The current challenges facing traditional colleges and universities, including higher tuition, budget cuts, and course shortages, have caused many students to search for alternatives. With over three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs and roughly seven million taking at least one online course as part of their degree program, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial skepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education.
The 25 accredited colleges and universities presented here offer a variety of degree programs for those seeking an Associates degree. It’s worth emphasizing the word: accredited. How does this word pertain to your education? Accreditation is important because it signifies that a particular school has meet the standards of quality education set by a board or government agency. Accreditation can affect your education immensely. It plays an important role in an institution’s functions, from the quality of instructors to eligibility for financial assistance. As you search beyond the scope of this report, you may verify if a school is accredited at the U.S. Department of Education’s database.
The quoted tuition is taken directly from the respective university’s website and does not include any other fees associated with the degree programs. Also, the referenced tuition is for the 2014-2015 school year, unless otherwise noted. Fees are subject to change each school year.
1. Ashworth College
Ashworth College evolved from its inception in 1987, when it was a family-owned school offering a single course in real estate appraisal. The course was so popular that the founders knew they had filled a widespread need for high quality, career-focused distance learning. Thus, Professional Career Development Institute (PCDI) was born. In 2000, the school introduced online associate degree programs, followed by master’s degree programs in 2004 and bachelor’s degree programs in 2007.
Ashworth College is proud to acknowledge that we have more than 300,000 alumni across the United States and around the world. Ashworth College is also the first accredited online school in Georgia to receive a Delta Epsilon Tau National Honor Society charter. More than 2,000 Ashworth College graduates have been inducted into this international honor society. Only graduates achieving cumulative a minimum grade point average of 3.00 are eligible for induction into the International honor society Delta Epsilon Tau. More importantly, the school was named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2013.
Ashworth offers 15 Associate’s degrees online in the broader areas of Business, Technology, Criminal Justice, Education, and Healthcare.
Tuition: $5,000 (Associate in Science), including all fees or $83 per credit hour
Accreditation: It is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.
2. Tallahassee Community College (TCC)
TCC’s Center for Distance Learning (CDL) provides a wealth of resources to help support instruction, whether in the face-to-face or distance learning classroom. The team offers training and assistance in the design and implementation of web-based, web-assisted and hybrid courses. In addition, the team provides training on instructional software, assistance with multimedia development, access to Blackboard tutorials, and more. The CDL team is faculty’s one-stop shop for all distance learning and instructional technology needs.
TCC offers these online degrees:
- The Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) is designed for students who plan to transfer to a Florida public four-year institution as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree program. The A.A. degree requirements consist of 36 credit hours of general education and 24 credit hours of electives.
- Associate in Science degree (A.S.) in Early Childhood Development, Education and Management. This program is designed to prepare students seeking careers in early childhood education, child care facility management and/or child care facility ownership.
- Associate in Science (A.S.) in Paralegal/Legal Studies: prepares students to enter the field of paralegal and/or legal assisting and to perform effectively as a part of a legal services team. The course work in the program also serves as an informal primer for students considering law school.
Tuition: $100 per credit hour for Florida residents and $387.27 for non-Florida residents
Accreditation: Tallahassee Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree.
3. Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University (FHSU), located in the heart of Kansas, is a true world leader in distance education, offering over 40 online degrees specifically designed for adult learners. Students can an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree at their Virtual College. Historically, the school was founded in 1902 as the western branch of the Kansas Normal School. The school’s mission was to serve early settlers’ needs for educational facilities. The first classes were held on the grounds of the abandoned Fort Hays military post just southwest of Hays. The first building of the current campus, Picken Hall, was completed in 1904, and the University moved to its present location in Hays. Today, FHSU serves over 5,000 students on campus and another 8,100 students in greater Kansas and around the world through its award-winning Virtual College.
FHSU offers these Associate’s degrees online:
- Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in one of these specialities:
- Business Communication Technology
- Business Training Systems
- Industrial technology
- Associate of General Studies (AGS): gain critical-thinking, problem-solving, math, and communication skills
Tuition: $186.50 per credit hour for all undergraduate courses
Accreditation: The Virtual College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
4. Columbia Southern University
Columbia Southern University has always maintained a student-first philosophy by providing educational opportunities through distance learning to non-traditional students. This vision originated from the founder of Columbia Southern University, Robert Mayes, Sr.. He established a family-oriented culture of caring and respect among staff and faculty since its founding in 1993 and that is maintained to this day. In 1996, online programs beyond the safety and environmental career fields were developed and included business administration, computer science, criminal justice administration and health administration. Between 2002 and 2004, CSU expanded its degree offerings to include associate degrees and six new majors and launched the learning partnership program.
CSU offers online Associate’s degrees in:
- Associate in Arts in General Studies: provides a solid foundation in arts and sciences based in composition, mathematics, sciences, humanities, social science, and technology
- Associate in Science:
- Business: develop the ability to learn and apply managerial concepts and theories
- Criminal Justice: theoretical foundations, knowledge, skills, and practices of criminal justice operations
- Fire Science: a comprehensive curriculum of fire prevention and fire protection
- Health Information Science: latest information related to medical coding, medical chart auditing and insurance reimbursement
- Occupational Safety & Health: demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge in safety and health theory and technology necessary to function at the safety and health technician level in the industry
Tuition: $210 per credit hour; $189 per hour for more than 2,500 corporations and organizations CSU has partnered with.
Accreditation: Columbia Southern University is an accredited member of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
5. Baker College
Baker College, founded in 1911, is Michigan’s largest, private, not-for-profit, independent college with 9 campuses and more than 28,000 students. The school has long been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institution of higher education and has been granted the legal authority to operate as a not-for-profit educational corporation by the State of Michigan. In the mid-1990s, they were one of the first colleges to embrace the concept of online classes. Today, their online school is one of America’s largest with over 40 accredited degree programs delivered 100% online, and more than 20,000 students attend online worldwide. With six-week quarters, you can attend college on your own schedule, and earn your degree faster than you might think.
Baker College offers the following Associate’s degrees online:
- Accounting: Associate of Business
- Computer Programming: Associate in Applied Science
- Emergency Services Management: Associate in Applied Science
- General Business: Associate of Business
- Human Resource Management: Associate of Business
- Information Technology/IT Support Specialist: Associate of Applied Science
- Management: Associate of Business
- Marketing: Associate of Business
- Web Development: Associate of Applied Science
Tuition: $230 per credit hour; GoArmyEd Program, Active Military, Guard & Reserve: $165 per credit hour
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission
6. American Public University System (APUS)
American Public University System (APUS) consists of two online universities: American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU). They are 100% online with degree levels: Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s with over 100,000 students enrolled.
In 2002, after ten years of growth and service to thousands of students and hundreds of graduates, AMU expanded into the American Public University System, adding American Public University. APU is designed to extend the system’s outreach to better meet the needs of those interested in public service related programs, such as criminal justice, public safety, national security and other adult learners seeking to advance their education through a robust, online curriculum.
APSU offers an Associate of Arts degree in 13 different programs; an Associate of Science in 8 degree programs and an Associate of Applied Science in one.
Tuition: $250 per credit hour for all undergraduate courses
Accreditation: APSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
7. Minot State University
The city of Minot, located in north central North Dakota – nicknamed the “Magic City” for its phenomenal growth during the early 1900s – is a regional center for commerce, culture, healthcare, agribusiness and industry. The city is home to Minot Air Force Base and is a key service provider in the burgeoning Bakken oil play that’s made North Dakota’s economy one of the strongest in the United States.
MSU offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and several graduate degrees, we’ve positioned ourselves to meet growth in fields such as criminal justice, education, management, nursing, social work, the sciences, energy economics and finance and management information systems. Graduates from their master’s program in speech-language pathology are highly sought after. MSU is an international campus, with students from 28 countries – many from Canada. Nearly all 50 states and several Native American tribes are represented in their student body and faculty.
MSU offers only one online Associate’s degree: Associate of Science in Human Services with a major in Intellectual/Development Disabilities. The university now offers this established program online for individuals looking for careers in leadership, program planning, and service coordination for children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities in programs throughout the nation.
Tuition: $259.76 per credit hour
Accreditation: MSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
8. Charter Oak State
Charter Oak State College is Connecticut’s public online college offering bachelor’s and associate degree completion programs for adults. The college was established in 1973 by the Connecticut legislature. The college offers degree completion programs in a number of high-demand fields including Business, Health Care, Public Safety, Information Systems and more. Students can complete degrees in many concentrations through the exclusive use of affordable and accelerated online courses offered by the college. In other cases, concentrations may be completed by combining Charter Oak’s courses and other sources of credit.
Charter Oak offers an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science online. They are offered in 5-, 8- and 15-week formats, and are developed and taught by faculty who are experts in their fields. A General Studies Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree requires a minimum of 60 total credits. For the degree of Associate in Arts at least 45 of the credits must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences; for the degree of Associate in Science at least 30 of the credits must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Associate degree students must also meet the general education requirements.
Tuition: $263 per credit hour for Connecticut residents and $346 for non-residents
Accreditation: The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education.
9. Ball State University
Four of Ball State‘s Online and Distance Learning Education programs topped almost all their peers in 2015 from U.S. News & World Report. The university’s online degrees in graduate education, master of business administration, and graduate nursing, as well as the overall bachelor’s programs, ranked among the best, according to the national publication. For the third consecutive year, Ball State University has earned four national rankings from U.S. News & World Report in its 2015 list of Best Online Programs for Veterans. Though the Associate’s degree program was not singled out for an award, it is a reflection of the quality of Ball State’s online programs.
BSU, located in Muncie, Indiana, offers an Associate in Arts degree in general arts. This program gives you a great introduction to a general collegiate education. You can take a wide variety of courses from nearly every area of interest. Many of this program’s required courses are also University Core Curriculum required courses. It’s a good option if later you decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree because many of your credits will apply toward fulfilling the requirements of a bachelor’s degree. This course is asynchronous—meaning you do not have to log in to class on particular times or days of the week. Instead, you work at the times most convenient to you.
Tuition: $284 per credit hour up to 11 credit hours for in-state residents; $499 for out-of-state; 12-18 credit hours the cost if a flat rate of $3694 for residents and the same amount plus $215 per credit hour for non-residents
Accreditation: Ball State’s continuing institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was reaffirmed on January 14, 2014, following a two-year self-study process.
10. Rasmussen College
When Walter Rasmussen founded Rasmussen College at the turn of the century to meet the needs of a growing business class, the world was a different place. This college was founded in 1900 in St. Paul, Minnesota as an innovator in education, bringing practical, career-focused education to the classroom. Today, the Rasmussen College community includes 24 campuses and more than 40 diverse online degree programs available to students around the globe.
Rasmussen offers online Associate’s degree programs through these schools:
- School of Health Science: Health Information and Pharmacy Technician
- School of Business: Accounting, Marketing, Business Management and Human Resources
- School of Design: Graphic Design
- School of Education: Early Childhood Development
- School of Justice Studies: Paralegal and Human Justice
- School of Technology: Information Technology Management, Web Programming and Software Application Development
Tuition: $299 per credit hour for full time and $310 for part time students
Accreditation: By the Higher Learning Commission: an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
11. Drury University
Drury University started small, in a single building. When classes began in 1873, the campus occupied less than 1½ acres. Twenty-five years later the 40-acre campus included Stone Chapel, the President’s House and three academic buildings. Today, there is an 90-acre campus, including the original site, but with facilities not envisioned by the founders. And we doubt the founders envisioned the learning institution becoming ranked No. 8 on the list of best regional universities in the Midwest in 2015, a category U.S. News & World Report officially names “Best Regional Universities-Midwest.” Additionally, Drury is ranked No. 1 in the Midwest on the U.S. News “Great Schools, Great Prices” list and is ranked No. 3 on its 2015 “Best Colleges for Veterans” list. Also, Drury has been named a Barron’s Best Buy in College Education. These are only a handful of the accolades the school has received in recent years.
Launched in 1999, Drury University’s online courses provide the opportunity for a close relationship between faculty members and online students through regular electronic communication and virtual interactions. Currently, they offer 9 online Associate of Science degree programs in General Studies to Law Enforcement. The complete list is available at this link.
Tuition: $299 per credit hour
Accreditation: It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
12. Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University is a private institution that was founded in 1932. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,103, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 338 acres. The school, based in Manchester, offers a variety of options for students to complete a degree. Undergraduates have more than 100 degree programs to choose from. In addition to traditional day courses, SNHU also offers evening and weekend schedules, online programs and courses that combine online and classroom learning. The school boasts world-class student services, including an online bookstore, online library, tutoring and 24/7 tech support, all developed specifically with the busy adult learner in mind.
Their online degree programs are designed to help you pursue your goals in a way that works for your busy life. You can study completely online or in a blended format that combines online courses with on-campus courses at a Southern New Hampshire University Regional Center. To enhance the experience, students are assigned a new student advisor to ensure that you are ready for your first class; that you understand the classroom technology and all of the course requirements; and to make sure your system is ready to take classes online.
SNHU offers online Associate’s degrees in these fields of study:
- Criminal Justice
- History and Liberal Arts
- Information Technology
- Marketing, Retailing & Social Media
Tuition: $320 per credit hour or $960 per course; Active Military and their spouses: $225 per hour or $675 per course
Accreditation: Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).
13. Chaminade University of Honolulu
Chaminade University of Honolulu was founded in 1955 under the guidance of five Marianists eager to establish a Catholic institution of higher education in Hawai`i. Initially, Chaminade started out as a two-year college, St. Louis Junior College, and welcomed thirty young men to the inaugural class. Within two years, the school expanded to a four-year, co-educational intuition and changed its name to Chaminade College in honor of Father William Joseph Chaminade, the founder of the Society of Mary (Marianists). In 1977, the university finalized its evolution, adding graduate programs to become Chaminade University of Honolulu. Currently, 23 undergraduate degrees and 7 graduate programs are available.
The Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) administers the PACE Undergraduate Programs and the PACE Graduate Programs. The PACE programs are designed for working professionals and busy adults seeking to enhance their skill set, finish a degree program or pursue a new career. The school also offers several degrees that can be completed entirely online – their 10-week accelerated terms—beginning in January, April, July, and October—help students complete their degree faster. They offer 4 online Associate’s degrees: Business Administration, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, and Liberal Arts.
Tuition: $320 per credit hour; $240 per hour for all valid military ID card holders (Active Duty, DoD Civilian, Family Member, National Guard, Reservist and Retired).
Accreditation: It is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
14. Colorado Technical University
Colorado Technical University (CTU) is a for-profit university in the United States. Founded in 1965, it started with two military men who wanted to help U.S. Veterans transition back to civilian life more easily through education. Richard Davis was a Colonel and a pilot. Robert Turkisher was a Major and a navigator. He was also our founder and first president. The school was established as Colorado Technical College, with a focus on training former military personnel in technical and vocational subjects. In 1995, the institution gained university status, changed its name to Colorado Technical University and introduced their online school. In 2009, just nine years after implementing our online degree programs, CTU’s Virtual Campus was named “Best of the Best” in the Computerworld Honors program in the Academia and Education Category.
CTU offers five different online Associate’s degrees:
- Associate of Science in Accounting
- Associate of Science in Business Administration
- Associate of Science in Electronics Technology
- Associate of Science in Health Administration Services
- Associate of Science in Information Technology
Tuition: $320 per credit hour for all undergraduate degrees; $210 for Active Duty, Reserve & National Guard
Accreditation: Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; it’s also a Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) member and is accredited by a CHEA-recognized accrediting organization.
15. Granite State College
Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Concord, Granite State College is one of the four institutions of the University System of New Hampshire. The primary focus of the college is to serve as the system’s choice institution for adults and other college students who value an accessible and affordable education, delivered at local campuses and online.
In 2014, Granite State College garnered recognition from U.S. News and World Report in their compilation of the “Best Online Degree Programs”, ranking 48th for bachelor’s degrees and 73rd for online graduate business degrees. In both categories, GSC is the top college or university in New Hampshire to achieve this honor. In addition, Granite State College achieved a top 5 national ranking in the Washington Monthly 2013 liberal arts college rankings for “Social Mobility,” securing the #1 spot in New England. Nationally, GSC is the second-highest ranked public institution.
Granite State offers Associate’s degrees in: General Studies, General Studies/Education Concentration, Business, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Behavioral Science, and Early Childhood Education.
Tuition: $325 per credit hour
Accreditation: The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
16. Troy University
Troy University’s tradition of teaching excellence dates to its founding on February 26, 1887, when an act of the Alabama Legislature established Troy State Normal School as an institution to train teachers for Alabama’s schools. Joseph Macon Dill was the institution’s first president. In 1893, the school was renamed Troy State Normal College. In 1929, it became Troy State Teacher’s College until 1957 when the name “Teacher’s ” was dropped. In 1967, the name was changed to Troy State University by the governor of Alabama. In April of 2004 the Board of Trustees voted to drop “State” from the University’s name.
Troy’s online learning program is referred to as eTroy. The school uses the Blackboard Learning Management System, which makes it simple for anyone to learn, no matter their technical experience. Students participate in online discussions, take online assessments, and have valuable opportunities to collaborate with both the instructor and fellow classmates.
eTroy offers 21 Associate’s degrees in areas as diverse as their Associate of Science in General Education-Aviation Operations to Associate of Science in General Science-Geography.
Tuition: $326 per credit hour; $250 for Active Military, National Guard and Reservists
Accreditation: It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
17. Shorter University
Founded in 1873 and located in Rome, Georgia, Shorter University is a private, liberal arts college with a legacy of academic excellence and a dynamic Christian heritage. Shorter University is a Georgia Baptist Institution. Ranked as one of the “Top 20 Southern Comprehensive Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report since 2002 and as a “Best in the Southeast” and a “Best Value College” by The Princeton Review, Shorter University offers undergraduate liberal arts programs, specialized professional programs, and select graduate programs in business.
The Shorter University Online Degree Department is a delivery mechanism for Shorter University’s overall goals of providing a Christ Centered Critical Thinking atmosphere for students and the community in which we operate. The Online Degree Department is involved in the constant and vigilant search for new prospective students who wish to further not only their education, but to grow spiritually in Christ’s love which will allow them to impact their own communities positively.
Shorter offers five online Associate’s degrees in: Criminal Justice, Sport Management, Christian Studies, General Studies, and Business.
Tuition: $350 per credit hour
Accreditation: The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters.
18. Missouri Valley College
Founded by Presbyterians in 1889, Missouri Valley College is a private, coeducational, career-oriented, liberal arts college with growing national and international outreach, a destination for students from all fifty states and forty foreign countries. Located in America’s heartland, Missouri Valley College today is a vibrant center of higher learning with growing national and global outreach, a destination for students from all fifty states and some forty foreign countries. Its beginnings can be traced to 1726, when the Reverend William Tennant opened the Log College in Pennsylvania with plans to found dozens of other Presbyterian colleges along the way as pioneers settled the continent. Among them now are Princeton, Davidson, Westminster, and Missouri Valley College.
A major milestone was marked in 2011 when, for the first time in its history, Missouri Valley College was authorized to grant degrees on the graduate level. A Master of Arts in Community Counseling was formally approved by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Missouri Valley offers one Associate’s degree program for with a dual interest in computers and medical sciences have a perfect career choice in Health Information Systems (HIS), also known as health information management (HIM). Graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in HIS will continue to be on the front lines of implementing this emerging technology.
Tuition: $350 per credit hour
Accreditation: By the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
19. Campbell University
Campbell University began in 1887 as a small academy in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Since then, Buies Creek Academy has evolved to become Campbell Junior College (1926), Campbell College (1961), and Campbell University (1979). Campbell University has been associated with the military since 1976 and involved in online offerings since 1999.
Campbell University’s Online Education program was established as a pilot program in 1999. The program originated at the Camp Lejeune Campus and became a separate program in 2004, relocating to the Main Campus. During this time, their faculty members polished and perfected the delivery of online courses. In fact, most Campbell University faculty members have been with the school on average 5-10 years and have served other campuses across the University.
Campbell currently offers online Associate’s degrees in these areas of study: Business Administration, Information Technology Management, and IT Security. These Associate degrees will be added soon: Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Behavioral Sciences, and Religion.
Tuition: $370 per credit hour; $390 for 2015-16; Active Military $275 (no increase for 2015-16)
Accreditation: By the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, Education Specialist, and Doctorate degrees
20. Kaplan University
This school sprang from humble beginnings in 1937 as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC) in Davenport, Iowa. In 1938, Stanley H. Kaplan started as a small business offering tutoring services to immigrant families eager to expand their opportunities in America and improve their education. In 2001, AIC (which had recently been renamed Quest College) became Kaplan College. It was in this year that 34 students were enrolled to take all of their courses exclusively online. In July 2003, Kaplan College began offering bachelor’s degree programs online in areas like paralegal studies, information technology, criminal justice, and more. In 2004, upon receiving approval to offer master’s degrees in education, the school was officially renamed Kaplan University, raising the bar for its academic offerings.
Kaplan University not only offers online programs, but campus-based, and blended programs in fields such as social and behavioral sciences, business, criminal justice, education, health sciences, information systems and technology, legal studies, and nursing. Students can earn associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees as well as certificates and diplomas. There are 12 Associate’s degrees offered online; most can be completed within 2 years.
Tuition: $371 per credit hour; Military students should refer to the U.S. Military Service Members and Military Veterans tuition documents
Accreditation: Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
21. Liberty University
In 1971, Pastor Jerry Falwell, Sr. challenged his congregation at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va. to establish a Christian college whose students would “go out in all walks of life to impact this world for God.” Soon after, Lynchburg Baptist College became a reality. By 1985, the school had become recognized as a fully accredited university, adding programs and garnering recognition from both mainstream culture and the world of academia. Liberty also pioneered a distance learning program that year, launching what is now known as Liberty University Online.
Liberty University is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 beautiful acres in Lynchburg, VA, Liberty offers over 450 programs from the certificate to the doctoral level. There are currently 13 Associate of Arts degrees available online.
Tuition: $375 per credit hour for full-time students; $435 for part-time
Accreditation: Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor, master, specialist and doctoral degrees.
22. Maranatha Baptist University
Maranatha was established by Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm and his wife, Thelma when they raised $150,000 to purchase a campus now valued at $18 million from the Brothers of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. The first payment was made June 1, 1968. The College, located in Watertown, Wisconsin, opened just three months later, on September 10, with 173 students and 27 faculty members. Maranatha awarded degrees to 13 students on May 31, 1969. In December of 2013, Maranatha announced its official name change to Maranatha Baptist University, reflecting the academic quality and variety that it had in place for several decades.
Maranatha’s online courses are designed to keep students motivated and move through classes, are taught in 8-week, 12-week, and 16-week cycles. Although students can frequently work ahead on assignments, regular deadlines (similar to a class structure) help them stay focused on the current discussion and keep students moving through the content as a group and not an individual.
The school offers six Associate’s degrees: Bible/Ministry, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Digital Media, Health Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Tuition: $376 per credit hour; Senior Citizens (55+) receive a 50% discount
23. Franklin Pierce University
The main campus in Rindge, New Hampshire, is situated on over 1,200 wooded acres on the shore of Pearly Lake near the base of Mount Monadnock. Franklin Pierce University also operates the College of Graduate and Professional Studies centers in Lebanon, Portsmouth and Manchester Online. The College of Graduate and Professional Studies has been serving the education needs of adult students for 40 years. It has also coordinated a number of online academic programs and courses through the Franklin Pierce online site. Their professional staff and faculty are trained in online course development to provide a robust setting for online interaction and learning, according to their website.
Franklin Pierce University meets the challenges of work, family, and other responsibilities by offering a vast selection of online programs from associate’s to doctoral. At the Associate’s degree level it has the following areas of study:
- Criminal Justice
- General Studies
- Human Services
Tuition: $380 per credit hour
Accreditation: It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
24. New England College
Physically located in Henniker, New Hampshire, New England College (NEC) was established in 1946. The school is a private, non-profit college dedicated to providing exceptional education for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students from all over the world. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier of baccalaureate colleges in the north, New England College prepares students in a manner that is robust, thorough and engaging, according to their website.
Students enrolled in the various online undergraduate degree programs are immersed in an open, inviting learning environment where they are part of a larger academic community. Through the technology and support services of University Alliance, these programs offer an opportunity to experience the same comprehensive, high-quality curricula and student-focused approach to education as traditional on-campus students.
NEC offers Associate of Arts in: Business Administration, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Sociology. Also offered online are the Associate of Science in Human Services and Healthcare Administration.
Tuition: $395 per credit hour; NEC’s standard tuition rate of $1580 per 4-credit course is reduced to $750 for Active Duty Military, including Reservists and Guardsmen
Accreditation: The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), the nation’s oldest accrediting association.
25. Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, Eastern has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth.
The Kentucky General Assembly of 1906 enacted legislation establishing the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Governor J.C. Beckham signed the bill into law on March 21, 1906. In 1922, Eastern became a four-year institution known as the Eastern Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College. The first degrees were awarded by this institution in 1925. In 1935, a graduate program was approved at Eastern, leading to the Master of Arts degree in Education. In 1948, the General Assembly removed the word “Teachers” from the name of the college and granted the college the right to award nonprofessional degrees.
EKU offers Associate’s degree in: General Studies, Paralegal/Paralegal Science, Police Studies, and Science Paramedicine; Paralegal is a partially online program with a residency requirement.
Tuition: $400 per credit hour
Accreditation: The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.