science
  • B.S. in EMS Administration
  • R.N. to B.S.N. in Nursing
  • B.S. in Business Administration

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Public Administration

Several types of support are offered for online students including application and enrollment assistance, 24/7 tech support, writing labs and academic advising. For those who qualify, financial aid is available.

Due to state regulations, Anna Maria College’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi or Wisconsin.

Contact Information

50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612-1198
(508) 849-3300

Mount Ida College

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Mount Ida College
Newton
$29,377

An Online Education at Mount Ida College

At Mount Ida College, online students use Canvas to access and complete coursework. This online forum creates a space for students to discuss, question, and collaborate on assignments. To experience their Canvas platform, Mount Ida College provides a user-friendly example for prospective and current students to test out. Students completing an online education at Mount Ida College can use the school’s Online Learning Resources. Such resources include access to off campus library services and the technology help desk.

All students interested in online programs must complete the application for general admissions at Mount Ida College. The school has rolling admissions, and applications can be submitted at anytime.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Dental Hygiene Degree Completion

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science Management (M.S.M.)
  • Master of Science Management Concentration in Interior Architecture
  • Master of Science Management Concentration in Healthcare Management
  • Master of Science Management Concentration in Leadership in Sport
  • BS to Master of Science Management Five Year Accelerated Track

Contact Information

777 Dedham Street
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 928-4500

Wentworth Institute of Technology

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Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston
$29,200

An Online Education at Wentworth Institute of Technology

Students participating in the online education program at Wentworth Institute of Technology use the Blackboard Learn interface to find course assignments, participate in classroom discussions, and download course materials, and submit assignments. Wentworth Institute of Technology provides a course demo for those interested in learning more about how Blackboard Learn works.

All students applying to Wentworth Institute of Technology graduate degree programs submit applications to the College of Professional and Continuing Education. Each online program has specific application requirements that students must complete that can be viewed on their Apply Now page.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Project Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Applied Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Construction Management
  • Master of Science in Technology Management
  • Master of Science in Facility Management

Contact Information

550 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 989-4590

Dean College

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Dean College
Franklin
$33,230

An Online Education at Dean College

Students and Faculty at Dean College use their internal web page Today@Dean to access all school-related materials. This portal is the platform for email, school news and announcements, grades, transcripts and course content. Within Today@Dean, online students can find the assignments posted by their professors in the MyCourses section. The courses offered through the Dean College’s online program use a variety of web-based platforms outside of Today@Dean, including chat rooms, discussion forums, and Skype.

Dean College’s online program application consists of a simple, one-page application form. All prospective students submit their applications through the same form, regardless of their intended degree.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business

Contact Information

99 Main Street
Franklin, MA 02038-1941
(508) 541-1900

Berklee College of Music

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Berklee College of Music
Boston
$37,586

An Online Education at Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music provides online courses taught by the same instructors that teach at Berklee College of Music’s main campus in Boston. They have their own online platforms that students can access for weekly music lessons and live chats. Their online platform offers select sample courses on their web page.

Berklee College of Music does not have specific GPA or test score requirements for applicants. They have a very quick turnaround rate, providing an admissions decision for every applicant within two weeks.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA in Music Production
  • BA in Music Business
  • BA in Songwriting
  • BA in Electronic Music Production and Sound Design
  • BA in Music Composition for Film, TV, and Games
  • BA - Undeclared Option
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Music Studies

Contact Information

1140 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 747-2222

Newbury College

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Newbury College
Brookline
$28,950

An Online Education at Newbury College

Newbury College provides three undergraduate degree programs that are based 100% online. They school uses Moodle, a learning platform designed to create an integrated teaching and learning system for instructors and students. Moodle molds it’s offerings to each course, providing the necessary tools to best fit the course description based on the instructor’s preferences. In addition to a personalized dashboard, students at Newbury College have access to forums, glossaries, and calendars to support their online learning.

Newbury College provides accelerated online courses that can be completed in 8 weeks. To apply, prospective students can submit a paper or online application. The same application is accepted for all online degree programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Management

Contact Information

129 Fisher Ave
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 730-7000

Becker College

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Becker College
Worcester
$31,500

An Online Education at Becker College

BC's Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies hosts online coursework using the learning management program Canvas. Currently, Becker College offers just one online undergraduate degree program. Students can earn their B.S. in Business Administration by completing eighteen five-week core management courses. Faculty members all are experienced in business and finance worlds so the learning is designed to be highly applicable to real work environments. Students collaborate on work simulations, team projects and case-study debate sessions. This intensely interactive approach is designed to help BSBA students develop the necessary leadership, adaptability, and managerial skills necessary for the modern business work environment.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

A Certificate in Project Management can also be completed online through Becker. BC also offers Portfolio. This class assesses non-classroom learning by developing a portfolio that compiles life experience and professional training. Through this assessment, which is created with the help of the student’s academic advisor, students can earn up to 48 credits through the portfolio process.

Academic advisors help students with any course or academic related question or issues, including assessing transfer credits, updating credit evaluations, and assisting with course planning.

Contact Information

61 Sever St
Worcester, MA 01609-2165
(877) 523-2537

Lesley University

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Lesley University
Cambridge
$445

An Online Education at Lesley University

Lesley University uses Blackboard to deliver coursework for its online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Through a myLesley login, students can review course materials, complete coursework and communicate with their classmates and instructors. A demo class offers an inside look at the structure and design of an online course. Here potential students can see how the syllabus, announcements, rubrics and weekly sessions are organized, and how discussion boards, blogs, journals, groups and other tools are used to enrich the online learning environment.

Financial aid and a variety of flexible payment options are available to help cover the costs of tuition.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Elementary Education Generalist
  • M.Ed. in Educational Technology
  • M.Ed. in Language and Literacy
  • M.Ed. in Mathematics Education
  • M.Ed. in Science Education
  • M.Ed Individually Designed Program for Educators

Various certificate programs in education can also be attained completely online through Lesley University. Several bachelor’s degree completion programs can be done entirely online as well. Students may take online courses without being accepted into a program.

Contact Information

29 Everett St
Cambridge, MA 02138-2790
(877) 453-7539

Western New England University

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Western New England University
Springfield
$33,020

An Online Education at Western New England University

WNEU students and their classmates and professors interact online through Kodiak, the name WNEU gave to its BrightSpace online course delivery software in honor of the school’s mascot, the Golden Bear. Via their Kodiak portal, students receive lectures, emails, assignments, grades and instructor feedback. Students also participate in discussion forums and live chats through the service. An online tutorial can be on the school’s website demonstrates the dashboard organizes class discussions, post assignments, calendars and grades.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration

The online BBA is a part-time degree completion program designed for students already holding an associate’s degree or who have approximately 60 undergraduate credits and are seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree. Any candidates interested in this program must transfer in at least 30 credits before being considered for admission, however up to 90 credits total are permitted to be transferred.

With two traditional fall and spring semesters and two accelerated summer sessions, this degree can be earned in as few as one or two years.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Arts in Communications: Public Relations
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management

Online students share access to the University's D'Amour Library, which houses an extensive collection of print and electronic books and journals.

Contact Information

1215 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, MA 01119-2684
(413) 782-3111


Acclaim for online programs

  • #126on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #74on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #45on U.S. News and World and Report’s Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

College of Our Lady of the Elms

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College of Our Lady of the Elms
Chicopee
$30,132

An Online Education at College of Our Lady of the Elms

Online degrees from College of Our Lady of the Elms utilize Moodle, a web-based learning platform that hosts all course content. Here, students and instructors use blogs, chats, quizzes, tests, and presentations to advance their learning. Students also participate in weekly discussion forums through the Moodle system.

Students engaged in online education at College of Our Lady of the Elms take online courses that can be completed in 8 weeks at a time. This timeline be adjusted based on an individual’s preferences. Students who have earned an associate’s degree from any accredited institution are eligible to apply to the bachelor’s degree online programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SPLA)
  • Healthcare Management (HCM)

Contact Information

291 Springfield St
Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 594-2761

Fitchburg State University

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Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg
$8,985
$15,065

An Online Education at Fitchburg State University

Students and teachers participating in FSU’ online courses and programs take advantage of the user-friendly interface Blackboard Collaborate to conduct coursework and assessments. Teachers are able to share files, give web tours and share basically any desktop item with the class through this online tool.
Once logged in, students have access to a wealth of online tools, including Elluminate and other programs that facilitate the interactions of a traditional classroom setting online.

Blackboard Collaborate support and training resources make it easy to navigate the program. A demo course can be viewed by those interested in learning more about how the Collaborate works.

Through the Online Student Resource Center, students have access to academic advising, tech support, career and counseling services and the offices of student development, disability services and financial aid.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN
  • Business Administration: Management Concentration

Most online courses follow the asynchronous learning formats, in that they allow students to access and complete coursework at any time of day, while assignments and activities may have weekly deadlines set by the instructor.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MBA in Human Resources with Management Concentration
  • MBA with Management Concentration
  • MS in Forensic Nursing

Certificates in various subject areas can be completed online in addition to the undergraduate and graduate level programs.

Contact Information

160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
(978) 345-2151


Acclaim for online programs

  • #125on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #126on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

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University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
North Dartmouth
$11,681
$24,156

An Online Education at University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

Online degrees from UMD are obtained through the school’s University Extension. Students’ myCourses login provides them access to the Blackboard Learn course management system, where online courses are conducted through a wide array of tools such as live virtual classroom sessions, discussion boards, videos and podcasts, wikis and blogs.

Online courses may have live chats or fully live classes using UMass Dartmouth’s live classroom technology, however instructors typically record each event for students who are unable to attend. The online learning app, iClickers may also be required for students to use as a wireless response system to questions posted by online instructors.

Most online classes last one complete semester, however a few summer courses can be completed in just five or seven weeks. The curriculum is accelerated in these courses, not shortened; students should expect to spend more time per week on shorter courses.

Financial aid is available for online students who qualify.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts degree completion program
  • Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree completion program

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Science in Computer Science

UMass Dartmouth students can take full advantage of the U$save program, which offers discounted computer and electronics equipment to students.

Contact Information

285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
(508) 999-8000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #55on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #69on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Programs

University of Massachusetts - Boston

22
University of Massachusetts - Boston
Boston
$11,966
$27,430

An Online Education at University of Massachusetts - Boston

UMass Boston uses the BLS Vista Learning Management System to deliver online coursework. Wimba Classroom is sometimes used to enhance an normally asynchronous course by providing the opportunity to meet online in real time. A course demo that illustrates this can be viewed on the school’s website. Other interactive learning tools include tutorials, audio lectures, video conferencing, assignment archives, chat rooms, annotation tools and exam portals. Instructors lead online discussions, answer questions via email, and personally evaluate each student’s assignment.

Some courses may require prerequisite college credit. Students are permitted to enroll in courses before being formally admitted to a degree program, but enrollment does not necessarily equal acceptance into a degree program.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs
  • RN-to-BSN

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in Science in a Changing World
  • MEd in School Counseling
  • MS in Family Therapy
  • MS in Gerontology
  • MEd Vision Studies
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

UMassOnline.net enables students to access all online courses and programs offered by the University of Massachusetts System.

UMass-Boston is not currently accepting students for online study who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, due to regulations in those states. Massachusetts residency is not a requirement for any of the fully online programs.

Contact Information

100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
(617) 287-5000

Salem State University

23
Salem State University
Salem
$8,130
$14,270

An Online Education at Salem State University

Salem State’s online courses are delivered through the school’s eLearning page, a web-based interface built on the Canvas platform. Prospective students can review SSU's platform with a demo course. Online tools such as Elluminate, GoTo Meeting, and Skype ensure a highly interactive learning environment. All of SSU’s online courses, whether graduate, undergraduate, certificate or solo courses, are equivalent to the school’s face-to-face courses in quality and interaction.

The undergraduate level degree tracks are designed specifically to attract students from the Massachusetts Community College System. Those interested in learning the details of participating in an online course may visit Portland Community College's Online Learning Orientation.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS in Fire Science Administration
  • BLS in Intercultural Communications

Via the School of Continuing Studies, any students who hold an associate’s degree are able to pursue their bachelor’s degree in a various different formats, including online, off-campus, accelerated cohort and individualized programs where students have the ability to take advantage of all of SSU’s different course formats.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MEd Library Media Studies

Depending on how many courses a student takes each semester, one can earn their master’s degree in library media studies within two to two and a half years.

Contact Information

352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6000


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Massachusetts

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Massachusetts, sorted by affordability.

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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Salem State University

1
Salem State University
Salem
$8,130
$14,270

Westfield State University

2
Westfield State University
Westfield
$8,694
$14,774

Fitchburg State University

3
Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg
$8,985
$15,065

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

4
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
North Dartmouth
$11,681
$24,156

University of Massachusetts - Boston

5
University of Massachusetts - Boston
Boston
$11,966
$27,430

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

6
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Lowell
$12,097
$26,146

National Graduate School of Quality Management

7
National Graduate School of Quality Management
Falmouth
$291

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

8
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Amherst
$13,443
$28,159

Northeastern University - Global Network

9
Northeastern University - Global Network
Boston
$369

Fisher College

10
Fisher College
Boston
$27,575

Endicott College

11
Endicott College
Beverly
$28,926

Bay Path College

12
Bay Path College
Longmeadow
$29,959

Becker College

13
Becker College
Worcester
$31,500

Nichols College

14
Nichols College
Dudley
$300

Anna Maria College

15
Anna Maria College
Paxton
$32,134

Lesley University

16
Lesley University
Cambridge
$32,375

Western New England University

17
Western New England University
Springfield
$33,020

MCPHS University

18
MCPHS University
Boston
$380

Assumption College

19
Assumption College
Worcester
$335

Northeastern University

20
Northeastern University
Boston
$41,686

New England College of Business and Finance

21
New England College of Business and Finance
Boston
$52,000


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Massachusetts

Big Y Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Deadline: February 1, 2017
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

Big Y Foods, Inc., provides annual scholarships of $2,000 to students in Western, Central, or Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Award categories are: High School Senior; Community College; Undergraduate; Graduate; and Nontraditional Student. Selection is based on academic and personal achievements, and community service.

Diana and Leon Feffer Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

Administered by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the Diana and Leon Feffer Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors in western Massachusetts. Selection is based on high school GPA, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores. Award is up to $8,000.

First National Bank of Amherst Centennial Education Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Amherst Regional High School, Hopkins Academy, Northampton High School, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Selection is competitive and is based on academic record, including GPA and class rank.

George I. Alden Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The George I. Alden Scholarship is available to community college students transferring to Babson College. Selection and amount of the award are based on the financial need of applicants.

James L. Shriver Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

The James L. Shriver scholarship is available to students from western Massachusetts who are enrolled in a technical career program. Selection is based on academic performance. Funds are provided by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Margaret J. Hyland Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

The Margaret J. Hyland Scholarship is available to University of Massachusetts students who have been residents of Holyoke for ten or more years. Preference is given to students of Roman Catholic faith. Selection is competitive and is based on academic record.

National Scholars Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

Available to National Merit or Achievement finalists who are entering Boston University as freshmen. Selection is competitive. Amount of the award is $20,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

Boston University distributes the Presidential Scholarship to the most academically talented incoming freshmen each year. Alongside academic achievement, applicants must demonstrate a record of outstanding leadership in their schools and communities. Award is $20,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Urban Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The Urban Scholarship is for freshmen at Lesley University. Applicants must have participated in and be recommended by an approved Urban Scholars partner organization, and must have financial need. Award is a 50% tuition discount and free textbooks for 4 years.

William A. and Vinnie E. Dexter Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors/college freshmen in western Massachusetts. Competitive selection is based on academic record, including high school GPA, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores. Funds are administered by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.


Higher Education Resources in Massachusetts