Complete Guide to Online Certificate Programs

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Our extensive list of accredited online certificate programs includes 466 online schools and 5,210 online certificate programs. Our popular programs section represents our 5 most researched certificate programs: physical therapy, occupational therapy assistant, dental assistant, veterinary technician, and healthcare.

We also offer a list of highlighted non-profit schools, which includes University of California - Los Angeles with 66 online certificates and diplomas.

Not looking for a certificate? Check out our similar pages for associate, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees.

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A Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Accounting Schools 72 Degree Programs 128 Annual Salary $140,698 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Agriculture Schools 15 Degree Programs 31 Annual Salary $99,654 Accreditation Institutional
Anthropology Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Architecture Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $84,913 Accreditation NAAB
Art & Design Schools 50 Degree Programs 70 Annual Salary $93,106 Accreditation NASAD
Aviation Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $102,874 Accreditation AABI
B Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Biology Schools 16 Degree Programs 24 Annual Salary $171,213 Accreditation Institutional
Business Schools 15 Degree Programs 74 Annual Salary $121,347 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
C Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
CAD/Computer Aided Drafting Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $99,217 Accreditation Institutional
Child Development Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $121,386 Accreditation APA
Christian Counseling Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $87,853 Accreditation ACPE
Civil Engineering Schools 11 Degree Programs 16 Annual Salary $121,849 Accreditation ABET
Communications Schools 55 Degree Programs 92 Annual Salary $106,474 Accreditation ACEJMC
Computer Science Schools 46 Degree Programs 142 Annual Salary $126,884 Accreditation ABET
Conflict Resolution Schools 18 Degree Programs 23 Annual Salary $112,908 Accreditation Institutional
Construction Management Schools 16 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $116,595 Accreditation ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling Schools 66 Degree Programs 99 Annual Salary $12,888 Accreditation CACREP
Creative Writing Schools 6 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Criminal Justice Schools 66 Degree Programs 118 Annual Salary $98,655 Accreditation Institutional
Criminology Schools 6 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Cyber Security Schools 28 Degree Programs 39 Annual Salary $98,875 Accreditation Institutional
D Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Dental Assistant Schools 6 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $110,272 Accreditation CODA
E Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Early Childhood Education Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC
Economics Schools 11 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $163,497 Accreditation AACSB
Education Schools 10 Degree Programs 26 Annual Salary $70,379 Accreditation CAEP, CEA, NCATE
Educational Leadership Schools 111 Degree Programs 221 Annual Salary $65,346 Accreditation NCATE
Electrical Engineering Schools 14 Degree Programs 27 Annual Salary $153,638 Accreditation ABET
Elementary Education Schools 38 Degree Programs 54 Annual Salary $60,033 Accreditation CAEP, NCATE, TEAC
Emergency Management Schools 34 Degree Programs 41 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Engineering Schools 105 Degree Programs 460 Annual Salary $138,045 Accreditation ABET
English Schools 25 Degree Programs 30 Annual Salary $129,197 Accreditation Institutional
Environmental Science Schools 56 Degree Programs 90 Annual Salary $114,944 Accreditation Institutional
ESL Schools 74 Degree Programs 103 Annual Salary $76,860 Accreditation CEA, NCATE
F Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Fashion Schools 7 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary $101,216 Accreditation Institutional
Finance Schools 57 Degree Programs 100 Annual Salary $150,941 Accreditation AACSB
Fire Science Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $98,875 Accreditation Institutional
Forensic Accounting Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Forensic Psychology Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation APA
Forensic Science Schools 18 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $98,875 Accreditation AAFS
G Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Geographic Information Systems Schools 31 Degree Programs 44 Annual Salary $99,983 Accreditation Institutional
Graphic Design Schools 12 Degree Programs 13 Annual Salary $78,098 Accreditation NASAD
Gunsmithing Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
H Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Health Education Schools 32 Degree Programs 42 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation NCATE
Healthcare Administration Schools 9 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $100,191 Accreditation CAHME
Healthcare Information Systems Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $110,272 Accreditation CAHIIM, CAHME
Healthcare Management Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CAHME
Homeland Security Schools 48 Degree Programs 67 Annual Salary $98,875 Accreditation Institutional
Hospitality Management Schools 23 Degree Programs 67 Annual Salary $104,783 Accreditation ACPHA
Human Resources Schools 79 Degree Programs 121 Annual Salary $139,507 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Human Services Schools 6 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $98,269 Accreditation CACREP
HVAC Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
I Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Information Technology Schools 7 Degree Programs 17 Annual Salary $101,575 Accreditation ABET
Interior Design Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $92,218 Accreditation NASAD
J Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Journalism Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $116,417 Accreditation ACEJMC
L Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Landscape Design Schools 8 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary $87,345 Accreditation LAAB
Law Schools 27 Degree Programs 59 Annual Salary $96,835 Accreditation Institutional
Law Enforcement Schools 18 Degree Programs 23 Annual Salary $98,875 Accreditation Institutional
Liberal Studies Schools 78 Degree Programs 141 Annual Salary $117,695 Accreditation Institutional
Library Science Schools 60 Degree Programs 90 Annual Salary $90,897 Accreditation ALA
M Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Management Schools 245 Degree Programs 867 Annual Salary $117,668 Accreditation AACSB
Marketing Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $107,987 Accreditation AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy Schools 13 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $112,587 Accreditation COAMFTE
Mathematics Schools 35 Degree Programs 54 Annual Salary $150,498 Accreditation Institutional
Mechanical Engineering Schools 5 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary $159,439 Accreditation ABET
Medical Assistant Schools 12 Degree Programs 15 Annual Salary $110,272 Accreditation Institutional
Medical Billing & Coding Schools 38 Degree Programs 50 Annual Salary $109,045 Accreditation Institutional
Music Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $104,638 Accreditation NASM
N Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Network Administration Schools 18 Degree Programs 25 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ABET
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Schools 29 Degree Programs 53 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ACEN, CCNE
Nursing Schools 5 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $103,896 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC
Nutrition Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $98,435 Accreditation ACEND
O Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Occupational Safety Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Occupational Therapy Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Occupational Therapy Assistant Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $105,971 Accreditation AOTA
Organizational Leadership Schools 84 Degree Programs 166 Annual Salary $118,149 Accreditation AACSB
P Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Paralegal Schools 27 Degree Programs 52 Annual Salary $96,835 Accreditation Institutional
Personal Training Schools 6 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Pharmacy Schools 20 Degree Programs 31 Annual Salary $126,636 Accreditation ACPE
Pharmacy Technician Schools 10 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $110,272 Accreditation ACPE, ASHP
Philosophy Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $120,702 Accreditation Institutional
Photography Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $91,990 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Education Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $94,022 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Therapy Schools 7 Degree Programs 13 Annual Salary $105,971 Accreditation APTA
Physician Assistant Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $131,910 Accreditation ARC-PA
Physics Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $157,612 Accreditation CAMPEP
Political Science Schools 8 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary $140,044 Accreditation Institutional
Project Management Schools 69 Degree Programs 103 Annual Salary $118,149 Accreditation AACSB, PMI-GAC
Psychology Schools 51 Degree Programs 87 Annual Salary $121,663 Accreditation APA
Public Administration Schools 72 Degree Programs 124 Annual Salary $117,837 Accreditation NASPAA
Public Health Schools 55 Degree Programs 101 Annual Salary $112,587 Accreditation CEPH
Public Relations Schools 19 Degree Programs 20 Annual Salary $99,812 Accreditation Institutional
R Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Radiology Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation JRCERT
Religious Studies Schools 1 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary $106,937 Accreditation ACPE
S Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
School Counseling Schools 16 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $79,038 Accreditation CACREP
Secondary Education Schools 29 Degree Programs 39 Annual Salary $79,889 Accreditation CAEP, NCATE, TEAC
Social Work Schools 16 Degree Programs 22 Annual Salary $87,247 Accreditation CSWE
Sociology Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $109,688 Accreditation Institutional
Software Engineering Schools 22 Degree Programs 31 Annual Salary $118,634 Accreditation ABET
Sonography Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $131,910 Accreditation Institutional
Spanish Schools 8 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary $58,894 Accreditation Institutional
Special Education Schools 112 Degree Programs 223 Annual Salary $63,724 Accreditation ASHA, CAEP
Sports Management Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $94,022 Accreditation Institutional
Statistics Schools 10 Degree Programs 17 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 23 Degree Programs 29 Annual Salary $112,587 Accreditation CACREP
Supply Chain Management Schools 21 Degree Programs 31 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
T Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Teaching Schools 146 Degree Programs 389 Annual Salary $84,046 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
V Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Veterinary Technician Schools 4 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $97,264 Accreditation AVMA COE
Video Game Design Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Vocational Schools 62 Degree Programs 153 Annual Salary $85,192 Accreditation Institutional
W Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Web Design Schools 23 Degree Programs 25 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional

Recommended Non-Profit Schools Offering Online Certificate Programs

All schools included in our highlighted list offer the most online certificate programs in addition to being non-profit and regionally accredited. Schools such as Rio Salado College and University of California - Los Angeles have over 60 online certificate program options. For consideration in our highlighted list, schools needed to meet the following guidelines:

  • Non-profit status
  • Regional accreditation
  • Strong student support services

Schools are listed in alphabetical order.

As the only Ivy League school offering online courses, Cornell University provides students with a broad scope of curriculum that they can complete from the convenience of their home. The core programs include marketing, healthcare, hospitality & food management, and leadership & strategic management. Working professionals can advance in their career field by earning certificates in New Media Marketing for the Hospitality Professional, Executive Leadership for Healthcare Professionals, Hotel Revenue Management, and Strategic Leadership for the Hospitality Professional: Focus on Financial Risk and Return, among many others. With average tuition ranging from $1,260 to $3,600 and lasting three months individuals are able to invest in high-quality education and engage with the University's leading faculty.

  • Annual Tuition: $45,358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Certificate Programs: 60

This Christian-based university utilizes small online class sizes, expert instructors, and thorough education to provide students with a rich experience. There are 61 programs available, and a 92% student course completion rate. Curriculum is self-propelled, so individuals can complete their coursework on their own time, never having to log in at a specific time. Undergraduate certificate programs include health care management, lay leadership for education or sports ministries, and criminal justice for organizational security or law enforcement, among others. Graduate certificate can be earned in the areas of education, health services, and leadership, just to name a few. One post-master's certificate program is available, school superintendency, which is designed for individual's who hold their master's degree and a principal certification with the desire to become a school superintendent. Applicants to Dallas Baptist University are required to craft a letter of intent that includes which certificate they desire to pursue and why, personal goals, and reasoning behind the decision to apply to the university. In addition a minimum 2.5 GPA is required for undergraduate programs, and a 3.0 for graduate-level coursework. 

  • Annual Tuition: $22,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 50

Professionals are able to engage in nearly 50 online certification courses taught by nationally-recognized and tenured on-campus faculty to assure that the curricula is equal. Drexel University focuses on connecting peers through online forums. Undergraduate and graduate programs cover a broad range of curriculum, including business, computer science, education, engineering, and public health, among others. Courses are taught by industry professionals that bring public and private sector work experience to the highly interactive online learning classrooms. Currently, Drexel University partners with over 500 corporations, school districts, professional associations, and health systems throughout the country to offer employees opportunity for career advancement. With reduced tuition fees and on or off-site events that cater to professional development, earning a certification that meets an organization's needs is conveniently streamlined through Drexel. 

  • Annual Tuition: $37,505
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Certificate Programs: 52

For online programs with flexible learning options and schedules, Fort Hays State University is an affordable option. Tuition ranges from $207.24 per credit hour for undergraduate certificates to $272.71 per credit hour for graduate programs. There are certificates available in departments including interdisciplinary studies, management & marketing, nursing, and political science, among others. Students over the age of 21 do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores during the admission process; all students must complete an application and submit their official high school and, if necessary, college transcripts. Programs range from 9-16 credit hours and curriculum is delivered via CD-ROMs, DVD, guided study, the internet, and internet protocol television (IPTV). Certifications awarded to students do not contain information that identifies the program as online or virtual, as the curriculum is equal to coursework that would be completed on campus.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,821
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 52

There are over 50 online undergraduate and graduate certificates available to professionals looking to supplement their work experience or degree. Additionally, there is a full resource center available to adult long-distance students to assist with the transition into academia and provide academic and career advisors. Professionals can earn undergraduate certificates in the fields of leadership, human resources, and applied mathematics, just to name a few. Graduate certificates are available in education, business, and public health. The Business Foundations Certificate allows students to complete 21 credit hours of coursework in accounting, operations management, and human resource management taught by business professionals.

  • Annual Tuition: $32,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 63

Ranked as the No. 1 school in the nation for educating the most well-rounded and best-prepared graduates by The Wall Street Journal, students are prepared for success as they complete undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduate programs range from organizational communication to earth sustainability, and financial planning to digital arts. Graduate programs include applied statistics, business analytics, educational technology integration, and philanthropic leadership, among others. The online programs are taught by the on-campus faculty and the curriculum is the same that traditional students receive. Programs range from 12-30 credit hours for both undergraduate and graduate curriculums to facilitate flexible, accelerated learning for working professionals. Students are able to utilize a combination of self-study and peer-to-peer interaction in an online learning network to enhance their education with a schedule that is convenient for them.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,202
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Certificate Programs: 68

At Rio Salado University, students can choose between a Certificate of Completion and an Academic Certificate to enhance their professional career. There are programs available in the field of Early Childhood Education, Mobile Apps Programming, Human Development, and Language and Literary Culture of the USA. Students take courses in a variety of language courses, Course duration ranges between 16 and 21 credit hours, and students must maintain a 2.0 minimum GPA. For online learners Maricopa County, tuition is very affordable, at $84 per credit hour, and only $215 per credit hour for out-of-state students. In addition to being cost effective, Rio Salado University offers 24/7 tutoring and online support services to their distance learners so students are able to get the academic and career help that they need.

  • Annual Tuition: $7,758
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 65

UCLA offers over 60 online certificate programs ranging from business studies to education, entertainment studies to engineering & technology, with a myriad of programs in between. Professionals can earn a certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Parent Education & Training, or Credit Analysis & Management. The competitive pricing and flexible schedules affords students the ability to enhance their career or gain entry into a new one. With over 100 years of continuing education service, UCLA has experienced professors that provide strengths-based learning and the ability to customize programs for corporate certification training. Individuals are able to choose their pace of learning from one day to 12 weeks and engage in project-based curriculum.

  • Annual Tuition: $35,575
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 66

Referred to by the University of South Florida as Innovative Education, the online graduate degree program provides students with valuable educational experience in a focused and accessible format. Completing a graduate certificate increases a professional's competitiveness in the workforce, enhances their performance with newly acquired skills, and helps keep them relevant with ever-changing businesses. Most of the certificate programs take one to two years to complete depending on pace and how many credit hours were transferred. Program fields include behavioral, counseling, and community engagement, crime investigation/cybersecurity, engineering and technology, and education. Florida residents can expect to pay $481.43 per credit hour, while non-residents living outside of Florida pay $502.65. The graduate certificate program requires applicants to hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, have a minimum GPA and GRE scores, and meet individual program specifications.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,324
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 54

The University of Washington offers over 50 online certificate programs to give working professionals the ability to advance in their career. From business to social sciences, to liberal arts, the certificate programs utilize novel technology and user-friendly e-learning tools to ensure that students are absorbing the material and taking advantage of practical application opportunities despite the fully online curriculum. Some unique certifications include applied animal behavior, business intelligence: building the data warehouse, cloud data management & analytics, and drug discovery & design. Program duration ranges from 4-15 months, with the majority being completed within 8 months. Students are able to attend many of the course sessions in real time by using Adobe Connect Web conferencing software, which affords them the ability to ask questions and interact with peers or professors. The sessions are also recorded to give students the opportunity to review the material at a later time.

  • Annual Tuition: $31,971
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Certificate Programs: 53
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