Affordable Online PhD Programs in Science

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The median tuition charged by colleges and universities across the nation with online PhD in science programs is $7,097 yearly. Over the past few years, there has been a 39.6% increase in the median tuition. At these online colleges and universities the median tuition yearly in 2007 was $5,085.

The tuition range for colleges offering online science programs at the doctoral level from highest to lowest cost is displayed in the following graph:

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 17
Low cost 16
Average cost 17
Most expensive 17

At the high end, schools with online doctoral degree in science programs charge students more than $10,386 in tuition per year. However, tuition charged by the cheapest colleges ranges from $1,454 to $4,824 per year. Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Dakota are home to the most inexpensive accredited online science doctorate degree program schools.

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Of all science graduates with PhD from online colleges across the country, approximately 20% graduated from these low tuition programs in 2011. This represents 338,439 of the 1,664,916 graduates in the nation. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of science graduates with doctorate degree programs from the least expensive online schools has increased by 54,477 graduates per year, while the percentage of graduates from these schools has decreased.

Yearly tuition in the range of $4,853 to $7,070 is charged by other somewhat more costly online science doctoral degree colleges. Of the 67 online colleges and universities that offer PhD in science programs in the nation, 16 charge students tuition in this range.

A reported 24.7%, or 411,206 of the nation’s science doctorate level graduates earned their degrees and certificates from these affordable online programs in 2011. In 2006, which was a short 5 years earlier, only 306,644 students graduated from these colleges and universities. Thus, the number of graduates from these affordable online colleges has increased by 34%.

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1. University of Massachusetts Lowell, Massachusetts $1,454 $8,568
2. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,937
3. University of Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts $1,714 $9,758
4. Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida $2,870 $16,627
5. East Carolina University Greenville, North Carolina $2,881 $14,955
6. University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota $2,994 $4,491
7. University of North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina $3,044 $14,091
8. University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida $3,347 $18,089
9. University of Florida Gainesville, Florida $3,530 $24,746
10. University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Oklahoma City, Oklahoma $3,678 $14,109
11. Idaho State University Pocatello, Idaho $3,800 $14,300
12. University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho $3,874 $11,592
13. University of Maryland Princess Anne, Maryland $4,235 $11,676
14. Marshall University Huntington, West Virginia $4,319 $11,930
15. University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado $4,680 $15,864
16. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Lubbock, Texas $4,805 $14,415
17. East Tennessee State University Johnson City, Tennessee $4,824 $17,352
18. North Carolina State University at Raleigh Raleigh, North Carolina $4,853 $17,388
19. University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York $4,970 $13,380
20. University of Houston Houston, Texas $5,016 $12,456