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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.

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    Located in the heart of Washington, D.C. the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University is dedicated to advancing the health of local, national and global communities.

    You need to have a Bachelor’s degree to be qualified for this school.

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    Location:
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  • Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences

    Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

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  • Penn Foster Schools

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

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    Location:
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  • Nursing@USC

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    • Master of Science in Nursing for Aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners
    Location:
    Los Angeles: , Los Angeles CA 90007
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  • Syracuse Communications

    Communications@Syracuse is an online Master of Science in Communications from the world-renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
     

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    • Master of Science in Communications

    Location: Online

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    Location:
    New York: , New York NY 10003
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  • Southern Methodist University

    Founded in 1911, Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools.

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    • M.S. in Data Science
    Location:
    Dallas: , Dallas TX 75202
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  • Syracuse University Library Sciences

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    • MS in Information Management
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    Location:
    Syracuse: , Syracuse NY 13210
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  • Simmons College School of Social Work

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    • Master of Social Work
    Location:
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