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Our comprehensive list of accredited online doctoral programs includes 175 online schools and 942 online programs ranging from computer science to educational leadership. Also search through our popular degrees section, which lists several schools with multiple degree offerings for each of our six subjects.

Find important information about your field in our extensive list of doctoral degrees. There we include the number of online schools and online programs, as well as accreditation and graduate number statistics.

Additionally, scroll through our list of highlighted non-profit schools below. This list is comprised of schools offering the most online doctorate degrees. Schools such as Nova Southeastern University and Liberty University Online offer over 20 online doctoral degrees.

Popular Online Doctorate Degrees

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

A | B | C | E | F | H | I | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | V
A Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Accounting Schools 4 Degree Programs 6 Graduates 62 Annual Salary $110,692 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Architecture Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 182 Annual Salary $108,412 Accreditation NAAB
B Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Biology Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 3,988 Annual Salary $110,916 Accreditation Institutional
Business Schools 12 Degree Programs 121 Graduates 596 Annual Salary $103,753 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
C Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Child Psychology Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Graduates 64 Annual Salary $92,226 Accreditation APA
Civil Engineering Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 746 Annual Salary $116,739 Accreditation ABET
Communications Studies Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 504 Annual Salary $83,912 Accreditation ACEJMC
Computer Science Schools 6 Degree Programs 12 Graduates 628 Annual Salary $121,320 Accreditation ABET
Conflict Resolution Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Graduates 47 Annual Salary $106,422 Accreditation Institutional
Counseling Schools 7 Degree Programs 20 Graduates 78 Annual Salary $88,152 Accreditation ACPE
Criminal Justice Schools 6 Degree Programs 27 Graduates 194 Annual Salary $91,805 Accreditation Institutional
E Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Early Childhood Education Schools 2 Degree Programs 7 Graduates 28 Annual Salary $84,453 Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC
Education Schools 54 Degree Programs 220 Graduates 3,163 Annual Salary $78,498 Accreditation CAEP, CEA, MSA-CESS, NCATE
Educational Leadership Schools 43 Degree Programs 95 Graduates 3,130 Annual Salary $81,239 Accreditation NCATE
Electrical Engineering Schools 5 Degree Programs 7 Graduates 1,929 Annual Salary $134,125 Accreditation ABET
Engineering Schools 13 Degree Programs 26 Graduates 1,607 Annual Salary $125,279 Accreditation ABET
English Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 745 Annual Salary $81,587 Accreditation Institutional
Environmental Studies Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Graduates 522 Annual Salary $92,167 Accreditation Institutional
F Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Finance Schools 3 Degree Programs 7 Graduates 62 Annual Salary $135,098 Accreditation AACSB
Forensic Psychology Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Graduates 50 Annual Salary $84,794 Accreditation APA
H Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Healthcare Schools 79 Degree Programs 112 Graduates 9,589 Annual Salary $85,846 Accreditation LCME
Healthcare Administration Schools 11 Degree Programs 31 Graduates 390 Annual Salary $94,940 Accreditation CAHME
Healthcare Management Schools 9 Degree Programs 17 Graduates 349 Annual Salary $94,940 Accreditation CAHME
Human Resources Schools 9 Degree Programs 13 Graduates 334 Annual Salary $83,896 Accreditation AACSB
Human Services Schools 15 Degree Programs 88 Graduates 367 Annual Salary $75,969 Accreditation CACREP
I Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Information Technology Schools 11 Degree Programs 27 Graduates 852 Annual Salary $90,414 Accreditation ABET
L Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Law Schools 4 Degree Programs 6 Graduates 21,860 Annual Salary $116,477 Accreditation Institutional
Liberal Studies Schools 9 Degree Programs 9 Graduates 1,755 Annual Salary $88,424 Accreditation Institutional
M Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Management Schools 15 Degree Programs 88 Graduates 596 Annual Salary $96,182 Accreditation AACSB
Marketing Schools 5 Degree Programs 7 Graduates 176 Annual Salary $99,590 Accreditation AACSB
Mathematics Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Graduates 1,225 Annual Salary $114,730 Accreditation Institutional
Mechanical Engineering Schools 5 Degree Programs 8 Graduates 1,064 Annual Salary $120,094 Accreditation ABET
N Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Schools 16 Degree Programs 29 Graduates 2,745 Annual Salary $111,705 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE
Nursing Schools 82 Degree Programs 177 Graduates 2,934 Annual Salary $105,136 Accreditation ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC
Nutrition Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 284 Annual Salary $85,403 Accreditation ACEND
O Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Occupational Therapy Assistant Schools 10 Degree Programs 15 Graduates 265 Annual Salary $87,734 Accreditation AOTA
Organizational Leadership Schools 16 Degree Programs 43 Graduates 98 Annual Salary $97,867 Accreditation AACSB
P Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Pharmacy Schools 9 Degree Programs 13 Graduates 8,977 Annual Salary $117,005 Accreditation ACPE
Philosophy Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Graduates 292 Annual Salary $82,116 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Therapy Schools 24 Degree Programs 30 Graduates 5,815 Annual Salary $87,734 Accreditation APTA
Project Management Schools 5 Degree Programs 8 Graduates 600 Annual Salary $97,867 Accreditation AACSB
Psychology Schools 15 Degree Programs 58 Graduates 2,701 Annual Salary $92,393 Accreditation APA
Public Health Schools 4 Degree Programs 15 Graduates 548 Annual Salary $88,152 Accreditation CEPH
R Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Religious Studies Schools 11 Degree Programs 27 Graduates 649 Annual Salary $70,052 Accreditation ACPE
S Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Social Work Schools 3 Degree Programs 16 Graduates 216 Annual Salary $75,861 Accreditation CACREP, CSWE
Sports Management Schools 2 Degree Programs 10 Graduates 200 Annual Salary $71,818 Accreditation Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Graduates 78 Annual Salary $88,152 Accreditation CACREP
T Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Teaching Schools 13 Degree Programs 39 Graduates 940 Annual Salary $75,745 Accreditation TEAC
V Online Schools Programs Graduates Annual Salary Accreditation
Veterinary Technician Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Graduates 142 Annual Salary $103,598 Accreditation AVMA COE

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 Doctoral Degrees

Our list of highlighted schools are non-profit status, regionally accredited, and offer the most online doctorate degrees. Our top three schools—Nova Southeastern University, Liberty University Online, and Texas A & M University—offer around 20 online doctorate degrees each. To be considered for this list, schools needed to meet the following criteria:

  • Non-profit status
  • At least 10 online doctoral degrees
  • Regional accreditation
  • Strong student support services

These schools were ordered by descending online doctorate degree counts.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,015
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Nova Southeastern University boasts more than 230 online degrees to its 25,600 students, more distance learning courses than 75% of other online institutions. The school is regionally accredited by the SACS COC, and it is one of the most popular choices for those seeking an online degree. Approximately $13,080 in financial aid is awarded on average each year. Online doctoral programs offered by the college include a Ph.D. in Information Systems, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Computer Science, Occupational Therapy, a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, a Doctor of Health Science, and more. The school participates in the Southern Regional Education Board’s Electronic Campus program that certifies that the courses are in full compliance with a comprehensive set of regulations. Online students can also take advantage of real-time electronic classrooms, discussion forums, and access to the university’s online databases and electronic library.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Offering distance learning opportunities since 1985, Liberty University Online is one of the country’s largest nonprofit, private online schools. The university provides more than 250 distance learning degrees, and all courses are taught from a Christian worldview. The school also offers some of the lowest tuition rates among top online schools. Doctorate programs that are available through Liberty online include a Doctor of Business Administration, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, and more. In addition, the university provides several higher education degrees, including an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Leadership. A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) is also available, with concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction or Educational Leadership.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,746
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Texas A&M University – College Station is regionally accredited by the SACS COC, and the online programs offered at this school have been designated as “military-friendly” based on the discounts and other benefits offered by the school to its military members. When financial aid is taken into consideration, students attending Texas A&M pay less than online students at 75% of other similar distance education colleges. Students wishing to pursue an online doctorate degree can choose from an Ed.D. in Agricultural Education or an Executive Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. The Joint Doctor of Education program is offered by the school’s Department of Agricultural Education, and mid-career professionals are prepared for roles in a variety of administrative, supervisory, and instructional positions across the training and education professions.

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  • Annual Tuition: $41,594
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Online students attending Columbia University in the City of New York can choose from more than 77 distance learning degrees. The institution boasts a retention rate of 97% and a graduation rate of 93%, and the college is accredited by the MSCHE. Students can choose from several doctoral degrees in engineering, including a Doctor of Engineering Science in a variety of applications such as civil engineering, computer science, earth and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering. Other doctorate degrees include bioengineering and biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, general civil engineering, operations research, and mechanical, metallurgical, industrial, environmental/environmental health, electrical and electronics engineering and engineering physics/applied physics.

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  • Annual Tuition: $32,148
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Pennsylvania State University was founded in 1859 and receives regional accreditation from the MSCHE. It offers its online students more than 145 online degrees, and it ranks in the lower 25% for tuition costs when scholarships and financial aid are taken into consideration. Students also benefit from college and career preparatory services, and financial aid, tuition assistance, and military payment options are available. At the doctorate level, students can pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) that will prepare them to be leaders and deliver expert nursing care in their future places of employment. The degree is designed for students who are already nurses and who plan to continue to practice in a clinical setting. The DNP degree features two entry options: post-Master of Science in Nursing for advance practice nurses and nurse administrators or directly from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The curriculum focuses on advanced expert nursing practice, transformational leadership, and the translation of research into practice, and the curriculum includes population-based health, informatics, health policy, foundations of advanced practice, and nursing/change theory.

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Andrews University13 Degrees
  • Annual Tuition: $23,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and DEAC

With more than 560 students pursuing its online degrees, Andrews University is one of the most popular distance learning institutions. The school is a non-profit university with regional and national accreditation by the NCACSTHLC. Its School of Distance Education includes services and support to Andrews University online degrees and programs as well as collaboration with other Adventist colleges of higher learning. The school offers two types of online degrees: self-paced and interactive online. In the former, the student registers, starts at any time, and finishes in 180 days. Students can also choose self-paced fixed term courses and take advantage of financial aid while pacing their own assignments within the school’s on-campus start and end dates. Doctorate degrees offered include an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction or an Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. An Ed.D. or Ph.D. are also available in Education Leadership, and students in this program typically come from a variety of backgrounds such as the government, the military, pastoring, education, business, and healthcare.

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  • Annual Tuition: $25,952
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE

Students at George Washington University can choose from more than 130 online degrees, and the college boasts a 96% recommendation rate, making it one of the highest recommended of all online institutions. It is accredited by the MSCHE and offers approximately $26,800 in financial aid each year. Students who wish to obtain a doctoral degree can choose from a Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering or a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Management. The engineering management program is designed for the technical manager who is seeking a broader education to keep his or her company working ahead of its competitors while maintaining efficiency. Likewise, the Systems Engineering program provides broad knowledge of the approaches for managing large-scale engineering systems as well as effectively designing these systems. Students will explore case studies from U.S. corporations, the U.S. Department of Defense, and NASA. Nurses also have the opportunity to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice with either a post-BSN or post-MSN pathway, depending on the degree currently held by the student.

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Amridge University10 Degrees
  • Annual Tuition: $12,140
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Amridge University is regionally accredited by the SACS COC and offers more than 40 online learning degrees to its 600 distance education students. It is one of the most affordable of all online institutions. Military benefits, financial aid, scholarships, and grants are available for those who qualify. Online doctorate degrees include a Doctor of Ministry in Family Therapy, a Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical Studies, a Ph.D. in Professional Counseling, a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, pastoral studies/counseling, theology/theological studies and bible/biblical studies. A student pursuing a Ph.D. in Professional Counseling will undergo a 60-semester-hour research-oriented program, and students should be aware that the program is not designed to prepare them for licensure. Instead, it is assumed that the student will have already completed the appropriate coursework for licensure, but coursework will include research, cultural diversity, problems with addiction and abuse, human development, and counseling.

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,260
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Accredited by the NCACSTHLC, the University of Arkansas teaches online courses to more than 1,200 students across the country. With a recommendation rate of 89%, it is also one of the more positively reviewed of all online institutions. Students can choose to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Doctor of Education in Adult and Lifelong Learning, and a Doctor of Education in Human Resource and Workforce Development Education. Students seeking a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership will be prepared for careers as state and federal governmental agency officials, central office personnel such as superintendents, supervisors in private and public schools, principals, and other education leadership-related professionals.

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  • Annual Tuition: $30,036
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC

Prospective University of Florida students have many options for online doctorate degrees, including a Doctor of Pharmacy, a Doctor of Nursing Practice, a Doctor of Audiology, or a Doctor of Philosophy Classical Studies with specializations in Latin and Roman Studies or Classical Civilization. A Doctor of Education Educational Leadership, a Doctor of Education Higher Education Administration, and a Doctor of Education Curriculum and Instruction with specializations in either Educational Technology or Curriculum Teaching and Teacher Education are also available. Students seeking ways to make their education more affordable can take advantage of several financial aid options offered by the college. Online students can take advantage of the same student support services that are available for on-campus students, such as an online library, an online bookstore, online registration system, a career resource center and more.

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