2020 Best Online Colleges in North Dakota

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 2/18/2020
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These schools are the best online colleges in North Dakota based on alumni salaries and low-cost tuition. Ranked #1, Bismarck State College offers a tuition rate of $6,498 per year and has a median alumni salary of $102,500. University of North Dakota, ranked #3, has over 50 online degrees available ranging from a Bachelor of General Studies to a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering. For those seeking an online BSN, North Dakota State University - Main Campus offers an annual tuition of $10,216 and has a median alumni salary of $84,700.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Mid-Career Salary
# 1 #1 Bismarck State College $6,498 $102,500
# 2 #2 North Dakota State University - Main Campus $10,216 $84,700
# 3 #3 University of North Dakota $11,970 $82,800
# 4 #4 University of Jamestown $13,485 $70,300
# 5 #5 Mayville State University $9,150 $68,700
# 6 #6 Dickinson State University $6,947 $61,400
# 7 #7 Minot State University $6,087 $59,700
# 8 #8 Trinity Bible College $13,320 $36,500
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2020 Online Colleges in North Dakota 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 Bismarck State College

  • Annual Tuition: $6,498
  • Median Salary: $102,500
  • Locations: Bismarck
  • Accreditation: HLC

Bismarck State College is the third largest college in the North Dakota University System. Nearly 20 online associate degrees are available in subjects, such as cybersecurity, criminal justice, electric power technology, nuclear power technology, and web page development and design. Additionally, a Bachelor of Applied Science in energy management is offered online. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system. Services for online students include a bookstore, a library, financial aid, testing services, disability services, and veteran services. Online students have weekly assignments, quizzes, and tests, and they are required to meet deadlines and participate in discussions on a schedule established by the instructor. They must log on daily to keep up to date with class announcements, assignments, and other pertinent information.

#2 North Dakota State University - Main Campus

  • Annual Tuition: $10,216
  • Median Salary: $84,700
  • Locations: Fargo
  • Accreditation: HLC

North Dakota State University (NDSU), founded in 1890, is a public research university located in the city of Fargo. Bachelor’s degrees in the fields of nursing and human development & family science are offered online. Fifteen online master’s degrees are also offered at NDSU; popular programs include community development, construction management, dietetics, merchandising, transportation and urban systems, and human development and family science — the latter is available with three different concentrations. Several online graduate certificates are also offered at NDSU. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system, and tutorial videos are provided.

#3 University of North Dakota

  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • Median Salary: $82,800
  • Locations: Grand Forks
  • Accreditation: HLC

Established in 1883, the University of North Dakota (UND) is the state’s oldest university. Located in Grand Forks, UND offers a wide variety of online degrees. Its programs include undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and combined (major and master’s). A few popular degree fields at UND are aerospace sciences, cyber security, early childhood education, forensic psychology, nutrition, petroleum engineering, space studies, and unmanned aerial systems engineering. UND also offers a number of online graduate certificate programs. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system. Support for distance learners includes online tutoring, a student success center, a writing center, tech support, an online library, multicultural programs and services, disability services, and financial aid.

#4 University of Jamestown

  • Annual Tuition: $13,485
  • Median Salary: $70,300
  • Locations: Jamestown
  • Accreditation: HLC

Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1883, the University of Jamestown (UJ) is a private liberal arts college with the motto, "Lux et Veritas" (“Light and Truth”). Both online bachelor’s and master’s degrees are available, and students have 24/7 access to course material, as there are no scheduled classes. Four online undergraduate degrees and three online graduate programs are offered. Master’s degrees are available in leadership, education, and clinical counseling. Online undergraduate offerings include degrees in financial planning and wealth management, industrial management, emerging media, and human resource and organization. Distance learners are able to interact with university faculty, access tutoring services, work with a student success coach, and seek help and advice from both the UJ chaplain and counseling services via online video chat.

#5 Mayville State University

  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • Median Salary: $68,700
  • Locations: Mayville
  • Accreditation: HLC

Part of the North Dakota University System, Mayville State University (MSU) offers more than 10 online degrees, including associate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs. Popular degree fields at MSU include business administration, early childhood education, mathematics, nursing, and special education. Courses can be taken on a full- or part-time basis, and most courses follow the regular semester schedule. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system. While coursework is asynchronous, online classes are not self-paced, and many classes follow a scheduled weekly structure with due dates. Online orientation is available for both distance learning and Blackboard. Previous credits earned through another accredited college or university can be used toward an online degree.

#6 Dickinson State University

  • Annual Tuition: $6,947
  • Median Salary: $61,400
  • Locations: Dickinson
  • Accreditation: HLC

Founded in 1918 as Dickinson State Normal School, Dickinson State University (DSU) was granted full public university status in 1987, becoming part of the North Dakota University System. Several online programs are offered at DSU, including bachelor’s, master's, and associate degrees. Popular degree fields include accounting, human resource management, international business, nursing, and agriculture sales. Distance learners have access to training tutorials and various software specifically designed for online students. They also have an experienced point-of-contact person for any questions that arise, as well as a faculty advisor in their chosen field of study. Online courses at DSU follow the regular semester schedule.

#7 Minot State University

  • Annual Tuition: $6,087
  • Median Salary: $59,700
  • Locations: Minot
  • Accreditation: HLC

Located in the city of Minot, Minot University was founded in 1913 and is the third-largest university in North Dakota. The institution offers more than 15 online degree programs along with online minors and graduate certificates. Popular programs include criminal justice, early childhood education, marketing, nursing, information systems, and sports management. Many are offered entirely online. The Blackboard online learning management system is used to deliver coursework, and both a general and a Blackboard online tutorial help students prepare both themselves and their computers for the online learning environment.

#8 Trinity Bible College

  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
  • Median Salary: $36,500
  • Locations: Ellendale
  • Accreditation: HLC

Located in Ellendale, Trinity Bible College is a private college and graduate school affiliated with the Assemblies of God USA. The college offers three online programs in the theology field: a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies, a minor in church ministries, and an Associate of Arts in biblical studies. Students who complete the BA in biblical studies have a deeper knowledge of Christian theology and especially doctrine taught by the Assemblies of God. Areas of study include Old and New Testament history, the life of Christ, hermeneutics, and Pentecostal heritage.


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