Online PhD Programs in Social Science Ranked by Cost of Tuition

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Schools around the country with online PhD in social science programs have an average tuition of $17,735 per year. In recent years, there has been a 18.4% increase in the average tuition. In 2007, the average tuition at these online colleges was $14,985 yearly.

The range of tuition at colleges offering online social science programs at the doctorate level is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the most to least expensive colleges and universities.

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

The most expensive colleges that have online doctorate program in social science programs require students to pay a yearly tuition of over $37,866. The cheapest colleges and universities, however, have per annum tuition costs ranging from $2,870 to $3,243. The accredited online social science doctorate program schools that are the least costly are located in Florida and North Carolina.

In 2011, an estimated 22% of social science graduates with doctoral degrees from online colleges across the country earned credentials from these cheap programs. This represents 67,398 of the 309,492 graduates from across the country. From 2006 to 2011, the number of social science graduates with doctorate programs from the least costly online schools has increased by 7,798 graduates per year. However, the percentage of graduates from these schools has decreased.

Tuition ranging from $6,672 to $7,793 per annum is charged by other somewhat more expensive online social science doctoral degree colleges. Of the 8 online colleges and universities with doctoral degrees in social science programs in the nation, 2 offer programs with tuition in this range.

In 2011, 26.5%, or 82,124 of the country’s social science PhD level graduates received their certificates from these cheap online programs. Only 56,509 students earned credentials from these colleges and universities in 2006, which was a short 5 years prior. This represents a 45% increase in the number of graduates from these low tuition online schools.

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1. Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida $2,870 $16,627
2. University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina $3,243 $15,004
3. Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas $6,672 $17,700
4. Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona $7,793 $20,257
5. Washington State University Pullman, Washington $8,080 $19,122
6. Syracuse University Syracuse, New York $34,970 $34,970
7. New York University New York, New York $37,866 $37,866
8. University of Southern California Los Angeles, California $40,384 $40,384

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