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Our extensive list of accredited online certificate programs includes 461 online schools and 5,295 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.

Looking for an Online Degree? Search Over 22,000 Online Programs:
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A Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Accounting Schools 70 Degree Programs 126 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Agriculture Schools 15 Degree Programs 31 Accreditation Institutional
Anthropology Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Accreditation Institutional
Architecture Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Accreditation NAAB
Art & Design Schools 24 Degree Programs 33 Accreditation NASAD
Aviation Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Accreditation AABI
B Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Biology Schools 16 Degree Programs 24 Accreditation Institutional
Business Schools 16 Degree Programs 46 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
C Online Schools Programs Accreditation
CAD/Computer Aided Drafting Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Accreditation Institutional
Child Development Schools 20 Degree Programs 27 Accreditation APA
Christian Counseling Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation ACPE
Civil Engineering Schools 11 Degree Programs 16 Accreditation ABET
Communications Schools 56 Degree Programs 93 Accreditation ACEJMC
Computer Science Schools 47 Degree Programs 143 Accreditation ABET
Conflict Resolution Schools 18 Degree Programs 23 Accreditation Institutional
Construction Management Schools 16 Degree Programs 19 Accreditation ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling Schools 68 Degree Programs 100 Accreditation CACREP
Creative Writing Schools 6 Degree Programs 7 Accreditation Institutional
Criminal Justice Schools 68 Degree Programs 144 Accreditation Institutional
Cyber Security Schools 30 Degree Programs 41 Accreditation Institutional
D Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Dental Assistant Schools 6 Degree Programs 7 Accreditation CODA
E Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Early Childhood Education Schools 60 Degree Programs 117 Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC
Economics Schools 12 Degree Programs 12 Accreditation AACSB
Education Schools 284 Degree Programs 1,316 Accreditation CAEP, CEA, NCATE
Educational Leadership Schools 81 Degree Programs 151 Accreditation NCATE
Electrical Engineering Schools 14 Degree Programs 27 Accreditation ABET
Emergency Management Schools 36 Degree Programs 46 Accreditation Institutional
Engineering Schools 105 Degree Programs 462 Accreditation ABET
English Schools 26 Degree Programs 31 Accreditation Institutional
Environmental Science Schools 58 Degree Programs 103 Accreditation Institutional
F Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Finance Schools 55 Degree Programs 97 Accreditation AACSB
Fire Science Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Accreditation FESHE
Forensic Science Schools 19 Degree Programs 20 Accreditation AAFS
G Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Graphic Design Schools 14 Degree Programs 15 Accreditation NASAD
Gunsmithing Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Accreditation Institutional
H Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Healthcare Schools 74 Degree Programs 125 Accreditation CAHME
Healthcare Information Systems Schools 52 Degree Programs 63 Accreditation CAHIIM, CAHME
Healthcare Management Schools 40 Degree Programs 62 Accreditation CAHME
History Schools 8 Degree Programs 13 Accreditation Institutional
Homeland Security Schools 50 Degree Programs 84 Accreditation Institutional
Hospitality Management Schools 24 Degree Programs 69 Accreditation ACPHA
Human Resources Schools 80 Degree Programs 123 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Human Services Schools 68 Degree Programs 105 Accreditation CACREP
HVAC Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation Institutional
I Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Information Technology Schools 104 Degree Programs 315 Accreditation ABET
Interior Design Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Accreditation NASAD
J Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Journalism Schools 10 Degree Programs 10 Accreditation ACEJMC
L Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Landscape Design Schools 8 Degree Programs 9 Accreditation LAAB
Law Schools 27 Degree Programs 36 Accreditation Institutional
Liberal Studies Schools 80 Degree Programs 146 Accreditation Institutional
Library Science Schools 33 Degree Programs 54 Accreditation ALA
M Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Management Schools 246 Degree Programs 896 Accreditation AACSB
Marketing Schools 66 Degree Programs 112 Accreditation AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy Schools 14 Degree Programs 19 Accreditation Institutional
Mathematics Schools 36 Degree Programs 55 Accreditation Institutional
MBA Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Accreditation AACSB, IACBE
Mechanical Engineering Schools 5 Degree Programs 8 Accreditation ABET
Medical Assistant Schools 11 Degree Programs 14 Accreditation ABHES
Medical Billing & Coding Schools 36 Degree Programs 48 Accreditation ABHES
Music Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Accreditation NASM
N Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Network Administration Schools 18 Degree Programs 25 Accreditation ABET
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Schools 29 Degree Programs 55 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE
Nursing Schools 72 Degree Programs 159 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC
Nutrition Schools 20 Degree Programs 26 Accreditation ACEND
O Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Occupational Therapy Assistant Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Accreditation AOTA
Organizational Leadership Schools 84 Degree Programs 173 Accreditation AACSB
P Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Paralegal Schools 27 Degree Programs 31 Accreditation ABA
Personal Training Schools 6 Degree Programs 9 Accreditation Institutional
Pharmacy Schools 21 Degree Programs 32 Accreditation ACPE
Pharmacy Technician Schools 11 Degree Programs 12 Accreditation ACPE, ASHP
Philosophy Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Accreditation Institutional
Photography Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Therapy Schools 7 Degree Programs 13 Accreditation APTA
Physician Assistant Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Accreditation ARC-PA
Physics Schools 7 Degree Programs 8 Accreditation CAMPEP
Political Science Schools 10 Degree Programs 11 Accreditation Institutional
Project Management Schools 71 Degree Programs 107 Accreditation AACSB, PMI-GAC
Psychology Schools 52 Degree Programs 88 Accreditation APA
Public Health Schools 54 Degree Programs 102 Accreditation CEPH
Public Relations Schools 18 Degree Programs 19 Accreditation Institutional
R Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Religious Studies Schools 30 Degree Programs 87 Accreditation ACPE
S Online Schools Programs Accreditation
School Counseling Schools 16 Degree Programs 18 Accreditation CACREP
Social Work Schools 16 Degree Programs 22 Accreditation CSWE
Sociology Schools 3 Degree Programs 8 Accreditation Institutional
Software Engineering Schools 22 Degree Programs 31 Accreditation ABET
Spanish Schools 8 Degree Programs 9 Accreditation Institutional
Sports Management Schools 18 Degree Programs 25 Accreditation Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 23 Degree Programs 29 Accreditation CACREP
Supply Chain Management Schools 22 Degree Programs 33 Accreditation Institutional
T Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Teaching Schools 143 Degree Programs 382 Accreditation TEAC
V Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Veterinary Technician Schools 4 Degree Programs 6 Accreditation AVMA COE
Video Game Design Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Accreditation Institutional
Vocational Schools 61 Degree Programs 153 Accreditation Institutional
W Online Schools Programs Accreditation
Web Design Schools 24 Degree Programs 30 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 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
  • At least 50 online certificate programs
  • Regional accreditation
  • Strong student support services

These schools were ordered by descending online certificate program counts.

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

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.

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Online Certificate Programs (66)

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Rio Salado College 65 Degrees
  • Annual Tuition: $7,758
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

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.

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Online Certificate Programs (65)

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  • Annual Tuition: $32,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

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.

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Online Certificate Programs (65)

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Cornell University 60 Degrees
  • Annual Tuition: $45,358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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.

Cornell also offers corporate certificate programs for groups and organizations where they can customize the program to meet the needs of their organization and integrate previously instituted learning programs. This unique feature afforded the United Nations Department of Field Support to cost-effectively train 600 United Nations HR personnel and address competency gaps among the practitioners. 

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Online Certificate Programs (60)

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

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.

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Online Certificate Programs (54)

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,202
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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.

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Online Certificate Programs (68)

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  • Annual Tuition: $31,971
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU

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.

Students can take pride in the high esteem and accreditation that this university carries. As one of the world's most distinguished public universities, the school utilizes working professionals that excel in their field as course instructors. Tuition ranges from $2,652 to $13,230 depending on the program.

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Online Certificate Programs (53)

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Drexel University 52 Degrees
  • Annual Tuition: $37,505
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

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. 

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Online Certificate Programs (52)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,821
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

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.

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Online Certificate Programs (52)

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

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. 

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