Best Online/Distance Learning Colleges & Programs in Kansas 2021

Hi readers! In this post, I’ve compiled a list of best distance learning colleges, universities, and institutes in Kansas. Here, readers will find the following details – rankings, list of distance education colleges, their address, type of institute, fees/cost, degrees and awards, distance learning majors/degrees and more.

Kansas Distance Learning

Best Online/Distance Learning Colleges in Kansas for 2021

Rank

College

Fees/Cost

Type of Institute

Degrees & Awards

Address

1 Coffeyville Community College $5,305 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 400 W 11th St, Coffeyville, Kansas 67337-5064
2 Fort Scott Community College $5,898 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 2108 S Horton, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701
3 Independence Community College $6,357 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1057 West College Avenue, Independence, Kansas 67301-0708
4 Labette Community College $6,395 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 200 S 14th, Parsons, Kansas 67357-4201
5 Seward County Community College $6,607 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1801 N. Kansas Ave., Liberal, Kansas 67901
6 Highland Community College $7,099 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Two but less than 4 years certificate 606 W Main, Highland, Kansas 66035-4165
7 Cowley County Community College $7,893 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 125 S 2nd St, Arkansas City, Kansas 67005
8 Hutchinson Community College $8,168 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1300 N Plum St, Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
9 Grantham University $8,400 4-year, Private for-profit Less than one year certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree 16025 West 113th Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66219
10 Pratt Community College $8,522 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 348 NE SR 61, Pratt, Kansas 67124
11 Colby Community College $8,614 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1255 S Range, Colby, Kansas 67701
12 Allen County Community College $8,668 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1801 N Cottonwood, Iola, Kansas 66749
13 Neosho County Community College $8,930 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 800 W 14th St, Chanute, Kansas 66720
14 Barton County Community College $9,676 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 245 NE 30th Road, Great Bend, Kansas 67530
15 Kansas Christian College $9,756 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree 7401 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas 66204-1975
16 Cloud County Community College $9,944 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 2221 Campus Dr, Concordia, Kansas 66901-1002
17 Wichita State University-Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology $10,867 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 4004 N Webb Rd. Bldg 100, Wichita, Kansas 67226
18 Northwest Kansas Technical College $11,439 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 1209 Harrison St, Goodland, Kansas 67735
19 Fort Hays State University $12,108 4-year, Public Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 600 Park St, Hays, Kansas 67601-4099
20 Johnson County Community College $12,646 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, Kansas 66210-1299
21 Kansas City Kansas Community College $13,346 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 7250 State Ave, Kansas City, Kansas 66112
22 Flint Hills Technical College $13,352 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree 3301 W 18th St, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5957
23 Washburn University $13,752 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
24 Pittsburg State University $13,847 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 1701 S Broadway, Pittsburg, Kansas 66762
25 Wichita State University $13,849 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, Kansas 67260-0124
26 Butler Community College $13,901 2-year, Public Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Two but less than 4 years certificate 901 S Haverhill Rd, El Dorado, Kansas 67042-3280
27 Emporia State University $14,319 4-year, Public Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship 1 Kellogg Circle, Emporia, Kansas 66801-5415
28 Central Christian College of Kansas $15,215 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree 1200 S Main, McPherson, Kansas 67460-5740
29 Newman University $16,533 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 3100 McCormick Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67213-2097
30 Kansas State University $18,103 4-year, Public Less than one year certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 919 Mid-Campus Drive, Anderson Hall, Manhattan, Kansas 66506
31 University of Kansas $19,195 4-year, Public One but less than two years certificate|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship|Doctor’s degree – professional practice Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd, Room 230, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
32 Rasmussen College-Kansas $19,276 4-year, primarily associate’s, Private for-profit Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 620 SW Governor View, Topeka, Kansas 66606
33 Sterling College $19,604 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 125 W. Cooper, Sterling, Kansas 67579
34 Friends University $20,641 4-year, Private not-for-profit Less than one year certificate|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kansas 67213
35 University of Saint Mary $21,019 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 4100 S 4th St, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-5082
36 Bethel College-North Newton $21,785 4-year, Private not-for-profit Less than one year certificate|Bachelor’s degree 300 E 27th St, North Newton, Kansas 67117-1716
37 Kansas Wesleyan University $21,831 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 100 E. Claflin Ave., Salina, Kansas 67401-6146
38 Manhattan Christian College $22,783 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree 1415 Anderson Ave, Manhattan, Kansas 66502-4801
39 Baker University $23,629 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship 615 Dearborn Street, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006-0065
40 Southwestern College $23,731 4-year, Private not-for-profit Less than one year certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship 100 College Street, Winfield, Kansas 67156-2499
41 Barclay College $24,479 4-year, Private not-for-profit Less than one year certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate 607 N Kingman, Haviland, Kansas 67059-0288
42 Tabor College $24,708 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 400 S Jefferson, Hillsboro, Kansas 67063-1799
43 Ottawa University-Ottawa $24,718 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 1001 South Cedar, Ottawa, Kansas 66067-3399
44 MidAmerica Nazarene University $25,365 4-year, Private not-for-profit Less than one year certificate|One but less than two years certificate|Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Post-master’s certificate 2030 E College Way, Olathe, Kansas 66062-1899
45 Cleveland University-Kansas City $35,246 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate’s degree|Bachelor’s degree|Postbaccalaureate certificate|Master’s degree|Doctor’s degree – professional practice 10850 Lowell Avenue, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
46 Ottawa University-Kansas City NA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 4370 W. 109th Street Suite 200, Overland Park, Kansas 66211
47 Ottawa University-Online NA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Bachelor’s degree|Master’s degree 1001 South Cedar, Ottawa, Kansas 66067

 

For ranking colleges, we have used the ‘affordability’ factor. With each passing year, cost of higher-education is rising. Keeping this fact in mind, we have decided to rank institutes on the basis of cost/expenses and affordability.

 

Best Online/Distance Learning Programs & Majors

Here are some popular distance learning programs/majors –

  1. Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

    • Agricultural and Domestic Animal Services
    • Agricultural and Food Products Processing
    • Agricultural Business and Management
    • Agricultural Mechanization
    • Agricultural Production Operations
    • Agricultural Public Services
    • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
    • Agriculture, General
    • Animal Sciences
    • Applied Horticulture and Horticultural Business Services
    • Food Science and Technology
    • International Agriculture
    • Plant Sciences
    • Soil Sciences
  2. Architecture and Related Services

  3. Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies

    • Area Studies
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  4. Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  5. Business, Marketing, Management, and Related Support Services

    • Accounting and Related Services
    • Business Administration, Management and Operations
    • Business Operations Support and Assistant Services
    • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
    • Business/Commerce, General
    • Business/Corporate Communications
    • Business/Managerial Economics
    • Construction Management
    • Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
    • Finance and Financial Management Services
    • General Sales, Merchandising, and Related Marketing Operations
    • Hospitality Administration/Management
    • Human Resources Management and Services
    • Insurance
    • International Business
    • Management Information Systems and Services
    • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methocs
    • Marketing
    • Real Estate
    • Specialized Sales, Merchandising, and Marketing Operations
    • Taxation
    • Telecommunications Management
  6. Communication Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

    • Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians
    • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other
    • Communications Technology/Technician
    • Graphic Communications
  7. Communication, Journalism, and Related programs

    • Communication and Media Studies
    • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
    • Journalism
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
    • Publishing
    • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication
  8. Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

    • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
    • Computer and Information Sciences, General
    • Computer Programming
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Software and Media Applications
    • Computer Systems Analysis
    • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
    • Computer/Information Technology Administration and Management
    • Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications
    • Data Processing
    • Information Science/Studies
  9. Construction Trades

    • Construction Trades, General
    • Construction Trades, Other
  10. Education

    • Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Education, General
    • Education, Other
    • Educational Administration and Supervision
    • Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
    • Educational/Instructional Media Design
    • International and Comparative Education
    • Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
    • Special Education and Teaching
    • Student Counseling and Personnel Services
    • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
    • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
    • Teaching Assistants/Aides
    • Teaching English or French as a Second or Foreign Language
  11. Engineering

    • Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering
    • Agricultural Engineering
    • Architectural Engineering
    • Biochemical Engineering
    • Biological/Biosystems Engineering
    • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
    • Cermic Sciences and Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Construction Engineering
    • Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering
    • Electromechanical Engineering
    • Engineering Chemistry
    • Engineering Mechanics
    • Engineering Physics
    • Engineering Science
    • Engineering, General
    • Engineering, Other
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
    • Forest Engineering
    • Geological Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Materials Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
    • Metallurgical Engineering
    • Mining and Mineral Engineering
    • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Ocean Engineering
    • Operations Research
    • Paper Science and Engineering
    • Petroleum Engineering
    • Plastics Engineering
    • Surveying Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
    • Textile Sciences and Engineering
  12. Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields

    • Architecture Engineering Technicians
    • Civil Engineering Technicians
    • Computer Engineering Technicians
    • Construction Engineering Technologies
    • Drafting Engineering Technicians
    • Electrical Engineering Technicians
    • Electromechanical Instrumentation and Maintenance Technicians
    • Engineering Technicians, Other
    • Engineering Technology, General
    • Engineering-Related Fields
    • Engineering-Related Technologies
    • Environmental Control Technicians
    • Industrial Production Technicians
    • Mechanical Engineering Related Technicians
    • Mining and Petroleum Technicians
    • Nanotechnology
    • Nuclear Engineering Technicians
    • Quality Control and Safety Technicians
  13. English Language and Literature/Letters

    • English Language and Literature, General
    • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
    • Literature
    • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
  14. Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

    • Apparel and Textiles
    • Family and Consumer Electronics Related Studies
    • Family and Consumer Sciences Business Services
    • Family and Consumer Sciences, General
    • Family and Consumer Sciences, Other
    • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services
    • Housing and Human Environments
    • Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services
    • Work and Family Studies
  15. Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

    • African Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • American Sign Language
    • Celtic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
    • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Persian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
    • Middle Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Modern Greek Language and Literature
    • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Slavic, Baltic, and Albanian Languages, Literature, and Linguistics
    • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Southeast Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
    • Turkic, Uralic-Altaic, Caucasian, and Central Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  16. History

  17. Legal Professions and Studies

    • Law
    • Legal Professions and Studies, Other
    • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies
    • Legal Support Services
    • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (UG)
  18. Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies, and Humanities

  19. Library Science

  20. Mathematics and Statistics

    • Applied Mathematics
    • Mathematics
    • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
    • Statistics
  21. Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians

  22. Military Technologies and Applied Sciences

  23. Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  24. Natural Resources and Conservation

    • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences Management
    • Forestry
    • Natural Resources and Conservation
    • Natural Resources and Conservation and Research
    • Natural Resources Management and Policy
    • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
  25. Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

    • Health and Physical Education/Fitness
    • Outdoor Education
    • Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Facilities Management
    • Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Studies
    • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Other
  26. Personal and Culinary Services

    • Cosmetology and Related Personal Grooming Services
    • Culinary Arts and Related Services
    • Funeral Service and Mortuary Science
    • Personal and Culinary Services, Other
  27. Philosophy and Religious Studies

    • Philosophy
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
    • Religion/Religious Studies
  28. Physical Sciences

    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
    • Chemistry
    • Geosciences
    • Materials Sciences
    • Physical Sciences
    • Physical Sciences, Other
    • Physics
  29. Precision Production

  30. Psychology

    • Psychology, General
    • Psychology, Other
  31. Public Administration and Social Service Professions

    • Community Organization and Advocacy
    • Human Services, General
    • Public Administration
    • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
    • Public Policy Analysis
    • Social Work
  32. Science Technologies/Technicians

  33. Social Sciences

    • Demography and Population Studies
    • Economics
    • Geography and Cartography
    • International Relations and National Security Studies
    • Political Science and Government
    • Rural Sociology
    • Social Sciences, General
    • Social Sciences, Other
    • Sociology
    • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Urban Studies/Affairs
  34. Theology and Religious Vocations

    • Bible/Biblical Studies
    • Missionary Studies
    • Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries
    • Religious Education
    • Religious Music
    • Theological and Ministerial Studies
    • Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
  35. Transportation and Materials Moving

    • Transportation and Materials Moving, Other
  36. Visual and Performing Arts

    • Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management
    • Design and Applied Arts
    • Fine and Studio Arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts, General
    • Visual and Performing Arts, Other

 

Come, let us take a close look at the admission process and requirements –

 

Admission Requirements

While evaluating candidates who’ve applied for admission, colleges take the following factors into consideration –

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • ACT/SAT test scores
  • TOEFL
  • Other relevant tests

 

The factors mentioned above are divided into the following groups – Admission considerations that are ‘Required/Mandatory’, admission considerations that are ‘Recommended’ and admission requirements that are ‘Considered but not required’.

 

Admission requirements may vary from one college to another. Most of the colleges rely on secondary school GPA, secondary school record, ACT/SAT scores and TOEFL (as mandatory considerations). Community colleges usually have an open admission policy.

 

Online/Distance Education Degrees

Depending upon the level of the program, Degrees or Awards can be classified into the following types –

  • Certificates
  • Associate’s Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Advanced Degrees

 

Certificates

  • Less than one year certificate: The duration of the program is less than one year.
  • One but less than two years certificate: The duration of the course is 1 year (or more, but less than 2 years).

 

Associate’s Degree

Associate’s Degree program is two years long. After completing this program, you’ll obtain an Associate’s Degree from the college/university/accrediting body.

 

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor’s Degree program is four years long. After completing this program, you’ll obtain an Associate’s Degree from the college/university/accrediting body.

 

Advanced Degrees

Here are some of the popular advanced degrees –

  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctor’s Degree
  • Post-master’s certificate
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