2020 Best Online Colleges in Mississippi

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 2/18/2020
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The following list highlights the best online colleges in Mississippi based on their alumni salaries and annual tuition rates. With the highest median salary at $82,700, Mississippi State University is ranked #1 and offers programs such as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology for $11,369 each year. The University of Southern Mississippi, the #2-ranked school, offers the largest variety of degrees and is one of three schools on the list with tuition below $10,000 per year.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Mid-Career Salary
# 1 #1 Mississippi State University $11,369 $82,700
# 2 #2 University of Southern Mississippi $8,624 $70,300
# 3 #3 Mississippi College $17,550 $65,900
# 4 #4 Belhaven University $12,245 $64,400
# 5 #5 Delta State University $7,501 $62,700
# 6 #6 William Carey University $11,850 $61,500
# 7 #7 Jackson State University $11,346 $60,600
# 8 #8 Mississippi University for Women $7,424 $53,100
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2020 Online Colleges in Mississippi Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Mississippi State University

  • Annual Tuition: $11,369
  • Median Salary: $82,700
  • Locations: Mississippi State
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Located near Starkville, Mississippi State University is the largest campus by enrollment in the state. More than 40 online degree options are available, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs. Popular areas of study include history, business administration, psychology, geosciences, agribusiness management, aerospace management, civil engineering, forestry, and computational engineering. MSU uses the Canvas online learning management system to deliver coursework, which enables instructors to interact with students via real-time feedback and multimedia content. Guides and videos help new students get acquainted with the platform. A mobile app is available for Canvas as well.

#2 University of Southern Mississippi

  • Annual Tuition: $8,624
  • Median Salary: $70,300
  • Locations: Hattiesburg
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Known informally as Southern Miss, the University of Southern Mississippi is a public research university with its main campus located in Hattiesburg. The university offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as certificate programs. Among the more than 40 online degrees are bachelor’s programs in child and family sciences, construction management, nursing, philosophy, public health, and sociology. Graduate programs are offered in such disciplines as business administration, human capital development kinesiology, library information science, nursing, sport coaching, and the teaching of languages (French, Spanish, and TESOL). Coursework is fully online and is delivered via the Canvas online learning management system. IT support is provided to distance learners, and testing environments for proctored exams can be arranged locally.

#3 Mississippi College

  • Annual Tuition: $17,550
  • Median Salary: $65,900
  • Locations: Clinton
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Mississippi College is a private Baptist college located in the city of Clinton. Founded in 1826, it is the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the United States and the oldest college in Mississippi. Online graduate, undergraduate, accelerated, and certificate programs are available. More than 30 areas of study are offered, including business administration, health informatics, athletic administration, homeland security, nursing, paralegal studies, and communication. Coursework is delivered via the Moodle online management system. The interactive program allows instructors to post course information, hold class discussions, communicate with students, and give quizzes online. All courses are delivered completely online, providing the flexibility needed for busy students balancing other obligations.

#4 Belhaven University

  • Annual Tuition: $12,245
  • Median Salary: $64,400
  • Locations: Jackson
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Founded in 1883, Belhaven University is one of just 36 universities in the country accredited in each of the major arts — music, theatre, visual art, and dance. The university offers more than 30 online doctoral, master’s, bachelor's, and associate degrees. Popular fields of study include education, biblical and theological studies, business administration, Christian ministry leadership, health administration, applied psychology, and nursing. All classes can be completed entirely online and are taught from a Christian worldview perspective. Coursework is done asynchronously, but assignments are due each week and students must watch video lectures and read required assignments. Graduate programs are designed to be completed in two years and bachelor’s programs in less than four years. Coursework is delivered via the Canvas online learning management system.

#5 Delta State University

  • Annual Tuition: $7,501
  • Median Salary: $62,700
  • Locations: Cleveland
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Founded in 1924, Delta State University is a public university located in Cleveland, Mississippi. It is one of eight publicly funded universities in the state. DSU offers several distance-education programs, defined as programs with more than 50 percent of online courses. These include two bachelor’s programs, one in nursing and one in geospatial analysis and intelligence, and 12 graduate programs in such subjects as nursing practice, elementary education, business administration, geospatial information technology, social justice and criminology, and aviation.

#6 William Carey University

  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Median Salary: $61,500
  • Locations: Hattiesburg
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

William Carey University is a private, Christian, liberal arts college affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Mississippi Baptist Convention. The main campus is in Hattiesburg, and a second campus is in the town of Tradition. The institution’s five different schools offer online degree programs in several disciplines. Bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist programs are available in such subjects as business administration, physical education, emotional and behavioral disorders, criminal justice, nursing, music education, and church music. Two doctoral programs and an undergraduate program are available in a hybrid format. Online courses follow the trimester schedule and include weekly readings, active participation, research, and assignments.

#7 Jackson State University

  • Annual Tuition: $11,346
  • Median Salary: $60,600
  • Locations: Jackson
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Jackson State University is a public, historically black university in Jackson. It is one of the largest HBCUs in the United States and the fourth-largest university in Mississippi. Five online bachelor’s degrees and ten online master’s degrees are available at JSU. Popular subjects include childcare and family education, criminal justice, history, teaching, early childhood education, reading, and sport science. The institution also offers an online education specialist degree with three different concentrations: school counseling, psychometry, and education. Coursework is fully online and is delivered via the Canvas online learning management system. Off-campus test proctoring can be arranged in a location convenient for the student, or exams can be taken at home using the Remote Proctor Now (RPNow) online proctoring service.

#8 Mississippi University for Women

  • Annual Tuition: $7,424
  • Median Salary: $53,100
  • Locations: Columbus
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Mississippi University for Women — established in 1884 and formerly a state college for women — is a coeducational public university located in Columbus. Four fully online master’s programs are offered at MUW in the fields of teaching, business administration, education, and public health. The university’s 2+2 program allows students who already have a two-year degree to complete their bachelor’s degree online. There are 13 degree completion programs available; the Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Administration are each offered with five different concentrations, and undergraduate completion degrees are available in nursing and public health education. Several online minors are also offered. Student support services include online tutoring, a writing center, disability and career services, online databases, and counseling and career services.


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