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Best Online Colleges in Arizona for 2015

Arizona is home to numerous universities featuring different types of online learning programs. Both public and private schools in the state offer the opportunity to complete fully online degrees that match their on-campus counterparts. The list of the top Arizona online colleges below focuses on entities that provide a balanced approach to curriculum, program flexibility, affordability and student support. See who made the list of the Best Online Colleges in Arizona for 2015.

RANK COLLEGE Tuition And Fees Enrollment Accredited MORE INFO
1 Northern Arizona University$7,33222,975YES
Northern Arizona University offers hybrid, real-time and non-real-time, or asynchronous learning, through its distance-learning programs. In most cases, online college students receive instruction through the online Blackboard course management system and can pursue wholly online bachelor's and master's degrees. Subject areas include but are not limited to English, the health sciences, interdisciplinary studies, and public administration.
2 University of Arizona$9,28633,190YES
The University of Arizona's distance-learning program, "Outreach College," provides both non-credit and credit learning to students. This includes online college degree programs at the master's and doctoral levels that may be available in subjects such as engineering, information systems and management as well as graduate-level certificates. Non-credit online certificates are offered in a diverse range of subjects.
3 Arizona State University$9,72065,501YES
Arizona State University Online College offers a wide range of bachelor's and master's degrees in subjects such as curriculum and instruction, criminal justice, project management, and more. A number of graduate-level certificates are also available through distance learning programming in areas such as social entrepreneurship and clinical research management. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.
4 Ottawa University-Phoenix$10,440954YES
Ottawa University offers online undergraduate minor and major degrees in fields such as accounting, English, management, nursing and sundry others. Graduate degrees at the master's level can be found through e-learning in the business, counseling and education fields. Ottawa University provides distance-learning students with 24/7 access to coursework and lectures and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.
5 Thunderbird School of Global ManagementN/A2YES
The Thunderbird School of Global Management offers post-MBA education online, leading to a Master's of Global Management degree. The online format features access to coursework anytime from anywhere and includes online lectures, and interactive chats and bulletin boards. The program typically takes 15 to 19 months to complete and requires 30 credit hours of coursework.

Choices for Arizona Colleges Online

Arizona has nearly 140 accredited postsecondary institutions, both big and small, urban and rural. For prospective students interested in online education, there are multiple factors to consider prior to selecting a program. The search tool below can help start the search process through customizable filtering of data on schools in Arizona. Before making a decision about a particular school, it’s easy to do research on its online programs and degrees, tuition, enrollment, location and more.

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Student Population:
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48 results TUITION ACCEPTANCE RATE STUDENT POPULATION SCHOOL TYPE
Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, Arizona Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 80% STUDENT POPULATION 48,702 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Film And Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Operations Management Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Global Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Global Logistics Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Retail Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business - Sustainability
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business (Communication)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Food Industry Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Technological Entrepreneurship And Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology And Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education - Educational Studies
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Internet And Web Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Engineering Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Graphic Information Technology- Webtechnologies
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences - Healthy Lifestyles Coaching
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Organizational Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication
  • Bachelor of Science Family And Human Development
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration / Master of Science Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Business Administration / Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Principalship
  • Master of Science in Business Analytics
  • Master of Science in Construction Management
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts in Emergency Management And Homeland Security
  • Master of Legal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum And Instruction - English As A Second Language (Esl)
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction - Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction - Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction - Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Curriculum And Instruction - Gifted Education
  • Master of Engineering - Embedded Systems
  • Master of Engineering - Engineering Management
  • Master of Engineering - Modeling And Simulation
  • Master of Engineering - Quality, Reliability And Statistical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering - Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering - Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Engineering Science - Software Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering in Materials Science And Engineering - Semiconductor Processing And Packaging
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Science in Materials Science And Engineering
  • Master of Science in Technology - Graphic Information Technology
  • Master of Healthcare Innovation
  • Master of Science in Clinical Research Management
  • Master of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics)
  • Master of Science in Science of Health Care Delivery
  • Master of Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication And Media Studies
  • Master of Advanced Study in Sustainable Tourism
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Advanced Study in American Media And Popular Culture
  • Master of Science in Family And Human Development
  • Master of Science in Global Technology & Development
  • Master of Science in Information Management
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Behavioral Health
University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 77% STUDENT POPULATION 40,621 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP EMPHASIS (BAS)
  • ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE EMPHASIS (BAS)
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION EMPHASIS (BAS)
  • INFORMATICS EMPHASIS: EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY TRACK (BAS)
  • INFORMATICS EMPHASIS: INFORMATION MANAGEMENT TRACK (BAS)
  • INFORMATICS EMPHASIS: SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TRACK (BAS)
  • INFORMATICS EMPHASIS: SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATION TRACK (BAS)
  • CARE, HEALTH, AND SOCIETY (BS)
  • GENERAL STUDIES: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, HEALTH & SOCIETY (BGS)
  • AFRICANA STUDIES (BA)
  • PHILOSOPHY (BA)
  • METEOROLOGY (BAS)
  • SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENTS: SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS EMPHASIS (BS)
  • COMMUNICATION (BA)
  • GENERAL STUDIES: ECONOMY & INDUSTRY (BGS)
  • GENERAL STUDIES: GLOBAL & INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING (BGS)
  • GENERAL STUDIES: SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL & HUMAN UNDERSTANDING (BGS)
  • HUMAN SERVICES EMPHASIS (BAS)
  • ESOCIETY (BA)
  • GENERAL STUDIES: ARTS, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT (BGS)
  • GENERAL STUDIES: SPORTS & SOCIETY (BGS)
  • GENERAL STUDIES: STUDY OF AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (BGS)
  • INTELLIGENCE STUDIES EMPHASIS (BAS)
MASTERS DEGREES
  • CLINICAL SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP (RN TO MSN)
  • MBA
  • INTERNATIONAL SECURITY (MA)
  • AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION: PROFESSIONAL AGRICULTURE EMPHASIS (MS)
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION (MA)
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION: DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING (MA)
  • ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING (MS)
  • ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT (MS)
  • GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY (MS)
  • GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL ENGINEERING (ME)
  • INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING (MS)
  • MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (MS)
  • PHOTONIC COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING (MS)
  • SYSTEMS ENGINEERING (MS)
  • BEHAVIOR SUPPORT (MA)
  • LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (MA)
  • OPTICAL SCIENCES (MS)
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • DNP
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 91% STUDENT POPULATION 26,594 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • BA Small Business Administration - Personalized Learning
  • BAIS Law Enforcement Management
  • BAIS Technology Management?
  • BAS Industrial Technology Management
  • BAS Law Enforcement Management
  • BAS Logistics & Supply Chain Management
  • BS Hotel & Restaurant Management
  • BS Small Business Administration - Personalized Learning
  • Parks and Recreation Management
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Criminal Justice
  • BAIS Justice Studies
  • BS Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BAS Early Childhood Education
  • BS Computer Information Technology - Personalized Learning
  • BS Liberal Arts - Personalized Learning
  • BSED Career & Technical Education - Occupational Education
  • BA Computer Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences - Allied Health?
  • Bachelor's Degree In Dental Hygiene
  • BS Health Sciences - Diagnostic Medical Imaging & Therapy
  • BS Health Sciences - Medical Assisting
  • BS Health Sciences - Paramedic Care
  • BS Health Sciences - Physical Therapist Assisting
  • BS Health Sciences - Public Health
  • BS Health Sciences - Respiratory Care
  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Humanities
  • BA Comparative Cultural Studies
  • BAIS Public Administration?
  • BAS Emergency Management
  • BAS Public Administration
  • Emergency Management
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration, M.P.A.
  • Sociology
  • BA Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Administration
  • BAIS Intelligence Studies?
  • BAIS Speech-Language Sciences and Technology
  • BAS Intelligence Studies
  • BAS Technology Management
  • BBA
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Administration - Leadership
  • Administration - Project Management
  • MA Construction Management
  • MA Small Business
  • Master of Administration in Public Management
  • ME Educational Leadership
  • Administration - Justice Studies
  • MA English - Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing
  • MA Science Teaching
  • ME Bilingual/Multicultural Education
  • ME Career & Technical Education
  • ME Early Childhood Education
  • ME Elementary Education
  • MS Mathematics Education
  • Administration - Health Sciences
  • MSN
  • Administration - Professional Writing
  • MA English - Professional Writing
  • MS Applied Geospatial Sciences
  • MA Applied Communication
  • Public Administration, M.P.A.
  • Master of Administration
  • Administration - Land Use Planning
  • ME Human Relations
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • DNP
Mesa Community College Mesa, Arizona 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 23,678 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Merchandising And Design
  • Associate of Applied Science in Music Business
  • Associate in Business - General Requirements
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business - Bookkeeping Technician Track Viii
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business - Business Communication Track I
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business - International Trade Track V
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business - Management Track Ii
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business - Marketing Track Iii
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business - Project Management Track Vi
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business - Real Estate Track Iv
  • Associate of Applied Science in Business - Small Business Track Vii
  • Associate of Applied Science in General Business
  • Associate of Applied Science in Organizational Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Administration of Justice Studies
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Response And Operations
Rio Salado College Tempe, Arizona 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 21,472 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Accounting
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Dental Office Management
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Organizational Management
  • Associate in Applied Science in Retail Management
  • Associate in Applied Sciences (Aas) in Early Childhood Administration And Management
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Law Enforcement Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Paralegal
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Early Learning And Development
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Computer Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Clinical Dental Assisting
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Dental Hygiene
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Public Administration
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Addictions And Substance Use Disorders
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Corrections
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Detention Services
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Quality Customer Service
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Sustainable Food Systems
Phoenix College Phoenix, Arizona 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 12,676 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate in Applied Science (Aas) in Administration of Justice
  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in General Studies - Ags
Yavapai College Prescott, Arizona 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 8,197 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Applied Science - Accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science - Management
  • Associate of Applied Science - Office Administration
  • Associate of Business
  • Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice
  • Associate of Applied Science - Paralegal Studies
  • Associate of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Associate of Applied Science - Video Game Development
  • Associate of Applied Science - Fire Science
  • Associate of Applied Science - Emergency Management Applications
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of General Studies
Mohave Community College Kingman, Arizona 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 5,227 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Aas - Computer Graphics & Web Design
  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Business - Computer Information Systems
  • Associate of Business in Business Administration
  • Associate of Applied Science Paralegal
  • Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice
  • Aas - Network Support And Information Security - Computer Information Systems
  • Associate of Applied Science - Chemical Dependency
  • Aas - Systems Administration
  • Associate of Arts - General
  • Associate of General Studies
Thunderbird School of Global Management Glendale, Arizona Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 1,022 SCHOOL
TYPE
Private
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Global MBA
  • Post-MBA Master of Global Management
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An Overview of Arizona Online Colleges

Arizona State University offers nearly 100 fully online programs at the certificate, undergraduate and graduate levels. ASU Online also dedicates time and effort orienting new students to distance learning via web-based and in-person tutorials. And planning sessions, document management and extensive use of multimedia allow students to work toward a degree conveniently.

Other online colleges in Arizona include private, for-profit schools with a strong background in technology-based education. For example, the University of Phoenix reports that it serves as the largest single post-secondary educator in the United States. To illustrate the diverse opportunities available in the state, let’s focus on the types of online learning found in a community like Chandler.

Distance Learning in Chandler

As mentioned, ASU Online offers a multitude of online bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Utilizing cloud technology, students can collaborate in real time or asynchronously. Even with a traditional campus only a few miles away, complete with library and research facilities, Chandler students have online access to resources via ASU Libraries’ website.

Chandler is also home to Chandler-Gilbert Community College, one of the 13 campuses in the Maricopa County Community College District. This community college offers online courses as well as access to all its partner campuses across the valley. A variety of private institutions round out this rich educational landscape for online learners.

Introducing Chandler’s Higher Education Opportunities

Located in the suburbs of metropolitan Phoenix, Chandler offers small-town charm on the outskirts of a big city. Chandler’s economy has grown from an agricultural base to incorporate high-tech, industrial and other interests. It’s a diverse place to live and learn and has a vibrant arts district. Both the Chandler Center for the Arts and ASU’s Gammage Auditorium are family-friendly venues that allow residents to enjoy quality arts programming without leaving “their own backyard.”

With Arizona State University’s main campus a few miles away in Tempe, Chandler residents can take advantage of a big-name university that offers countless undergraduate and graduate degrees. ASU is one of the top 10 producers of Fulbright Scholars in the country, and U.S. News & World Report has ranked it among the top five up-and-coming schools nationwide. Chandler students can also take a short trip to the east to ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa, with opportunities to explore professional and technical careers in a smaller setting.

Understanding the Total Cost of College in Arizona

Whether a prospective student lives in an urban or rural area of Arizona, cost is usually the first concern when choosing a college. Tuition is typically the largest item on the college price tag, and it differs depending on the type of school, location and whether or not the student is a resident of the state. In 2012, those qualifying as residents of Arizona paid about $10,100 each year for tuition.

In addition, there are often costs associated with individual colleges and universities as well as specific academic programs. These include special fees for labs and technology, parking, recreation centers, application, enrollment and other services. Including fees, the total cost of college for the average undergraduate student in Arizona was $10,600 in 2012.

Though tuition is the biggest cost related to college, students must also consider living expenses when deciding where to attend school. The cost of living in Arizona is about 4 percent higher than the national average. Below is the cost of living (COL) for some of Arizona’s largest cities, compared to the national mean (100%):

Urban Area Composite Index Housing Groceries Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc.
Tucson -3.5% -8.1% -2.8% -13.3% 4.6% -0.8% 0.5%
Sierra Vista -2.1% -0.3% -3.5% -2.8% 4.0% -3.9% -4.5%
Phoenix 0.7% -9.6% 8.1% -3.4% 8.9% 8.8% 4.6%
Yuma 1.2% -3.6% 7.4% 12.2% 4.6% 7.8% -2.4%
Prescott-Prescott Valley 3.7% 18.1% -4.8% -8.2% 0.3% -2.2% -0.3%
Lake Havasu City 11.8% 39.3% -7.1% 4.1% -6.5% -2.0% 1.7%
Flagstaff 14.9% 49.3% 6.6% -7.5% 5.5% 0.0% -0.5%

Students and parents exploring colleges should also think about return on investment (ROI). This metric takes tuition and fees into consideration, but also looks at salary potential after graduation. In this equation, ROI is measured by subtracting the total cost of college from the average lifetime earnings of the graduate. The following Arizona colleges have a documented ROI higher than their peers:

  1. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott, AZ
  2. Arizona State University
  3. University of Arizona
  4. Northern Arizona University

Financial Aid and Paying for College in Arizona

Students looking to reduce the out-of-pocket cost of college have quite a few national, state and school-based assistance opportunities in Arizona. For example, federal financial assistance can make a huge impact for students, no matter what degree level they’re seeking. The first step in applying for federal aid is filling out the necessary FAFSA forms so need-based funds can be distributed. About 62 percent of Arizona’s undergraduate students got federal aid in 2012.

Another form of financial assistance is scholarships, which students can pair with federal aid to further reduce the cost of fees and tuition. Scholarships can come from the individual learning institutions, nonprofit organizations, private companies or the government. Here are some of the major establishments that offer scholarships in Arizona:

  • American Quarter Horse Association
  • Arizona Business & Professional Women’s Foundation
  • Arizona Nurses Foundation
  • Arizona Small Business Association
  • Arizona Society of CPAs
  • Arizona State Savings & Credit Union
  • Buzz Sands Chevrolet
  • Central Arizona Project
  • E. Blois de Bois Foundation
  • Flinn Foundation
  • Italian Catholic Federation
  • John C. Lincoln Hospital
  • Medical Group Management Association

Accreditation Guidelines in Arizona

No matter the funding source for college, every Arizona student must research the accreditation of the school before enrolling. Funding programs generally require that colleges meet specific quality standards, as determined by regional or national accrediting agencies. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is the main regional organization for accreditation in Arizona. However, certain colleges and degree programs may receive accreditation from specialized entities. For example, the University of Arizona’s law school holds accreditation from the Association of American Law Schools and American Bar Association. These unique stamps of approval ensure that programs pass review from a board with clear and demonstrated experience in that field.

Excellent Resources for Online Students in Arizona

There is a wide-ranging collection of educational resources available to prospective students, including information about how to pick a college and how to pay for studies. This list of resources is a starting point and provides students with insight into government services available and state-specific support via groups such as the Arizona Community Foundation.

Major Arizona Educational Resources: