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We selected the online schools in Texas based on the quality of their programs, types of courses and degrees offered, and faculty strengths, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation, including a strong reputation for online degree programs.

Note: In ranking the best online colleges in Texas, giving attention to the variety of degree programs available at the institutions is of utmost importance. For this reason, a more prestigious school in Texas may offer one, or a few online degrees, but that may not be enough for that school to rank highly among the best online colleges in the state. In this ranking, we are dedicated to showing who’s leading the way in delivering quality online degree programs in Texas.

The Best Online Colleges in Texas

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LeTourneau University 

Longview, TX

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LeTourneau University, a private, interdenominational Christian university founded in 1946, enrolls nearly 3,000 students from around the world. LeTourneau University offers a host of degree programs in education, business, engineering, and aviation studies, including many programs that students can complete 100% online.

LeTourneau University has several unique program offerings, such as their accelerated bachelor’s degree in aviation studies. Students can also complete undergraduate degrees in biblical studies and ministry, business administration, criminal justice, and psychology. LeTourneau University’s online students can pursue master’s degrees in engineering management, healthcare administration, counseling, and curriculum and instruction.

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West Texas A&M University 

Canyon, TX

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Established in 1910, West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) is a public, non–profit university with a long tradition of offering high–quality education. Since its beginning as a normal school, WTAMU has grown into a comprehensive university offering nearly 100 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs. The university is a member of the Texas A&M University System.

West Texas A&M University offers a wide range of fully online degree programs. Students from around the world can enroll in online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Online bachelor’s degree programs include business administration, criminal justice, and health sciences. Online master’s degree programs include business administration (MBA), curriculum and instruction, and nursing.

Through WTClass, West Texas A&M University’s web portal, online students can access materials including their course syllabi, assignments, resources, and lessons with detailed lecture notes from their professor. WTClass also allows students to interact with one another and communicate with their professor.

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Sam Houston State University 

Huntsville, TX

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Among the best online Schools in Texas is Sam Houston State University, a public university founded in 1879 that enrolls more than 18,000 students. A member of the Texas State University System, Sam Houston University’s degree offerings include more than 140 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs, with 25+ fully online degree programs.

Sam Houston State University’s online programs follow a semester–based schedule and enable students to earn most degrees in three to five years. The university’s fully online bachelor’s programs include criminal justice, general business administration, general studies, and history. Sam Houston State University also offers around two–dozen online master’s degree programs. Students can complete an online doctorate in developmental education administration or instructional technology as well as a host of graduate and professional certificates.

Online students have access to a host of services including library resources, advising, and career services.

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University of North Texas 

Denton, TX

About this school

University of North Texas (UNT), a public tier–one research university founded in 1890, began with a class of about 70 students meeting in a room above a hardware store. UNT has since grown to become one of the largest public research universities in the nation, enrolling 38,000 students and offering more than 220 degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Today, students around the world can attend the University of North Texas from any location by enrolling in one of UNT’s online degree or certificate programs. UNT offers more than 20 online graduate degrees, five online bachelor’s completion degrees, 16 online graduate certificates, and two online undergraduate certificates.

Online graduate students at UNT can pursue master’s degrees in the areas of business, education, health and public service, information, liberal arts and social sciences, merchandising, and hospitality, as well as a doctorate degree in learning technologies. Online bachelor’s degrees are offered in rehabilitation studies, criminal justice, information science, leadership development, and applied arts and sciences. Online certificate programs are offered in the areas of education, health and public service, information, liberal arts and social sciences, merchandising, and hospitality.

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University of Houston - Victoria 

Victoria, TX

About this school

The University of Houston–Victoria, a four–year state university founded in 1971, enrolls more than 4,300 students and boasts more than 11,000 alumni. A member of the University of Houston System, University of Houston–Victoria offers 50+ bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The same faculty teach the university’s online and on–campus courses.

The University of Houston–Victoria allows students to finish their bachelor’s degrees online with undergraduate completion programs in areas including communication, marketing, and healthcare administration. The university offers more than a dozen online master’s degrees, ranging from special education to publishing to computer information systems, as well as several certificate programs.

Online students have access to an online bookstore, library resources, and student services.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 

Odessa, TX

About this school

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, a public university founded in 1973, enrolls around 5,600 students. The university offers bachelor’s, master’s and pre–professional degrees, including several fully online degrees.

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s online program offerings include bachelor’s degrees in marketing, child and family studies, humanities, and sociology. The university also offers master’s degrees in bilingual/ESL education, educational leadership, English, special education, business administration and kinesiology, as well as several certification and endorsement programs.

Online students have access to several services including counseling services, financial aid, academic advising, career services, and library resources.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University 

Waxahachie, TX

About this school

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, non–profit, Christian university. The school, located on the same campus since 1943, was created after the 1994 merger of three schools: Southwestern Bible School, Shield of Faith Bible School, and Southern Bible Institute. Today the school serves around 2,000 students and offers several associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all taught from a Christian perspective with an emphasis on Bible–based education.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University offers several online degree programs. With online associate degrees in areas like addictions counseling, Bible, and intercultural studies, students can prepare for work in a variety of fields. The university also offers online bachelor’s degrees in fields including psychology, counseling, business, and education.

Students enrolled in online programs at Southwestern Assemblies of God University have access to resources including the library, three Learning Centers, and academic accommodations.

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Texas A&M University 

College Station, TX

About this school

Part of the Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University–College Station is a public, non–profit university that serves over 65,000 students. Founded in 1871 as a public land–grant institution, Texas A&M University–College Station is one of the largest campuses in the nation, sitting on more than 5,200 acres of land. Students at Texas A&M University–College Station can choose from more than 130 undergraduate degree programs, 170 master’s degree programs, 93 doctoral degree programs, and five professional degrees.

Many of Texas A&M University–College Station’s degrees are also offered online. With an online bachelor’s degree in nursing, a host of online master’s programs, and several online Ph.D. degree options, Texas A&M University–College Station offers flexible online programs that will suit a variety of students.

Students in Texas A&M University–College Station’s online programs have access to a variety of resources, including library services, student assistance services, disability services, multicultural services, student affairs, and counseling.

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University of Houston 

Houston, TX

About this school

Founded in 1927, University of Houston is a public, non–profit university that serves nearly 44,000 students. It is one of the best online colleges in Texas that offers a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. With 2,600+ faculty members and 25 research centers, students have access to a wealth of knowledge and instruction.

Students may select from a variety of online undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree and certificate programs. Online programs at the University of Houston have the same rigorous standards as their on–campus programs. Degree programs include nursing, psychology, engineering, education, management, and social work. Seeking to meet a variety of needs, the University of Houston’s online offerings include innovative programs like certificate courses, workshops, conferences, individual courses, and custom–designed corporate training.

The university is committed to student success for its online students as well as its traditional, on–campus students. Resources for online students include library access, academic counseling, and a writing center.

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Tarleton State University 

Stephenville, TX

About this school

Tarleton State University, a public university founded in 1899, enrolls more than 13,000 students. A member of the Texas A&M University System, Tarleton State University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs, including more than 20 online bachelor’s completion and master’s degree programs.

Tarleton State University provides a wide selection of online bachelor’s degree completion programs including those in veterinary technology, business, psychology, criminal justice administration, and health professions technology. Before enrolling in one of these programs, students must have 30 hours of transferable credits. Students also can pursue nearly a dozen master’s degree options, including agricultural and consumer resources, educational administration, information systems, music education, and quality and engineering management. The degree programs do not require residency, but some may require a campus visit. The university also offers military–friendly degree programs.

Like at other online schools in Texas, students receive the same degree as on–campus students. Students in online programs at Tarleton State University also have access to several resources, including advising and library services.

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The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 

Edinburgh, TX

About this school

Founded in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st–century in Texas, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is an innovative, modern university that serves over 27,000 students. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley houses a School of Medicine that offers a variety of cutting–edge programs. With bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degree options, The University of Texas Rio Grande provides its students with several pathways for academic advancement.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offers many online degree programs, both in a traditional semester format and in an accelerated format. Most fully online degree programs offered include master’s degrees in fields such as business administration, educational leadership, kinesiology, and physician assistant studies. Students can also complete fully online certificate programs, in specialties such as court interpreting, e–learning, and Spanish translation.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offers its online students extensive support with technology and online learning. Online students can also access library resources, advising, and other academic services.

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Midwestern State University 

Wichita Falls, TX

About this school

Midwestern State University, founded in 1922, is a public, non–profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Midwestern State University is the only university in Texas that belongs to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). Committed to being a public university that offers high quality liberal arts programs, Midwestern State University offers several liberal art programs, as well as degrees in other fields and specialties. The school serves over 6,000 students.

Midwestern State University offers several online degrees through their Distance Learning department. With online options for bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs, students can pursue higher education in fields including nursing, criminal justice, sports administration, and educational leadership.

Online students at Midwestern State University have access to the university library, academic advising, financial aid, and a career center.

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University of Houston - Downtown 

Houston, TX

About this school

University of Houston–Downtown (UHD), a four–year, public state university founded in 1974, enrolls more than 14,000 students. A member of the University of Houston System, the University of Houston–Downtown offers more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, including online bachelor’s completion options and master’s degrees through UHD Online.

UHD Online students can earn bachelor’s degrees in a variety of areas, including finance, supply chain management, professional writing, and criminal justice. Online students can pursue master’s degrees in non–profit management, criminal justice and teaching. Most of the university’s online degree programs are 100% online, but some may require site–based sessions such as orientation or laboratory experiences. Online students earn the same degrees as on–campus students.

Online students at University of Houston–Downtown have access to a variety of services including the bookstore, library resources, and an online student orientation.

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Wayland Baptist University 

Plainview, TX

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Wayland Baptist University, a private, non–profit, Southern Baptist university, is more than 100 years old, founded in 1908 by a pioneer physician. The school offers over 65 degree programs. With online and on–campus programs in a variety of fields, Wayland Baptist University serves more than 5,000 students.

With several fully online degree programs, Wayland Baptist University offers students quality and convenient distance learning options. Online programs through Wayland Baptist University allow students to earn the same degrees as traditional, on–campus students.

Online students enrolled at Wayland Baptist University receive a variety of resources and support, including library access and financial services.

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The University of Texas at El Paso 

El Paso, TX

About this school

The University of Texas at El Paso, founded in 1914, is a public, non–profit school and member of The University of Texas System. Serving nearly 24,000 students, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to offering a diverse, innovate array of options that serve the 21st–century student. With an 80% Hispanic student population and an additional 5% Mexican student population, the school is the only research and doctoral university in the United States with a Mexican–American majority.

The University of Texas at El Paso offers a variety of fully online degree programs designed to serve nontraditional students. Online programs are offered through the university’s Extended University platform, UTEP Connect, including bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, media advertising, Chicano studies, and nursing, master’s degrees in defense and strategic studies, curriculum instruction, and systems engineering, and certificate programs in technical and professional writing, early intervention studies, and urban and regional planning. UTEP Connect offers academic and professional advancement opportunities for a diverse variety of students.

Students enrolled in online programs at The University of Texas at El Paso through UTEP Connect have access to a variety of services and resources, including library access and academic advising.

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Stephen F Austin State University 

Nacogdoches, TX

About this school

Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) is a public, non–profit university that serves over 12,000 students. Founded in 1917, the school offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Stephen F Austin State University houses six colleges: the Nelson Rusche College of Business, the James I. Perkins College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, and the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Stephen F. Austin State University offers several online undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its distance education platform, SFA Online. Students can earn undergraduate degrees in programs including nursing and general business. Those who want to earn online master’s degrees can study in programs including public administration, resource interpretation, and education. SFA Online also offers several certificate programs, including hospitality administration and family and consumer science.

Online students at Stephen F. Austin University can access resources including library services, and tech support.

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University of Houston - Clear Lake 

Houston, TX

About this school

Part of the University of Houston System, University of Houston–Clear Lake, a public, non–profit university, serves over 8,000 students with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree options. Founded in 1974, the school originally only offered degree completion courses for upperclassman, but, as of 2014, now offers freshman– and sophomore–level classes. With four schools—the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Human Sciences and Humanities, and the College of Science and Engineering—University of Houston–Clear Lake has a variety of degree programs to fit a wide range of students.

University of Houston–Clear Lake offers several online degree programs through its online platform, UHCL Online. For students looking for a flexible schedule and non–existent commute, UHCL Online offers programs that conveniently fit into the lives of nontraditional students. Online undergraduate programs include bachelor’s degrees in anthropology, finance, public service leadership, and general business. Master’s degree options for online students include specialties in business administration, engineering management, environmental science, and software engineering. Online certificates include master technology teacher and human resource management.

University of Houston–Clear Lake is one of the best online schools in Texas to offer distance learners assistance, support, and resources from the university, including course support, financial aid, and academic advising.

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Houston Baptist University 

Houston, TX

About this school

Houston Baptist University is a private, non–profit, Southern Baptist university. Founded in 1960, the college began instruction in September 1963 with a freshman class of 163 students and 30 faculty members. Today, Houston Baptist University serves over 3,000 students and offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. With eight schools—the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Science and Mathematics, the School of Christian Thought, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Humanities, and the School of Nursing and Allied Health—students at Houston Baptist University have many academic opportunities available to them.

Houston Baptist University offers several online learning opportunities. With 100% online undergraduate and graduate degree programs available, students can pursue higher learning at Houston Baptist University with the flexibility and convenience of distance learning. Online bachelor’s degree programs include nursing, theological studies, psychology, and management. Online master’s degree programs include kinesiology, education, Christian leadership, and human resources management.

Online students at Houston Baptist University have access to a variety of resources, including library services, an office of student success, and other academic resources.

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The University of Texas at Arlington 

Arlington, TX

About this school

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is a public, non–profit, research university. The school is part of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1895, the university has had eight names since its inception: Arlington College, Carlisle Military Academy, Arlington Training School, Arlington Military Academy, Grubbs Vocational College, North Texas Agricultural College, Arlington State College, and finally, The University of Texas at Arlington. UTA offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, both in–person and online.

The University of Texas at Arlington has offered online degrees since 1998. Focused on delivering distance learning programs that make learning accessible and convenient, especially for nontraditional students, UTA offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate online degree programs. Finish@UT is a fully online bachelor’s degree completion program; the program offers a variety of concentration areas to meet students’ needs and goals. Online master’s programs include a Master of Public Administration.

Students enrolled in UTA’s online degree programs receive the same degrees as traditional, on–campus students. Support for online students includes library access, and academic advising.

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University of the Incarnate Word 

San Antonio, TX

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The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), a private, co–educational Catholic university founded in 1881, enrolls about 9,900 students. The university offers a host of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral and professional degrees, including a dozen bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered fully online through UIW Online. UIW Online’s programs are asynchronous with no proctored exams, allowing students to complete coursework on their schedule. The university offers its courses in an accelerated format with eight–week terms.

UIW Online students can pursue eight bachelor’s degree options including applied arts and sciences, organizational development, business administration and health sciences. Depending on their degree choice, students also can pursue nearly two–dozen concentrations to help tailor their degree to their career goals. The university also offers master’s degrees in administration, business administration, teacher leadership, and organizational development and leadership. Students pursuing an administration degree also can choose from five concentrations including organizational development and communication arts.

Online students at UIW have access to library resources, a bookstore, career services and the Online Writing Center. The university offers several programs and supports for military students; they are enrolled in the GoArmyEd, Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative and Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership. The university offers free textbooks for undergraduate students as well as special tuition rates for adults, active–duty military and veterans.

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Texas A&M University - Central Texas 

Killeen, TX

About this school

Texas A&M University–Central Texas (TAMUCT) is a public, four–year university that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Part of the Texas A&M University System, TAMUCT began in 1999 as Tarleton–Central Texas, and joined the Texas A&M University System in 2009. The schools serves a diverse, growing student population of more than 2,500. TAMUCT has three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Education.

Texas A&M University–Central Texas offers several 100% online bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Online undergraduate programs include aviation science, business management, and nursing. Online graduate programs include information systems, management and leadership, and a fully–online MBA program.

Online students at Texas A&M University–Central Texas receive a variety of help and support from university faculty and staff. Resources include library services, student counseling, and a technology help desk.

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Texas A&M University - Commerce 

Commerce, TX

About this school

Texas A&M University–Commerce is another member of the Texas A&M University System. This public, non–profit university offers 100+ programs of study for bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students. Founded in 1889 as East Texas Normal College in Cooper, TX, the university moved to its current location in 1917 when the Cooper campus was destroyed by fire. Texas A&M University–Commerce is the fifth oldest university in Texas. With departments for Business, Education and Human Services, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts, Science and Engineering, and Agriculture, students at Texas A&M University–Commerce have a wide range of educational opportunities to choose from.

Texas A&M University–Commerce offers hybrid and fully online distance learning programs so that students can get the benefits of attending the university plus the convenience of pursuing a degree from anywhere in the world. 100% online bachelor’s degree programs include applied arts and sciences and general studies. Fully, online graduate programs include master’s degrees in education, applied criminology, and physics, as well as a doctoral degree in educational administration.

Texas A&M University–Commerce faculty and staff are eager to help online students have the best possible learning experience. Resources include library services, bookstore access, technical support, and academic assistance.

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Concordia University - Texas 

Austin, TX

About this school

Concordia University–Texas is a private, non–profit, Christian, liberal arts university associated with the Lutheran denomination. Offering a variety of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, the university serves nearly 3,000 students. Founded in 1926, Concordia University–Texas was originally established as a high school. With satellite campuses throughout Texas and a range of online degree programs, Concordia University–Texas meets the needs of a variety of students, both in–person and online. Classes at Concordia University–Texas are taught from a Christian perspective.

Fully online programs at Concordia University–Texas offer the same curriculum, only in a flexible, convenient format. Online bachelor’s programs include communication, computer science, business, and psychology. Online master’s programs include education, sports administration, and nursing. Distance learning programs at Concordia University–Texas maintain the school’s Christian mission and offer high quality Christian online instruction.

Online students at Concordia University–Texas have access to a variety of resources, including a student handbook, academic catalog, success center, career services, orientation, and library and bookstore services.

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The University of Texas at Tyler 

Tyler, TX

About this school

The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) is a public, non–profit university and member of the University of Texas System. Founded in 1971, this fast–growing university currently serves almost 10,000 students. UT Tyler houses seven academic colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Technology, Education and Psychology, Engineering, Nursing and Health Sciences, The Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, and University College. With three campuses, a center, and online options, The University of Texas at Tyler offers students a variety of ways to earn degrees and reach their academic and professional goals.

Online programs at The University of Texas at Tyler are offered through the school’s University College. Online bachelor’s degree programs include nursing and applied arts and sciences. Online master’s degree programs include education, English, criminal justice, nursing, and business administration.

Students enrolled in University College programs at The University of Texas at Tyler receive support through the Academic Success Center, University Library, and IT Support department.

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Angelo State University 

San Angelo, TX

About this school

Founded in 1928 as Angelo State College, today Angelo State University (ASU) serves nearly 10,000 students. A member of the Texas Tech University System, Angelo State University offers a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs. ASU has over 100 majors and concentrations, offered through six colleges: the Archer College of Health and Human Services, the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Graduate Studies and Research, and the College of Science and Engineering.

Angelo State University offers several online degree and certificate programs. Online programs include nursing, education, and business. Online students at Angelo State University receive the same degree as students enrolled in traditional, on–campus degree programs. Faculty and staff at Angelo State University are committed to helping online students learn and succeed.

Angelo State University is unique among online schools in Texas because it employs a team of eLearning staff members to assist and support online students. Resources include library access and academic advising.

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Southwestern Adventist University 

Keene, TX

About this school

Southwestern Adventist University is a private, non–profit university affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist church. Established by pioneers in 1894 as a primary school, the school originally served 56 students in all grades. Eventually, the school, then named Keene Industrial Academy, expanded to offer junior college work in 1916, bachelor’s degrees in 1967, and graduate programs in 1987. Today Southwestern Adventist University offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees and serves around 800 students.

Programs offered through the Distance Education department at Southwestern Adventist University serve students who need flexibility in learning due to family, work, or other commitments. The Distance Learning program at Southwestern Adventist University has operated for over 35 years and offers a variety of online associate and bachelor’s programs in fields including history, psychology, religion, business, and education.

Online students at Southwestern Adventist University receive technical and academic support from university faculty and staff. Resources include library access, financial aid, and support from the Distance Education department.

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University of St. Thomas 

Houston, TX

About this school

University of St. Thomas is a private, non–profit, Catholic university. Founded in 1947, University of St. Thomas has been delivering high quality Catholic education for 70+ years. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, both on campus and online. With five schools—the School of Arts and Sciences, the Cameron School of Business, Education and Human Services, the Peavy School of Nursing, and the School of Theology—University of St. Thomas serves over 3,000 students.

Online programs at University of St. Thomas create accessible learning opportunities for nontraditional students. The online programs include the same curriculum, standards of instruction, and support as on–campus programs. Students enrolled in online degree programs receive the same diploma as traditional students from University of St. Thomas. Online degree programs include a Master of Education program.

Online students at University of St. Thomas receive many resources and support, including library services and financial aid.

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The Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Texas

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Students seeking higher education opportunities will find several affordable online colleges in Texas that offer programs at the certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Online community colleges in Texas often give students a more affordable pathway to a four–year bachelor’s degree. However, keep in mind that the cheapest online college in Texas may not always offer the best educational option.

The Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Programs in Texas

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The University of Texas at El Paso 

El Paso, TX

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Established in 1914, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is the second–oldest school in the University of Texas System and currently enrolls over 25,000 students, half of whom are the first in their family to go to college. UTEP offers 74 bachelor’s, 74 master’s, and 22 doctoral programs. Students can pursue several programs online:

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication (120 semester credits)

UTEP also offers four graduate–level online programs:

Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning (15 semester credits)

Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (36 semester credits)

Master of Business Administration (48 semester credits)

Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering (15 semester credits)

The curriculum for the graduate certificate in urban and regional planning focuses on economic development, public administration, and public policy aspects of issues such as border security, emergency management, housing, and public safety. Students enrolled in the non–thesis M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction can concentrate in one of two areas — bilingual education or early childhood education. Most students complete their MBA within 20–24 months. The graduate certificate in systems engineering requires students to complete a practicum project prior to graduation.

UTEP students have access to a career center and academic planning services. Professional, personal, and crisis counseling services are also offered. Students access their online coursework through the Blackboard learning management system.

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University of Houston-Downtown 

Houston, TX

About this school

Founded in 1974 and one of four institutions in the University of Houston System, University of Houston — Downtown (UHD) currently enrolls more than 14,000 students. U.S. News & World Report includes UHD among institutions offering the best online bachelor’s programs in the country. The university offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degrees, several of which are available online. A sample of UHD’s fully online offerings follow below.

Bachelor of Business Administration (120 semester hours)Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication (120 semester hours)Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice (120 semester hours)Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Applied Administration (120 semester hours)

Students enrolled in the business administration program can choose from eight concentration areas including finance, international business, insurance and risk management, marketing, and supply chain management. The bachelor of science degree in technical communication requires students to complete an internship experience prior to graduation. Online students can complete this requirement within their home area.

UHD also offers one master’s program online: Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management (36 semester hours)

The nonprofit management master’s program accepts a maximum transfer of six graduate–level semester hours with a grade of B or above from an accredited program or university.

Students benefit from services provided by the Writing and Reading Center including video tutorials and professional, graduate, or peer–to–peer tutoring sessions. UHD uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver its online programs.

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Texas Woman's University 

Denton, TX

About this school

Starting out in 1901 as the Girls Industrial College, Texas Woman’s University (TWU) took on its current name in 1957 and began accepting men in 1972. More than 15,000 students currently attend TWU, and U.S. News & World Report includes the university among the country’s top institutions offering the best online graduate nursing programs. Students can pursue several programs online:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (120 semester credit hours)

TWU’s bachelor’s in criminal justice program requires students to complete an internship experience prior to earning the degree.

TWU also offers three grad–level programs online:

    Post–Professional Certificate in Physical Therapy (12 semester credit hours)Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (30 semester credit hours)Master of Science in Nursing — Nurse Practitioner (46 semester credit hours)

Students pursuing the post–professional PT certificate can specialize in one of three areas — advanced geriatric PT, advanced neurologic PT, and women’s health PT. The master of science in nursing offers five specialty areas: adult/gerontology acute care NP, adult/gerontology NP, family NP, pediatric NP, and women’s health NP. The curriculum for the M.Ed. in early childhood education degree aligns with the advanced standards established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Tyler Junior College 

Tyler, TX

About this school

From its founding in 1926 until 1945, Tyler Junior College (TJC) operated as part of the Tyler public school system. Today, TJC enrolls more than 12,000 students and offers teacher preparation, certificate, associate, and bachelor’s programs. Students can pursue several degrees online:

Certificate in Business Management (15–24 credit hours)Associate of Arts in Economics (60 credit hours)Associate of Applied Science in Healthcare Administration (60 credit hours)Associate of Arts in Social Work (60 credit hours)All courses for the associate program in healthcare administration can be completed online except for a biology course on anatomy and physiology, which has a lab component. The certificate in business management degree offers three specialization areas — retail management, small business management, and management specialties leadership.

TJC also offers one bachelor’s online degree:

The dental hygiene program serves licensed dental hygienists who want to complete their bachelor’s degree. The exact number of credits needed to graduate from the program depends on the number of credits a student can transfer from an associate degree and/or other acceptable transfer credits from an accredited program or school.

Just like their on–campus counterparts, online enrollees can avail of several student support services such as counseling and tutoring sessions, academic planning, and career advisement. TJC uses the Canvas learning management system to deliver its online programs.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 

Odessa, TX

About this school

The Texas Legislature established UTPB in 1969 as an upper–division college, and it opened with an initial enrollment of 1,112 students. UTPB began accepting freshman and sophomore students in 1991 and now enrolls more than 7,500 students. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTPB among the best universities in the West. The university offers 35 undergraduate and 18 graduate programs including several online degrees, some of which are presented below.

Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies (120 credit hours)Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in Industrial Technology (120 credit hours)Post–Baccalaureate Accelerated Teacher Certification (15 credit hours)

TPB designed the industrial technology program primarily for students who already have an associate of applied science degree. The program’s 120–credit hour requirement includes at least 30 credit hours from an associate program. Designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree, the teacher certification program includes a one–year paid internship component as a classroom teacher.

UTPB also offers several graduate–level degrees online:

Master of Education (36 credit hours)Master of Public Administration (36 credit hours)

The M.Ed. program offers specializations in bilingual/ESL education, educational leadership, special education, and autism.

Online students can access a variety of support services including an online writing center for assistance in academic writing, tutoring and learning resources, academic and career planning, and technical assistance. UTPB uses the Canvas learning management system to deliver its online programs.

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Midwestern State University 

Wichita Falls, TX

About this school

Established in 1922, Midwestern State University (MSU) currently enrolls approximately 6,100 students coming from 44 states and 54 countries. It offers 49 undergraduate and 27 graduate programs, including online degrees in the field of nursing, education, health administration, and criminal justice. MSU ranks among U.S. News & World Report’s top 100 universities in the West. A sample of MSU’s online offerings follow below.

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care Completion Program (42 semester hours)Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences (120 semester hours)

Applicants to the respiratory care completion program need a valid registered respiratory therapist credential from the National Board for Respiratory Care. The radiologic sciences program awards 42 credit hours toward the degree for students who hold a valid professional radiography certificate from a recognized accrediting body such as the American Registry of Radiologic Technicians.

MSU also offers two online master’s degrees:

Master of Education in Special Education (36 semester hours)Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (48 semester hours

The M.Ed. in special education prepares teachers to become educational diagnosticians so they can serve students with varying disabilities within a school or community setting. M.Ed. program applicants must hold a valid Texas certification in special education. The master’s in criminal justice is a writing–intensive program that requires students to complete at least eight major research papers prior to graduation.

MSU uses the Desire2Learn learning management system to deliver its online programs.

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The Most Affordable Online Associate Degree Programs in Texas

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Students seeking higher education opportunities will find several affordable online colleges in Texas that offer programs at the certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Online community colleges in Texas often give students a more affordable pathway to a four–year bachelor’s degree. However, keep in mind that the cheapest online college in Texas may not always offer the best educational option.

The Most Affordable Online Associate Programs in Texas

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Central Texas College 

Killeen, TX

About this school

When it opened in the fall 1967, Central Texas College (CTC) admitted a total of 2,068 students. Currently, CTC occupies 560 acres, enrolls more than 21,000 students, and serves more than 10 counties including the state correctional facilities in Gatesville, Texas. The college offers several associate and certificate programs online in diverse professional arenas like business management, homeland security, computer science, and hospitality management. A sample of the CTC’s online programs follows below.

Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology (60 credits)Associate of Science in Engineering (60 credits)Certificate in Homeland Security andEmergency Management (32 credits)Certificate in Medical Office Technology — Specialist (42 credits)

The associate of applied science in information technology requires students to complete an internship experience prior to earning the degree. Online students can intern in approved locations within their home area. Students pursuing the certificate in homeland security and emergency management must complete a final project toward the end of their program. Most engineering students complete CTC’s three–course calculus series prior to transferring to a four–year institution. The associate program in hotel management with food and beverage specialization is a self–paced program with courses that can be completed in three weeks or 16 weeks, depending on a student’s work and educational background.

CTC provides its online students the same support services as its on–campus enrollees including academic counseling, career advisement, technical assistance, and access to library materials and research resources. The college uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver its online programs.

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Del Mar College 

Corpus Christi, TX

About this school

Del Mar College, founded in 1935, offers associate degrees in more than 42 majors and certificates and skills achievement awards in over 178 occupational fields. Del Mar currently enrolls approximately 25,000 students and offers the following programs online:

Associate of Arts in Business Administration (60 semester hours)Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (60 semester hours)Field of Study Certificate in Criminal Justice (21 semester hours)

The associate of arts in business administration meets the common core and major coursework requirements established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Students who graduate from this program enter as third–year students in most four–year Texas universities. The curriculum also serves students who plan to enter the workforce immediately after completing the program.

Most of the online courses at DMC follow an asynchronous delivery format that gives busy students the freedom and flexibility they need to earn their degree while still meeting other professional and personal responsibilities. However, online students still need to comply with the course requirements regarding tests, assignment deadlines, and group work. The length of online courses typically varies between 8–16 weeks.

Students access their online courses through the Canvas learning management system. Online students can avail of a variety of student support services including peer tutoring from the Student Success Center and writing and math assistance from the Stone Writing Center and the Math Learning Center, respectively.

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Brookhaven College 

Farmers Branch, TX

About this school

Founded in 1978, Brookhaven College enrolls approximately 12,400 students and offers 17 degree programs and 56 certificate options. Brookhaven maintains both workforce–ready and transfer programs that prepare students to either seek immediate employment or continue to pursue a four–year bachelor’s degree after graduation.

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (60 credit hours)Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Systems and Support (60 credit hours)Administrative Support Certificate (44–47 credit hours)

Associate degrees require the completion of 42 credits in core subjects such as history, language, U.S. government, mathematics, and life and physical sciences. Students need to complete an additional 18 credits in their area of concentration (such as criminal justice or accounting) to earn either degree. Students can complete the certificate in administrative support after just 48 weeks of continuous enrollment.

As part of the Dallas County Community College District, Brookhaven participates in articulation agreements between the district and several higher education groups including schools classified as Hispanic–Serving Institutions and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. These articulation agreements facilitate the transfer of a Brookhaven graduate to a four–year institution.

Students access their online courses through the Blackboard learning management system. Online enrollees can avail of support services that include library materials, academic counseling, and career advisement.

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North Lake College 

Irving, TX

About this school

In 1977, North Lake College in Irving, Texas, became the sixth college to be established in the seven–member Dallas County Community College District. North Lake maintains three campuses, occupies 276 acres, and enrolls approximately 11,400 students. The college offers several degree and certificate programs online. A sample of offerings that can be completed 100 online follows below.

Associate of Arts (60 semester hours)Associate of Science (60 semester hours)Certificate in Criminal Justice — Level II (45–46 semester hours)Administrative Support Certificate — Level II (44–47 credit hours)

Students pursuing an online associate program enroll in 42 credits of core courses, all which are available online. To complete either type of degree, they must enroll in an additional 18 credits of coursework in their preferred field of study. Not all courses for this component of the degree may be offered online.

Many of the online courses available at North Lake follow eight–week delivery schedules. Students can access asynchronous coursework at any time, but online programs are not self–paced; they follow the regular semester schedule of the school.

The LeCroy Center at North Lake offers online enrollees a range of support services that include advising referrals and technical support. Online students can also avail of academic and career counseling, library resources, and scholarship opportunities. North Lake uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver its online programs.

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El Centro College 

Dallas, TX

About this school

El Centro College opened in 1966 as the first institution in the Dallas County Community College District. It currently supports a student population of close to 11,000 and offers more than 30 certificate and degree programs, notably in the fields of allied health, nursing, culinary arts, and information technology. El Centro offers several online programs along with their onsite offerings. Students can complete these (and several other) online programs without any campus visits.

Associate of Arts in Teaching (60 credit hours)Associate of Applied Science in Management (60 credit hours)Medical Assisting Certificate — Level I (40 credit hours) Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Assistance and Support (60 credit hours)

Students pursuing their associate of arts in teaching can choose from three specializations: early childhood to grade 6, generalist (grades 4–8), and early childhood to grade 12 special education. The program can lead to initial teacher certification in Texas. The associate of applied science in management caters to students who are already in the managerial workforce and seeking to improve their skills or those in nonmanagerial positions who wish to move into the managerial field.

Many of the online courses at El Centro follow eight–week delivery formats and are available asynchronously. Online students can avail of many of the student services as on–campus enrollees, including career assessments, academic counseling, and tutoring and technical help. Students access their online coursework and requirements through the Blackboard learning management system.

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Eastfield College 

Mesquite, TX

About this school

Founded in 1970, Eastfield College occupies 244 acres and enrolls approximately 16,700 students, a little more than half of whom are the first in their family to attend college. The college offers both on–campus and online certificate and associate programs in 16 fields of study. The following programs require no on–campus visits.

Crisis Intervention Certificate (45 credit hours)Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and Public Safety (60 credit hours)Associate of Science in Business (60 credit hours)Certificate in Child Development/Early Childhood Education (28 credit hours)Associate of Applied Science in Management (60 credit hours)

Students who have completed the Basic Police Academy training program and other requirements can earn 15 equivalent credits toward the associate program in criminal science, thus allowing them to complete the program in a shorter amount of time. The associate of science in management permits students who are already employed in managerial positions to earn up to 12 credits toward the degree by applying classroom management concepts to existing workplace situations.

Eastfield maintains articulation agreements with several four–year colleges and universities that include Texas A&M University, Dallas Baptist University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. Students benefit from support services including career assessment, academic counseling, and library and research resources. The college uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver their online programs.

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Lone Star College System 

The Woodlands, TX

About this school

Established in 1972, Lone Star College currently enrolls close to 90,000 students in seven campuses throughout the North Houston metropolitan area. Students can pursue several onsite and online certificate and degree programs. A sample of available online programs that do not require any on–campus visits follow below.

Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration (60 credits)Certificate in Administrative Support Level II (42 credits)Associate of Arts in Speech Communication (60 credits)Associate of Applied Science in Accounting (60 credits)Specialist Certificate in Computer Programming Level II (30 credits)

Students pursuing the associate in business administration can choose from two specialization areas — business management or human resources management. The certificate in administrative support also offers two specialization areas — administrative and medical specialty. The associate program in accounting requires students to complete a capstone course prior to earning the degree. The associate in speech communication program is designed as a transfer program, thus facilitating a degree holder’s transition to a four–year college or university.

Online enrollees can avail of a variety of services through the academic support center including tutorial sessions, career counseling, degree planning, and placement testing. Lone Star College maintains articulation agreements with several accredited colleges and universities, including Sam Houston State University, Baylor University, and Texas A&M University.

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Hallmark University

Messenger College

Midland College

Northwood University – Texas

Odessa College

Our Lady of the Lake University

Palo Alto College

Panola College

Rice University

Southern Methodist University

Southwest Texas Junior College

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

St. Philip’s College

Texas A&M International University

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi

Texas Christian University

Texas State University

The King’s University

The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas Medical Branch

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