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Complete Directory of Online Colleges and Universities in Montana – 2014 Top Online Schools

Use the directory below to discover the accredited online degree programs available in Montana. Filter by criteria like size, location, degree levels, campus setting, and type of school to find the best program to fit your needs.

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There are more than 11 post-secondary institutions in Montana. Of these schools, 11 offer online programs. A total of five are public four-year colleges or universities and four are public community or technical colleges and two are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. 86 online certificate programs, 928 online associates programs, 884 online bachelors programs, 394 online masters programs, 481 online professional programs, and 87 online doctoral programs are offered at these schools. In these programs, students may study subjects ranging from forensic science to legal assisting to interior design.

Of the online colleges in Montana, Montana State University Great Falls College of Technology, a 4-year research university, offers the most number of programs online. The school offers 27 online programs in the following subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Carpentry
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Design
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Information
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • Interior Design
  • Law
  • Legal Assisting
  • Management
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Transcription
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Paramedicine
  • Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Surgical Technology
  • Teaching
  • Technology


Tuition for online college courses varies based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in Montana charged students an average of $3,926 per year. Tuition at public community and technical colleges was $2,791 per year on average. Private accredited online college tuition ranged from $4,932 to $17,856 per year.

College students in Montana received an estimated $2,147,921,881 worth of financial aid each year to help offset tuition. Approximately 32.01% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. The remainder was in the form of loans that had to be paid back. Institutional grants account for a reported 89.5% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Montana online colleges gave their students $662,571,968 in institutional scholarships and grants.

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The total gross state product for Montana was $36.65 billion in 2010. Based on these numbers, Montana has the 4th weakest economy amongst the states in the nation.

The state has about 424,300 workers employed in the state. The three biggest industries in the state are:

  • Construction
  • Information
  • Agriculture

Approximately 8% of Montana employees are working in the construction industry. Additionally, Montana’s information industry employs approximately 2% of the total number of employees. Also, approximately 7% of Montana workers are employed in the agriculture industry.

The average wage of Montana employees is less than the average wage for employees across the country. In the US, workers earn about $42,871 annually. However, in Montana, workers earn about $36,060 annually. The median income for employees is $29,030 per year. But, the top 10% of the state’s employees earn over $62,710 per year, while the bottom 10% earn under $16,870. The highest paid employees are pediatricians who can make up to $234,940 per annum, while the lowest paid employees in the state are hostesses who can make as little as $17,390 per year. Around the country, pediatricians earn, on average, $165,720 per year. On the other hand, hostesses earn, on average, $19,600 per year around the country.

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Named from the Spanish word “montana” meaning “mountain”, Montana is located in the Northern Rockies and Plains region of the United States. The 4th largest state in the nation, it has an area of 147,040 square miles. Approximately 47°F is Montana’s average annual temperature.

Montana has the 8th smallest population in the nation. The state has 57 counties and 989,415 residents residing in these counties. Approximately 39% of Montana’s population is under the age of 30. Also, it has one of the least diverse populations in the country. An estimated 12% of the state’s population identifies itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group.

Although Montana’s capital city is Helena, the largest city in the state is Billings, with a population of 104,170 residents. An estimated 9.5% of the state’s residents live in the Billings metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state include Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, and Butte.

As compared to residents in other states around the country, Montana residents typically have a higher than average level of education. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 20.3% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have finished high school, 3.5% have at least an associates degree, 2.8% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.