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An online bachelor’s degree, is an undergraduate degree offered by four-year private and public, not-for-profit or for-profit colleges and universities. An online bachelor’s degree program can take anywhere from 3-5 years of full-time study and requires between 120 to 128 credit hours of major, elective, and general education classes to complete; equates to approximately 40 courses.

Some people start their college career with the intention of earning a bachelor’s degree. Others may earn some college credit or an associate degree, either at a community college or through an online associates degree program, and then transfer their earned credits to a 4-year institution in order to earn their bachelor’s degree.

Why Choose An Online Bachelor’s Degree?

According to 2015 data from the National Center of Education Statistics, approximately 12% of the nation’s 18 million undergraduate students opt to do their classes completely online and 16% through a hybrid of online and on-campus. The trend of students choosing online degree programs will continue to increase as online bachelor degree programs become more prevalent and more accepted by the academic community and employers. So, why should you consider doing an online bachelor degree instead of a traditional on-campus bachelor’s degree?

Online bachelor degree programs are attractive for a number of reasons. Online degrees allow students a way to earn their degree if they:

  • prefer their classes, homework, and tests to fit around their work and/or family schedule, as opposed to the other way around
  • learn better in a self-paced learning environment
  • value the flexibility of an online bachelor’s degree over the traditional college degree schedule and format
  • live too far away from a university and cannot get to on-campus classes each week
  • have a physical disability that makes it difficult or impossible to get to a campus

Most Common Online Bachelor Degree Types:

College students have the option of completing an Online Bachelor of Art (BA or AB) Degree or an Online Bachelor of Science (BS or BSc) Degree.

Other bachelor’s programs include Bachelor of Legal Letters (LLB) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees

To learn more about specific online bachelor degree programs select a degree category below.

Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs

U.S. News & World Report has released their Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings. See the list below.

RankSchoolCity, StateTuition (Per Credit)Enrollment
#1Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–WorldwideDaytona Beach, FL$36514,470
#2Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, PA$821 out-of-state181
#3University of OklahomaNorman, OK$630 out-of-state1,302
#4Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZ$500 out-of-state23,672
#5Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, KY$496 out-of-state3,130
#6California University of PennsylvaniaCalifornia, PA$308 out-of-state2,422
#6West Texas A&M UniversityCanyon, TX$295 out-of-state1,234
#8California Baptist UniversityRiverside, CA$5472,236
#8New England Institute of TechnologyEast Greenwich, RI$230123
#8Ohio State University–ColumbusColumbus, OH$398 out-of-state307
#8Oregon State UniversityCorvallis, OR$200 out-of-state4,651
#8Pennsylvania State University–World CampusUniversity Park, PA$542 out-of-state5,608
#8University of Illinois–ChicagoChicago, IL$519 out-of-state215
#14Utah State UniversityLogan, UT$310 out-of-state1,653
#15Colorado State University–Global CampusGreenwood Village, CO$350 out-of-state10,670
#15Daytona State CollegeDaytona Beach, FL$550 out-of-state1,607
#15Fort Hays State UniversityHays, KS$207 out-of-state7,813
#15Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannah, GA$782743
#15Washington State UniversityPullman, WA$569 out-of-state2,195
#20University of FloridaGainesville, FL$500 out-of-state2,208
#21Charleston Southern UniversityCharleston, SC$490329
#21Loyola University ChicagoChicago, IL$751367
#21University at Buffalo–SUNYBuffalo, NY$988 out-of-state88
#24CUNY School of Professional StudiesNew York, NY$275 out-of-state1,665
#24Siena Heights UniversityAdrian, MI$495529
#24University of Massachusetts–AmherstAmherst, MA$385 out-of-state1,567
#24University of Nebraska–OmahaOmaha, NE$489 out-of-state205
#28Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant, MI$405 out-of-state1,665
#28Creighton UniversityOmaha, NE$433126
#28Georgia College & State UniversityMilledgeville, GA$289 out-of-state17
#28Marist CollegePoughkeepsie, NY$650171
#28Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityWest Palm Beach, FL$47573
#28Robert Morris UniversityMoon Township, PA$725574
#28Southeast Missouri State UniversityCape Girardeau, MO$265 out-of-state843
#28Wayne State UniversityDetroit, MI$428 out-of-state54
#36Ball State UniversityMuncie, IN$492 out-of-state1,103
#36Florida State UniversityTallahassee, FL$776 out-of-state491
#36Pace UniversityNew York, NY$555389
#36Regent UniversityVirginia Beach, VA$3953,303
#36SUNY College of Technology–DelhiDelhi, NY$270 out-of-state994
#36University of ArkansasFayetteville, AR$284 out-of-state688
#36University of Central FloridaOrlando, FL$300 out-of-state11,264
#36University of La VerneLa Verne, CA$610348
#36University of Nebraska–LincolnLincoln, NE$535 out-of-state26
#45Central Washington UniversityEllensburg, WA$657 out-of-state1,349
#45City University of SeattleSeattle, WA$4042,562
#45Westfield State UniversityWestfield, MA$297 out-of-state146
#48Colorado State UniversityFort Collins, CO$444 out-of-state543
#48University of DenverDenver, CO$594114
#48University of Maine–AugustaAugusta, ME$271 out-of-state3,558
#48University of North FloridaJacksonville, FL$285 out-of-state209
#48University of the Incarnate WordSan Antonio, TX$5151,686
#48University of Wisconsin–MilwaukeeMilwaukee, WI$337 out-of-state2,520
#54Florida International UniversityMiami, FL$329 out-of-state3,533
#54Indiana University– OnlineBloomington, IN$310 out-of-state2,233
#54Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsville, TX$216 out-of-state2,209
#54University of Illinois–SpringfieldSpringfield, IL$359 out-of-state999
#54University of Massachusetts–LowellLowell, MA$370 out-of-state2,061
#59George Washington UniversityWashington, DC$570400
#59St. Leo UniversitySaint Leo, FL$4706,398
#59University of GeorgiaAthens, GA$562 out-of-state60
#59University of Wisconsin–PlattevillePlatteville, WI$370 out-of-state421
#63Brandman UniversityIrvine, CA$5001,197
#63Concordia University ChicagoRiver Forest, IL$505139
#63New England College of Business and FinanceBoston, MA$340813
#63Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, VA$355 out-of-state5,919
#63University of Alabama–BirminghamBirmingham, AL$746 out-of-state958
#68Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourne, FL$5102,657
#68Lamar UniversityBeaumont, TX$248 out-of-state1,848
#68Sacred Heart UniversityFairfield, CT$560377
#68Southern Illinois University–EdwardsvilleEdwardsville, IL$696 out-of-state423
#68University of Louisiana–LafayetteLafayette, LA$355 out-of-state1,700
#68University of Missouri–St. LouisSt. Louis, MO$452 out-of-state97
#68University of North TexasDenton, TX$274 out-of-state1,295
#68University of Wisconsin–SuperiorSuperior, WI$305 out-of-state698
#76Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids, MI$403 out-of-state897
#76Missouri State UniversitySpringfield, MO$285 out-of-state480
#76SUNY College of Technology–CantonCanton, NY$680 out-of-state1,012
#76University of North Carolina–WilmingtonWilmington, NC$668 out-of-state980
#76Western Carolina UniversityCullowhee, NC$483 out-of-state1,207
#81California State University–Dominguez HillsCarson, CA$670 out-of-state599
#81Clarion University of PennsylvaniaClarion, PA$326 out-of-state578
#81Colorado Technical UniversityColorado Springs, CO$32526,330
#81Concordia University–St. PaulSt. Paul, MN$4201,044
#81Duquesne UniversityPittsburgh, PA$846188
#81Fitchburg State UniversityFitchburg, MA$133 out-of-state138
#81Northwestern CollegeOrange City, IA$40020
#81University of ArizonaTucson, AZ$490 out-of-state244
#81University of Massachusetts–BostonBoston, MA$559 out-of-state520
#81University of South Carolina–AikenAiken, SC$825 out-of-state167
#81University of Texas of the Permian BasinOdessa, TX$229 out-of-state1,222
#92American Public University SystemCharles Town, WV$27057,909
#92Ashland UniversityAshland, OH$405120
#92Bellevue UniversityBellevue, NE$4106,504
#92Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, GA$204 out-of-state756
#92McKendree UniversityLebanon, IL$370396
#92St. Joseph's UniversityPhiladelphia, PA$573128
#92University of St. FrancisJoliet, IL$599382
#99Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmond, KY$400 out-of-state2,196
#99Granite State CollegeConcord, NH$335 out-of-state2,139
#99United States Sports AcademyDaphne, AL$370273

Promising Jobs/Careers That Require a Bachelor’s Degree

Occupation2015 Median PayProjected Growth RateProjected New JobsOn-the-job Training
Operations research analysts$75,000 or more30 percent or faster10,000 to 49,999None
Personal financial advisors$75,000 or more30 percent or faster50,000 or moreLong-term on-the-job training
Biomedical engineers$75,000 or more20 to 29 percent5,000 to 9,999None
Computer systems analysts$75,000 or more20 to 29 percent50,000 or moreNone
Computer and information systems managers$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent50,000 or moreNone
Database administrators$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Environmental engineers$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent5,000 to 9,999None
Financial analysts$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Information security analysts$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Management analysts$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent50,000 or moreNone
Medical and health services managers$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent50,000 or moreNone
Software developers, applications$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent50,000 or moreNone
Software developers, systems software$75,000 or more10 to 19 percent50,000 or moreNone
Accountants and auditors$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent50,000 or moreNone
Dietitians and nutritionists$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent10,000 to 49,999Internship/residency
Environmental scientists and specialists, including health$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Film and video editors$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent5,000 to 9,999None
Market research analysts and marketing specialists$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent50,000 or moreNone
Medical and clinical laboratory technologists$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Registered nurses$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent50,000 or moreNone
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent10,000 to 49,999Moderate-term on-the-job training
Social and community service managers$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Technical writers$55,000 to $74,99910 to 19 percent5,000 to 9,999Short-term on-the-job training
Administrative services managers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Architects, except landscape and naval$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent5,000 to 9,999Internship/residency
Civil engineers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Computer network architects$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Construction managers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999Moderate-term on-the-job training
Financial managers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
General and operations managers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent50,000 or moreNone
Human resources managers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Marketing managers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Mechanical engineers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Network and computer systems administrators$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Sales managers$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products$75,000 or more0 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999Moderate-term on-the-job training
Cost estimators$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Human resources specialists$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Loan officers$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999Moderate-term on-the-job training
Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999Internship/residency
Producers and directors$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Public relations specialists$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None
Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent50,000 or moreInternship/residency
Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999Internship/residency
Special education teachers, middle school$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent5,000 to 9,999Internship/residency
Special education teachers, secondary school$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent5,000 to 9,999Internship/residency
Training and development specialists$55,000 to $74,9990 to 9 percent10,000 to 49,999None

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