2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Software Engineering

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Students seeking an online master's in software engineering program will find affordable options at the 18 universities below. Ten schools offer tuition rates less than $15,000. The University of Alabama in Huntsville comes in first place with an annual tuition rate of $8,595. Those wanting to specialize their degree can choose from DePaul University's four concentrations including software architecture and entrepreneurship and technology leadership.

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

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 University of Alabama in Huntsville Annual Tuition $8,595
#2 #2 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $10,170
#3 #3 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $11,862
#4 #4 Lewis University Annual Tuition $12,720
#5 #5 East Carolina University Annual Tuition $13,160
#6 #6 Mercer University Annual Tuition $13,230
#7 #7 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $13,710
#8 #8 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $13,950
#9 #9 National University Annual Tuition $14,144
#10 #10 Strayer University Annual Tuition $14,699
#11 #11 The University of West Florida Annual Tuition $15,888
#12 #12 Auburn University Annual Tuition $16,133
#13 #13 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $16,740
#14 #14 Brandeis University Annual Tuition $16,999
#15 #15 Kansas State University Annual Tuition $14,246
#16 #16 California State University-Fullerton Annual Tuition $17,574
#17 #17 Southern Methodist University Annual Tuition $20,250
#18 #18 DePaul University Annual Tuition $21,580
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  • Annual Tuition: $8,595
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,853
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Operating Systems; Analysis of Algorithms; Object Oriented Design; Software Engineering Process
  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,587
  • Example Classes:
    Computing Platforms and Network Technologies; Information Security; Information Technology Project Management; Intermediate Database and Database Connectivity; Intermediate Java Programming; IT Infrastructure
  • Annual Tuition: $11,862
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,893
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Software Design and Implementation; Modern Software Methodologies; Relational Database Systems; Software Verification and Validation; Usability Engineering; User Interface Implementation
  • Annual Tuition: $12,720
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,027
  • Example Classes:
    Cloud Computing and Virtualization; Data Visualization; Discrete Structures; Mathematics for Data Scientists; Programming Languages; Software Vulnerabilities and Defenses
  • Annual Tuition: $13,160
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,250
  • Example Classes:
    Developing e-Commerce Systems; Foundations of Software Testing; Process Management and Lifecycle Modeling; Program Translation; Software Construction; Software Systems Modeling and Analysis

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,933
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Graphic Interfaces; Design, Maintenance and Quality; Disciplined Software Development; Object Oriented Design; Software Test
  • Annual Tuition: $13,710
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 16,767
  • Example Classes:
    Calculus for Engineers; Discrete Mathematical Structures; Information Assurance and Security; Microcomputer Architecture and Programming; Operating Systems and Networks; Principles of Database Management
  • Annual Tuition: $13,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 18,595
  • Example Classes:
    Design and Analysis of Algorithms; Interaction Design; Software Requirements Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $14,144
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,638
  • Example Classes:
    Programming in Java; Security in Computing; Software Architecture Applications; Software Testing; User Interface Engineering; Web and Cloud Computing
  • Annual Tuition: $14,699
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 13,044
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Computer Architecture; Agile Project Management; Enterprise Architecture; Information Systems for Decision Making; Information Technology Audit and Control; IT Project Leadership Strategies
  • Annual Tuition: $15,888
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,570
  • Example Classes:
    Database Systems; Software Design; Software Engineering Foundations: Java Programming; Software Engineering Practice and Tools
  • Annual Tuition: $16,133
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,501
  • Example Classes:
    Artificial Intelligence; Artificial Intelligence Programming; Formal Methods for Software; High Speed Networks; Software Architecture; Software Re-Engineering
  • Annual Tuition: $16,740
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,000
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Human Computer Interaction; Database Design Concepts; Enterprise Integration; Pattern Oriented Design; Software Engineering Studio; Web Security and Privacy

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,999
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,131
  • Example Classes:
    Cloud Computing; Expert Software Development in Java; Mobile Applications and Responsive Web Design; Software Development Methodologies; Software Engineering Studio; User Interface Design
  • Annual Tuition: $14,246
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,287
  • Example Classes:
    Information Retrieval and Text Mining; Machine Learning And Pattern Recognition; Principles of Artificial Intelligence; Software Specification; Verification and Validation

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,574
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,804
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Software Process; Modern Software Management; Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues for Software Engineers; Software Maintenance; Software Measurement; Software Verification and Validation

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,232
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Application Programming; Software Acquisition Practices, Legal, and Economic Issues; Software Metrics and Quality Engineering; Software Security; User Interface Design; XML and the Enterprise

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,580
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 7,578
  • Example Classes:
    Applied 3D Geometry; Artificial Intelligence for Computer Games; Discrete Structures for Computer Science; Managing Globally Distributed Software Development; Neural Networks and Deep Learning; Optimized C++
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