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On this page you’ll find a collection of tools and resources designed to give you a fresh perspective on online education in Texas. Begin with our review of the Texas postsecondary education system as a whole and the state’s past and present online education efforts.

From there, go to our ranked profiles of the top online colleges in Texas, sorted by affordability. Explore our directory of scholarships available to both online and offline students in Texas, our list of the state’s most important higher education resources or even our complete database of online colleges nationwide.


Postsecondary Education in Texas

Texas ranks third in the nation, behind California and New York, for number of Title IV postsecondary institutions with 394.

Average four-year graduation rates at public universities are at 24.4%, 7% behind the national average.

State spending per student increased 5.4% from 2013-2014, placing Texas firmly in the middle of the average increases in state spending nationwide.

Texas boasts the second largest enrollment of higher education students in the nation, comprising 1.3 million students or 8.6% of the total student population.


Online Education in Texas

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 8.9% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Texas (139,737 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 77.2% of those students were undergraduates
  • 36.9% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 6.4% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 2.2% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 90% were living in Texas
  • 7% were living elsewhere in the United States

In 2007 the Texas State Legislature created The Texas Virtual School Network. Comprised of two divisions, the statewide course catalog and the online schools program, this initiative was designed to provide all eligible higher education students access to excellent online courses.

Texas is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus, providing a comprehensive guide to online educational opportunities throughout the South.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Texas

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Texas, 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 Texas at Brownsville

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University of Texas at Brownsville
Brownsville
N/A
$4,920

An Online Education at University of Texas at Brownsville

Although a relatively young school in the University of Texas network, UT Brownsville receives approximately 8,000 students annually. The institution, founded in 1991, offers over 21 degrees and certificates taught completely online, including specialized tracks in translation and interpreting ― one of only two such programs in the nation.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology in Computer Information Systems Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology in Health Services Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Mathematics
  • Master of Spanish Translation and Interpreting

The virtual learning ecosystem at UT Brownsville is managed by Blackboard. Students receive a full orientation to the ins-and-outs of the online classroom upon enrollment. Course participation occurs in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, using Tegrity Online Class Video Capture and Blackboard Collaborate Desktop Web Conferencing. Students should be sure that any synchronous class requirements will fit into their schedules.

In addition to financial aid, scholarships are available to help students afford the cost of education. For students outside of the Brownsville area, fees such as campus recreation and facility use are waived, making the program even more affordable to distance learners.

Contact Information

One West University Boulevard
Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 882-8200


Acclaim for online programs

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

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Odessa
N/A
$5,250

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

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

University of Houston – Victoria

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University of Houston – Victoria
Victoria
N/A
$5,483

An Online Education at University of Houston – Victoria

Founded in 1971, UH Victoria was the fourth school to open in the University of Houston system. However, it is a separate, distinct institution with its own accreditation. Their online learning department includes three schools: arts and sciences, education and human development and business administration. Each offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as several certificate programs.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences
  • B.A./B.S. in Communication
  • B.A. in Humanities
  • BBA-Healthcare Administration
  • BBA-Management
  • BBA-Marketing

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. in Computer Information Systems
  • M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • M.S. in Publishing
  • Global MBA
  • MS in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Med in Literacy Studies

Online courses are hosted through the Blackboard LMS, and an online orientation is available to prospective applicants to introduce them to virtual learning. Additionally, the school was recently ranked as fourth most affordable university in Texas by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and is known for its extensive scholarship and financial aid programs for both traditional and online students.

Contact Information

3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX 77901
(877) 970-4848


Acclaim for online programs

  • #85 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #111 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #114 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online MBA Programs

University of Houston – Downtown

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University of Houston – Downtown
Houston
N/A
$5,516

An Online Education at University of Houston – Downtown

UH Downtown, founded in 1974, is the second largest university in Houston; the urban school of 14,000 is also considered a minority-serving institution. Online course offerings include an extensive college of business; students can choose between eight different Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. Also offered are several public service degrees, such as a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.B.A. General Business
  • B.A. Humanities
  • B.S. Professional Writing
  • B.S. Criminal Justice
  • B.A.A.S. Applied Administration
  • B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.A Non-Profit Management
  • M.S. Criminal Justice
  • M.A. Teaching

Online students have access to multiple extension campus libraries, as well as an e-book database for out-of-state students. Distance students will participate in their classes through the Blackboard LMS. The school has compiled a host of text and video based instructions to introduce to students to the full range of Blackboard's capabilities, including blogging, discussion boards, scheduling, assignment submission and test taking.

Contact Information

1 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002-1014
(713) 221-8000

Texas A&M University – Central Texas

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Texas A&M University – Central Texas
Killeen
N/A
$5,653

An Online Education at Texas A&M University – Central Texas

Originally a branch of the Tarleton State University system, TAM Central Campus became one of the newest members of the Texas A&M system in 2009. The upper division college (students must complete their freshman and sophomore years elsewhere) has a large online school with flexible options, convenient for their older-than-average student body that includes a high ratio of military-involved attendees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. in Criminal Justice
  • B.S. in Sociology
  • B.A. in English
  • B.B.A. in Interdisciplinary Business
  • B.B.A. in Management
  • B.B.A. in Human Resource Management
  • B.A.A.S. in Business Management

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Business Administration
  • M.S. in Human Resource Management
  • M.S. in Information Systems
  • M.S. in Management & Leadership
  • M.S. in Educational Psychology
  • M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

To apply, students must have a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours from an accredited institution. Those within a 30-mile radius can use extension campus support services; distance learners can access similar tools and library resources through the college's Blackboard platform.

Contact Information

1001 Leadership Pl
Killeen, TX 76549
(254) 519-5400

Tarleton State University – Global Campus

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Tarleton State University – Global Campus
Stephenville
N/A
$5,683

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

University of Houston – Clear Lake

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University of Houston – Clear Lake
Houston
N/A
$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

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

University of Texas at El Paso

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University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso
N/A
$5,769

An Online Education at University of Texas at El Paso

Founded in 1914, UT El Paso was originally a mining and metallurgy school, and has since grown into a large research university with a student body of over 22,000, making it the largest university in the country with a Mexican-American majority. The school has recently developed their online offerings and they are gearing up to launch these programs this summer.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Security Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication
  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Defense & Strategic Studies
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • M.Ed. Instructional Specialist

The online programs at UTEP are designed so that students will have all the same accommodations afforded to on-campus students, including career planning, academic assistance, library access and disability services. Coursework is intended to be flexible for working students, however those taking courses are expected to login several times per week and submit assignments in strict accordance with deadlines.

Contact Information

500 W. University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968-0691
(915) 747-5000


Acclaim for online programs

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

Amberton University

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Amberton University
Garland
N/A
$5,808

An Online Education at Amberton University

Self-titled as an institution designed exclusively for working adults, AU requires that attendees be over twenty-one, hold a two-year degree or credit equivalent, and be fluent in English prior to enrollment. As the school targets the majority of its programs to those already in the workforce, the online course offerings are extensive and well supported; students can choose from over 20 degree programs and have access to a large web research database, as well as live chat and video conferencing with instructors.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BA in Professional Development
  • BBA in General Business
  • BBA in Management
  • BBA in Management Accounting
  • BBA in Project Management
  • BS in Applied Studies
  • BS in Human Relations & Business

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MA in Christian Counseling
  • MA in Professional Counseling
  • MA in Professional Development
  • MA in School Counseling
  • MBA in General Business
  • MS in Family Studies
  • MS in Human Relations & Business

Amberton places on a strong focus on Christian values stating, "All of our employees believe that Jesus of the New Testament Bible is the Son of God, the Christ, our Savior." These beliefs are reflected in the university's educational philosophy. The school makes a number of resources available to its online students, including student advising, a vast library of print and electronic resources, technical support and research assistance.

Contact Information

1700 Eastgate Dr
Garland, TX 75041-5595
(972) 279-6511

Texas A&M University – Commerce

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Texas A&M University – Commerce
Commerce
N/A
$5,892

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

Midwestern State University

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Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls
N/A
$5,921

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
N/A
$6,702

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

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

West Texas A&M University

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West Texas A&M University
Canyon
N/A
$6,902

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

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

Sam Houston State University

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Sam Houston State University
Huntsville
N/A
$7,294

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

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

University of Texas at San Antonio

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University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio
N/A
$7,457

An Online Education at University of Texas at San Antonio

Established in 1969 by the Texas Legislature, UTSA is home to the largest College of Business in the University of Texas system. It is also the biggest university in San Antonio, with a student body of 37,000. While the school itself does not offer any online programs, students at UTSA can participate in degree programs through the UT Online Consortium. This organization allows students at any UT school to take online classes at another UT school. There are a number of undergraduate degree completion programs on offer, as well as a host of graduate degrees.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science - Industrial Technology
  • Bachelor of Applied Technology in Computer Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Spanish Translation & Interpreting
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing-Bilingual
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology Online
  • Master of Science in Nursing

All coursework is hosted through Blackboard and course structure will vary according to school and professor. The consortium does offer a host of resources, including library access, writing labs, tutoring and career services. Interested UTSA students should refer to their online consortium campus contacts for further information.

Contact Information

One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644
(210) 458-4011

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

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Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi
N/A
$7,656

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

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

Lamar University

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Lamar University
Beaumont
N/A
$7,714

An Online Education at Lamar University

Considered a Doctoral Research University, Lamar has been a part of the University of Texas system since 1995. It is also a member of the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystems Study Unit, an elite environmental research organization. The school of nearly 15,000 offers over thirty online options for undergraduate and graduate degrees. For those seeking a master's in the education field, LU has eleven specialized tracks to choose from.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Applied Arts & Sciences
  • General Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Management
  • Communication
  • Sociology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Education in Education Administration
  • Master of Education in School Counseling
  • Master of Education in in Special Education Autism
  • Master of Science in Health Promotion
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership

Blackboard is the host of the virtual classroom, while academic support is provided by the university through Pearson Smarthinking, a web-based tutoring database. The programs offered by Lamar are targeted towards working adults, and while academic work will be rigorous and time consuming, the schedule is flexible enough to accommodate even the most hectic of lifestyles.

Contact Information

4400 MLK Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 880-7011


Acclaim for online programs

  • #31 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #35 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #47 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #74 on U.S. News & World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Texas Tech University

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Texas Tech University
Lubbock
N/A
$7,811

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

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

Texas Woman’s University

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Texas Woman’s University
Denton
N/A
$7,826

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

University of Houston

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University of Houston
Houston
N/A
$7,826

An Online Education at University of Houston

As the flagship school of the University of Houston system, this globally-ranked public institution offers over 300 degree programs through twelve academic colleges to its student body of 40,000. It also boasts one of the only space architecture programs in the nation, as well as research centers for space exploration and artificial intelligence. Distance education offerings include a large number of graduate and certificate programs as well as the #1 ranked Graduate Education program. Online undergraduate degrees are limited to completion programs, meaning students must meet a minimum credit requirement or hold a two-year degree to apply.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Organizational Leadership & Supervision (B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.A. or B.S.)
  • Retailing and Consumer Science (B.S.)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Construction Management (M.S.)
  • Curriculum & Instruction (M.Ed.)
  • Foresight (M.S.)
  • Mathematics (M.A.)
  • Special Education (M.Ed.)
  • Subsea Engineering (M.S.)

The primary host of the virtual classroom at UH is Blackboard, however various courses may use an alternate website such as CourseWare or CourseCompass at the discretion of the professor. Regardless of the LMS, students are expected to participate in assignments, discussions, and exams in accordance with deadlines.

Contact Information

212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX 77204-2018
(713) 743-1000


Acclaim for online programs

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

Dallas Christian College

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Dallas Christian College
Dallas
N/A
$11,744

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

Wayland Baptist University

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Wayland Baptist University
Plainview
N/A
$12,960

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



Scholarships and Financial Aid in Texas

IMPACT Presidential Transfer Scholarship

Deadline: November 1, 2015
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: na
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: na
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: na
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: na
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, 2015
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: na
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: na
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