2019 Most Affordable Online Master's in Child Development

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Twelve out of 15 of the universities offering the most affordable online master's in child development degrees cost less than $15,000 per year. The least expensive is Missouri State University, at $5,525. University of Southern Mississippi ranks #2, at $8,218. University of Minnesota Digital Campus ranks #15, offering both a Master of Arts in Applied Child and Adolescent Development and a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health for $16,728 annually.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 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 Missouri State University Annual Tuition $5,525
#2 #2 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $8,218
#3 #3 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $10,192
#4 #4 Western Kentucky University Annual Tuition $10,605
#5 #5 Northcentral University Annual Tuition $12,510
#6 #6 Capella University Annual Tuition $12,518
#7 #7 University of Arkansas Annual Tuition $12,605
#8 #8 University of La Verne Annual Tuition $12,750
#9 #9 Texas Woman's University Annual Tuition $13,480
#10 #10 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $13,794
#11 #11 Fielding Graduate University Annual Tuition $14,400
#12 #12 University of West Alabama Annual Tuition $14,586
#13 #13 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $15,864
#14 #14 Pacific Oaks College Annual Tuition $16,545
#15 #15 University of Minnesota Digital Campus Annual Tuition $16,728
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,222
  • Example Classes:
    Childhood Death and Bereavement; Children & Families in a Diverse Society; Health, Function, & Psychosocial Aspects of a Disability; Parent and Child Relations; Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect; Trends & Issues in Child Life
  • Annual Tuition: $8,218
  • 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: $10,192
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $12,510
  • 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: $12,518
  • 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: $12,605
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,646
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Studies in Child Development; Advanced Studies in Family Relations; Educational Statistics & Data Processing; Theories of Human Development
  • Annual Tuition: $12,750
  • 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: $13,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,248
  • Example Classes:
    Developmental and Psychosocial Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Families; Family Crises; Family Systems in Child Development; Grief, Loss, and Bereavement; Play, Development, and the Young Learner; Professional Practice and Ethics for Working With Children and Families

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,794
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $14,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,201
  • Example Classes:
    Brain Development and Classroom Functioning; Developmental Needs of High Risk Newborns and Young Infants and their Families; Emotional Development, Cognitive Evolution, and Disruptive Behavior; Infant Mental Health Intervention and Practices; Observing Babies I; Self-Regulation, Executive Functions, & School Readiness
  • 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: $15,864
  • 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: $16,545
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 675
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Studies in Implementing Anti-Bias Curriculum; Advanced Studies in Intervention Models in Early Childhood Education; Authentic Infant-Competent Child; Community as a Context for Development; Healthy Children and Classroom Communities; Modeling Family and Community Engagement
  • Annual Tuition: $16,728
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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
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