Top 10 Online Bachelor in Business Administration Degrees

best online BBA degrees

If you want to make business decisions someday, you’ll need to know how businesses work. That goes for aspiring entrepreneurs and future Fortune 500 executives alike. A BBA teaches you how the fields of accounting, management, human resources, economics, marketing, and operations overlap in business.

Whether you want to be a generalist or a specialist, a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science in business administration can make you a valuable asset to any organization.

You don’t have to move across the country to learn about the intricacies of the business world. There are countless online business administration degree programs that can land you the credentials and expertise you need to start your career. To help you sort through them, we’ve used data from The National Center for Education Statistics and ratings from school-ranking entities like TheBestSchools.org, BestColleges.com, U.S. News & World Report, CollegeChoice.net, and TopManagementDegrees.com—so this list of the top 10 online bachelor’s programs in business administration is the best of the best.

Less than 5% of the world’s 15,000 business schools are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, but 80% of the schools on this list are AACSB approved.

To help you make the choice that’s right for you, we’ll show you each school’s:

  • Tuition cost
  • Program length
  • Graduation rates
  • Awards and accolades
  • Accreditation
  • Anything else we think will help you decide

Let’s find a school you’ll love! For starters, here are some highlights:

Most affordable

If you live in Florida, you’re in luck! You’ve got two great online business schools with very low tuition: University of Florida is #1 on our list and it runs about $3,000 per year in state, and Florida International University (#3) is about $6,500 per year in state.

For non-Florida residents, University of Georgia (#8) and West Texas A&M University (#9) cost about $8,000–$9,000 per year and still provide you with a solid education.

That being said, some online programs can be completed faster than four years, depending on how ambitious you are. If you don’t have work, family, or other commitments in your schedule, you might be able to save some money with the right program by shaving off a year or two.

Best job placement rate

If landing a job is the whole reason you’re getting a degree, you may want to check out University of Iowa (#7 on our list). They have a job placement rate of 97%! So if you finish your degree at U of I, you’ll most likely have a job within six months.

Best graduation rate

The business world isn’t a classroom—and that means some of the savviest business minds struggle with academia. If you’re worried about graduating, University of Florida is your best pick. They have an 87% graduation rate, so almost 9 out of 10 students earn their degree.

What’s the difference between a BSBA, a BABA, and a BBA?

Before we go further, it’s worth pointing out that a BABA, a BBA, and a BSBA are essentially the same credential-wise. The difference in curriculum varies a little program to program, but it basically comes down to how specialized your education is. As you’ll see in the list, a lot of programs offer a wide range of specialization options regardless of whether or not the degree is a BSBA, a BBA, or a BABA, so even that difference depends on the program.

If it helps though, here are some general differences between a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science.

Now, on to the top ten!

1. University of Florida

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $3,000 per year for online students
  • Out-of-state: about $10,000 per year for online students

Program length: 120 credits

Graduation rate: 87%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TopManagementDegrees.com: 1
  • Rank on CollegeChoice.net:1
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 1
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 6

University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business is nationally recognized for its excellence. As an online student you can choose between a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science in business administration.

The bachelor of science is designed to help you “master the technical and practical facets of a business career,” whereas the bachelor of arts gives you a firm foundation in business principles and then allows you to specialize in an area outside of business. In other words, the BSBA has a highly focused business curriculum, and the BABA is a flexible interdisciplinary program.

Here’s how they describe each program:

Bachelor of arts in business administration:

“Our new BABA degree is interdisciplinary in nature and provides students with the ability to take a deeper dive in an area outside of business. By providing a foundation in business and the choice of a specialized focus, the BABA degree allows greater flexibility to customize your education to match your individual goals and interests.”

Bachelor of science in business administration:

“A BSBA will give you a strong foundation in a variety of business disciplines. Students take introductory courses in accounting and economics as well as core courses in areas ranging from business law and international business to finance, management, and marketing. Additional courses in more specific disciplines such as entrepreneurship and real estate are included, as are professional development courses in business communication, career management and business computing.”

After you’ve completed the core business classes in the BSBA program, you can choose one of eight specializations:

Whether your looking to move into an organizational leadership position or you have a more entrepreneurial bent, a BSBA or BABA from the Warrington College of Business will set you up for success.

Here’s what they say about their online program:

“Designed for students whose commitments make traditional campus attendance impractical, our online program stands at the forefront, providing flexible academic options with the same elite faculty and rigor that makes us a leading university and top research institution. We connect people with opportunities, remove barriers and set the standard for online higher education. UF Online graduates earn the same elite degree they would receive on campus, and they will be at the top of the list for the best employers in the country.”

2. Oregon State University

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Tuition cost: about $13,500 per year

Program length: four to six years, 180 credits

Graduation rate: 63%

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on CollegeChoice.net: 2
  • Rank on U.S. News & World Report: 5
  • Rank on TopManagementDegrees.com: 8

OSU offers both a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in business administration. You can specialize in one of three areas:

  • General business
  • Retail management
  • Supply chain and logistics management

The retail management specialization will teach you the business and marketing strategies you need to bring people into a store and fulfill their needs, as well as how to manage people.

The supply chain and logistics management option prepares you for an operations role in international business, particularly in the service or manufacturing industries.

Note: The classes you take within a specialization are in addition to the 180 credits needed to complete the program.

Here’s what OSU says about their online business program:

“The curriculum is taught by professors and instructors who have vast experience in each area of study, focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship and experiential learning. Program topics include leadership, retail management, finance, marketing, project management, legal and ethical business practices.”

Online students at OSU have access to an online career services center, with links and videos to help you transition into a career. There’s also a career success center to help connect you with potential employers and internships.

OSU also offers a list of online minors you can add to your BSBA or BABA. It means taking more time to complete your degree, but it could help you become more specialized, explore another area of interest, and mould your degree to fit a particular career.

3. Florida International University

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $6,500 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $19,000 per year

Program length: 120 credits

Graduation rate: 56%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TopManagementDegrees.com: 4
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 5

Florida International University offers six concentrations for their online bachelor of business administration program. There is no general business degree, and each of these concentrations are highly specialized to fit particular careers—which is great if you already know what line of work you want to get into.

Here’s how they describe each track:

Online BBA in marketing:

“Our Florida International University Online Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing prepares you for a successful career in a wide range of marketing fields, including retailing, social media and e-marketing, advertising, public relations, communications, logistics, marketing research, and sales management. You will emerge with a solid foundation in marketing principles and strategy, consumer behavior, sales, research, presentation skills, and how to market products and services effectively.”

Online BBA in management:

“FIU Online’s Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management is a comprehensive program offered in a unique and convenient online learning format. Students learn the foundations of organizational management, with topics such as the legal environment of business, introduction to information systems, operations management, business and professional communication, strategic management, applied macroeconomics, marketing management, financial management, and applications of quantitative method.”

Online BBA in logistics and supply chain management:

“Whether they are moving goods, products, supplies or information, logistics, and supply chain management is critical to the success of global corporations. With our fully online Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, you’ll be able to provide global organizations with a competitive edge through lean, efficient operations. This program prepares you to tackle business problems in the international marketplace and understand the complex world of logistics, supply chain, and trade industries.”

Online BBA in international business:

“Our Bachelor of Business Administration with an international business concentration provides students with a broad overview of international business principles and information technology. Students learn about the complexities of international trade, including regional trade agreements, supra-national organizations, and foreign exchange systems.”

Online BBA in human resource management:

“FIU Online offers a Bachelor of Business Administration–Human Resource Management track to prepare for a career in HR. Your coursework will provide the foundation in how to attract the most qualified employees, matching people to the jobs for which they are best suited, compensation and benefits, training and development, collective bargaining, employment law, and human resource management information systems.”

Online BBA in finance:

“The Finance track emphasizes solid theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of banking, corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, financial risk management, financial engineering, financial institutions, and markets, and international finance.”

If one of these programs interests you, it’s definitely worth exploring FIU’s website (you can use the links above to go directly to each program). In addition to the usual information schools provide, FIU tells you about their “top faculty” in each concentration.

FIU utilizes a variety of tools to help online students connect with faculty and classmates. You can check out a complete list of these online learning tools on the website. You’ll also be paired with a success coach to keep you from falling through the cracks.

If you’re curious what it’s like to take an online course, FIU offers an online practice course to help you decide if it’s right for you.

Fun fact: FIU has a transfer rate of 1%. That’s the lowest I’ve ever seen. The national average is about 33%. People must really like this school.

4. Temple University

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Tuition cost: about $16,000 per year

Program length: four years

Graduation rate: 71%

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on U.S. News & World Report: 2
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 3

Temple University’s Fox School of Business offers six majors within their online bachelor of business administration program:

  • Accounting
  • Business management
  • Human resource management
  • Legal studies in business
  • Marketing
  • Supply chain management

You can learn more about each of them here.

TU’s online BBA program requires you to attend real-time web-based sessions, so you will still have to work your personal schedule around your courses. But to be fair, there are potential advantages to this requirement. Here’s how they describe it:

“To fully immerse yourself in our program, all Fox online BBA courses require synchronous (real-time) scheduled sessions through a web cloud-based, conferencing solution, which can be conveniently accessed in the evening from your home computer. These sessions foster collaboration with your classmates and peers, for a deeper and richer experience in the Fox School of Business, where you will be recognized by your name, not an email address, thus making this a truly unique program for you.”

TU says of the Fox School of Business, “Its programs continue to be ranked internationally and nationally by leading business publications and organizations, such as the Financial Times, The Economist, U.S. News & World Report, and The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur magazine.”

You can check out all their rankings and accolades here.

To learn more about what being an online student at TU is like, take a virtual tour.

Fun fact: Most of the student professional organizations at the Fox School of Business don’t require you to attend meetings to be a member, so online students are free to join. Some of them even record their meetings, so you can easily keep up.

5. Penn State World Campus

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Tuition cost: about $14,000 per year

Program length: 120 credits

Graduation rate: 25%

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 1
  • Rank on CollegeChoice.net: 8

Businesses bring together people from a wide range of fields. Penn State’s online bachelor of science in business administration program will help you bridge the gap between the various teams within an organization, providing you with general knowledge of major business disciplines and the opportunity to specialize.

According to Penn State, the program “integrates a theory-to-practice approach that strengthens your problem-solving skills while delivering an experience that is contemporary and relevant.”

17 of Penn State’s campuses have contributed to this online program to help you get the best possible education in each area. You’ll learn how to:

  • Utilize marketing strategies
  • Understand and communicate organizational issues
  • Interpret business data and use it to solve problems
  • Understand capital risk and reward metrics
  • Use metrics to drive business decisions
  • Execute contract agreements
  • Prepare organizations for the cultural implications of a global marketplace

This online BSBA program also includes a specialization which will make up 18 of your 120 credits. You’ll choose one of the following options:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial services
  • Health services
  • Management and marketing
  • Custom

Here’s a complete course list for the program, including the courses offered within each specialization option.

Check out what some former students had to say about Penn State’s online BSBA program:

6. University of Iowa

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $9,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $29,000 per year

Program length: 120 credits

Graduation rate: 72%

Job placement rate: 97%

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 4
  • Rank on TopManagementDegrees.com: 9
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University of Iowa’s online bachelor of business administration degree program is designed for students who already have an associate’s degree or transferable college credit. As an online BBA student through the Tippie College of Business, you’ll be in the entrepreneurial management track, which covers marketing, human resource management, team dynamics, and negotiation.

Here’s what University of Iowa says about their online BBA program:

“The program brings together the best of what Tippie has to offer: nationally acclaimed faculty, dynamic online courses, access to university-wide resources, and the credibility of a bachelor’s degree from the state’s top business school.”

It’s hard to argue that they’re not a top business school when they can boast a 97% job placement rate (and that’s within 6 months of graduating). And they’re not just getting jobs anywhere, well-known companies are hiring Tippie graduates. You almost have to work to not get a job when you earn a degree from here.

Note: You can transfer up to one third of your major credit hours.

Fun fact: The Tippie College of Business has held its accreditation from the AACSB for more than 90 years. That means as the business world has evolved and the demands of a business education have shifted over the decades, University of Iowa has adapted.

7. University of Massachusetts-Lowell

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $14,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $31,000 per year

Program length: 120–122 credits

Graduation rate: 56%

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on CollegeChoice.net: 4
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 7
  • More awards (including some from the Online Learning Consortium)

University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s bachelor of science in business administration is one of their most popular degrees.

Here’s how they describe it:

“Under the expert guidance of professors who are committed to bringing excellence to teaching and research, students will develop strong business-related communication skills; learn how to use both quantitative and qualitative methods for business analysis; demonstrate leadership skills and learn how to contribute effectively as a team member, gain knowledge of industry standard business systems, software and technologies; and develop a strong awareness of the global changes affecting businesses today.”

Courses are taught by both full-time and adjunct faculty. Full-time faculty are experts in their field, while adjunct faculty are practicing professionals.

There are detailed course descriptions (scroll down to the tab) if you want to see exactly what you’ll be learning in the BSBA program. If you’re squeamish about calculus, this may not be the program for you.

Here’s what UMass Lowell has to say about their online programs:

“At UMass Lowell, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, affordable online programs that make earning your degree or certificate more convenient than ever before. Our students have access to online course technical support 24X7, and our academic advisors and program coordinators are happy to help you with your questions.”

8. University of Georgia

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Tuition cost: about $8,500 per year

Program length: 120 credits

Graduation rate: 85%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on CollegeChoice.net: 6
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 7

When you become a student of University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, you’re becoming part of a more than 100-year legacy of business education. To celebrate a century of preparing students for the field, the Terry College of Business produced this charming video of their historic journey:

Here’s what they want you to know about their tradition of excellence:

“As the first business school in the South, the Terry College of Business is steeped in a tradition of providing cutting-edge business education to its students. Our challenging curriculum, exceptional faculty, and close-knit alumni network ensure that Terry students are prepared to become the next generation of leaders.”

To be admitted to the BBA program, you must have at least 60 transfer credits, two years of work experience, and a minimum 2.8 GPA. Here’s a list of courses you need to complete before entering the program.

UGA has this to say about their online program:

“As a University of Georgia graduate, you earn a degree from a top public research university. UGA offers a growing number of top-ranked online graduate degrees, certificates and undergraduate programs. Our highly respected programs are taught by some of the brightest minds in their fields.”

One of those bright minds said this about her role in the business administration degree program:

“Learning to effectively work with the numbers means learning what model best fits your business. My job is to make sure that students understand how statistics and data analysis fits into their own plans.”

You can hear directly from former students and faculty on their hub for online learning.

9. West Texas A&M University

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $8,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $9,000 per year

Program length: 120 credits

Graduation rate: 44%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on U.S. News & World Report: 4
  • Rank on CollegeChoice.net: 7

The West Texas A&M University’s online bachelor of business administration degree program has four majors:

Here’s how they describe each major:

Online BBA in economics

“A degree in economics can provide you with the knowledge necessary to view and describe society and organizations from an analytical perspective. Economics combines the foundation knowledge from business with the social sciences in an effort to understand human behavior not only by using psychology and sociology, but also by studying society through mathematics, statistics, and historical analyses.  Economics majors learn to make cost-benefit decisions and to apply policy analysis based on qualitative and quantitative research.”

Online BBA in general business

“A general business degree provides a broad exposure to all the crucial elements that make an organization function well. It doesn’t provide the specialization that more targeted degrees do (such as finance or accounting), but is valuable in its generalist approach. Students obtain an overview of many functions in the business world and an understanding on how these functions interact. Any business degree will involve working with numbers and statistical analysis but general business students must also develop the ability to communicate concise written and verbal information, excel at teamwork, and work well under pressure. General business majors must also learn about organizational structures, taking into consideration the goals of the group, considering the raw materials or rough data, and developing plans to move projects forward.”

Online BBA in management

“Management is the organizational process that includes strategic planning, setting objectives, managing resources, deploying the human and financial assets needed to achieve objectives, and measuring results. . . . Management positions require great communication skills, logical linear thinking, and comfort and competence in leading a team toward goals. The management degree program at West Texas A&M University provides general training and instruction in management along with the opportunity to take specialized elective courses.”

Online BBA in marketing

“Marketing is a broad field with a primary purpose of generating demand for an enterprise’s products or services. The marketing major provides a solid understanding of various business activities, which includes the identification and selection of target markets, to the development, pricing, placement and promotion of goods and services, and the management of relationships among business partners and their customers.”

10. University of Illinois at Chicago

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $14,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $26,500 per year

Program length: 121 credits

Graduation rate: 58%

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on U.S. News & World Report: 6
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 9

University of Illinois at Chicago knows that as much as you need knowledge to thrive in the business world of today, you need to know how to adapt to the business world of tomorrow.

Here’s how they describe their online bachelor in business administration program:

“The Online Bachelor of Business Administration completion program offers a challenging variety of courses intended to give you a well-rounded background in all aspects of operating a business. The program helps you develop your critical thinking, problem solving, leadership and other skills that you can put to use on the job today as well as establish a foundation for lifelong learning.”

UIC’s online BBA program is intended for those who already have their AA degree, AS degree, or 60 hours towards your BBA. You must also have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Note: You can only start UIC’s online BBA program in the fall.

A quick note on transferring schools

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, more than one third of all college students transfer schools before graduating. In order to transfer your credits from one school to another, the two schools usually have to be accredited by the same organizations. Unfortunately, most of the schools on this list are accredited by different accrediting bodies, but since eight of them are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools, it may be easier to transfer credits between programs.

The best school is really up to you

We can’t tell you exactly which school is the best choice for you—and you shouldn’t let anyone else do that, either. You have to weigh the factors that are most important to you and let that guide your decision. Choosing a school is a huge investment—both in terms of what it immediately costs you and how it affects your life. So take your time.

We hope this list has helped make the decision a little easier for you. Good luck in your future studies!

Top 20 Online Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) Degrees

What if you could complete a Master of Theological Studies degree anywhere, without moving across the country, leaving your job or ministry, or upending your family’s lives?

There’s an increasing number of MTS degrees being offered in a part-time, distance-learning format that allows you to do just that.

Some of these programs require an occasional visit for an in-person session on campus, others are completely online. If you’ve thought about getting a Master of Theological Studies degree, but can’t justify uprooting your life, these are for you.

To make your search easier, we compiled a list of Christian seminaries that offer online (or mostly-online) Masters of Theological Studies degrees.

Here’s the list of seminaries with online Masters of Theological Studies

Here are the seminaries we’ve identified that offer an (at least mostly) online Master of Theological Studies degree:

  1. Calvin Theological Seminary
  2. Church Divinity School of the Pacific
  3. Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  4. Gateway Seminary
  5. Iliff School of Theology
  6. Lexington Theological Seminary
  7. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  8. Multnomah University
  9. Newman University
  10. New Orleans Baptist Seminary
  11. Pacific School of Religion
  12. Palmer Theological Seminary
  13. Pentecostal Theological Seminary
  14. Regent University
  15. Santa Clara University Jesuit School of Theology
  16. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  17. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  18. Tyndale Seminary
  19. United Theological Seminary
  20. University of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry

Below you’ll find links to each seminary’s website where you can find more information on the degree, each seminary’s location, their ATS accreditation status, and the degree to which their program is online. You’ll also find a short description of each program.

Calvin Theological SeminaryCalvin Theological Seminary online MTS degree

  • Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes, with two in-person sessions each year

Calvin Theological Seminary’s online Master of Theological Studies program can be completed through their distance learning program.

As part of this program, students will take part in two “intensives,” five-day sessions on Calvin’s Grand Rapids campus. During these on-campus sessions, students get to meet faculty and fellow students face to face.

Other than that, Calvin’s MTS degree is completed fully online. You’ll have access to professors through online office hours and email, and be able to take your courses asynchronously through their online learning platform. While you have a great amount of flexibility, you won’t be all alone in your studies, and regular Google hangouts sessions and discussion boards provide collaborative opportunities.

You’ll want to check that Calvin’s distance learning program serves your state or province: certain regulations prevent them offering it everywhere. Here’s an overview of their program.

From Calvin’s website:

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program is a flexible academic program designed to prepare you for further academic study or other careers that can be enriched by a strong theological education. You may also be interested in this program if you desire to understand the Christian faith more deeply. The MTS includes courses in Old and New Testament, Greek, Christian theology, apologetics, and more.

Church Divinity School of the PacificChurch divinity School of the Pacific online MTS degree

  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

Church Divinity School of the Pacific offers a fully online Master of Theological Studies degree. While this degree is not intended to prepare students for ordination, it does provide solid academic theological grounding for students wishing to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith and gain a theological perspective on their vocations.

Students in CDSP’s online MTS program will begin by completing basic Bible coursework. In the latter half of the degree, they will choose an area of interest, complete electives in that area, and prepare a thesis or project.

Furthermore, students can choose to pursue an additional “area of focus”—degree specializations that require four more elective credits for completion. The following areas of focus are currently offered:

  • Liturgical Studies
  • Pastoral Studies
  • Christian Education
  • Ministry Development
  • Interfaith Relations

Garrett-Evangelical Theological SeminarGarrett-Evangelical Seminary online MTS degreey

  • Location: Evanston, Illinois
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: No. ⅓ of courses can be taken online.

If you’re in the Illinois area and looking for a primarily residence-based degree with the flexibility of some online courses, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary might work out perfectly.

In their MTS degree program, students can choose to complete up to one-third of the courses online. There’s a bit of added flexibility as well: you’ll also have the option of taking courses at Northwestern University and other schools in the Chicago metropolitan area.

From Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s website:

The Garrett-Evangelical Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program provides the background for preparation for the doctoral study of religion. It can also be combined with another professional degree to provide the foundation for a career in religious leadership in a variety of ministry settings. This two-year degree program allows for specialization in a chosen area of research and a thesis or project that reflects your vocational goals.

Gateway SeminaryGateway online MTS degree

  • Location: Northern California, Southern California, Pacific Northwest, Arizona, and Rocky Mountain campuses
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

Gateway Seminary’s MTS degree can be completed fully online. They also offer the degree through several campuses for students wishing to complete all or a portion of the degree on-campus.

Gateway describes their Master of Theological Studies degree as primarily meeting theological needs for those in volunteer positions. The 49-credit degree can be completed in two years and isn’t intended to replace an M.Div or other more specialized theological degrees.

“[The MTS program] is intended to stimulate students to establish an adequate foundation for the beginning or the continuation of volunteer leadership and ministry forms of service to the church.”

Iliff School of TheologyIliff online MTS degree

  • Location: Denver, Colorado
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes, not all electives available to distance students

Iliff School of Theology’s MTS degree can be completed fully online, through a distance learning program.

Like other MTS degrees, this program starts with required coursework and culminates with a thesis. At Iliff, the thesis must be interdisciplinary and display your ability to work across multiple disciplines.

Students have the option to customize their courses and degree focus to meet their individual goals. Focus topics include ethics, sacred texts, and more.

From Iliff’s website:

​Iliff’s Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree offers you the flexibility to combine a study of theology, biblical studies, ethics, sociology, philosophy, religious studies, social change and a variety of other offerings into an integrated plan of study. The MTS is designed for those who would like to increase their personal understanding, to enhance and existing career path, or prepare for a doctoral degree.

Lexington Theological SeminaryLexington Seminary online MTS program

  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

The online Master of Theological Studies degree from Lexington Theological Seminary is intended to introduce students to main theological disciplines and accommodate preparation for different vocational goals and some specialization.

Here are the program’s goals (from Lexington’s website):

  1. Students will gain graduate level knowledge in the areas of biblical studies, church history, theology, Ethics and Society, and Educational Ministries.
  2. Students will sharpen their ability to think theologically.
  3. Students will gain knowledge and skills that can be of use in local congregations and religious organizations, as well as in further academic (e.g. Ph.D.) work.

Midwestern Baptist Theological SeminaryMidwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Online Master of Theological Studies

  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

Six terms begin each year at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, so you won’t have to wait long to start your online MTS degree.

Midwestern describes their MTS degree as being similar to an M.Div, but taking less time. (If you’re interested in an online M.Div, they have one available too!)

MTS degree objectives, from Midwestern’s site:

Students graduating with the Master of Theological Studies degree will be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate increased biblical and theological knowledge
  2. Interpret and apply Scripture more effectively using appropriate hermeneutical principles
  3. Formulate maturing theological convictions based on Scripture, with due notice of their prior historical development
  4. Initiate and maintain a practice of classical spiritual disciplines
  5. Develop a Great Commission perspective that finds expression in evangelism, missions, and commitment to local church ministry.

Multnomah UniversityMultnomah University online MTS degree

  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

Multnomah states that—upon completion of their online MATS degree—students will be able to articulate and defend their ethical and theological system, have a basic understanding of the history of Christian theology, be able to perform scholarly independent research, and more.

It’s great to see a university clearly lay out the results and skills students should expect to gain from their degree.

Multnomah’s online MATS degree is suitable for senior and solo pastors, adult ministry leaders, campus and parachurch leaders, teachers in Christian schools, future doctoral students, and those involved with speaking and writing ministries.

Newman UniversityNewman University online MTS degree

  • Location: Wichita, Kansas
  • ATS accredited: No
  • Fully online: Yes

The Master of Theological Studies degree from Newman University is distinctly Catholic in nature. And it can be completed entirely online—while there’s an on-campus event at the start of the program, an online version is provided for students who can’t make it.

It prepares students to teach in Catholic high schools, apply to hospital chaplaincy programs, or work in parishes or diocesan offices—it also prepares lay people to teach classes and participate in other parochial ministries.

From Newman University’s website:

The Master of Theological Studies degree (M.T.S.) is intended to deepen the theological understanding of diocesan catechists and teachers of religion. It prepares students to explore and explain the Catholic theological tradition and provides a solid grounding in that tradition. The program is intended for those working in catechetical ministry in a Roman Catholic context and anticipates questions that frequently arise in the classroom and during the RCIA process.

New Orleans Baptist SeminaryNew Orleans Baptist Seminary online MTS program

  • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

New Orleans Baptist Seminary (NOBTS) also offers a fully online MTS degree.

Their degree—designed to teach students general theological knowledge—is also available in a hybrid format, if you’d like to take part in one of their week-long workshops or a traditional class on-campus.

Pacific School of ReligionPSR online Master of Theological Studies degree

  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: No, 50% can be completed online

Half of the credits required for Pacific School of Religion’s MTS degree can be completed online. The rest must be completed in-person. Still, cutting the number of on-campus credits in half will add a lot of flexibility, particularly for those already living near the Berkeley.

The duration of the MTS program is no more than two years full-time, or up to five when completed part-time.

PSR’s program focuses on inter-disciplinary and contextual studies. From their website:

“Students who complete this degree will be able to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of four basic theological disciplines, i.e., bible, history, theology, and ethics through a critical and contextual appropriation of the Christian tradition.“

Palmer Theological SeminaryPalmer seminary online program (MTS)

  • Location: St. Davis, Pennsylvania
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes, with two one-week residencies

The fully online MTS degree from Palmer Theological Seminary is typically completed in three years. Their program is designed to accommodate pastors and leaders who already lead busy lives, and leverages the online aspect to bring people together from around the world.

Palmer also offers a discounted group rate, perfect for churches or groups with multiple people who wish to pursue an MTS degree.

Here’s a video from Palmer explaining more about their online MTS degree:

https://youtu.be/nr0AKGgYHpc

Pentecostal Theological SeminaryPTS online MTS degree

  • Location: Cleveland, Tennessee
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

Pentecostal Theological Seminary offers two versions of their MTS degree: (1) Master of Theological Studies: Biblical Studies, and (2) Master of Theological Studies: Pentecostal Theology. Both of these degrees can be completed fully online.

The courses and requirements will vary based on which track students choose to pursue, with the Biblical Studies program requiring a 12 more credits.

Both of the online MTS degree concentrations focus on Pentecostal hermeneutics.

Regent UniversityRegent online MTS degree

  • Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

Regent University’s online MTS degree is offered with a variety of concentrations: Christian Theology, History of Christianity, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Biblical Studies.

The basic MTS program coursework includes topics such as biblical hermeneutics, spiritual formation, biblical languages, Christian theology, and Old and New Testament.

Of course, additional courses are added to the degree to tailor it to each concentration.

This MTS degree can be completed fully online, fully on-campus, or in a hybrid model, providing ample flexibility for just about any situation.

Santa Clara University Jesuit School of TheologySanta Clara online MTS degree

  • Location: Berkeley, California
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes, with one week spent on-campus at the beginning of the initial semester

This online MTS degree provides a broad understanding of the Catholic theological vision, combined with an area of concentration. Students can choose from the following concentrations:

  • Biblical Studies
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Cultural and Historical Studies of Catholicism
  • Ethics and Social Theory/Religion and Society
  • Church History
  • History of Art and Religion
  • Liturgical Studies
  • Systematic and Philosophical Theology

According to the school, most online students take 1-2 courses per semester while maintaining other life responsibilities. Full-time is also an option if you’re so inclined.

The Jesuit School of Theology’s MTS program FAQ has more information.

Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminarySEBTS online MTS program

  • Location: Wake Forest, North Carolina
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

The fully online MTS degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is intended for international students in a cross-cultural setting who are part of an approved Global Theological Initiative cohort.

From Southeastern’s website:

The curriculum is designed to expose the student to a broad range of theological disciplines and then guide the student to the focused study of a specific theological discipline via a concentration of elective courses and a final research thesis project.

Southwestern Baptist Theological SeminarySouthwestern online Master of Theological Stuides

  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

This online MTS degree provides basic theological education in Bible, History and Theology. It can be completed 100% online and culminates with a final examination.

What’s more, it’s the shortest fully online MTS degree of any Southern Baptist seminary. Part-time students (taking just two courses per semester) can complete the 36-hour degree in only three years.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary also offers a church staff discount: if you’re serving more than 20 hours per week on a church staff, they’ll cut the cost by 30%.

Tyndale SeminaryTyndale online MTS degree

  • Location: Toronto, Ontario
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

Each semester, Tyndale offers four to six online courses. You can choose to take as many as you’d like, from part- to full-time.

In all, the program requires completion of 18 courses, all of which can be completed online. 10 of these courses are core to the MTS program, and 8 are electives that can be chosen by the individual student. You can choose a broad range of electives for a more general degree, or instead focus on a certain concentration.

United Theological SeminaryUnited Theological Seminary online MTS program

  • Location: Dayton, Ohio
  • ATS accredited: Yes
  • Fully online: Yes

United Theological Seminary’s online MTS degree provides a basis for theological understanding and prepares students for further academic study of religion.

Like many other online MTS degrees, it can also be completed on-campus or in a hybrid model. Most—but not all—of the available degree concentrations are available to online students.

From United Theological Seminary’s website:

The Master of Theological Studies degree is designed to:

  • Provide you with a solid foundation in theological study, including Bible, theology, church history and related studies
  • Introduce you to the academic study of religion in preparation for further graduate study (Ph.D.)
  • Deepen your understanding of Christian faith and practice through concentration in a specific theological area
  • Enable you to develop a specialization for a particular vocational aim

University of Dallas Neuhoff School of MinistryUniversity of Dallas Neuhoff School of Ministry online MTS degree

  • Location: Irving, Texas
  • ATS accredited: No
  • Fully online: Yes

The University of Dallas—or, as their homepage puts it, “The Catholic University for Free Thinkers,” also offers an online MTS degree.

Unlike other online degrees, there are no onsite requirements at all for this program.

Furthermore, there’s no difference in the classes taken online and on-campus, which means you can take some online and some on-campus without issue. It also means you’re not getting a different course than you’d get if you were able to attend in person.

And the online classes here are taught by the same professors who teach their on-campus counterparts—all points that reinforce the Neuhoff’s School of Ministry’s dedication to a quality online program.

Did we miss any online MTS programs?

Leave us a note in the comments so we can add it to the list!

And if you’re considering another online ministry-oriented degree, check out our master list of online seminary degrees.

The Top 8 Online Master of Theology (ThM) Degrees

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Your theological education doesn’t have to end with your Master of Divinity. If you’ve completed your MDiv or an equivalent degree program, you can continue equipping yourself for ministry (or theological education) with a Master of Theology (ThM) degree.

Whether you’re a pastor looking to sharpen your understanding of a particular theological area or you’re still exploring your options in ministry, a ThM degree could be the next step for you. Many ThM programs lead into specializations or emphases, allowing you to customize your education based on your gifts and calling.

Obtaining a ThM degree once required you to choose between pursuing the best possible education and finding a school near you. Students had to prayerfully consider if a school was worth moving across the country for. You should still prayerfully consider your options, but today, you may not have to choose between quality and convenience. An online or partially-online program may be the wisest choice for your situation.

Here’s the list of the best online Master of Theology programs

We did the heavy lifting for you and found a number of seminaries and universities offering fully online or partially online ThM programs. Below you’ll find a link to each program, its duration, location, whether or not it is ATS accredited, and the degree to which it is available online. We’ve also included options for specializations within each program as well as any additional information that helps set it apart.

 

1. Regent University School of Divinity

regent-university-school-of-divinityLocation: Virginia Beach, Virginia
ATS accredited: Yes
Fully online: Yes
Duration: one year

Regent University offers a ThM program that lets students develop a specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Biblical studies
  • Christian leadership
  • Christian spiritual formation
  • Christian theology
  • Church & ministry
  • Evangelism & church development
  • History of Christianity
  • Intercultural studies
  • Pastoral theology

From Regent University’s website:

“Our 24-credit-hour Th.M. program, conveniently offered on campus, online or in a blended format, will provide you with the specialized training and intensive theological research and methodology required for advancement in church or marketplace ministry, teaching at the university level or entry into a doctoral program.”

Regent University School of Divinity is one of the fastest-growing seminaries in the nation. (It’s also one of the largest.)

While many of the other ThM programs require you to propose a thesis early on, Regent University asks you to submit a brief thesis proposal in your application—before you’re even accepted. So if you think you already know what you’d like to focus your study on, this may be the route for you.

Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA from their previous degree to be accepted.

2. Dallas Theological Seminary

dallas-theological-seminaryLocation: Dallas, Texas
ATS accredited: Yes
Fully online: No, but students may complete 72 out of 120 crdits online
Duration: students have up to eight years to complete the program, and may apply for an extension if applicable

Dallas Theological Seminary offers what is perhaps the most comprehensive online ThM program, challenging students to make significant spiritual, academic, and professional growth. The program’s 120 credit hours are divided into five major sections:

1. Bible exposition
2. Systematic theology
3. Languages
4. Ministries and communication
5. Electives and spiritual formation

Students may choose to complete up to 12 credits through a ministry position, and all students are required to complete an internship for 3 credits. 96 credits are predetermined for students, and for the remaining 24 credits “students are given the flexibility to pursue areas of ministry emphasis and choose electives based on vocational intent and interests.” DTS offers more than 30 areas of ministry emphasis (here’s the complete list of emphasis options).

Accelerated ThM program: “Students entering DTS with a strong background in Bible or theology from an approved Christian university, Bible college, or parachurch ministry may apply for the accelerated ThM program.” The accelerated program saves students up to 30 credit hours.

Every student receives $14,000 in Logos Bible Software.

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to graduate.

3. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

southern-baptist-theological-seminaryLocation: Louisville, Kentucky
ATS accredited: Yes
Fully online: No, but students have to be on campus less than 30 days
Duration: students may take up to 30 months to complete the program

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary groups ThM students into cohorts, which take all courses together. From the moment students begin the 25-credit program, they start researching and writing their theses. Students meet with a faculty member during each campus visit to discuss their progress on their theses and receive feedback.

From Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s website:

“Students will complete a single, interdisciplinary curriculum utilizing specific, newly-created Th.M. seminars covering the classical theological disciplines of Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, Church History, and Systematic Theology. . . . The thesis will be focused in a particular area and written at a level for publication.”

Students must have at least a 3.3 GPA from their previous degree to be accepted.

4. Regent College

regent-collegeLocation: Vancouver, British Columbia
ATS accredited: Yes
Fully online: No, but students may complete 6 out of 24 credits online
Duration: minimum of 1–2 years full time, up to five years part time

Regent College allows ThM students to choose from two main tracks: the thesis track and the major paper track. Each option gives students a customizable program based on their interests. The thesis track allows students to focus their studies, but the major paper track gives students the freedom to choose half of their courses (in addition to substituting the thesis for a major paper).

Regardless of what track you choose, every ThM student has to take an Old and New Testament foundations course, biblical language course (Greek or Hebrew), biblical exegesis course, two courses on the history of Christianity, and two basic theology courses, and two seminars.

This ThM program requires a minimum GPA of 3.3 with at least 24 credits to graduate. Concentrations are not included in this program.

Students must have a 3.3 GPA or higher from their previous degree to be accepted.

5. Cornerstone University

cornerstone-universityLocation: Grand Rapids, Michigan
ATS accredited: Yes
Fully online: No
Duration: Up to three academic years (faculty may vote to offer individual students an extension in special cases)

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (Cornerstone University) allows ThM students to specialize in New Testament or Old Testament. The program is a total of 30 credit hours, 20 of which is in the area students choose to specialize. The remaining 10 credits come from an enrichment unit and thesis. Students must also complete a professional practicum which does not earn academic credit.

The enrichment unit is “a four-credit unit in another division or cognate area with another professor, with the approval of the major professor.” The professional practicum is “a teaching and/or related professional learning experience under the supervision of the major professor, with approval of the dean.” Students must provide an oral defense of their theses.

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate.

6. Liberty University

liberty-universityLocation: Lynchburg, Virginia
ATS accredited: No
Fully online: Yes
Duration: 8 weeks

Liberty University’s ThM program prepares students for ministry with in-depth study of apologetics and theology, as well as contemporary issues facing the church. The 30 credit program requires research, writing, and logical analysis. Students must choose from one of six specializations:

  • Biblical studies
  • Christian apologetics
  • Church history
  • Global studies
  • Homiletics
  • Theology

None of these specializations require students to complete a thesis, however, students specializing in Christian apologetics have the option to pursue a degree track that includes a thesis.

Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA from their previous degree to be accepted.

7. Southern California Seminary

southern-california-seminaryLocation: El Cajon, California
ATS accredited: No
Fully online: No
Duration: 5–10 years (or longer if an extension is granted)

Southern California Seminary’s ThM program “is a 124-unit course of instruction which is well suited for students who plan to pursue doctoral studies, wish to teach in an academic institution, and want to be more effective preachers and teachers of God’s Word.”

According to SCS, upon completion of the program, students should be able to:

1. Recite the general knowledge of the Old and New Testaments including the themes and a synthetic understanding of the major books.
2. Explain the historical development of Christian theology and philosophy.
3. Methodologically evaluate major theological views in the light of biblical theology and defend premillennial theology.
4. Demonstrate ability in the level of competency to exegete Greek and Hebrew texts of the Bible.
5. Summarize a biblically based philosophy of Christian education and the role of the teacher.
6. Be prepared for advanced theological education.

The program boasts courses in biblical study, theology and Christian philosophy, biblical languages, practical ministry skills, and research and thesis. The capstone project is a thesis, “through which the student produces an acceptable piece of research evidencing a high degree of scholarly competence.” Every thesis is written under the supervision of an adviser and defended in front of a thesis committee.

If it’s been more than three years since you took your last Greek and Hebrew courses, you’ll have to take a test on each of the biblical languages. Students who do not pass this test are required to take additional Greek and Hebrew courses. Believe me, you’ll be grateful for the extra help—the program includes 10 original language courses, and you won’t want to fall behind.

From Southern California Seminary’s website:

“As a student, you will experience a curriculum forged from 70 years of preparing graduates through God’s inerrant Word. Our online biblical studies degrees give you distance learning flexibility backed by decades of ministry and academic experience that comes with our faculty and staff.”

Students must have a 3.0 GPA from their previous degree to be accepted.

8. Toronto Baptist Seminary

toronto-baptist-seminaryLocation: Toronto, Ontario
ATS accredited: No
Fully online: Yes, but students must defend their theses in person
Duration: one year

Toronto Baptist Seminary offers a three semester, 30-credit program culminating in a 30,000 word thesis.

“A prospectus of the thesis must be approved by the end of the fall of the first year. An oral defence involving three readers (two internal and one external), chaired by the thesis supervisor, will take place upon completion of the thesis. The candidate must be present at TBS for the defense.”

In addition to the program’s graduate research and writing courses and thorough thesis preparation, students may select a specialization in one of the following areas of study:

  • New Testament
  • Systematic theology
  • Christian spirituality
  • Church history

Students may also select a course in the area of their theses.

Students must have a 3.3 GPA or higher from their previous degree to be accepted.

Have you found any other online ThM programs?

Let us know in the comments if we missed one!

Want to explore other online seminary degrees? Check out our list of online Master of Theological Studies programs.

Top 10 Online Master of Education Programs

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It’s not easy to find the top-notch online master of education programs. We know, because we looked, too. A lot of lists you find online seem to assume that a MEd. is basically the same thing as a master of arts in teaching—this isn’t one of those lists.

You’re here because, probably, you’re already a teacher (or at least licensed to be one), and you want to:

  1. Give your students every possible advantage.
  2. Adapt the latest research into your curriculum.
  3. Specialize, get an endorsement, or go into administration.
  4. Move up the payscale.

You don’t have to move across the country to get your master of education. There are countless online master’s in teaching degree programs that can land you the credentials and expertise you need to start your career. To help you sort through them all, we’ve used data from The National Center for Education Statistics and the average ratings from school-ranking entities like TheBestSchools.org, BestColleges.com, AffordableCollegesOnline, TheBestColleges.org, and GuidetoOnlineSchools.com—so this list of the top 10 online master of education programs is the best of the best.

We’ll show you each school’s:

  • Tuition cost
  • Program length
  • Graduation rates
  • Accreditation
  • Awards and accolades
  • Anything else we think will help you decide

Let’s find a school you’ll love! For starters, here are a couple highlights:

Most affordable

Most teachers aren’t millionaires. If you want a quality education on a budget, you might want to take a look at #8 on our list, Capella University. Their tuition is several thousand dollars lower than the next most affordable school.

Although to be fair, this really depends on how ambitious you are.

Walden University (#3 on our list) has an MEd. program that’s designed to be completed in 12 months, so the $12,000 per year tuition is . . . well, your whole tuition.

Highest graduation rate

Maybe you just want the credentials. Or you want to make sure that if you’re spending any money, it’s going to pay off in the end. That’s more than OK.

Shockingly, one of the most prestigious schools on this list, Johns Hopkins University, has the highest graduation rate—92%. JHU is #7 on our list. It’s not cheap, but you’ll get an incredible education, and nine out of ten people who go there actually graduate.

If you want something a little more affordable that still has a great graduation rate, University of Georgia (#9) is a great choice as well.

Now, onto the top ten!

1. Liberty University

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Image source: Liberty University

Tuition cost: about $21,000 per year

Program length: 36 total credit hours

Graduation rate: 51%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 3
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 5
  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline: 10

Liberty University’s master of education program prepares you for leadership roles in public, private, and Christian school systems. You can earn an endorsement through the state of Virginia for administration and supervision, a math specialist endorsement, or a reading specialist endorsement. If you’re not from Virginia, you’ll want to choose classes that meet the requirements of your state department of education.

Here’s how one student described that process:

“Because Liberty’s degree plan allowed me to choose a lot of my courses, I looked up those required to fill a curriculum and instruction degree [in Pennsylvania] and took the Liberty courses most closely related to those. I sent all my coursework and course descriptions to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, took the state Praxis exam—and waited. I finally got that beautiful piece of blue paper with the gold seal in the mail! They are not requiring any additional classes. Liberty did it all!”

This program isn’t 100% online. The classes are eight weeks long, and three weeks of that are on-campus intensive classes. These intensives usually occur during the summer and winter to align with teachers’ schedules. You’ll complete pre-coursework online and post-coursework online. Liberty University partners with hotels (and in some cases, campus housing) and helps you coordinate transportation to and from the intensives.

Liberty University is the world’s largest Christian university. At the moment, none of the courses in the master of education program are explicitly Christian, but you may find that your professors approach topics from a conservative evangelical perspective. Here’s a look at their School of Education:

And here’s what an online education with Liberty University could look like for you:

Liberty University Online students have access to:

  • An assigned academic advisor
  • An online writing center
  • Free 24/7 access to online tutors
  • A private Facebook community for networking with peers
  • Online ministries

2. Kaplan University

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Image source: SCHEMMER

Tuition cost: $385 per credit

Program length: about 2 years

Graduation rate: 22%–40% depending on the campus

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestColleges.org: 2
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 9

Kaplan University’s online master of science in education program is intended to help current and former teachers gain the credentials they need to climb the payscale, and the expertise they need to help their students succeed. (If you seek the former, you’ll need to look at the requirements of both your state department of education and your district.)

Here’s what Kaplan University says about their online program:

“Our Master of Science in Education curriculum is designed for P–12 teachers in which you will have the power to influence, motivate, and empower future generations. Through sustained learning, job-embedded activities, collegial discussions, and engaging follow-up, you will acquire knowledge and practical teaching skills that can have a positive impact on student achievement.

“The program is an advanced teacher preparation program created for trained teachers—with a consistent group of learners—who want to improve their teaching skills, increase their professional marketability, and pursue career advancement in areas such as teacher leadership, professional development, or mentoring.”

The program is designed to accommodate the already busy lives of teachers, so you can complete it at your own pace, on your own schedule, from wherever you have Internet access.

Kaplan University’s program involves evaluating and improving your current practices as a teacher, utilizing the latest research and theories to help your students perform better in the classroom.

You’ll explore the “reflective-decision maker” model and navigate various approaches to classroom management and discipline. You’ll also design a curriculum based on a combination of your local and national requirements, and complete a capstone course in which you implement the methodologies you’ve learned in your online coursework.

You can choose one of three concentrations:

  • Language and literacy
  • Teaching students with special needs
  • Educational leadership

The language and literacy concentration and the teaching students with special needs concentration are for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. The educational leadership concentration is designed for those who want to go into administration.

This program does not lead to initial teaching certifications. Students are expected to already have those.

3. Walden University

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Image source: Grad Reports

Tuition cost: about $12,000 per year

Program length: as little as 12 months

Graduation rate: 11%

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestColleges.org: 3
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 10

Walden University wants to help you “shape young lives, improve student outcomes, and stay at the forefront of your field through our online Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program.”

Their program is best-suited to current teachers—if you don’t have access to your own classroom, you’ll need to get that figured out before you start at WU. Some of your assignments will require you to have consistent classroom access, and you won’t be given alternative assignments if you don’t have access.

“This online master’s program is focused on enhancing educator effectiveness and student success. MSEd coursework explores beliefs and behaviors that contribute to a higher level of teacher performance, cultural and linguistic diversity, and the skills needed to adapt to various learning and language styles. Gain insight into building a supportive learning community that motivates and engages students. You can also learn how teachers can leverage data assessment to be instructional leaders.”

Walden University helps you blend a reliance on data with a personal approach to every student, addressing their unique needs against the backdrop of what actually produces results.

Walden University’s MSed program offers 17 specializations, six of which are available in an accelerated format that can be completed in as little as 12 months, for as low as $10,000.

Here are the 17 specializations WU offers for MSed students:

Note: you probably noticed Walden University’s staggeringly low graduation rate. Since they’re a distance-learning institution, you can expect that the vast majority of their students (like you) may be busier than most on-campus students, and as a result they may simply be taking longer to graduate (which would mean they don’t “count” towards the graduation rate).

That being said, this is still a very competitive school.

4. Arizona State University

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Image source: Arizona State University

Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $10,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $26,000 per year

Program length: about two years

Graduation rate: 67%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 6
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 8

ASU Online’s master in educational leadership program is ideal for those wishing to go into administration.

Here’s how they describe it:

“This rigorous, standards-based leadership preparation program provides you with the knowledge and expertise to become a transformative administrator or teacher leader with deep and unwavering commitment to providing excellent and equitable educational opportunities for all students.”

This program equips you with the skills to:

  • Facilitate school-level, systemic change
  • Create and sustain a culture of innovation and collaboration
  • Successfully lead curriculum development
  • Interpret and use data to support student success
  • Provide effective feedback, support and evaluation for teachers
  • Build a community network of support for your students and school
  • Ensure equitable and excellent educational opportunities and support for all students”

You can complete this program online, with “lab-work” in your own classroom or an approved school placement.

“The two-year Online Pathway allows you to complete your coursework online and gain the field experiences required to attain principal certification. If you are not currently employed in a school-based position, you must have ongoing access over the course of the program to an ASU- and district-approved school placement that will serve as a laboratory of practice for applying the concepts, principles and leadership approaches learned through your coursework.”

To be eligible for this program, you must have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of pre-K through 12th grade teaching experience.

In this video, ASU’s professors share what makes their online programs so appealing—and if you ask me, it’s one of the best pitches for attending class online, period:

Basically, it’s way easier to participate in class discussions (that one guy you know won’t dominate the conversation), and online students actually perform in the industry as well as on-campus students.

Note: If you’re not a resident of Arizona, you’ll want to see ASU’s state regulatory authorizations page.

5. Drexel University

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Tuition cost: about $51,000 per year (-25% for online students)

Program length: 45 credit hours

Graduation rate: 70%

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 5
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 10

Drexel University offers four unique online master of science in education programs.

For administrators:

Master of science in higher education: This program explores the evolution of higher education models from the colonial era to modern times, showcasing how today’s virtual models have equipped educational organizations around the globe. You’ll learn about the relationships between institutions and the communities they serve, and acquire the skills and expertise you need to manage complex administrations. This is for students who want to pursue a career in administration in higher education.

Master of science in educational administration: This program is for those who want to go into administration at the elementary or secondary level. You’ll be equipped to mentor teachers and coach them with practical skills and proven leadership methods.

For teachers:

Master of science in education improvement and transformation: This program is designed for teachers who want to help their students adapt to the ways technology and education are evolving. You can choose from 12 specializations, including a “custom” specialization that leds you decide exactly what area you want to grow.

Master of science in special education: For teachers who want to help their students with special needs succeed, this program offers five specializations:

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Collaborative special education law and process
  • Multisensory reading instruction level 1
  • Technologies for special education
  • Custom (for those who already have a special education certification)

The curriculum for this program includes the coursework you need to earn your PA Instructional 1 Special Education PreK-8 or 7-12 (as long as you already have a PA Instructional 1 or Instructional 2 teaching certificate in a corresponding area).

With the exception of the MS in educational administration, each of these programs offers additional concentrations.

DU’s School of Education has an online “open house” if you want to see what online learning at Drexel is like. The open house concludes with a Q & A session with a program manager.

Here’s what a graduate of DU’s master of science in higher education program had to say about his experience as an online student:

Note: Drexel University’s tuition is extremely high, but online students pay 25% less than on-campus students.

6. University of Massachusetts Online

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $15,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $32,000 per year

Program length: 30–37 credits (about two years)

Graduation rate: 76%

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 1

If you want a highly specialized education, UMass Online could be for you. UMass Online offers 10 master of education programs, including:

For teachers:

For counselors:

Other:

Some of these programs can be completed entirely online, and some will require field experience. The “other” M.Ed programs are for those who wish to teach adults (although the “orientation and mobility” program allows you to teach both children and adults).

To help you get a feel for what it might be like to be a student at UMass Online, they’ve prepared a six minute course demo for you.

Note: As of the time we wrote this post, if you live in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, UMass Online will NOT accept you into some of these programs. If you’re in one of these states, click on your desired program and scroll to the bottom of the page to see if this applies.

7. Johns Hopkins University

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Tuition cost: about $50,000 per year

Program length: 36 credits

Graduation rate: 92%

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 1

The prestigious Johns Hopkins University offers two fully-online master in education programs:

Here’s what JHU says about the MSEd. with a concentration in technology program:

“This online Master of Science (MS) in Education concentration prepares educators and related professionals to use a broad range of technologies in their multiple roles as teacher, mentor, facilitator, researcher, change agent, and leader. The program is aligned with National Education Technology Standards for educational technology from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), as well as learning theories from the National Academies of Science’s initiatives on the new science of learning. The knowledge base within the Technology for Educators program comes from both existing and emerging methods for effective technology training and effective leadership including policy, practice, research, wisdom, theory, culturally responsive education, and legislation. The courses involve project based learning and collaborative planning. Candidates gain competencies in instructional leadership, instructional and assistive technologies, systems change, data driven decision-making, and Universal Design for Learning.”

The master of education in the health professions degree is a collaborative program shared by the colleges of business, education, medicine, nursing, and public health. This means you’ll have interdisciplinary instructors from each of these colleges.

Here’s a sample of what a session in the online MEHP program could look like:

To enroll at Johns Hopkins University, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

8. Capella University

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Tuition cost: about $7,000 per year (with the “flexpath” program and three quarters per year)

Program length: time to complete varies based on “path” choice (46 credit hours)

Graduation rate: Not available (insufficient data)

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestColleges.org: 1

Capella University’s master of education degree is fully online. There doesn’t appear to be any field work, or a requirement that you have your own classroom.

Here’s what they say about the program:

“Becoming an exceptional teacher and innovator in your school district doesn’t happen overnight. Thankfully, our online Master of Education (MEd) program can help you get there. The coursework provides you with a deep understanding of curriculum assessment innovations, pedagogical methods, technology integration, and cultural competency.”

Additionally, the courses you’ll take here are immediately applicable to your role as a teacher, so if you do have a class of your own, they’ll start to benefit right away.

Capella University has a unique online learning format: there are two paths to your degree, and you can take a quiz to learn which path is best for your schedule.

The “guided path” gives you more direction and lets you take 1-3 classes every 10 weeks. You’ll have weekly assignments and classroom discussions, and the price you pay is based on the number of credits you take. To choose the “guided path” you need a bachelor’s degree and a 2.3 cumulative GPA.

The “flexpath” lets you take unlimited courses over a 12 week period—you just have to complete the courses you sign up for before you can take on more. You can have a maximum of two simultaneous courses. This path skips the deadlines and classroom discussions: you completely set the pace. This path costs $2,300 per quarter. In order to choose the “flexpath” option, you need a bachelor’s degree (or five years of relevant experience) and a 3.0 GPA.

You can also choose a “combined degree option” that simultaneously earns credits towards your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Fun fact: You can transfer up to 20 credits, which is about 40% of your degree!

Note: This program does not lead to license, endorsement, or other professional credential. Kentucky residents are not eligible for certification, endorsement, rank change, licensure, renewal, etc. by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

9. University of Georgia

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $12,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $30,000 per year

Program length: 34–37 credit hours

Graduation rate: 85%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 2
  • Rank on U.S. News and World Report: 6

University of Georgia offers six online MEd. degree programs:

In addition to a bachelor’s degree, you must take the GRE or MAT. Depending on the program you choose, you’ll also need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6-3.0 from your undergraduate studies, and possibly as many as three years of relevant work experience.

Here’s what UGA says about their online program:

“As a University of Georgia graduate, you earn a degree from a top public research university. UGA offers a growing number of top-ranked online graduate degrees, certificates and undergraduate programs. Our highly respected programs are taught by some of the brightest minds in their fields.”

You can hear directly from former students and faculty on their hub for online learning.

10. Concordia University of Portland

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Tuition cost: about $29,000 per year

Program length: one year (or 2+ years for an online/on-campus hybrid program)

Graduation rate: 44%

Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Concordia University of Portland offers three fully-online MEd. degree programs:

The MEd. in curriculum and instruction has 18 concentrations, and you can even select two concentrations through the dual concentration degree program.

Here’s what they say you’ll be able to do when you finish one of their MEd. programs:

“As a graduate of the Master of Education program at Concordia University–Portland, candidates will engage in inquiry learning that fosters critical thinking skills; the capacity to ask, reflect on, and critique quality questions about content knowledge; and pursue student-driven interests. Candidates will be able to analyze and synthesize diverse opinions, readings and content to reach logical and defensible conclusions that can inform practice. To support this work, as a program, we maintain high expectations for standards of academic excellence and pursuit of knowledge.”

There are a few ways Concordia University of Portland keeps its curriculum up-to-date and relevant:

“All of our MEd faculty have a background in education– they’re either currently teachers or administrators or have previously worked in these roles. Professional development opportunities and weekly development meetings keep faculty aligned and current regarding best practices. Courses are updated every 12–18 months to ensure a timely, relevant curriculum.”

Hear from a couple of Concordia University of Portland’s online MEd. graduates in this video:

A quick note on accreditation

Before you get emotionally invested in an online master’s degree program, take a minute to verify the accreditation of the school you earned your bachelor’s degree from.

If your undergraduate degree was accredited by a national accrediting body and not a regional accrediting body, your previous education may not transfer. It would be really disappointing to learn that after doing a bunch of research and settling on a program, so take the time to see who your previous degree is accredited by, and choose a master’s program that recognizes that accreditation.

The best school is really up to you

We can’t tell you exactly which school is the best choice for you—and you shouldn’t let anyone else do that, either. You have to weigh the factors that are most important to you and let that guide your decision.

Can you afford to take time off work, or attend intensives? Are you more interested in the getting the credentials, or what you’ll learn, and how it will affect your students?

Choosing a school is a huge investment—both in terms of what it immediately costs you and how it affects your life. So take your time.

It’s also worth noting: while we used existing “best of” lists to show you only the best of the best online master’s in teaching degrees, there were very few schools that these other lists agreed on! If anything, we hope that’s encouraging to you—people who make their living rating schools couldn’t even agree on the best ones. So whatever you choose, as long as it’s right for you, it’s probably going to be the best choice.

We hope this list has helped make the decision a little easier for you. Good luck in your future studies!

Top 10 Online Bachelor in Human Resource Management Degrees

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Human resources professionals are responsible for managing a company’s most important assets: its people. HR managers are deeply involved in the process of hiring great talent, firing the duds, and making sure the stars keep moving up.

But that’s not all an HR leader does. They’re often the people that companies trust to make sure their people are treated fairly, in accordance with all the laws surrounding employment. In fact, HR leaders are often responsible for making sure companies “cover their butts” so-to-speak from a legal, ethical, and business perspective.

That’s one reason why companies tend to seek HR professionals with both people skills and academic training. In fact, Colorado State University says that only about 5% of human resource managers lack a bachelor’s degree.

But human resource personnel aren’t just there to protect organizations: they can play an important role in developing employees and making them feel safe and valued in the workplace. You need to be business savvy, and people savvy.

You don’t have to move across the country to learn this potent blend of people skills and business acumen. There are countless online HR degree programs that can land you the credentials and expertise you need to start your career. To help you sort through them all, we’ve used data from The National Center for Education Statistics and ratings from school-ranking entities like TheBestSchools.org, CollegeChoice.net, and CollegeRank.net—so this list of the top 10 online human resource management programs is the best of the best.

We’ll show you each school’s:

  • Tuition cost
  • Program length
  • Graduation rates
  • Awards and accolades
  • Accreditation
  • Anything else we think will help you decide

Let’s find a school you’ll love! For starters, here are some highlights:

Most affordable

Columbia Southern University (#7 on this list) is the most affordable path to a bachelor’s degree in human resource management, costing around $5,000 per year. A word to the wise though: CSU is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (they’re not regionally accredited). While you can still expect a quality education, if you attempt to transfer schools or pursue a master’s degree, you might have a hard time transferring credits from CSU to a regionally accredited school. (You might be limited to the schools you’ll find here.)

Colorado State University’s Global Campus (#3 on the list) is pretty affordable too: it’s about $8,000 per year, and it’s regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which gives you lots of options if you want to transfer or pursue a higher degree.

And finally, if you happen to live in Kansas, Fort Hays State University’s in-state tuition is about $5,000 per year as well. It’s our #1 pick for best online bachelor in HR management programs, so we’ll tell you all about it below.

A quick note on graduation rates

Some of the graduation rates on this list may look scary. For example, LeTourneau University (#4) has the highest graduation rate on this list—but it’s only 53%.

It’s easy to see this and wonder, “Wait—is it even worth it if my odds of getting a degree are slightly better than a coin toss?” But there’s more to consider here.

Graduation rate isn’t necessarily an indicator of how challenging a program is. A low graduation rate could also be an indicator of the types of students a school draws. Students with families, jobs, and other commitments are less likely to finish their degree in the timeline required to “count” towards the graduation rate. Also, the rate only takes into account full-time students who are seeking a degree for the first time (in LeTourneau’s case, this meant 35% of total students, which means most students are either part-time or not pursuing a degree for the first time).

Best job placement rate

If you’re going to spend the time and money it takes to earn a degree, you probably want to make sure it’s going to pay off. Any of these schools will be able to tell you about what their successful graduates have accomplished, but LeTourneau University (#4 on the list) stands above the rest when it comes to job placement rate. 94% of their graduates get jobs in the field.

Concordia University—Saint Paul was a close second with a 92% placement rate, but that was based on data from 2014, so it’s not completely accurate today.

Now, onto the top ten!

1. Fort Hays State University

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $5,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $15,000 per year

Program length: 127 credit hours

Graduation rate: 37%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on CollegeChoice: 1
  • Rank on CollegeRank: 1

Human resource management doesn’t operate in a bubble. Everything HR does to advocate for employees and protect organizations has to bear in mind how decisions affect (and potentially disrupt) other aspects of the organization.

That’s why FHSU offers a bachelor’s in business management degree with a concentration in human resource management. Once you work your way through the 55 general education credits required to complete your B.B.A., about half of your remaining credits will be in “business core” classes, giving you a foundation in marketing, communications, accounting, and general business operations.

Here’s how FHSU understands the world of HR:

“Human Resource Management is one of the fastest growing careers in the world today.  Human resource professionals are not only the employee champions but also act as administrative experts, change agents, and strategic partners. HR professionals connect an organization’s most important assets and people, to products and services produced through value added activities. These activities include talent management, training and development, change management, and strategic planning.”

And here’s what you can expect from FHSU’s HRM program:

“The concentration in Human Resource Management has been structured to equip you with the skills and real world training you need to maximize the efforts and productivity of your human resources. Through the online B.B.A. program, you have the opportunity to work with full-time, management professors who have acquired the highest possible degrees for university teaching, possess corporate experience, and are dedicated to providing a high quality virtual learning experience. The Virtual B.B.A. in Management-Concentration in Human Resource Management offers the same academic rigor as our on-campus program, with courses designed and taught by the same on-campus, full-time faculty or off-campus faculty with expertise and experience in their specialized field.”

Note: With a graduation rate of 37% and a transfer-out rate of 33% (which is on par with the national average), you’re almost as likely to transfer away from this school as you are to graduate from it.

2. Penn State University (World Campus)

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Tuition cost: about $14,000 per year

Program length: 123 credit hours

Graduation rate: 25%

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 1
  • Rank on CollegeChoice: 4

Organizations don’t want to lose good employees, and good employees want to be treated right.

Penn State World Campus offers both an online bachelor of science and an online bachelor of arts in labor and employment relations. (Here are some general differences between a BS and a BA.) These programs help students operate in the overlap between the best interests of organizations and their employees:

“It’s more important than ever for employers to attract, motivate, and retain the most qualified employees. Organizations of all kinds—corporations, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, etc.—depend on their human resources staff to not only match employees with the jobs for which they are best suited, but to enhance their productivity and limit turnover.

“Increasingly, employers look for college graduates who have majored in human resources, human resources administration, or industrial and labor relations to lead the organization’s workforce in a positive direction.”

The bachelor of science is “a little more professionally-focused,” giving you more courses in management, accounting, and communications. Penn State says, “This degree may be your best choice if you wish to work in training and development, staffing, recruitment, compensation, benefits, labor relations or other human resources roles within an organization or business.””

The bachelor of arts “has more of a liberal arts character to it,” giving you more courses in social sciences, humanities, and language. Penn State says, “This option is best suited for you if you wish to focus your human resources career in the fields of employment law, organizational culture and behavior, workforce diversity, labor relations, or other human resources roles within an organization or business.”

For a more practical picture of this online program, hear what graduates and professors have to say about it:

3. Colorado State University (Global Campus)

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Tuition cost: about $8,000 per year

Program length: 120 credit hours

Graduation rate: Not listed

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 2
  • Rank on CollegeChoice: 3

Here’s how Colorado State University describes their ideal student:

“You have talent in dealing with people. You display it every day, in all of your interactions. You command respect and have a sharp mind for resolving situations in ways that result in wins all around. In short, you have the skills necessary to keep today’s business world running smoothly. You have a mind for Human Resource Management.”

Even if that doesn’t perfectly describe your motivations for being in HRM, this could still be a great fit for you. Let’s look at what their bachelor of science in HRM actually has to offer (because despite the weird mind-reading attempt, it’s pretty good).

CSU is an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, and their curriculum aligns with SHRM’s HR curriculum guidebook and templates.

Being at CSU means you’ll focus on the human side of HRM, learning the skills to manage and support both virtual and face-to-face teams. Here’s how CSU describes it:

“Students will learn how to apply leadership principles for effective employee administration and organizational development. Specific areas of study include the management of team dynamics, conflict resolution, business policy and employee law, and training and professional development.”

Sometimes in HR you may feel caught in the middle between people and the organizations they work for. CSU will prepare you to navigate this middle ground with training in the legal and ethical implications of HR.

You’ll also learn how to analyze business policies and strategies (including insurance, salary, labor, health, and safety) in relation to best practices and industry competitors.

CSU also lets you add concentrations a-la-carte for an additional 15 credit hours each. They have 20 to choose from! (See them all in the specializations field towards the bottom of this page.)

Fun fact: While most schools increase tuition costs over time, CSU’s Global Campus locks your tuition rate for the duration of your studies, so you pay the same price every year.

4. LeTourneau University

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Tuition cost: about $29,000 per year

Program length:128 credit hours

Graduation rate: 53%

Job placement rate: 94%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 3
  • Rank on CollegeRank: 6

LeTourneau University’s bachelor of science in business administration program offers a concentration in human resources management. And their 94% job placement rate makes them a super-appealing option.

LETU is a Christian college, so you can expect their HRM program to approach the subject from a religious perspective. At the moment, four of the courses in this program are theology- or Bible-related.

For a better perspective on how the education in your field overlaps with LeTourneau’s Christian perspective, take a look at this video:

Here’s how they describe the HRM concentration:

“Learn to motivate employees, supervise production and responsibly practice ethics while you balance resources, goals and business plans as an influential leader in your field. . . . Learn in-depth skills in human resource concepts, staffing procedures, compensation and benefits and conflict resolution. Plus, prepare to sit for (and ace) the National Human Resource Certification Exam given annually by the Society of Human Resource Management.”

It’s unclear whether they mean these SHRM exams or not.

Some of the classes you’ll take at LETU will explore:

  • Staffing
  • Managing innovation and change
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Employment law

And finally, here’s what they say of their graduates:

“Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact.”

5. University of Arkansas

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Tuition cost:about $9,000 per year (online students pay in-state tuition)

Program length: four years or less (120 credit hours)

Graduation rate: 64%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on CollegeChoice: 2

University of Arkansas pairs human resources with workforce development in a single bachelor of science degree. This combination helps you equip organizations to get the most out of their teams:

“Learn to apply integrated training, organizational development, and career planning and counseling skills to the design, management and evaluation of programs. Improve individual productivity, employability, job satisfaction and organizational effectiveness.”

You can enroll in the program right now as a “pre-HRWD major,” and after you either complete 35 hours of core courses or three years of any type of full-time work experience you can become “degree eligible.”

Here are the courses you’ll take in the program.

U of A wants online students to feel every bit as much a part of the student body:

“Students who study online at the University of Arkansas become part of an enduring community of passionate learners and teachers. Here, quality is important. The same academic departments that offer degree programs on the Fayetteville campus develop online offerings.

“You can earn a degree from the University of Arkansas and have your name engraved on Senior Walk, about three miles of sidewalks imprinted with the names of U of A graduates. You are a Razorback, no matter how you studied.”

Note: You must complete a capstone course in your last semester in order to graduate.

6. Columbia Southern University

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Tuition cost: about $5,000 per year

Program length: about five years (120 credit hours)

Graduation rate: 31%

Accreditation: Distance Education Accrediting Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on CollegeRank: 2

Columbia Southern University offers a bachelor in business administration degree with a human resource management concentration. Your B.B.A. will give you a solid base knowledge of how to manage a business, specifically how to:

  • Apply managerial decision making with best practices in business.
  • Interpret business concepts, principles, and financial strategies.
  • Examine the effects of globalization on your work environment.
  • Analyze financial statements.

If you want to use HRM to move up the ranks of an organization, this foundational understanding of business operations will come in handy.

Columbia Southern says the human resource management concentration, “Equips students with the skills, knowledge and competencies required to perform sound human resource management practices effectively. This knowledge of human resource management systems is needed to maximize the efforts of organizational effectiveness, and improve productivity while reducing risk to the organization.”

Here’s the latest consumer information on the program.

As for what it’s like to take the program online, here’s what Columbia Southern says:

“For more than 20 years, Columbia Southern University has set the standard in online education. With degree programs that address some of the most employable and rewarding careers, we make sure you receive quality and relevant instruction. The curriculum for our online degree programs addresses the latest trends, hot issues and best practices of the industry. Our faculty ensures students are taught the appropriate skills for innovation and success and provide caring, one-on-one teaching support and direct interaction. CSU is a student-centered university that puts you first.”

7. University of Maryland, University College

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $7,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $12,000 per year

Program length: 120 credit hours

Graduation rate: 10%

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

University of Maryland University College offers a pretty comprehensive bachelor of science in human resource management. Here’s what they want you to know:

“With a Bachelor of Science in human resource management from University of Maryland University College, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of human resource functions—such as resource planning; recruitment, selection, placement, and orientation of employees; training and career development; labor relations; performance appraisal and rewards programs; and development of personnel policies and procedures—in private- and public-sector settings. Additionally, you’ll explore the ways that human behavior, laws, labor relations, and diversity issues can intersect and affect a company’s culture and ultimately its progress.”

UMUC works closely with the government and SHRM to ensure you develop the skills employers need you to have.

In the past, special projects have allowed UMUC’s HRM students to do things like:

  • “Identify and diagnose problems within a real organization using case studies and propose management principles to improve the situation
  • “Develop and conduct a training needs assessment and an appropriate training program plan, including a budget and schedule, based on organizational need
  • “Design a rewards program to motivate employees using benefits such as stock options and cash incentives
  • “Practice using skills such as negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and arbitration to manage conflicts”

Here’s what a student had to say about their experience with the HRM program:

UMUC also accepts up to 90 transfer credits—that’s 75% of the degree!

Note: The graduation rate is 10%. The transfer-out rate is 23%. If you start your degree here, you’re more than twice as likely to finish it somewhere else as you are to graduate here.

8. Liberty University

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Tuition cost: about $21,000 per year

Program length: 120 credit hours

Graduation rate: 51%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on CollegeRank: 3

Liberty University is the world’s largest Christian university. Similar to LeTourneau, their online HRM program incorporates a biblical worldview into students’ education. While that might seem surprising, the world of human resource management is often intertwined with ethical and moral issues. The biblical aspects of this program are intended to help students recognize and resolve these ethical issues with a strong moral framework.

Here’s what they say about the program:

“Liberty University’s online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration—Human Resource Management program is designed to prepare students to meet the growing need for human resource experts in today’s workplace. Through this program, students will learn about the variety of factors that affect an organization’s professional environment. Courses include Employee & Labor Relations, Compensation Management, Workforce Planning & Employment, and Human Resource Development.”

Here’s what an online education with Liberty University could look like for you:

Liberty University Online students have access to:

  • An assigned academic advisor
  • An online writing center
  • Free 24/7 access to online tutors
  • A private Facebook community for networking with peers
  • Online ministries

Fun fact: Liberty University accepts “transferable life experience.” If you’ve already been working in the field of human resources in some capacity, you can submit documentation to potentially receive transfer credits.

9. Concordia University, Saint Paul

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Tuition cost: about $21,000 per year

Program length: 120 credit hours

Graduation rate: 52%

Job placement rate: 92% (based on data from 2014)

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 4

Concordia University Saint Paul offers a bachelor of arts in human resource management. CUSP says, “The main program focuses on the human resource professional’s role as a strategic partner within an organization.”

Whereas other HRM programs emphasize the people side of things, or try to balance that with meeting the needs of an organization, Concordia appears to emphasize the HR person’s alignment with the organization.

They go on to say:

“The B.A. in Human Resource Management degree program offers a hands-on, comprehensive study of the skills needed by human resource practitioners and other organizational leaders who are responsible for achieving results through people.”

Achieving results through people is the essence of management. Businesses and nonprofits alike want leaders who can motivate, equip, and direct people to accomplish far more than they could on their own. It’s an invaluable skillset for those who want to be HR managers someday, and Concordia seeks to instill it in all their HR students.

There are only ten courses specifically in the HR program (see required courses section), and they all seem to emphasize helping organizations win.

Concordia is a more than 100-year old Christian university, and claims to be a people-focused, Christ-centered community. However, that doesn’t mean all your classmates will be Christian pastors-in-training. Concordia boasts a student body with a diverse range of faiths, backgrounds, and cultural heritages.

10. Capella University

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Tuition cost: about $7,000 per year (with the “flexpath” program and three quarters per year)

Program length: Varies based on “path” choice

Graduation rate: Not available (insufficient data)

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on CollegeRank: 4

Capella University has a unique online learning format: there are two paths to your degree, and you can take a quiz to learn which path is best for your schedule.

The “guided path” gives you more direction and lets you take 1-3 classes every 10 weeks. You’ll have weekly assignments and classroom discussions, and the price you pay is based on the number of credits you take.

The “flexpath” lets you take unlimited courses over a 12 week period—you just have to complete the courses you sign up for before you can take on more. You can have a maximum of two simultaneous courses. This path skips the deadlines and classroom discussions: you completely set the pace. This path costs $2,300 per quarter.

You can also choose a “combined degree option” that simultaneously earns credits towards your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Here’s how they describe the program itself:

“People are the center of every great company; that’s why human resource managers are so invaluable. With our online Bachelor’s in Human Resources Management program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to become a strategic cornerstone in a business or organization, applying your knowledge in an effective and integrated manner.

“You’ll learn to build interpersonal and professional thinking skills needed to manage talent, develop intellectual capital, manage continuous change, and drive organizational effectiveness as HR leaders and managers at all levels of their organizations.”

The program covers topics like:

  • Staffing organizations
  • Developing employees
  • Maintaining a fair compensation program
  • Establishing policy
  • Meeting the future needs of an organization

Capella University’s bachelor in HR degree offers seven concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Business intelligence
  • Finance
  • Healthcare management
  • Management leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project management

Fun fact: Students at Capella University get complete access to the digital edition of the Wall Street Journal to keep up with relevant business news.

A quick note on transferring schools

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, more than one third of all college students transfer schools before graduating. In order to transfer your credits from one school to another, the two schools usually have to be accredited by the same organizations. Thankfully, five of the schools on this list are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, so if you choose one of them, you’ll have a lot less trouble transferring to another great school.

The best school is really up to you

We can’t tell you exactly which school is the best choice for you—and you shouldn’t let anyone else do that, either. You have to weigh the factors that are most important to you and let that guide your decision. Choosing a school is a huge investment—both in terms of what it immediately costs you and how it affects your life. So take your time.

We hope this list has helped make the decision a little easier for you. Good luck in your future studies!

Top 10 Online IT Undergrad Degrees

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In the 90s, you could land a high-paying job in the field of information technology with just a high school diploma. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always cut it anymore. While some older professionals have been “grandfathered” into the field, many employers expect new IT leaders to have a degree.

But that’s actually a good thing. It means you’re going to start your career knowing how changes in technology and digital infrastructure can help or hamstring organizations, and you’ll have the technical know-how to protect, organize, and utilize information to help your organization get ahead. You’ll be more prepared than ‘90s IT professionals ever were—and maybe even better equipped than they currently are. (OK don’t let it go to your head though.)

You don’t have to move across the country to get an education in information technology. There are countless online IT degree programs that can land you the credentials and expertise you need to start your career. To help you sort through them all, we’ve used data from The National Center for Education Statistics and the average ratings from school-ranking entities like TheBestSchools.org, BestColleges.com, AffordableCollegesOnline, and U.S. News and World Report—so this list of the top 10 online IT programs is the best of the best.

We’ll show you each school’s:

  • Tuition cost
  • Program length
  • Graduation rates
  • Accreditation
  • Awards and accolades
  • Anything else we think will help you decide

Let’s find a school you’ll love! For starters, here are some highlights:

Most affordable

If you live in Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is the most affordable of our top-ten schools. It’s #4 on our list, and it’ll cost you about $5,000 per year. For everyone else, Colorado State University’s Global Campus (#3 on the list) is the best price, coming in at about $8,000 per year. So if affordability is important to you, take a good look at these two schools.

Highest graduation rate

Penn State University is #2 on our list, and it boasts an incredible 86% graduation rate. This is great news for people who want to focus on getting into the field—almost 9 out of 10 students finish the program. For a specialized field like IT, that’s hard to come by.

Best job placement rate

A lot of schools don’t tell you their job placement rate, or the employment rate of their graduates. University of Minnesota-Crookston (#5 on the list) will be very happy to inform you that they have a 93% placement rate within six months of graduation. So if you get your IT degree from there, the job is kind of yours to lose, really.

Now, onto the top ten!

1. Arizona State University

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $10,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $26,000 per year

Program length:  about four years

Graduation rate: 67%

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on U.S. News and World Reports: 1
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 3
  • #5 university in the nation for producing the best qualified graduates

At ASU’s prestigious Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, “Students are engineers from day one–they don’t have to wait until they are juniors to be engineers.”

Almost every semester at ASU Online, you’ll work in teams to create and present project-based solutions to IT problems. This will be a major focus of your last two semesters in the program.

You’ll choose one of three specializations in the IT program:

  1. Networking and security
  2. Information management
  3. Enterprise computing

Any of these specializations will give you a wide range of career options.

By the time you complete your degree, you’ll have the skills you need to:

  • Create network architectures within a cybersecure infrastructure
  • Configure and administer complex computer and database systems
  • Evaluate networks using cybersecure tools and techniques
  • Design and process interactive information management solutions

If that all sounds intimidating to you, don’t panic. You only need a 2.0 cumulative GPA to graduate. And you’ll have an incredible team of faculty to support you. Here’s what ASU Online says about the online faculty:

“Students enrolled online through Arizona State University have the opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest in their fields, as our online courses are taught by the same internationally recognized and award-winning faculty members who teach in our on-ground programs.”

The more than 320 faculty members at Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering have been honored with some of the highest awards in their fields. These professors include:

  • A Nobel Laureate
  • National Academy of Engineering members
  • National Academy of Sciences members
  • National Academy of Inventors members
  • National Academy of Construction members
  • Young Investigator award-winners (more than 55 received in the last 10 years)

In this video, ASU’s professors share what makes online learning so appealing—and if you ask me, it’s one of the best pitches for attending class online, period:

Basically, it’s way easier to participate in class discussions (that one guy you know won’t dominate the conversation), and online students actually perform in the industry as well as on-campus students.

Before you load up on classes, you should know that ASU expects you to spend 6 hours on coursework every week for every credit you take. So if you take two or three classes, you should probably prepare to spend 36-54 hours on coursework per week. (Courses are 7.5 weeks long.)

2. Penn State University (World Campus)

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Tuition cost: about $14,000 per year

Program length:  about four years

Graduation rate: 25%

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 1
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 5

The curriculum at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology is career focused, helping you make a successful transition to the corporate world.

As an online student with Penn State, you’ll have what they call the “Penn State advantage”:

“Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology is a leader among an emerging group in higher education known as i-schools, or information schools. Your faculty members in this online program are the same faculty who teach our respected on-campus programs. They are a diverse group of thought leaders from numerous fields, including computer science, engineering, psychology, chemistry, artificial intelligence, and more.”

The website says online students can expect “technology to support your learning goals, not simply for convenience,” but it’s unclear if that means students receive software, or something else.

While you might be set on getting your bachelor’s degree, Penn State Online encourages busy students to consider “building credentials along the way.” You can take incremental steps that naturally transition into the degree you want, and each step can open new doors and career opportunities for you. You could earn a certificate in IST programs or an associate’s degree in IST while working towards your bachelor’s. Many of the courses you’ll take for these smaller programs directly apply to the bachelor’s degree program.

Learn more about what it’s like to be an online IST student from a couple of Penn State graduates:

3. Colorado State University (Global Campus)

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Tuition cost: about $8,000 per year

Program length: about four years

Graduation rate: Not listed

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on U.S. News and World Report: 3
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 6

CSU can give you the technical knowledge you need to get ahead in the field of IT, but they expect you to bring a passion for technology to the table:

“Our undergraduate degree in information technology program prepares you for real-life situations so you can actively apply your extensive knowledge of computers, programming, and all IT-related tasks to the professional world. . . . If you have a natural aptitude for working with electronics, this may be your ticket to a career that you love.”

CSU’s IT program offers more than 20 specializations as 15-credit add-ons, including:

Whew. For a quick blurb on each of these, scroll down to the “specializations” tab here.

CSU-Global is an official partner of the Computing Technology Industry Association, so your education here will prepare you for several major CompTIA certification exams. You’ll also get discounts on the exams for being a CSU student, which cost everyone else hundreds of dollars.

Note: This isn’t a Mac-friendly program. CSU says “To be successful in the program students must have access to a Windows-based operating system and the Microsoft Office Suite.”

Fun fact: While most schools increase tuition costs over time, CSU’s Global Campus locks your tuition rate for the duration of your studies, so you pay the same price every year.

4. Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $5,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $11,000 per year

Program length: Not listed

Graduation rate: 32%

Employment rate: 87% (based on limited data)

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Board of Regents for Oklahoma State University and the A&M Colleges
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • Oklahoma State Accrediting Agency

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline: 1

For residents of Oklahoma, OSUIT is the most affordable school on this list. For everyone else, it’s still pretty affordable. But just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s easy: only one third of all OSUIT students graduate. This is a serious program for serious students.

OSUIT’s School of Information Technology is a great program for those looking to explore the full range of the IT field. They put it this way:

“Whether you are new to computers or an experienced professional seeking a credential or certification(s) to further your career, our technology-intensive, application-focused programs help you gain experience in a broad range of information technology (IT) areas, such as computer hardware, networking, operating systems, programming, web development, database, scripting, and IT security.”

OSUIT offers three separate bachelor of technology degrees in the field of IT:

Unfortunately, before you’re eligible for the bachelor of technology program, you have to have at least an associate in applied science (AAS) in information technology degree.

Before you graduate from OSUIT with a BT in IT, you must complete an internship. Someone from the program will contact your internship supervisor to learn how you progress through the internship.

5. University of Minnesota-Crookston

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Tuition cost: about $12,000 per year

Program length: 120 credits

Graduation rate: 54%

Job placement rate: 93% within six months

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on BestColleges: 1

The University of Minnesota at Crookston offers a bachelor of science in information technology management. Here’s how they describe it:

“The world runs on information technology. With a degree in Information Technology Management, your job is to make things happen. At UMC you will be integrating new and advanced computer technology into an organization’s existing infrastructure as well as managing daily operations. With an Information Technology Management degree, you will be involved with mastering new technologies and solving complex problems.”

As an IT student at UMC, you’ll receive most, if not all of the software you need for free. As an online student, you’ll need to take a one credit “orientation to online learning” course.

Online students are still eligible for internships. You can also design and conduct research as an undergraduate through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

Fun fact: Even as an online student, at UMC you can study abroad!

“Our international recruitment efforts bring students from more than 20 countries, and our Study Abroad program offers more than 300 opportunities for you to study in 67 different countries. There are also numerous cultural activities and clubs to participate in. We offer many ways for you to expand your worldview, gain international experience, and make connections with people from across the globe.”

Note: You can still graduate even if you receive two D’s in core courses. This program also requires you to take classes during summer terms.

6. Illinois Institute of Technology

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Tuition cost: about $45,000 per year

Program length: Not listed

Graduation rate: 71%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline: 2

As an online student at IIT, you’ll not only work with faculty and fellow students, but corporate partners, too. As you work to solve today’s industry problems, you’ll also build a professional portfolio.

IIT says you can expect the following from their bachelor of technology and management program:

  • The theoretical principles you learn in the classroom are integrated with applied hands-on laboratory work.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to apply what you learn to real-world situations through project-based learning, mentored by Illinois Tech faculty.
  • The seven specializations are career-focused to make you more qualified for future employment (or you can take the general course of study to dabble in them all).
  • You’ll learn about a variety of IT fields including Web and application development, system architecture, networking, database systems, systems security, contemporary programming languages, and more.
  • You’ll learn practical skills so you can integrate information technology and management into your daily work.
  • The curriculum integrates IT disciplines of management, development, technology and theory, operations, and security.

Hear what students have to say about the ITM program in this video:

A special degree program through IIT’s School of Applied Technology lets undergraduates earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years.

7. University of Massachusetts

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $15,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $32,000 per year

Program length: 120 credits

Graduation rate: 76%

Accreditation:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 2
  • Rated the 19th best university in the world by the Times of London
  • 21st Century Best Practices Award from the United States Distance Learning Association
  • Program of Excellence Award from University Continuing Education Association
  • Excellence in Online Teaching—Sloan-C Excellence Awards

University of Massachusetts Online believes that as the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, educational opportunities equipping people to utilize and manage that technology should be more accessible:

“The need for professionals with a strong information technology background continues to increase as business, government, schools, and other organizations seek new applications for computers and networks in the workplace.”

This foundational education is designed to give you everything you need to adapt as the field of IT continues to evolve.

To help you get a feel for what it might be like to be a student at UMass Online, they’ve prepared a six minute course demo for you.

Note: As of the time we wrote this post, if you live in Arkansas, Kansas, or Minnesota, UMass Online will not accept you.

8. Kennesaw State University

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $6,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $17,000 per year

Program length: 121 credit hours

Graduation rate: 42%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission on Colleges
  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Technical College System of Georgia

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on BestColleges: 2

“IT emphasizes the integration and performance of information technology planning, development, implementation, and operation, and development of the infrastructure to support the processes necessary to achieve organizational objectives. The BSIT degree has core requirements, major requirements and required electives. The major contains those courses considered fundamental to the information technology field and the technical electives give the student flexibility in choice of concentration.”

The four concentrations offered in KSU’s BSIT program are:

  • Enterprise systems
  • Information assurance and security
  • Health information technology
  • Mobile and Web development

If you’re looking at online programs because you think they’ll be easier than going to school on campus, KSU wants students to understand the distinction between a more convenient program and an easier program:

“To give you a point of reference, for a 3-credit hour online course in a typical 16-week session, a student should expect to spend approximately 6-9 hours per week engaged in class work. In the summer semester, with the compressed 8-week schedule, the time dedicated per course will significantly increase.

“The notion that online courses are easier is not true. They are more convenient, but still require the same dedication and attention as a face-to-face course. . . . While the benefits [of distance learning] are many, students that enroll in an online course because they believe it is easier, soon learn differently. Self-motivation and discipline are required to succeed in distance learning courses.”

KSU offers an online readiness assessment to help you decide if you’re ready to commit to an online degree program.

9. California Baptist University

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Tuition cost: about $31,000 per year

Program length: about 16 months

Graduation rate: 60%

Accreditation:

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on U.S. News and World Report: 2

California Baptist University offers what is perhaps the fastest path to a BS in IT with their computer information technology program. The average time it takes to complete the program is 16 months.

“Computer Information Technology professionals are the ultimate problem solvers when it comes to all things computer-driven, and this major teaches students how to do and manage it all—from developing a website application to managing a database to managing a server, from setting up or identifying problems in complex networks to determining which computer hardware will deliver the best solution to a business or personal need.

“The online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology degree equips students for significant roles in the strategic success of organizations and their technology operations. Students will acquire knowledge in a wide variety of computer technology disciplines from Internet applications, databases, and networking applications to programming, project management, and computer security. Computer information technology courses give students an outstanding technology foundation in several areas including building skills in strategy, innovative problem-solving, and critical thinking relevant to today’s global technology environment.

In addition to the education you’d receive in other IT programs, California Baptist University includes two courses in Christianity and one course in ethics (which presumably approaches problems from a Christian perspective).

Here’s how they describe the way this connects to your IT education:

“The online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology degree program is designed to take students through a journey that embraces personal, professional, and spiritual transformation. Students graduating from the program will be equipped to address issues in a global context, with the ethical standards of a Christian heritage. In addition, students will leave the program with the capacity to self-reflect, think critically, lead and engage others, and make effective decisions.”

10. King University

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Tuition cost: about $27,000 per year

Program length: as little as 16 months

Graduation rate: 45%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission on Colleges

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline: 9

King University’s B.S. in IT program allows students to choose from three concentrations:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Network management
  • Information systems

You won’t just be equipped with the technical skills you need to enter the field of IT, though. IT overlaps with numerous other aspects of business, and King University wants students to be prepared to work in that overlap:

“The online information technology degree also prepares professionals for various technical career paths that require superior business skills as well as communication and critical-thinking skills. The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is a must-have credential for any individual who seeks management or administrative and strategic positions within their organization, desires to pursue research or continue with graduate studies in the field.”

The online courses are the same as the ones offered on campus.

The time it takes to finish your degree at KU may appear to be the same as California Baptist University above, but in order to enroll in the BSIT program at KU, students have to already have 45 semester hours. And since it takes 16 months to complete the BSIT program (which is a 48 hour major), you’re probably looking at another 16 months. And then it takes a total of 124 semester hours to graduate from KU (this program plus your prior education brings you to 93). So it’s a little misleading for them to say you can complete the program in 16 months.

A quick note on transferring schools

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, more than one third of all college students transfer schools before graduating. In order to transfer your credits from one school to another, the two schools usually have to be accredited by the same organizations. Thankfully, four of the schools on this list are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, so if you choose one of them, you’ll have a lot less trouble transferring to another great school.

The best school is really up to you

We can’t tell you exactly which school is the best choice for you—and you shouldn’t let anyone else do that, either. You have to weigh the factors that are most important to you and let that guide your decision. Choosing a school is a huge investment—both in terms of what it immediately costs you and how it affects your life. So take your time.

It’s also worth noting: while we used existing “best of” lists to show you only the best of the best online IT degrees, there were very few schools that these other lists agreed on! If anything, we hope that’s encouraging to you—people who make their living rating schools couldn’t even agree on the best ones. So whatever you choose, as long as it’s right for you, it’s probably going to be the best choice.

We hope this list has helped make the decision a little easier for you. Good luck in your future studies!

Top 10 Online Accounting Bachelor’s Degrees

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Accounting is often referred to as “the language of business.” Skilled accountants use standardized methods to translate financial data into information that business leaders, investors, employees, government officials, and individuals can use to communicate with their teams and make important decisions. Far from paper-pushers, accountants play integral roles in:

  • Banks
  • Private companies
  • Non-profits
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies

You don’t have to move across the country to learn this powerful language. There are countless online accounting degree programs that can land you the credentials and expertise you need to start your career. To help you sort through them all, we’ve used data from The National Center for Education Statistics and ratings from school-ranking entities like TheBestSchools.org, BestColleges.com, AffordableCollegesOnline, and Accounting-Degree.org—so this list of the top 10 online accounting programs is the best of the best.

We’ll show you each school’s:

  • Tuition cost
  • Program length
  • Graduation rates
  • Awards and accolades
  • Accreditation
  • Anything else we think will help you decide

Let’s find a school you’ll love! For starters, here are some highlights:

Most affordable

Thomas Edison State University’s in-state tuition is quite a bit lower than any of the other school’s on this list. For anyone living in New Jersey, this top-notch accounting program will run you about $6,000 per year. If you don’t live in New Jersey, it’s still more affordable than most of these schools’ in-state tuition: about $9,000 per year. TESU comes in at #9 on our list of online accounting degree programs.

Highest graduation rate

Three out of four students who attend University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduate. While most schools on this list have a graduation rate in the realm of 40-50%, this school has a 76% graduation rate—and it’s #2 on our list. If this college doesn’t win you over though, Auburn University’s graduation rate is just 1% lower, and it’s #3 on our list. Either of these schools is a great option for someone who’s worried about completing a competitive program, but still wants to be in one.

Best job placement rate

Only two schools on this list provided their job placement rate. University of Massachusetts-Amherst boasts an impressive 92% job placement rate. What’s more impressive: that’s within three months of graduation. They’re our #2 pick for overall online bachelor’s in accounting program.

After a little digging, Northern State University (#10) reported a 79.7% job placement rate, but that was using rather limited data from 2014. So take it with a grain of salt.

Now, onto the top ten!

1. University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Tuition cost:

  • In state: about $8,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $18,000 per year

Program length: minimum of four years to earn a B.S. in accounting

Graduation rate: 53%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

Awards and accolades:

  • 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program: Bachelor’s
  • Endorsed by the Institute of Management Accountants for CMA exam prep
  • Named one of the Top 10 Universities in the United States for Diversity by the Princeton Review
  • Rank on Accounting-Degree.org: 1
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 1
  • Rank on AffordableCollegeOnline: 2

Most schools call their faculty “industry experts,“ but when you’re part of UAB’s Collat School of Business, your professors are actual consultants for Fortune 500 companies and Big 4 accounting firms. The companies you’re trying to get hired at could be asking your professors to lend their expertise. Your education at UAB directly connects to the practices of leading industry professionals.

Not to mention, University of Alabama is one of the biggest employers in the state of Alabama, with professional connections stretching far beyond education.

90% of the faculty who teach in UAB’s online degree programs hold PhDs.

UAB says, “Accounting is the language of business.”

If you’re considering becoming a certified management accountant, UAB wants you to know:

“The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) recognized UAB’s online bachelor’s in accounting program as a leader in CMA exam preparation. The IMA endorsement means that our online accounting degree meets the rigorous educational standards necessary to prepare for the Certified Management Accountant exam. Our innovative curriculum, technology-driven instructional methods, and encouraging learning environment can help you move from accounting student to professional, all from the comfort of your home.”

Additionally, you’ll receive the preparation you need for the CPA, CISA, CIA, and CFE exams.

Your academic career at UAB could take you anywhere in the field of accounting. Their online accounting program focuses on six major areas:

  • Forensic accounting
  • Financial accounting
  • Cost/managerial accounting
  • Tax accounting
  • Auditing
  • Government accounting

Your degree could launch your career as a:

  • Staff accountant
  • Staff auditor
  • Financial analyst
  • Budget analyst
  • Cost estimator
  • Financial manager
  • Tax reviewer
  • And more . . .

This celebrated online business school is 100% online, and your degree will have the same prestige and impact as an on-campus degree—UAB makes no distinction between degrees earned on-campus or online. The standards of excellence are the same, the accreditation is the same, and you can even walk at the graduation ceremony if you wish.

If you choose to become an online student in UAB’s accounting program, you won’t have to worry about getting lost in the shuffle. There’s a technical help desk available 24/7, and you’ll still have networking opportunities.

Here’s why UAB thinks every aspiring accountant should enroll in their program:

“There is no margin for error in accounting, and that’s why the accounting field needs expert professionals. Develop strong accounting skills essential for any business with a relevant and rigorous curriculum from UAB’s Collat School of Business, a leader in business education. Navigate the field with a 100% online accounting degree that explores every aspect of accounting, including information technology, financial literacy, business communication, management, international business practices, and more.”

2. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $15,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $32,000 per year

Program length: Not listed

Graduation rate: 76%

Job placement rate: 92%

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on Accounting-Degree.org: 2
  • Rank on BestColleges.org: 6

The average GPA of incoming students at UMA’s Isenberg School of Management is 3.94. The bar is high, but so are the rewards. Isenberg has produced nearly 10,000 accountants working for prestigious firms and organizations like:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ernst & Young
  • Deloitte
  • General Electric
  • IBM
  • FBI
  • SEC
  • IRS

Those 10,000 accountants who graduated from Isenberg “have a commanding presence in Greater Boston and New England, where Isenberg grads excel at Big 4 and other public accounting firms. And our students gain added leverage from the entire Isenberg community of 45,000 graduates in 75 countries.”

According to the school, “Our faculty rank #1 in the world for Ph.D.-level research on decision making by auditors.”

While Isenberg’s more flexible online program may not be able to provide the same internship opportunities as the on-campus program, the curriculum itself still reflects the University’s high standards:

“Our online students are working professionals, parents, and community members who live full lives and have demanding, often fluctuating schedules week to week. They want a superior education on their terms. No campus visits are required, as students can complete the entire degree online from anywhere in the world.”

Online students still have access to the same expert faculty, as well as accounting-related organizations to learn and network beyond their courses, including Massachusetts Society of CPAs, National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, and the Financial Accounting State Board.

Isenberg’s academic advisors are no strangers to online students either: they’ve been helping students navigate the online program for more than 10 years.The median starting salary of Isenberg’s accounting graduates is $55,000. And with a 92% job placement rate within three months of graduation, you’ve got a great shot at quickly landing a high-paying job.

Here’s how University of Massachusetts-Amherst describes their online accounting program:

“Accountants are more than just number crunchers; they’re influencers. Isenberg’s internationally accredited undergraduate accounting degree program provides a quality education but a launching pad to a range of exciting career opportunities. Our students learn to use their technical training, and analytical, and research skills not only to help businesses comply with their financial reporting and tax obligations, but also help businesses make their most important decisions.”

3. Auburn University

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $11,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $29,000 per year

Program length: Five semesters for students who are employed, less time for non-employed students

Graduation rate: 75%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 2
  • Rank on Accounting-Degree.org: 7

While this is only a B.S. degree in accounting, Auburn University’s online accounting program is only available to students seeking their second degree. To be an eligible student, you have to have a four year degree from a U.S. AACSB accredited school, or completed courses equivalent to their business foundation prerequisites. The prerequisite courses are not available online.

If you meet those requirements, here’s a sample of the kind of online experience you can expect from Auburn University:

Here’s how they describe the program:

“Auburn’s on-campus accounting classes are recorded and online students view their lectures via streaming video either live or at a time convenient to their work schedules. The distance learning students follow the same academic calendar and receive the same instruction and AASCB accredited degree as their on-campus peers. The online option of the B.S. in Accounting is identical to the on-campus option regarding rigor, standards, and student accountability. The only difference is that online students are not physically on-campus. Completing an online accounting degree has never been as easy as it is through Auburn Accounting Online.”

With an astounding 75% graduation rate, it’s hard to argue with their claim to have an easy online accounting degree program.

Auburn University has offered its online accounting program for nearly 20 years, so you can enjoy the benefits of an established online education program. Online students get access to helpful resources including CPA exam information, job postings (including an exclusive job database only available to AU students), career preparation, and student organizations. There’s also an academic advisor dedicated to online students.

And if that’s not enough to win you over, here’s a promise from AU’s mission statement:

“As a comprehensive university, Auburn University is committed to offering high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to its students. The University will give highest priority for resource allocation for the future development of those areas that represent the traditional strengths, quality, reputation, and uniqueness of the institution and that continue to effectively respond to the needs of students and other constituents. Consistent with this commitment, the university will emphasize a broad and superior undergraduate education that imparts the knowledge, skills, and values so essential to educated and responsible citizens. At the same time, the university will provide high-quality graduate and professional programs in areas of need and importance to the state and beyond. To accomplish these educational goals, Auburn University will continue to compete nationally to attract a faculty distinguished by its commitment to teaching and by its achievements in research, both pure and applied. The university will strive to attract a faculty that will bring distinction and stature to the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs offered by the university. Auburn University recognizes the importance of promoting an inclusive and diverse environment that supports the growth and success of all. We believe that the contributions of diverse cultures, ideas, and life experiences combine to create an enriched and engaged campus community for the Auburn Family.”

4. Washington State University

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $11,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $26,000 per year

Program length: four years for a B.A. in Business Administration Accounting

Graduation rate: 67%

Accreditation:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 3
  • Rank on Accounting-Degree.org: 6

Many students avoid studying accounting because they’re afraid they’re not good enough at math. It’s a common myth that “accounting” may as well be “business calculus.” But the math in accounting is probably much simpler than you think. One WSU professor who’s taught accounting for over 30 years told nervous students:

“Most math in accounting is for about fourth grade level. We add, subtract, multiply, divide, maybe a little percent. In fact, all of our students take their exams using only four-function calculators. But you do have to not be afraid of numbers. As long as the numbers are logical, the basic math is easy […].”

That’s not to say this program (or this field) is a walk in the park, but you shouldn’t be intimidated by the numbers themselves. Additionally, to graduate, students only need to maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA—so if your work, family, or other obligations make it difficult to keep up with your coursework, this may be the program for you.

Here’s what WSU has to say about this online program, offered through the WSU Global Campus:

“WSU’s online accounting major provides core courses in financial management, auditing, business strategy, and taxation. But the major also emphasizes innovation, both technological and intellectual, so you’ll be able to keep pace as the profession changes.

Graduates in this fast-growing field work in public accounting, corporate accounting, government agencies, and private business enterprises.”

WSU’s Global Campus has its own team of designers developing graphics, animations, and even games to help make your experience more engaging and interactive. In some ways, you may feel as though you’re having a better experience than the on-campus students.

One online student put it this way:

“I almost feel like I have a closer relationship with the instructor because I can ask them a question and develop a more personal relationship than I may be able to do in a classroom of a hundred other people. And I found that I was able to connect with other students that weren’t living in my vicinity that maybe we’re living in other states, which was exciting as well. And by working together in a group or a team and having to put projects together with people that you can only communicate to over the phone or over the internet, it was amazing to find out what could be accomplished.”

5. Clarion University

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $10,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $15,000 per year

Program length: Not listed

Graduation rate: 49%

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Learning

Awards and accolades:

When you pursue a B.S. in business administration accounting through Clarion University, CU says students can expect these five outcomes:

  1. You’ll be able to gather, analyze, and communicate accounting information for organizations to use internally or share externally.
  2. You’ll have the critical thinking skills to interpret evidence and form warranted conclusions.
  3. You’ll know how to use technology to analyze data make business decisions.
  4. You’ll understand the ethical issues and social forces that affect businesses.
  5. You’ll be competent in accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing.

Want to be a certified public accountant? Clarion University offers an additional 12-month online program to prepare you for the CPA exam. If you already have a B.S. or B.A. in accounting, it will take less time to earn your CPA exam eligibility certificate.

Clarion University students can expect to be equipped to adapt to the ways the accounting industry continues to change. The school describes the program this way:

“Accounting is an exciting and challenging profession that continues to be transformed by current events, globalization, and information technology. Such forces are changing the nature of accounting work and adding to the already large number of job opportunities. Ongoing changes to the regulatory environment, including tax laws, also create wide-ranging opportunities for accountants in a variety of locations across the world.”

Online students participate in a mandatory online orientation before classes begin. This orientation is led by an actual facilitator in real-time and provides tutorials of online learning and student support services, and includes assessments to help you prepare to succeed as an online student.

Clarion University also offers online students with online tutoring services, career services, an online library, and other resources to set them up for success.

While being an online student can make it tough to get involved with events, Clarion University also has a wide range of organizations you can get involved with:

“In addition to more than nearly 150 academic programs, Clarion University students also enjoy enriching personal lives. With more than 144 student organizations including academic, athletic, intramural, Greek, political, multicultural, service and special interest groups, students become unique individuals and leaders at Clarion. Through these academic and student life opportunities, our students interact with other students from 45 states and 16 countries.”

6. Liberty University

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Tuition cost: about $21,000 per year

Program length: Four years to complete a B.S. in accounting

Graduation rate: 51%

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on BestColleges.org: 1

Liberty University is the world’s largest Christian university. Their online accounting program incorporates a biblical worldview into students’ education. While that might seem surprising, the world of finance is often intertwined with ethical and moral issues. The biblical aspects of this program are intended to help students recognize and resolve these ethical issues with a strong moral framework.

One of Liberty’s online accounting students had this to say:

“Since I began taking classes, I couldn’t be happier with the progress. The classes are challenging and thought-provoking, while the online program provides the tools necessary to achieve success. I still feel like a part of a ‘classroom’ without having to worry about what I look like, what the traffic is going to be like, and who is going to take care of my family while I am studying. While it is NOT easy, this has to be the BEST decision in my educational pursuit that I have ever made.”

Here’s what an online education with Liberty University could look like for you:

Liberty University Online students have access to:

  • An assigned academic advisor
  • An online writing center
  • Free 24/7 access to online tutors
  • A private Facebook community for networking with peers
  • Online ministries

Fun fact: Liberty University accepts “transferable life experience.” If you’ve already been working in the field of accounting in some capacity, you can submit documentation to potentially receive transfer credits.

7. Davenport University

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Tuition cost: About $17,000 per year

Program length: Four years

Graduation rate: 41%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline: 1

Davenport University doesn’t mind a bit of bragging. Here’s what they want you to know about their online accounting program:

“Top employers tell us that graduates of our accounting program are better prepared—and are therefore preferred hires. The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting provides graduates with far more than a basic understanding of accounting. Davenport prepares students to become well rounded and effective accounting professionals through practical experience in using accounting information as a decision-making tool. Our students find jobs not only in accounting firms, but in industry businesses and government. In addition, we offer a suite of accounting programs to include a Master’s in Accountancy and a BBA in Accounting Fraud Investigation, further signaling our strength in accounting education.”

You’ll master the technical skills you need to perform in the industry, plus develop the interpersonal skills you need to succeed, like communication, teamwork, and leadership. The program covers Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Accounting Standards (IAS), and financial statement presentation and analyses.

As with many of the other programs we’ve looked at, being an online student doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a quality education:

“As an online learner, you’ll get the same high-quality education, personal attention and support that you would in an on-campus classroom. Our convenient online learning format allows you to choose when and where you want to study while being able to keep your other personal and professional commitments. You don’t have to interrupt your life to earn your degree.”

Davenport University has a unique “employment guarantee” program. They’re so confident their graduates will have a job within six months of graduation that if you don’t, and you meet their requirements for trying to get a job (as well as academic requirements), you can receive significant additional education benefits. These benefits include a customized plan of action to help you land a job and (at the time we wrote this post) you could get up to 48 additional credits without paying tuition (you’ll still pay for course fees, textbooks, exam fees, etc.). Learn more about the employment guarantee here.

8. Indiana Wesleyan University

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Tuition cost: About $10,000

Program length: 18-20 months

Graduation rate: 49%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on BestColleges.org: 2

You might’ve noticed it doesn’t take long to complete your B.S. in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University. Unfortunately, that 18-20 month range is a bit deceptive: you have to have 60 transferable credit hours before you’re eligible for the program.

Once you’re in though, this program puts you on the fast track to employment. Here’s how they describe it:

“This program is designed for working professionals who are interested in completing a baccalaureate degree focusing on accounting theory, taxation, and auditing. The core program emphasizes analytical skills, practical application, and problem solving. Also addressed in the program are issues faced by managers in a variety of business organizations. The curriculum is designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to transition into or advance within the general field of accounting.

“This degree provides an excellent foundation for students who anticipate pursuing their CPA certification. Interested parties should check with their state licensing board of accountancy for the specific requirements needed to make an application to take the CPA examination.”

Like, Liberty University, Indiana Wesleyan University approaches business education from a Christian perspective. You might not notice that in every class you take, but the Devoe School of Business’s mission statement makes it clear:

“DeVoe School of Business is a Christ-centered academic community committed to transforming the global marketplace through life shaping preparation, helping students to ask essential questions, exploring their call to business as God’s work, and preparing for a fully integrated life of service.”

An education at Indiana Wesleyan University is about more than getting a good job:

“Indiana Wesleyan University is an energized community committed to changing the world. We guide students in discovering their individual purpose and life calling and help them develop in character, scholarship and leadership.

“Scholarship at IWU builds on distinguished academics through high-quality, collaborative work by students and faculty members. Professors offer spiritual and academic mentoring and discipleship, and students flourish from individual attention. IWU’s spiritually rich learning environment, academic commitment and caring instruction develop in students the knowledge, skills and disposition to change the world for Jesus Christ.”

IWU students get the advantage of academic cohorts, so even as an online student, you’ll have a band of like-minded individuals to turn to when you need support.

Registering for classes can be a pain, but at IWU, you register one time and get it over with. That means no more clicking refresh and waiting for your turn to fight over class spots—or worse, missing out on classes you need and having to wait another quarter, semester, or year for it to be available again! Once you’re in, you’re in.

Here’s one student’s experience of Indiana Wesleyan University:

While you might’ve been disappointed by the time it takes to complete this degree, you should also know that Indiana Wesleyan University kind of has a deceptively low graduation rate as well. In order to complete this program, you only need a 2.25 GPA in your core classes, and a 2.0 GPA overall.

9. Thomas Edison State University

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $6,000 per year
  • Out-of-state: about $9,000 per year

Program length: 72% of students finish in four years or less

Graduation rate: Unknown

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Learning

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on BestColleges.org: 3

As we said before, Thomas Edison State University is the most affordable college on this list. While your B.S. in business administration accounting certainly gives you the tools you need to succeed professionally, TESU’s undergraduate accounting program naturally leads into graduate studies.

Here’s how they describe it:

“The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in Accounting is designed for adult learners interested in becoming accountants and auditors. Students interested in becoming certified public accountants can seamlessly integrate the BSBA in Accounting program into the CPA & Master’s Track, which is aligned to the Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree with a specialization in accounting.

Graduates of the BSBA degree in accounting can also consider the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with a specialization in accounting.”

Regardless of your area of study, TESU strongly encourages all BSBA students to take a business ethics course. Even if you don’t wind up working for the mafia, you will inevitably be faced with ethical challenges as an accountant, and you’ll be glad you took one of these courses.

A 2015 survey of TESU graduates found that the vast majority of students were extremely pleased with the education they received:

“85 percent of graduates who went on to earn a graduate degree reported that the University prepared them well for graduate school.

“96 percent of graduates have or would recommend the University to others.

“95 percent of graduates give the University a rating of ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’

“92 percent of graduates reported that their experience at the University was worth the investment.“

This included data from recent graduates and those who graduated five years prior to the survey.

While we noted above that 72% of graduates complete a degree at TESU within four years, it’s worth mentioning that about 20% of graduates take one year or less, and about 40% complete their degree in two years. This is truly a self-paced program, and your timeline largely depends on how many credits you can transfer and whether or not you can commit to being full-time. Most TESU students are not first-time, full-time students.

TESU says they’re “exclusively for adults,” and these graduates can give you a better idea of what that means:

10. Northern State University

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Tuition cost:

  • In-state: about $8,000
  • Out-of-state: about $11,000

Program length: 103 credits

Graduation rate: 46%

Job placement rate: 79.7% (based on data from a study in 2014)

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline: 3

At Northern State University, small class sizes give you excellent access to your professors, all of whom have PhDs, and are available to online students via phone, tablet, or laptop. You’ll also have 24/7 access to your course content, and you can design a study schedule that fits your life.

Here’s what they want you to know about their online accounting program:

“Northern State University’s accounting students graduate prepared for careers in accounting, industry, and government. At NSU, you’ll develop the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to manage financial transactions and prepare financial reports, and use those reports to make good business decisions.

“Our coursework will build your skills and give you confidence to apply for professional certification and sit for the Certified Bookkeeper (CB), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) professional exams.”

At some schools, being an online student means missing out on internship experiences. That’s simply not the case at NSU. If you think an internship is in your academic future, here’s some exciting news:

“At NSU, up to twelve hours of college credit may be granted for an internship experience. These credits can count toward general electives or upper division business electives. Northern State University is located in Aberdeen, S.D., which has the largest population and economic base of any university in the South Dakota regental system. As a direct result, there are innumerable internship opportunities right here in Aberdeen. However, as the state’s sole Center of Excellence in International Business, interns have been placed all across the country and around the world. Over 98% of business majors with internship experience find employment within their field within 3-months of graduation and most with the firm with which they interned.”

The president of NSU says, “In addition to your work in the classroom, you are encouraged to seek opportunities to work with faculty, to complete an internship related to your area(s) of study, and to focus your efforts on being well prepared for jobs and careers as well s lifelong learning opportunities. These activities will help you distinguish yourself among other new graduates entering the workforce and confirm your potential as an excellent employee, learner, and leader.”

You’ll find out about internship opportunities through “postings” (which we presumably means somewhere online). And of course, you can always take the initiative and ask your professors if you need help finding these opportunities.

Should you get a BA in accounting, or a BS?

A bachelor’s in accounting can come as either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts. Don’t focus too much on this—choosing the right school is more important. But here are some quick differences between a BA and a BS if it helps.

Make the choice that’s right for you

Any of these programs will give you the education and credentials you need to get ahead in the world of accounting. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what factors are most important. Do you want the best possible education, or do you just want to find the program you have the best odds of completing? Do you have a lot of credits from other schools? (If so, TESU may be the best choice.)

This list has given you some solid options. While you may feel pressure from family, friends, or yourself to select a school quickly, choosing a college is an investment worth taking your time on. We’d encourage you to use this list to narrow down your choices, and then gather as much information as you can about them. Whatever you decide, we hope this has been helpful. Good luck!

Top 9 Online Graphic Design Degrees

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Take a look at some of the most successful tech companies of our time and you’ll notice they all have something obvious in common: stellar design. Companies like Microsoft, IBM, Disney, and Google need elegant websites, apps, and media—and to get these, they need talented designers. A degree in graphic design helps you tap into the software, tools, and concepts design professionals use lto:

  • Design visually compelling websites
  • Craft clear, useful signage, infographics, ads, apps, and more
  • Communicate brand in every piece of media
  • Create animations
  • Produce digital works of art
  • And more . . .

You don’t have to move across the country to develop this blend of technical skills and creative prowess. There are countless online graphic design programs that can land you the credentials and expertise you need to start your career. To help you sort through them all, we’ve used data from The National Center for Education Statistics and the average ratings from school-ranking entities like TheBestSchools.org, BestColleges.com, AffordableCollegesOnline, and Graphic Design Degree Hub—so this list of the top 10 online graphic design programs is the best of the best.

Other lists of top online graphic design programs have included some programs not available online. We called some of these schools to confirm that their programs were fully available online, and cleaned up our list accordingly.

We’ll show you each school’s:

  • Tuition cost
  • Program length
  • Graduation rates
  • Awards and accolades
  • Accreditation
  • Anything else we think will help you decide

Let’s find a school you’ll love! For starters, here are some highlights:

Lowest tuition

Bellevue University has the lowest tuition rate ($7,000 per year), and it comes in at number three in our list. However, if you happen to live in Florida, University of Florida’s in-state tuition is about $3,000 cheaper per year. UF is number eight in the list.

Highest graduation rate

Almost nine out of ten University of Florida students graduate. Unfortunately, the graduation rate for their online campus isn’t listed, but for their main campus, they have a rate of 87%.

Best job placement rate

Savannnah College of Art and Design is actually the only school on this list that provides their job placement rate. Not all schools are required to provide it, and if they don’t have an official job placement program, it’s not always in their best interest to provide it. SCAD, however, has an astounding job placement rate of 98% for the school overall. This percentage includes those enrolled in graduate programs too though, so it’s not just accounting for jobs. SCAD is also our number one recommended school for online graphic design.

1. Savannah College of Art and Design

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Tuition: about $36,000 per year

Program length: 180 credit hours for a B.A. or B.F.A.

Graduation rate: 67%

Job placement rate: 98%

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 1
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 4
  • Rank on Graphic Design Degree Hub: 6

Graduates from SCAD’s graphic design programs have found jobs at prestigious companies like Disney, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Well-known designers come from all over the world to speak to students and interact with them. Students begin their studies with the basic building blocks of design, exploring conceptual aspects of art, examining the evolution of design, and developing the specialized skills graphic designers need.

Online students participate through eLearning courses, which are perfect for self-directed learners. All your assignments have clear due dates, and as long as you get them done, you have complete control of your schedule. These online classes have no specific meeting times and class sessions are accessible 24/7. You’ll also critique the work of your fellow students and join class conversations through posts on a discussion board.

Your elective credits give you the freedom to explore SCADs related programs. Your core classes delve into the world of graphic design, but you might also want to investigate how your field overlaps with:

  • Advertising
  • Digital publishing
  • Motion media design
  • Mobile and interactive design
  • Illustration
  • Branded entertainment
  • And other programs

In addition to their academic expertise, SCAD’s award-winning faculty bring a wealth of professional experience to the table (including a valuable list of professional contacts). This college exists to serve students who want to navigate the transition from studying a craft to launching a career in it.

But let’s hear it straight from the horse’s website: “As a graphic design student at SCAD, you’ll become fluent in the visual language that defines today’s powerhouse brands and top-flight organizations. Our holistic graphic design degree program doesn’t just cover the fundamentals of design, it delves into product packaging, entrepreneurship, mobile technology, interface design and user experience. The result? An award-winning professional portfolio, real experience working for industry giants, and the opportunity to make a lasting mark on the ever-changing global visual landscape—all before you graduate.”

2. Academy of Art University

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Tuition: About $21,000 per year

Program length: minimum of 2 years for A.A., 4 years for B.A.

Graduation rate: 37% (20% of students transfer to other schools)

Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on Graphic Design Degree Hub: 1
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 2

While the Academy of Art University has existed for nearly 90 years, it remains at the forefront of innovation when it comes to learning. The school has taught graphic design online for over 15 years, and during that time they’ve mastered the process of teaching over the web.

Students and instructors from all over the world learn together in digital courses uninhibited by rigid class schedules. Every semester, students have 15 “modules” to complete on their own timeline. Coursework includes instructional videos, audio-enhanced slideshows, digital documentation, interviews, and more. Instructors can provide detailed feedback on any submitted work, including audio commentary. An >optional >online discussion area lets students share work, get feedback, and talk through ideas with both classmates and faculty.

Online students get access to a hub of student resources, including an online academic library, guest speaker archive, career help, software tutorials, and more. Online career chats make sure no one misses out on vital professional guidance by being an online student.

You can even check out some class demos right now to see if this online program is a good fit for you.

The Academy of Art University’s School of Graphic Design emphasizes conceptual development, strategic thinking, technique, and presentation.

Here’s what they want you to know: “Our curriculum guides students as they develop finely tuned skills in the areas of typography, print media, packaging, branding and identity, Web design, and motion graphics. Our instructors are nationally recognized working professionals who challenge students to reach industry standards. Students graduating from this program are well prepared to meet the rigorous challenges within the field of graphic design and are working in many of the world’s most prestigious firms. The numerous awards bestowed on our students’ work demonstrate our excellent approach to design and audience-based marketing strategies.”

For those who don’t have time to devote to a four-year degree, an Associate of Arts degree still provides students with a well-rounded foundation in graphic design. The program provides a curriculum of conceptual problem solving, innovation, critical thinking, and formal design, as well as branding and marketing strategies—everything you need to get your foot in the door with entry-level employment.

>At the time we wrote this article, all currently enrolled students receive free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other programs.

Fun fact: The Academy of Art University hosts more than 70 student and alumni art shows per year.

3. Bellevue University

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Tuition: About $7,000 per year

Program length: 127 credit hours

Graduation rate: 18%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission

Awards and accolades:

  • 2016 Most Affordable Online Degree in Art and Design
  • Corporate University Best-in-Class
  • #1 Most Innovative Online University
  • One of the Top Ten Universities for Adult Learners
  • Numerous military-friendly awards
  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 1
  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline.org: 6
  • Rank on Graphic Design Degree Hub: 8
  • See more awards here

Of all the top online graphic design programs, Bellevue University’s is the most affordable. BU transitions you into a career in graphic design by helping you see how design is part of every product we use, and the role it plays in how every organization communicates. You’ll get the foundation you need to interpret the visual world and create aesthetically pleasing, meaningful print and web design.

Bellevue University makes no distinction between its online and on-campus curriculum. Taking courses online with BU doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality of teaching or miss out on important learning opportunities. As an online student, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the elements of design and develop creative visualization, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. You’ll also learn to conceptualize and communicate multiple design solutions for a wide variety of media for multiple audiences.

Integrating hands-on, applied learning with theory, all Bellevue University degrees are designed to deliver a transformative student learning experience that accommodates your personal and work life. If you’re not sure that you’re ready for the commitment of an online degree program, Bellevue University has a handy academic readiness tool. A 20 minute assessment could help you decide if this is the right time for you to pursue an online degree.

Over the course of the program, you’ll develop a professional portfolio that represents a body of creative design work on a wide range of print and digital design projects. This will become a valuable asset as you pursue a career or explore graduate-level education.

In addition, after completing Bellevue University Bachelor’s in Graphic Design, you’ll be able to:

  • Utilize the critical thinking process used in the graphic design field.
  • Effectively discuss graphic design as a visual communication language.
  • Skillfully use industry standard software and hardware tools.
  • Apply the proper production methods in print and/or web design.
  • Develop a portfolio that represents a wide range of projects produced at a professional level.

4. Southern New Hampshire University

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Tuition: About $31,000 per year

Program length: 120 credit hours

Graduation rate: 58%

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on BestColleges.com: 2
  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline.org: 7
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 9

Let’s jump right in and see what SNHU thinks sets them apart:

“Coursework in SNHU’s online graphic design degree program is built around training you in aesthetics and creative problem solving using the latest technology, while also providing cultural and social context for the work you do.

“As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission–to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your bachelor’s in graphic design and media arts at SNHU include:

  • Advanced technology. Learn how to use the most advanced graphic design hardware and software, including Adobe Creative Suite, with options to learn on a Mac or PC
  • Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation
  • Convenience. Attend class when it’s convenient for you–online education means 24/7 access
  • Efficiency and flexibility. Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 8-week terms per year
  • Expert instruction. Get creative direction directly from accomplished, award-winning instructions with real-world experience who understand the creative process
  • Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for internship and career opportunities
  • Simple application process. Just fill out an online undergraduate application, and we’ll retrieve U.S. transcripts from your previous institutions and automatically complete an official credit evaluation. Plus, there’s no application fee
  • Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study
  • Transfer-friendly enrollment. Transfer up to 90 credits toward an undergraduate degree”

A special mentorship program called SNHUcan connects you with a network of SNHU alumni, students, and friends to help you develop your career. Mentors scout new talent and share their professional expertise to help students succeed. As an SNHUcan mentee, you could gain invaluable professional development and career advice from people who have been there.

Fun fact: More than one quarter of your credits come from electives, so you have a lot of freedom to explore other fields or specializations.

5. Full Sail University

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Tuition: About $23,000 per year

Program length: minimum of 29 months for a B.A.

Graduation rate: 44%

Accreditation: Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 4
  • Rank on Graphic Design Degree Hub: 4

Every part of Full Sail’s degree program is designed to look, feel, and function like your industry. Active professionals regularly work with Full Sail to keep their degrees relevant, and educators continuously contribute to to their fields. To showcase your expertise to future employers, Full Sail puts a strong emphasis on portfolio projects. And to help you hit the ground running and adapt to the 24/7 nature of your industry, you can choose to complete a degree program at a faster pace than you can at other schools.

Here’s how they describe the program:

“The objective of the Graphic Design bachelor of science degree program is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the field of design–from print publishing to interface design and more. You’ll sharpen your eye for aesthetics through projects, critiques, and the study of popular culture. In addition to technical proficiency and creative development, your education will help you hone real-world skills such as media integration, advertising, and branding.

“Ongoing portfolio courses will provide you with opportunities to build tangible projects that showcase your talents, and integrated career development modules will help you strengthen your professional skills. In addition, our Career Development advisors and services will be available for support throughout your graphic design career path–not just while you are a student.”

Every Full Sail student receives a MacBook Pro, along with professional software and tools through Project LaunchBox. Your computer is your personal studio and prepares you for the technological challenges of your industry.

Both campus and online students use Full Sail’s customized learning system. It’s designed from the ground up to accommodate Full Sail’s unique educational model and multimedia projects.

Full Sail graduates have gone on to work with:

  • Disney
  • Dreamworks
  • PIXAR
  • Universal Studios
  • CNN
  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • Rockstar Games
  • ESPN
  • HBO Studios
  • NFL Films
  • Nickelodeon
  • WWU
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • And more . . .

See what Full Sail’s graduates have accomplished over the last 35 years in the “hall of fame.”

6. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

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Tuition: About $17,000 per year

Program length: 15 quarters to earn B.S., 8 quarters for A.A. or A.S., 4 quarters for diploma

Graduation rate: 8%

Accreditation: Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on Graphic Design Degree Hub: 3
  • Rank on TheBestSchools.org: 6

You may have noticed that The Art Institute of Pittsburgh has a very low graduation rate. They’re not shy about that:

“Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But we temper the tough with the support you need to make your creativity marketable. We provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty who’ve worked in the field and internship possibilities at successful businesses. Here, you’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold.”

This almost 100-year-old school isn’t for people who are on the fence about design. Their online division is has been around for nearly two decades, and it builds on the same academic and creative tradition of excellence practiced by The Art Institutes system of schools since 1921.

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh provides a program that covers both web and graphic design, and you’ll specialize in one or the other after your first year.

Here’s how they explain the two options:

“Both graphic design and web design are really about coming up with new approaches to solve problems. So you’ll start with the basics of both in areas like color, illustration, and image manipulation, then explore concept development and implementation courses. . . . In Graphic Design, you’ll take a more traditional approach, studying product packaging, posters, art direction, and layout design. You’ll work on product packaging, posters, and interactive media, including web page design. You’ll work with professional technology, including image manipulation software and computer-aided design, then progress to art direction and strategies for designing a product, service, or message. If you choose Web Design, you’ll work across media platforms from mobile devices to desktop computers. This is screen-based visual communication involving interactive design and development using industry software, authoring systems and web scripting. You’ll explore emerging technology, work with audio and video, and more.”

Whichever concentration you choose, you’ll take courses in:

  • Color and design fundamentals
  • Image manipulation
  • Traditional typography
  • Layout and concept design
  • Web page scripting
  • Digital illustration
  • Interactive motion graphics

If you choose a graphic design concentration, you’ll also explore:

  • Advertising concepts
  • Form and space, including advanced layout design
  • Package design
  • Business of graphic design
  • Publication design
  • Art direction

With a web design concentration, you’ll take courses in:

  • Information architecture
  • Interface design
  • Audio and video
  • Design for mobile devices and emerging technologies
  • Web page design

These concentrations are sometimes referred to as a print concentration or interactive design concentration, which may be a more accurate reflection of the course content.

7. University of Florida

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Tuition: About $4,000 in-state, about $17,000 out-of-state

Program length: Not listed

Graduation rate: 87% (on-campus)

Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on AffordableCollegesOnline.org: 2

If you live in Florida, this is the most affordable of the top graphic design schools. For everyone out of state, however, the UF tuition cost is only a little below average. University of Florida’s graphic design program encourages students to focus on developing their passions and interests, rather than moulding them to fit a particular career.

Here’s what they say that looks like:

“At UFGD, you learn design principles and processes in a constructive and collaborative environment. We are here to help you succeed as a designer and apply your knowledge to a wide range of problems and opportunities. Designers create culture and shape our world and we help you develop your voice and create your own path with design.

“The curriculum emphasizes concept development, design process, design systems, strategy, and professional development. Our capstone course culminates with a professional portfolio and promotional materials. UF Graphic Design graduates are extremely competitive in the job market and go on to work in a number of design-related fields, and often build careers where they move within systems of design and between mediums.”

You can see some of the work UFGD graduates and students are doing on their Facebook page, or check out the highlights from University of Florida’s annual student design exhibition, Ligature (see more past events here).

8. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design

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Tuition: About $17,000

Program length: 123 credit hours

Graduation rate: 46%

Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, National Association of Schools of Art and Design

Awards and accolades:

  • Rank on TheBestSchools.com: 3

One of the challenges of most online programs is that it’s easy to feel disconnected from your classmates and professors. RMCAD believes their virtual learning environment promotes collaboration with classmates and real-time feedback from your professors, promising you’ll maintain “consistent contact with professors throughout the course of your online art classes.”

Like many of the programs above, these professors are practicing industry professionals, making that consistent interaction a valuable part of your experience. Practicing graphic designers are going to be able to give you some great professional contacts and career advice if you prove yourself worthy.

RMCAD has a great perspective on the importance of the graphic design industry as well:

“Graphic design is the marriage of form, function, and imagination to create a visual language. But innovative design isn’t just nice to look at—it has a significant impact on the way we live our lives.

“As a graphic designer, you’re fulfilling the universal need for visual communications. Our graphic design degree goes far beyond just visual aesthetics—you’ll be trained to account for the overarching design systems that go into a user’s experience.”

9. Rasmussen College

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Tuition: About $9,000
Program length: About 36 months for B.A., 18 months for A.A.
Graduation rate: Unavailable
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
Awards and accolades:

  • 117 years of successful graduates
  • Rank on Graphic Design Degree Hub: 5

Rasmussen College’s online graphic design program offers two specializations: “animation and motion graphics,” and “web and interactive design.” To help you transition from academia to the professional field, the program culminates in your choice of either an internship course or a final project course.

It looks like Rasmussen College’s online courses are generallyless flexible than most of the programs listed above, but they do have a “Flex Choice” option that appears to adopt the self-directed model used by most other schools (it’s also quite a bit cheaper).

Your tuition covers more than classes. According to the website, “All the tools you need to stay relevant in your industry and the most up-to-date software and hardware is included in your tuition.” Plus, you can take optional tests to receive three industry-specific certifications for free, including the Adobe Certified Associate: Visual Communication certification.

Here’s how they describe their program:

“Our online graphic design degrees reflect the most up-to-date skills, technologies and competencies of the design field, including traditional print design, typography, color theory, photography, audio/video editing, interactive media and user experience design.”

Fun fact: Rasmussen College has 22 campuses in six states! See if there’s one near you (even as an online student, this could mean better access to professors or resources).

Should you get a BA in graphic design, or a BS?

A bachelor’s in graphic design can come as either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts. Don’t focus too much on this—choosing the right school is more important. But here’s a quick comparison of a BA and a BS if it helps.

Choose the school that’s right for you

A top-notch design degree will prepare you for a fulfilling career in graphic design. If you already know exactly what you want to do in the field, you’ll want to choose the school that’s best suited to take you in that direction. But if you’re still deciding what a career in graphic design could look like for you, plenty of these schools can help you discover the applications that most interest you.

We hope this list helps you make the decision that’s right for you. Good luck in your academic career!

6 proven ways to rank for any search term, and how to choose the right one [Infographic]

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We all have at least one golden search term or keyword we’d love to rank for—and we’ve all heard plenty of different people telling us their secret front-page-of-Google formulas. It gets a little dizzying keeping all the approaches straight.

So, I made in infographic mapping out not one, but six strategies that real-life people (including me!) have used to rank for specific keywords. This draws on advice and examples from Neil Patel, Brian Dean, Buffer, Noah Kagan, and a few others, plus a little flow-chart magic from Laura Kranz (my wife and partner at GradLime).Continue reading →

How to write blog posts VIPs love to share

One of the worst feelings in the world of inbound marketing and enrollment is to write an incredible blog post, publish it, share it, and then … crickets.

I actually just shuddered a little bit thinking about it. (Because I have been there way, way too many times!)

It’s a lot better when the opposite happens: when you experience the thrill of seeing an expert in your space share and promote your content for you. This piece will give you a practical, actionable approach to writing and designing the kind of content that VIPs love to share with your audience.

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Infographic by Laura Kranz

Tools you will need

Apart from the standards like a word processor, email, and Google’s search engine, I recommend using Buzzsumo to pull these strategies off. You can use the free version for the strategies I outline here, but trust me: the paid version makes this even easier to do.

Let’s begin!

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