Online PhD Programs in Engineering That are Most Affordable

By Staff

Colleges and universities across the nation offering online PhD in engineering programs charge students a median tuition of $7,834 per year. There has been a 28.6% increase in the median tuition over the past few years. At these online schools the median tuition annually in 2007 was $6,090.

The tuition range for colleges offering online engineering programs at the PhD level is displayed in the following graph. Tuition is shown from the most to least costly colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 13
Low cost 13
Average cost 13
Most expensive 13

A yearly tuition of over $11,648 is charged by the costliest schools that offer online doctorate degree program in engineering programs. On the other hand, the cheapest colleges have yearly tuition costs ranging from $3,044 to $5,452. The accredited online engineering PhD schools that are the least expensive are located in Florida, Idaho, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

  • PhD in Engineering – Industrial Engineering
  • PhD in Engineering
  • PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • PhD in Computer Engineering
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering
  • PhD in Engineering – Civil Engineering

Of all engineering graduates with doctorate degree programs from online colleges across the country, approximately 26% graduated from these low tuition programs in 2011. Therefore, of the 1,355,467 graduates from around the US, 356,858 are from the least costly schools. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of engineering graduates with PhD from the least expensive online colleges and universities has increased by 31,989 graduates annually, while the percentage of graduates from these colleges and universities has decreased.

Other somewhat more costly online engineering doctoral degree colleges charge a yearly tuition in the range of $5,461 to $7,793. A reported 13 of the 52 online schools with doctorate degree programs in engineering programs in the US charge tuition in this range.

In 2011, 306,944 students received their credentials from these reasonably priced online programs. This represents 23% of the country’s engineering PhD level graduates. Only 285,362 students earned credentials from these schools in 2006, which was just 5 years prior. Therefore, the number of students graduating from these reasonably priced online colleges has increased by 8%.

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