List of Accredited Online Degree Programs

By Jennifer King Logan | Updated December 2, 2020

Online degrees are available in 134 popular subjects that cover 37,382 unique programs from online schools. They are available at the associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate levels. Every school on our website is accredited by an organization recognized by the Department of Education. This list provides the number of online colleges offering degrees in every subject as well as any program-specific accreditation students should pay attention to and average salary statistics.

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a Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Accounting 288 859 $112,431 AACSB ACBSP
Aerospace Engineering 32 104 $119,876 ABET
Agriculture 47 240 Not reported Institutional
Anthropology 22 51 $80,856 Institutional
Architecture 11 19 $65,166 NAAB
Art & Design 63 169 $69,322 NASAD
Art History 11 22 Not reported Institutional
Aviation 30 81 $99,153 AABI
b Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Biology 79 190 $106,693 Institutional
Business 535 5,565 $99,619 AACSB ACBSP IACBE
c Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
CAD/Computer Aided Drafting 4 5 $94,602 Institutional
Chemical Engineering 19 44 $129,352 ABET
Child Development 103 223 $82,942 APA
Christian Counseling 29 89 $52,630 ACPE
Civil Engineering 51 212 $110,225 ABET
Communications 266 1,061 $90,698 ACEJMC
Computer Engineering 57 185 $113,296 ABET
Computer Science 184 722 $110,849 ABET
Conflict Resolution 47 97 $86,646 Institutional
Construction Management 53 100 $96,238 ACCE ATMAE
Counseling 222 784 $79,403 AAMFT CACREP
Counseling Psychology 69 126 Not reported Institutional
Creative Writing 44 97 Not reported Institutional
Criminal Justice 288 1,118 $77,350 Institutional
Criminology 76 135 Not reported Institutional
Cybersecurity 220 696 $77,369 Institutional
d Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Data Science 157 394 Not reported Institutional
Dental Assistant 4 4 $84,666 CODA
Dental Hygiene 24 43 Not reported Institutional
e Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Early Childhood Education 193 560 $59,381 CAEP MACTE NAEYC NCATE
Economics 88 186 $128,967 AACSB
Education 517 7,935 $66,247 CAEP CEA MACTE NCATE
Educational Leadership 337 1,563 $69,181 NCATE
Electrical Engineering 71 278 $128,208 ABET
Elementary Education 179 509 $55,838 CAEP MACTE NCATE TEAC
Emergency Management 117 358 Not reported Institutional
Engineering 263 2,364 $119,022 ABET
Engineering Management 93 244 Not reported Institutional
English 172 405 $85,136 Institutional
Environmental Science 153 667 $97,964 Institutional
ESL 168 335 $59,875 CEA
Exercise Science 49 133 Not reported Institutional
f Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Fashion 15 41 $80,491 Institutional
Finance 276 695 $126,596 AACSB
Fire Science 29 74 $77,369 FESHE
Forensic Accounting 30 49 Not reported Institutional
Forensic Psychology 27 89 $61,166 APA
Forensic Science 72 210 $77,369 AAFS
g Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Geographic Information Systems 69 179 $85,942 Institutional
Graphic Design 36 58 $67,240 NASAD
Gunsmithing 2 2 $60,744 Institutional
h Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Health Education 148 264 Not reported Institutional
Healthcare Administration 326 1,038 $86,240 CAHME
Healthcare Informatics 174 431 $74,931 CAHIIM CAHME
Healthcare Management 300 877 Not reported CAHME
History 114 291 $95,526 Institutional
Holistic Medicine 14 21 $82,343 ACAOM CNME
Homeland Security 120 502 $77,369 Institutional
Hospitality Management 89 208 $91,358 ACPHA
Human Resources 243 686 $91,774 AACSB ACBSP
Human Services 221 882 $67,692 Institutional
HVAC 5 7 $84,066 Institutional
i Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Industrial Engineering 51 141 $112,807 ABET
Information Technology 278 1,469 Not reported ABET
Interior Design 12 18 $66,682 NASAD
j Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Journalism 94 192 Not reported ACEJMC
l Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Landscape Design 4 4 Not reported LAAB
Law 106 394 $89,971 ABA ABA
Law Enforcement 86 163 $77,369 Institutional
Legal Nurse Consulting 2 2 Not reported ABHES
Liberal Studies 367 1,555 $86,591 Institutional
Library Science 86 273 Not reported ALA
m Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Management 549 5,594 $94,995 AACSB
Marketing 322 859 $92,411 AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy 47 164 $74,137 AAMFT COAMFTE
Mathematics 135 303 $113,354 Institutional
MBA 409 2,420 Not reported AACSB ACBSP IACBE
Mechanical Engineering 48 150 $122,137 ABET
Medical Assistant 16 27 $84,666 ABHES
Medical Billing & Coding 31 55 $89,943 ABHES
Medical Office Administration 23 36 $89,943 ABHES
MFA 13 33 Not reported Institutional
MPA 96 295 Not reported Institutional
MSW 67 169 Not reported CSWE
Music 72 159 $66,798 NASM NASM
n Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Network Administration 51 83 $75,586 ABET
Nurse Practitioner (NP) 156 713 Not reported ACEN ACEN CCNE NPWH
Nursing 391 2,782 $90,592 AANA ACEN ACEN ACME CCNE
Nutrition 94 209 $73,147 ACEND
o Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Occupational Safety 31 78 Not reported ABET
Occupational Therapy 28 43 Not reported Institutional
Organizational Leadership 409 1,916 $96,261 AACSB
p Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Paralegal 40 98 $77,557 Institutional
Personal Training 11 22 Not reported Institutional
Pharmacy 42 117 $110,792 ACPE
Pharmacy Technician 11 15 $74,931 ACPE ASHP
Philosophy 34 44 $84,036 Institutional
Phlebotomy 1 1 $91,591 NAACLS
Photography 5 8 $68,086 Institutional
Physical Education 64 129 $71,709 NCATE
Physical Therapy 24 31 $78,795 APTA
Physician Assistant 4 6 $91,591 ARC-PA
Physics 27 69 $114,871 CAMPEP
Political Science 89 241 $106,103 Institutional
Project Management 165 453 $96,115 AACSB PMI-GAC
Psychology 301 1,187 $83,099 APA
Public Administration 275 1,250 $70,172 NASPAA
Public Health 184 667 $79,403 CEPH
Public Relations 84 138 Not reported Institutional
r Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Radiology 32 73 Not reported JRCERT JRCNMT
Real Estate 29 53 $96,145 Institutional
Religious Studies 122 1,184 $73,387 ACPE
Respiratory Therapy 28 46 $89,299 CoARC
s Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
School Counseling 73 116 $49,684 CACREP
Secondary Education 147 527 $63,327 CAEP NCATE TEAC
Social Work 132 355 $65,795 CSWE
Sociology 98 199 $65,166 Institutional
Software Engineering 79 174 $111,462 ABET
Sonography 5 8 Not reported Institutional
Spanish 39 64 Not reported Institutional
Special Education 282 1,238 $62,128 CAA CAEP
Speech Pathology 20 24 Not reported CAA
Sports Management 165 406 $69,257 Institutional
Statistics 37 80 Not reported Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling 70 130 $74,137 CACREP
Supply Chain Management 149 325 Not reported Institutional
Systems Engineering 68 232 $113,932 ABET
t Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Teaching 357 2,044 $66,225 CAEP MACTE NCATE TEAC
Theology 51 215 Not reported CAATS
v Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Veterinary Technician 7 12 $74,931 AVMA COE
Video Game Design 24 39 Not reported Institutional
Vocational 38 98 $91,833 PABCTE
w Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Web Design 46 72 $85,460 Institutional
Web Development 63 120 $75,586 Institutional

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Choosing an Online Degree Level

With thousands of possibilities at five different degree levels to choose from — associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate, plus certificates — selecting an online degree can seem overwhelming at first. There are various factors students consider when choosing a degree level and program. These factors relate to career goals, finances, coursework, and transfer credits. Our guide to online schools is designed to help prospective students explore their many options and make the right choice in degree level and program.

Associate Degree

1,120
Degrees Available
197
Online Schools
$18,423
Avg. Annual Tuition
137,783
Graduates

Online associate degrees typically can be completed in two years and are available for a variety of programs. Online students who’ve graduated from an associate degree program will often be more competitive in the job market, especially in technical and vocational fields, compared to those with only a high school diploma or GED. Online associate degrees are also a solid stepping stone for those looking to earn and transfer credits to a four-year institution so they can continue on to more advanced degrees.

Bachelor's Degree

8,835
Degrees Available
529
Online Schools
$21,824
Avg. Annual Tuition
$59,900
Average Salary

Bachelor’s degree programs can usually be completed online in four years. Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are available online in almost any area of study imaginable, from popular subjects such as engineering to less common subjects such as personal training or Christian counseling. Graduates of an online bachelor’s degree program will find themselves qualified for a wide range of jobs, or they may advance their studies by pursuing a master’s degree.

Master's Degree

17,277
Degrees Available
581
Online Schools
$19,870
Avg. Annual Tuition
$77,079
Average Salary

Online master’s degree programs are a valuable option for students hoping to pursue graduate-level education at a flexible pace, as many programs are designed to allow online students to continue full-time work while completing their studies. Online master’s degrees typically take two years to complete and are available in most subjects. Many schools, such as Dallas Baptist University, Liberty University, and Southern New Hampshire University Online, offer over 100 different online graduate degree options.

Doctoral Degree

2,419
Degrees Available
303
Online Schools
$19,477
Avg. Annual Tuition
$97,105
Average Salary

Obtaining a doctoral degree is one of the ultimate ways to achieve excellence in a field, and there are a variety of online doctorates available. The time required for completion of these degrees varies, depending on whether the online student is full-time or part-time. Many degrees are available at a reasonable rate from highly recommended institutions, such as The George Washington University and Texas A & M University-College Station. Prospective doctoral students can explore degree offerings in business, psychology, computer science, and a wide variety of other subject areas.

Certificates

8,031
Degrees Available
511
Online Schools
$26,707
Avg. Annual Tuition
$109,667
Average Salary

Certificates are available online for students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Online certificates can serve as a supplement to a degree, or as a standalone qualification. There are over 7,000 online certificate programs to choose from, many leading to job opportunities as physical therapy assistants, occupational therapy assistants, dental assistants, and veterinary technicians.

Popular Areas of Online Study

There are many areas of study that an online student might focus on, and deciding which subject to study in college can be a challenge. Students may select a major based on future career goals, interest or skill, or expected salary in a given field. Some of the most popular online degree programs among students include business, criminal justice, art and design, education, liberal studies, engineering, healthcare, computer science, English, information technology, and public health. Read on for more information about these areas of study.

Business

238
Associate Degrees Available
1,928
Bachelor's Degrees Available
2,529
Master's Degrees Available
228
Doctoral Degrees Available

Online business degree programs aim to develop overall analytic, writing, and project management skills as well as an understanding of how organizations work. Those interested in accounting will find many online programs to choose from at all degree levels, and graduates may qualify for jobs ranging from auditors to accountants. Finance is another popular specialty for those seeking an online business degree and 253 schools offer fully online finance degrees, potentially leading to careers in financial management, budget analysis, and financial advising. Students hoping to pursue business careers related to business management or administration might be interested in learning more about online human resources or management degrees.

Criminal Justice

81
Associate Degrees Available
521
Bachelor's Degrees Available
385
Master's Degrees Available
46
Doctoral Degrees Available

A career related to law enforcement, the correctional system, the courts, or perhaps all three may begin with an online degree in criminal justice or a related subject such as forensics, corrections, and criminology. Those who’d like to learn about crime from a social perspective may be interested in an online criminology degree, of which there are multiple levels available, even an online doctorate. Others may prefer to take a more hands-on approach to deal with crime by studying law enforcement online and preparing for a career in the police force or police administration. Those interested in cracking cases might be interested in exploring available online options for undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in crime scene investigation or forensic science. In total, there are 1,033 programs available to prospective criminal justice online students.

Art & Design

4
Associate Degrees Available
59
Bachelor's Degrees Available
69
Master's Degrees Available
1
Doctoral Degrees Available

Those looking for a creative degree will appreciate our rankings list of schools that offer fully online bachelor's degrees in art & design related areas. Graphic design degrees are a popular route for online art & design students, with 49 online graphic design degrees available at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate levels. Prospective online art students will also find a number of fine arts degrees available, as well as degrees in music and film production. An online art & design degree can lead to a wide variety of career opportunities, from positions in art education to roles in advertising, web design, and media. Whatever talents and interests an individual may have, OnlineU has information about the online degree programs best suited to meet the student’s career goals.

Education

56
Associate Degrees Available
494
Bachelor's Degrees Available
4,413
Master's Degrees Available
680
Doctoral Degrees Available

For those who are passionate about teaching, pursuing an online education degree will provide the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of others through education. Of the 5,652 education degrees available fully online, students will find degrees tailored to a wide variety of specialties. The breadth of available online degrees in education can lead to a variety of specializations, including elementary education, early childhood education, curriculum and instruction, administration and leadership, higher education, reading and literacy, and special education. Pursuing an online education degree will help students realize their dreams of becoming teachers, principals, higher education administrators, and more.

Liberal Studies

218
Associate Degrees Available
974
Bachelor's Degrees Available
287
Master's Degrees Available
2
Doctoral Degrees Available

The broad umbrella of liberal studies is a smart choice for online students who are hoping to expand their worldview and develop stronger critical-thinking and communication skills. The field of liberal studies includes a wide array of online courses, from English to anthropology, physics to mathematics, psychology to music. There are 216 associate degrees, 971 bachelor’s degrees, 287 master’s degrees, and 2 doctoral degrees in liberal studies subjects available in a fully online format. Because career paths for graduates with an online liberal studies degree vary widely depending on the program of study, looking over our more specific subject pages will help prospective students learn more about the many available options.

Engineering

55
Associate Degrees Available
282
Bachelor's Degrees Available
1,477
Master's Degrees Available
90
Doctoral Degrees Available

Engineering may be the ideal field of study for anyone who enjoys applying scientific skills to real-world problems. Online engineering programs are available at the introductory level for new students, with a number of options at both the associate and bachelor’s levels. For those more experienced in the field, online master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering are available as well. Interested students should also research what engineering specializations appeal to them, as online programs are available in areas such as electrical engineering, civil engineering, software engineering, and mechanical engineering. Graduates of an online engineering degree program may find work at research labs, governmental agencies, large corporations, construction sites, or small companies.

Healthcare

27
Associate Degrees Available
276
Bachelor's Degrees Available
523
Master's Degrees Available
62
Doctoral Degrees Available

A wide range of healthcare-related degrees are available online, including programs in nursing, pharmacy, nutrition, personal training, public health, respiratory therapy, healthcare administration, and medical and dental assisting. These online degree programs prepare students interested in promoting health and wellness to ensure others maintain healthy lives. Careers in healthcare vary from hands-on positions, like working as a dental assistant, to more administrative roles, such as working behind the scenes to provide others with exceptional care. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that many of these in-demand careers have a bright outlook. Online degrees in healthcare-related fields are available at all levels, with a variety of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate degrees to choose from.

Computer Science

33
Associate Degrees Available
202
Bachelor's Degrees Available
362
Master's Degrees Available
24
Doctoral Degrees Available

Computer programmer, systems analyst, web developer, systems or network administrator, and software developer—these are just some of the many in-demand jobs available to people who have earned online computer science degrees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employers will add more than half a million well-paying computer science jobs over the next 10 years. Online learning has created opportunities for distance learning students to earn degrees at every level, preparing them for jobs in this field. There are 632 online computer science degrees available. These include specializations in such fields as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, computer networking and telecommunications, and software design and development. Online students can expect to start with coursework in programming languages, operating systems, and data structures before moving on to their choice of specialty subjects.

English

11
Associate Degrees Available
123
Bachelor's Degrees Available
170
Master's Degrees Available
11
Doctoral Degrees Available

Online students considering a degree in English may be surprised to discover how versatile this option can be. In addition to careers as writers or editors, English majors can work at publishing companies, advertising agencies, PR firms, universities, and other information service providers. Coursework for an online degree in English will focus on developing analytical and critical-thinking skills and effective writing and communication abilities. Students will also choose to study many types of literature. In the process, they will discover how to analyze and critique writing. There are more than 300 online degrees in English available at all levels, with a variety of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate degrees to choose from.

Information Technology

99
Associate Degrees Available
482
Bachelor's Degrees Available
561
Master's Degrees Available
58
Doctoral Degrees Available

Where computer science focuses on programming and innovation, information technology focuses on building and maintaining existing technologies. Given today's technology-driven world, it’s not surprising that the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects the IT field to grow 11% over the next decade, generating more than 500,000 new jobs. Online learning enables students to prepare for these jobs by earning degrees at every level, from associate to doctoral. There are 1,188 online degrees available, many in the most popular specializations, such as cloud computing, big data, and cybersecurity. Online students pursuing undergraduate degrees will find that the coursework generally focuses on business-level information systems, applications, and basic programming. Those at the master’s or doctoral level will study advanced IT concepts and practices with a heavy emphasis on research. IT professionals can also enhance their credentials by earning an online certificate.

Public Health

6
Associate Degrees Available
107
Bachelor's Degrees Available
376
Master's Degrees Available
51
Doctoral Degrees Available

From preventing the spread of infectious diseases to encouraging schools to provide healthier lunches for children, public health professionals aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the population at large. Most public health job opportunities are found in government agencies. These positions generally require a graduate degree, and prospective students have 375 master’s and 51 doctoral online degrees to choose from. Online doctoral programs fall into two categories: the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) for those preparing for clinical work in healthcare and policy, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (PhD) for those who want to pursue research and academic positions. Online students who opt for one of the 113 undergraduate degrees in public health will be well qualified for entry-level positions in healthcare administration and related fields. A bachelor’s in public health is also a common stepping stone to advanced degrees in law or medicine.

Financial Aid Considerations and Resources for Online Students

The benefits of earning a college degree are profound and include access to more jobs as well as increased lifetime salary potential. Yet the cost of obtaining that degree can be high, and people don’t always have the means to pay for higher education out of pocket. Thankfully, there are many types of financial aid options available for online students. These include grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and loans. Students may also discover that online higher education options, through condensed and blended programs, are more affordable than traditional in-person degree programs. Visit our Guide to Financial Aid for Online Students for detailed information on the various types of aid available, the application process, tax implications, and additional resources.

Choosing an Accredited Online Degree Program

One of the most important factors in choosing an online degree program is ensuring it has been accredited by an approved, independent agency. Accreditation means that the college or university has undergone a thorough evaluation. In this process, coursework, faculty, and student resources have been determined to meet high standards for quality and value. All of the schools and programs listed on our website have been accredited. Visit our accreditation page to learn more about specific types of accreditation and how they impact transfer credits and financial assistance. These are important considerations for online students when choosing a specific higher education program or school.