2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Software Engineering

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

The 20 schools in this list represent the most affordable options for obtaining an online master's degree in software engineering. Ranked #1, Middle Georgia State University charges $3,825 per year for their MS in Information Technology - Software Development. Available courses include Advanced Programming and Data Structures, Distributed Enterprise Software, Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, Object Oriented Analysis and Design, and Software Testing and Quality Assurance. Second-ranked The University of West Florida is a similarly affordable option, with an annual tuition of only $4,250.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in software engineering degrees. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Middle Georgia State University $3,825
# 2 #2 The University of West Florida $4,250
# 3 #3 Columbus State University $5,593
# 4 #4 North Dakota State University - Main Campus $6,183
# 5 #5 Texas Tech University $6,426
# 6 #6 Strayer University $6,640
# 7 #7 Kennesaw State University $6,894
# 8 #8 Arizona State University $8,512
# 9 #9 West Virginia University $8,653
# 10 #10 Washington State University $8,925
# 11 #11 University of Arizona $9,750
# 12 #12 Bellevue University $10,530
# 13 #13 University of Maryland Global Campus $11,862
# 14 #14 Saint Cloud State University $11,979
# 15 #15 Thomas Edison State University $12,024
# 16 #16 East Carolina University $13,160
# 17 #17 California State University - Fullerton $13,374
# 18 #18 Lewis University $13,600
# 19 #19 Mercer University $14,070
# 20 #20 Nova Southeastern University $16,131
#1
#1
Annual Tuition: $3,825
Annual Tuition: $3,825
Annual Tuition: $3,825
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 880 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,852
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 268
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Information Technology - Software Development
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,250
Annual Tuition: $4,250
Annual Tuition: $4,250
  • 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: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Computer Science - Software Engineering
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $5,593
Annual Tuition: $5,593
Annual Tuition: $5,593
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 786
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Applied Computer Science - Concentration in Software Development
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $6,183
Annual Tuition: $6,183
Annual Tuition: $6,183
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1265
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 354
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 238
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Software Engineering
#5
#5

Texas Tech University

Lubbock (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,426
Annual Tuition: $6,426
Annual Tuition: $6,426
  • 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: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Software and Security Engineering
#6
#6

Strayer University

Nationwide
Annual Tuition: $6,640
Annual Tuition: $6,640
Annual Tuition: $6,640
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 41,599
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,908
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Information Systems - Software Engineering Management
#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,894
Annual Tuition: $6,894
Annual Tuition: $6,894
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,315
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,792
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
#8
#8

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1091 -1301
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 33,410
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,843
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MSE in Engineering Science (Software Engineering)
#9
#9

West Virginia University

Morgantown (WV)
Annual Tuition: $8,653
Annual Tuition: $8,653
Annual Tuition: $8,653
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,453
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Software Engineering (Coursework Option)
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering (Problem Report Option)
  • Master of Science in Software Engineering (Thesis Option)
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,437
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,137
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
#11
#11

University of Arizona

Tucson (AZ)
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 84%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1360
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,558
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,515
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering - Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence
#12
#12

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,352
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,151
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Computer Information Systems - Concentration in Software Development
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $11,862
Annual Tuition: $11,862
Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 46%
  • Graduation Rate: 15%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 35,971
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,876
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Specialization in Software Engineering
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $11,979
Annual Tuition: $11,979
Annual Tuition: $11,979
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 934 -1194
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 469
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 390
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • PSM in Software Engineering
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $12,024
Annual Tuition: $12,024
Annual Tuition: $12,024
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 9,475
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 655
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Information Technology - Focus in Software Engineering
#16
#16

East Carolina University

Greenville (NC)
Annual Tuition: $13,160
Annual Tuition: $13,160
Annual Tuition: $13,160
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,928
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,181
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $13,374
Annual Tuition: $13,374
Annual Tuition: $13,374
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 46%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,220
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,066
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Software Engineering
#18
#18

Lewis University

Romeoville (IL)
Annual Tuition: $13,600
Annual Tuition: $13,600
Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 293
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 640
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • MS in Computer Science - Software Engineering
#19
#19

Mercer University

Macon (GA)
Annual Tuition: $14,070
Annual Tuition: $14,070
Annual Tuition: $14,070
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 612
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 498
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering - Software Engineering
#20
#20

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale (FL)
Annual Tuition: $16,131
Annual Tuition: $16,131
Annual Tuition: $16,131
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 292
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,532
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Science in Computer Science - Concentration in Software Engineering

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