Online Social Science Degrees Ranked by Cost

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Colleges in the US that have online social science programs require students to pay a median tuition of $8,238 per year. In recent years, there has been a 41.7% increase in the median tuition. In 2007, the median tuition at these online schools was $5,812 yearly.

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

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 7
Low cost 9
Average cost 8
Most expensive 8

At the high end, schools with online social science programs charge students more than $22,854 in tuition per annum. However, tuition ranging from $728 to $4,656 per year is charged by the cheapest colleges. California, Florida, Georgia, New York, and North Carolina are home to the most inexpensive accredited online social science schools.

  • Bachelor in Social Sciences – Economics
  • Associate of Art in Liberal Arts: Humanities and Social Sciences – Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences – Administrative
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences – Gerontology
  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education – Social Science
  • BA/Social Science – Child and Family Development
  • Bachelor in Social Sciences – Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Special Education – Social Science
  • BA/Social Science – Applied Behavioral Science
  • BA/Social Science – Criminal Justice

These cheap programs graduated an estimated 16% of social science graduates from online schools around the US in 2011. This represents 86,956 of the 558,680 graduates in the nation. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of social science graduates from the least expensive online colleges has increased by 10,576 graduates yearly, while the percentage of graduates from these colleges has decreased.

Tuition ranging from $5,464 to $8,080 each year is charged by other somewhat more expensive online social science colleges. Tuition in this range is charged by 9 of the 32 online colleges with social science programs in the country.

Approximately 26.7% of the nation’s social science graduates earned their degrees from these low tuition online programs in 2011. This represents 148,941 students. The number of students graduating from these schools was only 91,612 students in 2006, which was just 5 years prior. Thus, from these low tuition online colleges and universities, the number of graduates has increased by 63%.

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1. Saddleback College Mission Viejo, California $728 $4,660
2. Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida $2,870 $16,627
3. University of North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina $3,243 $15,004
4. Cayuga County Community College Auburn, New York $3,560 $7,120
5. Columbus State University Columbus, Georgia $3,696 $13,272
6. Lansing Community College Lansing, Michigan $4,200 $6,300
7. University of Hawaii Pearl City, Hawaii $4,656 $14,352
8. University of West Alabama Livingston, Alabama $5,464 $10,928
9. California State University Chico, California $5,472 $11,160
10. Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, Pennsylvania $5,760 $8,640
11. Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, Pennsylvania $5,804 $11,608
12. California University of Pennsylvania California, Pennsylvania $5,804 $9,288
13. University of Maine Augusta, Maine $6,240 $15,120
14. Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas $6,672 $17,700
15. Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona $7,793 $20,257
16. Washington State University Pullman, Washington $8,080 $19,122
17. Rowan University Glassboro, New Jersey $8,396 $15,754
18. Brandman University Irvine, California $9,611 $9,611
19. University of the Southwest Hobbs, New Mexico $14,500 $14,500
20. Ashford University Clinton, Iowa $15,720 $15,720