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Master of Business Administration Online

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UTPB-Best Online MBA Programs 2018

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HourGlass 30-36 credit hour program (General MBA)

Laptop GMAT waiver: 3.25 GPA

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Courses

General MBA

  • 30 hours for BBA, 36 hours for non-BBA**
  • Core Courses (required – 15 credit hours)
    • ACCT 6301 Accounting Analysis
    • FINA 6320 Financial Management
    • MNGT 6320 Production & Operations Management
    • MNGT 6360 Organizational Behavior
    • MRKT 6310 Marketing Management
  • Courses Beyond Core (required – 18 credit hours)
    • ACCT 6311/ MNGT 6311 Information System Management
    • MNGT 6301 Legal Environment of Business
    • MNGT 6303 Analytical Models for Decision-Making
    • MNGT 6361 Business Research Methods
    • MNGT 6366 Strategic Management
    • MRKT 6301 International Business
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
    • Any 6xxx-level ACCT, FINA, MNGT or MRKT course not otherwise required.

MBA with Finance Emphasis

  • 33-36 hours for BBA, 42 hours for non-BBA**
  • The ‘core’ and ‘beyond core’ courses are the same as in General MBA.
  • The 3 Finance elective courses:
    • FINA 6325: Futures and Options
    • FINA 6322: Management of Financial Institutions
    • FINA 6330: International Finance

MBA with Accounting Emphasis

  • 33-36 hours for BBA, 42 hours for non-BBA**
  • The ‘core’ and ‘beyond core’ courses are the same as in General MBA.
  • Two options for suggested three (3) Accounting elective courses:
    • For CPA route:
      • ACCT 6305: Topics in Financial Accounting
      • ACCT 6313: Professional Ethics
      • ACCT 6315: Topics in Federal Income Tax
    • For Non-CPA route:
      • ACCT 6302: Contemporary Control Systems
      • ACCT 6304: Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
      • ACCT 6320: Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting

**Waiver Policies: Students with an academic business background may waive up to two core courses, decreasing the program to as few as 30 credit hours using the criteria below:

Core Course Policy for Waiver

ACCT 6301 6 cr hrs of accounting, including financial & managerial with a “B” average

FINA 6320 12 cr hrs of upper division finance with a “B” average

MNGT 6320 6 cr hrs of upper division production & operations management with a “B” average

MNGT 6360 6 cr hrs of upper division management with a “B” average

MRKT 6310 12 cr hrs of upper division marketing with a “B” average

Preparation Courses:

Upon admission students will be evaluated for statistical literacy. Students who need additional skills in this area are referred to MATH 6301 (statistical literacy) until literacy requirement is fulfilled. Statistical literacy (MATH 6301) must be remedied in the first semester in which the student is accepted into the MBA program and must be taken before the student enrolls in MNGT 6303, FINA 6320, MNGT 6361, MNGT 6366 or electives in accounting, finance, management, or marketing. 

Statistical Literacy – MATH 6301 or equivalent coursework including ability to complete and interpriet descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.

Tuition & Financial Aid

UTPB’s 100% online MBA program offers affordable tuition. For additional information, please visit our tuition rates .  

*Tuition and fee rates may vary per program. Please note: The tuition charges shown are subject to change based on legislative or regental action.

Financial Aid

For additional information regarding financial aid, please visit our Financial Aid page .

Admissions

Please review all the admission requirements for the UTPB MBA online program. For specific questions or more details, contact Graduate Studies at (432) 552-2530 or [email protected] .

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

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Official Transcript

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GMAT

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is open to all students holding baccalaureate degrees from accredited colleges or universities and meeting the following provisions: satisfactory performance during the last two undergraduate years (or other evidence predicting success in graduate study), and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

The requirements for admission to the MBA program are the same as the general University admission requirements with the following exceptions:

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a nationally recognized test designed specifically for students preparing to pursue the MBA degree. Students required to take the GMAT test must do so before completion of 6 semester hours of 6300 level coursework.

The GMAT score is converted to an entrance score according to the following formula: (GPA X 200) + GMAT = Entrance Score.

  • Regular Standing: Entrance Score at least 1120.
  • Conditional Standing: Entrance Score at least 1000 but less than 1120 and other evidence.

Students granted Conditional Status will normally be changed to regular status upon successful completion of a minimum of nine semester credit hours of MBA core course work with a grade of B or better in each course taken. No elective course may be taken by a student in conditional status.

*GMAT requirement may be waived for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 and above or a GPA of 3.25 and above in the last 60 hours in the undergraduate degree, from an accredited university. Students who are granted the GMAT waiver will be required to submit two (2) letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from an immediate supervisor or instructor that can testify to the applicant’s professional experience.

Choose one of six convenient start dates throughout the year for your online degree.

The online MBA program at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admissions guidelines for the program in which you are interested. To apply, go to www.applytexas.org . Contact UTPB Graduate Studies at [email protected] or call (432 552-2530).

Application Deadlines:

Rolling admission. Complete the electronic MBA application here. 

Once the online graduate application has been submitted, it will be automatically routed to the Office of Admission at UTPB before it further routed to the Graduate Studies Office. To provide better advising services to the students, it is strongly recommended that the application and all required documentation be submitted no later than 30 days prior to the date of enrollment (There are 6 dates of enrollment for 2018 as in the table below).  

Start Date

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1/8/2018

3/5/2018

5/7/2018

7/2/2018

8/27/2018

10/22/2018

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Email: [email protected]
Office: MB 2248

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Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

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Top 10 Ranked Business Schools in Texas

Students who want to study for their MBA in Texas are often drawn by the state’s strong industries. Specifically, the state’s oil industry, which generates billions of dollars of years in revenues, attracts many students interested in working in the energy sector.

But the attraction goes beyond black gold: Texas also hosts robust information technology, aerospace, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.

MBA programs are offered in many of Texas’ main cities, including San Antonio and liberal Austin, which are in the middle of the state; there are also business schools in Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Texas is America’s second-largest state by population (after California), and its second-largest state by size (after Alaska). But, in terms of ranked business schools, the Lone Star State is no runner-up. Here’s a list of the best ones.

University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business
Austin,
Texas

39 Followers
74 Discussions

UT Austin - McCombs

Whereas many of Texas’ other top MBA programs place well in the energy industry, McCombs’ placements tend to be more diverse: in recent years, decent numbers of grads have gone into consulting, marketing, and finance roles.

McCombs’ full-time MBA program is ranked in all of the main rankings publications, and FIND MBA lists the school as one of the best for careers in  corporate finance ,  accounting or taxation , and  energy .

And the school’s Austin location, with its open atmosphere and diversity, makes it attractive to many international students.

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Rice University – Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
Houston,
Texas

20 Followers
34 Discussions

Rice - Jones

Houston, which is sometimes referred to as the “Oil Capital of the World,” is home to literally thousands of energy firms. So it’s no surprise that Jones places heavily in the industry—a third of the full-time MBA class of 2013 went into energy roles.

Moreover, the school has a strong presence in the rankings: Jones’ full-time MBA program is ranked in Businessweek, The Economist, and The Financial Times, while its part-time MBA is ranked in Businessweek, and its EMBA is ranked by The Financial Times.

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Texas A&M University – Mays Business School
College Station,
Texas

37 Followers
60 Discussions

Texas A&M - Mays

Mays’ full-time MBA program, since it can be completed in as a few as 16 months, is attractive to time-strapped students. In recent years, the school has become a popular destination for students who want to break into Texas’ technology industry. Indeed, some 37 percent of class of 2014 graduates went into the sector, many of them recruited by companies like Dell, which has its headquarters outside of Austin.

Mays’ College Station campus puts it in networking distance of urban centers like Houston, Austin, and even San Antonio. Its full-time MBA program is ranked in Businessweek.

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Texas Christian University – Neeley School of Business
Fort Worth,
Texas

4 Followers
6 Discussions

Ranked by Gartner as a top graduate school for supply chain, and with an MBA concentration in “Supply and Value Chain Management,” Neeley is a popular destination for students interested in landing roles in supply chain and operations management.

The school’s location in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area means that students are in a great place to network with a wide range of firms. Neeley’s full-time MBA program is ranked by Businessweek and The Economist.

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Southern Methodist University (SMU) – Cox School of Business
Dallas,
Texas

12 Followers
35 Discussions

SMU - Cox

Even though the US’ financial services sector, on the whole, has seen a shake-up in recent years, Texas’ financial sector, which is based in Dallas, has proved to be quite resilient. In recent years, Cox MBA students have leveraged the school’s unique range of finance-related concentrations to land jobs with firms like JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs. Typically, some 20 percent of Cox MBA grads go into the financial services industry.

The school’s full-time MBA program is ranked by The Economist, Businessweek, and The Financial Times; FIND MBA lists it as a top business school for careers in  real estate .

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The University of Texas at Dallas – Naveen Jindal School of Management
Richardson,
Texas

31 Followers
42 Discussions

UT - Dallas

Compared to those from other schools in Texas, Jindal’s full-time MBA graduates tend to go into a very diverse range of industries. In recent years, healthy numbers have gone into the consumer products industry, as well as into consulting firms and technology companies like Ericsson.

The school’s Executive MBA program is ranked by The Financial Times; its part-time Professional MBA is ranked in Businessweek.

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Baylor University – Hankamer School of Business
Waco,
Texas

7 Followers
9 Discussions

Hankamer’s concentration in healthcare prepares MBA students for roles in this growing industry. And evidently, it works: almost half of the most recent class went into roles in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare industries, according to Businessweek.

Baylor’s full-time MBA program is currently ranked in Businessweek, and its Executive MBA program is ranked in The Financial Times.

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University of Texas at San Antonio – College of Business
San Antonio,
Texas

11 Followers
5 Discussions

In terms of flexible MBA options in Texas, students can do a lot worse than the University of Texas, San Antonio, which is currently ranked in
Businessweek’s part-time MBA ranking.

The school offers a diverse range of concentrations, including ones focused in cybersecurity and the business of health; full-time graduates go into the real estate sector in solid numbers.

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University of Houston – C. T. Bauer College of Business
Houston,
Texas

25 Followers
16 Discussions

Tapping into the strengths of its Houston location, Bauer offers a range of energy-focused MBA curriculum, including a standalone Global Energy Executive MBA and certificates in Energy Finance and the Economics of the Energy Value Chain, among others.

Students interested in hospitality can combine the Bauer MBA with an MS in Hospitality Management from the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College.

Bauer’s MBA is currently ranked in Businessweek’s part-time MBA rankings.

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Texas Tech University – Rawls College of Business
Lubbock,
Texas

7 Followers
1 Discussion

The Lubbock-based school, with a specialized MBA in Health Organization Management, places good numbers of grads into the area’s strong healthcare sector.

Rawls also offers a STEM MBA for students who have an undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics.

The school’s full-time MBA is currently ranked in Businessweek.

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Other MBA Programs at Texas Business Schools

University of North Texas (UNT) – College of Business
Denton, Texas
11 Followers
9 Discussions
Texas State University – McCoy Graduate School of Business
San Marcos, Texas
3 Followers
0 Discussions
University of Dallas – College of Business
Irving, Texas
29 Followers
8 Discussions
The University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, Texas
10 Followers
9 Discussions
Texas A&M University – Commerce
Commerce, Texas
5 Followers
15 Discussions
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Odessa, Texas
2 Followers
2 Discussions
University of Houston – Clear Lake
Houston, Texas
10 Followers
4 Discussions
Abilene Christian University – College of Business Administration
Abilene, Texas
0 Followers
0 Discussions
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi, Texas
4 Followers
5 Discussions
West Texas A&M University – College of Business
Canyon, Texas
4 Followers
3 Discussions

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      2 LeTourneau University RANKING SCORE
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      6 University of Houston RANKING SCORE
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      UH offers more than 50 online and off-campus programs , and over 300 courses online through the department of Online and Distance Education. The UH system maintains four Houston-area campus locations, as well as multiple satellite locations and a fifth transitional campus in the works. Distance students may select programs in business, arts, education, engineering, and more through more than 10 individual colleges and departments. Locations span downtown Houston, Clear Lake, and the city of Victoria, serving Houstonians all throughout the southwestern part of the state. The UH system is the largest in Houston and the third-largest in the U.S. Already among online colleges in Texas, the school recently earned the national distinction of providing the No.1 best online graduate education program, according to U.S. News and World Report

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      7 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center RANKING SCORE
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      8 University of North Texas RANKING SCORE
      67.98
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      9 University of Houston-Clear Lake RANKING SCORE
      67.93
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      45%
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      Houston, TX

      UH-Clear Lake offers more than 20 online undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates . The university is one of four independently maintained online colleges in Texas within the University of Houston system, which also includes partnering Houston-area campus locations and satellite facilities. Distance students at UH-Clear Lake may choose from undergraduate and graduate degrees across four disciplines: business, education, human science and humanities, and science and engineering. With its unique location on a wildlife and nature preserve along the upper Gulf Coast, the UH-Clear Lake campus is especially attractive to aerospace/aeronautics students due to its close proximity to NASA and the Johnson Space Center. Through Blackboard the the E-Services portal at UH-Clear Lake, distance students can access online bill-pay services, academic advising, admissions counseling, and more.

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      10 Texas A & M University-Central Texas RANKING SCORE
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      LOCATION
      Killeen, TX

      A&M-Central Texas began in 1999 and joined the Texas A&M system in 2009. The school educates more than 2,500 students and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It emphasizes emerging instructional technology and has partnerships with regional community colleges, the community at large, and the military. As part of its commitment to make education accessible to all Texans, the school offers six bachelor’s degrees and three master’s degrees entirely online .

      The university’s bachelor’s degrees include aviation science, business management and nursing; master’s degrees are available in business administration, information systems, and leadership and management. Once enrolled in a program, digital learners can take advantage of The Warrior Guarantee, a tuition program that guarantees applicable fees will not change throughout a specified period of time.

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      11 The University of Texas at Arlington RANKING SCORE
      67.07
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      48%
      LOCATION
      Arlington, TX

      UTA offers more than 15 online degrees and certificates in nursing, education, and urban and public affairs majors. UTA is among the top Texas colleges online for its esteemed online programs through the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Distance students have full access to online tutorials and technology support through the UTA Help Desk. They may also enroll in an exclusive accelerated degree-completion program through the school’s Center for Distance Education. The school offers the same affordable tuition prices, per credit hour, to all students, regardless of delivery format or geographical location. In recent years, UTA has outnumbered all other Texas schools in fully distance-education students within its online programs.

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      12 South Texas College RANKING SCORE
      66.33
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      18%
      LOCATION
      McAllen, TX

      South Texas offers 30 online programs through its McAllen location. From business to education to social work, online associate and bachelor’s degrees accommodate both students seeking their first undergraduate degree and those looking to transfer bachelor’s credits toward a degree-completion program. Distance students may use Blackboard to complete courses on their computer, or download the mobile app from the South Texas website. The school is renowned among online colleges in Texas for its extensive student support and technology services, including live-chat technical and enrollment support, online advising, and comprehensive veterans benefits. STC is the state’s largest higher education institution south of San Antonio, serving over 34,000 students throughout its numerous physical locations and global campus.

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      13 Southwestern Assemblies of God University RANKING SCORE
      66.33
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      41%
      LOCATION
      Waxahachie, TX

      From associate to doctoral degrees, SAGU offers one of the largest selections of programs among online colleges in Texas, with more than 70 choices available to traditional and distance students. In addition to majors in business, psychology, and education, the school emphasizes a broad range of ministry programs in divinity, theology, and worship arts. Online students may access a live-stream of chapel services at SAGU. They may also participate online in prayer groups, and make donations from afar to support ongoing Jerusalem Prayer Watch efforts on the SAGU campus in Waxahachie, TX. All online students have access to library resources, career advising, tech support services, and more to support their online learning experience. U.S. News and World Report recently recognized SAGU among the nation’s top providers of online bachelor’s programs.

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      14 Sam Houston State University RANKING SCORE
      63.88
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      51%
      LOCATION
      Huntsville, TX

      Sam Houston State offers more than 40 online degrees and certificates through SHSU Online. The school has earned numerous awards and distinctions for quality and affordability among the best online colleges in Texas and the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. Distance students engage in courses throughout fall, spring, and condensed summer terms. Support resources can be accessed through the Blackboard online learning platform as well as the Academic Success Center, which provides mentoring, academic tutoring options, and continuing education opportunities. Online students at SHSU have access to higher education resources provided by the state of Texas, including the Texas Veterans Portal, disability services, and Texas State Library and Archives Commission database.

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      15 Tarleton State University RANKING SCORE
      63.83
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      43%
      LOCATION
      Stephenville, TX

      With four outreach locations in addition to the main campus in Stephenville, Tarlteon State’s online programs reflect a variety of interests and occupations in-demand across the state of Texas. The school offers 20 online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and administration, education, health services, and more. Distance students can access online courses through Blackboard and find a range of student support resources, including tech support and financial aid assistance, through the myGateway portal. As an extended member of the Texas A & M University system, graduates of the Global Campus at Tarleton State University are afforded the same valuable and prestigious diploma as their A & M counterparts. The school is among the best online colleges in Texas for providing scholarships for teacher education. Tarleton boasts a nearly 100% placement rate for IT graduates and a 98% teacher-certification pass rate among its select technology and teacher licensure programs available online.

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      16 The University of Texas at Tyler RANKING SCORE
      63.56
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      39%
      LOCATION
      Tyler, TX

      UT at Tyler offers more than 15 online degrees across four academic divisions: nursing and health sciences, education and psychology, arts and sciences, and business and technology. The school also offers a degree-completion program in applied arts and sciences through its professional-studies-oriented University College. Distance students have full access to academic support resources in Blackboard and through the Academic Success Center. They are provided electronic library access, IT support and online chat opportunities through the myUTTyler portal. Adding to its designation as one of the best online Texas colleges, the university is also the only one in Texas to host three distance learning campuses for students off campus.

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      17 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin RANKING SCORE
      63.46
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      34%
      LOCATION
      Odessa, TX

      UTPB emphasizes a global perspective throughout its academic programs , designed for both domestic and international online students. The school offers more than 20 online bachelor’s and master’s degrees across arts, science, business administration, and nursing fields. Many of these undergraduate programs are offered through an accelerated eight-week format. UTPB is among the best online Texas colleges for its comprehensive selection of degrees and courses offered in conjunction with the University of Texas Online Consortium. Online and on-campus students are offered the same diverse student support resources to enhance the learning experience, including tutoring, counseling, IT services, career advising, and more.

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      18 Hallmark University RANKING SCORE
      63.09
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      45%
      LOCATION
      San Antonio, TX

      Located in San Antonio, Hallmark University specializes in aeronautics, information technology, business, and healthcare programs. Since its founding nearly 50 years ago, Hallmark equips students with the practical skills needed to succeed in nearly half the time and at a lower cost than traditional 4-year institutions. Hallmark University has a strong focus on outcomes in their institution, such as their 90 in 90 placement goal which aims to place 90% of graduates in jobs within 90 days of their graduation. Their online program is one of the best in Texas and is receiving new programs while expanding the university’s offerings online. Hallmark University offers five programs online in each area of study in addition to multiple on-ground programs located at both of their campuses. Hallmark’s graduate offerings include a master of business administration in global management and a master of science in strategic leadership from their business school.

      Hallmark provides its online students with a digital library and technical support, including help with Blackboard, the school’s online education platform. Cost per credit hour varies depending on the program. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, along with approval to operate from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The College of Aeronautics at Hallmark University is approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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      19 Texas A & M University-Commerce RANKING SCORE
      62.45
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      43%
      LOCATION
      Commerce, TX

      Texas A & M University offers online degree programs through its Commerce campus in either online or hybrid online/on-campus formats. The school offers nearly 50 undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs in business, science, education, engineering, agriculture, and more. Distance students can access 24/7 tech support for the Pearson Learning Studio platform or other IT issues, as well as seek tutoring, library tools, and other resources provided by the Academic Success Center. The school is recognized among the best online colleges in Texas and nationally for its innovations in higher education, incorporating Web-enhanced technologies and ITV platforms to deliver content remotely through its satellite locations.

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      20 Texas Woman’s University RANKING SCORE
      61.22
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      38%
      LOCATION
      Denton, TX

      Texas Woman’s University maintains physical campuses in Denton, Houston, and Dallas, and supports more than 20 online and hybrid programs . The school offers online certificates and degrees for undergraduate, graduate, and post-bacc students, as well as PhD candidates in business, education, and general studies. Among the best online Texas colleges for student support, distance students have full access to online school and state resources, including College for All Texans financial services, Texas Veterans Portal, and other consumer sites. TWU offers a secure billing center online for all students to access their student accounts 24/7, make payment plan arrangements, and more. With more than 15,000 students overall, the university is the largest of those primarily for women in the U.S.

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      21 The King’s University RANKING SCORE
      57.82
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      11%
      LOCATION
      Southlake, TX

      Created by Dr. Jack Hayford, pastor of the Church on the Way, and Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church, TKU is an evangelical Christian school serving more than 700 students in Texas and around the world. The university holds accreditation with both the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Students at TKU can earn undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral degrees and can pursue a variety of emphases including one in messianic Jewish studies. Seven of these degrees are available online .

      Applicants to TKU need to show the potential to thrive academically and spiritually at the university. Once enrolled, students take classes such as spirit-formed life, Old Testament survey, and sermon preparation. Undergraduate students must also engage in approved hands-on ministry while they are part of TKU. As is the case at many online schools in Texas, students must complete capstone courses and internships as part of their programs.

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      22 West Texas A & M University RANKING SCORE
      57.66
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      44%
      LOCATION
      Canyon, TX

      West Texas A & M University offers nearly 20 online degree programs in fully online and hybrid formats. Majors and minors span five primary areas of study: business administration, criminal justice, health sciences, nursing, and education. Distance programs provided through the West Texas location are directed by the Texas A & M system, the second-largest university system in the world. Support for online learning is provided by the Student Success Center and includes academic advising, counseling, and tutoring services. Online students can also seek assistance arranging internships, study-abroad opportunities, and national scholarships through advisors dedicated to distance learning. WTAMU has received consecutive awards and rankings among the best online colleges in Texas and the nation for business, MBA, veterans programs, and more, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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      23 University of St Thomas RANKING SCORE
      57.29
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      60%
      LOCATION
      Houston, TX

      UST educates students as part of the Catholic higher education tradition. Founded 70 years ago, UST now enrolls more than 3,000 students in Houston, in cities around the world, and as one of the top online colleges in Texas. Students at UST study medicine, public administration, education, or business in one of 35-plus undergraduate majors or 20-plus graduate degrees. These include options for adult learners to finish their bachelor’s degrees . Students older than 25 who have at least 60 transferable credit hours with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better can earn degrees in business, general studies, early education, or criminology.

      Students can transfer up to 72 credits from two-year colleges and 90 credits from four-year colleges. UST even offers special scholarships exclusively for transfer students. All of UST’s bachelor’s degrees require core courses in subjects like theology, English, natural sciences, history, fine arts, and math. Available majors for adult students include accounting, marketing, and teacher education.

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      24 The University of Texas at El Paso RANKING SCORE
      56.86
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      39%
      LOCATION
      El Paso, TX

      UTEP offers 16 degrees and certificates online through its UTEP Connect division. The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a number of unique majors, including an MEd with a concentration in bilingual education, a BA in security studies, and a customizable multidisciplinary studies degree. Four comprehensive degrees are available online through UTEP’s own School of Nursing, including an RN to BSN option. UTEP’s online programs reflect the school’s history of more than 100 years among the best online colleges in Texas for U.S.-Mexico border communities, creating online degrees and certificates according to workforce demand where the El Paso campus is located. Distance students are assigned an enrollment counselor and student success advisor for the duration of their online learning experience. Comprehensive online student support is a hallmark of distance programs at UTEP, providing disability services, career guidance, tech support, tutoring, and more.

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      25 Midwestern State University RANKING SCORE
      54.63
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      41%
      LOCATION
      Wichita Falls, TX

      Midwestern State emphasizes nursing and health sciences through more than 15 degrees and certificate programs offered online . Distance students complete coursework in D2L and have full access to support resources provided by the distance education division, including career management, counseling, and academic advising. The school offers a comprehensive distance education orientation course, as well as hundreds of additional support tools via the myMWSU student portal. MWSU extends a special discounted tuition rate to non-Texas residents studying online, ultimately paying only $65 more per credit than Texas residents. Midwestern’s physical campus in Wichita Falls bears the unique distinction of being equal in distance to Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

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      Most Affordable Online Colleges in Texas

      If you want to qualify for a range of high-paying job opportunities, earning a college degree is key. When deciding where and what you want to study, you may end up weighing both in-state and out-of-state schools. If you are from Texas, there are many advantages to attending college in your home state. Sticking close to home can qualify you for in-state tuition and help you build a network of regional professional contacts. You may also benefit from your school’s name recognition on the local job market, and you’ll be relatively close by if you need to occasionally visit campus.

      When researching programs, be sure to consider our list of the most affordable online colleges in Texas. All of the schools in this list are accredited, and our rankings highlight the colleges that offer the best blend of affordable tuition and return on investment.

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      1 University of Houston-Victoria RANKING SCORE
      81.76
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      47.83%
      LOCATION
      Victoria, TX

      One of the top colleges in Texas, the University of Houston – Victoria boasts a large catalog of on-campus, hybrid, and remote academic offerings, which range from certificates to full degree programs. Students who want to pursue an online education can choose from degrees in fields like supply chain management, autism spectrum disorders, global business, and creative writing. Admissions criteria for first year students include a minimum 2.0 high school GPA and an 18 on the ACT or 860 composite on the SAT. The affordable tuition rates are priced based on degree type and residency status.

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      2 Texas Woman’s University RANKING SCORE
      74.19
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      42.72%
      LOCATION
      Denton, TX

      Located in Denton, Texas Woman’s University boasts a strong distance education platform. Approximately half of TWU’s degrees can be completed entirely online; the remaining half are structured in a hybrid format, requiring varying degrees of on-campus engagement. Notable online degrees include dental hygiene, education of the deaf, drama, teaching, and family studies. Though the majority of the university’s academic offerings center on the academic and professional empowerment of women, several of the school’s programs welcome enrollment by men. Due to its low tuition and dedication to serving students’ financial needs, TWU ranks as one of the most affordable online colleges in Texas.

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      3 University of Houston-Clear Lake RANKING SCORE
      72.03
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      47.83%
      LOCATION
      Houston, TX

      The University of Houston in Clear Lake provides nontraditional learners with 20 online certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs. Students who want to earn a bachelor’s may choose from general business, finance, anthropology, or public service leadership, while master’s degree candidates have options in fields like software engineering and environmental science. UHCL stands out among other colleges in Texas for the depth of resources and services provided to online students, which include career and health counseling, tutoring through the Student Success Center, and opportunities for professional growth via club involvement and volunteerism. Students residing in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are not eligible for online study.

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      4 University of Houston RANKING SCORE
      69.86
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      47.83%
      LOCATION
      Houston, TX

      Established in 1927, the University of Houston is one of the top colleges in Texas. The school has more than 270 academic programs, many of which are offered to distance learners through Blackboard. With a large selection of programs — including civil engineering, hospitality management, and African American studies — UH has a program for nearly every student. Like their on-campus peers, distance learners enjoy university support, such as subject tutoring and writing help, counseling and psychological services, and financial aid opportunities, including additional assistance for active military personnel and veterans.

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      5 University of Houston-Downtown RANKING SCORE
      69.86
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      47.83%
      LOCATION
      Houston, TX

      Since 1974, the University of Houston – Downtown has provided academic programs focused on career preparation. Today, UHD Online offers many of those same opportunities to distance learners, including bachelor’s degree completion tracks in fields like professional writing, applied administration, and insurance and risk management. Graduate students will also find several fully accredited master’s programs to choose from. Because these are completion programs, prospective students are expected to have already completed a certain number of transferable hours. Online students at UHD enjoy small class sizes and quality instruction identical to on-campus classes. Online students are eligible for low tuition rates and financial aid, making UHD one of the most affordable online colleges in Texas.

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      6 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin RANKING SCORE
      68.92
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      30.11%
      LOCATION
      Odessa, TX

      Located in Odessa, the University of Texas at the Permian Basin offers distance education opportunities for US residents and international students. The school has several fully accredited degree programs in areas like sociology, nursing, and public administration. UTPB is a leader among online colleges in Texas for the breadth of its education programs, which enable teachers to acquire bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional certificates in superintendency and early childhood developmental disabilities. To accommodate busy work schedules and urgent career goals, many courses can be taken in an accelerated eight week format.

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      7 The University of Texas at Tyler RANKING SCORE
      67.97
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      44.48%
      LOCATION
      Tyler, TX

      The University of Texas at Tyler’s distance education platform supports fully online degrees and HyFlex (hybrid) programs that require some on-campus attendance. Students can choose from bachelor’s and master’s programs in areas such as English, school counseling, and industrial management. UT Tyler also provides mid-career business professionals the ability to earn executive degrees in specialized topics like public relations and human resource development. Distance learning is facilitated through Canvas. Classes are asynchronous so students can access materials and complete assignments with a great degree of flexibility. With low tuition rates based on residency and ample financial aid options, UT Tyler is one of the most affordable Texas universities.

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      8 University of North Texas RANKING SCORE
      66.89
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      50.06%
      LOCATION
      Denton, TX

      Located in Denton, just one hour northwest of Dallas, the University of North Texas is one of the largest providers of online education in the state, with 18 certificate programs, 26 degree pathways, and more than 100 remote classes. Those interested in earning an online bachelor’s degree should know that the school only offers degree completion programs, which means prospective students must transfer in general education and major prerequisite credits from another college. Graduate candidates may enroll in accelerated degrees which can be completed in as little as 12 months. Like other affordable Texas universities, UNT tuition is low and distance learners can apply for financial aid.

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      9 Hallmark University RANKING SCORE
      66.76
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      45.85%
      LOCATION
      San Antonio, TX

      Hallmark University has been providing career-focused academic and professional training programs since 1969. Today, the school accommodates distance learners with online classes and fully accredited degrees in the fields of healthcare, information technology, business, and aeronautics. One notable program is a master of business administration in global management, which prepares students to lead their teams in assessing financial risks and navigating the international economy. Hallmark prides itself on low tuition rates, which, coupled with the school’s numerous scholarship resources, makes it one of the most affordable colleges in Texas. Distance learners can also take advantage of Hallmark’s student resources, including the resume building and networking workshops facilitated by Career Services.

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      10 Midwestern State University RANKING SCORE
      64.32
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      44.83%
      LOCATION
      Wichita Falls, TX

      Located in Wichita Falls, Midwestern State University offers online academic programs in a variety of fields, with special focus on the health service industry. Students can complete bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing, respiratory therapy, healthcare administration, and radiologic sciences. The school also offers degrees in fields like criminal justice and instructional technology. MSU is one of the most affordable online colleges in Texas, with distance learners paying the same low tuition rates as their campus peers. Online students also have access to financial aid, including scholarships for distinguished academic performance. Though the majority of MSU’s online programs have nationwide authorization, out-of-state students should confirm that they are eligible to enroll in their desired program.

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      11 The University of Texas at El Paso RANKING SCORE
      63.92
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      38.85%
      LOCATION
      El Paso, TX

      With advanced research facilities and diverse student and faculty populations, the University of Texas at El Paso offers accessible academic programs through their online school, UTEP Connect. The school offers seven online bachelor’s degrees, five master’s degrees, and three graduate certificates. Notable programs include bachelor’s degrees in corporate communication and Chicano studies, and master’s degrees in systems engineering and bilingual education. Tuition rates are priced based on residency status. Financial aid is available to online students, making UTEP one of the most affordable colleges in Texas. Because many students come from underserved populations, the university emphasizes personalized guidance, including admissions counselors and student success coaches to help students through the entirety of their program experience.

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      12 University of North Texas at Dallas RANKING SCORE
      62.7
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      48%
      LOCATION
      Dallas, TX

      Through its Office of Distance Education and Instructional Technology, the University of North Texas at Dallas provides fully online and hybrid classes ranked highly for their academic excellence and engaging design. Students can choose from nearly 200 courses, including environmental studies, urban sociology, computer security, and human nutrition. With the help of an academic advisor, students can complete the majority—if not all—of their chosen degree remotely. UNT Dallas is one of the most affordable colleges in Texas, offering financial support and a fixed tuition plan for all online students.

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      13 Texas Tech University RANKING SCORE
      62.43
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      59.06%
      LOCATION
      Lubbock, TX

      Located in Lubbock, Texas Tech University offers a variety of distance education options through its Worldwide eLearning initiative. This includes online and hybrid courses as well as full degree and professional training programs. Students may choose from seven online undergraduate programs, 24 online graduate programs, and seven online doctoral programs, including in architecture, early child care, mechanical engineering, and English. TTU even provides remote classes designed specifically for those over the age of 50, which eschews testing and grades, focusing instead on developing skills and pursuing knowledge. As one of the most affordable colleges in Texas, TTU provides affordable tuition rates and financial aid opportunities, including scholarships designated for those transferring from a community college.

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      14 Sam Houston State University RANKING SCORE
      61.35
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      51.8%
      LOCATION
      Huntsville, TX

      Sam Houston State University’s lauded distance education programs range from certificates to doctoral degrees. In addition to options such as nursing, business administration, and sustainable agriculture, SHSU has one of the best criminal justice master’s programs among colleges in Texas. Geared towards experienced professionals, this two year degree emphasizes career advancement and prepares graduates to obtain top positions in law enforcement and social services. Distance learners receive university support services, including financial assistance like the 60×30 scholarship, which automatically awards new, fully online graduate students $1,000.

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      15 Trinity University RANKING SCORE
      59.19
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      81.42%
      LOCATION
      San Antonio, TX

      Located in San Antonio, Trinity University offers over 100 majors and minors. Trinity has several fully and partially online classes, which students can use to supplement their on-campus coursework. Online classes lower overall degree costs and allow students to have more time for other pursuits. With the right planning and transfer credits, students can even complete entire degrees online. All students benefit from Trinity’s small class sizes and support network, which includes academic advising and tutoring through the Student Success Center. Trinity is one of the most affordable Texas universities and over half of students graduate with no debt.

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      16 Texas A & M University-Commerce RANKING SCORE
      56.76
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      48.34%
      LOCATION
      Commerce, TX

      Texas A&M University provides distance learning opportunities for Texas residents and out-of-state students. TAMUC offers several online degree programs, including 100% online, mostly online, and hybrid programs. Options include business administration, computer information systems, physics, and agricultural sciences. Students can plan for their lives after graduation with the help of Career Services, which also provides internship opportunities and job building workshops. TAMUC is one of the most affordable colleges in Texas, providing distance learners with flexible tuition plans and financial assistance, including scholarships for top performing high school students.

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      17 Northwood University-Texas RANKING SCORE
      56.35
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      34.3%
      LOCATION
      Cedar Hill, TX

      The Cedar Hill campus of Northwood University focuses on the field of business. The school offers flexible degree options that include online classes and remote degree programs. Undergraduate students can earn a bachelor of business administration completely online with majors in areas like finance, entrepreneurship, and automotive marketing and management. Those who wish to pursue a graduate degree can apply for the Devos Graduate School’s online MBA program, preparing themselves for mid-level and top-level management positions in the global business market. Northwood is one of the most affordable colleges in Texas because of its low online tuition and ample scholarship opportunities, including generous awards for adult learners who want to complete an undergraduate degree.

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      18 Dallas Baptist University RANKING SCORE
      54.05
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      54.88%
      LOCATION
      Dallas, TX

      Since 1898, Dallas Baptist University has educated every kind of student, from recent high school graduates to experienced working professionals. Today, DBU offers more than 100 degree programs, including online undergraduate programs in sociology, psychology, Christian ministries, and business. Students can find even greater variety among online master’s and certification programs. Online learning is facilitated by Blackboard. Hybrid classes are available for students who want to take some classes on-campus. DBU ranks as one of the most affordable online colleges in Texas, with tuition rates dictated by degree type and not residency status.

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      19 Tarleton State University RANKING SCORE
      50.95
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      44.03%
      LOCATION
      Stephenville, TX

      Located in Stephenville, Tarleton State University is an hour southwest of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The school offers a wealth of academic programs through its eleven colleges, including 20 online degree pathways. Choices include, but are not limited to, bachelor’s veterinary technology, industrial management, music education and agriculture and consumer resources. TSU is one of the most affordable online colleges in Texas and boasts a strong student support network. Distance learners can access the school’s internship, service learning, and study abroad opportunities.

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      20 The University of Texas at Brownsville RANKING SCORE
      50.81
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      26.65%
      LOCATION
      Brownsville, TX

      The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was established in 2013 as an institution dedicated to innovative education and career development. Prospective students may access fully online bachelor’s and master’s programs in subjects like business administration, educational technology, and Spanish translation and interpreting. Students have the option to accelerate their degree plan to graduate faster. UTRGV provides hundreds of classes and training courses for distance learners, making the school a leader among online colleges in Texas. Tuition for select programs caps at 12 hours, meaning students can take additional credits for no extra charge.

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      21 West Texas A & M University RANKING SCORE
      49.46
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      40.39%
      LOCATION
      Canyon, TX

      Located in Canyon, West Texas A&M University contains some of the most highly ranked distance education programs in the US. Offerings include hybrid and 100% online degrees in areas such as health sciences, instructional technology, and nursing. As part of The Texas A&M University system, students enjoy a wealth of academic and professional resources as well as the ability to easily transfer credits and take classes within any member institutions. WTAMU is one of the most affordable online colleges in Texas, providing not only loan and scholarship opportunities, but also a guaranteed tuition and fee plan for all incoming undergraduate students.

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      22 Wayland Baptist University RANKING SCORE
      47.84
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      32.66%
      LOCATION
      Plainview, TX

      Wayland Baptist University enrolls 5,000 students annually in its campus and distance education programs. For recent high school graduates, WBU offers associate degrees in general studies and applied sciences, enabling students to easily transfer credits into future bachelor’s programs. WBU also provides online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields like history, business management, and nursing. All students enjoy a fixed tuition rate regardless of their residency status. Accessible financial aid, including a scholarship for law enforcement professionals and their families, makes WBU one of the top affordable Texas universities.

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      23 South Texas College RANKING SCORE
      44.59
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      18.51%
      LOCATION
      McAllen, TX

      Located near the U.S.-Mexico border in the city of McAllen, South Texas College works hard to provide academic and professional training to its diverse student population, many of whom are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Through its Virtual Campus, STC offers 32 online programs, including associate and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology, education, computer science, and organizational leadership. Tuition rates are based on three residency categorizations and overall prices are some of the lowest among colleges in Texas. Online students can access financial aid, including scholarships for those pursuing a STEM career and those with dependents.

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      24 Remington College-Fort Worth Campus RANKING SCORE
      44.46
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      48%
      LOCATION
      Fort Worth, TX

      Remington College’s Fort Worth campus offers accessible and career-oriented academic programs, many of which are offered online through the Canvas Learning Management system. Distance learners will find over 100 continuing education courses as well as degrees in management, health services, legal professions, and business administration. Tuition rates are low and students are guaranteed a fixed rate as long as they make continuous progress towards their degree. Because of its scholarship options and military benefits, Remington is one of the most affordable online colleges in Texas. All students have access to the school’s support network, which includes networking and professional development opportunities through the Reach Out initiative.

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      25 LeTourneau University RANKING SCORE
      43.78
      COST
      GRADUATION RATE
      52.12%
      LOCATION
      Longview, TX

      Located in Longview, LeTourneau University provides online degree programs that can be completed at an accelerated pace, a great fit for working professionals eager for career advancement. In addition to bachelor’s and master’s options in subjects like business administration and educational leadership, LETU stands out among other online colleges in Texas for its aviation studies and management programs. These programs prepare students for work as professional pilots, flight operation specialists, and other related positions. Distance learners pay a flat and affordable tuition rate based on their program, regardless of where they live. Financial assistance is available, and nearly 90% of LETU students receive financial aid.

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      More About Online Colleges in Texas

      As the second largest state in both size and population, Texas has a large number of distance learners attending its 146 institutions of higher education . A total of 1,573,627 students enrolled in programs delivered entirely online in fall 2012; the second highest amount in the country. In 2011, over 528,000 students attended via community colleges, while approximately 240,000 enrolled from public, 4-year institutions. These numbers continue to rise; between 2006 and 2011, distance learning programs at public universities in Texas grew at a rate of 87%, while community college enrollment rose 58%.

      State funding for education in Texas increased 4.4% in the 2014-2015 school year to reach $15.7 billion; this money contributes to the growth of online education in the state. The rate students pay for distance learning tuition can fluctuate greatly. In 2012, 72% of the districts that responded to the Legislative Budget Board survey reported unique fee charges to online learners, while 26% reported fee exemptions. Though both funding and fees change each year, distance learning continues its steady rise in popularity. As the prevalence of online college programs grows in Texas, so will the resources dedicated to bettering it.

      Browse our list of the best online colleges in Texas for more insight into distance learning programs in this state.

      NCES Report

      Recent NCES reports show that 8.9% (139,737) of all students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Texas were in exclusively online programs.

      • 8.5% of students at four-year institutions studied entirely online
      • 10.8% of students at two-year institutions studied entirely online
      • 92.1% were living in Texas
      • 5.4% were living elsewhere in the United States

      What are the most popular online bachelor’s degrees offered in Texas?

      According to data from the 2016 IPEDS report (published November 2017), most online bachelor’s degrees offered in 2016 in Texas were in business administration and management:

      • Business Administration and Management
      • Registered Nursing
      • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
      • Psychology
      • Marketing

      Business Administration and Management

      In Texas, employment growth in this professional area is strong. According to the Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , long term projections show an increase of 17% in the total number of jobs relevant to this field between 2014 and 2024. Wages increased by 19% among degree-related careers from 2011-2016.

      Top Careers in Business Administration and Management

      What were the top careers in Texas in 2016 for people who had a degree in business administration and management?

      Career NameNumber of JobsAverage Annual Wage
      General and Operations Managers168,610$133,200
      Management Analysts35,330$97,700
      Construction Managers26,440$96,870
      Sales Managers22,310$146,890
      Administrative Services Managers20,440$104,820
      Cost Estimators17,070$69,130
      Managers, All Other15,350$123,230
      Industrial Production Managers10,150$118,420
      Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers9,390$99,800
      Chief Executives5,890$218,880
      Business Teachers, Postsecondary5,430$102,370
      Social and Community Service Managers3,650$73,210
      Career Outlook for General and Operations Managers in Texas

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Wages – General and Operations Managers (2011 – 2016)

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Best Schools for Business Administration and Management

      In Texas, the best online business administration and management bachelor’s degrees are offered by:

      • Wayland Baptist University (BBA)
      • Sam Houston State University (BBA)
      • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

      Registered Nursing

      In Texas, employment growth in this professional area is strong. According to the Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , long term projections show an increase of 36% in the total number of jobs related to this field between 2014 and 2024. Wages increased by 4% among nursing-related careers from 2011-2016.

      Top Careers in Registered Nursing

      What were the top careers in Texas in 2016 for people who had a degree in registered nursing?

      Career NameNumber of JobsAverage Annual Wage
      Registered Nurses207,810$70,390
      Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary4,170$66,850
      Career Outlook for Registered Nurses in Texas

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Wages – Registered Nurses (2011 – 2016)

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Best Schools for Registered Nursing

      In Texas, the best online registered nursing bachelor’s degrees are offered by:

      • Lamar University (RN to BSN)
      • University of Houston-Victoria (RN to BSN)
      • Texas Woman’s University (RN to BSN)
      • The University of Texas at Arlington (RN to BSN)
      • Texas AM University-Corpus Christi (RN to BSN)
      • The University of Texas at El Paso (RN to BSN)

      Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

      In Texas, employment growth in this profession is poor. According to the Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , long term projections show a decrease of 14% in the total number of available, relevant jobs between 2014 and 2024. Wages increased by 15% among degree-related careers from 2011-2016.

      Top Careers in Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

      What were the top careers in Texas in 2016 for people who had a degree in criminal justice/safety studies?

      Career NameNumber of JobsAverage Annual Wage
      First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers4,180$51,400
      First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives2,730$94,450
      Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary1,080$59,200
      Career Outlook for First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers in Texas

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Wages – First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers (2011 – 2016)

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Best Schools for Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

      In Texas, the best online criminal justice/safety studies bachelor’s degrees are offered by:

      • Angelo State University (BSS or BISSA)
      • Lamar University (BS)
      • University of Houston-Victoria (BS)
      • Sam Houston State University ( BA or BS )
      • The University of Texas at El Paso
      • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin
      • West Texas AM University

      Psychology

      In Texas, employment growth in this professional area is moderate. According to the Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , long term projections show an increase of 8% in the total number of jobs relevant to this field between 2014 and 2024. Wages increased by 10% among relevant careers from 2011-2016.

      Top Careers in Psychology

      What were the top careers in Texas in 2016 for people who had a degree in psychology?

      Career NameNumber of JobsAverage Annual Wage
      Managers, All Other15,350$123,230
      Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists5,820$65,310
      Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary3,020$72,910
      Psychologists, All Other660$90,570
      Career Outlook for Managers in Texas

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Wages – Managers, All Other (2011 – 2016)

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Best Schools for Psychology

      In Texas, the best online psychology bachelor’s degrees are offered by:

      • University of Houston-Victoria (BAAS)
      • Sam Houston State University (BS)
      • LeTourneau University (BS)
      • Southwestern Assemblies of God University
      • Tarleton State University

      Marketing

      In Texas, employment growth in this professional area is strong.
      According to the Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , long term projections show an increase of 40% in the total number of jobs relevant to this field between 2014 and 2024. Wages increased by 17% among relevant careers from 2011-2016.

      Top Careers in Marketing

      What were the top careers in Texas in 2016 for people who had a degree in marketing/marketing management?

      Career NameNumber of JobsAverage Annual Wage
      Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists29,320$78,440
      Sales Managers22,310$146,890
      Marketing Managers9,570$154,310
      Business Teachers, Postsecondary5,430$102,370
      Advertising and Promotions Managers1,210$108,120
      Career Outlook for Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists in Texas

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Wages – Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists (2011 – 2016)

      Data source: Texas Labor Market  Career Information Department , Bureau of Labor Statistics . Data may not be available for every year.

      Best Schools for Marketing

      In Texas, the best online marketing/marketing management bachelor’s degrees are offered by:

      • University of the Incarnate Word (BS)
      • University of Houston-Victoria ( BAAS or BBA )
      • Texas AM University-Central Texas (BBA)
      • University of Houston-Downtown
      • Dallas Baptist University

      Rankings Archive

      Best Online Colleges in Texas of 2017
      RankSchoolLocation
      1LeTourneau UniversityLongview, TX
      2Texas Tech UniversityLubbock, TX
      3Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas, TX
      4University of North TexasDenton, TX
      5Texas Woman’s UniversityDenton, TX
      6Texas A & M University-CommerceCommerce, TX
      7Southwestern Assemblies of God UniversityWaxahachie, TX
      8University of Houston-VictoriaVictoria, TX
      9The University of Texas of the Permian BasinOdessa, TX
      10The University of Texas at TylerTyler, TX
      11Midwestern State UniversityWichita Falls, TX
      12The University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, TX
      13University of Houston-Clear LakeHouston, TX
      14University of HoustonHouston, TX
      15Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsville, TX
      16West Texas A & M UniversityCanyon, TX
      17Trinity UniversitySan Antonio, TX
      18The University of Texas at El PasoEl Paso, TX
      19Remington College-Fort Worth CampusFort Worth, TX
      20Tarleton State UniversityStephenville, TX
      21South Texas CollegeMcAllen, TX
      22Wayland Baptist UniversityPlainview, TX
      23University of the Incarnate WordSan Antonio, TX
      24University of North Texas at DallasDallas, TX
      25University of Houston-DowntownHouston, TX
      Best Online Colleges in Texas of 2016
      RankSchoolLocation
      1LeTourneau UniversityLongview, TX
      2Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas, TX
      3Texas Tech UniversityLubbock, TX
      4University of North TexasDenton, TX
      5University of HoustonHouston, TX
      6Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsville, TX
      7University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, TX
      8Northwood University – TexasCedar Hill, TX
      9Texas Wesleyan UniversityFort Worth, TX
      10Texas Women’s UniversityDenton, TX
      11Texas A&M University – CommerceCommerce, TX
      12The University of Texas at TylerTyler, TX
      13Midwestern State UniversityWichita Falls, TX
      14West Texas A&M UniversityCanyon, TX
      15Tarleton State UniversityStephenville, TX
      16The University of Texas of the Permian BasonOdessa, TX
      17Dallas Christian CollegeDallas, TX
      18Our Lady of the Lake UniversitySan Antonio, TX
      19Lubbock Christian UniversityLubbcok, TX
      20Wayland Baptist UniversityPlainview, TX
      21Remington College – Dallas CampusGarland, TX
      22Concordia University – TexasAustin, TX
      23University of the Incarnate WordSan Antonio, TX
      24Angelo State UniversitySan Angelo, TX
      25Texas A&M – Corpus ChristiCorpus Christi, TX

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      The methodology behind our rankings is grounded in statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles, including academic quality, affordability, and online competency. Our 2018 rankings reflect the most recent data available from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and College Navigator , both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics . Our goal is to objectively assess relative quality based on academic outcomes, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities.

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