2016 Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Arizona

Arizona has over 119 post-secondary institutions, of which 28 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, three are public four-year colleges or universities and eight are public community or technical colleges and 17 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 660 online certificate programs, 3,451 online associate programs, 2,234 online bachelor's programs, 1,520 online masters programs, 1,960 online professional programs, and 440 online doctoral programs. Healthcare management, public administration, and chemistry are examples of subjects offered by these programs. Read More


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Of the online colleges in Arizona, Arizona State University, a 4-year research university, offers 214 online programs.

Job Outlook

There are a total of 2,367,120 employees in the state. The average wage in Arizona is approximately equal to the national average. In the US, workers earn around $42,871 per year. However, in Arizona, workers earn around $42,390 per year. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $78,000 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $17,390 annually. The median annual income for employees is roughly $33,040.

Arizona’s job growth has been mild by historical standards, but Arizona is one of the states whose economy is still growing in the aftermath of the recession. A two percent growth rate may seem disappointing, but it puts Arizona in the top ten leader states nationally. Its unemployment rate isn’t too far ahead of the national average, though. 7.9 percent of the state remains unemployed (compared to 7.5 percent nationally). Businesses are still profitable, however, particularly in construction and development. This trend (slow economic growth but rising profits and revenue for firms and individuals) is a global one, and is a sign that Arizonan businesses are streamlining and becoming more efficient.

Tuition

Tuition may vary for online college courses depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. On average, public four-year colleges and universities in Arizona charge students approximately $7,498 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $1,645 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $9,720 to $38,000 per year.

Accreditation

Arizona online schools are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The Higher Learning Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This federally recognized body provides assurance to students, parents and all stakeholders that ASU meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance. AllArizona online schools worth their salt will make the effort to give accredited degrees by this organization.

Distance Learning Resources

  • Is Online Learning for Me? Take this quiz, offered by the University of Arizona’s Outreach College, to reflect upon your own academic goals and needs as you begin planning your education.
  • Arizona College and Career Planning System is a comprehensive online resource that lets Arizona residents plan for their careers by exploring occupational options, educational pathways, and more.
  • ExpectMoreArizona.org- Use this to plan for your education. It features downloadable guides, a blog with resources, and state-specific information for those planning their futures higher education.
  • Career Web Resources, compiled by the University of Arizona, will help you select a major or course of study, augment your education with internship opportunities, browse job listings and career profiles, and strengthen your job search with tips and strategies.
  • Arizona Career Information System,  developed by the Arizona Department of Education, this interactive system is designed to provide Arizona residents with educational, career, and occupation information.

More Information

Arizona is located in the Southwest region of the United States. The state, which has an area of 113,990 square miles, is the 6th largest in the country. The state’s average annual temperature is about 83°F.

The population of Arizona is the 16th largest in the US. It has an estimated population of 6,392,017 residents residing in its 15 counties. Approximately 42 percent of those living in Arizona are less than 30 years old. With approximately 42 percent of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the most diverse populations in the US.

Arizona’s capital city is Phoenix, which is the largest city in the state, with a population of 1,445,632 residents. About 4.4 percent of the state’s residents live in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Arizona’s other big cities include Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, and Glendale.

Arizona residents normally have a lower than average level of education as compared to those around the US. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 16.3% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 9.2 percent have at least an associate degree, 6.4 percent have degrees at the bachelor’s level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.