Online Doctoral Programs

Universities where you can earn an accredited online doctorate degree

Online doctoral programs offered by accredited colleges and universities may take between two to four years to complete the coursework. Doctoral degree graduation gown Besides the coursework, most online doctorate degrees require a practicum, internship, comprehensive exam or dissertation.

Some distance learning colleges allow learners to accelerate their doctoral studies, while others offer accelerated doctorate programs online letting learners complete their degree faster.

Here is a list of top accredited online universities and colleges in the United States that offer a doctorate degree online. Most of the online colleges featured here accept learners currently living in the USA or Canada. A few accept students who live outside USA and Canada.

Featured Accredited Online Doctorate Colleges

Liberty University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). As a global online Christian college, Liberty has students from all over the United States (USA) and around the world.

  • Doctor of Education - Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Counseling - Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling - Professional Counseling
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Theology and Apologetics
  • Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership

Walden University is an accredited distance learning college offering all its programs 100% online. Its accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. With over 60 online PhD degree specializations, you can choose a focus that best suits your interest and study through a unique blend of theory, research, and practical application. Walden's doctoral learning experience incorporates multiple learning models and academic residencies.

  • D.B.A. - Accounting
  • D.B.A. - Entrepreneurship
  • D.B.A. - Finance
  • D.B.A. - Global Supply Chain Management
  • D.B.A. - Healthcare Management
  • D.B.A. - Information Systems Management
  • D.B.A. - International Business
  • D.B.A. - Leadership
  • D.B.A. - Marketing
  • D.B.A. - Project Management
  • D.B.A. - Self-Designed
  • D.B.A. - Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Doctor of Education - Reading and Literacy Leadership
  • Doctor of Education - Administrator Leadership for Teaching & Learning
  • Doctor of Education - Adult Education
  • Doctor of Education - College Teaching and Learning
  • Doctor of Education - Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment (K-12)
  • Doctor of Education - Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Education - Higher Education & Adult Learning
  • Doctor of Education - Higher Education Leadership
  • Doctor of Education - Special Education
  • Doctor of Education - Teacher Leadership
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) - General
  • Ed.S. in Adult Education - General
  • Ed.S. in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning
  • Ed.S. in Assessment Evaluation and Accountability - General Program
  • Ed.S. in College Teaching and Learning - General
  • Ed.S. in Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
  • Ed.S. in Early Childhood - General Program
  • Ed.S. in Educational Leadership & Administration (Principal Preparation)
  • Ed.S. in Educational Technology
  • Ed.S. in Leadership for Social Change - General
  • Ed.S. in Reading and Literacy Leadership - General
  • Ed.S. in Special Education - General
  • Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Consultation
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Counseling and Social Change
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Forensic Mental Health Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision - Trauma and Crisis
  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision-General Program
  • Ph.D. in Education - Course-based - Assessment Evaluation and Accountability
  • Ph.D. in Education - Course-based - Educational Technology
  • Ph.D. in Education - Course-based - Leadership, Policy & Change
  • Ph.D. in Education - Course-based - Learning, Instruction, and Innovation
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based - Adult Education Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based - Community College Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based - Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based - Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based - K-12 Education Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based - Self-Designed
  • Ph.D. in Education - KAM-based - Special Education
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model - Adult Education Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model - Community College Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model - Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model - Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model - Higher Education
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model - K-12 Education Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model - Self-Designed
  • Ph.D. in Education - Mixed-Model - Special Education
  • Ph.D. in Human Services - Clinical Social Work
  • Ph.D. in Human Services - Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. in Human Services - Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention
  • Ph.D. in Human Services - Family Studies and Intervention Strategies
  • Ph.D. in Human Services - General
  • Ph.D. in Human Services - Human Services Administration
  • Ph.D. in Human Services - Public Health
  • Ph.D. in Human Services - Social Policy Analysis and Planning
  • Ph.D. in Management - Accounting
  • Ph.D. in Management - Engineering Management
  • Ph.D. in Management - Finance
  • Ph.D. in Management - Finance - Course-based
  • Ph.D. in Management - General
  • Ph.D. in Management - Human Resource Management - Course-based
  • Ph.D. in Management - Information Systems Management
  • Ph.D. in Management - Information Systems Management - Course-based
  • Ph.D. in Management - Knowledge Management
  • Ph.D. in Management - Leadership & Organizational Change
  • Ph.D. in Management - Leadership & Organizational Change - Course-based
  • Ph.D. in Management - Learning Management
  • Ph.D. in Management - Operations Research
  • Ph.D. in Management - Self-Designed
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Counseling Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Educational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Forensic Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Organizational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology - Social Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Public Health - Community Health Education
  • Ph.D. in Public Health - Epidemiology
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Criminal Justice
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - International Non Governmental Organization
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Terrorism, Mediation, and Peace
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Emergency Management
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Homeland Security Policy
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Policy Analysis
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Course-based - General Program
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Health Policy
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Law and Public Policy
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration - Local Government Management for Sustainability
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration -Interdisciplinary Policy Studies
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration- Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration- Public Management and Leadership

Northcentral University Online - is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • PhD in Business Administration - Applied Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Administration - Computer and Information Security
  • PhD in Business Administration - Criminal Justice
  • PhD in Business Administration - Financial Management
  • PhD in Business Administration - Health Care Administration
  • PhD in Business Administration - Homeland Security Leadership & Policy
  • PhD in Business Administration - Human Resources Management
  • PhD in Business Administration - International Business
  • PhD in Business Administration - Management
  • PhD in Business Administration - Management Information Systems
  • PhD in Business Administration - Management of Engineering and Technology
  • PhD in Business Administration - Advanced Accounting
  • PhD in Business Administration - Organizational Leadership
  • PhD in Business Administration - Public Administration
  • PhD in Business Administration - Project Management
  • PhD in Business Administration - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PhD in Business Administration - Marketing
  • DBA - Advanced Accounting
  • DBA - Applied Computer Science
  • DBA - Computer and Information Security
  • DBA - Criminal Justice
  • DBA - Financial Management
  • DBA - General Business
  • DBA - Health Care Administration
  • DBA - Homeland Security - Leadership & Policy
  • DBA - Human Resources Management
  • DBA - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • DBA - International Business
  • DBA - Management
  • DBA - Management Information Systems
  • DBA - Management of Engineering and Technology
  • DBA - Marketing
  • DBA - Organizational Leadership
  • DBA - Project Management
  • DBA - Public Administration
  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Couple Therapy
  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - General
  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Medical Family Therapy
  • PhD in Marriage & Family Therapy - Therapy with Military Families
  • PhD in Psychology - Health Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - Gender Diversity Studies
  • PhD in Psychology - General Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • PhD in Psychology - Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Curriculum and Teaching
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - English Second Language
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Global Training and Development
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Leadership in Higher Education
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Instructional Leadership
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Organizational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - International Education
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Early Childhood Education
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Special Education
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - Sports Management
  • Doctor of Education (EdD) - E-Learning
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Curriculum and Teaching
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Early Childhood Education
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Educational Leadership
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - E-Learning
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - English Second Language
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Global Training and Development
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Instructional Leadership
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - International Education
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Leadership in Higher Education
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Organizational Leadership
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Special Education
  • Education Specialist (EdS) - Sports Management
  • PhD in Education - Curriculum and Teaching
  • PhD in Education - Educational Leadership
  • PhD in Education - English Second Language
  • PhD in Education - E-Learning
  • PhD in Education - Global Training and Development
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Higher Education
  • PhD in Education - Instructional Leadership
  • PhD in Education - Organizational Leadership
  • PhD in Education - Early Childhood Education
  • PhD in Education - International Education
  • PhD in Education - Special Education
  • PhD in Education - Sports Management

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (ncahlc.org). Part of UOP's learning experience is online doctoral group discussions to interact with fellow learners and exchange ideas about research that centers on current industry challenges. The intense residency component enables learners to interact and network with professionals in their field, faculty and prepare their dissertation.

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Ed. Leadership/Educational Technology
  • Doctor of Education/Curriculum and Instruction
  • Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • Doctor of Mgmt in Organizational Leadership
  • Doctor of Mgmt/Information Systems and Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Educational Specialist

Capella University is one of the largest online universities to offer graduate degrees in specialized areas of study that include business and technology.

  • DBA - Leadership
  • DBA - Human Resource Management
  • DBA - Business Intelligence
  • DBA - Finance
  • DBA - Global Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • DBA - Marketing
  • DBA - Strategy and Innovation
  • PhD - Finance
  • PhD - General Business Management
  • PhD - Marketing
  • PhD - Accounting
  • PhD - Human Resource Management
  • PhD - Information Technology Management
  • PhD - Leadership
  • PhD - Management Education
  • PhD - Project Management
  • PhD - Strategy and Innovation
  • PhD - Health Care Administration
  • PhD - Criminal Justice
  • PhD - Emergency Management
  • PhD - Public Safety Leadership
  • PhD - Instructional Design for Online Learning
  • PhD - Leadership for Higher Education
  • PhD - Nursing Education
  • PhD - Postsecondary and Adult Education
  • PhD - Professional Studies in Education
  • PhD - Training and Performance Improvement
  • PhD - Multidisciplinary Human Services
  • PhD - Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • PhD - Social and Community Services
  • PhD - Addiction Psychology
  • PhD - Educational Psychology
  • PhD - General Psychology
  • PhD - Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PsyD - School Psychology
  • DPA - General Public Administration
  • EdD - Reading and Literacy
  • EdD - Educational Leadership and Management
  • EdS - Curriculum and Instruction
  • EdS - Leadership in Educational Administration
  • PhD - Curriculum and Instruction
  • PhD - K-12 Studies in Education
  • PhD - Leadership in Educational Administration
  • PhD - Special Education Leadership
  • PhD - General Information Technology
  • PhD - Information Assurance and Security
  • PhD - Information Technology Education
  • PhD - Information Technology Project Management
  • PhD - General Advanced Studies in Human Behavior
  • PhD - General Counselor Education and Supervision
  • DNP - Nursing Practice (CCNE-accredited)
  • DSW - General Social Work
  • DHA - General Health Administration
  • DHA - Health Care Leadership
  • DrPH - Epidemiology
  • DrPH - Health Advocacy and Leadership

Concord Law School is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) and approved as a degree-granting institution in the State of California by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Concord is also registered with the California Committee of Bar Examiners, permitting its graduates to apply for admission to the California Bar.

  • The Juris Doctor Program
  • The Executive JD Program
  • Small Business Practice LLM (JD Required)

Colorado Technical University

  • Doctorate Management
  • Doctorate Computer Science - Executive Format
  • Doctorate of Computer Science - Emerging Media
  • Doctorate of Computer Science - Information Assurance
  • Doctorate of Computer Science - Digital Systems Security
  • Doctorate Computer Science in Enterprise Information Systems - Executive Format

Grand Canyon University

  • D.B.A. - Management
  • Ed.D in Organizational Leadership - Organizational Development
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Christian Ministry
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - K-12 Leadership
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Behavioral Health
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership - Higher Education Leadership
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Cognition and Instruction
  • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Special Education





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