Top 5 Online Degree Programs

By Ren Orin , last updated December 17, 2011

For those who need even more flexibility, there’s one additional option as well: The online college. As is the case with colleges that exist in geographical space, you have a wide range of options when selecting the best one for you. Choosing the place where you’ll study is a huge decision and one that’s best made after carefully weighing your options. But if you’re looking to attend a school online, here are five options to consider.

The University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is an accredited university that offers degree programs in areas such as business, criminal justice, education, psychology and health care. There are options available at the University of Phoenix to graduate with an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, and in some cases a masters degree. The University of Phoenix has physical campuses around the nation as well as the resources to help you earn your degree from home. The flexibility and assistance offered by this program is what puts it at the top of many best of lists. Tuition, on average, for an associate’s degree is about $9,110 per year.

Kaplan University

Kaplan University is another accredited university that offers associate, bachelors and masters degrees. Everything from classes to field trips are available online, and can be tailored, schedule-wise, to meet your needs. While attending Kaplan University, you’d have access to 50,000 e-books as well as articles and information through Kaplan Online Library. On average, the tuition for a Bachelor of Science degree will total $66,780 from this university.

Strayer University

Strayer University offers affordable, flexible options for students. The degree programs available include an undergraduate certificate, which provides basic training in a particular area, an Associate in Arts degree, which takes about 90 credits and is half the requirements for Bachelor of Science degree. Strayer also offers a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Health Services Administration, Public Administration and Science. Tuition for 2012 is expected to be $2,250 for a graduate level course, $1,650 per course for full-time undergrads and $1,725 for part-time undergrads.

Liberty University

Liberty Online is an online extension of Liberty University, which is purported to be the largest Christian university in the world. Many of the degree programs, therefore, have a Christian bent, and all of the coursework is looked at through a Christian lens. There are 45 different degree programs available through Liberty University, the cost of which is about $36,480 for an undergraduate degree.

American Intercontinental University

American Intercontinental University offers degree programs for Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business, education, criminal justice, design and information technology. The degree programs through this school are designed to be ultra-applicable to the real world, and you can earn your degree with the help of a whole team of advisors to help you. Associate’s degrees will cost $27,230 in tuition. Bachelor’s degrees will cost $54,410 and Master’s degrees range from $21, 266 to $34,970.

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