Online Schools in Oklahoma

Home > All States and Cities > Oklahoma Online Education

Similar to the rest of the country, Oklahoma has seen considerable economic improvements since the economy crashed in 2008. In fact, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports Oklahoma has experienced an increase in hiring in recent years. As a result, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the state held steady at 4.7 percent as of September 2014 -- lower than the nation's 5.8 percent unemployment rate.

Highlighted careers in Oklahoma

As the economy of Oklahoma grows, there are several careers that are on the rise around the state. Here are five fields leading in terms of median annual salary and total in-state employment according to May 2013 numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):

Discipline Median annual salary Total in-state employment
Lawyer $82,420 7,230
General and operations manager $80,120 24,270
Registered nurse $56,870 25,960
First-line supervisor of construction $56,620 7,580
Accountant and auditor $53,280 14,960

Top programs and degrees in Oklahoma

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the top degrees earned by Oklahoma students in terms of total degrees awarded were in communication and journalism. During the 2012-2013 academic year, there were 1,153 degrees earned by students in these disciplines at colleges and universities around the state.

Another popular degree program in the state is agriculture, as well as agriculture operations, with 705 students earning these degrees in that same academic year.

In 2012-2013, NCES reports that there were 104 degrees granted in natural resources and conservation in Oklahoma, while 121 students around the state earned architecture degrees. In addition, statistics show that there were 71 degrees in ethnic cultural gender and group studies granted in that same school year.

  • Communications and journalism: 1,153
  • Agriculture and agriculture operations: 705
  • Natural resources and conservation: 104
  • Architecture: 121
  • Ethnic, cultural, gender and group studies: 71

Spotlight Cities and Schools in Oklahoma

It's no wonder there are so many diverse degrees earned by students in Oklahoma. The state is home to about 150 colleges and universities, providing students with a variety of options to pursue their academic goals.

For those who want to attend a public college or university in Oklahoma, there are a number of options though the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education. Founded in 1941, the state system is made up of:

  • 25 colleges and universities
  • 10 regional universities
  • 12 community colleges
  • 1 public liberal arts university

Oklahoma is also the home to dozens of private colleges and universities, including schools like Oklahoma Baptist University, Bacone College, Brown Mackie College and Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

There are several large cities in Oklahoma, the largest being Oklahoma City with a population of 579,999. Other large cities in the state include Tulsa (population 391,906), Norman (population 110,925), Broken Arrow (population 98,850) and Lawton (population 96,867). Students who live in these areas can find colleges and universities close to their homes. However, when that's not possible, online schools in Oklahoma allow students to potentially earn their degrees without needing to move to another city or undertake a long, daily commute back and forth to campus.

Oklahoma education costs (tuition fees and cost of living) and student aid

Although exact tuition can vary from school to school, according to figures from The College Board, during the 2014-2015 school year, approximate tuition costs were as follows:

  • $3,500 for public two-year in-state schools
  • $7,000 for public four-year in-state institutions
  • $17,300 for private nonprofit four-year colleges and universities

Tuition rate in Oklahoma are in line with the cost of living in the state. In other states, such as California, New York and Vermont, students can pay up to twice these tuition rates.

There are numerous resources available to Oklahoma students who need help paying for their tuition costs. For example, the Academic Scholars Program, which is provided by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, is awarded to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement throughout high school. The state also offers college funding to students based on need through programs like the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant Program and the Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant Program.

Students may also fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid from the federal government.

Oklahoma accreditation standards

Higher education is a major expense for most people, so it's best for students to look at it from the perspective of a consumer. One part of being a good consumer is doing the proper research and due diligence in order to ensure one's actually getting what you pay for.

This is why it is important to look for schools that are accredited, meaning they are responsible for meeting certain academic standards. For example, some Oklahoma schools are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, an organization that ensures schools are providing a quality education.


Oklahoma Economic Indicators, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Accessed November 28, 2014, https://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/documents/lmiEconIndPub.pdf

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

Occupational Employment Statistics, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://data.bls.gov/oes/

Colleges in Oklahoma (OK) - 2014 Directory, CollegeStats, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://collegestats.org/colleges/oklahoma/

College Navigator OK, U.S. Department of Education, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?s=OK

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, About the State System of Higher Education, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://www.okhighered.org/state-system/

Alphabetical Listing of Oklahoma Colleges and Universities, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://www.okhighered.org/state-system/colleges-universities/list.shtml

Oklahoma - Largest Cities, GeoNames, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://www.geonames.org/US/OK/largest-cities-in-oklahoma.html

Oklahoma, City-Data, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://www.city-data.com/forum/oklahoma/1202173-2010-census-largest-cities-counties-oklahoma.html

Trends in Higher Education, The College Board, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing/figures-tables/tuition-and-fees-sector-and-state-over-time

Oklahoma Scholarships, Scholarships.com, Accessed November 28, 2014, https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/oklahoma-scholarships/

FAFSA Federal Student Aid, Federal Student Aid, Accessed November 28, 2014, https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Accreditation, Western Oklahoma State College, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://www.wosc.edu/index.php?page=accreditation

FAQs About Accreditation, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Accessed November 28, 2014, https://cihe.neasc.org/information-public/faqs-about-accreditation#what_is_accreditation

Important Questions About Accreditation, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Accessed November 28, 2014, http://www.chea.org/degreemills/

Online Schools in Oklahoma

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More


    See More



    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Prefer exploring options talking to our staff?
            Call toll free now: 1.855.330.6938
            Matching School Ads
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor?s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
            Good for Working Adults
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found

            Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

            * Programs vary by location

            * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

            Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Master of Science in Communications offered online through Syracuse University’s world-renowned Newhouse School of Public Communications.
            • Ranked among the Best Global Universities in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Specializations include Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism Innovation.
            • Coursework provides students with communication strategies for today’s changing media landscape.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Average class size is 25, allowing for more one-on-one time with instructors.
            • Has a 97% employment rate among available graduates.
            • All  graduates receive Lifetime Employment  Assistance—free and forever.
            • Michigan's largest independent college.
            • Most instructors are working professionals in the fields they teach.
            • Programs are continuously updated to ensure classes are career-relevant and in sync with what's needed in the industry
            Show more [+]
            Good for Working Adults
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
            • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
            • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
            • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            2 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked 8th among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private, co-ed college founded in 1821 and located in downtown Washington, D.C.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and 55.1% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has distinguished alumni including Senator Harry Reid, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, and actress Courtney Cox.
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            5 Program(s) Found
            • Flexible Online Learning — Career programs designed for anytime learning.  Study when you have time and test when you feel ready.
            • Accredited and Supported — Regionally and nationally accredited programs with expert instructors available to answer your questions.
            • Affordable Tuition — 0% interest and low monthly payment plans.
            • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
            • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            1 Program(s) Found
            • Ranked 33rd among the Best Grad Schools for Social Work in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Founded in 1904 as the nation’s first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.
            • Provides a rigorous education, including a nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program and PhD in Social Work.  
            • Offers inventive programs with hands-on experience.  
            • Incorporates social justice values and multicultural perspectives into curriculum. 
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            2 Program(s) Found

            Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

            You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

            • Online Courses
            5 Program(s) Found

            Grow Your Career with the University of Saint Mary

            The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic institution in Leavenworth, Kansas, that has been educating students since 1923. Guided by the vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, USM seeks to inspire students and to prepare them for value-centered lives and careers that will benefit our global society.

            • Online Courses