Complete Guide to Online Certificate Programs

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Our extensive list of accredited online certificate programs includes 470 online schools and 5,509 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 75 Degree Programs 138 Annual Salary $143,441 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Aerospace Engineering Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $139,652 Accreditation ABET
Agriculture Schools 16 Degree Programs 38 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Anthropology Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $129,233 Accreditation Institutional
Architecture Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $83,036 Accreditation NAAB
Art & Design Schools 34 Degree Programs 50 Annual Salary $95,074 Accreditation NASAD
Art History Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Aviation Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $108,662 Accreditation AABI
B Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Biology Schools 21 Degree Programs 31 Annual Salary $178,943 Accreditation Institutional
Business Schools 15 Degree Programs 35 Annual Salary $126,125 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
C Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
CAD/Computer Aided Drafting Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $87,708 Accreditation Institutional
Chemical Engineering Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $168,974 Accreditation ABET
Child Development Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $127,906 Accreditation APA
Christian Counseling Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $61,516 Accreditation ACPE
Civil Engineering Schools 10 Degree Programs 13 Annual Salary $127,703 Accreditation ABET
Communications Schools 56 Degree Programs 96 Annual Salary $104,879 Accreditation ACEJMC
Computer Engineering Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $124,850 Accreditation ABET
Computer Science Schools 52 Degree Programs 141 Annual Salary $121,174 Accreditation ABET
Conflict Resolution Schools 17 Degree Programs 22 Annual Salary $131,284 Accreditation Institutional
Construction Management Schools 16 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $121,450 Accreditation ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling Schools 67 Degree Programs 115 Annual Salary $12,888 Accreditation CACREP
Counseling Psychology Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Creative Writing Schools 5 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Criminal Justice Schools 69 Degree Programs 133 Annual Salary $97,352 Accreditation Institutional
Criminology Schools 7 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Cyber Security Schools 33 Degree Programs 59 Annual Salary $97,494 Accreditation Institutional
D Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Data Science Schools 8 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Dental Assistant Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $101,333 Accreditation CODA
E Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Early Childhood Education Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $61,108 Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC
Economics Schools 11 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $170,989 Accreditation AACSB
Education Schools 12 Degree Programs 35 Annual Salary $77,112 Accreditation CAEP, CEA
Educational Leadership Schools 116 Degree Programs 228 Annual Salary $70,789 Accreditation Institutional
Electrical Engineering Schools 14 Degree Programs 27 Annual Salary $158,987 Accreditation ABET
Elementary Education Schools 36 Degree Programs 51 Annual Salary $61,371 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Emergency Management Schools 38 Degree Programs 47 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Engineering Schools 114 Degree Programs 440 Annual Salary $144,741 Accreditation ABET
Engineering Management Schools 22 Degree Programs 41 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
English Schools 26 Degree Programs 29 Annual Salary $132,910 Accreditation Institutional
Environmental Science Schools 55 Degree Programs 99 Annual Salary $125,102 Accreditation Institutional
ESL Schools 73 Degree Programs 97 Annual Salary $71,099 Accreditation CEA
Exercise Science Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
F Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Fashion Schools 7 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary $97,806 Accreditation Institutional
Finance Schools 64 Degree Programs 119 Annual Salary $150,085 Accreditation AACSB
Fire Science Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $97,494 Accreditation Institutional
Forensic Accounting Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Forensic Psychology Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation APA
Forensic Science Schools 17 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $97,494 Accreditation AAFS
G Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Geographic Information Systems Schools 34 Degree Programs 47 Annual Salary $112,748 Accreditation Institutional
Graphic Design Schools 12 Degree Programs 13 Annual Salary $82,303 Accreditation NASAD
Gunsmithing Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
H Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Health Education Schools 23 Degree Programs 28 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Healthcare Administration Schools 8 Degree Programs 16 Annual Salary $113,295 Accreditation CAHME
Healthcare Information Systems Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $101,333 Accreditation CAHIIM, CAHME
Healthcare Management Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CAHME
Holistic Medicine Schools 10 Degree Programs 12 Annual Salary $118,385 Accreditation CNME
Homeland Security Schools 47 Degree Programs 60 Annual Salary $97,494 Accreditation Institutional
Hospitality Management Schools 23 Degree Programs 62 Annual Salary $105,255 Accreditation ACPHA
Human Resources Schools 83 Degree Programs 136 Annual Salary $133,997 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Human Services Schools 4 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $88,913 Accreditation Institutional
HVAC Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
I Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Industrial Engineering Schools 7 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $128,529 Accreditation ABET
Information Technology Schools 8 Degree Programs 24 Annual Salary $103,109 Accreditation ABET
Interior Design Schools 2 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $82,486 Accreditation NASAD
J Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Journalism Schools 7 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ACEJMC
L Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Landscape Design Schools 7 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation LAAB
Law Schools 27 Degree Programs 59 Annual Salary $104,452 Accreditation ABA
Law Enforcement Schools 17 Degree Programs 24 Annual Salary $97,494 Accreditation Institutional
Legal Nurse Consulting Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Liberal Studies Schools 65 Degree Programs 114 Annual Salary $132,400 Accreditation Institutional
Library Science Schools 66 Degree Programs 96 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ALA
M Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Management Schools 248 Degree Programs 928 Annual Salary $121,771 Accreditation AACSB
Marketing Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $109,764 Accreditation AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy Schools 13 Degree Programs 23 Annual Salary $118,675 Accreditation COAMFTE
Mathematics Schools 37 Degree Programs 56 Annual Salary $163,126 Accreditation Institutional
Mechanical Engineering Schools 4 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $158,025 Accreditation ABET
Medical Assistant Schools 13 Degree Programs 14 Annual Salary $101,333 Accreditation Institutional
Medical Billing & Coding Schools 37 Degree Programs 45 Annual Salary $121,285 Accreditation Institutional
Medical Office Administration Schools 22 Degree Programs 32 Annual Salary $121,285 Accreditation Institutional
Music Schools 5 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $100,242 Accreditation NASM
N Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Network Administration Schools 19 Degree Programs 30 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ABET
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Schools 32 Degree Programs 71 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ACEN, ACEN, CCNE
Nursing Schools 7 Degree Programs 14 Annual Salary $109,578 Accreditation ACEN, ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC
Nutrition Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $98,179 Accreditation ACEND
O Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Occupational Safety Schools 10 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation ABET
Occupational Therapy Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Organizational Leadership Schools 88 Degree Programs 183 Annual Salary $122,889 Accreditation AACSB
P Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Paralegal Schools 26 Degree Programs 50 Annual Salary $104,452 Accreditation Institutional
Personal Training Schools 5 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Pharmacy Schools 21 Degree Programs 35 Annual Salary $131,593 Accreditation ACPE
Pharmacy Technician Schools 11 Degree Programs 13 Annual Salary $101,333 Accreditation ACPE, ASHP
Philosophy Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $135,608 Accreditation Institutional
Photography Schools 2 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $88,820 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Education Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $99,895 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Therapy Schools 5 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $106,871 Accreditation APTA
Physics Schools 5 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $154,735 Accreditation CAMPEP
Political Science Schools 7 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary $143,393 Accreditation Institutional
Project Management Schools 72 Degree Programs 139 Annual Salary $122,663 Accreditation AACSB, PMI-GAC
Psychology Schools 52 Degree Programs 95 Annual Salary $128,406 Accreditation APA
Public Administration Schools 79 Degree Programs 138 Annual Salary $96,887 Accreditation NASPAA
Public Health Schools 57 Degree Programs 100 Annual Salary $115,116 Accreditation CEPH
Public Relations Schools 17 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
R Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Radiology Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation JRCERT
Real Estate Schools 7 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $113,145 Accreditation Institutional
Religious Studies Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $118,092 Accreditation ACPE
S Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
School Counseling Schools 15 Degree Programs 17 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CACREP
Secondary Education Schools 32 Degree Programs 58 Annual Salary $80,477 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Social Work Schools 15 Degree Programs 20 Annual Salary $91,178 Accreditation CSWE
Sociology Schools 2 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $83,036 Accreditation Institutional
Software Engineering Schools 24 Degree Programs 32 Annual Salary $121,057 Accreditation ABET
Sonography Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Spanish Schools 8 Degree Programs 11 Annual Salary $58,894 Accreditation Institutional
Special Education Schools 117 Degree Programs 245 Annual Salary $66,114 Accreditation CAA, CAEP
Speech Pathology Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CAA
Sports Management Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $96,055 Accreditation Institutional
Statistics Schools 10 Degree Programs 17 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 24 Degree Programs 33 Annual Salary $118,675 Accreditation CACREP
Supply Chain Management Schools 23 Degree Programs 36 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Systems Engineering Schools 24 Degree Programs 40 Annual Salary $175,296 Accreditation ABET
T Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Teaching Schools 149 Degree Programs 397 Annual Salary $84,312 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Theology Schools 8 Degree Programs 12 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
V Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Veterinary Technician Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $101,333 Accreditation AVMA COE
Video Game Design Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Vocational Schools 61 Degree Programs 126 Annual Salary $88,934 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: $49,116
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE and NYSED
  • 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: $24,890
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 24

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: $48,791
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Certificate Programs: 95

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: $13,657
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 54

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: $33,741
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 52

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: $13,516
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Certificate Programs: 67

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: $7,830
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • 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: $37,471
  • 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: 55

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: $34,143
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Certificate Programs: 53
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