Copyright
 

Accredited Distance Learning Degree Program Overviews

Distance learning degree programs provide education and training in many fields, including accounting, home inspection, medical transcription, business management and criminal justice. These programs can be found at accredited colleges and universities.

View popular schools

The nature of distance learning programs are discussed here. Also, the process of gaining accreditation is detailed.

Overview of Distance Learning Programs

Distance learning, also known as distance education, is a method of postsecondary instruction where students can take classes from locations other than on-campus classrooms. These programs are most often delivered via the Internet, with students viewing or downloading course materials online and communicating with other students and professors via e-mail or chat rooms. These types of programs are typically intended for busy, working professionals who may not have the time to attend traditional classes. Programs may also offer a hybrid option requiring some coursework to be completed on-campus in addition to the online coursework. Many institutions have accredited programs by regional bodies, affirming that the curriculum meets an academic standard.

Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Sciences
  • Culinary Arts and Personal Services
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Legal
  • Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies
  • Medical and Health Professions
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Transportation and Distribution
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Accreditation

While many regionally-accredited colleges and universities offer distance learning programs in a wide variety of subjects, there are also non-accredited schools that offer these programs. Accreditation is a process that guarantees that degree programs meet minimum academic standards set forth by government-approved accrediting agencies. Along with regional accrediting agencies, some distance education programs are accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). Earning a degree from a school that's not accredited can hurt a student's chance of receiving federal and state financial aid. Credits earned through a non-accredited school may not transfer to other institutions, either.

Program Subjects

Distance education programs of the past usually focused on providing vocational training. Today, many degree programs are available in professional and academic arenas, as well as vocational fields. Popular online programs today include:

  • Accounting
  • Journalism
  • Business management and marketing
  • Medical transcription
  • Criminal justice

Students can earn both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees, as well as certificates.

Technical Requirements

The technical requirements for online programs vary, but common tools often include things like a headset or speakers. Other typical materials are:

  • High-speed internet
  • Specific internet browsers, like Google Chrome
  • Applications or software programs, like Google Drive

Students looking for distance learning programs that are accredited have a few options across the United States. Accredited program options are expansive. Students should ensure they are able to meet the technical and program requirements.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • BA: Criminal Justice
    • BA: Criminal Justice - Criminalistics
    • BA: Liberal Studies
    • BA: Psychology
    • BA: Psychology - General
    • BS: Computer Science
    • AA: Criminal Justice
    • AA: Liberal Arts
    • AA: Business Administration
    • AA: Information Technology
    • AA: Cybersecurity

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path, Executive Leader Specialization
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice
    • Master of Science in Nursing - Doctor of Nursing Practice Path
    • MS in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
    • Master of Science in Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology
    • MBA
    • Master of Public Health
    • MBA - Human Resources
    • BS in Liberal Studies
    • BS in Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Investment Career Focus Area
    • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
    • BS in Nutrition Science
    • BSFIN in Accelerated MS Finance
    • AAS in Business Administration - Business
    • AAS in Legal Support and Services
    • AAS in Business Administration
    • AAS in Business Administration - Food & Hotel Management
    • AAS in Business Admin-Office Management
    • AAS in Criminal Justice
    • Medical Office Administration Certificate
    • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
    • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
    • Graduate Certificate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate
    • Pathway to Paralegal Postbaccalaureate Certificate

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • MA in Communication
    • Master of Liberal Arts
    • MA in Science Writing
    • MS in Applied Economics
    • MS in Geographic Information Systems
    • MS in Bioinformatics

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Doctor of Business Administration - Management
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Special Education
    • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
    • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • M.S. Psychology with an Emphasis in Gerontology
    • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Human Factors
    • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
    • MS in Criminal Justice: Legal Studies
    • MS in Psychology: General Psychology
    • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Business for Secondary Education
    • BS in Psychology
    • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Performance and Sports Psychology
    • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
    • BS in Early Childhood
    • BS in Elementary Education / Special Education (Dual Major)

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN - FNP)
    • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Administration
    • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Educaiton
    • RN to BSN

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Arts - Communication and Media Studies
    • Master of Education - Early Childhood Education
    • Master of Education - Middle Grades
    • Master of Science - Entrepreneurship
    • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
    • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Communication Management
    • Bachelor of Science - Psychology
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Accounting
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Financial Economics
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Human Resource Management
    • Bachelor in Business Adminstration - Marketing
    • Associate of Arts - Liberal Studies
    • Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies - Early Childhood Education
    • Education Specialist - Early Childhood Education
    • Education Specialist - Middle Grade Education
    • Education Specialist - Special Education
    • Post Graduate Certificate - Communication Management
    • Post Graduate Certificate - Finance
    • Post Graduate Certificate - Health Care Management

    What is your highest level of education completed?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?