2020 Best Online Colleges for Bachelor's Degrees

Those interested in earning an online bachelor's degree will find many options on our best colleges list, which ranks schools based on tuition rates and alumni salaries provided by PayScale. We also offer a comprehensive list of accredited online bachelor’s degrees, which covers 463 schools and 5,184 programs. Prospective students will find information about their desired field and other popular areas of study, including the number of online schools and programs in each field.

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Based on their high reported alumni salaries and low tuition rates, these 25 colleges and universities offer the best online bachelor's degrees. University of Virginia, ranked #1, has the highest reported alumni salary at $103,300 and offers a tuition rate of $13,260. Students can choose from 90 different online bachelor's degrees at Oregon State University, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. Read more about our ranked schools below, view our methodology, or learn more about Guide to Online Schools.

Rank School Annual Tuition Median Salary
#1 #1 $13,260 $103,300
#2 #2 $18,450 $102,600
#3 #3 $33,004 $99,800
#4 #4 $38,475 $98,400
#5 #5 $5,742 $92,700
#6 #6 $13,905 $93,000
#7 #7 $9,090 $92,000
#8 #8 $20,460 $93,100
#9 #9 $11,565 $91,800
#10 #10 $11,550 $91,500
#11 #11 $17,520 $91,700
#12 #12 $11,700 $89,600
#13 #13 $10,380 $88,700
#14 #14 $8,073 $88,100
#15 #15 $8,995 $87,600
#16 #16 $18,864 $88,800
#17 #17 $6,159 $87,100
#18 #18 $14,970 $88,200
#19 #19 $11,916 $87,700
#20 #20 $30,060 $90,000
#21 #21 $26,254 $89,400
#22 #22 $7,440 $86,600
#23 #23 $12,720 $87,100
#24 #24 $26,310 $88,900
#25 #25 $24,200 $88,500
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A Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Accounting 140 246 $81,929 AACSB, ACBSP
Aerospace Engineering 3 6 $86,487 ABET
Agriculture 18 51 Not Reported Institutional
Anthropology 19 45 $47,346 Institutional
Architecture 2 7 $42,294 NAAB
Art & Design 20 53 $50,509 NASAD
Art History 4 5 Not Reported Institutional
Aviation 17 25 $84,853 AABI
B Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Biology 14 35 $55,877 Institutional
Business 41 449 $73,654 AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
C Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Chemical Engineering 2 6 $94,406 ABET
Child Development 8 11 $49,360 APA
Christian Counseling 7 10 $42,063 ACPE
Civil Engineering 2 6 $87,637 ABET
Communications 128 351 $68,636 ACEJMC
Computer Engineering 16 21 $86,277 ABET
Computer Science 90 187 $85,150 ABET
Conflict Resolution 7 8 $49,955 Institutional
Construction Management 7 9 $72,884 ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling 59 101 $50,609 CACREP
Counseling Psychology 19 22 Not Reported Institutional
Creative Writing 19 25 Not Reported Institutional
Criminal Justice 217 476 $55,644 Institutional
Criminology 40 56 Not Reported Institutional
Cyber Security 83 165 $55,667 Institutional
D Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Data Science 25 38 Not Reported Institutional
Dental Hygiene 18 19 Not Reported Institutional
E Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Early Childhood Education 10 17 $37,088 CAEP, NAEYC
Economics 41 77 $86,433 AACSB
Education 16 70 $49,529 CAEP, CEA
Educational Leadership 6 7 Not Reported Institutional
Electrical Engineering 14 31 $93,219 ABET
Elementary Education 46 82 $38,177 CAEP, TEAC
Emergency Management 59 115 Not Reported Institutional
Engineering 94 287 $88,118 ABET
Engineering Management 5 6 Not Reported Institutional
English 50 96 $56,040 Institutional
Environmental Science 42 107 $66,107 Institutional
ESL 4 5 $40,372 CEA
Exercise Science 11 18 Not Reported Institutional
F Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Fashion 5 11 $61,805 Institutional
Finance 93 160 $93,308 AACSB
Fire Science 21 35 $55,667 Institutional
Forensic Accounting 8 8 Not Reported Institutional
Forensic Psychology 16 19 $39,797 APA
Forensic Science 31 47 $55,667 AAFS
G Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Geographic Information Systems 13 23 $61,628 Institutional
Graphic Design 17 25 $52,877 NASAD
H Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Health Education 22 31 Not Reported Institutional
Healthcare Administration 28 64 $54,131 CAHME
Healthcare Informatics 13 17 $50,611 CAHIIM, CAHME
Healthcare Management 29 45 $54,034 CAHME
History 7 23 $62,354 Institutional
Holistic Medicine 3 5 $57,180 CNME
Homeland Security 54 124 $55,667 Institutional
Hospitality Management 44 82 $65,352 ACPHA
Human Resources 113 188 $62,050 AACSB, ACBSP
Human Services 21 90 $42,962 Institutional
HVAC 1 1 $73,171 Institutional
I Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Industrial Engineering 14 29 $86,894 ABET
Information Technology 26 134 Not Reported ABET
J Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Journalism 44 78 Not Reported ACEJMC
L Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Landscape Design 1 1 Not Reported LAAB
Law 33 46 $57,728 ABA
Law Enforcement 44 54 $55,667 Institutional
Liberal Studies 270 837 $55,508 Institutional
Library Science 5 7 Not Reported ALA
M Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Management 340 1,595 $71,212 AACSB
Marketing 35 76 $70,957 AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy 18 20 $46,116 COAMFTE
Mathematics 19 41 $78,598 Institutional
MBA 12 64 Not Reported AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
Mechanical Engineering 6 13 $90,036 ABET
Medical Assistant 5 7 $50,611 Institutional
Medical Office Administration 2 2 $55,588 Institutional
MPA 1 1 Not Reported Institutional
Music 9 17 $45,571 NASM
N Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Network Administration 33 40 $63,010 ABET
Nursing 28 33 $60,973 ACEN, CCNE
Nutrition 2 3 $45,190 ACEND
O Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Occupational Safety 7 17 Not Reported ABET
Occupational Therapy 3 4 Not Reported Institutional
Organizational Leadership 183 428 $71,740 AACSB
P Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Paralegal 14 18 $57,728 Institutional
Personal Training 1 1 $45,476 Institutional
Pharmacy 1 1 $94,711 ACPE
Philosophy 15 17 $55,086 Institutional
Photography 4 4 $52,215 Institutional
Physical Education 7 15 $48,201 Institutional
Physical Therapy 3 5 $55,922 APTA
Physician Assistant 1 1 $60,158 ARC-PA
Physics 4 9 $80,204 CAMPEP
Political Science 56 105 $73,826 Institutional
Project Management 38 89 $71,577 AACSB, PMI-GAC
Psychology 195 421 $49,369 APA
Public Administration 89 194 $46,913 NASPAA
Public Health 39 82 $46,116 CEPH
Public Relations 37 48 Not Reported Institutional
R Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Radiology 20 28 Not Reported JRCERT
Real Estate 6 7 $72,834 Institutional
Religious Studies 8 36 $47,517 ACPE
Respiratory Therapy 23 24 $57,428 CoARC
S Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Secondary Education 17 56 $44,242 CAEP, TEAC
Social Work 48 53 $41,108 CSWE
Sociology 76 144 $42,294 Institutional
Software Engineering 24 32 $83,909 ABET
Sonography 5 7 Not Reported Institutional
Spanish 11 15 $49,514 Institutional
Special Education 24 47 $40,516 CAA, CAEP
Speech Pathology 3 3 Not Reported CAA
Sports Management 11 26 $46,126 Institutional
Statistics 2 3 Not Reported Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling 21 29 $46,116 CACREP
Supply Chain Management 53 91 Not Reported Institutional
Systems Engineering 5 8 $67,254 ABET
T Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Teaching 42 84 $44,654 CAEP, TEAC
Theology 15 22 Not Reported Institutional
V Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Veterinary Technician 2 5 $50,611 AVMA COE
Video Game Design 14 17 $39,022 Institutional
Vocational 1 1 $78,816 Institutional
W Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Web Design 17 20 $69,732 Institutional
Web Development 30 49 $63,010 Institutional
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2020 Best Online Colleges for Bachelor's Degrees - Ranking Details

  • Annual Tuition: $13,260
  • Median Salary: $103,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Students interested in the humanities, cybersecurity, healthcare, information technology, or business can pursue a number of online bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Virginia. These interdisciplinary degrees are offered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, so students need to pay close attention to the type of class before registering. While every class is different, the university recommends students should set aside three to four hours a week for class time and 10 to 15 hours a week for assignments and class readings. All classes are delivered through the Canvas learning management system.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $18,450
  • Median Salary: $102,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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The George Washington University offers several online bachelor’s degree programs for students seeking education in various healthcare disciplines as well as degrees in security studies and disaster response. This school uses Blackboard as its learning management system, and it allows students to interact through message boards while also submitting their assignments. If students have any problems in their studies, they can get help from the GW Information Technology office. They’ll also have access to tutoring, mental health services, and the GW library.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $33,004
  • Median Salary: $99,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NECHE
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Learning online at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell allows students to pursue online bachelor’s degrees in areas like legal studies, economics, psychology, and liberal arts. Courses are taught on the Blackboard platform and can last anywhere from six to 12 weeks, depending on complexity. Another feature of online classes is Chat Hours, which are similar to regular office hours, as the professor is available online at specified times to answer questions. Academic advisors are also available over the phone, in-person, and through Skype, email, and live chat to assist students with any issues.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $38,475
  • Median Salary: $98,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Drexel University gives undergraduate students the choice to earn one of 19 different online bachelor's degrees in fields including fields like business, behavioral health counseling, education, communication, and more. All students have access to 24/7 tech support if they need any assistance, as well as access to the W.W. Hagerty Library, the Writing Center, and the Steinbright Career Center. The professors teaching online courses are the same faculty that teach on campus, so online students receive the same education as their on-campus counterparts.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $5,742
  • Median Salary: $92,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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Online bachelor’s degree programs at California State University-Chico allow students to learn in both asynchronous and synchronous formats, with many classes available as a live stream. The six different online degree and degree completion programs cover subjects like nursing, sociology, and liberal studies. Students can take online classes in the fall and spring semesters, and classes last for a standard 12 weeks. If students are having difficulties, they’ll have 24/7 access to recorded on-campus workshops that focus on study skills, test preparation, and time management.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $13,905
  • Median Salary: $93,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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With nearly 100 online undergraduate programs to choose from, students at Oregon State University can pursue studies in economics, foreign language, horticulture, religious studies, and much more. These online bachelor’s degree programs are separated into a quarter-term system that allows for 11-week-long classes plus one week for finals each semester. Online learning takes place in a mix of Canvas and G Suite platforms to encourage collaboration. Online students receive a free subscription to Office 365 Pro Plus to help with their assignments and collaboration.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,090
  • Median Salary: $92,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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With Texas Tech University’s online and distance programs, students can choose from 13 fully online bachelor’s degree programs as well as one hybrid program. Areas of study range from human sciences, applied leadership, and early child care to political science, plant and soil science, and wind energy. All online classes follow the same schedule as on-campus classes, which involves fall and spring semesters as well as two separate summer terms. Worldwide eLearning students also have full access to the Texas Tech University library system to help with their studies.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $20,460
  • Median Salary: $93,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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Golden Gate University provides students with a broad choice of online undergraduate programs, including bachelor’s degrees in fields such as management, psychology, and data analytics. These online bachelor’s degree programs are taught in a virtual classroom that lets students access multimedia content, videos, course materials, discussion boards, and more. Many online courses do have one proctored exam per term, and students can complete this by heading to campus, a Consortium of College Testing Centers exam site, or the online proctoring service website, ProctorU. All classes are limited in size to facilitate collaboration and discussion.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,565
  • Median Salary: $91,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Students wishing to earn an online bachelor’s degree from the Oregon Institute of Technology have 14 different options in fields like psychology, health care management, and health informatics. There are also numerous online degree completion programs ranging from dental hygiene to respiratory care. Classes are taught using the Canvas learning management system to provide access to course materials, assignments, and discussion. The Oregon Institute of Technology has four terms a year, with 11-week-long semesters in the spring, winter, and fall as well as an eight-week-long summer session.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • Median Salary: $91,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Students wishing to earn an online bachelor’s degree from Washington State University have the choice of 50 different undergraduate degrees in fields like history, business administration, political science, sociology, and data analytics. Classes are taught using the Blackboard system, which gives students access to discussion boards, assignments, course materials, and more. The diverse and acclaimed professors that teach online also teach on-campus courses, ensuring that students receive the same educational rigor as their on-campus peers.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,520
  • Median Salary: $91,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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With the choice of online bachelor’s degree programs in general studies, psychological studies, organizational development, and business administration, students attending Saint Joseph’s University have numerous educational opportunities. The general studies program also offers five different concentrations. Learning can take place anywhere in the world with an internet connection thanks to the Canvas learning system, which facilitates group discussion and assignment submission. Students also have access to financial counseling, academic advising, librarian assistance, and 24/7 technical assistance. The Career Development Center also offers online students resources for internships and jobs post-graduation.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Median Salary: $89,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NECHE
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The University of Massachusetts – Amherst has 34 online bachelor's degrees in subject areas such as hospitality and tourism, criminal justice, and sustainability. Students can choose from more than 1,500 courses annually to achieve their educational goals, many of which are offered in the fall, winter, spring, and summer. There is no difference between an online and on-campus degree, and the curriculum is just as challenging as its on-campus counterpart. Courses are taught using the Blackboard learning management system.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,380
  • Median Salary: $88,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Undergraduate students who attend West Virginia University can choose from online bachelor’s degree programs in child development, general business, multidisciplinary studies, and nursing. There is also a Regents Bachelor of Arts that allows adult, non-traditional learners to earn college equivalent credits for life experiences. Nearly all WVU Online courses are delivered through WVU eCampus, a web-based learning management system that incorporates the Blackboard classroom management system. Online students also have access to the technology service desk and WVU libraries.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $8,073
  • Median Salary: $88,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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There are 27 online bachelor’s degree programs available at the University of Iowa in a wide range of fields, including political science, leadership, and nursing. Courses come in several different formats, including WWW/Plus Meeting (online coursework paired with a specific online meeting time) and Arranged Time World Wide Web (online coursework that can be accessed whenever it is convenient). Students can expect a mix of audio and video lessons, all of which can be accessed from ICON, the University of Iowa learning management system.
 

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,995
  • Median Salary: $87,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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The University of Texas at Arlington offers numerous entirely online bachelor’s degree programs in both traditional and accelerated formats. Students can choose among programs in nursing, public health, criminal justice, and university studies, and multiple start dates a year let students begin their education when it’s convenient for them. All programs are taught on Canvas and include individual attention and real-world applications that can assist students in getting a position after graduation. While students are attending the university, they can take advantage of both academic support and a personalized adviser.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $18,864
  • Median Salary: $88,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
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With California State University - East Bay’s online bachelor’s degree programs, students have the choice of 16 different areas of study, including human development, recreation administration, hospitality, women’s studies, and business administration. More than 100 courses are offered each semester in the school’s Blackboard learning platform, which enables students to connect with instructors and peers as well as access course materials and assignments. Students also have access to academic advising, online tutoring, university libraries, and career education services.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,159
  • Median Salary: $87,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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All online bachelor’s degree programs available at the University of Arkansas are designed by on-campus academic departments to ensure they are as rigorous as an on-campus education. Undergraduate students can choose from eight different degree options in fields like communication, business, interdisciplinary studies, and nursing. Self-paced online courses give students the chance for 20 start dates per year, and each course is typically 12 weeks and culminates in a proctored exam. Students use Blackboard as their course management system.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • Median Salary: $88,200
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Students considering an online bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland Global Campus have more than 30 programs to choose from in fields like computer science, criminal justice, accounting, and more. All online classes use digital materials, such as e-books, websites, and software, to eliminate the need for expensive textbooks. Most classes have weekly or biweekly due dates for assignments, but there are no set class times, allowing students to study on their own schedule. Some programs even have a cohort format that allows students to learn alongside the same group throughout their online studies.  

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,916
  • Median Salary: $87,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Students attending the University of Kansas can choose from a number of online bachelor’s degree programs in fields like liberal arts and sciences, communications, health professions, and nursing. The school uses the Blackboard learning management system, which allows students to interact with classmates and professors through discussion boards and chat rooms. Course lengths vary but can range from four to 16 weeks long depending on complexity. Classes are not self-paced, meaning students have deadlines for assignments and readings.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $30,060
  • Median Salary: $90,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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Students wishing to complete their bachelor’s degrees online can choose from six programs at the University of Denver. These online bachelor’s degree completion programs require students to transfer previous credits and include fields like communication arts, information technology, and healthcare administration. Students have 24/7 access to course materials, and all classes are taught in an asynchronous style on the Canvas learning platform. Additionally, students with questions or concerns have the opportunity to talk with their instructors through Skype or Zoom sessions, phone calls, Canvas chat, or in-person meetings.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $26,254
  • Median Salary: $89,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
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The University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus offers five online bachelor of arts and bachelor of science programs to undergraduate students. These online bachelor’s degree programs include self-paced courses that allow students to study on their own terms in the span of 180 days. Some online classes do require proctored exams, which must be administered on campus, at a nearby university testing center, or using the online proctoring service, Examity. Most learning takes place in Canvas, a popular course management system.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $7,440
  • Median Salary: $86,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Lamar University offers 15 online bachelor’s degree programs for students who want to learn remotely. Areas of study include applied arts and sciences, business, engineering, sociology, and communication. All online courses are offered in either an accelerated eight-week format or a traditional 15-week format to help students learn at a pace that’s right for them. Additionally, multiple start dates throughout the year let students begin whenever they feel the time is right. Students have online access to the career center, library, and more.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $12,720
  • Median Salary: $87,100
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NECHE
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Numerous online bachelor’s degree programs are available in business, humanities, human services, and social sciences from the Continuing and Career Education department at Assumption College. All students have access to e-tutoring throughout their academic career to assist with their education. Assumption College offers online classes during fall and spring semesters, with a two-session summer semester also available. Academic counseling and IT services are also available to students on an as-needed basis, and students are able to transfer in up to 75 credits from previous university coursework.
 

  • Annual Tuition: $26,310
  • Median Salary: $88,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Students wishing to earn an online bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston will need to have earned previous college credits, as this school only offers online degree completion programs. These programs require at least two years of prior coursework and are taught by the same caliber of faculty that teaches on campus. The programs offered online are a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in psychology, a Bachelor of Science in retailing and consumer sciences with several concentrations, and an RN to BSN (nursing). Students use the Blackboard classroom management system for all of their coursework and interactions, and they’ll also have access to many of the same resources as on-campus students, including academic advising, tutoring, and writing center coaching.

  • Annual Tuition: $24,200
  • Median Salary: $88,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
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Thomas Jefferson University offers a total of nine online undergraduate degrees in subjects like accounting, business and management, communication, health, and information technology. The school’s course management system is Blackboard, which allows students to access course materials and engage in discussion. While many classes are asynchronous to allow students to work on their own schedules, some are synchronous and meet at specified times using the Adobe Connect application. Distance students have the same library privileges as on-campus students, including 20 free document requests for articles that aren’t available online.
 

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