Complete Guide to Top Online Doctoral Programs

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Online doctoral degrees are offered by 261 accredited schools in a variety of subjects ranging from computer science to educational leadership. Browse our list of 1,309 doctoral degree programs, categorized by academic discipline, or check out our top online colleges based on value for doctoral programs.

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2018 Top Online Colleges Offering Doctoral Degrees

These top 25 schools represent the best value colleges offering online doctoral degrees. Each university offers strong academics, low tuition rates, and at least three online doctorates. All schools have annual tuition rates under $20,000; the most affordable school on this list is University of West Georgia with a tuition rate of only $4,680 per year. The online doctoral programs offered by these schools cover a wide range of subjects including nursing and education.

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Rank School Annual Tuition Academic Strength
#1 #1 Montana State University Annual Tuition $5,817 Academic Strength 71%
#2 #2 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $4,680 Academic Strength 59%
#3 #3 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $6,840 Academic Strength 69%
#4 #4 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,930 Academic Strength 68%
#5 #5 Union University Annual Tuition $8,060 Academic Strength 72%
#6 #6 University of the Cumberlands Annual Tuition $8,250 Academic Strength 62%
#7 #7 Johnson University Annual Tuition $8,625 Academic Strength 65%
#8 #8 Auburn University Annual Tuition $9,150 Academic Strength 73%
#9 #9 Liberty University Annual Tuition $8,925 Academic Strength 66%
#10 #10 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $9,684 Academic Strength 64%
#11 #11 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $11,250 Academic Strength 76%
#12 #12 University of South Carolina-Columbia Annual Tuition $11,428 Academic Strength 75%
#13 #13 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $12,024 Academic Strength 74%
#14 #14 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $12,686 Academic Strength 66%
#15 #15 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $13,125 Academic Strength 68%
#16 #16 Nova Southeastern University Annual Tuition $13,482 Academic Strength 69%
#17 #17 University of Michigan-Flint Annual Tuition $13,503 Academic Strength 65%
#18 #18 Quinnipiac University Annual Tuition $15,760 Academic Strength 68%
#19 #19 Oakland City University Annual Tuition $15,360 Academic Strength 58%
#20 #20 Murray State University Annual Tuition $16,007 Academic Strength 66%
#21 #21 Loyola University New Orleans Annual Tuition $16,360 Academic Strength 70%
#22 #22 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $16,746 Academic Strength 69%
#23 #23 Maryville University Annual Tuition $17,446 Academic Strength 72%
#24 #24 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $17,910 Academic Strength 65%
#25 #25 Andrews University Annual Tuition $19,008 Academic Strength 68%
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Accounting Schools 5 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $119,114 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Aerospace Engineering Schools 4 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $133,178 Accreditation ABET
Agriculture Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Architecture Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $80,108 Accreditation NAAB
Aviation Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $106,359 Accreditation AABI
B Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Biology Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $115,707 Accreditation Institutional
Business Schools 11 Degree Programs 110 Annual Salary $104,303 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
C Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Child Development Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $92,298 Accreditation APA
Christian Counseling Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $58,144 Accreditation ACPE
Civil Engineering Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $116,659 Accreditation ABET
Communications Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $100,485 Accreditation ACEJMC
Computer Engineering Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $130,397 Accreditation ABET
Computer Science Schools 9 Degree Programs 20 Annual Salary $131,290 Accreditation ABET
Conflict Resolution Schools 6 Degree Programs 9 Annual Salary $91,181 Accreditation Institutional
Construction Management Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $99,379 Accreditation ACCE, ATMAE
Counseling Schools 18 Degree Programs 62 Annual Salary $81,236 Accreditation CACREP
Counseling Psychology Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Criminal Justice Schools 7 Degree Programs 28 Annual Salary $88,253 Accreditation Institutional
Criminology Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Cyber Security Schools 5 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $88,155 Accreditation Institutional
D Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Data Science Schools 5 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
E Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Early Childhood Education Schools 2 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $85,125 Accreditation CAEP, NAEYC
Education Schools 14 Degree Programs 140 Annual Salary $80,393 Accreditation CAEP, CEA
Educational Leadership Schools 88 Degree Programs 205 Annual Salary $77,054 Accreditation Institutional
Electrical Engineering Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $139,024 Accreditation ABET
Elementary Education Schools 6 Degree Programs 13 Annual Salary $71,167 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Emergency Management Schools 5 Degree Programs 14 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Engineering Schools 21 Degree Programs 54 Annual Salary $128,618 Accreditation ABET
Engineering Management Schools 4 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
English Schools 1 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $85,973 Accreditation Institutional
Environmental Science Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $108,544 Accreditation Institutional
ESL Schools 3 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $74,106 Accreditation CEA
Exercise Science Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
F Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Finance Schools 5 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $135,697 Accreditation AACSB
Forensic Psychology Schools 1 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $89,003 Accreditation APA
G Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Geographic Information Systems Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $89,964 Accreditation Institutional
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Health Education Schools 10 Degree Programs 27 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Healthcare Administration Schools 5 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $100,202 Accreditation CAHME
Healthcare Management Schools 6 Degree Programs 12 Annual Salary $94,940 Accreditation CAHME
Holistic Medicine Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $87,185 Accreditation CNME
Homeland Security Schools 3 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary $88,155 Accreditation Institutional
Hospitality Management Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $106,775 Accreditation ACPHA
Human Resources Schools 16 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary $90,137 Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP
Human Services Schools 7 Degree Programs 104 Annual Salary $81,645 Accreditation Institutional
I Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Industrial Engineering Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $117,386 Accreditation ABET
Information Technology Schools 4 Degree Programs 30 Annual Salary $92,932 Accreditation ABET
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Law Schools 5 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $127,214 Accreditation ABA
Law Enforcement Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $88,155 Accreditation Institutional
Liberal Studies Schools 1 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $91,175 Accreditation Institutional
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Management Schools 36 Degree Programs 173 Annual Salary $96,859 Accreditation AACSB
Marketing Schools 4 Degree Programs 8 Annual Salary $100,626 Accreditation AACSB
Marriage & Family Therapy Schools 4 Degree Programs 22 Annual Salary $80,522 Accreditation COAMFTE
MBA Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation AACSB, ACBSP, IACBE
Mechanical Engineering Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $123,939 Accreditation ABET
Music Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $66,879 Accreditation NASM
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Nurse Practitioner (NP) Schools 77 Degree Programs 170 Annual Salary $111,705 Accreditation ACEN, ACEN, CCNE
Nursing Schools 12 Degree Programs 23 Annual Salary $106,158 Accreditation ACEN, ACEN, CCNE, NLNAC
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Occupational Therapy Schools 13 Degree Programs 19 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Organizational Leadership Schools 46 Degree Programs 106 Annual Salary $99,643 Accreditation AACSB
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Pharmacy Schools 5 Degree Programs 5 Annual Salary $119,260 Accreditation ACPE
Philosophy Schools 5 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $83,804 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Education Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $76,697 Accreditation Institutional
Physical Therapy Schools 11 Degree Programs 12 Annual Salary $85,558 Accreditation APTA
Project Management Schools 5 Degree Programs 10 Annual Salary $99,505 Accreditation AACSB, PMI-GAC
Psychology Schools 16 Degree Programs 85 Annual Salary $92,412 Accreditation APA
Public Administration Schools 12 Degree Programs 53 Annual Salary $74,542 Accreditation NASPAA
Public Health Schools 11 Degree Programs 33 Annual Salary $88,169 Accreditation CEPH
R Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Religious Studies Schools 1 Degree Programs 1 Annual Salary $73,036 Accreditation ACPE
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School Counseling Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation CACREP
Secondary Education Schools 6 Degree Programs 7 Annual Salary $72,334 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Social Work Schools 6 Degree Programs 24 Annual Salary $76,430 Accreditation CSWE
Software Engineering Schools 2 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $131,006 Accreditation ABET
Special Education Schools 13 Degree Programs 18 Annual Salary $85,464 Accreditation CAA, CAEP
Sports Management Schools 1 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary $74,335 Accreditation Institutional
Substance Abuse Counseling Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary $80,522 Accreditation CACREP
Supply Chain Management Schools 3 Degree Programs 3 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
Systems Engineering Schools 6 Degree Programs 6 Annual Salary $125,793 Accreditation ABET
T Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Teaching Schools 30 Degree Programs 46 Annual Salary $79,307 Accreditation CAEP, TEAC
Theology Schools 3 Degree Programs 4 Annual Salary Not Reported Accreditation Institutional
V Online Schools Programs Annual Salary Accreditation
Vocational Schools 2 Degree Programs 2 Annual Salary $104,533 Accreditation Institutional
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2018 Top Online Colleges for Doctoral Degrees - Ranking Details

Those looking for a high-quality doctoral program at a moderate tuition rate will find 25 excellent options below. Montana State University tops the list with three online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs starting at an annual tuition rate of $5,817. University of West Georgia, ranked #2, offers three Doctor of Education programs: an EdD in Nursing Education, an EdD in Professional Counseling and Supervision, and an EdD in School Improvement. Tuition starts at $4,680 annually.

  • Annual Tuition: $5,817
  • Academic Strength: 71%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU
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Montana State University's low tuition and high academic ratings make it an excellent educational investment for the 16,000 students who attend it each year. Its online offerings extend its reach to students who can't attend classes in person, making it even more appealing. In addition to web-based bachelor’s and master’s degrees, it offers online Doctor of Nursing Practice programs, including specializations in family and mental health. Each student in these programs completes a scholarly project developed in collaboration with a PhD faculty chairperson and committee. An online Master of Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice is also offered. This degree requires 41 credit hours and 405 clinical hours to complete.

  • Annual Tuition: $4,680
  • Academic Strength: 59%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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With over one hundred years of education to its name, the University of West Georgia now offers electronic classes and degrees as part of its growing course catalog. Undergrads may now fulfill their core units through an electronic core curriculum, while prospective distance students can take a web-based assessment to determine if they are a right fit for online courses. A number of fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees are offered, including three doctoral degrees: a Doctor of Education in Nursing Education, a Doctor of Education in Professional Counseling and Supervision, and a Doctor of Education in School Improvement. UWG does not apply out-of-state fees or rate-hikes to non-resident students.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,840
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Since its founding in 1878, Mississippi State University has been dedicated to learning, research, and service. It brings these values into the 21st Century with its Center for Distance Education, which, in addition to offering a full range of online degrees and certificates, also offers distance learners access to classroom videos, sample classes, archived courses and technical help and assistance. MSU offers 8 different online doctoral degree programs, including one in community college leadership and engineering degrees with numerous concentrations. Classes are offered both synchronously and asynchronously. Annual tuition for Mississippi State's doctoral programs starts at $6,840.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,930
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Georgia Southern University now offers 119 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs, over 30 of which are online. Its online doctoral programs include a post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with concentrations in family nurse practitioner and psychiatric/mental health family nurse practitioner, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice. The BSN-DNP degrees are each 46 credit hours and students may exit with an MSN degree after the completion of primary care courses. The eight-semester DNP is designed for full-time working nurses and offers training in four different areas.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,060
  • Academic Strength: 72%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Union University is a small Christian college with a lot to offer: 100% of its 3,400 students receive financial aid, and it has a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Its traditions of support and excellence continue in its online programs, where distance students can obtain a Doctorate in Education for about $8,000 in annual tuition. Union offers both a general EdD and an EdD with a concentration in leadership in school reform. The goal of these degrees is to prepare teachers and leaders to transform children's lives. Union University also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice in multiple concentrations. Online education is enhanced by UU's online textbook store, online library services, and online support and research services. Union University's doctoral programs start at $8,060 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • Academic Strength: 62%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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With a total enrollment of approximately 6,000 students, University of the Cumberlands considers itself to have a small and close knit community and also offers a wide variety of online degrees. It currently offers over 40 different degree programs, including 30 that are also available in hybrid or fully online formats. Its online doctoral programs include a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Doctorate in Leadership, and a Doctor of Education in counselor education and supervision. Some of these programs require internships, study abroad, and/or on-campus learning in addition to the online course curriculum. All of the programs are designed to help graduates meet their professional goals and challenges in the working world.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,625
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHE
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Johnson University is a private, Christian institution with a mission to prepare students to preach the gospel. It offers a full range of online degree and certificate programs, including a doctorate in leadership studies. The 100% online leadership studies program is interdisciplinary and offers concentrations in educational leadership, organizational leadership, philosophy and theology of leadership, and missional leadership. This last concentration is taught in partnership with Forge America, a Texas-based mission training organization. Classes for the doctoral program are asynchronous and flexible, allowing distance students to learn independently. The degree has biblical underpinnings and a Christian worldview.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • Academic Strength: 73%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Auburn University offers a variety of online programs at various degree levels, professional credit programs, and personal enrichment programs. Among Auburn University's web-based offerings are 5 doctoral degrees. Auburn assists distance students in obtaining necessary financial aid, and many of its programs are tailored to individual learning needs. Curriculum requirements include internships, practicums and research, and thesis credit hours. All online doctoral programs at Auburn are exactly the same as the on-campus equivalent, ensuring that students receive a quality education. Tuition for Auburn University's online doctoral programs starts at $9,150 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $8,925
  • Academic Strength: 66%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
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Liberty University is a Christian college with over 550 programs of study, 250 of which are online. Since 1971 it has been educating a student body that now exceeds 110,000. Low annual tuition, a high academic strength rating, and a robust online presence make it a high-value option for prospective distance students. LU offers 46 fully online doctoral degrees in subjects ranging from nursing to finance to special education. Its Doctor of Ministry program alone offers 10 specializations in subjects including church revitalization, expository preaching, and worship. To help distance students succeed, LU provides an online Student Advocate Office which assists students with matters such as problems with classes or medical issues, among others. Tuition at Liberty starts at $8,925 per year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,684
  • Academic Strength: 64%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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With 24,000 students hailing from 98 countries, Old Dominion University seeks to expand its ever-growing reach by offering over 100 degree programs through its online portal. In the last thirty years it has conferred over 14,000 degrees through distance learning programs, and its online programs now make attaining distance degrees easier than ever before. Old Dominion University's online doctoral programs include two Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, a Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Community College Leadership, a Doctor of Philosophy in Education - Instructional Design & Technology and a Doctor of Philosophy in English. Annual tuition starts at $9,684.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Academic Strength: 76%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
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University of Massachusetts - Amherst is a world-class research institution catering to a student enrollment of over 30,000. It takes student opportunity and learning to the next level with a rich roster of online degrees. In addition to certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees, UMassAmherst also offers a 100% online Doctor of Nursing Practice with six areas of specialization. Clinical internships can be arranged locally, while 24-hour classroom access allows professional distance students the flexibility to create their own schedule. Web-based idea-sharing and online student collaboration is encouraged by faculty. Doctoral program tuition starts at $11,250 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,428
  • Academic Strength: 75%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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University of South Carolina-Columbia was established over 200 years ago and is recognized for its research and community engagement. Its expanding roster of online degrees includes a Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in curriculum studies and educational technology. These are 36-month, 60 credit hour programs. Also offered is a Doctor of Nursing Practice with concentrations in adult/gerontology acute care, family psychiatric mental health, executive leadership, and primary care. The DNP program is delivered asynchronously online and is interactive and collaborative in nature. Tuition for University of South Carolina's doctoral programs starts at $11,428 annually.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,024
  • Academic Strength: 74%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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University of Missouri's extensive online programs cater to an enrollment of 33,000 students from all 50 states and 120 countries worldwide. It offers more than 100 online degree and certificate options, as well as over 1,000 online courses. In keeping with its history of strong military support, it grants a 10 percent tuition award for online degree or certificate programs to veterans, active duty, National Guard and reserves, as well as their spouses and dependents. Mizzou offers 11 online doctoral degree programs through four different colleges. These include a PhD in agricultural education and leadership, a PhD in art education, an EdD in educational leadership, a PhD in architectural studies, and nursing doctorates with several different specializations.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,686
  • Academic Strength: 66%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Offering over 200 fields of study to nearly 15,000 students, University of North Dakota provides quality education at an affordable price. Its rapidly growing online degree program offerings now include bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate and undergraduate certificates. It offers online classes in both self-paced and synchronous formats. Doctoral degrees at UND cover subjects such as nursing, engineering, and aerospace sciences, among others. The aerospace sciences doctorate program is identical in both traditional and online formats, allowing students to switch formats at any time. University of North Dakota's doctoral programs start at $12,686 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,125
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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The University of Colorado Denver is rated as one of the nation’s top public research universities. It offers doctorate programs in various areas, including applied mathematics, computer science and information systems, education and human development, public affairs, and more. All applicants must submit an application for admission, an official transcript from each college or university attended, and pay a $50 application fee. Other application requirements may be required, depending on the selected program of study.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,482
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Nova Southeastern University was founded in 1964 and has steadily increased its global presence in recent years. Today it offers a wide range of online degrees to students anywhere in the world. Among its online offerings are 23 doctoral degrees in disciplines such as nursing, education, criminal justice, and health sciences. These degrees generally offer a core curriculum in addition to specialty training. NSU's online students receive access to an electronic library and online databases, a directory for publishing assignments and resources, and discussion forums with threaded bulletin boards. Frequent communication between students and with faculty is heavily stressed. 

  • Annual Tuition: $13,503
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Having offered online courses since the year 2000, University of Michigan-Flint now has a catalog featuring dozens of online degrees. It recently installed a new, sound-proofed video production studio that is designed solely to assist faculty in the virtual classroom. Among the online degrees UM offers are doctoral degrees in anesthesia, physical therapy, and nursing. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program has specializations in adult-gerontology acute care, adult-gerontology primary care, family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric mental health. Advising, financial aid, and library services are all available to distance students. Doctoral tuition at the University of Michigan-Flint starts at $13,503 per year.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,760
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
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Private, non-profit Quinnipiac University is a regionally accredited school and offers four online doctoral degrees. With a combined undergraduate and graduate student body of over 10,000 students, it offers extensive online degree and certificate programs to working professionals. Included in this catalog are a BS to Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with specializations in adult gerontology and nurse anesthesia. Quinnipiac offers online students administrative support, academic advising, and financial planning assistance. Financial assistance, corporate partnership discounts, and military benefits are also offered to qualified students.

  • Annual Tuition: $15,360
  • Academic Strength: 58%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Founded in 1885, Oakland City University is a Christian, faith-based college dedicated to instilling qualities of leadership in its graduates. Its online college is affordable and designed to assist working adults in obtaining degrees around their busy personal schedules. Its accelerated classes are between five and eight weeks long, with multiple start dates. OCU offers a Doctor of Education with optional specializations in superintendency, curriculum and instruction, and organizational management. The program is 90 to 96 credit hours and online students attend the program in cohort groups that are limited to 16 students.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,007
  • Academic Strength: 66%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Murray State University offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice with family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthetist concentrations. This degree program is 32 credit hours and takes 20 months to complete. Online courses are offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters. This program focuses on evidence-based practice, quality improvement, health policy, ethics, and leadership, management and organization of health systems. The program also serves as an alternative to research-based PhD programs. Students must visit Murray’s main campus once per semester for an obligatory orientation. Annual tuition for Murray State University's online doctoral programs starts at $16,007.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,360
  • Academic Strength: 70%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-founded institution with a long history of academic excellence. The same traditional excellence extends to its web-based distance programs, which are provided on the Blackboard learning platform. Loyola University New Orleans offers a BSN to DNP online degree with a family nurse practitioner concentration as well as an online MSN to DNP degree with nurse practitioner and executive nurse leader concentrations. These CCNE-accredited programs have traditional Jesuit ethical underpinnings and teach students to lead teams, organizations, and individuals within today's rapidly evolving healthcare system. While the classes are fully online, in-person attendance is required once per year for the duration of the program.

  • Annual Tuition: $16,746
  • Academic Strength: 69%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Texas Tech University is a public, non-profit research institution with a long history of student success. Its online school uses the Blackboard platform and interactive video conferencing to deliver synchronous and asynchronous classes to distance students. Groups of students are banded into cohorts for the duration of their programs. Current online degree offerings include over 100 programs, including doctoral programs in education and philosophy. Both of these degree programs offer specialization tracks and require between 60 and 96 credit hours to complete.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,446
  • Academic Strength: 72%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC
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Noted specifically for its longstanding tradition of excellence in healthcare education, Maryville University offers 100% online courses for several of its programs. Its online degrees offer programs to an ever-expanding number of distance students. Included in the online catalog is a BSN to DNP, DNP and DNP with NP concentration. The DNP program can be completed in as few as 20 months. The BSN to DNP program is intense and accelerated, instilling in graduates a holistic view of nursing leadership in as few as 36 months. The DNP with NP concentration is perfect for nurses who have completed their MSN and wish to become an NP or change their NP specialty.

  • Annual Tuition: $17,910
  • Academic Strength: 65%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC
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Regent University is a Christ-centered institution that provides excellent education through a biblical perspective. The university offers online doctoral programs in different departments within Regent’s seven graduate schools. The standards for online education at Regent University are the same as their traditional, on-campus programs, and students receive their instruction from the same professors who teach the non-online programs. Class sizes generally average around 17 students, and students are able to interact with each another through online discussions. While there are set deadlines in the online courses, students are not required to log-in at specific times. Tuition rates for online doctorates start at $995 per credit hour and the annual tuition rate starts at $17,910.

  • Annual Tuition: $19,008
  • Academic Strength: 68%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
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Andrews University offers doctoral programs in religious education, religion, and educational psychology, among others. Admission requirements differ from program to program, but they commonly include a statement of purpose essay, a resume, recommendations, entrance exams, and transcripts from previously attended educational institutions. There is a $60 application fee. Online classes at Andrews University come in a variety of formats including self-paced open learning online, self-paced full term online, and interactive online. Each delivery format differs in the registration process, course deadlines, level of student interaction, and available financial aid, so prospective students are encouraged to weigh their options before enrolling.

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