Best Online Associates Degree Programs

Best Online Associates Degree Programs

Study.com has compiled it's ranking of the best online colleges for associate's degrees. Read on to see who made the list.

In today's fast-paced job market, it can be difficult to find the time to pursue a degree when you want to expand your knowledge, move up in your career, or switch to a new job field. Online degrees offer a convenient, flexible method for earning a degree when you just don't have time to get to campus. Below, we highlight some of the best schools in the nation that offer online associate's degrees to prepare you for a new career or a promotion, or to build your knowledge base. Our rankings are unique in that they emphasize accessibility, affordability, and quality of education, which we considered the most important attributes in our school rankings.

1. Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale

Keiser University is a leader in career-focused, accessible, and flexible degree programs for students. Here, you'll find over 15 associate's degree programs available in a fully online format, including three programs offered in Spanish. Keiser offers courses one at a time to keep you focused on the topic at hand and provides an online career center to get you ready for graduation. Several associate's degrees are available in an online format at Keiser including:

  • Business administration
  • Medical assisting
  • Information technology
  • Health services admin
  • Applied engineering

2. University of Northwestern Ohio

Based in Lima, OH, the University of Northwestern Ohio stands out for its commitment to constantly updating online programs to prepare you for careers in highly desirable fields. Here, you'll find a Virtual College that provides you with critical student resources like the college library and student services department. You can choose from 11 associate degrees at this university, including agribusiness or business administration, office management, health info technology, travel and hotel management, and legal assisting.

3. Monroe College

This Bronx, NY, college is home to eight online associate degree programs offered through five schools:

  • Allied health
  • Business and accounting
  • Criminal justice
  • Info technology
  • Hospitality management

Student success is emphasized in Monroe College's online learning programs. You'll have access to a personal counselor who can help you get through the program and prepare for graduation with ease. You can also access online tutoring options whenever you need help 24/7.

4. Carl Albert State College

Sallisaw, OK's, Carl Albert State College provides its online students with all the features and services available to on-campus students, as well as live online courses and chat options, and My Lab platforms for economics, IT, math, and accounting. You can choose from six Associate of Arts degrees, an Associate of Science program, and two Associate of Applied Science options in fully online formats.

5. Fox Valley Technical College

As part of the largest college education system in Wisconsin, Fox Valley Technical College proudly offers 70 associate degree programs, including a wealth of fully online options. You can choose from several flexible options at Fox Valley, such as fully online programs, hybrid courses, and virtual classroom courses. Among the 21 online associate degree programs available, you'll find options in these categories:

  • Business, finance and management
  • Engineering technology
  • IT
  • Marketing and sales
  • Manufacturing
  • Public safety
  • General and global studies

6. Lake Area Technical Institute

Watertown, SD, based Lake Area Technical Institute combines the ease and flexibility of online learning with an on-campus component for hands-on experiences. You'll find online courses taught by the same professors who lead on-campus courses and will have access to all the features provided to on-campus students, including the library, career counseling, and tutoring. Associate degrees in a hybrid format at Lake Area Tech include agribusiness, business associate, dental assisting, computer info systems, and robotics. You can also find precision machining, practical nursing, medical lab technician, and medical/fire rescue programs available as e-degrees.

7. Copiah-Lincoln Community College

Mississippi's Copiah-Lincoln Community College offers a robust array of online associate's degree programs, with 33 degree programs available fully online. You can choose from programs in the arts and humanities, health science, education, social sciences, human services, and business fields, along with degrees in career-technical areas. Copiah-Lincoln Community College offers an introductory course for students interested in e-learning along with proctoring centers available at each of the college's 3 campuses.

8. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

You'll find a variety of ways to earn your degree without driving to campus at this Green Bay college. Your options include fully online degree programs, web-conference courses that meet at specific times, and blended courses that combine online and on-campus or video conference requirements. At the associate's level, you'll find 10 online degree options, 8 of which require you to get hands-on experience through an internship or practicum. Examples of online associate's degrees include:

  • Accounting
  • Gerontology
  • Health information technology
  • Human resources
  • Supply chain management

9. Northeast Community College

Northeast Community College, in Norfolk, NE, stands out for offering online courses for the same tuition rate as its traditional on-campus courses. You'll find online Associate of Applied Science programs for administrative professionals and business, or you can choose from a variety of Associate of Arts degrees in areas like criminal justice, social science, agriculture, accounting, and more. Northeast Community College has a variety of services available to online students, such as academic support, counseling, and career services.

10. George C Wallace State Community College - Hanceville

Wallace State in Hanceville is recognized for its state-of-the-art learning environments available for both online and on-campus students. In addition to online courses, the college features podcasting and videoconferencing options to reach a wider student audience. Numerous online associate's degrees are available here, encompassing three of the four pathways that Wallace State emphasizes: STEM, liberal arts and general studies, and health science.

11. Southeast Technical Institute

Southeast Technical Institute, in Sioux Falls, SD, boasts student-focused online courses led by a team of experienced and knowledgeable instructors. The interactive courses you'll find in Southeast Tech's online degree programs are nationally recognized and geared towards preparing qualified students to succeed in leading careers. You can choose from online associate's degrees in such competitive areas as marketing, healthcare leadership, entrepreneurship, computer programming, and accounting.

12. West Kentucky Community and Technical College

Based in Paducah, West Kentucky Community and Technical College has a long history of offering flexible degree options to students, with more than 20 years of experience with online degree programs. The college takes care of its online students, providing counseling, tutoring, and career services as well as library access and veteran's affairs for students pursuing online degrees. Associate's degree options include transfer degrees and programs in the following fields:

  • Computer and information technologies
  • Logistics and operations management
  • Marine technology
  • Medical information technology
  • Criminal justice

13. Central Community College

With a catalog of 30 online degrees, certificates, and diplomas, along with a wealth of online courses, Central Community College is devoted to the concept of flexibility for busy students. Central offers a robust line-up of 7 associate's degrees via online study, including degrees in IT, business technology, health information, and transfer degrees. A key factor in Central's ranking on this list was the 37% of it's credit courses are delivered via online and web methods.

14. Mitchell Technical Institute

Featuring cutting-edge technology and teaching methods, Mitchell Technical Institute stands out for its regional approach to education, offering online and on-campus degrees that meet the needs of the growing Southeastern South Dakota region. Of the 3 associate's degree programs available online, two programs, administrative office specialist and medical office professional, boast 100% job placement rates, based on school surveys and faculty research.

15. Western Technical College

Based in La Crosse, WI, Western Technical College's programs combine technical skills with the career skills you need to be competitive in the workforce. You'll get the training you need to do your job, while also acquiring skills in resiliency, sustainability, professionalism, self-awareness, and accountability that can make you successful. Western Technical College offers online associate's degrees in the following fields:

  • Business analyst
  • Business management
  • Digital marketing
  • Hospitality management
  • Leadership development

16. Chippewa Valley Technical College

Chippewa Valley Technical College, in Eau Claire, WI, offers a variety of features that make getting an associate's degree quicker and more economical. Here, you can get credit for prior learning from work experience, volunteer activities, apprenticeships, and more. Online options at this college include associate's degrees in business, early childhood education, IT, library and info services, supply chain management, professional communications, and human resources. The college's support services are also available to you as a fully online student, so you'll be able to get help with your program when you need it.

17. Sheridan College

Sheridan, WY, is home to Sheridan College, where flexibility and student success play key roles in the online degree programs. You'll get help right from the start through the college's online learning orientation and Student Help-Zone. Librarians on campus can help you get the resources you need without having to leave your home. Sheridan offers several online associate's degrees like:

  • Computer networking administration
  • Computer information systems
  • Early childhood education
  • General science

18. North Dakota State College of Science

Known for being one of the oldest 2-year public schools in the country, North Dakota State College of Science is based in Wahpeton and emphasizes training in new technologies to prepare students for careers in competitive fields. Online college advisors are available to help students every step of their college journey from setting academic goals to choosing the right courses. The college boasts online associate's degrees in six fields of study:

  • Technical studies
  • Pharmacy tech
  • Liberal arts
  • Health
  • Business management
  • Information and communications technology

19. Northeast Iowa Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College is a top school for online and blended programs in the state, offering a variety of associate's degrees through online study. One of the unique features of this college is the Z-Degree, an Associate of Arts program that doesn't require you to purchase textbooks, saving you money by offering access to free educational resources. Associate degrees offered fully online at Northeast Iowa Community College include accounting clerk, agriculture business, agriculture finance, applied management, business specialist, finance, and health information technology.

20. Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University boasts online courses led by expert faculty who bring their world experience and knowledge of online learning to the classroom. This Catholic university primarily offers bachelor's and master's programs, but also features five associate's degrees in info technology, liberal arts, cybersecurity, criminal justice, and business administration. This university stands out for its commitment to building student experience by combining online learning with real-life experiences through internships, study abroad, conferences, or competitions. These features are available in the university's business and criminal justice online programs.

21. Northland Community and Technical College

Northland Community and Technical College, with campuses in East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, MN, emphasizes online degrees in competitive and in-demand career fields. You'll find some online associate's programs here that aren't seen at other top schools, such as the geospatial intelligence analysis degree and a STEM associate's program. The college also offers online degrees in business, health and human services, liberal arts, and entrepreneurship fields.

22. Ridgewater College

Ridgewater College, in Willmar, MN, stands out for its focus on learning through the lifespan. The college offers a broad range of online courses to help you maintain your competitive standing in the workplace. In addition to courses, you can choose from a variety of online associate's degree programs in such career-focused areas as activity director, computer-aided design, health info technology, legal assistant, web developer, and more.

23. James A Rhodes State College

In Lima, OH, Rhodes State College originated as a technical school before expanding into a diverse array of programs for students, including transfer degrees, career-ready programs, and occupational training. Rhodes State College has six fully online associate's degrees as well as seven hybrid or blended programs that require some campus time. Your fully online options include accounting, business administration, corrections, human resources, operations excellence technology, and executive administrative assistant programs.

24. Moraine Park Technical College

Wisconsin-based Moraine Park Technical College capitalizes on the advanced industry experience of its instructors to build career-ready, flexible online degree programs. You'll be able to choose from 13 online associate's degree programs designed to prepare you for in-demand careers in healthcare, business, IT, and more. Some of your options include accounting, business analyst, information technology, marketing and social media management, paralegal, and water quality technology.

25. Western Wyoming Community College

Rock Springs, WY, based Western Wyoming College is committed to seeking out opportunities to collaborate with communities and schools throughout the Southwestern region of the state to bring education to outlying areas through online learning and other mediums. The college offers eight fully online associate's degree programs as well as fully online certificates. Your options at the associate's level include degrees like:

  • Accounting
  • Business administration
  • Office information systems
  • Social work
  • Criminal justice

26. Iowa Lakes Community College

Iowa Lakes Community College embraces online education through its membership in the Iowa Community College Online Consortium. Not only can you earn an online or blended degree from this college, but you can find more than 300 courses available fully online. Associate degrees in a 100% online format include accounting, business administration and management, human services/disability studies, and paralegal. The college also offers blended programs that require some on-campus time, including sales and marketing management and substance abuse counseling.

27. Central Lakes College-Brainerd

Part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Central Lakes College in Brainerd offers technical and liberal arts programs to about 5,000 students. The college utilizes a cutting-edge Live Online course system to provide educational access to students in remote areas as well as those who want to work or take care of family while earning a degree. The college offers an Associate of Arts transfer degree in an online format as well as associate degrees in computer information technology, agricultural science, enology and viticulture.

28. Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College ranks among our top schools for online associate's degrees due to its emphasis on providing career-focused degree programs in a flexible and convenient format. You can find seven associate's programs available in a fully online format, including accounting, early childhood education, administrative professional, web and software developer, nonprofit leadership, and medical administrative professional.

29. Georgia Piedmont Technical College

One of the oldest technical colleges in the state, Georgia Piedmont Technical College provides career-ready programs driven by industry experts. Georgia Piedmont is committed to online education, offering more than 50 programs as well as a wealth of courses available in a fully online format. Associate degree options are varied, but fall under the umbrellas of business, media, and tech.

30. Madisonville Community College

Emphasizing a student-first approach to education, Madisonville Community College provides flexible online options to students who can't take time to attend classes on campus. Degree options in an online format include competitive fields in the Western Kentucky region, such as mining technology, paralegal, human services, and air conditioning technology. To further support students, the college offers scholarships for a few of its online degrees, such as mining tech.

31. Lakeshore Technical College

Lakeshore Technical College proudly offers more 13 fully degree programs, preparing students to be competitive in local and regional career specialties. Some of the most popular programs offered at Lakeshore Technical College in a fully online format include:

  • Accounting
  • IT-web & software developer
  • Human resource administration

You can also find some unique programs here in an online format, like nuclear technology and manufacturing management associate's degrees, as well as programs for in-demand careers in business management, quality assurance, supply chain management, and administrative professional.

32. Northwest Iowa Community College

With nearly two decades of experience in online learning, Northwest Iowa Community College is an innovator among community colleges, consistently adding new programs to encourage student learning. Some recent additions to the online degree catalog include web and graphic design and the forthcoming information solutions specialist. You can also find online associate's degrees in accounting, agriculture, business, health information technology, and IT specialist, as well as an Associate of Arts program.

33. Clovis Community College

Clovis Community College, in New Mexico, is committed to offering affordable, flexible, and high-quality programs to its students. A leader in the field of distance learning, Clovis Community College utilizes the latest technology to bring courses to students who can't make it to campus, including fully online options, interactive TV courses, and more. The college provides eight online associate's degrees for you including options like:

  • Early childhood education
  • Legal assistant studies
  • Behavioral science
  • Computer information systems

34. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College

Southwest Tech, in Fennimore, WI, is a leader in the online education field, utilizing industry-experienced professionals to lead classes and providing students with online tutors and academic advisors. The college also offers the flexibility of staggered course start times and courses available in 4, 8, or 16-week sessions. Associate's degrees available here in a 100% online format include options like:

  • Business management
  • Health information technology
  • Leadership development
  • Cancer information management

35. Riverland Community College

Riverland Community College, with three campuses in Minnesota, strives to make online learning a flexible and easy option for students. You can attend an orientation before enrolling in online programs to make sure this style of learning works for you, access an online training library, as well as find resources that can help you make sure your equipment and online platforms are ready for your first day of class. Online degree programs include accounting, admin assistant, applied engineering technology, business, supervisory management, web developer, and psychology.

36. Minnesota West Community and Technical College

Minnesota West is committed to providing the same level of expertise to online students as it does to its students on each of its 5 campuses in the Southwest Minnesota region. With that in mind, you'll find instructors who bring their industry experience and professionalism to online courses as well as academic advisors who can provide online support to address your concerns. Minnesota West offers a fully online Associate of Arts degree and an individualized studies program, along with such standout programs as energy technical specialist, computer and networking technology, healthcare administrative assistant, info security and assurance, and accounting.

37. Kennebec Valley Community College

Fairfield Maine's Kennebec Valley Community College strives to offer programs that align with the state's labor market and encourage learning with student-focused staff and academic support services. You'll find a wealth of online options here, including fully online associate's degrees and programs in a hybrid format that feature in-person meetings or practicums. These programs promote career readiness through collaborative projects in simulated work environments, internships, and training in mobile technology applications for the workplace. Fully online associate's degrees include:

  • Business administration - marketing/management
  • Business administration - accounting
  • Mental health technology
  • Liberal studies

38. North Central Missouri College

North Central Missouri College, in Trenton, offers a host of digital services to meet the needs of busy students. The college's online campus features a tutoring center complete with writing services and a writing lab, a digital library with streaming video and e-books, and a bookstore. All of the college's general education courses are available online, along with associate's degrees in nursing, criminal justice, early childhood education, business and technology, accounting, and behavioral health support. You can also find a fully online Associate of Arts program.

39. Flint Hills Technical College

In Emporia, KS, Flint Hills Technical College promotes student-teacher communication as a key component of its online learning program. Online students can reach instructors via email or phone, participate in discussion threads with teachers and fellow students, and chat with fellow students. The flexibility of online learning at Flint Hills is made available to both adult students and to high school students who want to get a head start on postsecondary education. In addition to hybrid programs in emergency services, industrial engineering technology, and interactive multimedia design, the college offers fully online programs in:

  • Business technology
  • Healthcare administration and management
  • Power plant technology
  • Computer program design and development

40. Southwestern Community College

Personalized attention and student support are the focus at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. Southwestern provides its online students with flexible learning options, courses that take 4-16 weeks to complete, access to free online tutoring, and a 24/7 help desk for technical issues. Your online associate's degree options include transfer Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees and Associate of Applied Science programs in business administration, agricultural business, and accounting. The college is an approved institution by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for its online programs.

41. Seward County Community College

Based in Liberal, KS, Seward County Community College offers a collaborative approach to online education. Here, you'll have access to EduKan, a cooperative of 6 community colleges in the Western Kansas region that offer online education. The cutting-edge technology used in the program provides you with mobile access to more than 200 classes and 16 programs from the various colleges. Seward County Community College's offerings include associate's degrees in liberal arts, general studies, biology, chemistry, and business administration.

42. Atlanta Technical College

Atlanta Technical College recently introduced eCampus, a delivery system that offers low-cost, fully online courses and programs for working adults, executives, and other nontraditional students. The fully online programs available were selected based on popularity of on-campus counterparts, so you can choose from fully online degrees in business administrative technology, accounting, marketing management, business management, and paralegal studies. Online students get plenty of support at this college, with such features as an online orientation, access to the Georgia Library Learning Online System (GALILEO), an online tutoring provider, and academic advising services.

43. Ogeechee Technical College

Statesboro, GA's, Ogeechee Technical College emphasizes innovative programs to fulfill regional employment needs and ever-changing employee training requirements. Ogeechee offers an expansive array of fully online programs and general education courses, including associate's degrees in the following fields:

  • Business technology
  • Business management
  • Accounting
  • Health information management technology
  • Technical studies

As an online student here, you'll have full access to the college library, as well as GALILEO and an online tutoring service that's available 24/7.

44. Southern Arkansas University Tech

With more than two decades of experience offering online education to students, Southern Arkansas University Tech is a leader among online schools and features online courses accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college's online campus is open to both domestic and international students and provides access to academic advisors, online tutoring, and personal counseling. You can earn an Associate of Arts entirely online or choose from associate's programs in computer info technology, environmental management, business, fire science, office management, and teacher education.

45. Drury University

In Springfield, MO, Drury University stands out for its excellence in online education, offering a wealth of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. You'll be taught by the same experienced and knowledgeable instructors that teach on-campus courses, while earning your degree in a flexible format, and you'll find that Drury promotes affordable programs that can meet your budget, even offering scholarships to defray some of your costs. Drury University has 8 fully online associate's degrees:

  • Paralegal studies
  • Psychology
  • General studies
  • Pre-ministerial studies
  • Criminal justice
  • Business
  • Emergency management
  • English and writing

46. Lake Region State College

Lake Region State College in Devils Lake, ND, stands out for offering some of the most affordable online programs in the nation. The college also offers financial aid for students to further boost affordability and promote educational options. You can choose from fully online associate's degrees in such competitive fields as fitness trainer technician, business, early childhood education, marketing, law enforcement, and speech language pathology. Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are also available.

47. University of the Incarnate Word

At San Antonio, TX's, University of the Incarnate Word, you'll find online programs specifically designed for working professionals with busy schedules through the School of Professional Studies. Among the benefits of attending this school are advisors who provide one-to-one personal assistance, reduced tuition rates for adult students, and fast 8-week courses to accelerate your degree. Online associate's degrees are offered in competitive fields of business, health sciences, and information systems. You can also complete a general studies degree fully online.

48. Eastern Wyoming College

Torrington, WY-based, Eastern Wyoming College encourages diverse learning opportunities with a wealth of online degree options and services geared towards online learners. Here you'll find student services, a tutoring center, a library, outreach services, and academic counseling options designed specifically for students in distance learning programs. You can choose from online interdisciplinary studies programs, elementary education, early childhood education, business, or criminal justice.

49. Southeastern Technical College

In Vidalia, GA, Southeastern Technical College is committed to increasing enrollment in the multiple counties that the college serves. Utilizing the latest technology and learning platforms, Southeastern Technical College offers flexible online education to working professionals who may not have time to get to campus. Busy students can choose from fully online associate's degrees in several in-demand career fields like:

  • Business healthcare technology
  • Business management
  • Information technology
  • Website design and development

50. Belhaven University

Combining personal attention and a flexible learning format, Belhaven University rounds out our list of top providers of online associate's degrees. Professors at this university bring their extensive real-world experiences to the online classroom. The university's online programs are anchored on a solid foundation of Christian values and focused on providing career-ready education in business fields or biblical studies. You can also find an Associate of Arts program online that prepares you to transfer to one of Belhaven's online bachelor's programs.

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