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
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (478) 471-2700

Example Classes: Advanced Programming and Data Structures, Distributed Enterprise Software, Mobile Computing Systems and Applications, Object Oriented Analysis and Design, Software Testing and Quality Assurance

#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,250
Annual Tuition: $4,250
Annual Tuition: $4,250
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Database Systems, Software Design, Software Engineering Foundations: Java Programming, Software Engineering Practice and Tools

#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $5,593
Annual Tuition: $5,593
Annual Tuition: $5,593
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 786
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (706) 507-8800

Example Classes: Advanced Programming Languages, Advanced Software Design, Contemporary Issues in Database Management Systems, Software Measurement and Estimation, Software Project Planning and Management, Software Testing and Quality Assurance

#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $6,183
Annual Tuition: $6,183
Annual Tuition: $6,183
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1265
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 354
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 238
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (701) 231-8011

Example Classes: Development of Distributed Systems, Software Complexity Metrics, Software Construction, Software Requirements Definition and Analysis, Software Testing and Debugging, Survey of Artificial Intelligence

#5
#5

Texas Tech University

Lubbock (TX)
Annual Tuition: $6,426
Annual Tuition: $6,426
Annual Tuition: $6,426
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Distributed Systems, Fault-Tolerant Computer Systems, Parallel Processors and Processing, Real Time and Time Sharing Systems, Software Verification and Validation, Systems Theory

#6
#6

Strayer University

Nationwide
Annual Tuition: $6,640
Annual Tuition: $6,640
Annual Tuition: $6,640
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 41,599
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,908
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Example Classes: Advanced Computer Architecture, Information Systems for Decision Making, IT Project Leadership Strategies, Project Leadership Strategies, Strategic Planning for Database Systems, Theories of Security Management

#7
#7
Annual Tuition: $6,894
Annual Tuition: $6,894
Annual Tuition: $6,894
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (470) 578-6000

Example Classes: Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Systems Planning and Design, Project Management Processes, Statistical Process Control, System Optimization, Total Quality

#8
#8

Arizona State University

Tempe (AZ) (and 4 others)
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
Annual Tuition: $8,512
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Example Classes: Information Assurance and Security, Software Engineering Principles and Concepts, Software Project, Process and Quality Management, Software Verification and Validation, and Testing

#9
#9

West Virginia University

Morgantown (WV)
Annual Tuition: $8,653
Annual Tuition: $8,653
Annual Tuition: $8,653
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (304) 293-0111

Example Classes: Advanced Real-Time Systems, Applied Fuzzy Logic, Computer Network Forensics, Fault Tolerant Computing, Switching Circuit Theory

#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (509) 335-3564

Example Classes: Advanced Algorithms, Software Design and Architecture, Software Maintenance, Software Quality, Software Requirements, Software Testing

#11
#11

University of Arizona

Tucson (AZ)
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (520) 621-2211

Example Classes: Detection and Estimation in Engineering Systems, Digital Control Systems, Knowledge-System Engineering, Principles of Artificial Intelligence, Radar Signal Processing, Software Engineering Concepts

#12
#12

Bellevue University

Bellevue (NE)
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
Annual Tuition: $10,530
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 7,352
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,151
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 291-8100

Example Classes: Computing Platforms and Network Technologies, IT Infrastructure, Management and Design of Data Base Systems, Software Testing and Quality, Storage Systems, Strategy and Policy

#13
#13
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: Advanced Software Design and Implementation, Modern Software Methodologies, Relational Database Systems, Software Verification and Validation, Usability Engineering, User Interface Implementation

#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $11,979
Annual Tuition: $11,979
Annual Tuition: $11,979
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 86%
  • Average SATs: 934 -1194
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 469
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 390
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (320) 308-0121

Example Classes: Big Data Organization and Management, Information Technology Transformation, Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, Software Analysis, Software Design, Software Reverse Engineering

#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $12,024
Annual Tuition: $12,024
Annual Tuition: $12,024
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 9,475
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 655
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (609) 984-1100 x2025

Example Classes: Design and Development of Large Software Systems, Software Design and Architecture, Software Modeling, Validation, and Analysis, Software Systems Integration, Software Testing and Quality Management

#16
#16

East Carolina University

Greenville (NC)
Annual Tuition: $13,160
Annual Tuition: $13,160
Annual Tuition: $13,160
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (252) 328-6131

Example Classes: Developing e-Commerce Systems, Foundations of Software Testing, Process Management and Lifecycle Modeling, Program Translation, Software Construction, Software Systems Modeling and Analysis

#17
#17
Annual Tuition: $13,374
Annual Tuition: $13,374
Annual Tuition: $13,374
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WSCUC
  • Phone #: (657) 278-2593

Example Classes: Advanced Software Process, Modern Software Management, Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues for Software Engineers, Software Maintenance, Software Measurement, Software Verification and Validation

#18
#18

Lewis University

Romeoville (IL)
Annual Tuition: $13,600
Annual Tuition: $13,600
Annual Tuition: $13,600
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 293
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (815) 838-0500

Example Classes: Cloud Computing and Virtualization, Data Visualization, Discrete Structures, Mathematics for Data Scientists, Programming Languages, Software Vulnerabilities and Defenses

#19
#19

Mercer University

Macon (GA)
Annual Tuition: $14,070
Annual Tuition: $14,070
Annual Tuition: $14,070
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Average SATs: 1170 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 612
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 498
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (478) 301-2700

Example Classes: Advanced Graphic Interfaces, Design, Maintenance and Quality, Disciplined Software Development, Object Oriented Design, Software Test

#20
#20

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale (FL)
Annual Tuition: $16,131
Annual Tuition: $16,131
Annual Tuition: $16,131
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (954) 262-7300

Example Classes: Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Interaction Design, Software Requirements Engineering