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  • 31 Colleges

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  • 775 online programs

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  • 153 online graduate degrees

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Best Online Colleges in Kansas for 2015

Online schools in the Jayhawk State offer accessible, convenient education with a streamlined format. Two- and four-year colleges provide degree programs equivalent to those found on campus, allowing students to log on to classes at their chosen time and place. Kansas online colleges boast the same access to respected professors and rigorous admission requirements. Among numerous respected colleges and universities, the following were selected for the Best Online Colleges in Kansas for 2015. These institutions rank high on the list because of their superior record of delivering online instruction and student support.

RANK COLLEGE Tuition And Fees Enrollment Accredited MORE INFO
1 Fort Hays State University$4,32012,980YES
Fort Hays State University's Virtual College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools. The Virtual College offers degree and certificate programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The online degree programs can be completed part or full-time and are designed to be flexible enough for working students.
2 Emporia State University$5,2724,309YES
Students researching online colleges in Kansas will want to check out Emporia State University (ESU). ESU has been offering online degree programs since 1996 and now offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Students can choose from degree programs in business, education, mathematics and other popular fields.
3 Washburn University$5,4867,632YES
Washburn University offers a number of online courses in arts and sciences, business, nursing, applied studies. Some programs can be completed entirely online. Washburn is in partnership with Partnership for Learning and Networking (PLAN) to offer online completion programs for students who have completed an associate's degree at any of the partner colleges.
4 Pittsburg State University$5,4947,007YES
Students look for online colleges in Kansas may want to consider Pittsburg State University. The university offers a variety of flexible online programs geared toward self-motivated students. Part-time, non-resident students enrolled in online degree programs at Pittsburg State University are eligible for in-state tuition rates.
5 Kansas State University$8,04721,513YES
K-State Online, a division of Kansas State University, is one of many online colleges in Kansas offering online degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students. K-State Online students can choose from a range of bachelor's degree completion, master's degree, Ph.D. degree, minor and professional development programs.
6 University of Kansas$9,67821,710YES
The University of Kansas offers a variety of online and hybrid courses and programs. Hybrid courses combine the benefits of online coursework with traditional coursework. Online students can choose from undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs for a number of fields, including nursing, respiratory care and education administration.
7 Ottawa University-Kansas City$10,840406YES
Ottawa University is an option for students looking for online colleges in Kansas. The schools offers a range of accredited undergraduate and graduate programs, which can be completed entirely online. Online students have 24-access to their coursework, and can speak with a personal success coach.
8 Manhattan Christian College$13,258461YES
Manhattan Christian College (MCC) is one of the many Christian online colleges in Kansas. MCC offers accredited online degree programs in biblical leadership, management and ethics. In addition to online degree program, the college also offers a certificate program in biblical leadership. Students may also choose to complete courses for personal enrichment purposes.
9 Barclay College$13,990251YES
Barclay College offers associate's degree, bachelor's degree and certificate programs that can be completed entirely online. Students can choose from programs in biblical studies, business management, psychology, general studies and Christian ministry. Programs require students to complete core coursework in subjects like bible studies and spiritual formation.
10 Central Christian College of Kansas$19,050766YES
Central Christian College offers a range of online degree programs designed for working students. Online programs are flexible and can be completed part-time. Online courses are available in business, organizational leadership, ministry and leadership. Coursework includes watching videos, participating in online discussions and viewing web pages.
11 Sterling College$21,200721YES
Sterling College offers online degree programs in education, theology and ministry, history and organizational management through Sterling College Online. The Christ-centered academic programs are designed to be completed by busy students. In addition to offering online degree programs, Sterling College Online also offers online courses for personal enrichment purposes.
12 MidAmerica Nazarene University$21,5001,710YES
MidAmerica Nazarene University, also known as MNU, is located in Kansas and offers a few accelerated associate's and bachelor's degree programs that can be completed entirely online. Online students at MNU can choose from programs in nursing, business and education. Many programs can be completed either part or full-time.
13 University of Saint Mary$21,980969YES
University of Saint Mary is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) and was named a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review. The university offers online open house events for students considering online colleges in Kansas.
14 Newman University$22,2383,013YES
Newman Online, a division of Newman University, is an option for students interesting in online colleges in Kansas. The university offers two online undergraduate programs in nursing and business studies. Two online master's degree programs are also available in theology and theological studies. Newman Online utilizes the Blackboard Learning system.
15 Friends University$22,5002,725YES
Friends University Online offers online degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students in teaching, healthcare management, business administration and information systems, as well as a number of other fields. Programs are flexible and can be completed entirely online. Friends University Online strives to accommodate busy adult students with other obligations.
16 Southwestern College$22,7562,645YES
Professional Studies, a division of Southwestern College for nontraditional students, is an option for students looking for online colleges in Kansas. The military-friendly college offers undergraduate and graduate-level degree and certificate programs. Programs are available in a number or popular fields including accounting, business, education and healthcare.
17 Baker University$24,5502,652YES
Baker University offers online programs and courses in fields such as business administration, education, mass media and nursing. The school offers six bachelor's programs and five graduate degree programs. Some program are available exclusively online. All online courses are offered through Moodle, a learning management system.

Search Tool: Find Top Online Programs

With 91 institutions serving over 310,000 students, Kansas colleges provide opportunities at the vocational, certificate, undergraduate and graduate levels. Students take advantage of distance education offered by four-year public and private universities, community and junior colleges, schools with a religious orientation and for-profit online colleges. The search tool below can give students a head start in evaluating their choices for online degree programs. To help narrow down the field, it can be customized to filter online programs by tuition costs, student acceptance rate, type of college and accreditation.

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48 results TUITION ACCEPTANCE RATE STUDENT POPULATION SCHOOL TYPE
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 59% STUDENT POPULATION 25,341 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration - General Business
  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education
  • RN to BSN Program
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Executive MBA
  • Master's Degree in Educational Leadership
  • Master's Degree in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education
  • Master's Degree in Operations Management
  • Master of Laws Degree in Agricultural and Food Law
  • M.Ed. in Adult and Lifelong Learning
  • M.Ed. in Physical Education
  • M.Ed. in Special Education
  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Master's Degree in Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.)
  • Professional Master of Information Systems (MIS)
  • MSN
  • Master of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences
  • MS in Food Safety
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctoral Degree in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education
  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Ed.D. in Adult and Lifelong Learning
  • DNP
Johnson County Community College Overland Park, Kansas 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 19,672 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Arts And Sciences in Accounting
  • Associate of Arts And Sciences in Business Administration
  • Associate of Arts And Sciences in Entrepreneurship
  • Associate of Arts And Sciences in Marketing And Management
  • Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice
  • Associate of Arts in Fire Services Administration
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
Arkansas State University-Main Campus Jonesboro, Arkansas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 76% STUDENT POPULATION 13,552 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership in Curriculum And Instruction
  • Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership Special Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership
  • Ed.S. Education - Specialist in Principalship
  • Ed.S. Education - Specialist in Superintendency
  • Education Specialist in Gifted And Talented Director
  • Master of Science in Education (Mse) For Special Education - Instructional Specialist 4-12
  • Master of Science in Education (Mse) For Special Education - Instructional Specialist P-4
  • Master of Science in Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Science in Education in Educational Theory And Practice
  • Master of Science in Education in Gifted, Talented, And Creative
  • Master of Public Administration
Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 89% STUDENT POPULATION 13,441 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master in Special Education
University of Central Arkansas Conway, Arkansas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 90% STUDENT POPULATION 11,534 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Rn To Bsn
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Science in Education in Advanced Studies of Teacher Leadership (Mse)
  • Master of Science in School Leadership, Management And Administration
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Mat)
  • Master of Science in Education (Mse) in Reading
  • Master of Science in Education in Special Education (Mse)
  • Master of Science in Instructional Technology (Ms)
  • Master of Geographic Information Systems (Mgis)
  • Master of Science Degree in Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nurse Educator With Clinical Specialty Track (Msn)
  • Master of Science in Nursing in Clinical Nurse Leader Track (Msn)
  • Master of Science in Community And Economic Development (Ms)
  • Master's of Science in School Counseling (Ms)
  • Master of Science in Family And Consumer Sciences (Ms)
  • Master of Science in Library Media And Information Technologies (Ms)
Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 85% STUDENT POPULATION 11,369 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Rn To Bsn
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science Degree in Emergency Management And Homeland Security
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Master of Science in College Student Personnel
Butler Community College El Dorado, Kansas 2+ years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 9,142 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Applied Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science in Marketing & Management
  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration
  • Associate of Arts in Economics
  • Associate of General Studies in Accounting
  • Associate of Science in Accounting
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Associate of Science in Economics
  • Associate of Science in Marketing & Management
  • Associate of Arts in Pre-Law
  • Associate of Science in Pre-Law/Psychology
  • Associate of Arts in English/Literature
  • Associate of Arts in Philosophy & Religion
  • Associate of Arts in History
  • Associate of Arts in Political Science
  • Associate of Arts in Psychology
  • Associate of Arts in Sociology/Social Work
  • Associate of Science in History
  • Associate of Science in Political Science
  • Associate of Science in Sociology/Social Work
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Associate of General Studies in Liberal Arts
  • Associate of Science in Liberal Arts
Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, Kansas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE 79% STUDENT POPULATION 7,400 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development - Human Resource
  • Bachelor of Science in Workforce Development - Supervision & Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Rn To Bsn
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Science in Health, Human Performance And Recreation - Sport And Leisure Service Management Emphasis
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Development
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Mat) - Special Education
  • Master of Science Degree in Special Education Teaching
  • Master of Science in Education - School Health
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology
  • Master of Science in Reading
  • Masters of Science in Teaching - English For Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Engineering Technology
  • Master of Engineering Technology in Construction Technical
  • Master of Engineering Technology in Electronics Technical
  • Master of Engineering Technology in Manufacturing Technical
  • Master of Engineering Technology in Mechanical Technical
  • Master of Engineering Technology in Plastics Technical
  • Master of Science in Health, Human Performance And Recreation
  • Master of Science in Health, Human Performance And Recreation - Human Performance And Wellness Emphasis
  • Master of Arts Degree in History
Washburn University Topeka, Kansas Four or more years TUITION
ACCEPTANCE RATE NR STUDENT POPULATION 6,973 SCHOOL
TYPE
Public
ASSOCIATE DEGREES
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal
  • Associate of Arts in Legal Studies
  • Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Science in Health Information Technology
  • Associate of Science in Occupational Therapist Assistant
  • Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology
  • Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy
  • Associate of Arts in Natural Science And Mathematics
  • Associate of Science in Laboratory Science
  • Associate of Arts in Human Services
BACHELOR'S DEGREES
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education - General
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Performance - Brass, Strings, Percussion, And Woodwinds
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor's in Public Administration (Bpa) - Public & Non Profit Management
  • Bachelor of Legal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (Bscj)
  • Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education - Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Computational Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Sciences
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Bhs)
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Health Services Administration
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Imaging
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages - French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology - Exercise Physiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemical Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Human Services
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Corporate
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Applied Studies in Technology Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts - Studio Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics - Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
  • Bachelor of Integrated Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in General Science
MASTERS DEGREES
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master's in Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Criminal Justice
  • Master of Health Science in Health Care Education
  • Master of Social Work-Juris Doctor (MSW-Jd)
  • Master's in Education in Curriculum And Instruction
  • Master's in Education in Reading
  • Master's in Education in Special Education
  • Master of Science Degree in Nursing (Msn)
  • Master of Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media - Contemporary Journalism
  • Master of Arts (Ma) in Human Services: Addiction Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Social Work
DOCTORATE DEGREES
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
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Insider’s Perspective on Kansas Online Colleges

What makes these noteworthy Kansas colleges so unique? The following interview with representatives of Manhattan Christian College sheds light on distance learning opportunities in the state. College officials describe the sharp focus on online education that sets this school apart.

Online Departments in Kansas

Manhattan Christian College

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

Manhattan Christian College has made a commitment to global ministry leadership training. MCC ’s accredited distance education degrees in Biblical Leadership and Management and Ethics are designed to provide busy adults the opportunity and flexibility to complete their degrees with the same regionally accredited biblical education that our on-campus students experience.

These degrees are designed to enhance your current ministries and careers and help you complete your bachelor’s degree. Adult students who have a minimum of 40 transferable hours can start throughout the year to complete their degree.

The primary goal of our programs is to not only provide excellent career training but more importantly to improve your ability to study and understand the Bible, and apply proper principles of interpretation to any biblical text. Our curriculum is designed to provide those sent into a lost world a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a sound understanding of theology necessary for spiritual leadership in the ministry at all levels - regardless of your chosen profession.

Kansas Colleges Online: An Introduction

While Kansas online education was once dominated by private, for-profit institutions, traditional schools have now wholeheartedly entered the arena. Community colleges, public universities and others have gotten into the game, creating more distance learning programs every year. At the two-year level, this allows the career-minded to earn credentials such as diplomas, certificates or associate degrees. Other undergraduate students who need flexibility can work toward a bachelor’s degree while balancing work and family responsibilities.

Kansas State University represents one of the state’s largest institutions making waves in online education. The school’s Global Campus boasts a series of bachelor’s degree completion programs, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and certificates. It also has a healthy collection of professional development and minor program options. The University of Kansas offers a growing online catalog, as well. KU Online has full online master’s degrees in nursing, education and social work.

To sample the broad scale of higher education in Kansas, let’s take a look at Wichita, the state’s largest city.

Focus on Wichita Colleges and Universities

Wichita features educational opportunities on campus and online, ranging from high-tech avionics labs to virtual classrooms for health care professions. For example, Wichita Area Technical College offers more than 75 programs of study, including specialized technical courses and general education classes for guaranteed transfer to Kansas public colleges and universities. WATC takes pride in hosting a branch of the National Center for Aviation Training.

Wichita is also home to Wichita State University, which serves more than 14,000 students at its 330-acre campus. WSU describes itself as the only urban public university in Kansas, with the most diverse student body. WSU organizes experience-based opportunities through the state’s largest cooperative education program. Real-world learning meets college credits in initiatives such as a media/communications project involving the Kansas City Symphony’s annual performance on the prairie.

Also in Wichita is the University of Kansas’ Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. Among the many local private institutions is Southwestern College, a Methodist-affiliated university that boasts a partnership with the Naval Postgraduate School.

Wichita and Online Learning

Wichita Area Technical College is known for its open policies toward nontraditional didactic methods such as home schooling. WATC online students can pursue an associate degree in administrative office technology as well as certificates of completion in various areas such as e-marketing. WATC delivers courses electronically in disciplines ranging from accounting to aerospace technology to sociology. For online courses requiring proctored final exams, students outside the Wichita area can request proctoring near their homes.

Wichita State University students can enroll in a variety of web-based courses, and the school is ramping up bachelor’s degree options for distance education such as an RN to BSN program. WSU’s online courses follow the same semester schedule as on-campus classes. The KU School of Pharmacy in Wichita relies on high-definition video conferencing and two-way classrooms. Local students have access to lectures and lab demonstrations provided at the Lawrence campus or the KU Medical Center in Kansas City.

Kansas Colleges: Tuition and Living Costs

Higher education comes at a price, wherever it takes place. Prospective students should be aware of the costs associated with earning their degree in Kansas. Tuition varies widely depending upon the school, location and residency status of the student. In 2012, Kansas students who qualified for in-state rates paid an average of $9,658 per year in tuition. The in-state tuition ranks Kansas at 17th nationwide in terms of cheapest tuition rates.

In addition to the costs of tuition, there are fees to consider. Fees can include basic admissions and registration fees or charges for things that students might not initially consider, such as parking, technology resources, recreational facilities, laboratory use and the like. In 2012, the fees for students in Kansas averaged $260 per year. That brings the total cost of tuition and fees for Kansas college students to $9,918 per year.

Tuition and fees usually make up the bulk of education expenses for students, but room and board is also a factor. Finding appropriate housing, whether on campus or not, as well as regular meals, is a must for every student. Kansas has a comparative advantage with a cost of living that is 8 percent lower than the national average. Here’s an in-depth look at the cost of living (COL) for the major metro areas of Kansas, and how that number compares to the national average (100%).

Urban Area Composite Index Housing Groceries Utilities Transportation Health Care Misc.
Salina -13.1% -24.0% -13.1% -13.0% -5.3% -5.1% -6.9%
Dodge City -10.7% -22.4% -10.0% -14.5% -4.4% -10.1% -1.5%
Hays -10.6% -21.2% -8.0% -7.6% -2.5% -9.3% -5.8%
Garden City -10.3% -20.1% -8.8% -13.5% -6.0% -10.4% -2.5%
Hutchinson -6.0% -7.7% -11.0% -15.6% -3.5% -5.8% -0.4%
Lawrence -5.4% -4.0% -10.9% -8.1% -3.8% -2.5% -4.4%
Manhattan -5.0% -1.3% -7.5% -13.1% -1.0% -8.4% -5.6%

Accreditation Standards in Kansas

In order to receive financial aid, students must choose an accredited school. Accreditation means that a college or university meets certain standards of quality set forth by the accrediting body. Keep in mind that accreditation is required not only for financial aid eligibility, but also for potentially transferring credits from one school to another. In some cases, employers may not consider applicants that graduate from anything but an accredited school.

Accreditation is awarded by regional and national organizations as well as specialized accreditors for specific academic disciplines. The Kansas Board of Regents and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools have information on accreditation for this state.

Resources for Students at Kansas Colleges Online

Students enrolling for the first time in an online degree program have questions about paying for school, among other concerns. These resources provide information on financial aid and scholarships as well as college accreditation. All the organizations below offer useful information for free.

Major Kansas Educational Resources: