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Online Master’s Programs in Alabama

Last Updated on January 15, 2023 by Team College Learners

The following list highlights the best colleges offering online degrees in Alabama. The most affordable school on the list with an annual tuition of $7,626 is Athens State University, offering various degrees in subjects such as accounting, management, religious studies, technical education, and more. In first place, Auburn University offers a tuition rate of $10,526 and has a reported median graduate salary of $93,400. Students can study business administration, nursing, computer science, engineering, and education.

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RankSchoolAnnual TuitionMid-Career Salary
# 1Auburn University$10,526$93,400
# 2University of Alabama in Huntsville$12,060$90,300
# 3University of Alabama$11,250$85,400
# 4Samford University$32,000$85,300
# 5University of South Alabama$7,872$74,900
# 6University of Alabama at Birmingham$20,010$74,900
# 7Troy University$10,140$73,200
# 8University of Mobile$13,500$70,900
# 9Jacksonville State University$12,064$69,600
# 10Athens State University$7,626$68,600
# 11Auburn University at Montgomery$11,190$68,100
# 12University of North Alabama$10,500$65,700
# 13University of West Alabama$9,750$61,000
# 14Alabama State University$11,068$59,700
# 15Amridge University$12,000$56,300

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2020 Online Colleges in Alabama Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools’ online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Auburn University

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,526
  • Median Salary: $93,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Auburn (AL)

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Founded in 1856, Auburn University is a public research institution with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students. It is the second-largest university in Alabama and one of the state’s two flagship public universities. Auburn’s multiple colleges offer a variety of online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Available majors include engineering, early childhood education, foreign language education, music education, and nutrition. Three fully online degree completion programs are offered in business education, computer science, and nursing. Distance learners are assigned a student success coordinator to provide help and support for the duration of their degree programs.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (4)

  • B.S. in Business Administration – Accountancy (Degree Completion)
  • B.S. in Business Administration (Degree Completion)
  • B.S.N. (R.N. to B.S.N.)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science (Degree Completion)

Online Master’s Degrees (91)

  • Dual M.B.A./M.I.S.E.
  • Dual M.B.A./M.S. in Finance
  • Dual M.B.A./M.S.I.S.
  • Dual M.S.N in Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Educator (Hybrid)
  • M.Agr. in Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences (Non-Thesis Option)
  • M.B.A.

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

  • D.N.P. (Hybrid)
  • Ph.D. in Career and Technical Education

Online Certificates (37)

  • Certificate in Emergency Management
  • Ed.S. in Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Ed.S. in Adult Education
  • Ed.S. in Agriscience Education
  • Ed.S. in Business/Marketing Education
  • Ed.S. in Collaborative Teacher Education Specialist

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#2 University of Alabama in Huntsville

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,060
  • Median Salary: $90,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Huntsville (AL)

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One of three members of the University of Alabama System, the University of Alabama in Huntsville is a state-supported, public research university. The institution offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees fully online, and others are available in a hybrid format. Among the more than 20 subject areas offered at UAH are supply chain & logistics management, software engineering, and nursing. Coursework is delivered via the Canvas online learning management system, Panopto (UAH’s lecture capture technology), Zoom videoconferencing, or a combination of these systems. The university’s website contains a number of interactive tutorials to help students become better acquainted with the online learning environment.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (7)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies – Leadership Strategies and Dynamics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies – Organizational Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies – Leadership Strategies and Dynamics
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies – Organizational Studies

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Online Master’s Degrees (14)

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education – Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education – Elementary Education
  • Master of Education – English Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education – Reading Education
  • Master of Education – Vision Impairments

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Joint Nursing Science

Online Certificates (2)

  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

#3 University of Alabama

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Median Salary: $85,400
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Tuscaloosa (AL)

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Established in 1820, the University of Alabama is the oldest and largest public university in Alabama as well as the flagship of the University of Alabama System. “Bama by Distance” offers over 50 fully online degree programs and several others that are available in a blended format. Students can choose from such subject areas as business administration, marketing, journalism, educational psychology, rehabilitation counseling, mechanical engineering, food and nutrition, hospitality management, and many more. The Blackboard online learning management system is used to deliver coursework. Student services counselors can advise distance learners in choosing a degree program that will best fit the career paths they want to follow. Online library, tutoring, and IT assistance are available.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (18)

  • BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies (New College LifeTrack)
  • BS in Commerce and Business Administration
  • BS in Food and Nutrition
  • BS in Hospitality Management
  • BS in Human Environmental Sciences

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Online Master’s Degrees (58)

  • MSN – Case Management Leadership (RN to MSN)
  • MSN – Clinical Nurse Leader (RN to MSN)
  • MSN (RN to MSN)
  • JM in Taxation
  • LLM in Business Transaction
  • LLM in Taxation

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Online Doctoral Degrees (6)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Social Work
  • Doctor of Social Work – Clinical
  • Doctor of Social Work – Organizational Leadership
  • EdD in Instructional Leadership – Nurse Education (Hybrid)
  • PhD in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Online Certificates (8)

  • Certificate in Instructional Leadership (Class A)
  • EdS in Counselor Education (With School Counseling Certification)
  • EdS in Educational Leadership (With Instructional Leadership Certification)
  • EdS in Educational Leadership (With Teacher Leader Certification)
  • EdS in Educational Psychology – School Psychology
  • EdS in Elementary Education

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#4 Samford University

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  • Annual Tuition: $32,000
  • Median Salary: $85,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Birmingham (AL)

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Founded as Howard College in 1841, Samford University is a private Christian university located in the city of Homewood. The institution offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, along with a variety of online master’s and doctoral degrees. Popular areas of study include business administration, education, healthcare administration, nutrition, and nursing. Online students have access to Samford’s academic success center, career development center, library, and tutoring and counseling services. Coursework is delivered via the Moodle online learning management system, and video material, as well as video conferencing, are supported by additional software and technologies. IT support is available 24/7, 365 days a year.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (1)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Online Master’s Degrees (35)

  • ADN/ASN to M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner
  • ADN/ASN to M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • ADN/ASN to M.S.N. Family Nurse Practitioner with Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia (B.S.N. to D.N.P.)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration – Entrepreneurship

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Online Doctoral Degrees (15)

  • D.N.P. Advanced Practice with Educator Concentration
  • D.N.P. Nursing Administration with Additional Educator
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Hybrid)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Advanced Practice
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nursing Administration

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Online Certificates (8)

  • Certificate in Emergency Nurse Practitioner
  • Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Certificate of Dietetic Internship
  • Graduate Certificate in Financial Services Regulatory Compliance
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Law and Compliance

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#5 University of South Alabama

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,872
  • Median Salary: $74,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Mobile (AL)

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Officially nicknamed “South,” the University of South Alabama is a public national research institution comprised of 10 different colleges and schools. The institution offers several online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in such areas as nursing, early childhood education, special education, sport management, and accounting. Coursework is delivered via the university’s USAonline learning management system, which uses 25 native tools and more than a dozen integrated third-party tools including email, chat, forums, and web conferencing. Distance learners have access to career services, IT support, and economic advising.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (17)

  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Administrative Sciences
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Applied Arts
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Applied Sciences
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Community Services
  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies – Human Services

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Online Master’s Degrees (31)

  • Alt. M.Ed. in English for Speakers of Other Languages (Leading to Certification in ESOL)
  • M.Ed in Special Education
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education
  • M.Ed. in Educational Administration & Leadership for Higher Education
  • M.Ed. in Educational Media
  • M.Ed. in Educational Media – Library Science Certification

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Online Doctoral Degrees (39)

  • DNP in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP)
  • DNP in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN to DNP Advanced Practice)
  • DNP in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN to DNP)
  • DNP in Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (BSN to DNP)
  • DNP in Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN to DNP Advanced Practice)
  • DNP in Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (MSN to DNP)

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Online Certificates (19)

  • Ed.S. in Instructional Specialist (Class AA Certification in Teacher Leader Only)
  • Ed.S. in Special Education
  • Ed.S. in Special Education – Collaborative Teaching 6-12
  • Ed.S. in Special Education – Collaborative Teaching K-6
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist

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#6 University of Alabama at Birmingham

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,010
  • Median Salary: $74,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Birmingham (AL)

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a public research university that can trace its roots to 1936. It became a fully autonomous university in the University of Alabama System in 1969. The institution offers online bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs. Courses are offered 100 percent online, mostly online, or in a blended format. Popular areas of study include accounting, criminal justice, finance, psychology, sociology, school psychometry, kinesiology, nutrition, social media, and a number of nursing and health care fields. Coursework is administered via the Canvas online learning management system, which offers audio, visual, and text formats as well as online assessments, projects, and discussion forums. Technical support for students is available 24/7.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (29)

  • BS in Accounting
  • BS in Accounting – Forensic Accounting
  • BS in Accounting – Information Technology Auditing
  • BS in Business (Concentration Undecided)
  • BS in Community Health & Human Services – Human Services
  • BS in Criminal Justice

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Online Master’s Degrees (58)

  • M.A.Ed. in Community Health
  • MA in Applied Sociology
  • MA in Education in Special Education – Collaborative Teacher
  • MA in Education in Special Education – Collaborative Teacher (Alternative)
  • MaEd in Reading Education
  • MaEd in School Psychometry

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Online Doctoral Degrees (4)

  • Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy – General Track
  • Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy – Healthcare Quality and Safety
  • Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy – Low Vision Rehabilitation

Online Certificates (26)

  • Ed.S. in Education
  • Ed.S. in Education – Early Childhood
  • Ed.S. in Education – Elementary Education
  • Ed.S. in Education – High School Education
  • Ed.S. in Kinesiology – Physical Education Teacher Certification
  • Ed.S. in Special Education – Collaborative Teacher Autism Spectrum Disorder

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#7 Troy University

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,140
  • Median Salary: $73,200
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Troy (AL)

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Founded in 1887 as Troy State Normal School, Troy University is the flagship university of the Troy University System. The school is comprised of five different colleges, which offer around 70 different degree programs completely online. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in such areas as accounting, anthropology, English, history, hospitality management, nursing, psychology, tourism management, education, public administration, second language instruction, and many more. The Canvas online learning management system is used to deliver coursework; students can try out the system via a simulated course on the university’s website. Student support includes career services, tutoring, library services, and 24/7 IT support. Nine-week terms allow students to enroll at five start dates throughout the academic year.

Online Associate Degrees (1)

  • AS in General Education

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (31)

  • BAS in Resource and Technology Management
  • BS in Anthropology
  • BS in Applied Computer Science
  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • BS in English
  • BS in Geographic Information Sciences

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Online Master’s Degrees (47)

  • MBA
  • MBA in General Management
  • MBA in International Finance
  • MBA in International Management
  • MPA
  • MPA in International Public Administration

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Online Doctoral Degrees (7)

  • PhD in Global Leadership
  • PhD in Global Leadership – Higher Education
  • PhD in Global Leadership – Instructional Leadership
  • PhD in Global Leadership – Organizational Leadership
  • PhD in Global Leadership – Public Administration
  • PhD in Global Leadership – Strategic Communication

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Online Certificates (14)

  • Certificate in Digital Forensics
  • EdS in Early Childhood Education: P-3 (Non-Thesis Option)
  • EdS in Early Childhood Education: P-3 (Thesis Option)
  • EdS in Elementary Education: K-6 (Non-Thesis Option)
  • EdS in Instructional Leadership & Administration
  • EdS in Teacher Leader: P-12

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#8 University of Mobile

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • Median Salary: $70,900
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Mobile (AL)

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Located in the city of Prichard, the University of Mobile is a four-year private Baptist-affiliated university. The institution offers several online programs, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Popular fields of study include Christian leadership and ministry, psychology, organizational leadership, and nursing. Learning is asynchronous, but two of the master’s degree programs include weekly videoconferencing. The University of Mobile uses the Canvas online learning management system to deliver coursework in audio, video, and text formats. The online learning platform also includes assessments, projects, and discussion forums.
 

Online Associate Degrees (1)

  • Associate of Science in General Studies

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (8)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Ministry
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

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Online Master’s Degrees (8)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Arts in Biblical & Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Education – Dual Early Childhood & Elementary Track
  • Master of Arts in Education – Early Childhood Track
  • Master of Arts in Education – Elementary Track

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Online Doctoral Degrees (2)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – BSN to DNP (Hybrid)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – Post Master’s (Hybrid)

#9 Jacksonville State University

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,064
  • Median Salary: $69,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Jacksonville (AL)

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Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University is a public institution with a student enrollment of about 8,500. The school offers more than 50 degree programs online, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Popular areas of study include business, computer science, criminal justice, education, English, history, nursing, and respiratory therapy. All programs are available 100 percent online via the Canvas online learning management system. Course material is provided in audio, video, and text formats, and there are online assessments, projects, and discussion forums. Canvas is compatible with multiple operating systems, browsers, and devices, so students can access coursework wherever and whenever it is convenient.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (16)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice – Corrections
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management – Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management – Public Safety Telecommunications

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Online Master’s Degrees (38)

  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Arts in Integrated Studies
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration – Accounting
  • Master of Public Administration

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Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – BSN to DNP
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – BSN to DNP: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice – BSN to DNP: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Science in Emergency Management
  • Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Online Certificates (10)

  • Educational Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership
  • Educational Specialist in Library Media (P-12)
  • Educational Specialist in Physical Education
  • Educational Specialist in School Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Teacher Leader

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#10 Athens State University

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,626
  • Median Salary: $68,600
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Athens (AL)

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Founded in 1822, Athens State University is a public institution located in the city of Athens. It is comprised of three colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The institution offers 15 online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Popular programs include religious studies, educational studies, accounting, acquisition and contract management, and human resource management. A number of online certificate programs are available as well. The Blackboard online learning management system is used to deliver coursework. Adult learners who are at least 25 years of age, have worked at least five years, and have some college credit may be able to apply some of their knowledge and experience as college credit toward a degree.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (26)

  • B.A. in Religion
  • B.S. in Accounting with Minor
  • B.S. in Accounting Without Minor
  • B.S. in Acquisition and Contract Management
  • B.S. in Human Resource Management
  • B.S. in Information Assurance

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Online Master’s Degrees (10)

  • M.A. in Religious Studies
  • M.A. in Religious Studies – Non-Thesis Option
  • M.A. in Religious Studies – Thesis Option
  • M.Ed in Career & Technical Education
  • M.Ed in Career & Technical Education – Instructional Technology
  • M.Ed in Career & Technical Education – Curriculum and Instruction

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Online Certificates (14)

  • Certificate in Accounting
  • Certificate in Acquisition and Contract Management
  • Certificate in Aviation Management
  • Certificate in Children’s Advocacy Studies Training
  • Certificate in Educational Technology
  • Certificate in English Language Learner

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#11 Auburn University at Montgomery

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,190
  • Median Salary: $68,100
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Montgomery (AL)

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Established by an act of the Alabama Legislature in 1967, Auburn University at Montgomery is a public institution and a member of the Auburn University system. The school’s five colleges offer several programs that can be completed 100 percent online or in a hybrid format. Students can choose from such subject areas as criminal justice, homeland security, business administration, early childhood education, clinical mental health, nursing, and more. The Blackboard online learning management system is used to deliver coursework. Students have access to library and research databases as well as online tutoring services. The university’s website provides an online readiness assessment so potential students can determine whether distance learning is a good fit for them.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (4)

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (Hybrid)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) (EARN)

Online Master’s Degrees (20)

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Health Care Administration
  • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Master of Liberal Arts – Anthropology
  • Master of Liberal Arts – English

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Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Online Certificates (12)

  • Certificate in American Society and Culture
  • Certificate in Professional and Technical Writing
  • Certificate in Teaching Writing
  • Education Specialist in Special Education – Collaborative 6-12
  • Education Specialist in Special Education – Collaborative K-6
  • Educational Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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#12 University of North Alabama

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Median Salary: $65,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Florence (AL)

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Founded in 1830, the University of North Alabama is the state’s oldest four-year public university. It is located in the city of Florence. The school offers online certificates, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. Popular majors include business administration, criminal justice, history, nursing, political science, Spanish, mathematics, writing, and more. Online courses at UNA give students the flexibility to study where and when it is convenient for them. Coursework is delivered via the Canvas online learning management system via audio, video, and text formats; students also have access to online assessments, projects, and discussion forums. Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on-campus classes. Financial aid is available for distance learners who qualify.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (35)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Business
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Health

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Online Master’s Degrees (51)

  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • Master of Arts in Education – Collaborative Special Education (6-12)
  • Master of Arts in Education – Collaborative Special Education (K-6)
  • Master of Arts in Education – Early Childhood Education (P-3)

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Online Certificates (8)

  • Certificate in Family Life Education
  • Certificate in Gerontology
  • Education Specialist in Elementary Education K-6
  • Education Specialist in Instructional Leadership
  • Education Specialist in Teacher Leader
  • Post-Masters Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner

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#13 University of West Alabama

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • Median Salary: $61,000
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Livingston (AL)

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Located in Livingston, The University of West Alabama was founded in 1835 as a church-supported school for young women called Livingston Female Academy. It went through various name changes, acquiring its current one in 1995. The university offers over 50 online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in areas such as psychology, sports management, early child development, school counseling, history, library media, conservation biology, and more. An online doctoral degree is also offered in rural education. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system. Students who are distance learners may be eligible for financial aid and scholarships.
 

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (22)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications – Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications – Sports Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management

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Online Master’s Degrees (41)

  • Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (With Certification)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Without Certification)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration – Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration – Computer Information Systems

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Online Doctoral Degrees (5)

  • Doctorate of Education in Rural Education – Counseling (Without Certification)
  • Doctorate of Education in Rural Education – Higher Education Administration (Without Certification)
  • Doctorate of Education in Rural Education – Organizational Change and Leadership (Without Certification)
  • Doctorate of Education in Rural Education – Teacher Leader (Without Certification)
  • Doctorate of Education in Rural Education (Without Certification)

Online Certificates (23)

  • Alternative Teaching Certification in Biology 6-12
  • Alternative Teaching Certification in Early Childhood and Elementary Education P-3/K-6
  • Alternative Teaching Certification in Early Childhood Education P-3
  • Alternative Teaching Certification in Elementary Education K-6
  • Alternative Teaching Certification in English Language Arts 6-12
  • Alternative Teaching Certification in General Science 6-12

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#14 Alabama State University

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,068
  • Median Salary: $59,700
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Montgomery (AL)

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Founded in 1867, Alabama State University is a public historically black university located in the state capital of Montgomery. ASU offers four online master’s degree programs: education (with concentrations in early childhood development and elementary education), library education media, and applied technology. Additionally, a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy are available online. The Blackboard online learning management system is used to deliver coursework. Prospective students who are out of state should check the university’s website to see if their state is eligible for ASU’s online programs. Learning is mostly asynchronous; however, there may be some online meetings in a virtual classroom. Students can learn at their own pace, but instructors set deadlines for assignments. Online students may be eligible for financial aid.
 

Online Associate Degrees (1)

  • Associate of Arts in Library Media

Online Bachelor’s Degrees (2)

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Online Master’s Degrees (5)

  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education in Library Education Media
  • Master of Education in Library Media P-12
  • Master of Science in Applied Technology

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

  • Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy (tDPT)

Online Certificates (3)

  • Educational Specialist in Library Education Media
  • Educational Specialist in Library Education Media: Non-thesis Option
  • Educational Specialist in Library Education Media: Thesis Option

#15 Amridge University

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Median Salary: $56,300
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Locations: Montgomery (AL)

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Founded in 1967 as the Alabama Christian School of Religion, Amridge University is a private institution affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The university’s four colleges— covering business, general studies, human services, and theology—offer over 35 online degrees, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. Popular subject areas include Christian education, biblical studies, ministerial leadership, business administration, web development, liberal studies, criminal justice, marriage and family therapy, and professional counseling. The Canvas online learning management system is used to deliver coursework via audio, video, and text formats; assessments, projects, and discussion forums are also provided online.
 

Online Associate Degrees (8)

  • Associate of Arts in Business Administration
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts in Human Development
  • Associate of Arts in Human Resource Leadership
  • Associate of Arts in Information Systems Management
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

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Online Bachelor’s Degrees (9)

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership

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Online Master’s Degrees (14)

  • Master of Arts in Christian Education
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in New Testament Studies 
  • Master of Arts in Old Testament Studies 
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
  • Master of Business Administration

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Online Doctoral Degrees (9)

  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy I
  • Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy II
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies – New Testament

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According to a state report by the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, approximately 62% of Alabama jobs will require some form of postsecondary education by 2020. Though the state’s educational attainment numbers lag behind the demand, the job market remains strong. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Alabama saw among the nation’s largest job increases and unemployment decreases between 2018 and 2019. These statistics indicate abundant opportunities for Alabama residents with a postsecondary degree.

This guide covers important information for prospective Alabama students, including financing options, online learning opportunities, and student resources.

1The University of AlabamaTuscaloosa, ALTUITION$10,470# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS27ACCEPTANCE RATE53%GRADUATION RATE68%FINANCIAL AID56%CREDIT FOR EXPERIENCEYesPLACEMENT SERVICEYesCOUNSELING SERVICESYesFirst established in 1831, the University of Alabama supports the next generation of students by offering a variety of online and blended programs. Choose from degrees in a range of fields such as criminal justice, business administration, marketing, journalism, hospitality management, nursing and education. Most undergraduate programs require about 120 credit hours for completion, while many master’s degree programs require 30-36. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSOC).TWEET SHARE SCHOOL WEBSITE
2University of Alabama at BirminghamBirmingham, ALTUITION$8,040# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS17
3Auburn UniversityAuburn, ALTUITION$9,072# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS22
4Troy UniversityTroy, ALTUITION$7,224# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS34
5University of Alabama in HuntsvilleHuntsville, ALTUITION$8,996# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS11
6Heritage Christian UniversityFlorence, ALTUITION$8,952# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS3
7Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville, ALTUITION$9,000# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS17
8Samford UniversityBirmingham, ALTUITION$28,552# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS4
9Judson CollegeMarion, ALTUITION$16,248# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS12
10University of West AlabamaLivingston, ALTUITION$7,286# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS26
11University of South AlabamaMobile, ALTUITION$7,248# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS10
12University of North AlabamaFlorence, ALTUITION$6,336# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS12
13University of MobileMobile, ALTUITION$20,200# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS4
14Athens State UniversityAthens, ALTUITION$5,730# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS11
15Amridge UniversityMontgomery, ALTUITION$9,000# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS14
16Alabama State UniversityMontgomery, ALTUITION$6,936# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS4
17Auburn University at MontgomeryMontgomery, ALTUITION$8,880# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS8
18Faulkner UniversityMontgomery, ALTUITION$18,320# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS15
19United States Sports AcademyDaphne, ALTUITION$14,220# OF ONLINE PROGRAMS8
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How Can I Find Which Online Colleges Offer the Degree I’m Looking for in Alabama?

Prospective Alabama students can take advantage of several resources to find the right program for their needs, such as the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE), which provides a school and program search and an interactive map. Students can also click the search icon below to learn about Alabama schools and programs.SEARCH ALL ACCREDITED SCHOOLS IN ALABAMA

How Much More Do College Grads in Alabama Make?

Postsecondary degree graduates typically qualify for more jobs and earn higher salaries than professionals without a postsecondary degree. Across the country, wages increase with the level of education, according to the BLS. The following table outlines differences in annual nationwide salaries for various levels of education.

LESS THAN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAHIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAASSOCIATE DEGREE
$28,756$37,960$44,824
BACHELOR’S DEGREEMASTER’S DEGREEDOCTORAL DEGREE
$62,296$74,568$94,900

Source: BLS

Paying for Online College in Alabama: Tuition and Financial Aid

Higher education costs represent one of the biggest concerns for students. State and federal funding still sit lower than pre-2008 levels, with Alabama ranking as one of the lowest-funded states in the country. However, students can take advantage of a variety of financial aid opportunities to help fund their education. The following tables outline how Alabama’s public and private tuition rates compare to national averages.

IN-STATE TUITIONOUT-OF-STATE TUITIONNATIONAL AVERAGE
$9,827$24,939$9,037
IN-STATE TUITIONOUT-OF-STATE TUITIONNATIONAL AVERAGE
$16,321N/A$30,731

Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Cost Considerations for Online Students in Alabama

Attending a college or university comes with costs beyond tuition. The following list outlines the additional expenses that prospective students should consider when weighing the overall cost of a degree.Textbook Fees: Depending on the program, textbooks, and other course materials may require a significant financial investment. While online programs often reduce these costs through the use of digital books, students should still research average textbook costs prior to enrolling.Technology Fees: Technology fees vary by program, which may include new technology, software access, and program administration fees.Distance Education Fees: Though many programs offer discounts for online learners, some programs include distance education fees to cover the costs of online course administration.Residency Costs: Students should research the residency costs and discounts of prospective programs. Some programs offer tuition discounts to in-state students, while others allow all online students to pay in-state tuition rates, regardless of where they live.Travel Costs: Distance students should consider travel costs associated with any on-campus requirements, such as residencies and clinicals, when weighing programs.

Qualifying for In-State Tuition in Alabama

According to ACHE, Alabama higher education students can receive in-state tuition if they live within 50 miles of a state campus. However, some programs allow all online students to pay in-state tuition rates regardless of where they live. Since many schools feature unique residency requirements, students should research the requirements of each prospective school.

Paying for College in Alabama: Scholarships and Financial Aid

Alabama students benefit from a variety of financial aid opportunities, such as scholarships, grants, and loans. Grants and scholarships are among the most attractive opportunities as, unlike loans, they do not require repayment. The following lists outline several scholarship and grant opportunities for Alabama students.

Scholarships for Alabama College Students

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Who Can Apply: Designed for Alabama residents attending a state program, high school graduates with a minimum 2.75 GPA who demonstrate financial need qualify for this award.

Amount: $2,000-$4,000

APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPLily Heflin ScholarshipThe David Womack Memorial Alabama LGBT ScholarshipTwo-Year College Academic Scholarship ProgramJunior and Community College Athletic Scholarship Program

Grants for Alabama College Students

COLLAPSE ALLAlabama Student Grant Program

Who Can Apply: Alabama residents attending participating institutions as undergraduates qualify for this grant.

Amount: Up to $1,200/year

APPLY FOR GRANTAlabama Student Assistance ProgramPolice Officer’s and Firefighter’s Survivors Educational Assistance ProgramAmerican Legion Scholarship ProgramAlabama Student Assistance ProgramFINANCIAL AID FOR ONLINE SCHOOLS

The Importance of Accreditation for Online Colleges and Universities in Alabama

Students should consider accreditation status when researching prospective schools. Accreditation expands employment, education, and financial aid opportunities and indicates that a school meets high academic standards.

Regional and National Accreditation

Schools may receive regional or national accreditation. For-profit and career-focused schools typically receive national accreditation, while degree-granting institutions receive regional accreditation. Regional accreditation is generally considered the more prestigious of the two. Governed by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), six agencies oversee regional accreditation depending on a school’s location. In Alabama, accreditation comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Subject-Specific Accreditation

Programs within a school may receive subject-specific or programmatic accreditation. Like regional accreditation, programmatic accreditation may expand employment and licensure opportunities and indicates that a program meets high academic standards.

How to Know if Your School or Program is Accredited

To discover a school or program’s accreditation status, students can search the school’s website, the CHEA database, or the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.

Online College and Adult Education in Alabama

Online learning allows students to attend top programs across the country without relocating. Additionally, the flexibility of an online format lets students balance their studies with work and family obligations. Online students may also receive tuition discounts, such as access to in-state tuition rates regardless of where they live.

By the Numbers: Adult Education in Alabama

Since 2012, the percentage of online students has steadily risen.

Approximately 37% of Alabama students take at least one online course.

19% of Alabama students pursue online degrees compared to the national average of 10%.

Source: Online Learning Survey

Adult Education Programs for Alabama Students

  • Alabama Community College System: The Alabama Community College System allows nontraditional learners to obtain an online GED certification or high school diploma and job training.
  • Ready to Work: Ready to Work enables nontraditional students to obtain certification that demonstrates they possess the skills and training needed to excel in the workforce. Several participating state institutions allow students to complete some of this training online.
  • Bama by Distance: Through Bama by Distance, students can take online courses from the University of Alabama. Many of the courses and programs feature asynchronous formats, allowing students to balance their studies with personal and professional obligations.

Online College Resources for Alabama Students

Students considering or attending online schools in Alabama can take advantage of several resources. The following resources offer information on topics like financial aid opportunities, career training, and program requirements.

  • Alabama Community College System: This site provides information on state colleges and programs, including adult education, career training, and financial aid opportunities. Visitors can also find information about obtaining GED credentials and the application requirements for specific programs.
  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education: In addition to learning about general higher education initiatives in the state, visitors to this site can find information on open education in Alabama, special programs, and financial aid opportunities.
  • Alabama State University Division of Extended Learning: Through this resource, prospective students can find information on application requirements for various online programs, online program availability, and student support services.
  • Bama by Distance: This resource offers general information about online learning in Alabama, such as financial aid opportunities and admission requirements. Visitors can also learn about online programs and course availability.
  • Alabama State Department of Education: The Alabama State Department of Education provides information on distance education initiatives and programs in the state.

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SchoolTuition & FeesAcceptance RateStudent PopulationSchool TypePrograms
Alabama A & M UniversityNormal, ALIn-state:
$7,500

Out-of-state:
$15,000
35.25%5,591Both Online and Campus68
Alabama College of Osteopathic MedicineDothan, AL162Campus1
Alabama Southern Community CollegeMonroeville, ALIn-state:
$3,390

Out-of-state:
$6,780
25%1,893Both Online and Campus12
Alabama State College of Barber StylingGardendale, AL33Campus1
Alabama State UniversityMontgomery, ALIn-state:
$6,936

Out-of-state:
$13,872
26.32%6,992Both Online and Campus52
Amridge UniversityMontgomery, ALIn-state:
$6,000

Out-of-state:
$6,000
22.22%985Online17
Athens State UniversityAthens, AL4,391Both Online and Campus30
Auburn UniversityAuburn University, ALIn-state:
$8,592

Out-of-state:
$25,776
70.86%26,555Both Online and Campus210
Auburn University at MontgomeryMontgomery, ALIn-state:
$8,430

Out-of-state:
$18,990
21.94%6,268Both Online and Campus54
Bevill State Community CollegeJasper, ALIn-state:
$3,390

Out-of-state:
$6,780
16.63%5,174Both Online and Campus40
Birmingham Southern CollegeBirmingham, ALIn-state:
$30,574

Out-of-state:
$30,574
64.22%1,225Campus43
Bishop State Community CollegeMobile, ALIn-state:
$3,390

Out-of-state:
$6,780
8.8%5,760Both Online and Campus39
Blue Cliff Career CollegeMobile, AL128Campus4
Brown Mackie College-BirminghamBirmingham, ALIn-state:
$11,304

Out-of-state:
$11,304
1,672Campus20
Cardiac and Vascular Institute of UltrasoundMobile, AL66Campus1
Central Alabama Community CollegeAlexander City, ALIn-state:
$3,085

Out-of-state:
$6,170
13.97%2,617Both Online and Campus25
Chattahoochee Valley Community CollegePhenix City, ALIn-state:
$3,390

Out-of-state:
$6,780
11.86%2,587Both Online and Campus24
Columbia Southern UniversityOrange Beach, ALIn-state:
$5,040

Out-of-state:
$5,040
51.77%37,041Both Online and Campus45
Community College of the Air ForceMontgomery, AL
Concordia College AlabamaSelma, ALIn-state:
$9,920

Out-of-state:
$9,920
25%697Both Online and Campus6

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