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Complete Guide to an Online Associate Degree

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Our extensive list of accredited online associate degrees includes over 171 online schools and 1,455 online programs. Our popular degrees section represents our six most researched associate degrees: business, engineering, healthcare, medical billing and coding, nursing, and social work.

This page also includes accreditations, graduate numbers, and annual salary in addition to online school counts and online program counts for each subject. We also offer a list of highlighted non-profit schools, which includes State University of New York with 162 online associate degrees.

A | B | C | E | F | G | H | I | J | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | V | W
A Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Accounting Schools 44 Degree Programs 58 Graduates 1,956 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Art & Design Schools 24 Degree Programs 41 Graduates 3,068 Accreditation NASAD
B Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Biology Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 833 Accreditation Institutional
Business Schools 29 Degree Programs 76 Graduates 17,128 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
C Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
CAD/Computer Aided Drafting Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 2,541 Accreditation Institutional
Child Psychology Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates --- Accreditation APA
Communications Studies Schools 8 Degree Programs 11 Graduates 322 Accreditation ACEJMC
Computer Science Schools 19 Degree Programs 36 Graduates 11,174 Accreditation ABET
Construction Management Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Graduates 133 Accreditation ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 77 Accreditation ACPE
Criminal Justice Schools 59 Degree Programs 105 Graduates 6,802 Accreditation Institutional
E Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Early Childhood Education Schools 22 Degree Programs 30 Graduates 6,276 Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC
Economics Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Graduates 460 Accreditation AACSB
Education Schools 22 Degree Programs 53 Graduates 1,942 Accreditation CAEP, CEA, MSA-CESS, NCATE
Electrical Engineering Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Graduates 4,619 Accreditation ABET
Engineering Schools 16 Degree Programs 30 Graduates 16,861 Accreditation ABET
English Schools 11 Degree Programs 15 Graduates 1,051 Accreditation Institutional
Environmental Studies Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 133 Accreditation Institutional
F Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Finance Schools 8 Degree Programs 9 Graduates 100 Accreditation AACSB
Fire Science Schools 6 Degree Programs 8 Graduates 1,303 Accreditation FESHE
Forensic Science Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Graduates 351 Accreditation AAFS
G Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Graphic Design Schools 13 Degree Programs 19 Graduates 1,625 Accreditation NASAD
H Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Healthcare Schools 45 Degree Programs 82 Graduates 3,747 Accreditation LCME
Healthcare Administration Schools 41 Degree Programs 56 Graduates 1,523 Accreditation CAHME
Healthcare Information Systems Schools 19 Degree Programs 23 Graduates 13,006 Accreditation CAHIM, CAHME
Healthcare Management Schools 20 Degree Programs 22 Graduates 564 Accreditation CAHME
History Schools 14 Degree Programs 17 Graduates 861 Accreditation Institutional
Hospitality Management Schools 8 Degree Programs 12 Graduates 427 Accreditation ACPHA
Human Resources Schools 11 Degree Programs 12 Graduates 902 Accreditation AACSB
Human Services Schools 18 Degree Programs 34 Graduates 16,477 Accreditation CACREP
I Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Information Technology Schools 53 Degree Programs 108 Graduates 1,331 Accreditation ABET
Interior Design Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 1,626 Accreditation NASAD
J Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Journalism Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 370 Accreditation ACEJMC
L Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Landscape Design Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Graduates 73 Accreditation LAAB
Law Schools 22 Degree Programs 22 Graduates 360 Accreditation Institutional
Liberal Studies Schools 82 Degree Programs 166 Graduates 6,707 Accreditation Institutional
M Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Management Schools 64 Degree Programs 102 Graduates 59,918 Accreditation AACSB
Marketing Schools 19 Degree Programs 25 Graduates 3,044 Accreditation AACSB
Mathematics Schools 3 Degree Programs 6 Graduates 1,689 Accreditation Institutional
Mechanical Engineering Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 1,290 Accreditation ABET
Medical Assistant Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 772 Accreditation ABHES
Medical Billing & Coding Schools 15 Degree Programs 16 Graduates 3,222 Accreditation ABHES
Music Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 1,524 Accreditation NASM
N Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Network Administration Schools 13 Degree Programs 15 Graduates 2,184 Accreditation ABET
Nursing Schools 8 Degree Programs 9 Graduates 12,366 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC
O Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Organizational Leadership Schools 7 Degree Programs 8 Graduates 98 Accreditation AACSB
P Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Paralegal Schools 26 Degree Programs 31 Graduates 9,341 Accreditation ABA
Personal Training Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 532 Accreditation Institutional
Pharmacy Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 2,589 Accreditation ACPE
Pharmacy Technician Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 607 Accreditation ACPE, ASHP
Philosophy Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 109 Accreditation Institutional
Phlebotomy Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 35 Accreditation NAACLS
Photography Schools 2 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 310 Accreditation Institutional
Physics Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 348 Accreditation CAMPEP
Political Science Schools 5 Degree Programs 6 Graduates 524 Accreditation Institutional
Project Management Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 688 Accreditation AACSB
Psychology Schools 19 Degree Programs 25 Graduates 5,574 Accreditation APA
Public Health Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 55 Accreditation CEPH
R Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Religious Studies Schools 15 Degree Programs 19 Graduates 756 Accreditation ACPE
Respiratory Therapy Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 920 Accreditation CoARC
S Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Social Work Schools 5 Degree Programs 6 Graduates 423 Accreditation CACREP, CSWE
Sports Management Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Graduates 444 Accreditation Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 2 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 1,539 Accreditation CACREP
T Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Teaching Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 1,942 Accreditation TEAC
V Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Veterinary Technician Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Graduates 345 Accreditation AVMA COE
Video Game Design Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 824 Accreditation Institutional
Vocational Schools 8 Degree Programs 10 Graduates 26,926 Accreditation Institutional
W Online Schools Programs Graduates Accreditation
Web Design Schools 9 Degree Programs 11 Graduates 1,996 Accreditation Institutional

The number of graduates includes students from both online and campus programs from the most recent year, as reported by the National Center for Educational Statistics.

Non-Profit Schools Offering the Most Online Associate Degrees

All schools included in our highlighted list offer the most online associate degrees in addition to being non-profit and regionally accredited. Schools such as Darton State College and College of Southern Nevada have over 30 online associate degree options. For consideration in our highlighted list, schools needed to meet the following guidelines:

  • Non-profit status
  • At least 20 online associate degrees
  • Regional accreditation
  • Strong student support services

These schools were ordered by descending online associate degree counts.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,435 - $18,464
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

With more than 330 online degrees, the State University of New York Online offers programs at the doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s, associate, and certificate levels. Its overall low net price falls into the bottom 25% in terms of affordability among all online colleges. Associate degrees are available in business administration, business technology, small business management, retail business management, tourism and hospitality management, entrepreneurship, fashion business, health information technology, health science, human services, clinical laboratory technician, medical administrative assistance, chemical dependency counseling, and more. Students can take advantage of SUNY’s Smart Track program, a collection of resources designed to help students understand the costs associated with college and help them to develop a financial plan for their education. Academic advising is also available.

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Online Associate Degrees (181)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (53)

Online Master's Degrees (74)

Online Doctorate Degrees (2)

Online Certificate Programs (95)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,021
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Approximately 1,800 students pursue an online degree at Darton State College each year. With more than 60 available distance learning degrees and annual tuition that is less than $15,000, it is not only one of the most diverse but also one of the most affordable online learning institutions as well. Federal and state financial aid awards are available as well as scholarships and work opportunities that include institutional work options, job placement, and federal work-study programs. Associate programs include an Associate of Science in medical laboratory technology, histotechnology, and health information technology. Also available are an Associate of Science Cancer Registry Management Program and an Associate of Applied Science in paralegal studies.

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Online Associate Degrees (43)

Online Certificate Programs (19)

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,008
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

The College of Southern Nevada is accredited by the NWCCU and offers 45 online degrees at the certificate, bachelor’s, and associate levels. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and student services include academic counseling and career services. The school offers fully accredited online degrees in an eLearning format, including an Associate of General Studies and an Associate of Business. Associate of Arts degrees are available in special education, sociology, secondary education, psychology, international languages, history, general transfer, English, elementary education, early childhood education, criminal justice, and communication. Those seeking an Associate of Applied Science can choose from a degree in small business management, ophthalmic dispensing technician, criminal justice and law enforcement, business management, and accounting.

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Online Associate Degrees (33)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (11)

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Excelsior College29 Degrees
  • Annual Tuition: $17,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Approximately 39,900 students are enrolled in Excelsior College’s online programs, making it one of the most popular online educational institutions in the country. It is regionally accredited by the MSCHE and boasts more than 185 different online degrees. The school offers an Associate in Science in Business, an Associate in Applied Science in Administrative and Management Studies, an Associate in Science in Liberal Arts (Human Services), an Associate in Science in Liberal Arts, an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts, an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing and an Associate in Science in Nursing. Several online technology degrees are also offered, including an Associate in Science in Technology or an Associate in Applied Science in Technical Studies with concentrations in power plant technologies, nuclear technologies, electronic/instrumentation technologies, electromechanical technologies and computer technologies.

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Online Associate Degrees (29)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (87)

Online Master's Degrees (57)

Online Certificate Programs (12)

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,420
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Herkimer County Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. There are more than 3,200 students who are eligible to pursue online degrees at the certificate and associate levels, and Herkimer is one of the most affordable in the country for distance learners seeking to further their education. Associate degrees are offered in a variety of industries, including liberal arts and sciences, business, healthcare, criminal justice, and engineering. Degree options include human services, health services management technology, paralegal, cybersecurity, criminal justice, crime and intelligence analysis, travel and events management, small business management, quality assurance business, marketing, human resource management, business administration, and accounting. Each student is assigned an advisor who is responsible for assisting students in planning their degrees.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,656
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Mohave Community College offers 28 different online degrees at the associate levels. The school is accredited by the NCACSTHLC, and the tuition is affordable. Work study programs, loans, grants, and scholarships are available, and the school also offers a flexible payment plan. The online associate degrees offered by MCC transfer to 19 different universities, all of which offer distance learning-based bachelor’s degrees. The courses are fully interactive, and online student services specialists, librarians, and advisors are available for assistance as needed. Associate degrees include paralegal (synchronous online and online), social studies, social and behavioral science, liberal arts, history, English, computer graphics and web design, chemical dependency studies (synchronous online and online), business and entrepreneurship, bookkeeping, business administration, business and entrepreneurship, accounting, and administration of justice.

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Online Associate Degrees (28)

Online Certificate Programs (14)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Lansing Community College is an affordable institution that offers several online course options for students seeking an associate degree. Founded in 1957, it is regionally accredited by the NCACSTHLC. Students can pursue an Associate in Arts degree in several concentrations such as Spanish, sociology, psychology, interdisciplinary humanities, criminal justice, and art history. Associate in Business degrees are also offered in e-business and computer programming/analyst. Students will use the school’s Desire2Learn program, and online student services are provided, including disability support, an assessment center, and academic advising. Federal financial aid, grants, and scholarships may also help students to lower their out-of-pocket tuition costs, and some students who meet basic eligibility requirements may be entitled to receive off- and on-campus employment opportunities to help them with educational expenses.

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Online Associate Degrees (26)

Online Certificate Programs (15)

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,260
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

South Texas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS COC). The school’s exceptional financial aid and scholarship opportunities mean that the average tuition cost is lower than approximately 75% of all online schools, and more than 5,000 flock to the school each year to pursue an online degree. Most online Associate of Arts degrees offered by the university range between 60 and 61 credit hours, and Applied Associate degrees consist of specific technical course electives and requirements as well as general education classes. Associate degrees offered at South Texas College include accounting, social work, psychology, sociology, interdisciplinary studies, human resources specialist, English, education, criminal justice, computer science, computer information systems, business administration, anthropology, and language and cultural studies with a concentration in Spanish. Students also have several resources at their disposal, including Smarthinking, where students will have 24-hour access to online tutoring without any additional software installation or fees. Live, on-demand tutors are available to answer questions or assist students in the degree they are pursuing. Subjects that are supported include nursing and allied health, business, Spanish, English, science, mathematics, and writing.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,186
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Approximately 4% of Columbus State Community College’s students are awarded an average of $4,674 in financial aid each year. The school is accredited by the NCACSTHLC, and both certificate and associate degrees are available online. Military members may also enjoy additional benefits for their service, including credits for military training, personal support advisors, and discounted tuition. All course requirements for the school’s online associate degrees are available in a blended/hybrid or web-only format, but some courses may require laboratory or clinic visits. Students can choose from an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Applied Science in several degrees, including supply chain management, retail management major, nursing, marketing, interactive media, health information management technology, geographic information systems, finance, direct marketing major, digital photography, digital design and graphics, criminal justice major, corrections major, and business management major. However, those interested in pursuing coursework online from Columbus State Community College should be aware that changes in state regulations for online degrees no longer allow the school to accept applications for online distance learners from several states, including Wyoming, North Dakota, Missouri, Minnesota, Maryland, Indiana, Arkansas, and Alaska.

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Online Certificate Programs (43)

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,482
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Offering more than 60 online degrees, approximately 650 students are attracted to Northwest Technical College’s distance learning program each year. On average, students receive $4,400 of financial aid annually, and the school is accredited by the NCACSTHLC. Northwest Technical College partners with Distance Minnesota in order to provide its students with online degrees, and options include an Associate of Applied Science in several industries such as administrative assistant, accounting, sales and marketing management, supervisory management, individualized studies, education, medical business office management, medical coding, health sciences broad field, nursing with an LPN step-in track, nursing with a generic track, liberal arts and sciences, science and technology, and law, public safety, and security.

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