2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Software Engineering Degrees

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This list of 22 schools offering online software engineering degrees includes program options at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. All schools on this list have annual tuitions under $24,000 per year, with 20 schools offering great degrees for under $20,000 per year. North Dakota State University - Main Campus is our most affordable school offering an online software engineering degree, with an annual tuition of only $6,099.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online software engineering degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable software engineering schools below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Software Engineering Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $6,099 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#2 #2 Kennesaw State University Annual Tuition $6,936 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#3 #3 Brigham Young University-Idaho Annual Tuition $7,660 Software Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#4 #4 Baker College Online Annual Tuition $8,250 Software Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 The University of West Florida Annual Tuition $9,648 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $11,862 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Regis University Annual Tuition $13,140 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#8 #8 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $13,149 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 Mercer University Annual Tuition $13,230 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#10 #10 National University Annual Tuition $14,144 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 Auburn University Annual Tuition $14,450 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#12 #12 California State University - Fullerton Annual Tuition $14,610 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Colorado Technical University - Online Annual Tuition $14,950 Software Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#14 #14 University of Michigan - Dearborn Annual Tuition $15,285 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#15 #15 Brandeis University Annual Tuition $16,625 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $16,740 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#17 #17 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $18,599 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#18 #18 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $18,990 Software Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#19 #19 Southern Methodist University Annual Tuition $20,250 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#20 #20 Illinois Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $21,000 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#21 #21 Stratford University Annual Tuition $21,384 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 West Virginia University Annual Tuition $23,778 Software Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
  • Annual Tuition: $6,099
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Example Classes:
    Development of Distributed Systems; Software Complexity Metrics; Software Construction; Software Requirements Definition and Analysis; Software Testing and Debugging; Survey of Artificial Intelligence
  • Annual Tuition: $6,936
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Manufacturing Systems Planning and Design; Project Management Processes; Statistical Process Control; System Optimization; Total Quality

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 100%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Statistics; Data Structures; Fundamentals of Digital Systems; Human-Computer Interaction; Systems Security; Web Engineering II
  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    C++ Programming; Linear Algebra; Net-centric Computing; Programming for Mobile Devices; Technical Communications for Engineering Sciences; Trends in Computer Science
  • Annual Tuition: $9,648
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Example Classes:
    Database Systems; Software Design; Software Engineering Foundations: Java Programming; Software Engineering Practice and Tools
  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Software Design and Implementation; Modern Software Methodologies; Relational Database Systems; Software Verification and Validation; Usability Engineering; User Interface Implementation
  • Annual Tuition: $13,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Example Classes:
    Data Structures; Enterprise Architecture; Enterprise C# Software Development; Information Technology Concepts; Real-Time Systems; Software Requirements and Processes
  • Annual Tuition: $13,149
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Developing e-Commerce Systems; Foundations of Software Testing; Process Management and Lifecycle Modeling; Program Translation; Software Construction; Software Systems Modeling and Analysis

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Graphic Interfaces; Design, Maintenance and Quality; Disciplined Software Development; Object Oriented Design; Software Test
  • Annual Tuition: $14,144
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Programming in Java; Security in Computing; Software Architecture Principles; Software Testing; User Interface Engineering; Web and Cloud Computing
  • Annual Tuition: $14,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Artificial Intelligence; Artificial Intelligence Programming; Formal Methods for Software; High Speed Networks; Software Architecture; Software Re-Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $14,610
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Software Process; Modern Software Management; Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues for Software Engineers; Software Maintenance; Software Measurement; Software Verification and Validation

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,950
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Fundamentals of Database Systems; Information Technology Architectures; Spreadsheet Applications; Systems Analysis, Design and Integration; Technical and Professional Writing; Unix Fundamentals
  • Annual Tuition: $15,285
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Data Management; Embedded Systems; Information Retrieval; Software Architecture and Design Patterns; Software Evolution; The Semantic Web

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $16,625
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 37%
  • Example Classes:
    Cloud Computing; Expert Software Development in Java; Mobile Applications and Responsive Web Design; Software Development Methodologies; Software Engineering Studio; User Interface Design
  • Annual Tuition: $16,740
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Human Computer Interaction; Database Design Concepts; Enterprise Integration; Pattern Oriented Design; Software Engineering Studio; Web Security and Privacy

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $18,599
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Distributed Systems; Fault-Tolerant Computer Systems; Parallel Processors and Processing; Real Time and Time Sharing Systems; Software Verification and Validation; Systems Theory

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $18,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Calculus for Engineers; Discrete Mathematical Structures; Microcomputer Architecture and Programming; Operating Systems and Networks; Principles of Database Management; Software Enterprise: Design and Process
  • Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Application Programming; Software Acquisition Practices, Legal, and Economic Issues; Software Metrics and Quality Engineering; Software Security; User Interface Design; XML and the Enterprise

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $21,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 57%
  • Example Classes:
    Object-Oriented Analysis and Design; Science of Programming; Software Metrics; Software Testing and Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $21,384
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ABHES
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Database Systems Technology; Ethics and Professional Practice Issues in IT; IT Project Management; Mobile Software Engineering; Secure Software Design; Software Modeling

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $23,778
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Real-Time Systems; Applied Fuzzy Logic; Computer Network Forensics; Fault Tolerant Computing; Switching Circuit Theory

Online Master's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

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