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Complete Guide to an Online Associate Degree

Check out our extensive list of accredited online associate degrees, which 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. Below these degrees, students can see three schools with high degree offerings in each subject.

The all-inclusive list of online associate programs below will provide students with crucial information about their field. Accreditations, graduate numbers, and annual salary are shown in addition to online school counts and online program counts for each subject.

Our list of highlighted non-profit schools can provide even more assistance in choosing an online school and program. Schools that made this list offer the highest number of online associate degrees, such as State University of New York with 162 online associate degrees.

Popular Online Associate Degrees

These are the 6 most researched online associate degrees on our site and the schools that offer the most online program options for each subject.

A | B | C | E | F | G | H | I | J | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | V | W
A Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Accounting Schools 47 Degree Programs 64 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP Graduates 1,998
Art & Design Schools 21 Degree Programs 36 Accreditation NASAD Graduates 3,068
B Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Biology Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 849
Business Schools 23 Degree Programs 61 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP Graduates 17,609
C Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
CAD/Computer Aided Drafting Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 2,514
Communications Studies Schools 7 Degree Programs 10 Accreditation ACEJMC Graduates 340
Computer Science Schools 15 Degree Programs 26 Accreditation ABET Graduates 11,174
Construction Management Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Accreditation ACCE, ATMAE Graduates 133
Counseling Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation ACPE Graduates 77
Criminal Justice Schools 59 Degree Programs 106 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 7,181
E Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Early Childhood Education Schools 25 Degree Programs 33 Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC Graduates 6,276
Economics Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Accreditation AACSB Graduates 460
Education Schools 24 Degree Programs 41 Accreditation CAEP, CEA, MSA-CESS, NCATE Graduates 1,942
Electrical Engineering Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Accreditation ABET Graduates 4,611
Engineering Schools 18 Degree Programs 34 Accreditation ABET Graduates 16,861
English Schools 9 Degree Programs 13 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 1,051
Environmental Studies Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 171
F Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Finance Schools 6 Degree Programs 7 Accreditation AACSB Graduates 93
Fire Science Schools 10 Degree Programs 13 Accreditation FESHE Graduates 1,483
Forensic Science Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation AAFS Graduates 351
G Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Graphic Design Schools 11 Degree Programs 17 Accreditation NASAD Graduates 1,421
H Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Healthcare Schools 51 Degree Programs 86 Accreditation LCME Graduates 3,747
Healthcare Administration Schools 41 Degree Programs 59 Accreditation CAHME Graduates 1,714
Healthcare Information Systems Schools 15 Degree Programs 17 Accreditation CAHIM, CAHME Graduates 13,006
Healthcare Management Schools 16 Degree Programs 22 Accreditation CAHME Graduates 564
History Schools 13 Degree Programs 19 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 861
Hospitality Management Schools 7 Degree Programs 13 Accreditation ACPHA Graduates 437
Human Resources Schools 11 Degree Programs 12 Accreditation AACSB Graduates 902
Human Services Schools 25 Degree Programs 44 Accreditation CACREP Graduates 16,477
I Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Information Technology Schools 47 Degree Programs 105 Accreditation ABET Graduates 929
Interior Design Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation NASAD Graduates 1,626
J Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Journalism Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Accreditation ACEJMC Graduates 370
L Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Landscape Design Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Accreditation LAAB Graduates 56
Law Schools 18 Degree Programs 18 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 360
Liberal Studies Schools 79 Degree Programs 161 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 6,713
M Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Management Schools 52 Degree Programs 79 Accreditation AACSB Graduates 59,918
Marketing Schools 19 Degree Programs 25 Accreditation AACSB Graduates 3,044
Mathematics Schools 4 Degree Programs 7 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 1,689
Mechanical Engineering Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation ABET Graduates 1,290
Medical Assistant Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Accreditation ABHES Graduates 854
Medical Billing & Coding Schools 11 Degree Programs 13 Accreditation ABHES Graduates 3,222
Music Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Accreditation NASM Graduates 1,524
N Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Network Administration Schools 9 Degree Programs 11 Accreditation ABET Graduates 2,184
Nursing Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Accreditation CCNE, NLNAC Graduates 12,746
O Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Occupational Therapy Assistant Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation AOTA Graduates 265
Organizational Leadership Schools 6 Degree Programs 7 Accreditation AACSB Graduates 98
P Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Paralegal Schools 22 Degree Programs 29 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 9,341
Personal Training Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 532
Pharmacy Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Accreditation ACPE Graduates 2,589
Pharmacy Technician Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Accreditation ACPE, ASHP Graduates 618
Philosophy Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 109
Phlebotomy Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation NAACLS Graduates 35
Photography Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 318
Physical Therapy Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation APTA Graduates 452
Physics Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation CAMPEP Graduates 348
Political Science Schools 5 Degree Programs 6 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 524
Project Management Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation AACSB Graduates 688
Psychology Schools 17 Degree Programs 22 Accreditation APA Graduates 5,574
Public Health Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation CEPH Graduates 55
R Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Religious Studies Schools 12 Degree Programs 15 Accreditation ACPE Graduates 756
Respiratory Therapy Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation CoARC Graduates 996
S Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Social Work Schools 5 Degree Programs 6 Accreditation CACREP, CSWE Graduates 537
Sports Management Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 444
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Accreditation CACREP Graduates 1,539
T Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Teaching Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation TEAC Graduates 1,942
V Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Veterinary Technician Schools 5 Degree Programs 8 Accreditation AVMA COE Graduates 519
Video Game Design Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 824
Vocational Schools 12 Degree Programs 14 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 26,926
W Online Schools Programs Accreditation Graduates
Web Design Schools 10 Degree Programs 11 Accreditation Institutional Graduates 1,996

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 (162)

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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)

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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