We present 40 accredited colleges and universities offering a selection of some of the fastest online master’s degrees in an array of fields. These programs provide opportunities for those who have work or other obligations that make online study a preferred format. We have chosen programs that can be completed within two years or less.
Rapidity can save you time and money. Naturally, the time-frame can be affected by undergraduate degrees, work experience and even military duties. The majority of the schools are ranked by increasing tuition per credit hour. These are followed by the colleges/universities whose tuition is not published by the credit hour.
1. University of Arkansas
This school has a variety of online master’s degrees that can be completed in 2 years. Their graduate degrees will appeal to many students anxious to advance their career with a master’s in one of these areas of study: business, math, several education programs, engineering, agricultural, sciences, human resource, and nursing. A select few, for example the MS in Operations Management is 30 credits and can be finished in 1.5 to 2 years. The University of Arkansas Online programs are designed by academic departments on the Fayetteville campus to offer you another path to earning a degree from a top-tier public research university. Students studying completely online pay in-state tuition, have access to the U of A’s support network, and become part of a long-standing community of passionate learners.
The U.S. News & World Report named the University of Arkansas one of the nation’s top 10 “up and coming” public universities in 2012. Founded in 1871, the school has attained the pinnacle as a being classified as having the highest research status of research by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Also, their Grad Education and Grad Engineering have been ranked by U.S. News as a Best Online Program for 2017. Their Sam M. Walton College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and some education programs in the College of Education and Health Professions are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Tuition: $275.63 – $542.76 per credit depending on program
2. Grantham University
Founded in 1951, Grantham University developed as part of the traditional college and university movement of the late 20th Century with a main campus in Southern California. As interest in Grantham’s degree programs grew beyond campus boundaries, the college developed distance education programs to serve a geographically dispersed student body. As technology advanced, the school began offering degree programs exclusively online since the late 90’s. Every year since 2008, it has received recognition as a top university for vets by Military Times, G.I. Jobs, U.S. Veterans Magazine, and Military Advanced Education. Since 1961, it has been continuously accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
Grantham offers online master’s degrees in these categories; business, nursing, healthcare, information management, IT, management, and a RN to MNS bridge Program option. All of these degree programs should be completed in 24 months or less; most of which are 37 credits total. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take each term. The accelerated option MBA in either Project Management or Information Management can be completed within 12 months. The RN to MSN can be completed in as few as 18 months. The process is accelerated by having courses start weekly-allowing you to jump in as soon as you are prepared.
Tuition: $325 per credit hour: $250 per credit: Military Rate: both rates are after applicable scholarship, if eligible.
3. American Military University
In 1991, retired Marine Corps officer James P. Etter founded American Military University and broke new ground by offering career-relevant, distance education for a mobile population of military learners with unique needs. In 2002, AMU was reorganized into the American Public University System (APUS), and American Public University (APU) was founded to provide the same quality, affordable, and flexible education to a broader audience of motivated working adults. Today the university system is one of the largest providers of online higher education offering more than 190 academic programs to students enrolled worldwide.
AMU’s online master’s degree programs are ideal if you want a more in-depth study of your undergraduate degree or to pursue new academic study in another field. You must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution before starting a master’s degree program. Master’s degrees range from 36 to 48 semester hours (about 12-15 courses) and culminate with a thesis, capstone course, internship, or integrative practicum. Dual degree programs allow for completion of two master’s degrees within a compressed time frame, and range from 60-69 semester hours (20-23 courses) of study with one culminating capstone experience.
The majority of the master’s degrees are a total of 26 credits with a maximum of 15 transferable. The graduate online degrees are designed to be completed in two years for full-time students. The sessions are 8 and 16 weeks in length starting in July through December though not all courses are offered each session.
Tuition: $350 per credit hour; $325 for military affiliated students: This grant is for U.S. active-duty service members, Guard, Reserve, military spouses, dependents, and veterans.
4. Campbellsville University
Currently, Campbellsville offers 16 online master’s degrees in the general areas of education, business, social work, theology and justice studies. Depending on the degree, the completion time for most varies between 12 to 24 months. This is achieved by having the majority of curriculums in the 30-36 total credits’ range. The Master of Science in Information Technology, for example, includes 30 credit hours of study which can be finished in as little as one year. The exception is MS in Justice Studies that has a total of 54 credits for graduation-making even a 24 month completion challenging.
Though the school may be unfamiliar to many, this private Christian university was founded in 1906 in Campbellsville, Kentucky. They have been honored to be ranked among America’s best Christian universities by sources as U.S. News & World Report. They have been ranked 4th most affordable among top 50 Christian colleges in U.S. and received the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Campbellsville University Online is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Tuition: $399-$559: depending on degree
5. Capella University
Capella’s Online Master’s Degree Programs have adopted the competency-based education model from which they offer two formats: FlexPath and GuidedPath. First, competency-based education is designed so that course work and assignments that help them master specific competencies they will need in the workplace. It provides skills, abilities, and knowledge that are directly relevant to industry and employer needs. FlexPath allows you to you complete a course, whether that takes you two weeks or 12, you’re free to move on to the next course without having to wait for a new term to begin. You can complete as many courses as you want, up to two simultaneously, each quarter for one flat tuition fee.
The GuidedPath format has assignments due the end of the week, during which you have 24/7 access to your courses. Weekly interactive message-board discussions give you the chance to see and respond to all different perspectives—broadening your own views. Every quarter you’ll have the freedom to decide if you want to go full-time (2-3 courses) or part-time (1 course).
Capella offers a range of master’s degrees in these sectors: business, counseling, IT, psychology, education, health care, nursing, healthcare, and public service. As far as expediency, that depends on how many course per semester you take. The school has a unique cost and graduation date calculator to determine total tuition and date of completion.
Tuition: $425-796 per credit (IPEDS)
6. Full Sail University
The university offers online master’s degrees in these areas of study: Art & Design, Business, Games, Media & Communications, Sports, and Technology. The beauty of all of these graduate programs is that they can be completed in 12 months. Each degree breaks down into 12 month courses that range from 3-4 credit hours. Schedules are distributed on a monthly basis, and students will usually know their schedule one or two weeks in advance of the new month. The curriculum is “creatively designed” from interactive tools designed for the Mac to multimedia learning content. According to Full Sail, this manifests in a mobile-friendly online learning platform that is unique. One example is the Media Design master of fine arts degree program provides an in-depth look at design and the role it plays in bridging the gap between the creative studio and the boardroom. You’ll study the concepts that drive successful design campaigns – including research, client communications, and team dynamics.
Located in Winter Park, Florida, Full Sail University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees presented in a creative approach to education. The school began in 1979 in Dayton, Ohio, as an audio recording workshop. It provided unparalleled opportunity for students to become familiar with the industry through real-world experience in professional studio environments. Full Sail eventually relocated to Central Florida, planting roots in its current Winter Park location in 1989. It has been hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as a Top 25 Music School for 2014, 2015, and 2016. It is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education to offer Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Fine Arts degree programs.
Tuition: $448-$778 per credit hour depending on degree
7. Upper Iowa University
This learning institution started as an idea and 10 acres of land in 1854 and has been called Upper Iowa University since 1858. Over the years, the school has endured the loss of students to the Civil War, First and Second World Wars, and the Vietnam war. In 2006, an RN-to-BSN program and a Master’s in Education degree program are inaugurated, and the University begins preparing for its 150th anniversary in 2007. In 2016, Upper Iowa is among 30 schools nationwide to be newly named to the PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education) network. The Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative recognizes UIU for having already exceeded their goals to boost study abroad participation. Since 1951, it has been continuously accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Upper Iowa offers four online master’s degrees in business, education, public administration, and sports administration, as well as graduate and post-grad certificates. Students can study in our award-winning distance learning Online Program or our Self-Paced Degree Program with no residency requirement. UIU’s Online Program offers asynchronous courses so that you can attend class anytime during the day or night. You will actively and substantively participate in discussions on course topics that enhance your learning. The Online Program offers six eight-week terms each year so that you never need to wait more than two months to start classes. All of the master’s degrees are available in this format only. As an online student, the library resources (online journal databases, e-books, newspaper access, citation help, etc.) are available.
Tuition: $1,350 – $1,644 per 3 credit-hour course (varies per degree)
8. Louisiana State University
LSU has earned a coveted “Tier One” spot in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. It is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution. The E.J. Ourso College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)-a distinction bestowed on only five percent of business schools worldwide. The school is also accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. For the past 150 years LSU has been educating on-campus in Baton Rouge. This dedication to teaching excellence has extended to a variety of online master’s degrees. Some of these graduate programs have a fast track online version that can be completed in as few as 12 months.
If you’re looking for speed in the Human Resource field, their 36-credit Master of Science in Human Resource Education, with concentrations in Leadership and Workforce Development, can be completed in as few as 12 months. This is attainable by taking 3 credit hours for 7 weeks each to finish the core program of 30 credits. That leaves six credit hours of electives for a total of 14 weeks. Their MS in Kinesiology/Sports Management is a similar 12 month fast track completion time-frame. LSU offers other accelerated master’s degrees online whose completion time varies from 15-24 months.
Tuition: $451-$1080 per credit depending on degree
9. University of South Carolina
This learning institution offers five online graduate degrees in the fields of education, health information technology, public health and nursing administration. All can be completed within 24 months, though the Master of Public Health is projected to last 24-26 months. The MSN in Nursing Administration with a focus on Organizational Leadership is the shortest possible completion of 12-18 months. It also has the fewest credit hours required at 30. These programs are accelerated eight-week courses taught by doctorate-level instructors with extensive academic and industry experience. Each 8-week session covers 3 units or credit hours for most of the master’s degrees. There are a few with 16 week sessions wherein 6 units are completed.
USC is one of only 40 public universities to earn both the top-tier research classification and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It has the No. 1 Best Graduate Online Nursing Program in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report (2016). The school is also ranked No. 1 in South Carolina by the National Research Council for faculty research productivity. The University of South Carolina is accredited by the Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees .
Tuition: $480-$533.25 per credit: depending on degree
10. Indiana Tech
Indiana Tech offers a program referred to as the 4+1 in these areas of study: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Management (MSM), Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL), and Master of Science in Psychology. Though somewhat limited in the choice of online degrees, the advantages are that these graduate programs will shrink your master’s degree to a little as one year to complete. In the 4+1 program, you can take two graduate courses and count the credits toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degree. When you complete your bachelor’s degree, you’ll already be two steps down the road toward completing your master’s degree. You may apply to the 4+1 program when you have completed 75 undergraduate credits.
Indiana Tech was founded as a small engineering college for men in 1930. It has transformed over the years into a comprehensive university with a wide range of academic programs for men and women of all ages. The original building in Fort Wayne was outgrown long ago, and classes are now offered at campuses throughout Indiana and Kentucky with additional worldwide attendance through online programs. The school’s degree levels are: associate, bachelor’s master’s and doctorate, and all are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Tuition: $495 per credit
11. Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University (GCU) serves as Arizona’s private Christian university in the heart of Phoenix. It started more than 65 years ago when GCU was founded in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church. At the time, GCU was known as Grand Canyon College with its first campus located in an abandoned armory building in Prescott, AZ. The university provides both financial support and hundreds of volunteer hours at nonprofit agencies in our community such as the Phoenix Dream Center, Hopefest, American Cancer Society and Phoenix Rescue Mission. To honor military service, their dedicated military university team, comprised mostly of veterans, serves as a knowledgeable resource for military students and their families.
GCU offers a plethora of online master’s degrees in ten major programs, such as Nursing, Theology, Engineering, and Psychology. The multiple specialty degrees within the 10 categories are too numerous to list. There is a cross section of programs that can be completed in the 16-18 month time span. Particularly those in the disciplines of Teaching & School Administration and Psychology & Counseling, though not all in these categories are under 18 months. These quicker-to-completion degrees are in the 34 total credits arena with courses lasting 8 weeks. Also, the school allows up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program in eligible credits to be transferred.
Tuition: $500 per credit
12. Trine University
Trine has been able to design an online accelerated master’s degrees that can be completed within 12 months for those holding a bachelor’s degree. They offer the diversity of several graduate degrees: a Master of Science (MS) in Engineering Management (31 credits), Master’s in Criminal Justice (36 credits), MBA (31 credits), and the Lou Holtz MS in Leadership. All of these are designed for working professionals interested in advancing their careers while continuing their employment. The tuition for the leadership degree is a flat $10,000.
Trine, located in Angola, Indiana, was founded in 1884 as Tri-State Normal School. Their mission has always been to provide high quality academic programs, actively develop academic programs and academic experiences. The university reports that 99.3 percent of Trine graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation. Also, 96% of students receive financial aid averaging $27,354 a year. They are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Tuition: $515 per credit hour
13. Gwynedd Mercy University
Gwynedd Mercy University is one of the 16 Catholic colleges and universities that comprise the Conference for Mercy Higher Education. Our heritage is based on the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, the Catholic order founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831. It was approved to offer its first doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and quickly follows that with the addition of a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) in 2014. Currently, there are 632 graduate students and 2,035 undergrads. In 2016, the university was honored as a Top Four-Year College, Top Business School, and Top MBA Programs.
GMU offers online specialties within 2 areas of study: masters in business and education. The MBA has 2 concentrations: Health Care Administration and Strategic Management & Leadership. This 30 and 21-credit respectively accelerated degree programs provide a broad base of executive-level knowledge plus skills specific to the health care industry. The leadership program develops your ability to navigate international business environments while effectively managing people, and processes. In the education field, there are 3 specialties: Master of Science Education-Master Teacher, Administration, Special Education, and Curriculum & Instruction. The curriculum and administration are each 33 credits, and the other two concentrations are 30 credits total. Most of the education degrees can be completed within 2 years by taking courses one at time in seven-week blocks. The MBA in Health Care Administration is a two-year advanced degree program. You will take 10 courses: seven foundation courses (a total of 21 credits) and three courses in your concentration (nine additional credits).
Tuition: $525-640 per credit depending on degree
14. University of New England
The history of UNE began with Franciscan monks on the banks of the Saco River in 1939 who formed the College Seraphique, a high school and junior college to educate boys of Quebecois decent. In 1952, the institution became a four-year liberal arts college called St. Francis College. As the College struggled financially in the late ‘70’s, necessity and opportunity met in the form of the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine was opened on the campus of St. Francis and the two became the University of New England in 1978. Today, the total enrollment is in excess of twelve thousand, inclusive of campus and online students. It is ranked one of the “Best Universities” in the North that offer “a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs” in U.S. News & World Report‘s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” MONEY magazine named UNE as one of the Best Colleges for Your Money. Their two U.S. campuses are located in picturesque Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Their overseas campus in Tangier, Morocco is home to an innovative semester abroad program.
UNE offers a short list of master’s degrees online that can be completed in two years or less in the categories of applied nutrition, education, health informatics, public health and social work. For example, the 35 credit Master of Science in Social Work Advanced Standing Track is expedited for those applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school by the Council on Social Work Education. This is the quickest program with a proposed completion time of 16 months. No campus visits are required for these graduate degrees and all are accredited regionally by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Tuition: $540-$890 per credit depending on degree
15. Rivier University
Rivier University was established in 1933 and is named in honor of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, founder of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Initially named Rivier College, the campus moved from Hudson to Nashua, New Hampshire in 1941 and the institution officially became Rivier University on July 1, 2012. It is a Catholic institution of higher education dedicated to transforming hearts and minds to serve the world. Their online and on-campus programs from associate to doctoral levels are fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Their nursing programs (Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s) are accredited by Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Rivier’s online graduate degrees are focused on three areas: business, nursing, and public health. There are 5 different MBA programs with concentrations: Marketing, IT Management, Management, Healthcare Administration, and the generic MBA. There are three nursing specialties: Nursing Education, Leadership in Health Systems Management, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Most programs have an estimated length of 2 years, with most courses being 7 and 14 weeks in duration. The majority of the specialties are a total of 36 credits. The exception is the Master’s in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner that is 43 credits and takes 3-5 years to complete.
Tuition: $545 per credit hour
16. California Baptist University
CBU Online offers a host of master’s degrees in many of the sought after disciplines from accounting to sports management. Included in the 22 degree group are two of the most popular: Business Administration and Psychology. Each degree can be completed in as few as 12 months via a flexible schedule that allows you to earn your degree while working full or part-time. The fast pace is accomplished at CBU by having classes start every 8 weeks; three semesters offered year round allows students the ability to graduate faster; and maximizes transfer credits to finish your degree faster.
CBU has a stellar reputation: ranked no. 23 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for best online bachelor’s programs 2015 and a long list of accreditations, for example: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, National Association of Schools of Music, and State of California Board of Registered Nursing. Plus they have over 40 majors and concentrations are available through CBU Online and Professional Studies, most of which are completed in 16 months.
Tuition: $563-$828 per unit: depending on Master’s degree
17. Lewis University
Their online graduate degree programs offer a Bachelor of Arts or Science/MBA Fast Track option program that allows qualified College of Business majors to complete their undergraduate and graduate business degree programs in less time than would be possible if taken separately. All undergraduate coursework used toward the Fast Track program must have a grade of at least a B-. Most Bachelor/MBA FastTrack students can complete the MBA degree in two years or less. This fast pace is attained by waiving the foundation courses required in a traditional MBA and jumping into the 7 core courses, followed by 3 concentration courses. Another Fast Track is available: Information Technology Management (ITM) majors to complete their undergraduate and graduate MSIS (MS in Information Science) degree programs in less time than would be possible if taken separately. The graduate hours will be used to complete the bachelor’s degree and to satisfy requirements for the Master’s degree. A third accelerated degree is their BS in Finance to MS in Finance that can be completed in 18 months or less. This combination degree program allows qualified Finance majors and minors to complete their undergraduate and graduate business quicker.
Founded in 1932 under the direction of the Chicago Archdiocese and Bishop Bernard J. Sheil, Lewis began as the Holy Name Technical School, a school for boys which opened with 15 students. Lewis now offers undergraduate programs of study in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as in aviation, business, computer science, communications, criminal/social justice, education, fine arts, and nursing. It is accredited by, and a member of, the Higher Learning Commission. More importantly, 97 percent of Lewis students receive some sort of financial aid. Last year, more than 30 million dollars of institutional dollars were awarded based on need, financial merit, or academic achievement.
Tuition: $575-795 per credit depending on degree
18. Washington State University
Established in 1890, Washington State University has become one of just 115 U.S. colleges and universities—out of 4,600+ public and private institutions—named among doctoral universities with the “highest research activity” in the Carnegie Classification (2016). The school offers 95 undergraduate majors, 86 minors, and more than 100 in-major specializations. There are nearly 150 graduate and professional degree programs. Online degrees are offered through their Global Campus which brings education beyond geographical boundaries. WSU has received numerous accolades for educational excellence, research, graduate fulfillment, and medicine.
The Carson College of Business online MBA consists of 36 credits for those with a bachelor’s degree in business. During the program, you will take seven 3-credit core courses and three additional courses from your concentration or a pool of electives. You can opt for the general track or choose from four concentrations — marketing, finance, international business, or hospitality business management. All coursework is entirely online and may be completed in as few as 22-29 months. WSU offers one other online graduate degree: a 30 credit hour Master’s in Software Engineering that can be completed in 2 years with a full-course study plan. Both degrees come with an assigned advisor and 24/7 tech support. Also, their streaming Media Center lets you watch materials when it fits your schedule.
Tuition: $587 per credit; summer: $509
19. Benedictine University
When a school refers to their program as “accelerated,” then you expect it to be fast. Benedictine’s attests to this since their fastest online degree is an accelerated MBA that can be completed in 12 months. The relative brevity of the degree is achieved by those students who take two classes during each session, instead of one. There are a total of six sessions per year. In addition to the MBA, there are online master’s two year degrees in Nursing, Public Health, Management, and Nutrition. Once you are accepted into an online degree program, you will be enrolled in our one-of-a-kind, self-paced Success Strategies Course. It is designed to acclimate you to the online learning environment. In approximately one hour, it teaches you how to upload assignments, use discussion boards and more.
Founded in 1887, Benedictine University now has over 31,000 alumni, offers 16 graduate degrees, plus 91% of online graduates reported they were very satisfied or satisfied with their overall online learning. The University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Crain’s Chicago Business listed the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2016.
Tuition: $600 per credit hour; Active duty service members, reservists, veterans and their spouses all receive a 10 percent tuition discount for online programs.
20. Fresno Pacific University
The university offers online master’s degrees in the categories of education, sports, leadership, and teacher librarian. Some of these programs that have a total of 30 credits can be completed within 24 months. Their online structure allows you to learn at your own pace. It’s flexible and designed to fit around your busy schedule as it can be accessed 24/7 as you interact with instructors and peers in real-time. As part of FPU’s online community, they encourage you to engage with fellow students, contact your instructors and work with your dedicated Student Success Coach.
Fresno Pacific’s road to education excellence began in Hillsboro, Kansas, in 1908 by Mennonite Brethren. The Mennonite migration took them west, where in 1944 Pacific Bible Institute opened in a large residence on Van Ness Avenue in Fresno with twenty-eight students, The college changed its name to Fresno Pacific University in 1997. The “new” university consisted of three schools: Fresno Pacific College, Fresno Pacific Graduate School, and Fresno Pacific School of Professional Studies. In 2005, the university was restructured to include four schools: the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; and the School of Natural Sciences. It is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Tuition: $600 per credit hour
21. Northeastern University
Northeastern’s Online and Graduate Professional Degree Programs has almost 40 masters to chose. Many of which are available in a Fast-Track format that is expedited for those with a bachelor’s degree and work experience. If so, you may be able to complete a graduate degree in 12 months during classes scheduled over four academic quarters. There is no designated class meeting time for the online courses. Instructors use the school’s Online system to present lectures, and post discussion questions and assignments to their class. As a Fast-Track student, you will be responsible for completing all assigned readings, papers, and projects throughout each term. Your participation during the online components is critical to your success in the program. Plus, this format gives you maximum, flexibility for working professionals.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world. Located in the heart of Boston, they offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to bachelor’s, master’s doctorate and graduate certificates in nine colleges and schools across our graduate campuses in Boston, Charlotte, and Seattle. Their accreditation is with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) that has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education since 1885.
Tuition: $646-664 per credit; MEd: $530 per credit
22. Southern New Hampshire University
This learning institution was founded in 1932 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science. The school remained relatively small until 1961, when it was incorporated and renamed New Hampshire College of Accounting and Commerce. From humble beginnings, SNHU has become a magnet for students seeking an online degree. The school offers an online bookstore, online library, tutoring, and 24/7 support–all designed for working and busy adults. To complement their academics, they are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).
Students seeking an expeditious master’s degree may select from a myriad of programs, including some of the more popular programs: nursing (MSN), psychology (MS), business (MBA), IT (MS), and criminal justice ((MS). In the business category, the school has over 50 MBA specialties: accounting, finance, business intelligence, and more. All SNHU’s online master’s degrees are designed to be completed in as few as 15 months. Plus, the GMAT and GRE are not required for admissions. Many of the undergraduate and graduate business programs offered by the school are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.
Tuition: $627 per credit hour; $1,881 per course; $470 per credit Active Duty Military & spouse
23. Sacred Heart University
Founded in 1963, Sacred Heart has committed to providing an affordable, quality education to the community – on-ground and online. The first Catholic university founded to be led and staffed by laypeople, SHU is a leader among Catholic institutions and a recognized pioneer in higher learning. They are ranked among the top universities in the North (#38) by U.S. News & World Report, as well as among the Top 10 Best Colleges for Veterans (North region). The school has been selected for membership in the Colleges of Distinction, among approximately 200 colleges and universities in the country recognized for outstanding student engagement and great teaching. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.
They offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the convenient and flexible online format. With these online programs, you can schedule and complete courses around your work and personal commitments. Classes are taught by the same renowned faculty as on-campus courses and are available online, 24/7. The list is short for the online master’s programs offered in these study areas: Applied Psychology (MSAP), Master’s in Nursing (MSN), and Social Work (MSW). The MSN has 3 specialty areas that can be completed within two years if you take one 8-week course each session. The 2 specialty areas in psychology can also be completed within 2 years. The MSW takes two years by completing four semesters over this time span.
Sacred Heart University is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and was one of the first institutions in Connecticut to become a Yellow Ribbon School. Through this program, if you’ve served 3 years post 9/10/2001 in active duty, you are eligible to have tuition and fees toward your desired program covered by the government without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.
Tuition: $690 per credit (MSN); $875 MSAP; $750 MSW
24. Concordia University
Concordia University-Portland, Oregon is a faith-based university preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the school was founded by the Lutheran Church in 1905. As a member of this network of 10 private universities, Concordia University-Portland offers a liberal arts education, pre-professional programs, professional church work programs, and undergraduate and graduate degrees in education and business.
Their online degree programs, including five Doctorate of Education degrees and three Master of Education (MEd) degrees. One of the three education degrees, the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction offers 18 diverse concentrations. These range from Bible Literacy, to Mathematics, to Leadership. The Master of Education degrees can be completed within 14 months. The time-frame of 14 months is attainable as the school’s total credits for the MEd is 31. The online format uses cutting-edge curriculum and easy-to-use online learning tools to provide students with a convenient yet challenging educational experience. Online classes are 5 weeks in length and all you need is an internet connection. Depending on the program, classes begin several times throughout the year. There may be up to six or more times during the year which you can begin your program.
Tuition: $697 per credit
25. University of North Texas
For any student researching online master’s degrees, the words: flexible, affordable, adaptable and respected may be music to your ears. That is how the University of North Texas describes their 100% online master’s programs. The school allows you to progress at your own pace with the benefit of customized mentoring services and course scheduling to help you balance it all. Whether you prefer to move forward quickly or take your time, you’ll get an advanced education at an accelerated speed. They provide flexibility through 8-week courses with five available start dates annually. It is adaptable to your own pace by taking one or two courses at a time. These accelerated 12 to 24 month programs are granted through their College of Education, College of Information, College of Health & Public Service, Toulouse Graduate School (Data Analytics), and College of Business.
Established in 1890, the University of North Texas thrives as a public research university with 37,000 students. UNT offers 62 academic programs ranked among the nation’s Top 100. More specifically, they have 101 bachelor’s 82 master’s and 38 doctoral degrees online and on-campus in Denton, Texas. More laudable is that UNT is a Tier One university, meaning it is regarded as a top university known for their academic and research excellence. Tier One status is defined, in part, by how a university ranks in the Carnegie Classification, which is a leading framework for measuring institutional characteristics.
Tuition: $701.05 per hour (Texas resident)
26. Saint Leo University
SLU’s School of Business offers 13 online graduate degrees, most are MBA specialties, as examples: Human Resource Management, Marketing, Sport Business, Information Security, and Project Management. Plus their general MBA and a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. All of these 36-credit business degrees can be completed within one year by taking two courses each 8 week term continuously for 6 terms. To accomplish this accelerated track, students must be willing to devote 20-24 hours per week to their studies. If your travel schedule intensifies, or unexpected family circumstances require your attention, you have the option to reduce your course load to one class. All courses are readily available each term, so you can stay on track towards achieving your goal.
By selecting Saint Leo University you’ll be enrolled in a private, regionally accredited liberal arts university outside Tampa, Florida. Founded in 1889, the school took a bold step in 1898 when they decided to integrate the campus. Presently, they offer accessible university degrees through their traditional Florida campus, extensive online programs, and 17 education centers on military bases in seven states. SLU is ranked among the nation’s most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines. Their School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE); their MBA Sport Business Program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).
Tuition: $720 per credit hour; Active Military: $555/credit hour
27. Boston University
Since offering its first online program in 2002, Boston University has continued to broaden its reach with online learning opportunities that bring world-class faculty and highly ranked programs to students around the nation and the globe. Whether studying from home, the field, or the road, students in their online degree and certificate programs have 24/7 access to cutting-edge course material, online lectures, discussion boards, and interactive multimedia content to help them maximize their learning experience in smart and exciting ways. BU has designed a media-rich, collaborative learning environment, allowing our faculty members to interact with students through a learning management system (LMS).
Their online master’s degrees are spread across a broad range of disciplines including computer information systems, insurance management and social work, to name a few. Most of these programs can be completed in 18-24 months for a 40 credit curriculum. On campus or online, a degree from Boston University—ranked #39 in the nation and #32 among Best Global Universities by U.S. News & World Report—represents achievement of a high academic standard. In addition, since 1929 Boston University has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United States.
Tuition: $750-$830 per credit hour: depending on degree
28. Abilene Christian University
In the fall of 1906, The Childers Classical Institute, offering 11 primary and secondary grades, opened its doors with 25 students enrolled for classes. Named after Colonel J.W. Childers, a leader in the Abilene church. In 1912, the school began using the name Abilene Christian College, which it used until 1976 when it officially became a university. In 2012, ACU became one of only a few institutions worldwide to be named an Apple Distinguished School, a recognition by Apple as an exemplary learning environment for innovation, leadership and educational excellence. That designation was renewed in 2013 and 2014. Other accolades include: US News & World Report- #2 Most Innovative in the West; Forbes Magazine as a Top College; 2016 Military Friendly School; and America’s Best Christian Colleges.
ACU offers a choice of online graduate degrees in these disciplines: education, business, theology, therapy/counseling, technology, and healthcare. There are many programs that can be completed within 18-24 months with no residency requirement. The courses are designed for working adults who prefer to remain in their current jobs while enrolled at ACU. Their online learning platform allows you to communicate with professors from mobile devices and interact with classmates through group work, blogs, and discussion boards.
Tuition: $770-$1,148 per credit hour depending on program
29. Widener University
Founded as The Bullock School for Boys in 1821, the school was established in Wilmington, Delaware. It became The Alsop School for Boys from 1846–1853, and then Hyatt’s Select School for Boys from 1853-1859. Military instruction was introduced in 1858 and in 1859 the school changed its name to Delaware Military Academy. It moved to Pennsylvania in 1862 and became Pennsylvania Military Academy. It was known as Pennsylvania Military College after 1892 and adopted the Widener name in 1972. Today, Widener is a three-campus university offering more than 80 programs of study. Some of its numerous accreditations are: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), American Bar Association, and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Widener offers graduate online degrees in an accelerated format in the popular categories of business and education. Their 33 credit hours Master of Business Administration consists of 8 core courses and 3 electives that result in an 18-24 months completion. The school also offers a Master of Jurisprudence/MBA dual degree that can be completed in 2 1/2 years. This time frame is accomplished by reducing the combined credits from 62 to 48 through the MJ/MBA joint study. The Master of Education in Instructional Technology, Educational Foundations, and Allied Health Education are designed for students who wish to earn the master’s degree without having to commute to campus. The programs can be completed in as little as 15 months or extended across several years. They use the same highly qualified instructors for our online program as on-campus classes, all of whom have terminal degrees in their area of expertise and years of experience.
Tuition: $790 per credit (education); $1,004 per credit (business)
30. Xavier University
Xavier University is a co-educational Jesuit, Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. The school is the sixth-oldest Catholic and fourth-oldest Jesuit university in the United States. It has an undergraduate enrollment of 4,572 students and graduate enrollment of about 2,200. The school has been ranked 4th among 142 Midwest colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report and received recognition from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as a Best Value college. They also state that graduates have a 97% placement rate.
Xavier’s online master’s degrees are available in the disciplines of business, criminal justice, and nursing. Business has an MBA that is designed to keep working professionals on track for advancement. By attending classes online, full-time students can finish in just over one year and a half or study part-time and finish in 2-3 years. The MS in Criminal Justice places an emphasis on criminal justice administration. This degree can be completed in one year for full-time students and 2 years for part-timers. There a 6 starts per year. Lastly, there is a RN to MSN program is designed for experienced, motivated registered nurses without a bachelor’s degree in any field who want to pursue a MSN. This program can be completed within two to three years, and is designed for part-time students. The 8-week course structure allows flexibility for full-time careers, family obligations and other life events. And there is no residency required in this 100% online program.
Tuition: $799 MBA; $596 Criminal Justice; $620 per credit RN to MSN
31. George Washington University
Since its founding in 1821, GW has amassed a plethora of accolades and recognitions. The school has 107 endowed faculty positions and is recognized among the top producing institutions for Fulbright Scholars, with more than 79 serving within the university’s ranks. According to a recent survey, nearly 91 percent of the Class of 2016 reported that, within six months of graduation, they were employed. Or they were pursuing a graduate degree, volunteering or were otherwise engaged in a gap year, military service or other activity.
This learning institution offers a selection of online master’s degrees at their School of Medicine and Health Sciences in fields of study as Clinical Research Administration and Regulatory Affairs. The 36-credit graduate degrees can be completed in as little as two years. Also, all courses in the 18-credit graduate certificate program are transferable to the Master of Science in Health Sciences. Their Graduate School of Education and Human Development also offers 20-credit online degrees that can be completed in two years. The school has an intensive online Master of Public Health (MPH) 12-month accelerated program 12-month accelerated program that requires students to take an average of 11.5 credits per quarter.
GW’s School of Business offers a variety of specialties, some of which can be completed in as few as 16 months full-time and 24 months part-time. Courses that are 2-4 credits are 14 weeks long, while courses that are 1.5 credits are 7 weeks long, offered in either the first or second half of a semester. For each course, students will participate in a one hour (per week) guided live classroom sessions, consisting of lectures, case discussions, and/or group activities.
Tuition: $1,600 – $1,765 per credit depending on degree
32. University of Miami Online
If you consider 24 months to be a quick completion of an online master’s degree, then this school (UM Online) may be one to keep in mind. By requiring 33 credits or less for graduation, UM is able to expedite the time-frame to complete master’s degrees in finance (16 months), health informatics (22 months), education-sports administration (20 months), and professional accounting (16-20 months). All these programs are taught by UM’s faculty of teachers and researchers, of which 98% have a doctorate degree. With a student-faculty ratio of 12 to 1, the University of Miami offers classes that are intimate and interactive, and faculty act as mentors and advisors. In addition, learning online affords you the same quality of education from the same professors who are teaching on-campus.
The University of Miami has been recognized as one of the top 50 nationally and #1 in Florida by US News & World Report. They are accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and 23 other professional accrediting agencies. The school is proud of the 160,000+ global alumni who remain committed to guide current students with their studies and careers.
Tuition: $1,960 per credit
33. Independence University
Independence University belongs to a family of colleges and universities with educational roots dating back to 1891. In 1978, IU began to offer education at a distance and operated as California College for Health Sciences. In 2005 it became Independence University, a name that more accurately reflects the institution’s broader range of programs and its philosophy that education should lead to greater independence. In 2010, Independence University merged with its affiliated institution, Stevens-Henager College in Ogden, Utah. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Have an interest in an online master’s degree in healthcare, business or technology? Then IU may be worth checking into since they also offer diversity within these three study areas. Healthcare has a choice of four concentrations: Healthcare Administration, Public Health, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. Business has two to chose: MBA and MBA with an Entrepreneur emphasis. Technology offers one master’s in Information Systems. The projected completion for all these degrees is 15-16 months online. IU has designed flexible, fully online degree programs that are strictly career-focused. In addition, their courses are created using input and advice from their nationwide network of business partners.
Tuition: $15,616-2017 school year
34. Western Governors University
Western Governors University is a nonprofit online university founded in 1995 and supported by 19 U.S. governors. The governors enlisted the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to help design the newly envisioned university. The founding governors have distinguished themselves by creating a learning institution that has been recognized seven times since 2008 by the U.S. Distance Learning Association. This competency-based learning school has also received accolades for their innovation and affordability.
WGU offers an array of online master’s degrees through their Teacher’s College, College of Business, College of IT, and College of Health Professionals. Regardless of your chosen degree, you will be required to complete 6 credit units per term at the graduate level. The competency-based format allows you to use prior learning and/or experience to accelerate your program. If you choose to and are able, you can add courses and move more quickly through your program. Since tuition is charged at a flat rate every six months—you pay for time, not per credit hour. Most curriculums can be completed in 1.5 to 2 years following this format.
Tuition: $3,250 per term: Business and health; $2,890: IT & teacher’s college
35. Walden University
Walden offers the opportunity to complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years, then take only one more year to earn an online master’s degree. They refer to this system as the “4+1 degrees,” which shaves a year off the typical time to obtain your master’s degree alone. This Accelerate into Master’s (AIM) format has the same number of required credits as a regular bachelor’s degree and master’s program. The difference comes from being able to complete several of your master’s degree courses while you are still completing your undergraduate courses. Not only are you entering the workforce quicker, but you could also be saving $5,000 to $12,000 in tuition. Applicant must have completed a minimum of 90 credits and any specific core requirements associated with your bachelor’s program as well as any additional prerequisites of your specific master’s degree program.
Walden University, accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, has been serving the higher education needs of adult learners since 1970. Today, students from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries are pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and certificates online in a broad range of disciplines including health sciences, counseling, criminal justice, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, social work, public administration, and information technology.
Tuition: $525-560 per quarter hour
36. University of Florida
One of UF’s online master’s programs is a MBA offered through the Hough Graduate School of Business. This degree is available in two time span options: a 27-month and a 16 month program. The former is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in any major. The latter, faster degree is for those who have an undergraduate degree in business within the past seven years. Both these programs are available online, and each is a full Master of Business Administration. Start dates for each are in the Spring and Fall. Plus, you’ll be taking a MBA program that is one of only two programs in the world to recently earn the top rating of “excellent” by The Economist magazine. One other online master’s degree at UF is the Master of Arts in Art Education that is 36 credits and has 3 start dates throughout the year. It can be completed in two years.
Other accolades for the MBA are that it ranks #2 in Return on Investment for graduates earning $100,000+ by U.S. News & World Report. The Hough Graduate School of Business at the Warrington College of Business was honored as a top-20 public full-time and part-time program in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools 2018” rankings released in 2017. UF’s MBA Online Program, is ranked No. 4 among U.S. public business programs; it scored 89 out of a possible 100 points.
Tuition: $58,000 total cost 2 yr MBA degree; $48k: 1 yr program; $600 per credit: MEd degree
37. Florida International University
FIU is Miami’s largest university, with 50,000 students, 1,100 full-time faculty and nearly 200,000 alumni. FIU Online has been at the forefront of offering the best in online learning since 1998. They offer the same high-quality education to over 25,000 students annually, as you would find by physically attending classes on any of FIU’s campuses. The school is among the 16 research universities in the country with the most faculty and administrators who are Fulbright Scholars (2015-2016). It has also received recognition by U.S. News & World Report (2016) in the categories of: Best Online Graduate Business programs, Best Online MBA, Best Online Graduate Engineering, and Best Online Graduate Education programs.
To complement these rankings, FIU has 19 online graduate degrees that vary in the number of months to complete. And all of their programs are designed to get you on the fast track to success, with completion of some degrees in as little as one year. One example is their 36 credit Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction designed for those working in education. A longer program is the Master of Health Services Administration program that prepares students for executive leadership positions in healthcare organizations. The completion time-frame is 24 months for this degree. The learning process is facilitated by a support network that is both high-tech and high-touch from your first day of class to graduation day.
Tuition: Cost varies depending on the chosen degree and it is priced as a total for the entire program. MS in Curriculum is $18,300; the 42 credit Healthcare MBA consists of 42 credits and is $59,892.
38. Northcentral University
NCU has a limited but diverse choice of online master’s degrees that can be completed in as few as 16 months. The fields of study include: business, education, psychology, and marriage and family therapy. Their online degree programs allow students to learn in a one-to-one learning model from 100% doctoral faculty. Each program has numerous professionally relevant specializations designed to prepare you for the next step. The exception to be considered a fast program is the Masters in Marriage & Family Therapy as it takes up to 33 months to complete the minimum 45 credits. All other graduate degrees can be completed within 20 months. As a bonus feature at NCU-all programs have start dates of every Monday.
Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, and founded in 1996, the school was accredited in 2003 by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, Northcentral’s business programs in the School of Business and Technology Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). NCU was one of the first online universities to have ACBSP accreditation across bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. In 2009, Northcentral University received certification from the United States Department of Education to participate in Title IV Financial Aid Programs.
Tuition: $1,998 – $2703 per course depending on degree; most grad programs are 10-12 courses.
39. Columbia College
Columbia offers online master’s degrees in the areas of business, criminal justice, and education. The business program is a MBA; criminal justice has the choice of 3 specialties in administration; and education offers 3 concentrations in Educational Leadership and one in Teaching. These graduate degrees are accelerated by having a total of six eight-week sessions in one academic year. With two sessions offered each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer), all college venues, locations and programs operate on the same academic calendar. You can now register for the entire semester, or both early and late eight-week sessions. Students may also take two sessions in the summer semester. This allows you to plan more effectively and spend less time registering for classes. This format allows a diligent student to complete a master’s degree in as few as 12 months.
Founded in 1851, Columbia College (CC) has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. Originally founded as Christian Female College, the college was the first women’s college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The college changed its name to Columbia College in 1970 when it transitioned from a two-year women’s college to a four-year coeducational college. The school has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1918. Their online bachelor’s degree programs, as well as the online criminal justice, education and MBA programs specifically, were recognized among the nation’s 2017 Top Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Tuition: $2,232 per semester
40. South University
The school offers only a pair of online master’s degrees in accelerated format-both are MBA’s. There is the general MBA and the Healthcare Administration MBA, both of which can be completed in 12 months. Students with existing backgrounds in business and healthcare will develop a greater understanding of the concepts and organizational structures within their industries. However, these programs are adaptable to students from a variety of educational backgrounds and abilities. You may start at the beginning of any month except December. Student are instructed by accomplished faculty and speakers who have real-world experience in the subjects they teach. You may transfer up to four courses or 16 quarter hours, once approved by the College of Business, the Dean and Department Chair. Also, successful applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.7 or better on a 4.0 scale.
South University’s history began in Savannah, Georgia in 1899 with the establishment of Draughon’s Practical Business College. Founded by Dr. John Draughon, the institution focused on teaching the fundamentals needed by successful businesses including accounting, banking, shorthand, bookkeeping and typewriting. The school was known as South College until December 21, 2001 when it became South University. This occurred after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accredited the institution to award master’s degrees. In 2004, online bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration and Information Technology were initially offered, while Bachelor of Science degree programs in Healthcare Management, Nursing and Criminal Justice were added the next year.
Tuition: $8,920 per quarter