Online degree programs have become a very viable alternative to traditional classes. They are not for everyone however. Those who find doing their classwork onerous and distasteful, are likely to find it even more so when there is no classroom, just the work. On the other hand, online degree programs bring higher education to many enthusiastic scholars who, for reasons of infirmity, geography, or familial responsibility are unable to attend regular classes.
While undertaking an online class alone can be a mistake, if done in collaboration with others and under the tutelage of a supporting and capable mentor, even the reluctant student can be very successful. This is a collection of some of the best options.
With a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education together with other grant and foundation support, WGU offers regionally accredited (the mainstream recognized accreditation) through online, competency-based degree and licensure programs. WGU is specifically tailored to teachers, a field in which alternative accreditation bodies are not generally recognized. Unlike many institutions, WGU ostensibly strives to achieve a level of competence in its graduates, and is not simply intent upon having them jump through exigent and generally irrelevant hoops.
University of Phoenix OnlineWith an excellent national reputation for providing working professionals with a quality education in Business, Education, Nursing, Technology, Criminal Justice, and more, this accredited university offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Open also to Non-U.S. residents.
DeVry University OnlineDegree may be earned entirely online. DeVry Online provides the flexibility needed to complete a degree independent of geographical and schedule concerns.
DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of ManagementGraduate degrees, online, evening and weekend classes available.
Walden UniversityOffers bachelor's, masters degree, or Ph.D. online.
AIU OnlineDegrees available in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Visual Communication, Information Technology, and Education. Bachelors degrees require as little as 13 months, and master's degrees in 10, and months. Flexible scheduling.
Saint Leo University OnlineRegionally accredited Saint Leo University where a variety of career-track programs is available, including Business Administration, Accounting, Liberal Arts, Criminal Justice, and Computer Information Systems -- a member of University Alliance, an exclusive e-learning provider with over 150,000 enrollments.
Cardean UniversityMBA program with many courses developed in association with an academic consortium of five world-class business schools including The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University and The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Ellis CollegeBachelor's degrees in Business, Human, Resources, Technology, Math & Physics, and 17 other disciplines. Open to non U.S. residents, provides flexible, personalized instruction through the internet. Work experience is required.
Capella UniversityPart time and flexible, Capella University programs are designed around the schedule of the working student.
Keiser College eCampusAn accredited college offering online degrees in today's hottest programs. Business, Medical Assisting, Criminal Justice, and Paralegal programs are included in Keiser College's offerings. Individual attention and placement assistance are standard.
Regis University Online MBA ProgramMBA program online.
Jacksonville University OnlineOnline RN and bachelor's degree programs.
Kennedy-Western UniversityBachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate programs entirely online. Previous work experience and education may count toward the degree. Degrees can be completed in 12 to 19 months.
The Art Institute OnlineInteractive Media Design, Web Design, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Digital Design, Interior Design, Culinary Management and Residential Planning programs.
Villanova University Professional Certificate Online ProgramsPrograms includ Project Management, Six Sigma, Leadership, Contract Management, HR and Finance & Accounting. No campus attendance required.
Jones International UniversityMaster's degrees in business, education, and communications. Faculty members from leading universities including The University of Pennsylvania, London Business School, and Carnegie Mellon University participate. Regionally accredited, non U.S. residents welcome.