2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Child Development Master's Degrees

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The following 13 online colleges offer the most affordable master's degrees in child development. The average annual tuition of the schools on this list comes out to $13,616. Ranked fourth on the list with an annual tuition of $11,592, University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers five possible specializations for a Master of Science in Child, Youth, and Family Studies: International Family Studies, Youth Development, Family and Community Services, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and Human and Family Services Administration.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in child development degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $8,598
#2 #2 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $9,927
#3 #3 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $10,605
#4 #4 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $11,592
#5 #5 University of La Verne Annual Tuition $12,410
#6 #6 Chaminade University of Honolulu Annual Tuition $13,038
#7 #7 Capella University Annual Tuition $13,580
#8 #8 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $14,580
#9 #9 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $14,586
#10 #10 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $16,448
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) University of Minnesota Digital Campus Annual Tuition $16,728
#11 (tie) #11 (tie) University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Annual Tuition $16,728
#13 #13 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $18,183
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,598
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,773
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescence and the Family System; Advanced Child Development; Behavior and Guidance of the Young Child; Child and Family Life Education; Children, Families, and Technology; Contemporary Issues Affecting the Quality of Life
  • Annual Tuition: $9,927
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,362
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescents and their Families; Community Youth Development; Federal and State Policies that Impact Youth Development; Youth Cultures and the Cultures of Youth; Youth Development; Youth Professionals as Consumers of Research
  • Annual Tuition: $10,605
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,676
  • Example Classes:
    Child Development Theory and Research; Community, Child, & Youth Program Development; Educational Statistics; Global Perspectives of Child and Family; Grant Writing for Child and Family Programs; Youth and Family Theory and Research
  • Annual Tuition: $11,592
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,064
  • Example Classes:
    Family and Violence in the Global Context; Family Immigration and Migration; Marriage and Committed Relationships from a Worldwide Perspective; Parent-Child Relationships Across the Life Span; Parenting Education; Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention
  • Annual Tuition: $12,410
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,910
  • Example Classes:
    Assessment in Early Childhood; Cognition and Brain Development; Human Development; Language, Reading, and Concept Development; Studies in Attachment; Teaching Adults
  • Annual Tuition: $13,038
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 597
  • Example Classes:
    Culminating Experience; Educational Research and Design; Issues of Peace, Justice, & Educational Reform; Multicultural Education and Diversity; Nurturing the Spirit of the Child; Social-Emotional Development: Theory to Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $13,580
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,176
  • Example Classes:
    Adolescent Psychology; Child Psychology; Human Prenatal Development; Lifespan Development; Quantitative Design and Analysis; Topics in Child and Adolescent Development
  • Annual Tuition: $14,580
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 10,783
  • Example Classes:
    ADHD and Autistic Spectrum; Child and Adolescent Gender Development; Child and Adolescent Psychopathology; Ethics in Development Psychology; Foundations of Child and Adolescent Developmental Psychology; Pre-Natal and Early Childhood Development
  • Annual Tuition: $14,586
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,008
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Educational Psychology; Behavior Management in the Classroom; Educational Planning; Family Life and Parent Education; Health and Nutrition in Early Childhood; Life-Span Development and Learning
  • Annual Tuition: $16,448
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 11,400
  • Example Classes:
    Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Policy; Co-Occurring Mental & Substance Use Disorders in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health; Cultural Competency in Children's Mental Health; Epidemiology of Mental Disorders; Evaluation & Research Methods in Community Hea
  • Annual Tuition: $16,728
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 17,760
  • Example Classes:
    Childhood Death and Bereavement; Developmental Perspectives on Illness and Injury in Healthcare; Infant Observation Seminar; Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood: Practice; Therapeutic Play for Child Life Practice; Therapeutic Relationships: Supporting Children in Healthcare
  • Annual Tuition: $16,728
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 16,709
  • Example Classes:
    Child Life Theory, Practice and Program Development; Development and Psychopathology in Early Childhood; Early Childhood Assessment; Infant Observation Seminar; Prevention and Intervention in Early Childhood: Principles; Therapeutic Play for Child Life Practice
  • Annual Tuition: $18,183
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 19,027
  • Example Classes:
    Biopsychology; Child and Developmental Psychology Seminar; Cognitive Neuropsychology; Developmental Psychology; Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence; Educational Psychology
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