50 Best Nonprofit Colleges and Universities for Online Doctorates


Where to Get Your PhD Online

Nonprofit Colleges Online has released the final ranking in a series that looks at the best online nonprofit colleges and universities. The 50 Best Nonprofit Colleges and Universities for Online Doctorates ranking (https://www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com/best-online-doctorates/) was published to highlight the best colleges and universities at which to pursue an online education at the doctoral level. This ranking only considered regionally accredited and nonprofit or public institutions and placed a particular emphasis on its reputation in the area of upper-level career paths of its graduates, particularly in university faculty positions which are among the only careers that typically require a doctorate.

While online doctoral degree programs are not as common as master’s programs, many exist in the areas of education, nursing, and physical and occupational therapies. Less common, but still available, are doctoral programs in psychology, the humanities, engineering, as well as some unique programs in apparel merchandising. Most of these programs require some campus visits typically organized as weekend intensives, while a select few are available entirely online.

Placing first in this ranking is Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, Illinois, placed second, and the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, placed third.

Other colleges and universities that made the ranking are listed below in alphabetical order.

Appalachian State University—Boone, North Carolina
Arizona State University—Tempe, Arizona
Ball State University—Muncie, Indiana
Catholic University of America—Washington D.C.
Clemson University—Clemson, South Carolina
Creighton University—Omaha, Nebraska
East Tennessee State University—Johnson City, Tennessee
George Washington University—Washington D.C.
Georgia Southern University—Statesboro, Georgia
Indiana University—Bloomington, Indiana
Indiana State University—Terre Haute, Indiana
Iowa State University—Ames, Iowa
Loyola University—Chicago, Illinois
Michigan State University—East Lansing, Michigan
Mississippi State University—Starkville, Mississippi
New Mexico State University—Las Cruces, New Mexico
Northeastern University—Boston, Massachusetts
Oregon State University—Corvallis, Oregon
Pennsylvania State University—University Park, Pennsylvania
Sam Houston State University—Huntsville, Texas
St. John’s University—New York, New York
Texas A&M University—College Station, Texas
Texas Tech University—Lubbock, Texas
Tempe University—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Troy University—Troy, Alabama
University of Alabama—Tuscaloosa, Alabama
University of Arkansas—Fayetteville, Arkansas
University at Buffalo SUNY—Buffalo, New York
University of Colorado—Denver, Colorado
University of the Cumberlands—Williamsburg, Kentucky
University of Hawaii—Honolulu, Hawaii
University of Kansas—Lawrence, Kansas
University of Kentucky—Lexington, Kentucky
University of Minnesota—Duluth, Minnesota
University of Missouri—Columbia, Missouri
University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska
University of Nevada—Reno, Nevada
University of New England—Biddeford, Maine
University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, North Carolina
University of North Dakota—Grand Forks, North Dakota
University of South Carolina—Columbia, South Carolina
University of South Dakota—Vermillion, South Dakota
University of Southern California—Los Angeles, California
University of Wisconsin—Madison, Wisconsin
Valdosta State University—Valdosta, Georgia
Wayne State University—Detroit, Michigan
West Virginia University—Morgantown, West Virginia

Brett Gershon, editor at Nonprofit Colleges Online, says, “These online and hybrid doctoral degree programs are paving the way for working adults to obtain a terminal degree that would might not be possible otherwise.” Gershon goes on to say that even though traditional programs may still be ideal, online doctoral programs can be a good option for individuals who require more flexibility in how they pursue their studies. Gershon also notes that it should be understood that online doctoral programs are no less rigorous than traditional on-campus programs.

Nonprofitcollegesonline.com publishes reviews, and other resources to help prospective students learn about and connect with schools where they can get a quality online education that puts their needs and success first.

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