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.

School Overviews

Two top universities with high-quality online programs include Harvard University in Massachusetts and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Both institutions are nationally recognized for academic excellence and they offer online course options at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: Online students 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.

2. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

School Highlight: Not only are online courses proffered for credit, some are free.

Choose from a myriad of 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.

Top Accredited Online Programs

College/University Name Distinction Location
Michigan State University More than 100 online classes offered that can be applied toward online or hybrid degree programs, mostly at the graduate or professional levels East Lansing, MI
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 University recently began offering an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree program University Park, PA
Indiana University - Bloomington University 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 more than 50 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

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