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Fifteen-hundred years after indigenous peoples lived in Alabama, the Spanish were the first Europeans to enter the area, sometime in the 16th century. It was the French, however, who founded the state’s first city, Mobile, in 1702. Like many states in the South, Alabama saw a severe economic downturn in the early 20th century, following the Great Depression, but has witnessed significant progress over the last few decades. In particular, the automative industry has gained a major foothold, with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing all located in the state. (Alabama now ranks fourth in the country for vehicle exports.) In addition, healthcare, regional banking and finance, construction, and tech are growing in the state. Unsurprisingly, education opportunities are on the rise, as well – in particular, online education, which offers affordable prices and flexible scheduling to accommodate today’s college student.

In-state tuition is often applied to public schools offering online programs. Many online programs require some face-to-face time, or more numerous support services at their brick and mortar locations. Intensive study experiences–often on the weekends or in several week long bouts–enable many online students to accelerate their time until graduation. And students looking at online education can drastically expand their educational options if they also look to hybrid degrees (degrees where degrees can be taken partially, or mostly online). Finally, one of the most common stipulations in scholarships is that students be from a certain state or region, often more funds are available to students seeking degrees in-state.

There are 15 public schools in Alabama offering online degrees. The largest of these is Troy, which offers the most online opportunities in the state at 38, including 13 associates (Business and Education concentrations), 6 bachelors (Business, Nursing, Management), 18 masters (MBA, MPA, etc.), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The second largest provider is The University of Alabama – 10 bachelors, 14 masters, and a doctorate – with a wide variety of options in Business, Healthcare, Education, Law, Management, and more. From there, UAB, Jacksonville State University, and University of West Alabama each offer 20+ online degrees. UAB’s graduate programs are worth highlighting, with several Engineering concentrations (among the few in the state), a half dozen MEd concentrations, and a Master of Public Health Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership. Outside of Troy’s 13 associates, the next-largest offering is from Northwest-Shoals Community College, which has 5 pre-professional tracks in Business, Law, and Education.

There are 6 private schools in Alabama that offer online degrees. Amridge University is the largest, with 31, and is the second largest provider in the state. Undergraduate tracks are available in Business, Management, Communication, and Criminal Justice; and masters include an MA in Behavioral Leadership And Management, MS in Leadership And Management, and MA in Professional Counseling. Amridge also offers numerous Christian Ministry, Divinity, and Biblical Studies degrees, including 6 online doctorates, the most in the state. From there, Faulkner University offers 14 online degrees. Highlights include an Executive MBA, MS in Counseling, BS’s in Business and Criminal Justice, and 2 doctorates in the Humanities and Biblical Studies. Remington College’s Mobile campus offers 9 online tracks – 2 associates, 7 bachelors – and Oakwood University offers a Bachelor in Organizational Management.

Potential Resident

For a variety of reasons, a student may look to move to the state of their online college program whether specifically required by the program or not – be it for a job, location desirability, school benefits, etc. Different states have different policies, however, and some of them can be rather demanding. Fortunately, Alabama’s are relatively straightforward and are outlined by Alabama’s registrar. In sum, a school will assume non-resident status if any any out-of-state information is received (including transcripts, addresses, or other items included in the admissions application). For independent students to declare in-state tuition, they will need to demonstrate either: full-time employment in Alabama; membership or veteran status in the United States Armed Forces; or permanent residence/domicile in Alabama at least one year immediately preceding the first day of classes of the academic term.

Tuition, Cost of Living and Opportunity

Four-year public university tuition in Alabama clocks in at $10,040, or in the middle of the pack in terms of national higher education prices. Technically this rate is around $1,000 more than the national average, but still well below the most expensive states of Vermont and New Hampshire (over $15,000 a year average public school tuition). For students looking to relocate, some portion of educational expenses will most likely be lower than their prior location due to low living expanses in Alabama. Alabama’s average private four-year nonprofit university tuition, however, is lower than the national average, with the pair being $23,950 and $32,410 for published total prices, respectively. Coupled with lower living expenses, this makes Alabama one of the most affordable states to attend private universities in.

Birmingham is the largest city in the state of Alabama, with close to 1/4th of the state’s population residing in the surrounding metropolitan area. Initially booming in the late 1800’s as a railroading, iron, steel, and mining hub, Birmingham has come into its own as a unique and vibrant 21st century city of late. Among a number of smaller schools, the city is home to the University of Alabama Birmingham as well as Samford University, the first of which is a particularly noted online degree provider. UAB is a particularly good choice for in-state (and more specifically in-town) students, offering 22 fully online degrees at affordable in-state pricing. Other nearby online degree offering institutions include the University of Montavello as well as the University of Alabama (in Tuscaloosa). For potential students looking to relocate to an Alabaman city, Birmingham has many things to offer, including a large number of festivals, large academic and scientific employers, and vibrant art and music offerings. One such offering is Joe Minter’s African Village in America, a half acre visionary art installation close to downtown Birmingham. Constructed of discarded goods, the installation is a folk art masterpiecepaying homage to the history of African-Americans and his vision of the continent from which they came.

Montgomery is the capital and second largest city in Alabama, claiming 375,000 residents within its metropolitan area. Recent downtown revitalization efforts, as well as many cultural events have lent Montgomery the title of “Alabama’s happiest city” in recent years. Coupled with a number of higher education offerings, as well as a wide variety of high tech and manufacturing employers, the city is a great place to relocate or start establishing roots in for potential online students. Currently four institutions of higher education offer online degrees in Montgomery: Alabama State University, Faulkner University, Amridge University, and Auburn University at Montgomery. Amridge an Faulkner Universities are particularly good choices for online students, providing a total of 45 fully online degrees (Amridge offers the second most online degrees of any university in the state). The largest employers in the area offer a large range of opportunities as exemplified through their diversity. In descending order the largest employers in the area include Maxwell-Gunter Airforce Base, the State of Alabama, Montgomery Public Schools, Baptist Health, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and Alfa Insurance Corporation.

Mobile is the third largest city in Alabama, and the largest city behind New Orleans in the culturally distinct French gulf coast. This lineage is expressed today through unique cultural, artistic, and culinary offerings, as well as the distinction of being the first city in America to celebrate Mardi Gras (a tradition that continues with exuberance today). Other unique cultural offerings in the city include the Mobile Museum of Art, the National African American Museum and Archives, the Battleship Memorial Park, the Mobile Carnival Museum, as well as many smaller home-based museums of the Antebellum south. Located in Mobile Bay, a saltwater bay located off of the Gulf of Mexico, many recreational and economic opportunities exist in the region. Three online-degree granting institutions are close or in Mobile, including the United States Sports Academy, Remington College’s Mobile Campus, and the University of South Alabama. 25 fully online degrees are offered in total from these three institutions. More degree offerings are also offered directly across the state line to Florida in Pensacola. For potential online students looking to relocate to a culturally unique portion of Alabama, close to Florida, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Louisiana, Mobile is a great option in which to pursue an online education.

Huntsville is the fourth largest city in Alabama (and second largest metro), and noteworthy for its access to nature, vibrant high tech, science, and research economies, and online learning opportunities. Just south of the some of the southwesternmost foothills of the Appalachains, and just north of the Tennessee River, Hunstville has a wide range of outdoors opportunities available. For students pursuing degrees in the sciences or business, Huntsville is a great location due to its being the largest center of research for rocket propulsion research for Nasa and the military. The metropolitan area is regularly the top ranked area in the United States for engineers per total employment, largely due to the rocket propulsion research in the area. Three online degree granting institutions are available within city limits, including the University of Alabama at Huntsville, Oakwood University, and Alabama A&M University. Additional degree options are available in neighboring Athens Alabama, as well as in nearby Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Opportunity Comparison

City
Population
Cost of Living
Top Industries
Local Online Degrees
Birmingham
212113
0.726
Medicine, Research, Trade, Finance, Government
25
Montgomery
201332
0.808
Government, Education, Health Care, Auto Manufacturing
56
Mobile
195111
0.839
Aviation/Aerospace, Chemicals and Maritime
20
Huntsville
186284
0.914
Aerospace/Defense, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Bioscience
19
Tuscaloosa
95338
0.951
Education, Auto manufacturing
27
Dothan
68001
0.845
Agribusiness, Technology, Aerospace
0

Online Schools in Alabama

The 15 Best Online Universities in Alabama

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15 Results Name Number of Online Degrees US News Rank School Type Rank

Name

The University of Alabama

Online Programs

25

US News Rank

N103

Type

Public

1
Founded in 1831, The University of Alabama has a total enrollment of about 37,000; 32,000 are undergraduates. Alabama has been ranked highly by US News, Washington Monthly, and Forbes, among others. It is also the only university in Alabama to offer doctorates in Metallurgical Engineering, Anthropology, Romance Languages, Communication and Information Sciences, Music, and Social Work. With 25 degrees available online, it’s the third largest distance education provider in the state, including 10 bachelors, 14 masters, and a doctorate in a wide variety of disciplines: Business (with MBA concentrations), Healthcare (with several nursing tracks), Education, and Law, among others. For a school of its size, classes remain intimate: 40% consist of less than 20 students, and only 20% consist of more than 50. 42% of full-time students receive some form of financial aid, and the average need met is over half.

Name

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Online Programs

22

US News Rank

N159

Type

Public

2

Founded in 1969, The University of Alabama at Birmingham has an enrollment of approximately 18,500, including students from 100 countries across the world. UAB is particularly known for its research efforts, ranking 20th in the country and 1st in Alabama for federal research and development funding, which has produced high marks from the Princeton Review, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, and US News. With 22 online degrees available, UAB is the fourth largest distance education center in the state, offering 5 bachelors, 16 masters, and 1 doctorate. Undergraduate options include Business/Finance/Economics tracks, a Healthcare Management BS, and a BS in Information Systems. Graduate highlights include several Education degrees (MEd, EDs, etc.), Master of Engineering concentrations, and Public Health options. The doctorate is in Interdisciplinary Engineering. UAB’s student-to-faculty is 18:1, and 40% of classes have less than 20 students.

Name

Troy University

Online Programs

38

US News Rank

R69

Type

Public

3

Troy University, founded in 1887, has a total enrollment of 20,000, and has been highly ranked by Forbes, Washington Monthly, the Princeton Review, and US News, which ranks it among the best universities in the Southeast region. It has also been ranked the 25th best school in the country for international students by the Institute of International Education. Its 38 online degrees make it the largest distance education center in Alabame: 13 associates, 6 bachelors, 18 masters, and 1 doctorate. Its pre-professional division is especially robust, including degrees in Criminal Justice, Aviation Operations, Computer Science, Human Service, and Global Business, among others. Graduate highlights include an MBA, MPA, MSN, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Troy’s student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 creates a vibrant and engaged learning community; 60% of classes have less than 20 students, and less than 5% have 50 or more. Financial aid opportunities are available as well, and 62% of full-time students receive some form of aid.

Name

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Online Programs

15

US News Rank

N197

Type

Public

4

The University of Alabama Huntsville, founded in 1950, has a total enrollment of 7,900, most of which are undergraduates. Ranked among the best public schools in the region, Huntsville offers 15 online degrees. Highlights include MEd tracks (in Autism Spectrum Disorders, English Speakers of Other Languages, Reading Education), Master and Doctor of Engineering tracks (in Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, and Systems Engineering), and an MSN and DNP. The school’s 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio promotes a collaborative, intimate learning environment, and 45% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Financial aid opportunities are available, as well: over half of full-time students receive some form of aid, and the average need met is 60%. Through a variety of online learning platforms (Canvas, Panopto, and Blackboard), students can take advantage of group discussion boards, live chat rooms, videoconferencing, and more.

Name

Auburn University

Online Programs

12

US News Rank

N99

Type

Public

5

Founded in 1856, Auburn University has an enrollment of over 27,000 students and has been ranked among the top 50 public universities for more than two decades. In addition to US News, Forbes, Washington Monthly, and Peterson’s Guide give Auburn high marks. While it offers one BS in Business, the rest of Auburn’s online offerings are master tracks, including an Executive MBA, Executive Master of Real Estate Development, MS in Hotel And Restaurant Management, Master of Science in Information Systems, and MS in Agriculture in Agronomy & Soils, among an exceptionally diverse range of degrees. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 19:1, the university supports a collaborative, intimate learning environment, and a third of all classes have fewer than 20 students; less than 15% have 50 or more. Auburn has an extensive alumni network of nearly 300,000 students, and distinguished alumni include the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Wikipedia Co-Founder Jimmy Wales, actress Octavia Spencer, and a number of politicians, professional athletes, and writers.

Name

Amridge University

Online Programs

31

US News Rank

U

Type

Private

5

Amridge University, founded in 1967, is a small school of just 600 students, affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Montgomery. For a school of its size, its online offerings are impressive: 31 total degrees, making it the second largest provider in the state. (Distance education at Amridge has been available for more than 20 years.) Highlights include 3 undergraduate Business concentrations, a Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership And Management, a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, and five doctorate tracks in Family Therapy. As a religious college, Amridge also offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees in Divinity, Pastoral Studies, and Biblical Studies. Through the Blackboard learning platform, students benefit from group discussion boards, live chat rooms, video-conferecing, and more, creating a vibrant, dynamic educational atmosphere. The student-to-faculty ratio is just 10:1, and 92% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Name

Jacksonville State University

Online Programs

20

US News Rank

R98

Type

Public

7

Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University has an enrollment of about 8,300, most of which is undergraduate. Ranked among the top public schools in the Southeast region, JSU offers 20 online degrees, including 3 bachelors, 16 masters, and a Doctor of Science in Emergency Management. Highlights include an MBA; MPAs in Administrative Management, Criminal Justice, Education; MEd concentrations in Collaborative K-6, Early Childhood, Special Ed, Instructional Leadership; and Eds concentrations in School Counseling, Teaching Leader, Community Agency Counseling, and Library Media, among others. JSU’s 18:1 student-to-faculty supports an intimate, dynamic learning community, and over 40% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Jacksonville also has an excellent financial aid program: 89% of students apply for need-based aid, and 88% receive some form. Online students have access to tutoring, 24/7 tech support, and more.

Name

University of West Alabama

Online Programs

21

US News Rank

U

Type

Public

8

Founded in 1835, The University of West Alabama has an enrollment of 4,000, split between undergraduate and graduate students. UWA’s distance education program is over a decade old and today offers 21 online degrees, consisting of 6 bachelors and 15 masters. Undergraduate highlights include 4 Business concentrations, and a BS in Early Childhood Development. West Alabama’s graduate offerings all cover Education: MEd concentrations in Special Education, Elementary Education K-6, Instructional Leadership, and School Counseling; Continuing Education concentrations, and more. The 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio is a major draw, and over half of classes consist of fewer than 20 students. Further, 76% of students receive some form of financial aid; all have access to technical support, career services, and counseling.

Name

Faulkner University

Online Programs

14

US News Rank

U

Type

Private

9

Faulkner University, founded in 1942, has an enrollment of 3,200 and offers 14 online degrees – 2 associates, 3 bachelors, 7 masters, and 2 doctorate. Its graduate tracks are particularly of note: an Executive MBA, Master of Justice Administration, MS in Counseling, and PhD in Humanities. Also note that, as a Christian university, Faulkner offers several degrees in degrees in Ministry and Biblical Studies for those interested. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1, and the school has 74.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. Financial aid opportunities are available, as well: 63% of full-time students receive some form of aid, and the average need met is 60%. All course work is designed for maximum flexibility, and students have access to a writing center, tutoring, disability services, career services, registration support, and more.

Name

Athens State University

Online Programs

14

US News Rank

U

Type

Public

9

Established in 1822, Athens State is a two-year/junior-senior school with a total enrollment of about 3,000. All of its 14 online degrees are bachelors: Management, Accounting, Acquisition And Contract Management, Enterprise Systems Management, HR Management, Logistics And Supply Chain Management, Management of Technology, Computer Information Systems, and Information Assurance, among others. All course work is designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate adult learners and working professionals, and over 70% of full-time students receive some form of financial aid. By utilizing the Blackboard learning platform, Athens State supports a collaborative, dynamic educational environment, with group discussion boards, live chat rooms, videoconferencing, and more. Students also have access to the career development center, disability services, tech support, and online tutorials.

Name

University of South Alabama

Online Programs

13

US News Rank

U

Type

Public

11

The University of South Alabama was founded in 1963 and today enrolls over 16,200 students. Ranked highly by US News, Forbes, and Washington Monthly, South Alabama offers 13 degrees online, including 4 bachelors in Business and Information Systems, 8 masters in Education and an MSN, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. (Education concentrations are available in Instructional Specialist, Childhood Education, Educational Media, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, and Instructional Design and Development.) The school’s 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio promotes an engaging, intimate learning atmosphere, and over 40% of classes consist of fewer than 20 students. Financial aid opportunities are also available: 63% of students receive some form of aid, and the average need met is 53%. Additional resources include career services, tech support, advising, and counseling.

Name

Remington College-Mobile Campus

Online Programs

9

US News Rank

U

Type

Private

12

Remington College in Mobile dates to 1940, with additional campuses in 16 cities across the United States. The school began offering online degrees in 2009, with 2 associates and 9 bachelors available through Mobile, covering Law, Healthcare, Criminal Justice, Organizational Management, and several Business concentrations. All courses are highly flexible, hands on, and promote an experiential learning philosophy that emphasizes real-world skills; further, small class sizes guarantee individualized instruction and one-on-one student-teacher relationships. More than 80,000 alumni across the country provide recent graduates with excellent networking support and career opportunities. Additional resources include financial aid, academic advising, career services, and more.

Name

University of Montevallo

Online Programs

1

US News Rank

R37

Type

Public

13

Founded in 1896, The University of Montevallo has a total enrollment of about 3,000, most of which is undergraduate. Among the top public schools in the region and a member of Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, Montevallo has also been ranked as a top value college. (note that there are only 27 public liberal arts colleges in the U.S. and Canada.) With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, Montevallo emphasizes a tight-knit, community-oriented educational environment with small class sizes and individualized instruction; half of all classes consist of less than 20 students, and less than 1% have more than 50. Montevallo also offers a generous financial aid program: 65% of all full-time students receive some form of aid, and the average need met is over half. (Nearly 20% of students have their needs fully met.) There are more than 21,000 Montevallo active alumni, working in business, politics, entertainment, journalism, and elsewhere.

Name

Auburn University at Montgomery

Online Programs

6

US News Rank

U

Type

Public

13

Founded in 1967, Auburn University at Montgomery has a total enrollment just under 5,000, most of which is undergraduate. Its diverse online offerings include an Rn to BSn, MS in Homeland Security & Emergency Management, MS in Justice And Public Safety, MS in Instructional Technology, MLA, and Master of Science in Nursing, among others. The university’s 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio highlights a commitment to intimate, individualized instruction and collaborative learning; 43% of classes have fewer than 20 students, and just 1% consist of 50. Plus, through the Blackboard learning platform, students can communicate with teachers and peers through group discussion boards, live chat, and videoconferencing. 67% of full-time students receive some form of financial aid, with many receiving full funding. Additional resources include tech support, academic advising, counseling, and enrollment services.

Name

Oakwood University

Online Programs

1

US News Rank

R47

Type

Private

15
Founded in 1896, Oakwood University in Huntsville has a total enrollment of 1,700 and is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ranked among the top HBC and public universities in the region, its listed core values are: respect, compassion, integrity, excellence, service, innovation, and collaboration. All online course work is designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate adult learners and working professionals, and faculty are experienced experts in their field, committed to intimate, individualized instruction combined with a collaborative, community-oriented education. Notable alumni have gone on to careers in the military, business, politics, Church affairs, music, entertainment, and government. Sister schools include Andrews University, Griggs University, Loma Linda University, Southern Adventist University, and Union College.

Accreditation and Financial Aid

Monitoring the accreditation of a university you are interested in attending is incredibly important. Accreditation ensures your credits can transfer that you can receive Federal financial aid, and most importantly that certain standards of educational quality are during your schooling. The highest accreditation standard for most programs in the United States is provided by regional accreditation agencies. The regional accrediting agency for Alabama is the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting agencies responsible for accrediting schools in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America (Extraterritorial).

Making sure that a University you’re hoping to attend is regionally accredited–or accredited by a real and respected accrediting agency–is one of the most important choices you can make in ensuring the quality of your education.

Three Steps for Securing Financial Aid

  • Submit your FAFSA.
  • Check to see if additional forms are needed at your university of choice.
  • Search and apply for private scholarships.

Through the previous three steps most students find themselves offered some sort of federal grant, work study, private grant, scholarship, or stipend.

Database: All Online Colleges AL

Below we’ve listed all 21 Alabama-based universities currently offering online degrees. Toggle the “plus” signs on the right to see what degrees each university offers. And while we’re pretty sure that there’s plenty of Missouri-specific online education information below, remember that you can always visit the National Center for Educational Statistics College Explorer for the most advanced search of higher education institutions anywhere online!

21 Results Name Number of Online Degrees US News Rank School Type Programs

Name

Amridge University

Online Programs

31

US News Rank

U

Private

Associates Degrees

  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science Management Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Ministry/Bible
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership And Management
  • Master of Divinity (Mdiv) in Ministerial Leadership
  • Master of Science in Leadership And Management
  • Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership
  • Master of Arts (Ma) in Marriage And Family Therapy
  • Master of Divinity (Mdiv) in Marriage And Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts (Ma) in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts (Ma) in Practical Ministry
  • Master of Divinity (Mdiv)
  • Master of Divinity (Mdiv) in Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Divinity (Mdiv) in Professional Counseling
  • Master of Science (Ms) in Pastoral Counseling
  • Master of Arts (Ma) in Professional Counseling
  • Master of Divinity

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Ministry (Dmin) in Family Therapy I
  • Doctor of Ministry (Dmin) in Family Therapy Ii
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) in Marriage And Family Therapy
  • Doctor of Ministry (Dmin)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) in Biblical Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Phd) in Professional Counseling

Name

Faulkner University

Online Programs

14

US News Rank

U

Private

Associates Degrees

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Masters Degrees

  • Executive MBA
  • Master of Justice Administration
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Master of Science in Counseling

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities

Name

Remington College-Mobile Campus

Online Programs

9

US News Rank

U

Private

Associates Degrees

  • Associate in Paralegal
  • Associate in Health Information Technology (Hit)

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
  • Bachelor’s in Organizational Management
  • Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor’s in Health Information Management

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

Heritage Christian University

Online Programs

4

US News Rank

U

Private

Associates Degrees

  • Associate of Arts in Biblical Studies

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies
  • Master of Ministry

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

United States Sports Academy

Online Programs

3

US News Rank

U

Private

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Sport Science

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Sport Science

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Education in Sports Management

Name

Oakwood University

Online Programs

1

US News Rank

R47

Private

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor in Organizational Management

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

Troy University

Online Programs

38

US News Rank

R69

Public

Associates Degrees

  • Associate of Science in General Education – Global General Business
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Aviation Operations – Fixed Wing Training
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Aviation Operations – Rotary Wing Training
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Aviation Operations – Unmanned Aerial Systems Training
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Biology
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Chemistry
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Computer Science
  • Associate of Science in General Education – English
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Geography
  • Associate of Science in General Education – History
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Human Services
  • Associate of Science in General Education – Mathematic

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – Dance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Global Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Hospitality, Sport And Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Management
  • Master of Science in Sport And Fitness Management
  • Master of Science in Adult Education
  • Master of Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Environmental And Biological Sciences – Environmental Policy
  • Master in Social Work
  • Master of Arts in History
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Counseling And Psychology Program
  • Master of Science in International Relations
  • Master of Science in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Social Science

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (Dnp)

Name

The University of Alabama

Online Programs

25

US News Rank

N103

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Commerce – General Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Consumer Sciences – Family Financial Planning
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Restaurant, Hotel And Meetings Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Early Childhood Education – Early Child Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Food And Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Human Development & Family Studies – Child Development Practitioner
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes General Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Hes, Consumer Sciences – Consumer Affairs

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Management – Global Business Management
  • Master of Law And Business Transactions Llm
  • Master of Law And Taxation Llm
  • Master of Science in Hes – Consumer Quality Management
  • Master of Science in Hes – Family Financial Planning And Counseling
  • Master of Science in Hes – Restaurant And Hospitality Management
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Case Management Leadership
  • Master of Science in Operations Management
  • Master of Arts in Educational Psychology – Learning & Assessment
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Secondary Curriculum, Teaching, And Learning (Sctl) With P-12 Reading Specialist Certification (Class A)
  • Master of Arts in Health StudiesMaster of Science in Hes – Human Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Rn To Msn)

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Dnp

Name

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Online Programs

22

US News Rank

N159

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics – Behavioral Economics
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance – Advanced Financial Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management (Hcm)
  • Bachelor of Science in Management – General Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing – EntrepreneurshipBachelor’s in AccountingBachelor’s in Information Systems

Masters Degrees

  • Coordinated Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership / Master of Social Work
  • Master of Engineering in Construction Engineering Management (Cem)
  • Master of Public Health in Maternal And Child Health Policy And Leadership
  • Master’s in Accounting
  • Master’s in Management-Information Systems
  • Educational Specialist in Early Childhood
  • Educational Specialist in Elementary Education
  • Educational Specialist in Kinesiology (Formerly Physical Education)
  • Master of Arts in Education (Ma)
  • Master of Arts in Education in Early Childhood/Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Education in Kinesiology (Formerly Physical Education)
  • Master of Arts in Education in Reading
  • Masters in Health Education, Community Health
  • Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering And Management (Asem)
  • Master of Engineering in Information Engineering And Management
  • Master’s in Management

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Engineering

Name

University of West Alabama

Online Programs

21

US News Rank

U

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development: Non Certification
  • Bachelor of Science in Technology

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Education in Instructional Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Certification)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (Non Certification)
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Development (Non Certification)
  • Master of Education in Early Childhood Education P-3Master of Education in Elementary Education K-6
  • Master of Education in High School 6-12 And Preschool – 12
  • Master of Education in Library Media
  • Master of Education in School Counseling
  • Master of Education in Special Education Collaborative Teacher 6-12
  • Master of Education in Special Education Collaborative Teacher K-6
  • Master of Science in Continuing Education – College Student Development
  • Master of Science in Continuing Education – Counseling And Psychology
  • Master of Science in Continuing Education – Family Counseling
  • Master of Science in Continuing Education – General
  • Master of Science in Continuing Education – Guidance And Counseling

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

Jacksonville State University

Online Programs

20

US News Rank

R98

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in ManagementBacelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)
  • Bachelor of Science in Family And Consumer Sciences – Child Development
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Masters Degrees

  • Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Administration – Administrative Management
  • Master of Science in Education in Instructional Leadership
  • Master of Science in Sport Management – Teacher Certification And Non-Teacher Certification
  • Master of Public Administration – Criminal Justice
  • Educational Specialist in Community Agency Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Library Media (P-12)
  • Educational Specialist in School Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Teacher Leader
  • Master of Public Administration – Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Collaborative 6-12, Special Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Collaborative K-6, Special Education
  • Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Science in Education

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Science in Emergency Management

Name

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Online Programs

15

US News Rank

N197

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing For Adn

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Education – Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Master of Education – English Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education – Reading Education
  • Master of Science in Engineering – Engineering Management
  • Master of Science in Engineering – Industrial Engineering
  • Masters of Science in Engineering – Systems Engineering
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Modeling And Simulation
  • Master of Science in Operations Research

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering – Engineering Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering – Industrial Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering – Systems Engineering
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Modeling And Simulation

Name

Athens State University

Online Programs

14

US News Rank

U

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Acquisition And Contract Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Enterprise Systems Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Logistics And Supply Chain Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Management of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Education – Early Instructor
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Education – Instructional Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Education – Military Instructor
  • Bachelor of Science in Technical Education – Post-Secondary Instructor
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems Option
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

University of South Alabama

Online Programs

13

US News Rank

U

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • B.S.B.A. in General Business (Upper Division Major)
  • B.S. in Information Systems (Upper Division Major)
  • BSN
  • B.A. or B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Upper Division Major)

Masters Degrees

  • Ed.S. Instructional Specialist (Class AA Certification in Teacher Leader only)
  • M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education
  • M.Ed. in Educational Media
  • M.Ed. in Elementary Education
  • M.Ed. in Secondary Education (Class A Certification in P-12 ESOL only)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education
  • M.S. in Instructional Design and Development
  • MSN

Doctoral Programs

  • DNP

Name

Auburn University

Online Programs

12

US News Rank

N99

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting

Masters Degrees

  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Executive Master of Real Estate Development
  • Master of Accountancy
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Hotel And Restaurant Management
  • Master of Turfgrass Management
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science/Master of Agriculture in Agronomy & Soils
  • Master of Soil, Water And Environmental Sciences (Swes)

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

Auburn University at Montgomery

Online Programs

6

US News Rank

U

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Rn To Bsn)

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Science in Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Master of Science in Justice And Public Safety/Criminal Justice
  • Master’s in Instructional TechnologyMaster’s in Physical Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing (Msn)
  • Master of Liberal Arts (M.L.A.)

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

Northwest-Shoals Community College

Online Programs

5

US News Rank

U

Public

Associates Degrees

  • Associatio in Science in Business Administration
  • Associate in Arts in Pre-Law
  • Associate in Arts in Teacher Education (Pre-Secondary Education)
  • Associate of Science in General Education
  • Associate in Arts in General Liberal Arts

Bachelors Degrees

  • N/A!

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

Alabama State University

Online Programs

4

US News Rank

U

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Accelerated)

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Library Education Media
  • Master of Science in Applied Technology

Doctoral Programs

  • Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Tdpt)

Name

University of Montevallo

Online Programs

1

US News Rank

R37

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • N/A!

Masters Degrees

  • Master’s Degree in Education – Elementary, Secondary, P-12 Education

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

Alabama A & M University

Online Programs

1

US News Rank

R102

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Name

Snead State Community College

Online Programs

1

US News Rank

U

Public

Associates Degrees

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Management

Bachelors Degrees

  • N/A!

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

Great Alabama Higher Education Resources

General Sites

Alabama State Department of Education

The ASDE includes resources for students, teachers, and parents, with the latest news in education and college core standard information.

A+ Education Partnership

The A+ Education Partnership is a non-profit dedicated to improving public education across Alabama.

Alabama Community College System

The ACCS promotes community colleges in the state; site includes the latest news, reports, and more.

Alabama Commission on Higher Education

Click here for info on financial aid, a net price calculator, workforce development, and other hot topics.

General and Regional Financial Aid

Alabama Possible

Alabama Possible’s site includes up-to-date data and how-to guidance on obtaining grants for higher education.

Alabama Possible

KHEAA-Alabama provides college- and career-planning information to Alabama students and adult learners.

Central Alabama Community Foundation

The CACF, established in 1987, holds $54 million in charitable assets and distributes $3.7 million per year to more than 400 grants and scholarships.

Community Foundation of South Alabama

The CFSA is forty-years-old; visit for grant information, financial planning, and more.

Southeast Alabama Community Foundation

For residents of Coffee, Dale, Henry, Geneva, and Houston counties, the SACF site houses 25 funds which annually award more than $15,000.

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

The CFGB covers five counties, with 478 grant-making funds and $17.9 million grants authorized.

Black Belt Community Foundation

The Black Belt Community Foundation’s site includes information on grants and scholarships available, plus reports, news, and more.

Community Foundation of Huntsville/Madison County

Residents of Greater Huntsville visit for information on funding and financial planning.

Community Foundation of West Alabama

The CFWA site includes grant applications, application guidelines, and scholarship information.

Walker Area Community Foundation

The WACF has dedicated over $15 million in grants to the community.

Miscellaneous

Southern Regional Educational Board

Providing policymakers with the data to improve education across the region, with a particular focus on affordability, college and career readiness, and teacher feedback. Read for more on post-secondary and adult education opportunities.

Southern Association of Institutional Research

The SAIR promotes improvements in post-secondary education in the region. Visit the site for the latest news, reports, and conference information.