A Guide to Online Schools in Nevada

Though we often equate Nevada with Vegas — neon lights, gold-minted coins, and occasionally bad behavior — much of Nevada is pure desert. Nearly 90% of the state is managed by divisions of the federal government. As late as 1940, the state was the least populated in the Union, with just 110,000 residents. But when legalized gambling found a foothold (before, it was all off the books) Vegas took off, and other cities soon experienced an influx of people, jobs, and real estate development, as well. Still, Vegas and its surrounding metropolitan area remain the by far the most populous areas; and while the state is rightly known for its entertainment and tourism, there are also plenty of excellent higher education hubs which rank among the best in the region. Further, several Nevada colleges, community colleges, and universities are catching up with the national trend toward online education for its affordability and flexibility.

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 5 public schools in Nevada that offer online degrees. Great Basin College is the largest, offering 14 associates and 9 bachelors in a wide range of disciplines: Graphic Communications, Human Services, Business, Entrepreneurship, Office Technology, Land Surveying/Geomatics, Computer Programming, Accounting, Nursing (Rn to BSN), Management in Technology, Digital Information Technology, and Education emphases in Early Childhood and Infant/Toddler Education. The College of Southern Nevada is the second-largest online education provider in the state, offering 19 associates and a Dental Hygiene BS. From there, the University of Nevada Las Vegas offers 9 online degrees: a BA in Social Science Studies; 5 masters, including an MHA, MSN (Nursing Educator track), MA in Urban Leadership, MS in Educational Psychology, and an Executive Master of Health Care Administration; plus a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Post Doctor of Nursing Practice Track), and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Nursing Education Track). The University of Nevada Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College also have online degrees.

There are 2 private schools in Nevada that offer online degrees. Touro University Nevada offers an MS in Camp Administration and Leadership, an MEd in Curriculum And Instruction, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. (Note that Touro is a Jewish school and integrates religious teaching.) Many Touro courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning platform, developing a dynamic, collaborative learning experience with live chat rooms, group discussion boards, video conferencing, and 24/7 access to course materials. Also private, Sierra Nevada College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and MEd concentrations in Administrative Leadership and Teaching English as a Second Language. All course work is designed for maximum flexibility, and students can progress through with 100% online delivery or hybrid delivery to accommodate individual preferences.

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, Nevada is relatively flexible and simple. For the purposes of in-state tuition benefits, students qualify as Nevada residents if they: are enrollee or graduate of a Nevada high school; a member of the Armed Forces of the United States permanently stationed in Nevada; is a dependent of a family member or legal guardian who has been a resident for 12 months prior to the student’s first day of class; has independently established residence 12 months prior to the first day of class; or has classified as an in-state resident by another NSHE institution.

The average tuition per-year for a four-year public school in Nevada for 2015-2016 was $6,667, or $2,500 dollars less than the national average. The year-over-year change was 4%, about the national average, and the five-year change was 15%, just above the 13% national average. For Nevada residents, this is great news. In fact, Nevada had the eighth lowest average tuition in the country for 2015-16, and has had similarly low tuition for the last decade. Not only is this easier on your wallet, it’s also much more stable and predictable than many other states. The state suffered a large increase at the height of the Great Recession, but has since returned to normal numbers.

The College of Southern Nevada and Touro University Nevada offer online degrees in Las Vegas. CSN is the largest of these, and the second-largest in the state, with 20 available tracks, most of which are associates. Tracks cover a wide range of fields, including Accounting, Computer Information Technology, Business Management, Ophthalmic Dispensing Technician, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, History, and Education emphases in Special, Elementary, and Secondary Education, among others. A BS in Dental Hygiene is available, as well. Touro offers an MS in Camp Administration and Leadership, an MEd in Curriculum And Instruction, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. To the south in Kingman, Arizona, Mohave Community College offers a dozen online degrees.

Truckee Meadows Community College and Sierra Nevada College offer online degrees in Reno. Truckee is the largest of the two, with 5 associates in Business, Criminal Justice, and three Energy Technology concentrations in Geothermal Energy, Solar Energy, and Wind Energy. From there, Sierra Nevada offers a BA in Psychology and MEd concentrations in Administrative Leadership and Teaching English as a Second Language. For those willing to make the trip, California State University in Sacramento offers 3 bachelors in Criminal Justice, Fire Service Management, and Career And Technical Studies; and an MS in Accountancy and Special Education.

City
Population
Cost of Living
Top Industries
Local Online Degrees
Las Vegas
603488
95.4%
Tourism, Entertainment
3
Henderson
277440
96.5%
Healthcare, Tourism
3
Reno
236995
95.7%
Tourism, Entertainment
3
Paradise
223167
95.3%
Tourism, Entertainment
3
North Las Vegas
230788
95.3%
Tourism, Entertainment
3
Sunrise Manor
189372
94.2%
Tourism, Entertainment
3
Spring Valley
178395
95.8%
Tourism, Entertainment
3
Enterprise
108481
96.5%
Tourism, Entertainment
3
Sparks
94708
94.2%
Tourism, Entertainment
3
Carson City
54522
92.6%
Healthcare, Entertainment
3

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

University of Nevada Reno

Online Programs

5

US News Rank

N197

Public1
The University of Nevada Reno, founded in 1864, has a total enrollment of approximately 21,000, the majority of which is undergraduate. Online, the school offers several unique masters, including tracks in Social Work, Public Health, an Executive MBA, Equity and Diversity in Education, and an MEd in Literacy Studies. UNR also offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a minor in Addiction Treatment Services. The school’s student-to-faculty ratio is 22:1, and a third of all classes consist of less than 20 students to support an intimate, collaborative educational experience. Most classes fall in the 20-49 student range, with only larger undergraduate courses taking in over 50 students. Students also benefit from a willing and able financial aid center: over half of full-time students receive some form of aid, and the average need met is 62%.

Name

Great Basin College

Online Programs

23

US News Rank

N/A

Public2
Established in 1967, Great Basin College originally opened as Elko Community College. Today, it has approximately 3,800 students, and is the largest provider of online degrees in Nevada, with 14 associates and 9 bachelors (also the most in the state). Pre-professional tracks are available in a wide range of disciplines, including Early Childhood Education, Graphic Communications, Business, Geomatics, Office Technology, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, and Computer Programming, among others. Online bachelors are offered in Geomatics, English, Social Science, Digital Information Technology, Graphic Communications, Management in Technology, and an RN to BSN. For those interested, GBC also offers a dozen certificates of achievement. Students services are available in tech support, career services, library services, disability services, and academic success.

Name

College of Southern Nevada

Online Programs

20

US News Rank

N/A

Public3
Founded in 1971, The College of Southern Nevada offers two- and four-year degree options. It is the second-largest provider of online education in the state, with 19 associates available (the most in Nevada) and a bachelor in Dental Hygiene. Pre-professional tracks are across a wide range of disciplines: Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, Computer Information Technology, Sociology, Communications, Psychology, Ophthalmic Dispensing Technician, History, and Education emphases in Special, Elementary, and Secondary Education, among others. CSN places a special focus on flexibility to accommodate working professionals and adult learners; 75% of students are part-time. There’s also an emphasis on community service: in 2015-2016, students completed 9,600 hours of volunteer work. The average class size is under 17, encouraging a collaborative educational experience and a tight-knit community.

Name

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Online Programs

9

US News Rank

N/A

Public4
The University of Nevada Las Vegas, founded in 1957, has a total enrollment of about 28,000. UNLV offers 9 online degrees: a BA in Social Science Studies; 5 masters, including an MHA, MSN (Nursing Educator track), MA in Urban Leadership, MS in Educational Psychology, and an Executive Master of Health Care Administration; plus a Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Post Doctor of Nursing Practice Track), and Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Nursing Education Track). The school’s student-to-faculty ratio is 22:1, and over 25% of all courses have fewer than 20 students to maintain an intimate, collaborative education. Most classes are in the 20-49 student range. UNLV also has a robust financial aid program: 63% of full-time students receive some form of financial aid, and the average need met is 70%. For maximum flexibility, courses are deliver asynchronously, and hybrid tracks are available.

Name

Truckee Meadows Community College

Online Programs

5

US News Rank

N/A

Public5
Established in 1971, Truckee Meadows Community College has three campuses in and around Reno. Five associates are offered online, including in Business, Criminal Justice, and three Energy Technology concentrations in Geothermal Energy, Solar Energy, and Wind Energy. In particular, the school focuses on student access and success, excellent instruction, collaborative learning, community development, and supporting an innovative, creative educational environment. TMCC graduates are responsible for pumping more than 678 million into the region’s economy each year, and 95% of graduates stay in the area. Students benefit from a range of services from online tutorials and support, career services, counseling, tutoring, tech assistance, a computer lab, and more. Average class size is about 36 students.

Name

Touro University Nevada

Online Programs

3

US News Rank

N/A

Private6
Founded in 2004, Touro University Nevada in Henderson has a total enrollment of about 1,400. Online, TUN offers an MS in Camp Administration and Leadership, an MEd in Curriculum And Instruction, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Many courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning platform, which creates a dynamic, collaborative educational environment with live chat rooms, group discussion boards, video conferencing, and 24/7 access to course materials. In particular, Touro specializes in allied health care and education “in concert with the Judaic commitment to social justice, intellectual pursuit, and service to humanity,” per the school’s mission statement. In addition to regional accreditation, TUN also hold’s accreditation from a half-dozen nationwide bodies.

Name

Sierra Nevada College

Online Programs

3

US News Rank

N/A

Private7
Founded in 1969 on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe, over 6,000 feet above sea level, Sierra Nevada College has a total enrollment of 1,000 students, divided evenly between undergraduates and graduates. Online, Sierra Nevada offers a BA in Psychology and MEd concentrations in Administrative Leadership and Teaching English as a Second Language. SNC’s 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio is by the far the lowest on our list and supports a tight-knit, collaborative educational experience; 84% of classes have fewer than 20 students, and just .4% have more than 50. SNC also offers excellent financial aid opportunities: 66% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of aid, and the average need met is 57%. All course work is designed for maximum flexibility, and students have the option of 100% online delivery of hybrid delivery to accommodate individual preferences.

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 Nevada is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of six regional accrediting agencies responsible for accrediting schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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.

Below we’ve listed all 7 Nevada-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 Nevada-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!

26 Results Name Number of Online Degrees US News Rank School TypePrograms
Name

Great Basin College

Online Programs

23

US News Rank

N/A

Public

Associates Degrees

  • Associate of Pattern of Study in Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Graphic Communications
  • Associate of Pattern of Study in Business
  • Associate of Land Surveying/Geomatics
  • Associate of Applied Science Infant/Toddler Education
  • Associate of Applied Science Early Childhood Education
  • Associate of Applied Science Office Technology Emphasis
  • Associate of Applied Science Graphic Communication Emphasis
  • Associate of Applied Science Accounting Emphasis
  • Associate of Applied Science General Business Emphasis
  • Associate of Applied Science Entrepreneurship Emphasis
  • Associate of Applied Science Network Specialist Emphasis
  • Associate of Applied Science Human Services
  • Associate of Applied Science Computer Programming (formally the Information Specialist) Emphasis

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in RN to BSN
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Land Surveying / Geomatics Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Digital Information Technology Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Graphic Communications Emphasis
  • Bachelor of Applied Science Management in Technology Emphasis

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!
Name

College of Southern Nevada

Online Programs

20

US News Rank

N/A

Public

Associates Degrees

  • Associate of Applied Science – Accounting
  • Associate of Applied Science – Business Management
  • Associate of Applied Science – Small Business Management
  • Associate of Business
  • Associate of Applied Science – Criminal Justice Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Arts With Criminal Justice Emphasis
  • Associate of Arts With A Secondary Education Emphasis
  • Associate of Arts With A Special Education Emphasis
  • Associate of Arts With An Elementary Education Emphasis
  • Associate of Applied Science – Computer Information Technology
  • Associate of Arts With An International Languages Emphasis
  • Associate of Arts With A Communication Emphasis
  • Associate of Arts With A Psychology Emphasis
  • Associate of Arts With History Emphasis
  • Associate of Arts With Sociology Emphasis
  • Associate of Applied Science – Ophthalmic Dispensing Technician
  • Associate of Arts General Transfer Degree
  • Associate of Arts With An Early Childhood Emphasis
  • Associate of Arts With An English EmphasisAsso

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!
Name

University of Nevada Las Vegas

Online Programs

9

US News Rank

N/A

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • B. A. in Social Science Studies

Masters Degrees

  • Masters of Hospitality Administration (MHA)
  • Executive Master of Health Care Administration
  • Master of Science in Educational Psychology
  • Master of Arts – Urban Leadership
  • Master of Science in Nursing; Nurse Educator Track

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing; Post Doctor of Nursing Practice Track
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing; Nursing Education Track
Name

University of Nevada Reno

Online Programs

5

US News Rank

N197

Public

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • N/A!

Masters Degrees

  • Masters of Social Work Masters of Public Health
  • Executive MBA
  • Masters of Science in Equity and Diversity in Education
  • Master of Education in Literacy Studies

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
Name

Truckee Meadows Community College

Online Programs

5

US News Rank

N/A

Public

Associates Degrees

  • Associate of Applied Science in Business
  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Applied Science in Energy Technologies – Geothermal Energy
  • Associate of Applied Science in Energy Technologies – Solar Energy
  • Associate of Applied Science in Energy Technologies – Wind Energy

Bachelors Degrees

  • N/A!

Masters Degrees

  • N/A!

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!
Name

Touro University Nevada

Online Programs

3

US News Rank

N/A

Private

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • N/A!

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Science in Camp Administration And Leadership
  • Master of Education-Curriculum And Instruction

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
Name

Sierra Nevada College

Online Programs

3

US News Rank

N/A

Private

Associates Degrees

  • N/A!

Bachelors Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Masters Degrees

  • Master of Education – Administrative Leadership
  • Master of EducationMaster of Education – Tesl

Doctoral Programs

  • N/A!

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Nevada Department of Education

The Nevada Department of Education website includes information on adult education, college preparation, and the latest news and reports.

Nevada System of Higher Education

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Nevada Ready!

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Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

The WICHE is the primary regional accrediting body for Nevada schools.

Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program

Sponsored by the Nevada State Treasurer, the NPTP allows families to purchase college tuition in advance, paying today’s rates. On the same site, find information on scholarships and other college savings opportunities.

Nevada Association of Financial Aid Administrators

The Nevada Association of Financial Aid Administrators is dedicated to maintaining and expanding affordable college opportunities in the state.

Nevada Grant & Scholarship List

An extensive list of financial aid opportunities available in Nevada, compiled by the state’s education department.

Nevada Community Foundation

The Nevada Community Foundation supports over 150 funds with $100 million in assets, many of which go toward scholarship and grant opportunities.

Community Foundation of Western Nevada

The CFWN has distributed over $90 million in grants and scholarships.

Henderson Community Foundation

The HCF supports affordable education opportunities for Henderson citizens.

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

Established in 1998, The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation has awarded over $20 million in grants and scholarships.

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation

With over twenty years of work, has granted over $44 million.

Nevada STEM Hub

The Nevada STEM Hub includes college prep ideas and possible career guides.