2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Biology

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With tuition rates under $24,000, these 16 schools offer affordable online master’s degrees in biology. There are five schools that cost less than $10,000 per year. Ranked #1, Clemson University offers a Master of Science in Biological Sciences with classes such as Understanding Vertebrate Biology and Understanding Genetics and Evolutionary Biology for $6,420 a year. Washington State University offers an annual tuition of $11,736 for a Professional Science Master’s in Molecular Biosciences.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Clemson University Annual Tuition $6,420
#2 #2 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $6,850
#3 #3 Troy University Annual Tuition $7,410
#4 #4 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $7,477
#5 #5 University of Nebraska at Kearney Annual Tuition $9,576
#6 #6 University of Mary Annual Tuition $10,220
#7 #7 University of Saint Joseph - CT Annual Tuition $10,485
#8 #8 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $10,605
#9 #9 Washington State University Annual Tuition $11,736
#10 #10 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $11,862
#11 #11 University of Wisconsin-Stout Annual Tuition $12,326
#12 #12 Green Mountain College Annual Tuition $12,600
#13 #13 Texas A & M University-Commerce Annual Tuition $13,744
#14 #14 Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $16,200
#15 #15 Northeastern University Global Network Annual Tuition $23,120
#16 #16 Illinois Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $23,520
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,682
  • Example Classes:
    Understanding Ecology and Ecosystems; Understanding Genetics and Evolutionary Biology; Understanding Scientific Communication; Understanding Scientific Research; Understanding the Human Body; Understanding Vertebrate Biology
  • Annual Tuition: $6,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,697
  • Example Classes:
    Curriculum Development; Design and Data Analysis for Researchers; Evolutionary Biology for Educators
  • Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,575
  • Example Classes:
    Clinical Biochemistry; Environmental and Biological Ethics; Environmental Toxicology; Limnology; Population Ecology; Sustainable Development
  • Annual Tuition: $7,477
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,633
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Small Animal Nutrition; Animal Issues in Disasters; Equine Clinical Anatomy: Forelimbs; Pathogenic Mechanisms in Veterinary Pathobiology; Research in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery; Topics in Veterinary Clinical Sciences: Surgical Pain Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,576
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,639
  • Example Classes:
    Biological Research; Biological Statistics; Current Issues in Biology; Organic Evolution

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,220
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 823
  • Example Classes:
    Bioethics:Faith and Reason; Catholic Bioethics, the Dignity of the Person, and the Gift of Human Life; Health Care and Biomedical Industry Ethics; Health Policy and Bioethics; Key Principles of Medical Ethics

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,485
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,593
  • Example Classes:
    Animal Behavior; Genomics; Neuroscience; Ornithology; Parasitology; Pharmacology
  • Annual Tuition: $10,605
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,753
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Marine Biology; Biological Applications in Homeland Security; Chemical Ecology; Environmental Science Concepts; Evolution and Ecological Genetics; Investigations/Biology

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,736
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,216
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Variance of Designed Experiments; Bioinformatics; Microbial Physiology; Protein Biotechnology; Science Information Literacy
  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,893
  • Example Classes:
    Bioinformatics; Bioprocessing and the Business of Biotechnology; Current Trends and Applications in the Life Sciences; Inquiries in Biological Science; Introduction to Bioinformatics; Laboratory Management and Safety
  • Annual Tuition: $12,326
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,147
  • Example Classes:
    Conservation Genetics; Field Problems in Conservation Biology; Proteomics; Strategic Planning and Deployment; Toxicological Effects in Humans
  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 268
  • Example Classes:
    Bioregional Theory and Practice; Conservation Genetics; Environmental History & Philosophy; Environmental Leadership & Community Involvement; Natural Systems Ecology
  • Annual Tuition: $13,744
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,044
  • Example Classes:
    Behavior and Conservation; Developmental Biology; Human Physiology; Pharmacology; Vertebrate Endocrinology; Vertebrate Zoology
  • Annual Tuition: $16,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 14,854
  • Example Classes:
    Aquaculture; History of Ecological Thought and Conservation Practice; Urban Wildlife and Fisheries; Wetland Ecology and Pollution; Wildlife Restoration; Wildlife Study Design and Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $23,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,988
  • Example Classes:
    Bioinformatics Computational Methods; Cell Culture Processes for Biopharmaceutical Production; Experimental Design and Biostatistics; Molecular Cell Biology for Biotechnology; Stem Cells and Regeneration

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  • Annual Tuition: $23,520
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,803
  • Example Classes:
    Bioinformatics; Current Topics in Functional Genomics; Developmental Biology; Molecular Biology of Cells; Toxicology; Virology
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