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Most of Utah’s colleges and universities actively promote distance learning. But which school is right for you? Where can you find affordable courses or even a fully online degree? And what additional costs do non-Utahans pay? That’s just a bit of what this guide covers. We’ll also tip you off to the state’s concurrent enrollment policies for high schoolers, point you toward online career training and give you a heads up on schools with quality concerns. Then, we’ll wrap it up with a list of links so you can get started.

Online Degrees in Utah: What to Know

1. Each College Does Its Own Thing

Although the state’s public schools all fall under the Utah System of Higher Education, there’s no one place to find all its online degrees or courses. Instead, prospective students may want to take the following approach. Start by using the program search tool on UtahFutures, a career and college planning website funded by the state. Choose an area of study, then see which schools offer it. The downside is that the tool can’t filter out residential programs, so you’ll need to use this as a starting point for research rather than as an endpoint. That’s where you can visit individual schools’ online learning pages and get a picture of which have degrees, or at least courses, in your area of study. As you’ll see below, most schools have easily navigable catalogs.

2. It’s Easy to See How Credits Will Transfer

The state’s two junior colleges, Snow College and Salt Lake Community College, produce thousands of graduates each year, many from online programs. If you’re one of them, you may have designs on attending a four-year public college in the state. TransferUtah makes it easy to see which credits will count toward your major and which will be marked as electives. All you have to do is enter the name of the college where you earned your credits, the name of the college you want to transfer to, and your program of study. TransferUtah then spits out a complete list of course equivalents. Click on “Details” to see how your credits will be applied. Don’t see a course you took listed? That likely means you’ll be granted elective credit for it, meaning it won’t count directly to your major (but will count toward the units needed for graduation). Check out the Common Questions page for an in-depth explanation of how it works.

Another useful tool on the website is the College Profiles section. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s filled with essential information on transfer contacts, transfer application deadlines and transfer credit policies, broken down by school.

3. Earn Certifications and Get Continuing Education Units Online

It’s not always about getting credit. Sometimes, you just need the skills to get the job done. That’s where SkillsOnline Utah comes in. Some of the 3,000+ courses are for fun (e.g., Holiday Baking), while others lead to professional certifications in everything from personal fitness training to IT. Each course comes with its own cost, anywhere between a few $20 bills and several thousand dollars. You don’t have to be a Utah resident to register.

4. Earn College Credit in High School

The Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP) allows 9th through 12th graders to take two free online courses per year, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Pass the AP exam with a score of three to five, depending on the school, and you’ll get college credit as well. Some Utah high schools contract additional online providers to enhance your options.

Junior and seniors have even more opportunities for online learning via the Technology Intensive Concurrent Enrollment (TICE) program. Courses are available at $30 per credit or less, which is a steal compared to what they cost undergrads. Check out the Utah Education Network website to see what’s available, than talk to a high school administrator about enrolling.

5. Utah Takes Part in Tuition Exchange Programs

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) gives students the opportunity to attend out-of-state schools at a reduced price. Through the Western Undergraduate Exchange, associate and bachelor’s degree seekers pay no more than 150 percent of the in-state rate at eligible programs. Master’s-level students have their own tuition reciprocity initiative, the Western Regional Graduate Program, through which they receive resident tuition at participating programs. WICHE isn’t exclusively for distance learning, so keep that in mind when researching programs. Why are we mentioning this? Because Utah residents can apply for WICHE initiatives. Plus, eight Utah schools offer reduced tuition to residents of other Western states. Reciprocity, after all, goes both ways.

Affordable Online Schools in Utah

Several schools in the Beehive State meet our standards for both affordability and quality. It’s worth checking our results against College Scorecard, which compares schools’ graduation rates, financial aid figures and average costs.

  • Southern Utah University

    Find distance ed courses and degrees (the latter are mostly at the graduate-level) at SUU Online. The price for courses is the same as for traditional ones, with a $20 technology fee per course on top. But nonresidents have the opportunity to cut the cost of enrollment, however, by qualifying for the Western Undergraduate Exchange rate. All others should contact the SUU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

  • University of Utah

    Although UOnline students are assessed tuition and fees based on their residency, not all out-of-state students are charged the same rate. The university participates in WUE and is the state’s most enthusiastic entrant into WGRP, with dozens of programs to choose from (including unique online degrees like Gerontology and Sport Pedagogy). The school also runs online courses throughout the year that residential students can register for. The tuition costs are the same as for traditional courses, but each online course comes with a $60 technology fee. Financial aid is available.

  • Utah State University

    Nonresidents earning their degrees (or taking individual courses) online don’t pay the same rate as nonresidents in a traditional program. Instead, they’re charged a lower per-credit rate. Visit the USU financial aid office to see how to lower costs further.

    Much of the real value of Utah State University Online, however, is the ability to start and finish classes quickly via “FLEx courses.” Such courses allow students to minimize their lost earning potential while they study. There are two routes USU Online uses to accomplish this. First, students can take condensed courses that last four to seven weeks. Second, students can hop into an open entry course even after it’s started and catch up as they go. Not impressed yet? Graduate students can actually start taking courses before they’ve been admitted to the university — up to 12 credits’ worth — with the Quick Admission program.

    Utah State must be doing something right, because in 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked it in the top 20 for both its overall online bachelor’s programs and its master’s-level education program.

  • Utah Valley University

    The Office of Teaching and Learning coordinates Utah Valley University’s distance education programs and makes it easy to find both traditional and online courses. Tuition and fees for traditional and online courses are the same, as are financial aid opportunities, although students hailing from west of the Rockies can take advantage of Western Undergraduate Exchange rates in many majors. Need even greater flexibility? The Office of Extended Studies can show you how to take in-person or hybrid courses at multiple locations across the state — or attend on weekends and evenings.

  • Weber State University

    Weber State is a public university, but WSU Online doesn’t have out-of-state pricing. Instead, it takes pride in offering students from outside its borders a low per-credit rate unavailable to their on-campus counterparts. Residents, meanwhile, pay in-state tuition for online classes, just as they would for traditional ones. Financial aid can make it even cheaper, but tuition waivers and institutional scholarships cannot be applied to distance learning courses.

    One big plus about Weber State is its excellent transfer guide, which pulls information from just about any school you can think of. So, whether you got an associate degree at Coastal Carolina Community College or took a few courses from BYU down the road, you’ll know what you’ll get credit for. After all, the fewer courses you have to retake, the less money you’ll end up paying for your degree.

Online Schools in Utah with Accreditation & Quality Concerns

All Utah public schools (and most private nonprofit ones) seek regional accreditation, which guarantees students can receive federal financial aid and enhances their ability to transfer credits. But some schools, typically for-profits, opt for national accreditation, which qualifies students for aid but hampers credit transferability. Still other colleges, like now-defunct George Wythe University, seek accreditation from an agency not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or eschew accreditation altogether, severely limiting the value of their degrees.

If your chosen school isn’t on CHEA’s list, it’s not accredited. Proceed with caution. The same goes with the following college:

  • Stevens-Henager College

    Stevens-Henager is accredited, but it’s not on good term with the federal government. Two problems dog the school, which has multiple locations in Utah along with an online presence. The U.S. Justice Department sued Stevens-Henager in 2014 after whistleblowers came forward with assertions that the school paid bonuses to recruiters for every student they enrolled, a violation of federal law. That certainly didn’t help its efforts to convert from a for-profit school to a nonprofit, and in 2016 the U.S. Department of Education denied its request, stating, “This should send a clear message to anyone who thinks converting to nonprofit status is a way to avoid oversight while hanging onto the financial benefits.” The college has since sued the federal government over the decision while maintaining on its website that it’s a nonprofit.

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Utah State University

Utah State University offers eight undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees: a B.S. in Agribusiness, a B.S. in Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education, a B.S. in Family Life Studies, a B.A. in Liberal Arts, a 2nd B.S. in Communicative Disorders, a B.S. in Economics, a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, a B.S. in Psychology, an M.Ed. in Career & Technical Education, a Master in Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences, an M.T.C. in Technical Communication, an M.H.R. in Human Resources, and an M.N.R. in Natural Resources. They also offer several other online programs including certificates and minors. Financial aid options are available to online students in the forms of scholarships, loans, and grants. Students may take courses in full-length fall and spring semesters; 7-week sessions beginning in August, October, January and March; and 7-week and 14-week sessions during the summer, and online students may complete coursework whenever it is convenient for them. However, some courses require proctored exams.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

CAG Score 93.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,662 Students


Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University offers five undergraduate degrees that students can obtain entirely online: an Aviation Bachelor of Science, an Aviation Associate in Applied Science, an Aviation Associate in Science, an Emergency Services Administration Management Bachelor of Science, and a Bachelors in Hospitality Management. Students who take online courses are able to pursue their coursework whenever it is convenient. Some courses, however, may require proctored exam, which can be taken at a certified exam proctor site or the UVU testing center. Classes begin for online students in January, May, and August. Online students may qualify for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, and more, and the team at UVU Distance Education offers many resources that will help online students to succeed. For students who wish to transfer to UVU, credits from accredited colleges and universities with C grades or better will be accepted.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

CAG Score 95.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

31,332 Students


Weber State University

Weber State University offers four associate degrees and six bachelor's degrees entirely online: an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Science, an Associate of Science in General Studies, an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology, an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician, a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management, a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Professional Sales, and a Bachelor of Integrated Studies Online. The Bachelor of Integrated Studies Online needs three areas of emphasis, and students can choose from child and family studies, computer science, health administrative services, health promotion, health sciences, nutrition, or professional sales. Financial aid for online students is available as it is for on-campus students. Classes begin in January, March, May, June, August, and October. In addition to regular semester-based courses, Weber State University also offers self-paced courses for online students. These are courses that start at any time and must be completed within six months. Financial aid may be used for these courses, but students must pay up-front for class and they may be reimbursed after completion.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

CAG Score 94.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

25,954 Students


University of Utah

University of Utah offers four undergraduate degrees and four graduate degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Economics, a Nursing R.N. to B.S.N., a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Science in Gerontology, a Master of Business in Administration, a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, and a Master of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. Online students are able to complete coursework on their own schedules, and the University of Utah offers an Online Readiness Questionnaire for students to determine whether or not an online degree is ideal for them. Tuition is the same for online courses as it is for on-campus courses, and students also pay a $60 fee for the operation of online courses. Financial aid is available for online students in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Classes begin in January, March, May, June, August, and October.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

CAG Score 94.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

31,515 Students


Southern Utah University

SUU Online gives students the chance to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies online. Currently, there is one online bachelor program (Bachelor of Science in General Studies), with two more online programs under development (Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Bachelor of Science in Management). SUU Online offers the following online graduate programs: Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts in Arts Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Professional Communication, and a Master of Science in Sports Conditioning and Performance. To facilitate online instruction and communication, the university uses Canvas as its online learning management system.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

CAG Score 93.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

7,656 Students


Westminster College

Westminster College offers a project- and competency-based model for its online degree programs. Students are required to complete projects that demonstrate their mastery of subjects. Options include Bachelor of Business Administration, MBA, and Master of Strategic Communication. The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is home to the online BBA program, which is open to adult learners who have at least six years of work experience, including military experience, and who have completed an associate degree. This is a low-residency program that requires students to attend a two-day on-campus session before beginning each of the five modules. Students can complete the program in five semesters. Students who enter the project-based online MBA program can earn their degree in 18 to 24 months, after completing 25 different projects. Courses run for seven weeks and students work at their own pace as long as they meet deadlines. Students can complete the Master of Strategic Communication in about 18 months. Each semester, students are assigned from four to seven individual projects as well as a team project. Applicants to the master's programs should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and must submit GMAT scores.

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


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