You are here:

Nationally Accredited Online Colleges and Universities

There are dozens of accrediting bodies for schools of higher learning. These institutions, in turn, are accredited by one or both of two organizations that provide oversight for the accrediting process: the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Both organizations recognize the Distance Education and Training Council Accrediting Commission (DETC), the only national online education accreditation body with this status. However there are accredited online degrees granted by many colleges that have attained their accreditation from other organizations recognized by the DOE or CHEA.

The principal college and university accrediting bodies are six regional associations of schools that have divided the country into six districts. There are also programmatic accrediting organizations for specialties such as nursing, the law, medicine, psychology, etc. The larger accredited online universities such as Kaplan have sought approval from a string of associations - and in the case of Kaplan University, for instance, DETC has granted accredited distance learning status to several of the Kaplan campuses as well as the University itself.

In a sense, national accreditation flows from the DOE or CHEA through the many non-profit accrediting bodies that they recognize. There is a database here of all colleges and universities, including accredited distance learning schools, that are recognized by associations authorized by either CHEA or the DOE.

Search Schools

Matching School Ads
  • University of Southern California - DSW

    The University of Southern California Doctor of Social Work (DSW) online program is designed for experienced practitioners to harness innovative solutions to solve real-world problems.

    Unlike a PhD in social work, which prepares scholars for careers in research and the professoriate, the DSW@USC is an online advanced practice degree program for working professionals who want to have a greater impact in their practice.


    • Doctor of Social Work (DSW)
    Los Angeles: 669 W 34th St, Los Angeles CA 90089
    University of Southern California - DSW Request Info »
  • University of Maryland at College Park

    Study online with University of Maryland at College Park.


    • MBA - Information Systems & Business Analytics
    • MBA - General
    • MBA - Marketing
    • More...
    College Park: , College Park MD 20742
    University of Maryland at College Park Request Info »
  • George Mason University

    Located in Fairfax, Virginia, George Mason University is the largest public research university in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


    • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
    • Master of Business Administration: Business Analytics Specialization
    • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • More...

    Location: Online

    George Mason  University Request Info »
  • Penn Foster

    Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.


    • Home Health Aide
    • Security Guard
    • Veterinary Assistant
    • More...
    Scranton: , Scranton PA 18515
    Penn Foster Request Info »
  • South University, Online Programs

    As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.


    • Nurse Educator (PGC)
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
    • Specialization in Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN)
    • More...
    Savannah: 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah GA 31406
    South University, Online Programs Request Info »
  • Pepperdine’s School of Law Master of Legal Studies

    The online Master of Legal Studies program from Pepperdine University School of Law enables nonlawyers from across the United States to develop the legal expertise and credentials to advance within their chosen fields. Students will learn to interpret foundational legal concepts, solve legal challenges, and interact effectively with lawyers.



    • Master of Legal Studies

    Location: Online

    Pepperdine’s School of Law Master of Legal Studies Request Info »
  • Liberty University

    100% Online & No Standardized Testing


    • Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
    • Doctor of Ministry: Evangelism & Church Planting
    • M.Div: Homiletics
    • More...
    Lynchburg: 1971 University Blvd,, Lynchburg VA 24515
    Liberty University Request Info »
  • Washington State University

    Get your career started with training from Washington State University.


    • Executive MBA
    • MBA
    Pullman: , Pullman WA
    Washington State University Request Info »
  • Anna Maria College

    Anna Maria College is a private, not-for-profit, Catholic liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, AMC's programs integrate liberal education and professional preparation that reflect the respect for liberal arts and sciences education grounded in the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne—educational innovation, service to others, and access to a quality education for all.


    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
    • Master of Public Administration - Fire and Emergency Services
    • Master of Public Administration - Homeland Security
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Anna Maria College Request Info »
  • Los Angeles Film School

    Get the career of your dreams with an education from the Los Angeles Film School.


    • Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design (Online)
    • Associate of Science, Music Production (Online)
    • Bachelor of Science, Digital Filmmaking (Online)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Los Angeles Film School Request Info »
  • Matching School Ads

    Quick School Search

    College & Career Search Tools

    • Careers: Unsure about your career path? Study profiles of hundreds of professions.

    • Interviews: Professors and deans sit down with our team to give you unique insights on college life.

    • Military Education: Find only Military friendly online schools and campuses.

    • Student Reviews: Know before you go. Read student reviews on over 2000 accredited colleges. Write your own experience.