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Whether you’re a resident of Oklahoma or a non-resident interested in earning your degree from one of Oklahoma’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 Oklahoma’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 Oklahoma. 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 Oklahoma qualify for the same programs and benefits as their campus-based peers.


Postsecondary Education in Oklahoma

CollegeBoard.org reports that average tuition at public 4-year schools sits at $6,895, while private nonprofit 4-year tuition was reported at $23,897.

The Center on Budget and Policies Priorities reported that in the 2013-14 school year there was a 1.94% increase ($141, inflation adjusted) in state spending per student.

CollegeBoard reports that for in-state students, 2014-15 tuition in Oklahoma’s public four-year schools came to roughly $7,000, versus a national average of $9,139.

For out-of-state students, Oklahoma tuition came to roughly $17,500, versus a national average of $22,958.


Online Education in Oklahoma

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 10.6% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Oklahoma (26,420 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 83.3% of those students were undergraduates
  • 40.7% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 10.6% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 1.5% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 71.7% were living in Oklahoma
  • 25.5% were living elsewhere in the United States

The Online College of Oklahoma offers over 3,400 online courses, covering 18 fully online programs.

Many online courses in Oklahoma fall under the Reach Higher degree completion program, designed to help students returning to school to finish their bachelor’s or associate.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Oklahoma

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

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University of Oklahoma – Health Sciences Center

1
University of Oklahoma – Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City
$138
$3,302

An Online Education at University of Oklahoma – Health Sciences Center

Students and professors involved in UOHSC’s web-based classes communicate through highly interactive discussion board forums accessed on their Desire2Learn portal. Via this eLearning platform, professors can manage their course curriculum and content, while students can utilize web-based learning tools like SoftChalk tutorials, ePortfolios and a Degree Compass to help keep them on track. Previous work and life experience can be applied towards college credit by creating a prior learning assessment portfolio.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Radiation Sciences - Medical Imaging

This degree is considered a degree completion program designed for those already holding a professional credential, such as an associate degree or certificate. There are no clinical requirements. Future students entering the program must have at least 60 credit hours in prerequisites, which vary depending on the student's level of certification. The 25 credit hour degree completion program is conducted entirely over the internet, however 6 hours of guided electives at any university or college must also be completed prior to graduation.

Contact Information

1100 N Lindsay
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5499
(405) 271-4000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #68 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #65 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Cameron University

2
Cameron University
Lawton
$178
$4,272

An Online Education at Cameron University

Student-centered online learning at CU is conducted through the course management system Blackboard. This web-based platform provides a peer-supported learning environment where students interact on discussion boards, chats and email. Students can prepare themselves for the online environment by taking a Prep Course provided by CU. Assigned reading and writing activities have scheduled due dates that students must meet on a weekly basis, along with at least one proctored exam per semester. If a student lives too far away to take advantage of the on-campus testing center, he or she is responsible for finding an approved proctored test center in their locale.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

As an adult degree completion program, approximately 86% of the organizational leadership degree is conducted online. The rest of the program is completed through evening courses and the assessment of previous life and work experiences for college credit.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Technical support as well as library access, a writing center and advising are provided for all CU online students to better their learning experience. Interactive television courses are another extension of CU’s distance education within the Adult and Continuing Education department.

Contact Information

2800 West Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73505-6377
(580) 581-2200


Acclaim for online programs

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

Southwestern Oklahoma State University

3
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Weatherford
$185
$4,440

An Online Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University

SWOSU provides four types of distance learning for eLearners: fully online courses, an interactive television system (ITV), webinars and blended programs. Despite the fact that fully online courses are currently the most popular method in the U.S., SWOSU’s most common delivery method is ITV, which allows students and instructors to communicate through two-way television. A webinar course is similar to ITV except that the interaction is conducted through computers. Blended programs mix online and ITV formats and may require on-campus residency or visits.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics and Information Management

Three fully online degrees are provided via the Desire2Learn course management system in collaboration with Canvas, through which students have access to course materials, assignments, grades and eLearning tools. Most student-teacher communication is conducted through discussion forums that each last about a week. Coursework typically has weekly deadlines and tests are administered through ProctorU.

Contact Information

100 Campus Dr
Weatherford, OK 73096-3098
(580) 772-6611

Northeastern State University

4
Northeastern State University
Tahlequah
$206
$4,954

An Online Education at Northeastern State University

Now offering more than 400 courses online, NSU has truly embraced online learning. Courses delivery occurs via the Blackboard learning management system, which houses course materials, assignments, multiple discussion forums, group projects, quizzes, activities, readings and grades for students to access 24/7. Applicants can preview a course as a guest or watch the various tutorials guiding new online learners through the virtual environment.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Students are welcome to transfer into NSU, so long as they complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at the university.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Education in Science Education

A wealth of student support services including advising, technical support, learning assistance, health services and even campus connections are provided to eLearners. Financial aid is also available for those online students who qualify. Prospective students residing outside the state of Oklahoma should refer to the State Authorization page prior to applying to ensure that NSU is authorized to deliver distance education in their home state.

Contact Information

600 N Grand
Tahlequah, OK 74464-2399
(918) 456-5511


Acclaim for online programs

  • #83 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Oklahoma Panhandle State University

5
Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Goodwell
$236
$5,672

An Online Education at Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Designed for the busy adult learner, OPSU’s online courses are offered asynchronously through the eCollege learning management system. Students are encouraged to conduct a browser check to ensure their operating system can support this platform. The web-based interface allows for highly interactive online learning, with students and instructors communicating via email, activities, and chats that enable students to complete coursework on their timeframe. Both for-credit and non-credit individual courses may also be taken fully online through the continuing education department.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

In keeping with the philosophy of student-centered learning that maintains healthcare ethics, OPSU bases its nursing curriculum on Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. This program has no clinical or on-campus requirements; students can earn their degree completely online. A practicum is done near the student’s home and 30 of the 124 total program credits must be completed through OPSU. Since the program allows for transfer credits to be applied towards the degree, each nursing students receives individual academic advising to help them determine which courses still need to be taken. Spring, fall and summer admissions allow students to begin the program at their convenience.

Contact Information

323 Eagle Ave
Goodwell, OK 73939-0430
(580) 349-2611


Acclaim for online programs

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

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

6
Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Alva
$243
$5,826

An Online Education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Through the Blackboard learning management system, online students participate in a stimulating virtual learning environment. Assignments are submitted via Turninitin®, tests are administered through Remote Proctor Now, and communication takes place via email, ongoing discussion threads and chat features like Skype.

All online students at NWOSU are required to take the non-credit Online Program Orientation prior to the start of their program. While the majority of courses are delivered asynchronously, occasionally a course will require students to login at a regularly scheduled time.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Technical Management

Once general education requirements are met, students should be able to complete their major requirements in as little as five or six semesters. There is no limit to the number of transfer credits that may be applied to an online degree, however at least 30 major credits must be completed at NWOSU and half of the final 30 credit hours must be completed at NWOSU as well. At this time NWOSU is only approved to deliver distance education in the Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Financial aid for those online students who qualify is available.

Contact Information

709 Oklahoma Blvd
Alva, OK 73717-2799
(580) 327-1700

Rogers State University

7
Rogers State University
Claremore
$270
$6,478

An Online Education at Rogers State University

RSU’s eCampus is hosted by the Blackboard-owned ANGEL learning management system. Through this comprehensive platform, students receive all of the necessary coursework and instruction to successfully complete an online class. Instructors primarily communicate through email, sending course materials and answering questions. Information is conveyed via document sharing, lecture notes, threaded discussions, videos and audio files. External software such as PowerPoint often supplements the course materials, and textbooks, which can be purchased online, may be used as well. All coursework is asynchronous; however, weekly deadlines for homework and quizzes are mandatory. Exams must be proctored.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Technology in Applied Technology

Online classes follow the traditional 16-week long fall and spring semesters and the 8-week long summer semester. Students should expect to spend 3 to 4 hours per week per course studying offline. In addition to these bachelor's degrees, several associate programs may also be completed online through RSU. Up to 45 credits can be transferred to an associate program. Students may also take CLEP and DANTES assessments for college credit.

Prospective students should note that RSU online courses are only open to residents of Oklahoma.

Contact Information

1701 W Will Rogers Blvd
Claremore, OK 74017-3252
(918) 343-7777


Acclaim for online programs

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

University of Oklahoma – Norman

8
University of Oklahoma – Norman
Norman
$335
$8,041

An Online Education at University of Oklahoma – Norman

Having offered its first completely online degree back in 2003, OU proudly continues to expand its distance education options to help adult and nontraditional students come closer to meeting their goals. OU’s eLearning Portal is provided through the Moodle learning management system. Future students can take advantage of the demo course, tutorial and manual before beginning their online studies to help ease the transition into the virtual learning environment.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Lifespan Care Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in World Cultural Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Human and Health Services Administration
  • Master of Prevention Science
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Designed for working adults, online courses are presented in accelerated, 8-week long sessions, with 2 sessions per semester. Typically, two courses are taken at the same time for the first half of the semester and then another two during the second half. The accelerated programs are able to completed in as little as 18 months but most students finish in 2 to 3 years. Every online student is assigned a personal advisor who helps them create an academic plan prior to the start of their course.

Contact Information

660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK 73019-3072
(405) 325-0311


Acclaim for online programs

  • #68 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #65 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Oral Roberts University

9
Oral Roberts University
Tulsa
$349
$8,376

An Online Education at Oral Roberts University

ORU’s online students use the Desire2Learn course management system to access their online materials and classes. Via this web-based interface, students use technology apps like Dropbox to send and receive readings and assignments. Additionally, students can create an ePortfolio, view their grades, reference syllabi, access resources and send emails. Most communication is conducted through discussion threads guided by instructors.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Christian Caregiving and Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Leadership Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Government
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Online courses are organized into two 7-week long sessions that take place twice every semester (spring, summer and fall). Two courses are taken at a time, enabling students to quickly earn their degree.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Management
  • Master of Business Administration in Leadership
  • Master of Education in School Administration (Christian School Administration Concentration)

Students should note that the Christian school administration program does require a portion of the courses to be completed on-campus, totaling two 4-day modules during the summer. Beyond these programs, ORU’s Online Learning also offers the Online Bible Institute non-credit certificate program for those interested in gaining professional training in ministries and theology.

ORU does not offer scholarship opportunities to online students, however students are welcome to search for scholarships from external sources. A member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, ORU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Contact Information

7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74171
(918) 495-6161


Acclaim for online programs

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

Mid-America Christian University

10
Mid-America Christian University
Oklahoma City
$375
$9,000

An Online Education at Mid-America Christian University

MACU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers a number of online programs and courses supported by the Desire2Learn integrated learning platform. D2L technology tools are employed to enable students to receive and submit assignments, take part in highly interactive discussion boards, complete online tests or quizzes, collaborate with classmates on group projects and email their instructors.

Helpful tools such as online tutoring through Smarthinking, 24/7 IT Services and close personal academic advising are just a few of the beneficial resources to which MACU’s online students have access. Students in the area may also take advantage of the MACU Test Center for proctored college tests and for college-credit exams.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Communication, Public Relations and Ethics
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Ethics
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministries
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Ethics
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Ethics
  • Bachelor of Science in Management and Ethics

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Leadership
  • Master of Ministry
  • Master of Science in Counseling - Professional Counselor
  • Master of Science in Counseling, Addiction and Substance Abuse
  • Master of Business Administration - International Business Emphasis
  • Master of Business Administration - Accounting Emphasis
  • Master of Arts in Leadership - Higher Education Administration

Prior learning and vocational experience may be assessed through CLEP or DSSC testing to help students garner more credits to further accelerate their degree completion time. MACU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HCL) and is affiliated with the Anderson, Indiana Church of God.

Contact Information

3500 SW 119th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73170-9797
(405) 691-3800

Southern Nazarene University

11
Southern Nazarene University
Bethany
N/A
$20,556

An Online Education at Southern Nazarene University

Once enrolled and registered, students log in to their SNU Moodle course site to retrieve syllabi, announcements, assignments and grades. Additionally, students will view online content posted by instructors, complete reading assignments, participate in discussion forums, submit research papers, do online activities and take quizzes. Exams are typically conducted through Remote Proctor.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Science in Network Management

Approximately 15 hours of offline study time should be expected for each online course. In keeping with online learning's peer-supported, student-centered philosophy, classes are organized into cohorts that allow students to collaborate throughout the duration of the program. Most online courses are structured into an accelerated five or six week format.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration in Health Care
  • Master of Sport Management and Administration

The same level of academic support provided to on-campus students is given to online students through online tutoring, a 24/7 technology help desk, academic advising and the readiness assessment tool SmarterMeasure. Graduate programs can be completed in as little as 22 months, while undergraduate programs may only take 14 months. Scholarships for returning adults participating in the accelerated programs are available. While SNU is no longer offering fully online associate programs, individual courses that can be put towards associate degree requirements may still be taken online.

Contact Information

6729 NW 39th Expy
Bethany, OK 73008
(405) 789-6400



Scholarships and Financial Aid in Oklahoma

Alumni Scholars Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,500 See Scholarship

This program is designed to award undergraduates who distinguish themselves with outstanding academic performance during their freshman year at the University of Oklahoma. Students who earn a GPA of 3.8+ during their freshman year will be considered. Recipient is selected by the Alumni Scholars committee. Maximum award is $2,500.

Drover Academic Scholarship

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount $3,600 See Scholarship

The Drover Scholarship is open to freshmen entering the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. To be eligible, students must be residents of Oklahoma, and have a high school GPA of 3.5+ and ACT score of 27+. The award is a one-year tuition waiver valued at $3,600.

Freshman Achievement Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition See Scholarship

The Freshman Achievement award is open to students entering the University of Central Oklahoma with an ACT score of 30+ and a GPA of 3.0+. Sixty incoming freshmen will receive this award each year. The value is $2,500 per year for 4 years.

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

Deadline: August 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Administered by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, this scholarship is open to National Merit Scholars and Finalists; United States Presidential Scholars; and high school seniors with ACT/SAT scores at or above the 99.5th percentile. Maximum award is $5,000 per year toward tuition at an Oklahoma higher education institution.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2015
Scholarship Amount $5,100 See Scholarship

Open to transfer students entering the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. To be eligible, students must be Oklahoma residents, members of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, hold an associate’s degree, and demonstrate excellence in academics and leadership. The award is a one-year tuition waiver valued at $5,100.

President’s Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to 20 to 25 freshmen entering the University of Central Oklahoma. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0+, an ACT score of 21+, and be actively involved in three or more student organizations. The award is $3,000 plus half of the cost of room and board for 4 years.

President’s Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $6,560 See Scholarship

Open to freshmen entering the University of Arts and Sciences Oklahoma with a GPA of 3.5+ and an ACT score of 24+. To be eligible, students must be residents of Oklahoma, and demonstrate financial need. The award is a tuition waiver valued at $6,560 per year.

Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $3,000 See Scholarship

Administered by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, this scholarship is open to high school seniors with an ACT score of 30+, and to National Merit semifinalists. Applicants must be in-state students enrolled in an Oklahoma regional university. The award is a tuition waiver plus $3,000 stipend, renewable for 8 semesters.

Transfer Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Fifty scholarships in the amount of $1,600 per year for 2 years will be awarded to transfer students entering the University of Central Oklahoma. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.5+.

University Scholarship

Deadline: rolling
Scholarship Amount $3,200 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to freshmen entering University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. To be eligible, students must be residents of Oklahoma, and have a high school GPA of 3.25+ and ACT score of 24+. The award is a one-year tuition waiver valued at $3,200.


Higher Education Resources in Oklahoma