Texas Online Colleges & Universities – Top Online Schools for 2014

AC Online: Ranking the Most Affordable Online Colleges in Texas

Known for its vast land, Texas also boasts a vast collection of online distance learning programs. Texas online colleges have some of the best degrees and certifications that students can earn completely online. Many of these degrees are the same ones issued through on-campus programs. And even more impressive, these programs are all through four-year, accredited online colleges. Online degree programs in Texas don’t skimp on curriculum, admissions requirements, or faculty, so the rigor and esteem of the online degree is not diminished but the online status. To help you in your search of the best online schools in Texas, we’ve compiled a list of the best programs and posted them below. Indexed from lowest tuition to highest, all of these online programs in Texas offer excellent higher education.

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$4,656
1,776
YES
1

Texas A & M University-Texarkana

7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas 75503

Texas A&M University at Texarkana provides an online MBA to help meet students' personal and professional needs. The program is based on 36 credit hours, 27 of which are required courses and the other nine that are electives. Students need to have a minimum 2.5 GPA to apply and their online college classes include, but are not limited to, managerial finance, organizational behavior, and strategic management.

$4,764
2,626
YES
2

Sul Ross State University

400 North Harrison, Alpine, Texas 79832

Sul Ross State University offers a two-year online MBA programs to students who are already working full-time in a professional career. Students use the Blackboard software system to complete their online college coursework and need to have a total of 36 graduate credit hours to complete their degree. Online curriculum is rounded out with classes in accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing.

$4,786
16,072
YES
3

University of Houston-Downtown

1 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002-1014

The University of Houston-Downtown offers completion degrees enabling students to complete upper-level undergraduate work through distance learning. The curricula provided through the online college is similar to that offered on campus and the school's bachelor's degrees are available in areas such as finance, general business, management, psychology, teaching, the humanities, and many others.

$4,991
16,408
YES
4

The University of Texas at Brownsville

80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520-4991

Bachelor's and master's degrees and graduate-level certificates are among the programs offered through the University of Texas at Brownsville via distance learning. Many online college courses include Blackboard software, providing synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning. E-portfolios and virtual hard drives are other components of the school's distance-learning programs, which are available in areas such as business, criminal justice, nursing, and more.

$5,034
19,069
YES
5

The University of Texas-Pan American

1201 W University Dr, Edinburg, Texas 78539-2999

The University of Texas, Pan American offers several online college programs at the graduate level to students who want to advance their career training and learn more about chosen fields. Currently, the degrees offered through distance learning include a master's degree in education, a master's degree in public administration and an MBA. The school is recognized nationally as an Hispanic-serving institution, and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

The University of Texas-Pan American offers online graduate programs to be innovative and entrepreneurial. They provide better access to students to the great programs that we offer at UTPA. We strive to maintain a student perspective and respond to their need as far as program delivery. Some of our online programs are scheduled during the same semester period as our on-campus program whereas other programs offer an online, accelerated format that offers the same curriculum at a much faster pace. It's all about offering students several options that make sense for their own learning styles and personal obligations.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

All of the graduate programs at UTPA - online and on-campus - offer added depth to the learning experience based on extensive faculty expertise and research, some of which is focused on the unique characteristics and research on an international, border region.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

UTPA expects to consistently increase our offerings of online graduate programs in response to student demand. This growth will come from offering a second delivery format for existing programs and offering new degree programs solely online. We believe that online education will have a transformative effect on UTPA. As faculty develop new ways to consider the interaction with students, these techniques will then be transitioned to the on-campus programs.

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$5,124
3,778
YES
6

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

4901 E University, Odessa, Texas 79762-0001

The University of Texas at the Permian Basin provides both single courses and full degree programs online to students wanting distance education. Its offerings include undergraduate and graduate level programming, such as a bachelor's of arts in psychology and an MBA program online. Online college students can be assured of quality and rigor in programming due to the school's Commission on Colleges Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation.

$5,232
5,405
YES
7

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, Texas 77058-1098

The University of Houston at Clear Lake has expanded its online programming since 2008 when it officially launched e-learning coursework. Students can find online bachelor's and master's degrees in areas such as criminology, finance, psychology, public service leadership and more. An online MBA is among the school's offerings as are a number of certificate programs.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

University of Houston – Clear Lake (UHCL) is a SACS accredited university and offers quality online programs in the fields of business, science, education and human science and humanities. Currently, the Bachelor’s programs are all completer programs. One can take the lower level courses at a community college and complete the program online by taking the upper level courses at UHCL. Online Master’s offerings at UHCL could be completed fully online. The online programs offered are affordable, career oriented and caters to the needs of a modern student population. University faculty and staff are well equipped and in tune with changing technology and pedagogy.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Online programs at UHCL are attainable, user friendly, student centered and applicable to real life careers. A student can achieve a certificate, a bachelors or a master’s degree while working a full time job and/or raising a family. The university faculty and staff strive hard to offer quality online courses and programs by maintaining the state and national standards to make the student learning experience an excellent one. The current programs could be found in:

http://prtl.uhcl.edu/portal/page/portal/PRV/OnlinePrograms/UHCLOnlineHome

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

In the future, UHCL plans to grow fully online programs in the field of science and technology, education, leadership, and behavioral sciences. Beyond the next five years, UHCL will offer selected lower level courses online to provide yet another pathway for freshman and sophomores to take required courses to meet their program requirements.

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$5,281
11,719
YES
8

Tarleton State University

1333 W. Washington, Stephenville, Texas 76401-0000

Tarleton State University provides students with many ways to pursue online college learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Class formats include both blended and fully-online models with e-learning coursework available in areas that include business, criminal justice, human resource management, and information systems. Students will find bachelor's and masters degrees to choose from as well as certificate programs available through e-learning.

$5,409
7,130
YES
9

Texas A & M International University

5201 University Blvd, Laredo, Texas 78041-1900

Texas A&M International University offers several graduate-degree options through its online college learning program, "TAMIU Online." Among these degrees are a Master's of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master's of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, and an MBA. The school, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, also includes an undergraduate RN-to-BSN degree as part of its e-learning programs.

Approach to Online Learning

We have worked diligently to develop online programs, especially at the graduate level, that are regionally relevant, but have a broad national and international appeal. Examples of this are our MS in Criminal Justice, the MA in Translation and the MBA in Spanish. We think of our online programs as passport degrees to global opportunities.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our faculty are top-notch educators adept at online teaching. Each has substantial research expertise that also taps into our unique location, cultural confluences and the international experience that infuses our programs. These strengths, combined with our low cost and flexible entry, are proving most attractive to students.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We will continue to build on our innovative online programs that have a regional economic impact, but can clearly be exported nationally and internationally. Our campus and programs are at an enviable crossroads of the Americas, which will continue to fuel our online programs in Spanish for Spanish-speaking countries in this Hemisphere and beyond.

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$5,429
9,607
YES
10

Texas Woman's University

304 Administration Dr, Denton, Texas 76201

Texas Women's University provides a diverse number of undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities to students who want to advance their professional knowledge. Online college degrees can be found in areas such as criminal justice, health studies, marketing, nursing, and more, and the school's offerings include hybrid and entirely-online programs in addition to e-learning completion degrees.

$5,648
6,327
YES
11

Midwestern State University

3410 Taft Blvd, Wichita Falls, Texas 76308-2099

Midwestern State University provides a variety of online college courses and programs to help advance student learning. Its distance-learning programs include an RN-to-BSN degree in nursing, a bachelor's in radiologic sciences, and a Master's of Public Administration. The school, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, provides sundry other e-learning degrees.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

MSU has systematically chosen programs to deliver to students online. The effort began in the Health Science fields where learners were in need of continued educational opportunities while working in their trained professions. The online programs allowed these students to continue in their employment while earning the advanced degree for skills and advancement opportunities.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

MSU is an exceptional value regardless of the methodology. However, the opportunities presented for the online students have an increased value due to access and flexibility in residence. The Health Science programs and the Adult Completion degree (BAAS) are targeted to the experienced learner with clear learning and professional objectives in mind.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

MSU will continue to choose the programs and courses developed for online delivery carefully. There are plans to expand in the professional degrees as well as increased course offerings for the students that are taking traditional campus courses. An online M.A. in Criminal Justice and an online MBA will be coming in late 2014 or early 2015.

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$5,972
16,423
YES
12

Sam Houston State University

1806 Ave J, Huntsville, Texas 77340

Students attending Sam Houston State University will find a wide variety of degrees and programs available online. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees can be found in areas such as criminal justice, instructional leadership, library science, public administration, and more. U.S. News & World report ranked the school among the best in both its 2013 'Best Online Bachelor's Programs' and 'Best Online Graduate Education.'

$6,008
7,284
YES
13

West Texas A & M University

2501 4th Ave, Canyon, Texas 79016-0001

West Texas A&M University provides several graduate-level options to students who want to advance their education through online college. Programs offered include Master's of Education degrees in several areas, a Master's of Arts in Teaching and an MBA program. The school, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, indicates it provides the same level of instruction online as it does in its ground-based programs.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

West Texas A&M University’s approach to online learning is to focus on delivering high quality, up to date programs taught in a robust online environment. We seek to maintain quality instruction in the spirit of continuously improving our courses and programs.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

The focus of WTAMU’s online programs is to employ full-time faculty members who are dedicated to the long-run quality of our program offerings and to the success of our students. Our programs are characterized by achieving the highest level of accreditation available across multiple disciplines.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Our expectation for the next five years and beyond is that WTAMU will continue to expand online program offerings and will incorporate technological advances in a way that will enhance quality in order to remain a leader in the delivery of distance education.

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$6,010
12,937
YES
14

Stephen F Austin State University

2008 Alumin Drive, Rusk 206, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961

Stephen F. Austin State University offers full and partial online college degree to students who want to use distance learning to expand their knowledge. Students can find undergraduate distance-learning completion programs in education and nursing and a number of online master's degree programs also available. Individual online and hybrid e-courses help round out the sundry offerings provided at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

$6,045
39,772
YES
15

South Texas College

3201 W Pecan, McAllen, Texas 78502-9701

South Texas College provides students with opportunities to build their basic knowledge through online college. Certificates and associate degrees are among the educational offerings available online to students. Accounting, criminal justice, education, psychology, and sociology are subjects that students can pursue online and complete degrees in on their way to advancing their education.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

South Texas College’s faculty and staff believe that learning should provide the same quality student outcomes regardless of instructional medium. With that in mind, online learning at South Texas College attempts to provide students with multiple modes of learning and assessment in a given course or program of study.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

South Texas College offers over 20 fully online certificate and degree programs. These certificates and programs are especially valuable because today’s students are “time-bound” by their family and work responsibilities. Online courses and programs allow students to continue their education while still balancing all their other responsibilities.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

In five years, South Texas College plans to provide at least 5-7 more online programs and enhance its students services provided to students. As enrollment increases, the college sees that this mode of learning will become more mainstream, and our students will greatly benefit from the opportunities that they provide.

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$6,132
7,687
YES
16

Prairie View A & M University

FM 1098 Road & University Drive, Prairie View, Texas 77446

Students at Prairie View A&M University can complete an MBA program entirely online in as little as two years or up to five. The online college program is geared toward working professionals who want to assume a leadership role as an entrepreneur or manager. The school, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, also offers individual course available through e-learning.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

The overall goal is to provide high quality programs at affordable tuition to professionals with business or non-business backgrounds interested in building their management competencies. PVAMU's COB has offered online courses for a number of years, and has offered a fully online program - the MBA - for nearly three years. Plans are underway to offer a BBA in Accounting and a BA in Management as a degree completion option.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

The PVAMU online MBA is accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Businesses (AACSB) International ensuring high quality. The AACSB has stringent requirements on faculty qualifications, admissions and student learning outcomes. The online MBA can be completed in 18 months and represents a great value given similar programs. Financial assistance and scholarships are available for the eligible students.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We wish to significantly grow these two programs over the next five years. We want to attract more a more diverse group of students - working professionals and non-traditional students - from outside the immediate Houston area, especially from neighboring states and from other countries. We have one of the best faculty, all of them (who teach graduate courses) have doctoral degrees and many have experience in the private sector. The faculty and administrators from dean to the department head, all have personally taught online, and understand the challenges presented by the online format from the learner’s perspective.

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$6,211
6,733
YES
17

Angelo State University

2601 W Avenue N, San Angelo, Texas 76909

Angelo State University offers single courses and full degree programs that can be found online through its Office of Distance Education. The university, accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, offers e-learning bachelor's and master's degrees as well as certificate programs. These online college degrees are made available through its departments of curriculum and instruction, nursing, psychology, and more.

$6,283
7,196
YES
18

Texas A & M University-Commerce

2600 South Neal, Commerce, Texas 75429-3011

Texas A&M University, Commerce provides a number of online college learning opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many are e-learning degrees based at the master's level that fall into areas such as business administration, education, marketing, sociology, technology management, and more. Individual courses and classwork are also provided through web-based learning to provide additional choices.

$6,592
5,991
YES
19

The University of Texas at Tyler

3900 University Blvd, Tyler, Texas 75799-6699

The University of Texas at Tyler offers online learning through its colleges of arts and science, business and technology, nursing and health services, and others. The university, accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, provides students with a variety of master's degree options in areas such as English, nursing administration, and school counseling. A RN-to-BSN degree and doctoral degree in nursing are among students' other e-learning choices.

$6,397
4,491
YES
20

University of Houston-Victoria

3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, Texas 77901

The University of Houston-Victoria offers many bachelor's and master's degrees as well as certifications through its distance-learning programs. Students can advance their learning in areas such as criminal justice, healthcare administration, management and psychology, and be assured of quality programming due to the school's Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe the institution's approach to online learning?

UHV provides programs that meet the needs of working students in the Crossroads region and beyond who cannot find a way to attend face-to-face classes. Many students now take courses in online programs but also hybrid courses that have some face-to-face requirements. In effect, UHV does not make distinctions between its face-to-face and online program delivery.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

These programs are convenient for students who wish to balance work, family and education.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years?

UHV views its mission as one of expansion, extending its online program inventory to meet workforce needs, while expanding program quality through new technologies and electronic pedagogy.

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$6,594
9,089
YES
21

Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi

6300 Ocean Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas 78412-5503

Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi offers a variety of master's degrees available through e-learning to assist students wanting to advance their professional knowledge. Many of the online college degrees can be completed in a year to two, and the school's distance-learning offerings include an MBA, a Master's of Science in Elementary Education, and Master's of Science in Nursing. Individual online courses are also available.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

Our instructors are dedicated to creating online courses that engage students in authentic activities and prepare them for problem solving and careers in the world beyond school. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi currently offers fully online degree programs. Several core curriculum courses and hundreds of other courses are blended or fully online. Students are well supported by instructors, support services, and the Islander community. Instructors who teach online participate in professional development that ensures that their courses are well organized, rigorous, highly interactive, and engaging.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

The expertise of our instructors in their fields, as well as their dedication to their students, is what makes our programs so valuable. Instructors put a lot of time into developing rigorous, engaging courses. Those who teach online attend 24 workshops that cover best practices for online learning and how to develop authentic learning experiences. Online courses are reviewed for quality and faculty work in mentoring pairs to provide input and critical peer-review. The Center for Faculty Excellence also provides professional development experiences for faculty to support their effective teaching. Instructors and staff work in concert to clarify expectations for students, provide support they need to succeed, and provide individualized attention and feedback. With Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s online programs students find convenience, choice, and more flexible scheduling. Students are able to tailor their experience to their individual situations and learning styles. Online instruction tends to provide multimodal presentations of content that is more accessible to people with disabilities as well as to students who speak English as a foreign language. Unlike in face-to-face lectures, students can review online content as often as they need to. Many students have expressed a preference for learning online as opposed to the face-to-face classroom.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Currently, most instructors are delivering their courses with online components. Within five years, all instructors will deliver their courses as web-enhanced, blended, or fully online. Our institution is rapidly expanding its online offerings. Within five years, we will offer many more certificate and degree programs online. We also envision many partnerships with off-campus organizations that will facilitate authentic experiences for students beyond the physical classroom.

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$6,640
7,782
YES
22

Texas A & M University-Kingsville

955 University Blvd, Kingsville, Texas 78363

Texas A&M University at Kingsville provides business education at the graduate level that is entirely available through online college. The school's MBA program can be completed in 24 to 30 months and is geared toward working professionals who want to advance in their career. Accreditation of the school is through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

$6,869
22,224
YES
23

The University of Texas at El Paso

500 W. University Ave, El Paso, Texas 79968-0691

The University of Texas at El Paso provides an online college degree program to help students advance their creative writing skills. The program is a Master's of Fine Arts and requires students to complete 48 coursework hours and 6 thesis hours. The school notes that writers are able to complete this degree from wherever they are located in the world.

$7,050
493
YES
24

Amberton University

1700 Eastgate Dr, Garland, Texas 75041-5595

Amberton University offers a number of bachelor's and master's degrees to students interested in online college. Students use the school's "Virtual University" to post questions and hold discussions, complete research, and explore the full range of e-learning resources. Degrees can be found in areas including, but not limited to, business administration, Christian counseling, family studies, and managerial science.

$7,118
7,842
YES
25

Texas Southern University

3100 Cleburne St, Houston, Texas 77004

Texas Southern University provides students with several e-learning options to advance their learning at the graduate level. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers online master's degrees in education, justice, and public administration. Certificates in IT and e-governance, non-profits, and Homeland Security and emergency management, as well as an eMBA program are additional online college options.

$7,264
31,799
YES
26

Texas State University-San Marcos

601 University Dr, San Marcos, Texas 78666

Texas State University at San Marcos provides numerous opportunities for students to complete undergraduate or graduate level education partially through distance learning. Online college students can expand their knowledge in areas such as business, criminal justice, education, engineering, math, music and much more. Most distance-learning degrees are found in hybrid format, meaning both online and on-campus learning comprise the programs.

$7,380
28,429
YES
27

Texas Tech University

Broadway and University Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79409-5005

Students wanting to advance their learning can look to the online college and distance learning program available through Texas Tech University. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are offered through e-learning as are minor degree programs and graduate certificates. The university's extensive offerings include subjects such as architecture, general studies, horticulture, software engineering and more.

$7,513
36,586
YES
28

University of Houston

212 E. Cullen Building, Houston, Texas 77204-2018

Students attending the University of Houston can find an extensive number of programs and courses available online to enhance their learning. Most e-learning, online college courses take place using Blackboard software, but programs like CourseWare and CourseCompass are used for some classes. Bachelor's and master's degrees as well as certificates are among students' e-learning options.

$7,540
236
YES
29

Arlington Baptist College

3001 W Division, Arlington, Texas 76012-3425

Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation.

$7,605
1,569
YES
30

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

3601 4th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79430

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center provides a number of distance-learning degrees to students wanting online college education. Its schools of allied health sciences and of nursing provide a wide range of choices including a bachelor's of science in clinical services management and an RS-to-MSN degree. The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

$7,989
34,051
YES
31

University of North Texas

Chestnut Ave., Denton, Texas 76203-1277

The University of North Texas allows students to accelerate their graduate-level learning with master's degrees available through distance education. Online college courses prioritize flexibility and are available in eight-week formats and five start dates each year. Educational leadership, learning technologies, and strategic management are among the subject areas in which students can pursue online learning.

$8,076
12,459
YES
32

Lamar University

4400 MLK, Beaumont, Texas 77705

Lamar University offers diverse learning opportunities to students who want to expand their knowledge through distance education. Online college student can pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees in areas such as the computer sciences, criminal justice, education management and more. Many e-learning classes are made available through the Blackboard software program, and the school provides an orientation to train students in its use.

$8,421
42,053
YES
33

Texas A & M University-College Station

805 Rudder Tower, College Station, Texas 77843-1244

Texas A&M University at College Station provides extensive advanced educational options to students who want to pursue a master's degree through distance education. E-learning degrees are available to students in subjects such as education, engineering, math and the sciences, and students can also find single online college courses and certificates to complete. Group projects, class discussion and other interactions comprise part of the online learning platform.

$8,878
35,165
YES
34

The University of Texas at Arlington

701 S. Nedderman Dr., Arlington, Texas 76013

The University of Texas at Arlington provides students with sundry opportunities to advance their learning through distance education. Programs available in education and nursing give students the option to complete bachelor's and master's degrees or even pursue relevant certifications. The Blackboard platform is typically used in online college classes and allows for reading, discussion and student interaction.

$10,276
13,207
YES
35

The University of Texas at Dallas

800 West Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

The University of Texas at Dallas offers students several online college opportunities to advance their knowledge in targeted fields. Its distance-learning offerings include a master's of science degree in accounting and an online MBA program. Individual course offerings are also available through e-learning to help students find who are seeking course flexibility. The school offers other degree programs that are available partially online.

$11,320
7,950
YES
36

Wayland Baptist University

1900 W 7th St., Plainview, Texas 79072

Wayland Baptist University provides online educational opportunities to those wanting to learn more about Christian ministry, human services, justice administration, nursing, public administration and other fields. Accreditation is through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and most courses use the Blackboard course management system. Online college degree choices are offered at the associate, bachelor's and master's levels.

$13,148
YES
37

Dallas Christian College

2700 Christian Pkwy, Dallas, Texas 75234-7299

Dallas Christian College provides undergraduate learning opportunities to students interested in distance learning. Programs include a Bachelor's of Science in Practical Ministries degree and a Bachelor's of Science in Business degree with two concentration areas. Online college classes start every six weeks, and the college is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

We combine the best parts of the classroom experience with the best of online learning. Our FLEXCampus allows students to choose each week whether to attend in the classroom, to attend via a fully interactive web conference, or to attend by watching the recording of the class session. FLEXCampus allows students to choose the best way to attend based on their location, schedule, and learning style.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our mission is “to educate and mentor,” because we believe that a great education should transform the whole person. Therefore, we integrate personal growth into the heart of our curriculum and coach students throughout their path to graduation. The FLEXCampus at Dallas Christian College makes that education available even when “life” makes it difficult to go to college.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

We are adding two new degree programs in the Spring of 2014 and will continue to add degree programs. We expect to enhance our life-coaching program to be even more personal. We expect to enhance our national accreditation with regional accreditation.

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$15,730
1,870
YES
38

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

1200 Sycamore, Waxahachie, Texas 75165

Southwestern Assemblies of God University provides more than 50 associate, bachelor's and master's degrees to students interested in distance learning. The majority of these are available completely online while some feature blended programming. Online college chats and video lectures complement course materials and Christian thought is a strong focus in programs that include biblical studies, psychology and social work.

$16,870
1,964
YES
39

Lubbock Christian University

5601 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79407-2099

Lubbock Christian University, built on a heritage of Christian faith, awards online college degrees to students interested in advancing their knowledge. The school, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, provides a Bachelor's of Science in Organizational Management, and Master's of Science in Human Services among its offerings.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

At Lubbock Christian University, our goal is to provide our online students with the same personalized attention a student would get in our face-to-face classes. We keep our online classes small and expect our teachers to interact personally with students throughout our courses. Students receive prompt and thorough feedback on assignments. In addition, we try to surround students with a variety of supportive services, including a personal support services coach, disability support services, an online chapel, and an online writing center. We utilize a variety of online teaching strategies and try to utilize cutting edge technology to create an interactive and innovative approach to our online learning. Our mission at Lubbock Christian University is to challenge students to think critically, to excel in their disciplines, and to model Christ.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Our online programs are valuable to students because they prepare our students for professional advancement and for living a Christian life. Our students graduate with excellent written and oral communication skills and with the discipline-specific knowledge they need to be successful in their careers. At the same time our students also get to examine ethical dilemmas and professional situations with the mentoring of Christian professors who will help students think critically about how their Christian worldview intersects with their professional responsibilities.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Our online programs will continue to utilize the best pedagogy and research available to develop programs that equip students to be outstanding professionals and dedicated servants of God. Our commitment to students is and will remain that they will get personalized attention and mentoring to help them develop as students and as people. We believe that the college experience should involve more than classroom learning; it should also involve developing critical thinking skills and Christian morals and principles. Whatever the technology or teaching strategies, we will continue to hold true to our values as an institution and do everything we can to provide an unrivaled experience for students.

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$17,080
860
YES
40

Southwestern Adventist University

100 W Hillcrest, Keene, Texas 76059

Southwestern Adventist University provides a variety of online college degree options to students interested in distance learning. Bachelor's degrees are available through the school, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, in areas that include elementary education, history, general studies, religious education, psychology and others.

$19,900
4,399
YES
41

Dallas Baptist University

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211-9299

Dallas Baptist University provides both blended and fully-online degrees to students interested in distance learning. These online college degrees, available through the associate to master's levels, also include several dual-program options. The school, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, allows for e-learning in a diverse number of areas including Christian ministries, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and sundry others.

$20,140
760
YES
42

Northwood University-Texas

1114 W FM 1382, Cedar Hill, Texas 75104-1204

Northwood University in Texas provides students with blended learning and online college options to complete their degrees and advance their learning. The university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, offers e-learning business administration degrees in areas such as aftermarket management, entrepreneurship, finance, management and other fields, and a master's degree in organizational leadership.

$20,355
1,252
YES
43

Schreiner University

2100 Memorial Blvd, Kerrville, Texas 78028-5697

Schreiner University, with a Presbyterian affiliation, offers education degree and certification programs to students interested in advancing their learning with online college. Its Master's of Education allows students to seek either a teacher or principal certification as part of their web-based learning. Accreditation is through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Approach to Online Learning

How would you describe your institution's approach to online learning?

Schreiner's online students benefit from the same one-on-one attention and mentorship that its traditional face-to-face students enjoy. Technology is not a barrier to student engagement, but an enhancement.

What makes your online programs so valuable to students?

Most online students are seeking flexibility to fit education within their busy schedules, plus personal attention from faculty who are committed to student success. Schreiner delivers this effective combination.

Where do you see your online programs in the next five years? Beyond?

Schreiner will continue measured growth in its online courses and degree programs, ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of each student's experience.

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$20,500
1,315
YES
44

East Texas Baptist University

One Tiger Drive, Marshall, Texas 75670-1498

East Texas Baptist University, a faith-based organization, provides students with opportunities to complete a bachelor's degree in criminal justice entirely through online college. The school, accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, includes collaboration and multiple learning strategies as part of its "ETBU Online" criminal justice programming.

$21,700
1,257
YES
45

Howard Payne University

1000 Fisk St., Brownwood, Texas 76801-2794

Howard Payne University, based in a Christian heritage, provides online college learning through an educational leadership degree. This master's of education program is offered entirely online, but also necessitates students complete an internship, typically in the school district where they work. Students need to complete 30 credit hours in all, but do not have to do a thesis.

$22,756
1,583
YES
46

Our Lady of the Lake University-San Antonio

411 SW 24th St, San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689

Our Lady of the Lake University at San Antonio offers many different degrees to students interested in online college learning. A Master's of Social Work and a Master's of Science in nursing are among the e-degrees offered. Students can also find an RN-to-BSN degree among the online choices at the the university, which is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

$22,790
7,470
YES
47

University of the Incarnate Word

4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209

The University of the Incarnate Word puts education, faith, service and truth among its many goals in its distance-learning programming. E-degrees from the bachelor's to master's levels are offered with some even allowing for concentrations. The university, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, provides degree study in fields such as criminal justice, education, religious studies and more.

$22,920
1,709
YES
48

Concordia University-Texas

11400 Concordia University Dr., Austin, Texas 78726

Concordia University in Texas awards numerous degrees to students who seek education through distance learning. Accreditation is through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and online college programs include, but are not limited to, a Bachelor's of Science in Business and a Master's of Education in Differentiated instruction, as well as certifications related to education.

$23,590
3,554
YES
49

LeTourneau University

2100 S Mobberly Ave, Longview, Texas 75607-7001

LeTourneau University offers accelerated learning options at the undergraduate level to students seeking distance education. Online college degrees are available in areas including the aeronautical sciences, arts and sciences, business, and education. Students can be assured of quality programs due to the university's accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

$25,270
3,919
YES
50

Abilene Christian University

1600 Campus Court, Abilene, Texas 79699

Abilene Christian University, emphasizing personal and spiritual growth, provides graduate-level degrees online to students who seek e-learning. The school, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, includes a Master's of Education in Higher Education, a Master's of Science in Organizational Development, and other degrees among its online college offerings.

$25,300
1,747
YES
51

University of St Thomas

3800 Montrose Blvd, Houston, Texas 77006-4696

The University of St. Thomas offers advanced students an online master's degree program in education, which can be taken either fully online or via hybrid study (a combination of virtual and face-to-face). Requirements for the online college program include 36 graduate credits and two years of field experience.

$31,150
1,432
YES
52

University of Dallas

1845 E Northgate Drive, Irving, Texas 75062-4736

The University of Dallas, a Catholic institution, provides students with the option to complete the core coursework of their degree either on campus or through e-learning with their online college. The university, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, provides courses such as church history, moral theology, and theological reflection as web-based options.

N/A
N/A
YES
53

Dallas Theological Seminary

3909 Swiss Ave, Dallas, Texas 75204

Dallas Theological Seminary provides blended learning and fully-online degrees to students who want to advance in their Christian-based knowledge. Options include master's of arts in biblical studies and Christian leadership degrees as well as a master's in theology. The school, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, also offers similar e-courses through Chinese-language programs.

Finding an Affordable Higher Education in Texas

The Lone Star State happens to be one of the largest states in the country, and it also happens to have a wide range of different traditional schools from which people will be able to choose. However, as popular as some of those traditional schools are, you will find that many students are starting to look at the convenience that the affordable online colleges in Texas can offer. The residents of the state understand well that having a degree and a good education can help to make it easier to find good jobs. 79.9% of the population has a high school diploma, while 25.5% of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher. 8.5% of the residents have an advanced degree. Getting a degree online or offline can make a big difference in your future.

Pursuing a Degree in Texas

Texas is a place where they seem to do everything big, and that includes the quantity of schools that they have for traditional learning. Students will find 118 two-year or more schools in the state, as well as 116 four-year or more schools. These traditional schools have features that some students might want, but you will find that many students are starting to look at better ways to get an education, and they are considering distance learning. Online classes could be a solution that works for you, and you will be able to find quite a few affordable online colleges in Texas that can make all the difference in the world for you. The quality of today’s online schools means that you are able to earn your associate’s degree all the way through a doctorate online.

Benefits of Choosing Online Classes in Texas

As mentioned, you will find quite a few options for traditional schools in Texas. Why are so many students choosing affordable online colleges in Texas instead? You will find a number of reasons for this, and the sheer convenience of it is one that often tops the list. You are not going to have to travel to go to school, and you can take your courses right from home whenever you have the time. This means that you are not going to have to worry about getting through traffic and finding parking on a campus. People will find that the online schools are able to offer quite a bit of variety as well. They can allow one to get a degree in art, business, education, information technology and many other fields.

Saving Money with Online Education

Many students want to go to college, but they are afraid that they will not have the money available to do so. It is a shame that the cost of college can dissuade so many. In Texas, the average price of a two-year public school is $2,131, and a four-year public school is $8,354. The price of the private schools can be much greater, and no one wants to go too deep into debt with student loans. Fortunately, affordable online schools in Texas could be the answer that you need. These schools are often going to be cheaper, but they can still provide you with the high quality education that you need.

Students who are thinking about online classes need to make sure that they do not choose the first college that they find. Take the time to learn about the school and know what it is that they are offering first. You deserve the best, and that means you have to receive your degree from the best of the online colleges. Look for schools that have a good reputation and accreditation.

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AC Online: Ranking the Highest ROI Colleges in Texas
AC Online: Ranking the Highest ROI Colleges in Texas

Since a degree has become standard for so many professions, the real question most students wonder is will their degree hold value as they advance in their careers. To help answer that question, we’ve compiled a list of the top colleges in Texas when it comes to balancing tuition with lifelong earnings. We gathered wage information from the 2013 College Earnings Report by PayScale.com. Data from the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and the Carnegie Foundation rounded out our metrics.

Click here to see our methodology.
Texas Colleges Analyzed: 452
Texas Colleges Ranked: 49
# College Name City ROI Tuition Type Photo
1 Rice University Houston $1,069,000 $37,292 Private not-for-profit
2 Texas A&M University - Main Campus College Station $1,057,000 $8,506 Public (In-State)
3 University of Texas (UT) - Austin Austin $931,100 $9,790 Public (In-State)
4 Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dallas $818,500 $41,750 Private not-for-profit
5 University of Texas at Dallas Richardson $803,000 $10,666 Public (In-State)
6 LeTourneau University Longview $798,300 $24,540 Private not-for-profit
7 University of Houston (UH) Houston $786,900 $8,094 Public (In-State)
8 Texas Tech University Lubbock $781,800 $7,517 Public (In-State)
9 Lamar University Beaumont $767,700 $8,544 Public (In-State)
10 University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Arlington $754,600 $8,878 Public (In-State)
11 Prairie View A & M University Prairie View $693,200 $6,404 Public (In-State)
12 St Mary's University San Antonio $678,600 $24,226 Private not-for-profit St Mary's University
13 Trinity University San Antonio $673,900 $32,868 Private not-for-profit
14 Sam Houston State University Huntsville $592,800 $6,608 Public (In-State)
15 Midwestern State University (MSU) Wichita Falls $578,700 $7,632 Public (In-State)
16 Dallas Baptist University Dallas $578,400 $21,110 Private not-for-profit
17 Texas Christian University (TCU) Fort Worth $569,400 $34,590 Private not-for-profit Texas-Christian-University-(TCU)
18 University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) El Paso $563,500 $7,214 Public (In-State)
19 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Campus Corpus Christi $560,200 $7,084 Public (In-State)
20 Baylor University Waco $556,200 $33,716 Private not-for-profit
21 Texas Woman's University Denton $553,200 $7,050 Public (In-State)
22 Houston Baptist University Houston $547,800 $26,795 Private not-for-profit
23 Wayland Baptist University Plainview $509,600 $11,900 Private not-for-profit
24 University of North Texas (UNT) Denton $506,800 $8,357 Public (In-State)
25 Angelo State University San Angelo $490,700 $6,327 Public (In-State)
26 University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) San Antonio $480,200 $7,389 Public (In-State)
27 West Texas A & M University Canyon $468,000 $6,308 Public (In-State)
28 Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth $465,400 $20,840 Private not-for-profit
29 Abilene Christian University Abilene $462,700 $26,770 Private not-for-profit
30 Texas Southern University Houston $424,300 $7,646 Public (In-State)
31 Lubbock Christian University Lubbock $415,600 $17,760 Private not-for-profit
32 Texas State University San Marcos $414,100 $7,732 Public (In-State) Texas-State-University
33 Tarleton State University (TSU) Stephenville $398,100 $5,522 Public (In-State)
34 University of Texas at Tyler Tyler $378,000 $7,222 Public (In-State)
35 Southwestern University Georgetown $374,300 $34,410 Private not-for-profit
36 Austin College Sherman $363,500 $32,850 Private not-for-profit
37 Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) Nacogdoches $340,700 $7,928 Public (In-State)
38 Concordia University - Austin, TX Austin $330,600 $23,600 Private not-for-profit
39 Texas A&M University - Kingsville Campus Kingsville $302,700 $6,940 Public (In-State)
40 Texas Lutheran University Seguin $299,000 $24,990 Private not-for-profit
41 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) Belton $291,800 $24,150 Private not-for-profit
42 University of The Incarnate Word San Antonio $286,100 $23,690 Private not-for-profit
43 Saint Edward's University Austin $279,300 $31,110 Private not-for-profit
44 Texas A&M University - Commerce Campus Commerce $273,200 $6,583 Public (In-State)
45 Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) San Antonio $253,000 $23,420 Private not-for-profit
46 University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX Houston $246,600 $26,890 Private not-for-profit University of St Thomas
47 Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) Abilene $242,300 $22,560 Private not-for-profit
48 University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA) Edinburg $225,800 $5,165 Public (In-State)
49 Southwestern Assemblies of God University Waxahachie $84,650 $16,630 Private not-for-profit