Complete Guide to Accredited Online Certificate Programs

Our extensive list of accredited online certificate programs includes 474 online schools and 6,601 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 119 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 68 115 $143,441 AACSB, ACBSP
Aerospace Engineering 9 14 $139,652 ABET
Agriculture 21 45 Not Reported Institutional
Anthropology 1 1 $129,233 Institutional
Architecture 15 15 $83,036 NAAB
Art & Design 37 48 $95,074 NASAD
Art History 6 6 Not Reported Institutional
Aviation 3 3 $108,662 AABI
B Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Biology 41 60 $178,943 Institutional
Business 23 95 $126,125 AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
C Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
CAD/Computer Aided Drafting 1 1 $87,708 Institutional
Chemical Engineering 11 12 $168,974 ABET
Child Development 3 3 $127,906 APA
Christian Counseling 2 3 $61,516 ACPE
Civil Engineering 15 26 $127,703 ABET
Communications 87 157 $104,879 ACEJMC
Computer Engineering 8 11 $124,850 ABET
Computer Science 54 143 $121,174 ABET
Conflict Resolution 20 29 $131,284 Institutional
Construction Management 20 23 $121,450 ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling 100 178 $12,888 CACREP
Counseling Psychology 13 16 Not Reported Institutional
Creative Writing 12 14 Not Reported Institutional
Criminal Justice 57 98 $97,352 Institutional
Criminology 8 12 Not Reported Institutional
Cyber Security 64 108 $97,494 Institutional
D Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Data Science 43 65 Not Reported Institutional
Dental Assistant 3 3 $101,333 CODA
E Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Early Childhood Education 3 4 $61,108 CAEP, NAEYC
Economics 15 20 $170,989 AACSB
Education 18 64 $77,112 CAEP, CEA
Educational Leadership 171 357 $70,789 Institutional
Electrical Engineering 21 34 $158,987 ABET
Elementary Education 80 128 $61,371 CAEP, TEAC
Emergency Management 44 66 Not Reported Institutional
Engineering 131 520 $144,741 ABET
Engineering Management 29 50 Not Reported Institutional
English 53 70 $132,910 Institutional
Environmental Science 70 176 $125,102 Institutional
ESL 93 130 $71,099 CEA
Exercise Science 4 4 Not Reported Institutional
F Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Fashion 5 5 $97,806 Institutional
Finance 74 131 $150,085 AACSB
Fire Science 10 11 $97,494 Institutional
Forensic Accounting 7 8 Not Reported Institutional
Forensic Psychology 3 3 Not Reported APA
Forensic Science 18 26 $97,494 AAFS
G Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Geographic Information Systems 44 63 $112,748 Institutional
Graphic Design 13 16 $82,303 NASAD
Gunsmithing 1 1 Not Reported Institutional
H Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Health Education 53 71 Not Reported Institutional
Healthcare Administration 13 24 $113,295 CAHME
Healthcare Informatics 3 3 $101,333 CAHIIM, CAHME
Healthcare Management 8 11 Not Reported CAHME
Holistic Medicine 7 7 $118,385 CNME
Homeland Security 50 93 $97,494 Institutional
Hospitality Management 23 36 $105,255 ACPHA
Human Resources 71 115 $133,997 AACSB, ACBSP
Human Services 6 11 $88,913 Institutional
HVAC 2 4 Not Reported Institutional
I Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Industrial Engineering 10 13 $128,529 ABET
Information Technology 9 25 $103,109 ABET
Interior Design 4 4 $82,486 NASAD
J Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Journalism 25 29 Not Reported ACEJMC
L Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Landscape Design 5 5 Not Reported LAAB
Law 35 62 $104,452 ABA
Law Enforcement 20 26 $97,494 Institutional
Legal Nurse Consulting 2 2 Not Reported Institutional
Liberal Studies 52 94 $132,400 Institutional
Library Science 65 100 Not Reported ALA
M Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Management 243 972 $121,771 AACSB
Marketing 11 15 $109,764 AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy 19 31 $118,675 COAMFTE
Mathematics 52 81 $163,126 Institutional
MBA 8 11 Not Reported AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
Mechanical Engineering 8 14 $158,025 ABET
Medical Assistant 11 13 $101,333 Institutional
Medical Billing & Coding 27 39 $121,285 Institutional
Medical Office Administration 15 22 $121,285 Institutional
Music 6 9 $100,242 NASM
N Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Network Administration 14 21 Not Reported ABET
Nurse Practitioner (NP) 59 151 Not Reported ACEN, CCNE
Nursing 7 13 $109,578 ACEN, CCNE
Nutrition 3 5 $98,179 ACEND
O Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Occupational Safety 17 21 Not Reported ABET
Occupational Therapy 5 5 Not Reported Institutional
Organizational Leadership 120 218 $122,889 AACSB
P Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Paralegal 22 28 $104,452 Institutional
Personal Training 7 9 Not Reported Institutional
Pharmacy 19 34 $131,593 ACPE
Pharmacy Technician 10 11 $101,333 ACPE, ASHP
Philosophy 3 3 $135,608 Institutional
Phlebotomy 1 1 $130,360 NAACLS
Photography 2 4 $88,820 Institutional
Physical Education 13 14 $99,895 Institutional
Physical Therapy 14 17 $106,871 APTA
Physics 12 15 $154,735 CAMPEP
Political Science 19 24 $143,393 Institutional
Project Management 75 114 $122,663 AACSB, PMI-GAC
Psychology 90 176 $128,406 APA
Public Administration 90 164 $96,887 NASPAA
Public Health 63 131 $115,116 CEPH
Public Relations 18 23 Not Reported Institutional
R Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Radiology 4 5 Not Reported JRCERT
Real Estate 9 17 $113,145 Institutional
Religious Studies 2 10 $118,092 ACPE
Respiratory Therapy 2 2 $121,277 CoARC
S Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
School Counseling 28 37 Not Reported CACREP
Secondary Education 70 156 $80,477 CAEP, TEAC
Social Work 21 28 $91,178 CSWE
Sociology 11 13 $83,036 Institutional
Software Engineering 26 35 $121,057 ABET
Sonography 1 1 Not Reported Institutional
Spanish 6 6 $58,894 Institutional
Special Education 140 322 $66,114 CAA, CAEP
Speech Pathology 7 9 Not Reported CAA
Sports Management 4 4 $96,055 Institutional
Statistics 24 39 Not Reported Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling 26 34 $118,675 CACREP
Supply Chain Management 38 53 Not Reported Institutional
Systems Engineering 32 48 $175,296 ABET
T Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Teaching 210 708 $84,312 CAEP, TEAC
Theology 12 16 Not Reported Institutional
V Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Veterinary Technician 2 2 $101,333 AVMA COE
Video Game Design 6 7 Not Reported Institutional
Vocational 42 94 $88,934 Institutional
W Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Web Design 27 34 Not Reported Institutional
Web Development 21 37 Not Reported 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: $52,853
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE and NYSED
  • Online Certificate Programs:

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: $27,480
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 20

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: $52,002
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Certificate Programs: 99

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: $14,832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • 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: $34,845
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 55

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: $13,988
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Online Certificate Programs: 72

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: $7,878
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: HLC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 57

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: $41,275
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Online Certificate Programs: 119

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: 64

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: $35,538
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Online Certificate Programs: 45
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