Online Degree Programs

It has never been easier to further one’s education. Degree programs, undergraduate and post-graduate degree courses are now attainable from the comfort of home. A few years ago, only a handful of schools offered degrees for the distance learner; today, many reputable colleges and universities — including prestigious Ivy League schools — are jumping on the bandwagon.  According to a  report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), approximately 11,200 college-level online programs were offered in the 2006-2007 academic year by 2- and 4-year institutions. A full 66% were for online degree programs. Of the estimated 12.2 million total enrollments, almost 9.4 million — about 77% — were entirely for online programs.

As a result, more people who would not normally be able to attend on-campus classes (retirees, stay-at-home moms, busy people with full-time jobs) are enrolling online than ever before. 

About Our Online Degree Programs

The above list of programs are offered by well-known and respected online colleges and universities. These accredited online degree programs are accepted by agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education. Credits from other accredited programs may be transferable to programs featured on DegreeFinders.com. Please use the e-form on the program description page to contact the college or university for more information on the program you want.

Click on one of the links above to the online university or college degree program that you are interested in. Each page has information which includes the title of the program, the name of the online institution that offers the degree, and a quick overview of the college degree or university degree program. Contact the online school to request more information by clicking on the link provided. Fill out the e-form, and the school will send you the information you have requested, which will help you get what you need to earn a degree online.

Accreditation

It’s in the news nearly every day: Counterfeit degrees and bogus institutions are out there. It’s important for you to know that you’re receiving an accredited online degree. Accreditation is the process of validating an educational institution’s academic credentials. Accreditation ensures you won’t get a worthless fake diploma. Most major colleges and universities hold regional accreditation – the gold standard. National accreditation is accepted, as well. Does this mean that all non-accredited programs are from diploma mills? No. Unlike most schools outside of the US, accreditation in the United States is not government-mandated. It is voluntary, and self governed, which means that a legitimate school can opt for accreditation – or not.

However, each online degree program featured on DegreeFinders.com are from schools  accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education. You can feel safe knowing that your diploma will mean something when you get it. We’ve done all the research for you.

Read more about accreditation and why it so important.

Diploma Mills

As the popularity of distance learning increases, some unscrupulous folks have seen an opportunity to fleece the unwary. These ‘institutions’ often show themselves in the guise of a reputable school. The ruse can be very sophisticated.

In addition, some people have intentionally purchased ‘instant’ degrees in order to get jobs that require degrees or to receive promotions with higher pay. With ‘life experience’ – and a sizable amount of cash – one can boast a degree that wasn’t earned. Tempting? Think again. Articles about people being discovered holding a fake diploma from a fake college abound on the news and the Internet.

So, how do you know that the school you’re working with will award you with a legitimate accredited degree? Getting the answer is easier than you think. Even though phony schools may claim accreditation and present a flashy front, all you need to do is check to see if the school’s accrediting agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education. Click here to get more information, including a list of recognized accrediting agencies. Do your part to ensure that you get your diploma for a degree online that’s worth the paper it’s printed on.

DegreeFinders.com only features schools accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education. Every online degree in the list on this page – and every course, certificate program and training program throughout the site — is from a legitimate accredited institution. We invite you to take advantage of the knowledge we have already gained and put it to work for you.

Read more about diploma mills and how to avoid them.