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As the largest state in the contiguous U.S., Texas has an abundance of fully and partially online postsecondary programs. The most noteworthy of the state’s online offerings come from the University of Texas and Texas A&M public education systems. These networks cover the entirety of the state, with nearly every campus providing students with a selection of online courses and programs.

In effect, these online public programs let students throughout Texas earn their degree online while having relatively easy access to campus resources. And while online students enroll at a specific branch, the public systems allow distance students to choose from a massive catalogue of courses run by their in-network sister schools.

Texas also has a number of smaller universities and liberal arts colleges with an equally respected selection of online offerings. But before we identify the best online colleges in TX, let’s start by looking at the state of online education and higher education as a whole in Texas today.


A Brief Overview of Higher Education in Texas

In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Texas had 271 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 108 public, 100 for-profits and 63 nonprofits. The College Board states that ’15-’16 in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools averaged out to be $9,120; out-of-state figures were an average of $23,100 over the same time.

As for financial aid efforts, over the last decade Texas has proved to be a national leader in the support of students in-need. In fact, 100% of all state grants awarded by Texas in ’13-’14 were classified as need-based, as found in an extensive survey by the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP).

To put that in context, 11.1% of all funds used by the state in support of higher education go to need-based grants, which amounts to $773.8 million dollars. That is the equivalent of awarding $725.17 to every undergraduate enrolled in a Texas school in ’13-’14. Over the same year, Texas also awarded $98.9 million in loans and nearly $8 million for work study.

To sum all that up: Texas’s higher education system is in great shape; it has a huge pool of institutions; a low and stable in-state tuition rate; and a stellar commitment to need-based aid.


The State of Online Higher Education in Texas

Texas’s commitment to online programs comes in many shapes, but it is perhaps best embodied by the state’s membership in the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus. This pact between the states of the southeastern U.S. (Texas being the furthest west) lets students sift through a huge directory of the region’s online ed. programs. Depending on where they are enrolled, students can audit these courses, earning credits towards their degree. This is effectively the dream of online ed.; students taking the best courses as needed, regardless of location.

SREB goes one step further with its aid initiatives. Through services like the Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus and the Regional Contract Program for Health Professions, students are able to fully enroll in a selection of out-of-state programs while paying Texas’s in-state tuition rates. While the selection of programs is small and the admissions criteria strict, for qualified students these are incredible opportunities. A current list of programs available to Texas residents can be found here.

As far as data on online ed.’s success in Texas, consider that, in 2014, the Texas Higher Education Data program reported that 32.6% of all semester credit hours (SCH) attempted in Texas were done so via a distance learning format. Those distance formats were subdivided as follows: 48.4% were taken entirely online; 42.4% were taken face-to-face but out-of-district or off-campus; 6.62% were taken via a hybrid/blended learning format; and the final 2.6% were taken using TVs and other non-computer mediums.

The NCES estimates that 90% of fully online students enrolled in Texas courses today live in Texas. More than 75% of those students are undergrads. Online colleges in TX are here to stay.


Best Online Colleges in Texas

Below, you will find our carefully calculated rankings of the 25 best online four-year programs in Texas, consisting of a mix of elite smaller schools and the very best of the massive state school networks. Read each school profile to better understand their approach to online education and the programs they offer; review our methodology to learn how we arrived at our final 25; and explore our other Texas resources, from our database of every Texas school to our index of popular Texas 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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Dallas Baptist University

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Dallas Baptist University
Dallas
$22,350

An Online Education at Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University is a Christian school focused on integrating faith and learning. In addition to on-campus programs, DBU offers more than 50 full degree programs online and boasts a 92% course completion rate. Students participate in courses through the Blackboard learning management system, which offers a wide range of communication tools, including live Web conferencing, mobile access and collaborative tools for students and instructors. DBU’s University Writing Center provides resources and assistance both online and on-campus.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA Biblical Studies
  • BS Christian Ministries
  • BS Communication
  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BS Health Care Management
  • BS Psychology
  • BBS Business Administration
  • BBS Finance

In addition to a wide range of bachelor’s degree majors, prospective online students can also pursue the following associate degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Biblical Studies and Associate of Business Administration. Three undergraduate certificate programs are also available in an online format for students interested in health care management, management practices and information systems and technology.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA Christian Ministry
  • MA Leadership
  • MA Management
  • MA Teaching
  • MA Theological Studies
  • MBA
  • MEd Curriculum and Instruction
  • MEd Higher Education

Dallas Baptist University’s online graduate programs allow students to combine areas of interest and career preparation through multiple accelerated and dual degree options. Undergraduate students can simultaneously pursue a BBS or BBA and MBA degrees. Graduate students can enroll in several dual programs, such as the MA in Christian Education and the MBA, or the MBA and MEd in Educational Leadership. More than 20 graduate certificate programs are also available.

Contact Information

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, TX 75211-9299
(214) 333-7100

Texas A&M University - Commerce

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Texas A&M University - Commerce
Commerce
$6,583
$17,203

An Online Education at Texas A&M University - Commerce

This research university was founded in 1889, making it the fifth oldest continuously operating higher education institution in Texas – and with 12,500 students, it's the second largest in the A&M system. The school offers five entirely online bachelor's degrees with science, business and management emphasis, as well as several similar graduate degree programs; greater variety is found in their hybrid courses, which are conducted mostly online but require periodic classroom attendance.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Sciences - Organizational Leadership

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Masters of Science in Accounting
  • Masters of Education
  • Masters of Science in Biological Sciences
  • Masters of Science in Physics
  • Masters of Science in Health, Kinesiology & Sports Studies
  • Masters of Science in Applied Criminology

eCollege hosts the online platform for Texas A&M. Support systems include a 24-hour troubleshooting hotline and access to online library services. Course design is left to the discretion of the instructor, so students should be sure their schedules can accommodate any synchronous requirements.

Contact Information

2600 South Neal
Commerce, TX 75429-3011
(903) 886-5081

LeTourneau University

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LeTourneau University
Longview
$25,740

An Online Education at LeTourneau University

This Christ-centered institution currently serves students representing more than 50 denominations. In addition to on-campus and online programs, LeTourneau also offers hybrid learning options, and tailored resources for international and military students. The school’s Center for Global Service Learning and Abbott Aviation Center provide real-world opportunities for students and faculty to engage in projects that result in collaborative problem-solving and technical training.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS Aviation Studies
  • Bachelor of Biblical Studies and Ministry
  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BS Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • BS Computer Information Systems
  • BS Healthcare Management
  • BS Psychology

Students interested in an online associate degree can pursue the interdisciplinary studies program, which includes a general education curriculum. Many bachelor’s level programs also offer multiple concentration areas that allow students to tailor their courses to specific areas of interest and career development.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Strategic Leadership
  • MS Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Management
  • MEd Curriculum and Instruction
  • MEd Education Administration
  • MA Psychology

Graduate faculty members have professional experience in the fields they teach and are aware of students’ career expectations. Online courses are offered in three to seven week academic terms, allowing flexible access and completion times of two years or less for most programs. A graduate certification program in Career and Technical Training is also available.

Contact Information

2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000

University of North Texas

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University of North Texas
Denton
$8,745
$17,241

An Online Education at University of North Texas

The University of North Texas is a campus-based public institution that also offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs online. UNT uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver online courses and connect students with their instructors, course materials and each other in an interactive environment. Through special services, such as the Center for Achievement and Lifelong Learning, and traditional support offered through libraries and technical services, students can access needed resources online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • BS Rehabilitation Studies
  • BS Information Science

Undergraduate certificate programs are offered through the college of public affairs and community service. A wide range of support resources are provided by the Off-Campus Student Services Center.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MBA
  • MS Educational Psychology
  • Masters in Educational Leadership
  • MEd Special Education
  • MS Rehabilitation Counseling
  • MS Criminal Justice
  • MS Learning Technologies
  • MS Merchandising

In addition to full degree programs, UNT also offers online certificate programs at the graduate level with multiple concentrations in the fields of education, public affairs and community service, information science and hospitality and tourism. Accelerated graduate programs in the colleges of business and education include shorter academic terms and different pacing options for online students.

Contact Information

1501 W.Chestnut Ave.
Denton, TX 76203-1277
(940) 565-2000

Dallas Christian College

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Dallas Christian College
Dallas
$14,688

An Online Education at Dallas Christian College

Established in 1950, this small Christian institution is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and serves a student body of 350 with nearly 100 faculty members, keeping the student to teacher ratio desirably low. The school's online degree programs are offered through their 'Flex Campus,' which provides four Bachelor of Arts tracks (all including bible education), as well as two Associate of Arts degrees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. in Practical Ministries
  • B.S. in Business
  • B.S. in Psychology
  • B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Classes occur synchronously, meaning attendance will be expected at specific times of the day. Real time participation creates an atmosphere much more similar to the standard classroom experience, so distance learners desiring a more traditional environment will want to consider this option. Moodle is the platform through which all asynchronous class activities occur, including threaded discussions, assignments and exams. Web learners are each assigned a personal mentor and have the option to attend evening courses on campus for additional support.

Contact Information

2700 Christian Pkwy.
Dallas, TX 75234-7299
(972) 241-3371

Texas Tech University

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Texas Tech University
Lubbock
$7,517
$16,013

An Online Education at Texas Tech University

This globally-ranked large research institution was founded in 1923 and has since grown to over 30,000 students and 10 academic colleges. Texas Tech is home to the National Wind Institute, a major wind and energy research center; the university also houses a pulsed power electronics laboratory. Online offerings at the school include a large selection of science and engineering undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as four doctoral options in psychology and education. Some tracks are exclusively web-based, others are hybrid; and many have options for both.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in University Studies

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Technical Communication
  • Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Engineering
  • Master of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences Education
  • Master of Science in Human Development & Family Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Systems and Engineering Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication & Rhetoric

The school boasts an Instructional Design team that specializes in assisting in course structure through their expertise with the Blackboard LMS. Students are expected to participate in class work through a variety of mediums including, online assessments, lectures, discussion threads, chats, virtual meetings, wikis and blogs.

Contact Information

Broadway and University Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-5005
(806) 742-2011


Acclaim for online programs

  • #14on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #20on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #107on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Sam Houston State University

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Sam Houston State University
Huntsville
$7,022
$15,518

An Online Education at Sam Houston State University

Considered a 'Doctoral Research University' by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, this large, urban school boasts nearly 20,000 students and is the third oldest public education institution in Texas. In addition to its 100-plus traditional degree programs, SHSU features over twenty online graduate programs, five undergraduate degrees and two fully online Doctor of Education programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Criminal Justice, B.A. or B.S.
  • General Business Administration, B.B.A.
  • General Studies, B.G.S.
  • Nursing, BSN
  • Psychology, B.S.

Sam Houston State has put a lot of effort into ensuring they provide the best online experience possible, to see if it is right for you, take their interactive online learning assessment.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Administration, M.Ed.
  • Business Administration, Executive MBA
  • Criminal Justice Leadership & Management, M.S.
  • Digital Forensics, M.S.
  • Homeland Security Studies, M.S.
  • Victim Services Management, M.S.
  • Developmental Education Administration, Ed.D.

Blackboard supports the virtual learning ecosystem of SHSU. Through this platform the school has recently launched an online community known as "Student Central" designed to replicate the same social atmosphere found in a student activities center. Also considered a military-friendly school, the institution offers specialized online programs to help active duty students complete their degree. Over 69% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Contact Information

1806 Ave J
Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 294-1111


Acclaim for online programs

  • #5on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Criminal Justice Programs
  • #7on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #28on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #68on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #60on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

Northwood University - Texas

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Northwood University - Texas
Cedar Hill
$22,130

An Online Education at Northwood University - Texas

Based in Midland, Michigan, Northwood University has locations in six states, including Texas. Campus-based, hybrid and online programs in business administration are available through the Texas location. The curriculum is designed for adult learners who may be returning to college after an absence. Regional Learning Centers in Cedar Hill and Fort Worth (military) help new online students make a successful transition back to school.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Majors and concentrations in which most or all coursework is completed online include: Aftermarket Management, Automotive Marketing and Management, Computer Information Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financing Management, Health Care Management and Operations and a minor in Supply Chain Management.

Contact Information

1114 W FM 1382
Cedar Hill, TX 75104-1204
(972) 291-1541

Concordia University - Texas

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Concordia University - Texas
Austin
$25,880

An Online Education at Concordia University - Texas

Currently, Concordia uses both Blackboard and Moodle learning management systems to conduct online classes. In addition to two Austin campuses, Concordia learning centers are also located in San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth. Prospective students can view New Student Orientation slides online. The Student Success Center provides access to coaching, counseling, peer tutoring and a variety of online resources.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA Business
  • BA Computer Science
  • BA Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • BA Healthcare Administration
  • BA Human Resource Management
  • BAAS Technical Management
  • RN to BSN

The Center for Vocation and Professional Development helps undergraduate students with career development and job search opportunities, including internships and mentoring. Activities are organized by educational level, beginning with incoming students.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MBA
  • MA Sports Administration
  • MEd Advanced Literacy Instruction
  • MEd Differentiated Instruction
  • MEd Education Administration
  • MEd Special Education
  • RN to MSN
  • MSN

The RN+ to MSN degree is an accelerated program designed for students who already have both an associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing. Three graduate certificates in education are also offered online: Principal Certification, Reading Specialist Certification and Superintendent Certification.

Contact Information

11400 Concordia University Dr.
Austin, TX 78726
(512) 313-3000

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Arlington
$8,878
$17,374

An Online Education at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Students at UTA use Blackboard to connect with their classmates, course materials and instructors online. This platform includes interactive tools, such as live meeting rooms, group collaboration areas and social media integration. Online students have access to support resources ranging from academic advising and tutoring to textbook purchasing and library databases. In 2011, more than 22,000 UTA students were enrolled in online courses and almost 6,000 were only taking online classes.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

UTA’s nursing programs have one of Texas’ highest success rates for graduation and licensure. Criminology students can pursue the Finish@UT program, designed to support students who have already completed some college credits at the undergraduate level. The University of Texas at Arlington is one of five schools in the UT system involved in this consortium project.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MEd Curriculum and Instruction
  • MEd Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
  • MS Aerospace Engineering
  • MS Civil Engineering
  • MS Electrical Engineering
  • MS Industrial Engineering
  • MS Mechanical Engineering

These online programs provide students with flexible options for accessing and completing course work and have been developed with career development goals in mind. Master's students in the engineering programs are required to complete testing at the UTA campus or through an approved off-campus proctoring center.

Contact Information

701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX 76013
(817) 272-2011

University of Houston - Clear Lake

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University of Houston - Clear Lake
Houston
$5,730

An Online Education at University of Houston - Clear Lake

Originally a graduate extension campus for NASA employees at the nearby Manned Spacecraft Center, UH Clear Lake became an independent institution in 1971, offering upper division degrees in engineering and technology. It has since grown to a student body of 8,000, and as of Fall 2014, began offering classes to freshman and sophomores, including through the university's web-based degree programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Service Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
  • Master of Science in Environmental Science

Often ranked as one of the most affordable online college programs, this public institution is a good choice for distance learners. Blackboard is the platform supporting the online learning environment at UH Clear Lake and students are expected to maintain all deadlines and stay current with lectures through this system. Professors will maintain office hours for online courses, during which students will be able to confer with them in real time. A short online quiz has been developed by the school to determine an individual's level of preparedness for a virtual education.

Contact Information

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058-1002
(281) 283-7600


Acclaim for online programs

  • #67on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #89on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

Tarleton State University - Global Campus

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Tarleton State University - Global Campus
Stephenville
$5,856
$14,352

An Online Education at Tarleton State University - Global Campus

First named John Tarleton Agricultural College in 1899, it joined the A&M system in 1917, earning university status in 1973. Its agricultural roots are reflected in present day degree offerings; traditional classroom attendees and online students alike can study agriculture from internationally recognized programs. Additionally, students of criminal justice, music and human resource management will also find online degree tracks through the university.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BAAS - Criminal Justice Administration
  • BAAS - Manufacturing and Industrial Management
  • BAT - Health Professions Technology
  • BBA - Business Administration
  • BAAS - Business
  • BBA - Administrative Systems
  • BAAS - Information Technology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MS - Agriculture & Consumer Resources
  • MS - Information Systems
  • MS - Human Resource Management
  • MS - Management & Leadership
  • MS - Manufacturing Quality & Leadership
  • MM - Music Education
  • MCJ - Master of Criminal Justice

Tarleton has compiled a small video series designed to introduce the uninitiated distance student to the advantages of online learning, as well as providing tips for success, scheduling advice, networking suggestions and an overview of resources. Blackboard hosts the virtual classroom at this university and interested applicants can find a brief overview of how to navigate the online environment on the student resources page.

Contact Information

Box T-0011
Stephenville, TX 76402
(817) 732-7300

West Texas A&M University

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West Texas A&M University
Canyon
$6,500
$7,220

An Online Education at West Texas A&M University

Originally a state-funded teacher college, the West Texas branch of the A&M university system was established in 1910 with a student body of less than 200. It has grown to be a significant research university; in August 2014, the National Science Foundation awarded the college the prestigious Major Research Instrumentation grant for its achievements. WTAMU's online learning program features a variety of options offered in 100% online, completion program and hybrid formats.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Criminal Justice-Administration Emphasis (BA and BS)
  • General Studies (BGS)
  • Business Administration (BBA)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Instructional Design & Technology (MEd)
  • Curriculum & Instruction (MEd)
  • RN to MSN Comprehensive (MSN)

Virtual learning neophytes may take an online education assessment free of charge to determine their compatibility with a distance learning program. The learning management system at WTAMU has been dubbed WTClass and a full orientation is available for those who want to dig deeper into the online environment. Students are expected to participate in the same activities that would take place in the traditional classroom including discussions, written assignments, quizzes and exams. All of this will be managed through the facilities provided by WTClass.

Contact Information

2501 4th Ave
Canyon, TX 79016-0001
(806) 651-0000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #11on U.S News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #32on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #119on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #157on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

The University of Texas at Tyler

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The University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler
$7,222
$17,842

An Online Education at The University of Texas at Tyler

Prospective students can explore multiple enrollment options include online and HyFlex, which combines online with some on-campus requirements. Students use Blackboard learning management system to participate in their courses. This system provides a wide variety of communication and collaboration tools to guide interaction. Those interested in applying to UTT online are encouraged to review the school’s Online Preparedness Questionnaire and Online Course Video Tours to find out more about the learning experience.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • RN to BSN

The BAAS is a degree completion program, designed to help students who have already completed some college credit to finish their undergraduate degrees. Students can choose to pursue one of five focus areas: entrepreneurship, retailing, health studies, wellness and psychology.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MEd Educational Administration
  • MBA
  • MS Human Resource Development
  • MS Industrial Management
  • MS Civil Engineering
  • MS Mechanical Engineering
  • PhD Nursing

Contact Information

3900 University Blvd
Tyler, TX 75799-6699
(903) 566-7000

Texas Woman's University

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Texas Woman's University
Denton
$7,339
$17,965

An Online Education at Texas Woman's University

Originally named Girls Industrial College, this independent university was established in 1901; although it has been co-educational since 1972, the majority of its student body remains female. TWU is known for its occupational therapy programs, which produce the most licensed occupational therapists in the nation. Students can study this and many other health related topics online, although most medical degrees require some classroom and lab attendance. The school offers a number of different undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in both online and hybrid formats.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Criminal Justice BA, BS
  • Dental Hygiene BS
  • General Studies BGS
  • Health Studies BAS, BS
  • Human Resource Management BBA
  • Marketing BBA
  • Sociology BS

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Drama MA
  • Education of the Deaf MS
  • Family Studies MS
  • Food Systems Administration MS
  • Kinesiology MS
  • Nutrition MS
  • Occupational Therapy PhD

Students use Blackboard to access notes, articles, videos, assignments and exams for their classes. Synchronous communication will also take place through this portal, and some courses may require this as part of the syllabus. Students with rigid schedules should be sure to make note of any real time requirements. Support for nontraditional and distance learners is provided through a special online office, which offers advising and other services. The school has also created an eLounge, designed to give students who cannot come to campus a similar social experience.

Contact Information

304 Administration Dr
Denton, TX 76201
(940) 898-2000

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Waxahachie
$17,830

An Online Education at Southwestern Assemblies of God University

SAGU’s current course system is Blackboard, with Tegrity online video lectures. Learning Centers provide additional support for students outside of class, including tutoring, skills assessment, time management resources and online access to related handouts and presentations. Students interested in attending SAGU online can explore options for earning prior learning credits and view a sample online course. Livestreaming from SAGUtv helps online students connect with on campus activities, such as sports events and chapel services.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Ancient Studies
  • History
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • English

SAGU also offers online associate degrees in several educational fields, such as early childhood, social studies, business, psychology and bible studies. Undergraduate students can also choose to pursue one of more than 30 minor areas of study.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Bible and Theology
  • Business Administration
  • Children and Family Ministry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Education
  • School Counseling
  • Practical Theology

Contact Information

1200 Sycamore
Waxahachie, TX 75165
(888) 937-7248

Midwestern State University

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Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls
$7,665
$9,615

An Online Education at Midwestern State University

Established in 1922, Midwestern State University is the only public liberal arts college in Texas and is one of four institutions unaffiliated with the state university system. The school offers multiple online degree programs in nursing and health administration, as well as radiologic sciences. On-campus orientation is required before registration for those in state; out-of-state students may receive their orientation via video.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences
  • Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist to Bachelors of Science in Respiratory Care
  • Bachelor of Radiologic Sciences

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Training & Development
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Masters in Health Administration
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Masters of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Radiologic Sciences

The virtual learning ecosystem at MSU is powered by Desire2Learn. In this digital classroom, students are expected to participate in their online classes in much the same manner as they would in a physical classroom. Discussion boards, lectures, quizzes and assignments will all be part of the distance learning experience. A writing proficiency exam is required of all undergraduate students in order to graduate.

Contact Information

3410 Taft Blvd
Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099
(940) 397-4000

Angelo State University

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Angelo State University
San Angelo
$6,559
$15,055

An Online Education at Angelo State University

A member of the Texas Tech University System, Angelo State University was founded in 1928 but did not become a higher degree granting institution until 1967. The Hispanic-serving institution features an 18:1 student to teacher ratio, and 75% of the 6,500 attendees receive at least partial financial aid. The majority of ASU's online offerings are graduate degree and certificate programs, but they do include several undergraduate options, including two options designed specifically for graduates of the Air Force's community college.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Border & Homeland Security (B.S.S.)
  • Intelligence, Security Studies & Analysis (B.S.S.)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Applied Psychology (M.S.)
  • Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
  • Educational Administration (M.Ed.)
  • Homeland Security (M.S.)
  • Security Studies (M.S.S.)

Angelo State offers distant students a number of online services including library access, disability services and live tutoring. Blackboard hosts the virtual classroom at ASU and provides students with the necessary interface to view lectures, communicate with professors, submit assignments, take tests and view grades. There are still a number of states in which ASU is not yet authorized to offer their online programs; out-of-state students should refer to their authorized states section before applying.

Contact Information

2601 W. Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76909
(325) 942-2555


Acclaim for online programs

  • #30on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #56on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Our Lady of the Lake University

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Our Lady of the Lake University
San Antonio
$23,938

An Online Education at Our Lady of the Lake University

Students at OLLU may be enrolled in cohorts, allowing them to work through all of their courses together with the same group of classmates. This can benefit connection, communication and collaboration across the program. "Fast Track" academic terms are shorter than traditional semesters, allowing students to graduate in as soon as a year for some graduate programs. The virtual learning system includes discussion forums, presentations and testing and exam platforms and all courses are asynchronous (i.e., no scheduled meetings).

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA Criminology and Criminal Justice

This program combines research, theory and practice components to prepare students for careers in the field. The online curriculum includes an on-ground service learning experience that matches students with community organizations to complete practicum hours.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MBA
  • MS Information Systems and Security
  • MEd School Counseling
  • MS Nonprofit Management
  • MSW Social Work

Contact Information

411 SW 24th St
San Antonio, TX 78207-4689
(210) 434-6711

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

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Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
$7,172
$15,668

An Online Education at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

This previously private Baptist institution became a part of the Texas A&M University network in 1989; it now offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees to over 10,000 students. TAMUCC is also considered a Hispanic serving institution and is the only university in the nation to be located on its own island. Online offerings include two undergraduate offerings and three graduate offerings; students may also take courses to supplement traditional degrees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to B.S. Nursing
  • B.S. Geographic Information Science

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. in Instructional Design & Educational Technology
  • M.S. Nursing
  • M.S. Geospatial Surveying Engineering

Blackboard powers the virtual classroom at TAMUCC and the school has compiled a host of resources to acclimate both interested applicants and accepted students to the digital environment. The school has made sure to cover all the details of online education, including such topics as netiquette and online communication. Additionally, a special online library is available, as well as a textbook and document delivery service.

Contact Information

6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5503
(361) 825-5700


Acclaim for online programs

  • #28on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

University of the Incarnate Word

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University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio
$24,790

An Online Education at University of the Incarnate Word

UIW’s accelerated academic calendar includes four online terms each year, two in fall and two in spring. The Blackboard learning management system provides access to course materials and a portal for communication and collaboration. Online programs are completely asynchronous, allowing students to complete course activities according to their schedules, but within established deadlines and due dates. No live meetings are scheduled and students do not have on-campus requirements.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences
  • BA Administration
  • BA Human Resources
  • BA Organizational Development
  • BS Business Administration
  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BS Health Sciences
  • BS Psychology

Through the Brainpower Online initiative, UIW is able to provide undergraduate students with free digital textbooks. Eight undergraduate certificate programs are also offered in business and health sciences topics.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA Administration
  • MA Teacher Leadership
  • MBA
  • MS Organizational Development and Leadership

Contact Information

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-6000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #50on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #83on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs
  • #135on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #142on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs

Lubbock Christian University

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Lubbock Christian University
Lubbock
$18,740

An Online Education at Lubbock Christian University

LCU students participate in their online courses through the Moodle system. Individual course sites provide tools for communication and interaction. Small class sizes, 24/7 technical support and advisors help students stay on track in these asynchronous degree programs. An online writing center and online chapel and prayer room extend the support available to students at a distance. Chaplink information hub provides quick online access to the school’s calendar, newspaper, library, email and student resources.

Faculty member bios are available online for review, and share their relevant experience and research interests in the human services and counseling fields. LCU boasts a 100% pass rate for students in the counseling programs who take the Texas licensing exams.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS Organizational Management
  • BS Organizational Leadership
  • BA Business Administration

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MEd Educational Leadership
  • MS Human Services
  • MS Leadership
  • MS Counseling
  • MS School Counseling
  • MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Contact Information

5601 19th Street
Lubbock, TX 79407-2099
(806) 796-8800

South Texas College

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South Texas College
McAllen
$3,530
$7,260

An Online Education at South Texas College

STC’s Virtual Campus is made up of courses, programs and resources. Blackboard is used to provide desktop and mobile access to class materials, discussions, instructors and assignments. Online advisors help students create their degree plans, select courses and make career-related decisions. Online tutoring, which takes place through video chat, and paper reviews are available through the Centers for Learning Excellence.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Technology, Computer and Information Technologies
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology, Medical and Health Services Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology, Technology Management

Associate degree programs are also offered online in 18 majors ranging from accounting and anthropology to education and social work. Eight undergraduate certificates are available in business and accounting topics.

Contact Information

3201 W Pecan
McAllen, TX 78502-9701
(956) 872-8311

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Odessa
$5,250
$13,674

An Online Education at University of Texas of the Permian Basin

UT Permian Basin held its first classes in 1973, with a total enrollment of forty-seven students. The school now serves over 5,000 students, and due to the recent oil boom in the area, anticipates more rapid enrollment growth in the near future. Attendees of the institution can expect a well-educated faculty; 99% of tenured professors hold a doctorate degree in their field. The online degree programs are a mixture of bachelor's and master's degrees with several certifications and endorsements available as well.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.A. in Child & Family Studies
  • B.A. in Communication
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.A. in Sociology
  • B.A.A.S. in Industrial Technology
  • B.B.A. in Management
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.A. in Education
  • M.A. in English
  • Master of Business Administration
  • M.S. in Kinesiology

Blackboard is responsible for the creation of the virtual classroom at UTPB and online support is available 24/7 to ensure seamless access to coursework. Scheduling is at the discretion of the professor and some courses may require synchronous components from students; students with rigid schedules should be sure to double check course syllabi for this stipulation. The school has compiled a .PDF covering in detail all aspects of their virtual learning programs and it is available for potential applicants to read.

Not all states are approved for web-based instruction through UT Permian Basin; potential students should check to see if their state of residence is on the approved list before enrollment.

Contact Information

4901 E University
Odessa, TX 79762-0001
(432) 552-2020


Acclaim for online programs

  • #90on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #109on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs
  • #125on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Wayland Baptist University

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Wayland Baptist University
Plainview
$12,550

An Online Education at Wayland Baptist University

Originally Wayland Literary and Technical institute, the university became an accredited Baptist institution in 1981. The school of 8,000 offers Christian-based education in a variety of degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including an award-winning School of Music. Distance learning through the college includes two-year, four-year and graduate programs; students can major in non-religious fields such as education or applied science, as well as ministry related tracks.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Christian Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Those who would like to try an online course without committing to the full application process may register for a free online preview course.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Christian Ministry
  • Master of Divinity

The christ-centered virtual classroom at WBU is hosted by Blackboard; the school provides a brief video introduction for interested applicants. 24/7 tech support is also available, ensuring students have seamless access to their course material whenever is convenient for them. For those applicants new to the digital environment, the school provides some handy tips for success.

Contact Information

1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, TX 79072
(806) 291-1000


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Texas

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Texas, 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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University of Texas of the Permian Basin

1
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Odessa
$5,250
$13,674

University of Texas at Brownsville

2
University of Texas at Brownsville
Brownsville
$5,372
$14,834

University of Houston - Victoria

3
University of Houston - Victoria
Victoria
$5,483

University of Houston - Downtown

4
University of Houston - Downtown
Houston
$5,516

Texas A&M University - Central Texas

5
Texas A&M University - Central Texas
Killeen
$5,653

University of Houston - Clear Lake

6
University of Houston - Clear Lake
Houston
$5,730

University of Texas at El Paso

7
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso
$5,769

Amberton University

8
Amberton University
Garland
$5,808

Tarleton State University - Global Campus

9
Tarleton State University - Global Campus
Stephenville
$5,856
$14,352

West Texas A&M University

10
West Texas A&M University
Canyon
$6,500
$7,220

Angelo State University

11
Angelo State University
San Angelo
$6,559
$15,055

Texas A&M University - Commerce

12
Texas A&M University - Commerce
Commerce
$6,583
$17,203

Sam Houston State University

13
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville
$7,022
$15,518

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

14
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
$7,172
$15,668

Texas Woman's University

15
Texas Woman's University
Denton
$7,339
$17,965

University of Texas at San Antonio

16
University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio
$7,457

Texas Tech University

17
Texas Tech University
Lubbock
$7,517
$16,013

Midwestern State University

18
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls
$7,665
$9,615

Lamar University

19
Lamar University
Beaumont
$7,714

University of Houston

20
University of Houston
Houston
$7,826

Wayland Baptist University

21
Wayland Baptist University
Plainview
$12,550

Dallas Christian College

22
Dallas Christian College
Dallas
$14,688


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Texas

IMPACT Presidential Transfer Scholarship

Deadline: November 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Texas Tech University offers this scholarship to incoming transfer students. It is open to Texas residents who have earned 30 or more transferable credit hours from a community college. A GPA of 3.0+ is required. The award totals $5,000, to be distributed as $2,500 per year for 2 years.

Larry Temple Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $11,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to students who have completed their freshman year at the University of Texas Austin. Selection is primarily based on outstanding academic achievement; Consideration is also given to extracurricular activities, leadership, and financial need. Preference is given to Texas residents. The award is $11,000, renewable for 2 years.

Lechner and McFadden Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $2,500 See Scholarship

The Lechner Scholarship and the McFadden Scholarship are open to freshmen entering Texas A&M University. Selection is competitive, based on academic merit. Each award is $2,500 per year for 4 years. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

NM Recognition Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $24,000 See Scholarship

National Merit Finalists who select Texas A&M University as their first-choice school are eligible for Texas A&M’s National Merit (NM) Recognition Award. The amount of this scholarship is $26,000, to be distributed over 4 years. Recipients may use it in addition to other awards.

Paulus Schroeter Scholarship

Deadline: February 15, 2016
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Amarillo Area Foundation provides the Paulus Schroeter Scholarship for graduating high school seniors from the 26 northernmost counties of the Texas Panhandle. Applicants must have a record of outstanding leadership and community service, and demonstrate financial need. Recipient is selected by the Amarillo Area Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee.

Presidential Achievement Scholarship – Tier One

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $10,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to freshmen entering the University of Texas at Brownsville. It is one of the university’s most prestigious awards. Recipients are selected based on the strength of their high school academic record and their financial need. The maximum award is $10,000 per year for 4 years.

Presidential Transfer Scholarship

Deadline: November 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $9,000 See Scholarship

Texas Tech University provides this scholarship to incoming transfer students. It is open to Texas residents who have earned 30 or more transferable credit hours from a community college. Applicants must have a 3.0+ GPA and demonstrate financial need. The award totals $9,000, to be distributed as $4,500 per year for 2 years.

President’s Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $3,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is open to freshmen entering Texas A&M University. Selection is competitive, based on academic merit. The award is $3,000 per year for 4 years. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Terry Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Full tuition, fees + housing See Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Texas high school seniors and transfer students who will attend an in-state university next fall. Applicants must have financial need; a record of leadership; competitive ACT/SAT scores and GPA; and a nomination from a Terry-affiliated Texas university. The annual award for freshmen is full tuition and expenses; Annual award for transfer students is $13,000.

Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG)

Deadline: March 15, 2016
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

Administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, this grant is available to Texas residents, non-residents, or foreign students. It may be used at any public college or university in Texas. To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need, and must register for the Selective Service or meet exemption requirements. Award amounts vary.


Higher Education Resources in Texas