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Top Online Universities with Accredited Programs

Several well-ranked national universities offer both physical campus locations and well-established, accredited online programs. Get details on rankings and online program options at some of the top online universities. View article »

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School Overviews

For students who want to earn an online degree or certificate it is often important to chose an accredited school. We'll look at some well-respected universities that offer accredited programs. Three top universities with high-quality online programs include Harvard University in Massachusetts, Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, and Michigan State University in East Lansing. These institutions are nationally recognized for academic excellence by U.S News and World Report and they offer online course options at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

Online students at Harvard University will be permitted to choose their own courses in a variety of different ways that will fit differing schedules.

Although best known for its traditional on-campus courses, this university also offers accredited online courses through the Harvard University Extension School. These types of courses include live web-conference courses, online courses with a required weekend on-campus, an active learning weekend, and video courses.

Harvard University was ranked #2 in the country by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

2. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University offers online courses for credit, and some courses are free.

Choose from myriad online courses that award certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees, and training at the university's School of Education, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Carey Business School, School of Arts & Sciences, and School of Engineering.

In addition, there is an online system, called Coursera that allows students to choose from more than 45 online courses. Those choosing courses via this provider will not be required to have been registered with the university.

U.S. News and World Report ranked Johns Hopkins the tenth-best school in the country for 2017.

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3. Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Michigan State University offers more than 100 online classes that can be applied toward online or hybrid degree programs, mostly at the graduate or professional level.

Michigan State University offers degree and certificate programs entirely online and in blended formats, which require some in-person contact. Programs are available in a wide range of topics, from pharmacology to game design to homeland security, so they can meet the needs of students regardless of their interest area.

There are also programs that prepare students for careers in particular fields, such as nursing or education. For 2017, the school was ranked tied at #33 among public schools by U.S. News and World Report.

Top Accredited Online Programs

Now, let's take a look at other institutions that offer accredited programs online:

College/University Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University Extended education courses are offered online for students who want to enhance their knowledge on a subject without seeking a degree Columbus, OH
Pennsylvania State University Recently began offering an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree program University Park, PA
Indiana University - Bloomington Offers over 100 online programs in areas like business and law, social work, education and the humanities and sciences Bloomington, IN
University of California, Los Angeles Students can choose from dozens of online certificate programs, including some for professional licensure in fields like real estate and education Los Angeles, CA
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Students can choose from totally online undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as certificates; hybrid face-to-face and online programs are also offered Minneapolis, MN
University of Washington - Seattle Online undergraduate degree completion program in social sciences Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin - Madison Online study options include independent study courses, professional development courses for teaching and human services, and a variety of enrichment courses in subjects like art and writing Madison, WI

Through some of the country's best universities, students can find online or hybrid programs in many different topics.

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