2021 Best Online Associate Degrees

Colleges with the Highest Return on Investment

By Jennifer King Logan | Updated October 7, 2020

Our rankings are the first to source graduate salaries and student debt amounts from government databases in order to identify the colleges and universities that offer the best return on investment (ROI) for their online associate degrees. To develop this list, we calculated a 10-year ROI value for every online associate degree program, then compared each value against those for similar programs to calculate an ROI percentile. For each school that offers online associate degrees in at least two subject areas, we then calculated an average ROI percentile and ranked the schools by this value.

View our methodology for more details. We've also published an appendix that lists all of the program salaries and debt figures for these ranked schools.

Our extensive list of accredited online associate degrees includes over 195 online schools and 1,101 online programs. Use the following list to find the right online associate degree for you and learn more information about each field of study.

Best Online Associate Degrees Highlights

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