What Are the Top Online Universities in America?

In the relatively new realm of online learning, students can find a variety of educational opportunities, but a few universities have begun to stand out. Read on to learn more about a few of the top online schools.

Top Online Universities Overview

Choosing an online university is a difficult decision that requires the evaluation of many factors. Outlined below are some of the nation's top online universities, and some specifics about each.

Important Facts About Online Universities

Common Courses English, history, social science, behavioral science, mathematics, humanities
Prerequisites Varies, depending on institution and program; associate and bachelor degree programs typically require a high school diploma or equivalent, and graduate degrees may require work experience
Possible Careers Broadcast news analyst, personal financial advisor, teacher, compliance officer, actuary, archivist, editor, technical writer
Continuing Education Requirement varies, depending upon occupation; for example, personal financial advisor certification is voluntary, but may enhance job prospects and client base

Western Governors University

Formed by the governors of 19 U.S. states through a 1996 charter, Western Governors is one of the few purely online schools in the United States. The school's online programs hold national and regional accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council and Northwest Commission on College and Universities, respectively. In addition, the university's teacher education program is the only such online program that is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Degrees Offered

Western Governors offers a variety of online degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Education in Instructional Design
  • Master of Arts in Teaching

Contact Information

  • Address: 4001 South 700 East, Suite 700, Salt Lake City, Utah 84107
  • Phone Number: (801) 274-3280

University of Maryland University College

Founded in 1947, this University System of Maryland school has grown to be one of the top online universities in the United States. It enrolls students seeking online degrees from all over the world. UMUC has been named one of the most military-friendly colleges and universities by Military Advanced Education, most recently in 2016. The school's online Master of Business Administration earned the 'Distance Program of the Year' award from the Maryland Distance Learning Association in 2009.

Online Degrees Offered

The school offers a variety of degrees online, ranging from bachelor's- to doctoral-level programs in the sciences and liberal arts. Some of these programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies in Biotechnology
  • Doctor of Management
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology

Contact Information

  • Address: 3501 University Blvd. East, Adelphi, Maryland 20783-8010
  • Phone Number: (800) 888-8682

Park University

In addition to the numerous possibilities of its online degree programs, Park University now has over 43 campuses in 21 states. The online classes operate in an accelerated 8-week format, covering five terms per year.

Online Degrees Offered

Park enrolls over 50,000 students in its online courses beyond its traditional campus enrollment. It does this by offering certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in various fields, including:

  • Bachelor of Science in Military History
  • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Affairs
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership

Contact Information

  • Address: 8700 NW River Park Dr., Parkville, Missouri 64152-3795
  • Phone Number: (816) 741-2000

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