As the 3 cheapest online doctorates in human services in the entire country (based on data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator website), most of these schools offer tuition rates that are below the cost of a standard college education. For your convenience, we’ve sorted them in descending order of cost, with the least expensive school at #1, according to the hourly, online tuition rate. In cases where only the quarterly or semester rate was available, we have divided that rate by 6 (standard, full time, graduate enrollment) and placed them accordingly on the list.
Unfortunately, only a limited number of doctorate degrees in human services degree programs are available online. Therefore it was not possible to compile a pool of options large enough to justify a multifactorial ranking system in which scoring of colleges and universities would be based on a list of specific considerations. Instead, we ranked the programs solely according to their affordability. See below for the best cheap master’s degrees in human services degrees online, ranked from least to most expensive, according to their per credit hour online rate, along with several useful facts about each program.
#1 – Liberty University
Online EdD in Community Care and Counseling
Liberty University has an online doctor of education in community care and counseling degree that is a 57 credit hour program that includes coursework in statistics and advanced group counseling. With a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1, the program may require additional coursework from those without a background in human services. Liberty University offers an online, graduate rate of $605 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
#2 – Capella University
Online Doctor of Human Services
Capella University has an online doctor of human services degree that is a 72 quarter credit hour program that offers two specializations: advanced program evaluation and data analytics; and leadership and organizational management. With a student to faculty ratio of 22 to 1, the program is looking for applicants with a master’s degree, professional resume, and letters of recommendation. Capella University charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $697 per quarter credit hour. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
#3 – University of the Rockies
Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services Online
The University of the Rockies has an online doctor of philosophy in human services degree that is a 62 credit hour program that offers three specializations: mental health administration; nonprofit management; and a standard program. Candidates should have a regionally accredited master’s degree and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The University of the Rockies charges an online, graduate tuition rate of $1,082 per credit hour for this program. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.