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Top 10 Online Colleges & Universities

The closest thing to an objective ranking of online, for-profit schools that we've been able to locate is the Online Education Database (OEDb.org), a website that ranks colleges based on several metrics including cost, acceptance rate, graduation rate, student-faculty ration, etc. These are the top ten online schools based on their rankings:

1. Nova Southeastern University
2. Regent University
3. Champlain University'
4. Upper Iowa University
5. LeTourneau University
6. Liberty University
7. Grand Canyon University
8. Dickinson State University
9. Western Governors University
10. Salem International University

This list is a good start, but it does not take into account the fine traditional schools that have developed online divisions. Penn State's World Campus offers sixty online degrees for everything from supply chain management careers to systems engineering jobs to public health along with hundreds of courses. The University of Massachusetts offers an online health informatics degree, an online MBA program and fifteen other online business degrees and certificates.

It's also worth recognizing some of the finer academic programs in the larger online schools that didn't make this list. Capella University has an excellent and diverse undergraduate psychology degree program. From the list above, one of the standout academic programs is the education program at Western Governors University with its online teaching degrees in math and science.

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  • Washington State University

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    • Executive MBA
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    Location:
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  • 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.

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  • University of Maryland at College Park

    Study online with University of Maryland at College Park.

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    • MBA - Information Systems & Business Analytics
    • MBA - General
    • MBA - Marketing
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    College Park: , College Park MD 20742
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  • 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.

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    • Bachelor of Science in Fire Science
    • Master of Public Administration - Fire and Emergency Services
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    Location: Online

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  • George Mason University

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

    Programs

    • 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
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    Location: Online

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  • Argosy University, Online Programs

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    Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

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    • Curriculum and Instruction (EdD)
    • Sport-Exercise Psychology (MA)
    • Business Administration (AS)
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    Location: Online

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  • Pepperdine University - Marriage and Family Therapy

    Pepperdine University offers its esteemed marriage and family therapy (MFT) master’s program online so students across the country can earn a Pepperdine graduate education without attending classes on campus. 

     

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    • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
    Location:
    Malibu: , Malibu CA 90263
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  • Platt College

    Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

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    • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
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  • Liberty University

    100% Online & No Standardized Testing

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    • Doctor of Education: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage & Family
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    • M.Div: Homiletics
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    Location:
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  • Charter College Online

    You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online.

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    • Certificate - Medical Office Administrative Assistant
    • Certificate - Business Office Administration
    • Certificate - Computer Technician

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