2020 Best Online Community Colleges in Maryland

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 5/7/2020
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These are the community colleges in the state of Maryland that make it possible for their students to earn an associate degree or certificate entirely online. Ten of the schools on this list have annual tuitions under $4,000, so attending these online community colleges is both affordable and convenient. The #1-ranked school on this list, Montgomery College, charges students just $3,960 per year, and gives them the ability to choose among nine online associate degrees, including an AAS in Criminal Justice, an AA in Business, an AAS in Early Childhood Education Technology, and more.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Locations
# 1 #1 Montgomery College $3,960 Rockville (and 2 others)
# 2 #2 Harford Community College $3,986 Bel Air
# 3 #3 Anne Arundel Community College $3,480 Arnold
# 4 #4 College of Southern Maryland $3,825 La Plata (and 3 others)
# 5 #5 Frederick Community College $4,489 Frederick
# 6 #6 Carroll Community College $4,080 Westminster
# 7 #7 Baltimore City Community College $2,640 Baltimore
# 8 #8 Hagerstown Community College $3,630 Hagerstown
# 9 #9 Chesapeake College $3,750 Wye Mills
# 10 #10 Allegany College of Maryland $3,750 Multiple Locations
# 11 #11 Prince George's Community College $3,360 Largo
# 12 #12 The Community College of Baltimore County $3,660 Baltimore

2020 Online Community Colleges in Maryland - 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 Montgomery College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,960
  • Locations: Rockville (and 2 others)
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Maryland's Montgomery College features a number of online degree programs that offer the same curriculum and academic standards as their on-campus programs. Associate degrees are available in General Studies, Early Childhood Education Technology, Criminal Justice, Computer Science and Technologies, and Business. In addition, this online community college has blended study programs that combine online and on-campus learning, plus Z-courses that utilize open educational resources (OER) to eliminate the need for textbooks. MC offers online counseling, tutoring, and library resources to support its distance learning students.

#2 Harford Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,986
  • Locations: Bel Air
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Harford Community College is located in Bel Air, Maryland, and offers Associate of Arts degrees in several subjects, including business administration, general studies, and psychology. All of these can be obtained through 100-percent online coursework. HCC uses Blackboard as its learning management platform and provides online continuing education classes for individuals who wish to improve their skills through online courses while staying in the workforce. Library resources are provided for online students.

#3 Anne Arundel Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,480
  • Locations: Arnold
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Anne Arundel Community College is located in Arnold, Maryland, and offers a variety of Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Science degrees that can all be taken 100-percent online. Many of these degrees are in the business management field, including advertising and marketing, business communications, financial accounting, healthcare professionals, human resources, leadership, small business management, social enterprise and supply chain management. The school also offers fully online classes for degrees in business administration transfer, gender and sexuality studies – arts and sciences transfer, information systems – computer science transfer, psychology – arts and sciences transfer and transfer studies.

#4 College of Southern Maryland

  • Annual Tuition: $3,825
  • Locations: La Plata (and 3 others)
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Located in La Plata, Maryland, College of Southern Maryland offers 13 online degrees. Their Associate of Science degrees include concentrations in business administration, business administration – technical management and sport management. The school's Associate of Applied Science degrees includes concentrations in business management, information services technology, and information services technology – web developer. Learning support services, like tutoring, are available online for all students, and workshops like How to Reduce Test Anxiety and 10 Tips for Success in Your Online Course are also offered online and free of charge.

#5 Frederick Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,489
  • Locations: Frederick
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Frederick Community College in Frederick, Maryland, offers four degrees where all required courses and electives are available online. These include an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Management and an Associate of Arts and Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration. FCC has agreements with several nearby institutions of higher learning to allow students, upon graduation, to make an easy transition into the school of their choice. There are even a few schools associated with FCC that offer master’s programs available for students to pursue through fully online coursework in their relevant field. The advising staff at FCC can help students learn more about this potential option.

#6 Carroll Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $4,080
  • Locations: Westminster
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Maryland's Carroll Community College offers distance learners a range of online options, including an associate degree and non-credit classes. The Associate of Arts, Arts & Sciences is a customizable degree program that requires 31 general education credits and 29 elective credits chosen by the student. Non-credit classes are designed to help students gain industry certification or complete specific training for the workplace. This selection of online community college courses includes UGotClass, which provides certification in Social Media for Business, Data Analysis, and Project Management. Ed2Go classes comprise six-week programs that boost personal development and enrichment, plus career training in health care, information technology, and child development, among others. ProTrain online tracks help prepare students for certification tests, including those for information technology, health care, and manufacturing. Its CareerStep program delivers distance learning for those who wish to learn medical coding and transcription, while its Center for Legal Studies offers online courses for students seeking paralegal or pre-law training.

#7 Baltimore City Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $2,640
  • Locations: Baltimore
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore City Community College has a selection of online degrees in fields including accounting, allied human services, arts and sciences transfer (psychology AOC), business administration transfer, business, early childhood education, general studies transfer, health information technology, law enforcement and correctional administration, and legal assistant. A number of these degrees may require less than 20 percent of program time in the classroom, and students are advised to check with an advisor before enrolling. BCCC utilizes Canvas as their course management system, and students should be prepared to attend an orientation session on campus before their first course.

#8 Hagerstown Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,630
  • Locations: Hagerstown
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

In Hagerstown, Maryland, Hagerstown Community College has an array of fully-online degrees, such as Associate of Arts in Arts and Sciences, Arts and Sciences with a concentration in psychology, Arts and Sciences with a concentration in sociology, and General Studies. They also provide Associate of Science in Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Education as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Management. HCC uses Moodle as their learning management system and provides students with over 240 different online classes.

#9 Chesapeake College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • Locations: Wye Mills
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland, offers two fully-online Associate of Arts degrees: in business administration and in liberal arts and sciences. Interactive video conference classes are part of the online courses associated with these degrees, linking classrooms in Wye Mills, Cambridge and Easton. Online resources are available from the CC library, the academic support center can be visited online, and online tutoring (as well as tutoring by phone) is an option available for long-distance and fully-online students. There is also a special community called Helpful Information for Non-traditional Students (or HINTS) that is available as an online resource.

#10 Allegany College of Maryland

  • Annual Tuition: $3,750
  • Locations: Multiple Locations
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

In Cumberland, Maryland, Allegany College of Maryland offers an LPN to RN program as well as an Associate of Science in Computer Technology program to students with all classes delivered online. ACM uses interactive video courses, which allow students and instructors in different sites to communicate. Students gain course credit by participating in these interactive courses. ACM offers over 100 online for-credit classes through WebAdvisor; Blackboard is used to facilitate online classes.

#11 Prince George's Community College

  • Annual Tuition: $3,360
  • Locations: Largo
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College offers a fully online General Studies Associate of Arts program with concentrations in economics, pre-law, psychology or criminal justice. Students can also focus on obtaining an online Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal/Legal Studies, Criminal Justice, Business Management, or Accounting Professional. Students seeking an online Associate of Science degree may do so with either a business administration or business administration – accounting transfer concentration. Students have the option to use SmartThinking for free online tutoring with 24-hour availability in some subjects and to visit the online bookstore to obtain their textbooks and other supplies.

#12 The Community College of Baltimore County

  • Annual Tuition: $3,660
  • Locations: Baltimore
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, the Community College of Baltimore County provides an assortment of online credit programs, including Associate of Arts degrees in accounting, business administration, and general studies; Associate of Applied Science degrees in accounting, business management, criminal justice studies, cybersecurity, health informatics and information technology, and human services counseling; and an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. In addition, an Associate of Applied Science in Networking Technology is offered with the following options: general, CISCO, information technology, Microsoft, and Red Hat Linux. CCBC boasts more than a thousand different online classes and offers online tutoring to distance learners.

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