25 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs [2020 Guide]

We’ve ranked the 25 best online bachelor’s degree programs for 2020. Check out career, salary, job growth, and top colleges.

Online Bachelor's Degree Programs

There’s never been a better time to earn your online Bachelor’s degree than right now. There are numerous financial aid options available, and because more universities are taking their degree programs online, the tuition rates are both competitive and affordable.

Plus, there are now more programs available online than ever before.

Best Online Bachelor’s Degrees

Here are the 25 most popular online bachelor’s degree programs:

  1. Accounting
  2. Business Administration
  3. Communications
  4. Computer Science
  5. Counseling
  6. Criminal Justice
  7. Education
  8. Early Childhood Education
  9. Elementary Education
  10. English
  11. Finance
  12. General Studies
  13. Health Services
  14. Healthcare Management
  15. History
  16. Human Resources
  17. Information Technology
  18. Management
  19. Marketing
  20. Organizational Leadership
  21. Nursing (RN to BSN)
  22. Project Management
  23. Psychology
  24. Social Work
  25. Sports Management

There are a wide-range of online bachelor’s programs available.

1. Accounting

accountant working in his office

An online bachelor’s degree in accounting usually appeals to people who enjoy working with money and numbers. If you enjoy computation, working on budgets or taxes, balancing books or working with any other financial documentation, this could be the degree for you.

In this degree program, you’ll likely take a lot of accounting, taxation, economics and finance classes. In fact, you may decide to find a program that combines finance and accounting into one degree – a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance.

Either way, the field can be a fairly lucrative one, with the average annual salary for degree holders being about $70,000 for a B.S. in Accounting and about $73,000 for a B.S. in Accounting & Finance.

2. Business Administration

business administrator working in her office

With the average annual salary of a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) being about $65,000, a degree in this field can also be quite lucrative. Generally this degree appeals to those with effective communication and leadership skills.

If you find yourself being drawn to lead group projects instead of working as part of the team, you could do well in business administration.

Courses for this particular degree field could encompass such fields as accounting, economics, finance, business administration, management, organizational leadership and more.

Most courses are geared towards ensuring you can budget and manage company finances effectively. Additionally, courses should help improve your leadership and communication skills.

Other than mid- and upper-level management jobs, potential jobs in this field could include human resources management, financial analysis, accounting, operations, marketing, data analysis, corporate buying and more.

3. Communications

anchorperson in news room

Degrees in communications could come in the form of visual communications, communications engineering, marketing communications, mass communications and more. If you’re an extroverted person who enjoys public speaking, storytelling and/or chasing down a good story, communications could be the perfect degree for you.

An average annual salary in the field of communications usually ranges from about $56,000 to the low $70,000 range.

Depending on which particular communications major you pursue, this degree could lead you into a career as a marketing manager or director, public media specialist, public relations specialist or manager, communications manager, anchorperson, reporter, writer, editor and more.

Classes will vary depending on the specific type of communications in which you’re interested, but some classes that you’ll probably have to take regardless are composition, communications, marketing, sociology, business, journalism, public speaking, mass media, networking and more.

4. Computer Science

software engineers working in data center

If tech, computers and the internet are more your style, you might consider a degree in computer science. Just as education is moving online, so is practically everything else. This means that there are tons of jobs out there available for a computer science major.

The field also pays well. The average annual salary for people with a bachelor’s degree in computer science is about $86,000, well over the national average. Careers in this field include all types of computer- and software-related jobs. Some popular choices, listed with their annual average salaries, are:

  • Software Architect – $110,000
  • Software Consultant – $104,000
  • Head Software Developer – $103,000
  • Software Engineer – $84,000
  • Cyber Security Analyst – $79,000
  • Data Engineer – $70,000
  • Software Test Engineer – $63,000

These are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential computer science jobs.

5. Counseling

counselor listening to patient during counseling session

If you have a propensity for wanting to help people, the ability to listen without judgement, an empathetic personality and a natural curiosity about the behavior and attitudes of other people, an online bachelor’s degree in counseling could be a great choice for you.

It’s a fairly steady career choice because people of all ages need counseling.

Some of the courses you might be required to take in the counseling curriculum include courses on addictions, substance abuse, human sexuality, marriage and family therapy, aging and the fear of it, group counseling theory, professional ethics, social and cultural diversity and more.

A degree in counseling could pave the way for you to find a rewarding career in many different fields. You could potentially become a substance abuse counselor, general mental health counselor, couples and family counselor, school counselor, eating disorders and body image counselor or something else in the field.

6. Criminal Justice

homicide detective investigating the crime scene

If you’ve ever considered becoming a police officer, homicide detective, criminal prosecutor or criminal psychologist, a good start for you would be a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. This degree usually appeals to people interested in upholding the law and seeking justice.

If you have an extreme interest in what makes criminals do the things they do, this could also be a great starting point for you.

The majority of the courses you’ll take for this type of degree will focus on criminal justice and law classes. You’ll likely be required to learn about crime in America, crime statistics and crime prevention. Furthermore, you should take courses on investigation and gathering and examining evidence.

Potential bachelor’s degree-level jobs in this field include security manager, paralegal, case manager, associate attorney, sheriff, police or probation officer and more.

7. Education

High Schhol teacher assisting his students

A bachelor’s degree in education, particularly secondary education, can equip you with the skills you’ll need to teach at the junior high and high school levels of public and private schools.

This degree usually appeals to people who enjoy working with pre-teen and teenage children, have excellent self-control and can hang onto their patience under pressure.

If you hope to teach a specific subject, you’ll likely be required to take many general education classes, some classes specific to education and then many specific classes in the subject in which you’re hoping to teach. For example, if you hope to teach high school English, you’ll likely be taking a ton of literature and writing courses.


Additionally, you’ll probably take teaching-specific courses such as the following:

  • Instructional Planning
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Classroom Management
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Strategic Instruction

You’ll probably also be required to pass a licensing exam to become fully certified.

8. Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education teacher helping her students in reading

The degree path for early childhood education also appeals to people who love working with children, but this path appeals more to those people who like working with children aged four to five and younger. A degree in early childhood education could ready for you a job in a daycare, nursery or pre-school classroom.

Furthermore, if you’re interested in becoming a live-in nanny or household assistant, this degree path could also work well for you because parents look much more fondly on live-in help that can help educate their young children.


Courses for this degree could include such subjects as child health and safety, math, science and language for young children, beginning literacy, language development and more. The average annual salary for a person with this degree is approximately $44,000.

9. Elementary Education

elementary education teacher helping his students during computer class

This is the third degree path on this list that could appeal to you if you love working with children. With this degree, you should learn all the skills you’d need to teach kindergarten through sixth grade in both public and private schools.

Many of the courses you’d be required to take for this degree are very similar or the same as those you’d need to take for an education degree.

Additional classes could include the following:

  • Courses in All Core Subjects (Math, English, History, Science)
  • Art and Music Courses
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy
  • Diversity of Learners and Settings

In addition to readying you for a career as a potential elementary, middle or special education teacher, this degree could also help you find a job as a reading interventionist, public school administrator, personal tutor or something similar.

10. English

marketing manager sharing ideas with her staff during a meeting

If you love reading and writing or if you want to pursue a career that will involve heavy research and writing, an English degree could be perfect for you. A bachelor’s degree in English is also an incredibly great choice if you hope to go onto graduate school because it gives you the foundation you need to research and write well.

In addition to taking a whole ton of literature and composition classes, other courses that might be required for you to earn your B.A. in English include literary and critical theory, multidisciplinary studies and history of the English language. Mostly, though, you’ll be taking a whole ton of literature classes.


Jobs for you after earning this degree could include writer, copywriter, editor, proofreader, technical writer, communications specialist, content writer, marketing manager, paralegal and more. Average annual salary for a B.A. in English holder is approximately $59,000.

11. Finance

financial analysts working together in an office

As we mentioned earlier, finance degrees and accounting degrees are very similar. They’re so similar, in fact, that sometimes they’re combined together in one degree. This means that the same type of person who may be drawn to an accounting degree could also be drawn to a finance degree.

Furthermore, the same skills and characteristics that could benefit you in an accounting program could also benefit you in a finance program.

Even the courses required to earn a finance degree are similar to the courses you’d be required to take to earn your bachelor’s degree in accounting. Some examples of core finance classes would be various “principles of” classes, such as principles of marketing, financial modeling and accounting, professional development in finance and more.

If you do receive your bachelor’s in finance, you could potentially make good money. The average annual salary for this degree is $68,000.

12. General Studies

business professionals working in an office

A bachelor’s degree in general studies is a wonderful degree because it leaves you open for so many different potential future paths. Whether you choose to go onto grad school or straight into the workforce after earning this degree, you have options.

In fact, many employers actually seek out people with general studies degrees because they have such a well-rounded and wide array of knowledge.

With a general studies degree, you get to design your own curriculum to a certain extent, so it’s hard to provide you with a list of potential classes. It’s safe to assume, though, that you’ll take many general education courses in math, English, science, public speaking and history.

Furthermore, you’ll likely pull most of your other classes out of humanities or business fields. The average annual salary for a general studies degree holder is between $50,000 and $60,000.

13. Health Services

doctor showing medical results of her patient

Careers in the health science field are generally safe and stable careers. We’ll always need doctors, hospitals and healthcare professionals. This degree field usually appeals to those who already have experience in health services or anyone who hopes to work in hospital, doctor’s office or other healthcare administration fields.

Courses in health services should help you to improve your communication skills, as well as teach you critically important healthcare skills, such as how to act in a crisis situation, how to assess and interview patients and family members and more. You should also take courses on quantitative and qualitative research methods, community health and more.


After you earn your degree, you should qualify for most administrative and management positions, which almost always require at least a bachelor’s degree to be considered. This is also a great degree to earn if you hope to continue on to med school.

14. Healthcare Management

hospital administrator greeting doctors in hospital

The degree program for healthcare management is very much like the degree plan for health science. The two degrees appeal to much the same type of people, and even the courses are incredibly similar. The available job pools for both are practically the same pool.

So, if the two are so much alike, why are they two separate degrees? That’s actually a great question. Some people in the field argue that they should be combined, but for now, they remain two separate degrees. There’s a small difference in job responsibilities between people who have the two separate degrees though.


Although both fields tend to provide hospital management and supervisor jobs for their degree holders, people in healthcare management have less direct contact with the patients and staff. People who work in health science fields typically work with their staff. People who work in management typically oversee.

15. History

Diplomats being interviewed by reporters

If you love studying the history of America, Europe, any other country or even the world, a degree in history is pretty much a no-brainer. Most people who major in history minor in secondary education so that they can teach history to middle and high school students. This isn’t the only option for a bachelor’s in history, though.

In addition to teaching history at the secondary or post-secondary education levels, a degree in history can also lend itself nicely to one of the following careers:

  • Historian
  • Researcher
  • Journalist
  • Historical Consultant
  • Archivist
  • Diplomat
  • Museum Curator

You may also want to use your history degree to go onto law school, as many history majors do. The average annual salary for history majors is $65,000.

16. Human Resources

human resource manager interviewing a job applicant

If you’re interested in working in a human resources department in practically any business in America, a bachelor’s degree in human resources can certainly help your chances. We’ve all likely dealt with a human resources person at some point in our lives, even if it was just during our recruitment/new hire orientation process.

Courses in a human resources program should teach you to deal with conflict in the workplace, to effectively recruit and hire the right people, to recognize when it’s time to let someone go and to assistant employees with their tax and benefit information. You’ll probably also be required to keep up with time sheets and budgets.


To these ends, you’ll probably take classes such as financial accounting, employee training, organizational ethics, legal issues, tax law, business law and more. Average annual salary for positions in HR is about $59,000.

17. Information Technology

IT specialist checking the data center

Earning your degree in information technology (IT) is probably one of the most lucrative decisions you could make. The IT business is booming right now. This degree field appeals to people who are interested in computer science, tech, gadgets and fixing things.

Courses in an online information technology degree program could include:

  • Fundamentals and Intermediate Computer Networks
  • Fundamentals and Intermediate Computer-Based Systems
  • Fundamentals and Intermediate Project Management in IT
  • Foundations of Database Management
  • Programming Languages

These are only a very few of the courses you might be required to take for this degree.

After earning this degree, you could potentially start a new career as a systems administrator or analyst, database administrator, cyber security specialist and more. Average annual salary is about $69,000.

18. Management

management consultants meeting in conference room

No matter what field you work in, chances are you have a manager or management team on-site. Management is everywhere in every field.

You might be well-suited to management if you’re good at communicating and directing others, solving problems and thinking critically and creatively about new solutions to old problems. You should also be hardworking and driven to succeed.

Courses in a management degree program center around helping you cultivate and/or improve these skills. You may be required to take classes in public speaking, communications, best leadership practices, organizational behavior, research skills, business strategy and HR.


These courses can help you become a great leader, helping you to win promotions to higher-level supervisory or managerial positions. Jobs such as executive, management consultant and policy analyst aren’t uncommon for graduates of this program.

The annual average salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in management is approximately $64,000.

19. Marketing

marketing team sharing their ideas during a meeting

If you have all the skills listed in the communications section and are also creative, innovative and love to sell things, you could go far in a marketing field. Just as almost every field needs managers, so too does every field need someone able to market their products. Marketing has become as essential to most businesses as production or sales.

The ultimate goal of any marketing degree program should, at the most basic level, teach you to sell products and services to reluctant buyers. This requires you to know how to promote products, who to promote them to, how not to oversell and how to price products competitively, just for start.


Classes could cover such topics as public speaking, foundations of e-commerce, sales and marketing, global marketing, graphic design, internet and social media marketing, types of media, business writing, finance management and more. The most popular jobs are normally in design, advertising and sales.

20. Organizational Leadership

business professionals in a meeting

Getting a degree in organizational leadership is somewhere between getting a degree in project management and business administration. This degree could be right for you if you’re interested in moving up in your current field or if you hope to change careers into a supervisory or leadership position within a specific field.

If you enjoy working with and guiding large teams of people, have good leadership and communication skills and just generally work well with others, a curriculum in organizational leadership shouldn’t actually be too difficult for you. This is because these are the things generally covered in this degree program.


For this field, it’s important you develop your skills as a team leader, while also learning core business concepts such as budgeting, cost control, risk assessment and more. This degree could open up jobs in many different fields, particularly those where people have to work together to succeed.

21. Nursing (RN to BSN)

nurse preparing for duty in a hospital

Earning an online bachelor’s degree in nursing can be an extremely lucrative decision, particularly because the nursing field allows you to start working relatively early on and then earn money while continuing your education.

Furthermore, many colleges are now offering a flex nursing program known as an RN to BSN program. This is an excellent program that allows you to advance in your nursing career by using any knowledge you’ve already gained as an RN towards moving up the nursing ladder.

This is an online program in which you take online courses, moving at your own pace and taking exams to progress to the next level. This allows you to move swiftly or slowly – your choice entirely – into higher nursing positions without ever having to step foot on a college campus.

This system focuses on nursing competency, not grades and assignments.

22. Project Management

project manager briefing his colleagues about a project

A degree in project management is incredibly similar to a degree in organizational leadership. Most of the same courses and attributes apply to this program as to the organizational leadership program. With this degree though, you do a little more overseeing and a little less hands-on work.

Some courses you may be required to take to earn your bachelor’s degree in project management are as follows:

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Managing People and Promoting Collaboration
  • Budgeting
  • Operations Management
  • Effective Project Scheduling
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Sustainability

There are also classes in leadership, accounting and economics that will likely be required with this degree program. The annual average salary for people with this degree is about $66,000, and you can use it in a variety of different career fields.

23. Psychology

psychologist shaking hands with a parent

A degree in psychology is very similar, in many ways, to a degree in counseling. However, psychology puts a little more emphasis on research and critical theory. The main goal of counseling is to listen to people and try to help them.

Psychology attempts to help people, as well, but psychologists put more emphasis on finding the root causes of people’s behavior, not just finding a solution.

So if you’re interested in the human mind, human behavior – particularly aberrant behavior – and why people do the things they do, this could definitely be the way for you to go. You can also pick a specialization, such as child psychology, criminal psychology or something similar.

Despite your specialization, some potential courses could include educational psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, neuroscience and aberrant behavior.

24. Social Work

social worker assisting an elderly woman

If you have a large, empathetic heart that can’t stand to see people suffering or in pain and want to do something about it, a bachelor’s degree in social work could provide you with a life full of purpose. Social work is all about helping people within their own particular set of circumstances.

Often, this means working with people in very poor neighborhoods and could require you to reach out to them in their environments as opposed to yours. It’s not unusual for a social worker to work inside people’s homes, where they work or the schools their children attend.

As a social worker, it’s also part of your job to connect people to social service organizations that could improve their stations in life.


We often hear about social workers working with abused and neglected children through departments like the Department of Human Resources (DHR).

However, there are other potential jobs for social workers, too, such as nonprofit employee, supervisor or manager, mental health therapist, hospice worker, nursing home administrator, veteran’s outreach specialist and more.

25. Sports Management

sports manager talking to football players

If you have all the qualities needed to be a good leader or manager and also have an intense love of sports, a career in sports management could definitely be right for you. The main goal of a sports management degree program is to provide you with everything you need to know about marketing, management and finance within the sports world.

Potential courses include:

  • Principles of Management and Finance
  • Accounting
  • Public Speaking
  • Principles of, Intermediate and Advanced Sports Management
  • Sports and Society
  • Ethical Issues in Sports
  • Sports Facility Design and Management

The average annual salary for someone with a sports management bachelor’s degree is about $50,000.

Source: All salary data provided by Payscale.com.

Accreditation for an Online Bachelor’s Degree

Accreditation for an Online Bachelor’s Degree

There are three main types of accreditation: regional, national and programmatic. However, if you want to ensure your online bachelor’s degree program is legit and respected across the United States, you’ll want to make sure your school is regionally accredited for the program you’re taking.

Regional accreditation is the most widely accepted form of accreditation, and as long as your school has it, then it doesn’t matter if you want to transfer your credits to a different school later or if you want to go directly into the workforce, your credits and degree should be accepted.

Without regional accreditation, neither employers nor other schools are required to accept your degree as legitimate or worth anything.

Financial Aid for an Online Bachelors Degree

Financial Aid for an Online Bachelors Degree

When you think of “financial aid” for college, you probably automatically think of student loans. They’re one route you can take, but they aren’t the only type of financial aid available. Loans are fine if you need them, especially if they’re federally subsidized loans, which have great repayment options, but grants and scholarships are better.

Scholarships can usually be found on your specific college’s website under the financial aid tab. There are merit-based scholarships, which are usually awarded based off excellent academics, and talent-based scholarships, which are awarded to those who can sing, dance, paint, play sports, etc.

Scholarships can also be found online on sites such as Fastweb.com. They don’t usually have to be repaid.

Grants are other types of financial aid that don’t usually have to be repaid. The best grant at the associate’s and bachelor’s levels is the Pell Grant, which is awarded by the federal government to students who fall within a specific income bracket. You can apply for the Pell Grant and federally-funded loans by filling out the FAFSA.

How Do I Get My Bachelor’s Degree?

Bachelor's degree student studying on her laptop

You can earn your bachelor’s degree by taking approximately 120 credit hours at a regionally accredited college or university. These programs can be either on-campus or online and in a myriad of different programs.

Depending on how many classes you take each semester and whether or not you’re taking any accelerated courses, it usually takes about four years to earn your bachelor’s degree. The specific courses you’ll be required to take will depend largely on your chosen major.

Can I Earn a Bachelor’s Degree Online?

Every semester, more and more colleges add more and more degree programs to their catalog of purely online or hybrid online/on-campus degree programs. This means that depending on what program of study you want to pursue, there is a really good chance you can earn your bachelor’s degree online.

There are a few programs that aren’t yet available online, but they’re very few indeed. Just remember to ensure your college and online degree program is regionally accredited before you enroll in it.

How Long Does It Take to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree online?

How long it takes to earn an online bachelor’s degree depends on a lot of different factors. First of all, whether you’re taking a full course load each semester or only taking a few classes will hugely impact the length of time it will take you to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Furthermore, if you’re enrolled in accelerated courses or an online flex program such as the one mentioned above in the nursing section, you might finish your bachelor’s degree much earlier than someone taking regular, full-time classes each semester. The goal is to reach 120 credit hours, however long that takes.

What Is the Fastest Way to Get a Bachelor’s Degree Online?

Bachelor's degree student studying at home

The fastest way to earn your bachelor’s degree is to take a flex program like the Nursing RN to BSN program mentioned above or accelerated courses.

Accelerated courses usually last eight weeks or less. You take one or two classes each “term,” and then a new “term” starts immediately after the first term ends. This way you can take several terms in one calendar year, potentially cutting the time it takes to earn your bachelor’s degree way down.

If you’re going the traditional semester route, you can ensure you finish as quickly as possible by taking a full load of classes each semester and taking classes in the summer semesters as well.

Universities Offering Online Bachelor’s Degree Program

Each of the universities included below are regionally accredited and offer bachelor’s degree online.

#1  Arizona State University

Arizona State University campus

Arizona State University is a public postsecondary school that spans over five campuses and four learning centers in the state. ASU prides itself on the research innovations and learning opportunities available globally.

Beginning in 1886, ASU has hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to help individuals reach their full career potential.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Applied Leadership, Biochemistry, Business Data Analytics, Communications and Economics.

Arizona State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#2  Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University campus

Established in 1964, Charleston Southern University engages students of all faiths in higher education, inspiring future leaders who serve others. CSU is a private southern Baptist university that works with students globally.

Offering an array of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and online programs, CSU is nationally recognized for its educational possibilities.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Business, Computer Science, Supply Chain, Management and Human Resources.

Charleston Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

#3  Colorado State University

Colorado State University campus

Colorado State University is a significant public research educational institution that started in 1870. CSU strives to bring hands-on learning opportunities to the classroom with the use of research, technology, and community involvement.

Colorado State University has a variety of programs that lead to a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Online bachelor’s degree options include Agricultural Business, Computer Science, Economics, Fire and Emergency Services Administration.

Colorado State is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

#4  DeVry University

Devry University campus

Offering associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in programs such as business, technology, and healthcare, DeVry University is a private postsecondary school that started in 1931.

DeVry University has more than forty campuses in 18 states throughout the US and a vast distance learning program. It is also a military-friendly college.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Business, Accounting, Technology, Liberal Arts and Media Arts.

DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

#5  Drexel University

Drexel University campus

Beginning in 1891, Drexel University is a private postsecondary school that offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate degrees programs. DU encourages hands-on learning and has an array of programs in many disciplines.

Through global networking and internships, Drexel University builds relationships and resumes that give students a leg up in the corporate world.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Business, Behavioral Health Counseling, Criminal Justice, Cybersecurity and Education.

Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#6  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University campus

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a world-renowned, private postsecondary school that serves students around the world. Throughout its rocky beginning in 1925, Embry-Riddle has worked hard to build the most extensive university that specializes in aviation and aerospace.

ERAU offers degree programs at every level and has alumni that includes high ranking military members, astronauts, and pilots.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Applied Science, Aviation, Business, Computers and Technology, and Space.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

#7  Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University campus

Established in Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University has been offering an affordable education as a private Christian university since 1949. GCU offers hundreds of programs that lead to a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

It leads the way in online and hybrid classes, while still allowing for ample campuses to accommodate in-class learners.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Christian Studies, Communications, Digital Design, English, Advertising and Graphic Design.

Grand Canyon University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

#8  Liberty University

Liberty University campus

Liberty University works to bring a faith-based education to students looking to blend spirituality and academics. Since 1771, Liberty University has been helping grow the next generation of innovative leaders that want to change the world positively.

It offers hundreds of programs leading to a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Online bachelor’s degree options include Information Technology, Aviation, Business Administration, and Criminal Justice.

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

#9  Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago

Located in the heart of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago is a private Catholic research university that has been serving a diverse student population since 1870.

Offering a variety of programs that lead to a bachelor’s master’s, or doctoral degree, LUC reaches students across the globe. LUC works vigilantly to reduce its carbon footprint.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Applied Psychology, Information Technology, Management and Strategic Digital Communication.

Loyola University Chicago  is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

#10  Maryville University

Maryville University campus

Founded in 1872, Maryville University prides itself on teaching students a core curriculum that can be used in real-world career paths. This private educational facility uses hands-on learning to each of their ninety undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.

Innovation and technology are crucial to MU’s global connections that reach over forty countries. Online bachelor’s degree options include Data Science, Digital Media, Financial Services, International Studies and Mathematics.

Maryville University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,

#11  Ohio State University

Ohio State University campus

Ohio State University began in 1870 and has grown into one of the nation’s largest public research university. Students from around the globe study a diverse array of programs that lead to an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree.

OSU leads the way in medicine and is home to two of the top hospitals in Ohio. Online bachelor’s degree options include Healthcare, Nursing, Education, Engineering and Social Sciences.

The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

#12  Oregon State University

Oregon State University campus

As a flagship public educational institution, Oregon State University started in 1868. It now serves thousands of students all over the world, offering an education based on research and discovery.

Oregon State University has hundreds of degree programs that give students undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree options in a variety of discipline areas.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Agricultural Sciences, Botany, Business Administration, History and Zoology.

Oregon State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

#13  Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University campus

As one of the most recognized public postsecondary schools in distance education, Pennsylvania State University World Campus has more than 150 academic programs that lead to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate.

This military-friendly campus turns work experience into credit hours to help advance education in a more affordable, faster way.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Accounting, Business, Criminal Justice, Economics and Marketing.

Pennsylvania State University is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

#14  Purdue University

Purdue University campus

Purdue University started in 1869 and has risen to the top as a global leader in public education. With thousands of research projects completed every year, students use hands-on experience to gain an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in many disciplines.

Study abroad options help students find work globally. Online bachelor’s degree options include Fire Science, Business, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences and Information Technology.

Purdue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

#15  Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University campus

Starting in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a large private school that has a diverse population. This global reaching school offers hundreds of programs that lead to an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral education in a variety of academia.

Southern New Hampshire University prides itself on providing one of the most affordable tuitions in the nation. Online bachelor’s degree options include Community Health Education, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security and Data Analytics.

Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

#16  Strayer University

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Strayer University is a private educational institution that began in 1892 as a business college. Over the years, Strayer has developed its programs to offer an array of disciplines that lead to an associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree.

Strayer has more than seventy campus locations and an extensive distance learning program. Online bachelor’s degree options include Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Criminal Justice and Information Technology.

Strayer is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

#17  University of Arizona

University of Arizona campus

The University of Arizona is a leading public research university that started in 1885. With several academic schools, including two medical schools, the University of Arizona paves the way for students to earn an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree.

Both their academics and partnership with NASA helps create a world of thinkers and leaders. Online bachelor’s degree options include Africana Studies, Business Administration, Communication, History and Cyber Operations.

The University of Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

#18  University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida campus

The University of Central Florida started in 1963 to inspire students whose interests lie in space exploration. Today, this public postsecondary school has more students than most universities in the US and offers hundreds of pathways to an undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree.

With an array of co-ops and internships, students learn using hands-on experiences. Online bachelor’s degree options include Nursing, Psychology, Anthropology, History and Political Science.

The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

#19  University of Florida

University of Florida campus

The University of Florida began in 1853 and is now a world-renowned public research university that comprises sixteen colleges and over a hundred research facilities.

Setting high standards for students to develop creatively, academically, and socially, the University of Florida offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in a multitude of disciplines.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Anthropology, Biology, Criminology, Geography and Psychology.

The University of Florida is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

#20  University of Georgia

University of Georgia campus

Established in 1880, the University of Georgia was the first public educational facility to be charter in the US. Today that is a striving research school with seventeen colleges with a multitude of degree programs leading to a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees.

The University of Georgia prides itself on its hands-on learning experiences. Online bachelor’s degree options include History, Biology, Statistics, Kinesiology and Psychology.

The University of Georgia is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

#21  University of Illinois – Chicago

University of Illinois Chicago campus

The University of Illinois – Chicago became incorporated in 1913, but the idea began much earlier. This beautiful university is a public educational institution that leads the way in global research.

Offering a pathway to an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree, the University of Illinois – Chicago has many program majors to choose from.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Applied Health Sciences, Education, Medicine, Social Work and Nursing.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

#22  University of North Carolina – Wilmington

University of North Carolina Wilmington campus

At the University of North Carolina – Wilmington classroom instructors integrate research and technology into everything they teach.

This is an essential aspect of this public university since making a positive impact globally through research has been a critical mission for the school since it was founded in 1947. It offers bachelor’s master’s and doctoral education.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Clinical Research, Criminology, Elementary Education, International Studies and Nursing.

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

#23  University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma campus

As a public research educational facility, the University of Oklahoma is home to three campuses located within the state. Still, it reaches across the globe with its many overseas locations and study abroad programs.

Beginning in 1890, the University of Oklahoma has led the way in research, offering students hands-on programs leading to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Organizational Leadership, Integrative Studies, Lifespan Care Administration and Criminal Justice.

The University of Oklahoma is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

#24  University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix campus

The University of Phoenix is a private online educational institution with a history that starts in 1976. With innovative teaching techniques, students have access to real-world applications designed to bring about career advancement.

Offering an array of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, the University of Phoenix creates lifelong learners in a diverse student population.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Business, Education, Nursing, Humanities and Sciences.

University of Phoenix is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

#25  Walden University

Walden University campus

Offering an online education to students around the world, Walden University began in 1970. WU is ranked high among post-secondary schools that offer online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate programs.

Walden is a military-friendly school that gives degree credits that correlate with military and job-related experience. This is an affordable way to get a flexible education.

Online bachelor’s degree options include Business and Management, Education, Communication, Social Work and Human Services.

Walden is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Worth It?

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We believe a bachelor’s degree is definitely worth it. Being able to earn your bachelor’s degree online without having to work on-campus classes into your schedule means college is more convenient than ever. Furthermore, with the addition of flex programs and accelerated courses, you have the option to earn your degree faster than ever.

Bachelor’s degrees can potentially open up a whole group of promotions and new career options to you that you’ve never dreamed you’d have. Furthermore, most employers will pay more for an employee with a degree than an employee without one. So don’t wait another day.

Apply for financial aid and find a program in which you’re interested. Enroll at an accredited university today.

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