2020 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in ESL

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

These 22 schools make up the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in ESL, with all of their annual tuition rates priced at less than $8,000. Buena Vista University, our top-ranked school, has the lowest tuition on the list at only $3,750 per year. Classes at Buena Vista University include Applied Linguistics, Curriculum Development and Assessment in ESL, Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners, and Introduction to Second Language Acquisition. Ranked #2, Campbellsville University offers a tuition rate of $4,485 annually.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Buena Vista University $3,750
# 2 #2 Campbellsville University $4,485
# 3 #3 Wichita State University $4,529
# 4 #4 Eastern New Mexico University - Main Campus $4,671
# 5 #5 Fort Hays State University $4,891
# 6 #6 Valdosta State University $5,274
# 7 #7 Stephen F. Austin State University $6,060
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) American Public University System $6,300
# 8 (tie) #8 (tie) University of Alabama $6,300
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) Huntington University $6,400
# 10 (tie) #10 (tie) Union College - KY $6,400
# 12 #12 The University of Texas Permian Basin $6,484
# 13 #13 Trevecca Nazarene University $6,525
# 14 #14 University of Missouri $6,562
# 15 #15 Southeast Missouri State University $6,570
# 16 #16 Lamar University $6,600
# 17 #17 Pittsburg State University $6,630
# 18 #18 Quincy University $6,750
# 19 #19 Marshall University $6,810
# 20 #20 Saint Xavier University $6,900
# 21 #21 Western Governors University $7,080
# 22 #22 Newman University $7,225
#1
#1

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake (IA)
Annual Tuition: $3,750
Annual Tuition: $3,750
Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 610
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 283
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership, Curriculum, and Instruction - Teaching English as a Second Language
#2
#2

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
Annual Tuition: $4,485
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 913
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 944
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Teacher Leader: ESL Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in School Improvement - Rank I: ESL Endorsement
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $4,529
Annual Tuition: $4,529
Annual Tuition: $4,529
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 632
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Learning and Instructional Design - ESOL (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Education in Learning and Instructional Design - ESOL (Thesis)
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $4,671
Annual Tuition: $4,671
Annual Tuition: $4,671
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 36%
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Average SATs: 900 -1110
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,514
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 917
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Pedagogy and Learning - Bilingual Education
  • Master of Education in Pedagogy and Learning - English as a Second Language
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $4,891
Annual Tuition: $4,891
Annual Tuition: $4,891
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
#6
#6
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,107
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,886
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Education - English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
Annual Tuition: $6,060
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 574
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teaching & Learning - ESL/Bilingual
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teaching - Concentration in English Language Learners
#8
#8

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa (AL)
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 1080 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,856
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,659
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Secondary Education with English for Speakers of Other Languages P-12 Certification
#10
#10

Huntington University

Huntington (IN)
Annual Tuition: $6,400
Annual Tuition: $6,400
Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 70%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 965 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 74
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 87
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Ministry and TESOL
  • Master of Education in TESOL
#10
#10

Union College - KY

Barbourville (KY)
Annual Tuition: $6,400
Annual Tuition: $6,400
Annual Tuition: $6,400
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 153
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 133
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education: The Teacher Leader - English as a Second Language (P-12)
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1133
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,827
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 589
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MA in Bilingual/ESL Education
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $6,525
Annual Tuition: $6,525
Annual Tuition: $6,525
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1288
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 559
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 965
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in English as a Second Language
#14
#14

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $6,562
Annual Tuition: $6,562
Annual Tuition: $6,562
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 835
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,423
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $6,570
Annual Tuition: $6,570
Annual Tuition: $6,570
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,223
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 481
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
#16
#16

Lamar University

Beaumont (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,222
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,150
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Education in Teacher Leadership - ESL
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $6,630
Annual Tuition: $6,630
Annual Tuition: $6,630
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 916 -1185
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 170
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 850
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Teaching - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (Coursework)
  • MS in Teaching - English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (Thesis)
#18
#18

Quincy University

Quincy (IL)
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 14
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education - Curriculum/Instruction - Bilingual/ESL
#19
#19

Marshall University

Huntington (WV)
Annual Tuition: $6,810
Annual Tuition: $6,810
Annual Tuition: $6,810
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1150
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 935
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 596
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Teaching English as a Second Language
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
Annual Tuition: $6,900
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 49
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 297
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Education - Dual Endorsement in LBS I and Bilingual/English as a Second Language
#21
#21

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $7,080
Annual Tuition: $7,080
Annual Tuition: $7,080
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 21%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 98,630
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 37,509
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Online Master's Degrees

  • M.A. English Language Learning (PK-12)
#22
#22

Newman University

Wichita (KS)
Annual Tuition: $7,225
Annual Tuition: $7,225
Annual Tuition: $7,225
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • Average SATs: 985 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 121
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 135
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Education - ESOL Curriculum and Instruction

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