What Is the Best Online College for E-Commerce?

Learn about the options for earning an e-commerce degree or certificate online. Research school rankings, locations and programs to make an informed decision about your education.

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Online e-commerce programs are generally offered by 2-year colleges; such programs can lead to certificates or associate degrees. However, bachelor's and master's degrees for this field of study are also available.

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Some of the best options to consider for undergraduate programs in e-commerce are offered by schools that are highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report and that offer comprehensive instruction in the field. Three online programs are described below, and a list of other schools with online e-commerce degrees is also provided.

DePaul University

School Highlight: Students in the Master of Science in E-Commerce Technology program can join the Mobile Commerce Lab, which offers research and development support for human-computer interaction, e-commerce, mobile commerce and more.

In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul University as #124 on its list of top national universities. DePaul offers nearly 300 degree programs through five physical campuses and online classrooms. Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is home to DePaul University's largest and most active campus.

The school's Master of Science (M.S.) in E-Commerce Technology program is available online through the College of Computing and Digital Media. The M.S. program offers courses that cover data structures, enterprise infrastructure, database technologies, e-commerce website engineering and more. It requires a minimum of 52 credit hours in addition to any introductory courses for degree completion.

Pace University

School Highlight: Established in 1983, Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is one of the nation's first comprehensive schools of information systems and computing.

Pace University has a main campus in Manhattan and a second campus in Westchester County. U.S. News & World Report ranked Pace #14 among schools with the best online information technology programs in 2017.

The university's Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems offers an online Master of Science in Internet Technology that covers e-commerce along with Web server technology, Java Enterprise Edition technology and more. The program averages 1-2 years and requires 30 credit hours, including a 3-credit hour capstone project. Students do not have to hold an undergraduate degree in a computer-related discipline to enter the program.

Brookhaven College in Dallas, TX

School Highlight: A fully-online E-Commerce Technology Specialist Certificate is offered through Brookhaven.

Brookhaven is a college within the Dallas Community College District. In addition to the technology specialist certificate, online students can pursue an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Electronic Commerce, and an Entrepreneur Certificate or a Business Specialist Certificate. The school's e-commerce programs combine information technology studies in subjects such as website design with coursework in core business concepts like marketing and communications.

Top Online E-Commerce Programs

Here are some more schools that offer strong online programs in e-commerce.

  • A 12-credit, 180-contact-hour certificate in e-business/e-commerce is available from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, CO.
  • The Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce Marketing at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI, covers e-commerce, consumer behavior, marketing research, internet principles and design.
  • The e-commerce Associate of Applied Science from Finger Lake Community College in Canandaigua, NY, can be completed fully or partially online through the award-winning SUNY Learning Network.
  • Harper College's 21 online certificate offerings include an E-Commerce Business Certificate offered within the Marketing Department; the school is based in Palatine, IL.
  • Students who complete the online Business Administration Electronic Commerce certificate through Southwestern Community College in Sylva, NC, will also be prepared to take the Adobe Certified Associate exams for Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

There are both 4-year universities and community colleges that offer online programs in e-commerce. Depending on their educational goals, online students can choose between degree and certificate programs.

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