2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Environmental Science

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

These 25 colleges offer the most affordable online master's in environmental science programs. At #1, Texas Tech University offers an online Professional Science Master's in Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resource Management for only $5,295 per year. Classes for this program include Current Perspectives in Microbial Ecology, Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources, Natural Resource Biopolitics, Population Estimation and Dynamics, and Wildlife Conservation and Management. Ranked #2, the East Central University offers a Master of Science in Water Resource Policy and Management at a tuition rate of $5,357 annually.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Texas Tech University $5,295
# 2 #2 East Central University $5,357
# 3 #3 American Public University System $6,300
# 4 #4 Colorado State University-Fort Collins $7,050
# 5 #5 University of Illinois at Springfield $8,145
# 6 #6 Utah State University $8,281
# 7 #7 University of Florida $8,475
# 8 #8 Troy University $8,892
# 9 #9 Montclair State University $9,872
# 10 #10 University of Idaho $9,876
# 11 #11 Black Hills State University $10,767
# 12 #12 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign $11,200
# 13 #13 University of South Florida Online $11,586
# 14 #14 University of Maryland Global Campus $11,862
# 15 #15 University of Connecticut $12,375
# 16 #16 Oregon State University $12,880
# 17 #17 Prescott College $13,050
# 18 #18 Lipscomb University $13,485
# 19 #19 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $13,500
# 20 #20 The University of West Florida $13,853
# 21 #21 California State University-Fresno $13,963
# 22 #22 Webster University $15,600
# 23 #23 Texas A&M University-College Station $16,526
# 24 #24 University of Wisconsin-Parkside $16,605
# 25 #25 North Carolina State University $19,425
#1
#1

Texas Tech University

Lubbock (TX)
Annual Tuition: $5,295
Annual Tuition: $5,295
Annual Tuition: $5,295
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,931
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,811
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 742-2011

Example Classes: Current Perspectives in Microbial Ecology, Ecology of Renewable Natural Resources, Natural Resource Biopolitics, Population Estimation and Dynamics, Wetland, Wildlife Conservation and Management

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $5,357
Annual Tuition: $5,357
Annual Tuition: $5,357
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 276
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 387
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (580) 332-8000

Example Classes: Advanced Watershed Management, Hydrogeology, Native American Water Rights, Studies in Environmental Toxicology, Water Law, Water Resource Policy Analysis

#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 9
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Conservation Biology, Energy Policy and Sustainability, Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law, Environmental Toxicology, Global Environmental Change, Restoration Ecology

#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $7,050
Annual Tuition: $7,050
Annual Tuition: $7,050
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,253
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,492
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (970) 491-1101

Example Classes: Design and Data Analysis for Researchers, Energetics for Science Educators, Evolutionary Biology for Educators, Myth Busters: Science/Controversy/Evaluation, Pollution and Environmental Biology for Educators

#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $8,145
Annual Tuition: $8,145
Annual Tuition: $8,145
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 889
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 859
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 206-6600

Example Classes: Environmental Natural Sciences, Environmental Social Sciences and the Humanities, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, Land Use and Environmental Planning, Research Methods in Environmental Studies

#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $8,281
Annual Tuition: $8,281
Annual Tuition: $8,281
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1310
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,906
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,099
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 797-1000

Example Classes: Ecology of Animal Population, Forestry & Watershed Management, Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management, Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management, Introduction to Environmental Federal Laws and Policy, Wetland Ecology and Management

#7
#7

University of Florida

Gainesville (FL)
Annual Tuition: $8,475
Annual Tuition: $8,475
Annual Tuition: $8,475
  • Online Degrees: 9
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 88%
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • Average SATs: 1310 -1470
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,029
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,401
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (352) 392-3261

Example Classes: Aquatic Toxicology: Science and Applications, Biodegradation and Bioremediation, Environmental Biogeochemistry, Nanotechnology in Food, Agriculture, and Environment, Soil-Landscape Modeling, Wetlands and Water Quality

#8
#8

Troy University

Troy (AL)
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,633
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,088
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 670-3100

Example Classes: Environmental and Biological Ethics, Environmental History of the U.S., Global Pollution and International Environmental Policy, Land Use Planning, Pollution Science, Public Health

#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $9,872
Annual Tuition: $9,872
Annual Tuition: $9,872
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 185
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 845
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (973) 655-4000

Example Classes: Colloquium in Environmental Management, Energy and the Environment, Environmental Change and Communication, Urban Contamination

#10
#10

University of Idaho

Moscow (ID)
Annual Tuition: $9,876
Annual Tuition: $9,876
Annual Tuition: $9,876
  • Online Degrees: 11
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 431
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 590
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (888) 884-3246

Example Classes: Drinking Water and Human Health, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Environmental Lifecycle Assessment, Environmental Philosophy, History of Energy, Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants

#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $10,767
Annual Tuition: $10,767
Annual Tuition: $10,767
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1170
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,134
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 147
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 255-2478

Example Classes: Communication and Change, Environmental Economics, Environmental Law & Policy, Human Dimensions of Sustainability, Quantitative Methods in Sustainability, Science of Sustainability

#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $11,200
Annual Tuition: $11,200
Annual Tuition: $11,200
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Average SATs: 1210 -1470
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 467
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,025
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 333-1000

Example Classes: Advance Geographical Information System for Natural Resourses Planning, Environmental Psychology, Nature and American Culture, Principles of Applied Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Watersheds and Water Quality

#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $11,586
Annual Tuition: $11,586
Annual Tuition: $11,586
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 75%
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1330
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,135
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,739
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (813) 974-2011

Example Classes: Energy Resources: Policy, Society and Innovation, Navigating The Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus, Policy for Sustainability, Renewable Power Portfolio, Renewable Transportation Fuels, Solar Energy and Applications

#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $11,862
Annual Tuition: $11,862
Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 46%
  • Graduation Rate: 15%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 35,971
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,876
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (301) 985-7000

Example Classes: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics, Environmental Auditing, Environmental Risk Assessment, Land Use Management, Principles of Air Quality Management, Principles of Waste Management and Pollution Control

#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $12,375
Annual Tuition: $12,375
Annual Tuition: $12,375
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 75%
  • Graduation Rate: 84%
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Average SATs: 1200 -1410
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 36
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 606
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (860) 486-2000

Example Classes: Decision Methods in Natural Resources and the Environment, Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities and Regions, Geospatial Data Processing Technique, Geospatial Techniques for Environmental Management

#16
#16

Oregon State University

Corvallis (OR)
Annual Tuition: $12,880
Annual Tuition: $12,880
Annual Tuition: $12,880
  • Online Degrees: 22
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1320
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,999
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,468
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (541) 737-0123

Example Classes: Ecological Policy, Environmental Perspectives and Methods, Environmental Water Transactions, Global and Environmental Change, Using Spacial Data to Inform Decisions, Physical Hydrology, Remote Sensing

#17
#17

Prescott College

Prescott (AZ)
Annual Tuition: $13,050
Annual Tuition: $13,050
Annual Tuition: $13,050
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 33%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 167
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 482
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 350-2100

Example Classes: Climate Justice and Climate Consequences, Ecogender for the 21st Century, Ecopsychology, Engaging in Place: An Active Introduction to Civic Ecology, The Spiritual Components of Adventure and Environmental Education, Worldviews and Sustainability

#18
#18

Lipscomb University

Nashville (TN)
Annual Tuition: $13,485
Annual Tuition: $13,485
Annual Tuition: $13,485
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 164
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 114
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (615) 966-1000

Example Classes: Green Building Design, Construction & Operation, Renewable Energy Options and Design Applications, Sustainable Earth Systems, Sustainable Enterprise, Sustainable Food Practice, Water Management for Sustainability and Resilience

#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $13,500
Annual Tuition: $13,500
Annual Tuition: $13,500
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 86%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1180 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 50
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,026
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (540) 231-6994

Example Classes: Advanced Wetland Soils and Mitigation, Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution, Environmental Science Concepts for Professionals, Reclamation of Disturbed Lands, Soils for Professionals, Water Quality for Professionals

#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $13,853
Annual Tuition: $13,853
Annual Tuition: $13,853
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,893
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,452
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (850) 474-2000

Example Classes: Advanced Climatology and Climate Change, Coastal & Marine Environments, Environmental Aspects of Urban Growth, Environmental Soil Science, Geography of Soils, Weather and Climate

#21
#21
Annual Tuition: $13,963
Annual Tuition: $13,963
Annual Tuition: $13,963
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 122
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 110
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (559) 278-4240

Example Classes: Global Paleoclimates, Mineralogy, National Parks of the Sierra Nevada, Natural Disasters and Earth Resources, Oceans and Atmosphere and Climate, Soil and Water Sciences

#22
#22

Webster University

St. Louis (MO)
Annual Tuition: $15,600
Annual Tuition: $15,600
Annual Tuition: $15,600
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 303
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,530
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (314) 968-6900

Example Classes: Environmental Accounting, Environmental Risk Management and Strategies, Environmental Science, Management of Air Quality, Management of Land and Water Resources, Waste Management and Pollution Control

#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $16,526
Annual Tuition: $16,526
Annual Tuition: $16,526
  • Online Degrees: 11
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 76%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 1160 -1390
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 137
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (979) 845-3211

Example Classes: Geographic Information Systems, Grazing Management and Range Nutrition, Landscape Analysis and Modeling, Natural Resources Policy, Wetland Delineation

#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $16,605
Annual Tuition: $16,605
Annual Tuition: $16,605
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 261
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 334
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (262) 595-2345

Example Classes: Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line, Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability, Sustainable Water Management, The Built Environment, The Natural Environment, Waste Management and Resource Recovery

#25
#25
Annual Tuition: $19,425
Annual Tuition: $19,425
Annual Tuition: $19,425
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 68%
  • Graduation Rate: 82%
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Average SATs: 1250 -1420
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 791
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,298
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (919) 515-2011

Example Classes: Environmental Exposure Assessment, Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, Environmental Stressors, Global Environmental Law and Policy, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems