2019 Most Affordable Online Catholic Colleges

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Students seeking affordable online education at a Catholic institution will find excellent options on SR Education Group's 2019 list of Most Affordable Online Catholic Colleges. Online bachelor's degrees at these 25 colleges have annual tuitions of under $15,000, and the average tuition is $12,115. Many of these schools also offer associate, master's and doctoral online degrees. Mount Carmel College of Nursing, ranked #1, offers an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with an annual tuition of $5,053. Ranked #7, Rivier University offers online bachelor's degrees in subjects including psychology and business administration.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Mount Carmel College of Nursing $5,053
#2 #2 Anna Maria College $7,029
#3 #3 Barry University $7,410
#4 #4 Gannon University $9,568
#5 #5 Ursuline College $9,720
#6 #6 La Salle University $10,000
#7 #7 Rivier University $10,800
#8 #8 Dominican University $11,250
#9 #9 Quincy University $11,400
#10 #10 Notre Dame of Maryland University $12,000
#11 #11 St. Catherine University $12,206
#12 #12 Marian University $12,480
#13 #13 Madonna University $12,600
#14 #14 Spalding University $12,600
#15 #15 The College of Saint Scholastica $12,640
#16 #16 Marian University - Wisconsin $13,500
#17 (tie) #17 (tie) Brescia University $13,600
#17 (tie) #17 (tie) Wheeling Jesuit University $13,600
#19 #19 University of Saint Mary $13,720
#20 #20 Alvernia University $13,800
#21 #21 Viterbo University $14,100
#22 #22 Avila University $14,430
#23 #23 St. Peter's University $14,850
#24 #24 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College $14,880
#25 #25 University of Mary $14,880
  • Annual Tuition: $5,053
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • A Catholic college located in Columbus, Ohio, Mount Carmel College of Nursing prepares students from all backgrounds and faiths to be competent and compassionate leaders in the field of nursing. The institution’s five core values are academic excellence, respect, compassion, social responsibility and diversity. The university offers an affordable online RN to BSN Completion Program as well as a Master of Science with a nursing education track. An online Doctor of Nursing Practice is also available. Additionally, two online certificate programs are offered: an Accelerated Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certification and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,029
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Located in Paxton, Massachusetts, Anna Maria College is a private, co-educational, Catholic liberal arts college. Its holistic approach to education prepares students for positions of leadership in the professional sphere. They are also imbued with a strong sense of ethics, as well as the desire and capability to change the world around them. A Bachelor of Science in Fire Science and a Master of Public Administration are offered online; these programs are identical to those offered on-campus. The MPA is available with a general track or with four specializations: criminal justice, emergency management, fire and emergency services and homeland security.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Barry University is a private Catholic university located in Miami Shores, Florida. Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the university’s mission is to maintain an educational environment that inspires students to seek truth and knowledge with a view to changing both themselves and the world around them. A total of 22 online degree programs are offered, including four bachelor’s, fifteen master’s, and three doctoral (in nursing) programs. Tuition per credit hour for the online programs is $247 for bachelor’s degrees, $406-$550 for master’s degrees, and $1,125 for doctoral degrees. Students can earn a degree online that prepares them for careers in fields including mathematics, health services administration, marketing, management, and education.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,568
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Boasting a student enrollment of over 4,000, Gannon University is a private, co-educational Catholic university located in Erie, Pennsylvania. GU seeks to provide a liberal arts education while preparing students to be citizens of the world. The curricula stress faith, leadership, inclusiveness and social responsibility. A total of twelve certificate and degree programs are offered online, including a Master of Business Administration, an RN to BSN, a Master of Science in Criminalistics, two master’s in education programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and an occupational therapy doctorate. Gannon University is among the most affordable Catholic colleges, with tuition varying depending upon program choice. Their online RN to BSN degree is $299 per credit, while their online occupational therapy doctorate is $725 per credit.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Located in Pepper Pike, Ohio, Ursuline College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college that was founded in 1871 by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. It was the first Catholic women’s college in Ohio; while the academic focus is still women-centered, men are also welcome. The university’s values-based curricula prepare students for service, leadership and success in the professional sector while stressing inclusivity and Catholic and Ursuline heritage. Nearly 50 undergraduate, graduate and degree completion programs are available on campus. Ursuline also offers several online endorsement, undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of education, nursing, business and social work. Tuition for these online programs varies.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Founded in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, La Salle University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The guiding principle behind La Salle University’s approach to education is that “all knowledge is practical and empowering.” Students are prepared for a lifelong pursuit of wisdom and knowledge, as well as a continuous exploration of faith. Along with their on-campus programs, the institution offers a range of online certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs are available in a number of fields including nursing, business, cybersecurity, and nonprofit leadership.

  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and named after its primary founder, Anne-Marie Rivier, Rivier University is a private Catholic liberal arts university located in Nashua, New Hampshire. Enrollment is approximately 2,500. The university’s academic programs are centered around Judeo-Christian and Catholic values. The holistic approach to education is aimed at reaching both the minds and hearts of students so they are prepared to change the world after graduation. Fifteen online degree programs are available, including nine master’s, five bachelor’s and one doctorate. Most have a health care focus. Tuition for online students is $360 per credit hour for undergraduate programs, $595-$605 for graduate programs, and $780-$1,015 for the DNP program.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Dominican University, located in River Forest, Illinois, seeks to combine both faith and reason in a religious education rooted in strong Catholic and Dominican traditions. Over 100 majors and programs are offered at the university. Tuition varies depending on the program, but DU remains one of the most affordable Catholic colleges in the country. For example, programs at both the College of Applied Social Sciences and Borra College of Health Sciences range from approximately $500 to $950 per credit. A Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution is available as a mostly-online program; two five-day intensive courses are held on campus, while the remainder of the program can be completed online. Many online courses are offered as well.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Quincy University is a private liberal arts college in Quincy, Illinois. This Catholic institution’s mission is to respect the dignity, value and worth of each person while providing an education in the Franciscan tradition. Students are taught and motivated to seek knowledge and wisdom in order to transform the world around them. Three online degree completion programs are available: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and a Master of Business Administration. Each semester is composed of two eight-week sessions, and students usually take two classes in each eight-week period. The affordable tuition for a year at QU – books included – is approximately $30,500 for the undergraduate programs and $500 per credit hour for the MBA.
     

  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame of Maryland University is a private Catholic institution located in Baltimore, Maryland. Its mission is to inspire students to serve others, be socially responsible, promote inclusivity and strive for academic excellence. NDMU offers more than 30 majors and minors, as well as three five-year programs and three doctoral degrees. Eight online degree and certificate programs are also offered: a Certificate in Risk Assessment and Management; a bachelor’s in business; an RN to BSN; master’s programs in contemporary communication, gifted and talented education, analytics, and risk management; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership. Online tuition per credit hour is $360-$400 for undergraduate programs, $500 for the certificate program, and $550 for their graduate programs.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,206
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • St. Catherine University, a private Catholic liberal arts institution, is located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school offers baccalaureate programs for women and associate and graduate programs for both women and men. The university’s mission is to integrate a professional education with Catholic tradition, all built on the core principles of women, Catholicism, and liberal arts. Three colleges make up the university.; collectively they offer over 20 online degree programs, either fully online or in a hybrid format. Online tuition ranges between $445-$767 for undergraduate programs and $547-$1,089 for graduate programs.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • A private, non-profit Roman Catholic university located in Indianapolis, Indiana, Marian University seeks to provide students with an excellent education in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition. The four core values embodied in the academics of MU are dignity of the individual, peace and justice, reconciliation and responsible stewardship. Several online degree programs are offered, including a Bachelor of Business Administration, an Associate of Business Administration, an RN to BSN, and an Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies. Tuition is $390 per credit hour for Marian’s online programs; financial aid is available.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Madonna University is a private Catholic liberal arts university located in Livonia, Michigan, with three extension campuses in the greater Detroit area. The university’s four main tenets reflect the Franciscan values of respect for the dignity of each person, peace and justice, reverence for creation, and education for truth and service. Approximately 25 online certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs are offered at Madonna University in fields such as teaching, nursing, and public health. Value-based education is firmly rooted in Catholic tradition and principles, and Madonna is considered one of the most affordable private universities in the country.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Spalding University is a private institution located in Louisville, Kentucky. The university traces its roots back to 1814 and the founding of Nazareth Academy by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. SU’s mission is to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate education that is firmly rooted in spiritual values and the pursuit of peace and justice. Tuition for on-campus undergraduate students (12-18 credits) is $12,600 per semester, making SU one of the most affordable Catholic colleges in the country. Nine online degrees are offered through the FLEX program in disciplines including accounting, creative writing, interdisciplinary humanities, psychology and nursing. The flex program provides seven start dates throughout the year. 

  • Annual Tuition: $12,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • With a student enrollment of more than 4,000, The College of St. Scholastica is a private Catholic college with its main campus in Duluth, Minnesota. The academic programs are grounded in Catholic Benedictine heritage, and the college prepares students – both intellectually and morally – to be responsible leaders and hard-working members of society. Several undergraduate degree programs are offered online, including a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Business Management, Marketing, Organizational Leadership and Psychology. Three Bachelor of Science programs are available online as well, including an RN to BS. Tuition for these online programs varies, with most ranging between $395-$435 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Marian University, located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is a coeducational Roman Catholic liberal arts university. It was founded in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Agnes. The education that students receive is values-based and designed to go outside of the classroom; the university seeks to transform hearts and minds so graduates are prepared for a life of leadership and service to others. Online learning is available at MU; a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered. Their online Master of Science in Thanatology equips students to support individuals and families dealing with end-of-life issues, loss and bereavement. 

  • Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, Brescia University is a coeducational Catholic institution. The university’s holistic mission is to prepare students for success in leadership roles and motivate them to promote justice, ethics, compassion, learning and serving others. Online programs include associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and master’s programs. Included in the university’s online offerings is a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with an emphasis in pastoral studies. Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue a career as a youth minister, high school religion teacher, pastoral minister, director of religious education, catechetical leader, or RCIA minister. One of the most affordable Catholic colleges in the nation, tuition per credit hour for online programs is $425 for undergraduate programs and between $500-$600 for master’s programs.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • A private, coeducational Roman Catholic university located in Wheeling, West Virginia, Wheeling Jesuit University was founded as Wheeling College in 1954 by the Society of Jesus. The university’s mission is to incorporate Jesuit traditions into their academic programs, integrating education and research with traditional knowledge and Christian teachings. Students are inspired to be both creative and innovative as they work for the greater good. Several programs are offered fully online, including a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Education Leadership and three Master of Science in Nursing programs (concentrations available in family nurse practitioner, administration, and education). Tuition for online programs varies but most range between $400-$550 per credit, plus additional fees.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Established in 1923 as a school for women, the now co-educational University of Saint Mary is a private liberal arts university located in Leavenworth, Kansas. Emphasizing the values of community, respect, justice and excellence, USM seeks to educate students from diverse backgrounds in an environment that helps them fully realize their God-given potential and prepares them to contribute positively to society. Four fully online degrees are available at the university: an RN-To-BSN, a bachelor’s degree in health information management; an MBA, and a master’s degree in nursing. Tuition per credit hour is $490 for the RN-To-BSN, $460 for the bachelor’s in health information management, $630 for the MBA, and $615 for the master’s in nursing.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • A private Franciscan college in Reading, Pennsylvania, Alvernia University seeks to provide a rigorous education rooted in Catholic, Franciscan and liberal arts values and traditions. “Knowledge joined with love” reflects the institution’s approach to campus life, both in and out of the classroom. Full-time tuition per semester (12-17 credits) is approximately $17,000, making it among the most affordable Catholic colleges in the U.S. Nearly a dozen degree programs – bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate – are available fully online, and more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in a blended format.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Founded in 1890, Viterbo University is a private coeducational Roman Catholic and Franciscan liberal arts university located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Enrollment is about 2,600. The university’s mission is to prepare students for service and ethics-based leadership roles, all within Franciscan tradition and supported by the values of contemplation, hospitality, integrity, stewardship and service. More than 50 degree and degree completion programs are available at VU. Several degree programs are also offered online, including bachelor completion programs in business and nursing, a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Leadership, a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences and a Master of Arts in Education. Tuition for undergraduate degree programs – both on campus and online – is an affordable $470 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,430
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Avila University is a private university in Kansas City, Missouri. The institution seeks to prepare students to become innovative, involved and adaptable professionals who will responsibly and ethically make positive contributions to society. Nearly 50 graduate and undergraduate programs are available on campus, and several degree programs are offered online, including a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration; Bachelor of Science programs in computer science, healthcare management and software engineering; and a Master of Arts programs in education and management. 

  • Annual Tuition: $14,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Founded in 1872 by the Society of Jesus, St. Peter’s University is a private Jesuit university located in Jersey City, New Jersey. The university’s mission is to provide a robust academic education while inspiring students to become compassionate, ethical leaders who will promote social justice. More than 50 undergraduate and 13 graduate programs are offered on campus at St. Peter’s. Additionally, several degree programs are offered online, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, an RN to BSN, a Master of Higher Education in General Administration, and both a Master of Science and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Online tuition for undergraduate programs is $495 per credit.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • The oldest Catholic college in Indiana, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is a Roman Catholic, four-year liberal arts institution located in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. The college is committed to the values of social justice, spirituality, sustainability and women’s issues. Students are encouraged to think critically and are developed into leaders with social responsibility that will affect positive change in the world around them. Several online degree programs are offered, including a bachelor’s degree in theology. Students in this degree program gain a deeper understanding of their own faith and learn how to speak about it clearly and coherently. After earning their theology degree, students can pursue graduate study in theology or seminary studies. Tuition per credit hour for most online programs is $496, and financial aid is available.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • The University of Mary grants more degrees than any other institution in Bismarck, North Dakota. Established in 1959 as Mary College, UM is a private Benedictine university with satellite locations in Minnesota, Montana, Kansas and Arizona. Students can study abroad at the satellite campus in Rome, Italy, or UM’s partner university in Arequipa, Peru. Its mission is to serve the religious, academic and cultural needs of its students and the community. More than 100 affordable undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered, and over 40 online degree programs – fully online or in a hybrid format – are available as well. These include Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. An online minor in Catholic studies is also available. 

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