2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Environmental Science

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These 25 colleges rank among the most affordable online schools offering master's degrees in environmental science, with the average annual tuition for every school under $13,000. Washington State University ranks #1 with the lowest annual tuition of $5,842, and Arizona State University ranks #25 at $12,960. University of Idaho, a non-profit ranked #8, offers seven different environmental science master's programs, including degrees in Sustainable Science and Water Resource Management.

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

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Washington State University Annual Tuition $5,842
#2 #2 Montana State University Annual Tuition $6,232
#3 #3 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#4 #4 Auburn University Annual Tuition $6,525
#5 #5 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $6,840
#6 #6 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $6,850
#7 #7 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $6,900
#8 #8 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $7,635
#9 #9 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania Annual Tuition $7,650
#10 #10 Utah State University Annual Tuition $7,769
#11 #11 California State University-Fresno Annual Tuition $7,875
#12 #12 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $8,145
#13 #13 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $8,388
#14 #14 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Annual Tuition $8,769
#15 #15 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Annual Tuition $9,561
#16 #16 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $10,080
#17 #17 National University Annual Tuition $10,400
#18 #18 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Annual Tuition $10,566
#19 #19 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $10,800
#20 #20 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Annual Tuition $11,250
#21 #21 University of Wisconsin-Stout Annual Tuition $11,475
#22 #22 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $11,862
#23 #23 Oregon State University Annual Tuition $12,144
#24 #24 Green Mountain College Annual Tuition $12,600
#25 #25 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $12,960
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,842
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,216
  • Example Classes:
    Biology and Control of Plant Diseases; Ecological and Integrated Pest Management; Pesticides and the Environment; Principles of Sustainability; Research and Extension in Agriculture
  • Annual Tuition: $6,232
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,603
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Biophysics; Insect Ecology; Integrated Pest Management; Landscape and Ecosystem Ecology; The Ecology of Plants and Plant Communities
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,473
  • Example Classes:
    Air Quality Management; Conservation Biology; Energy Policy and Sustainability; Environmental and Ecosystems Management; Environmental Economics; Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law
  • Annual Tuition: $6,525
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,501
  • Example Classes:
    Bioenergy & Environment; Ecohydraulics & River Corridor Function; Intro to Land & Water Engineering; Soil Chemistry; Soil Microbiology; Wetlands Design & Restoration
  • Annual Tuition: $6,840
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,452
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Forest Economics; Forest Resource Economics; Forest Resource Management; International Forest Resources & Trade; Natural Resource Law; Natural Resources Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $6,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,697
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,521
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental Soil Chemistry; Hydric Soils; Inorganic Soil Contaminants; Microbiology of the Soil; Organic Contaminants; Soil Formation

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,635
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,256
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,045
  • Example Classes:
    Ecosystem Ecology; Environmental Education; Environmental Issues; Natural and Cultural Resources Law
  • Annual Tuition: $7,769
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,363
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,654
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,145
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,465
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,388
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,201
  • Example Classes:
    Economic and Financial Analysis of Environmental Issues; Environmental Regulations and Ethical Issues; Principles of Environmental Sustainability; Project Management with Sustainable Green Technologies; Strategic Planning for Sustainable Organizations

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,769
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 396
  • Example Classes:
    Biodiversity and Conservation Biology; Ecological Lifestyles; Human Influences on Forests; Leadership Development in Natural Resources; Nature Interpretation in Wisconsin; School Forest Programs and Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $9,561
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,209
  • Example Classes:
    Disaster Planning and Response; Environmental and Safety Management; Environmental Safety & Health Law; Principles of Occupational Epidemiology; System Safety Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $10,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 18,595
  • Example Classes:
    Anthropogenic Impacts on Marine Environments I; Effective Environmental Communication; Environmental Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems; Fundamental Concepts of Climate Change: Scientific Perspectives; Marine and Coastal Flora and Fauna; Marine Protected Areas: Science, Siting and Monitoring
  • Annual Tuition: $10,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,638
  • Example Classes:
    Energy Management; Life Cycle and Risk Assessment; Sustainable Buildings; Sustainable Innovation; Sustainable Supply Chain; Watershed Management
  • Annual Tuition: $10,566
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,621
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law - Policy Analysis; Environmental Consequences of Globalization; Organizational Behavior in Educational Settings; Regional Economic Development Policy; Research Methods for Public Policy

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,474
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,279
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,475
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,147
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line; Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability; Ecology for Sustainable Management; Economics of Environmental Sustainability; Environment and Society; Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,893
  • Example Classes:
    Environment and Ecosystems Principles; Environmental Regulations and Policy; Environmental Technology; Global Environmental Management Issues; Human Health and Disease; Occupational Health and Safety
  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 268
  • Example Classes:
    Bioregional Theory and Practice; Environmental History & Philosophy; Environmental Law & Policy; Environmental Leadership & Community Involvement; Natural Systems Ecology
  • Annual Tuition: $12,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 16,767
  • Example Classes:
    Communications and Sustainability; Foundations of Sustainability; Global Context; Strategic Sustainability; Sustainability Leadership
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