Online PhD Programs in Legal Studies That are Inexpensive

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A median tuition of $16,792 annually is charged by colleges in the US offering online PhD in legal studies programs. In recent years, the median tuition has increased. This change in tuition was around 25.1%. In 2007, the median tuition at these online schools was $13,425 per year.

The following graph shows the range of tuition at colleges offering online legal studies programs at the doctoral level from least to most affordable:

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 2
Low cost 2
Average cost 0
Most expensive 3

Tuition of more than $30,900 annually is charged by the most expensive online doctorate degree in legal studies colleges. On the other end of the spectrum, per annum tuition at the cheapest colleges and universities is in the range of $5,406 to $7,793. The accredited online legal studies PhD schools that are the least costly are located in Arizona and West Virginia.

In 2011, an estimated 40% of legal studies graduates with doctorate degrees from online colleges across the country earned credentials from these cheap programs. Therefore, of the 225,581 graduates from around the US, 89,328 are from the most inexpensive schools. From 2006 to 2011, the percentage of legal studies graduates with doctorate degrees from the most inexpensive online schools has decreased. However, the number of graduates has increased by 28,449 graduates per year.

Other somewhat more expensive cost online legal studies doctoral degree program colleges charge students tuition ranging from $13,740 to $16,792 annually. An estimated 2 of the 7 online schools that offer doctoral degree programs in legal studies programs in the US charge tuition in this range.

A reported 36,118 students earned their degrees and certificates from these affordable online programs in 2011. This is 16% of the nation’s legal studies doctorate level graduates. The number of graduates from these schools was only 16,328 students, just 5 years earlier, in 2006.

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1. West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia $5,406 $17,002
2. Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona $7,793 $20,257
3. Faulkner University Montgomery, Alabama $13,740 $13,740
4. Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia $16,792 $16,792
5. Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania $30,900 $30,900
6. Boston University Boston, Massachusetts $39,314 $39,314
7. George Washington University Washington, Washington DC $42,860 $42,860

Information obtained from NCES, 2012 shutterstock_127040045-200x133-4810286 20140306-140643-200x112-6585541 shutterstock_162658502-150x150-4359488