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New England College
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Non-Profit & Private Online Colleges & Universities

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Not so long ago, people generally associated online degrees with for profit colleges and universities. Today, a growing number of nonprofit and state schools have jumped into the fray, in some cases beating the for profit schools at their own game.

Many small schools that were once known only in their own regions have leapt at the opportunity to draw students from all over the country via digital learning. Larger state universities and even nationally known colleges have also been attracted by the benefits of registering considerable numbers of new online students without having to expand their on-campus facilities (once they’ve built the technology for online teaching).

The result is a situation where nonprofit schools are competing fiercely with for profit universities, who were once the only teaching institutions that did any advertising. Nonprofit schools like Western Governors University, Liberty and the Drexel University have made themselves household names across the U.S. through large marketing campaigns.

For all the publicity they have generated, for profit schools still enroll less than ten percent of all college students in the U.S. They've had to fight more and more, however, to maintain their position against dozens and dozens of nonprofit colleges and universities that now operat online degree programs, and which compete with them intensely for students.

What's A Nonprofit Versus A For-Profit?
Strictly speaking, it's simple. For-profit schools are operated as businesses. Universities like Phoenix and Capella work to earn a profit from the tuition they take in from students, while non-profit schools, which are generally either private or state-funded public schools, do not make any attempt to earn a profit. For profit schools are often owned by larger companies that need to demonstrate earnings to shareholders (Kaplan, for example,is owned by the Washington Post Company), while no-profits don't have any shareholders. (alternatively, here are lists of religious private schools: Christian Online Colleges, and Catholic Online Schools).

But the simplicity ends there. Professors at private non-profit colleges obviously get paid for teaching, and the administrators of those schools are sometimes paid quite handsomely. Some now operate online divisions that are run somewhat independently of campus operations, and which have high revenue goals for the schools.

If you're a prospective student, the best and simplest approach is to make sure your chosen school is accredited (keeping in mind that regional accreditation is the best, not national accreditation), that the degree program is targeted at a specific career that interests you, and that you will not be piling up too much debt during your education. Do the math and figure out what the cost will be over the full time it will take you to earn the degree. Without doubt, you will tend to find that accreditation is less of an issue with nonprofit schools

A Different Degree Mix
Generally speaking, the nonprofit schools are a bit more targeted in their online degree offerings than large for profit schools, some of which offer hundreds of different degrees. A few nonprofit schools listed below focus on just one or two online programs they've chosen to build a expertise in.

"Nonprofit," "not for profit" or "private"
The schools on this list tend to call themselves one of these three things. Is there any difference between the categorizations? The answer is: not really. The IRS officially states that "not for profit" describes an organization focused on one particular activity (like a hobby) while "nonprofit" is for an entity created for purposes other than earning a profit. In practice, however, "nonprofit" and "not for profit" are used interchangeably. "Private" colleges, which include the older, better known and most expensive schools, are also nonprofit institutions.

A clear distinction is made with "public" colleges. These are the state or community schools that are supported financially by taxpayer money, administered through state governments

For the sake of transparency, we should note that we are focusing here mainly on the nonprofit schools that have well developed programs and promote themselves nationally. And yes, we do earn a small fee if you inquire for information from one of them. If you have another school you would like to recommend for this list or feel one does not belong here, please feel free to write our editor here

A note on degree listings: We have listed here the degree types that each school offers online. "Business" means associates or bachelors degrees in business, as opposed to "MBA" degrees, which are all the the master's level. "Social Sciences" generally refers to psychology or other similar degrees. We have separated out criminal justice degrees into a separate category. Likewise, "health science" degrees are a separate category from "nursing," a very specific category that's of great interest to our readers.

A Catholic private university located just outside Chicago, Illinois. The school, founded in 1887, describes itself as a "melting pot" of students from all religions, faiths and philosophies, and now provides a large number of business degree programs online.
Benedictine's online degree programs:
Accelerated MBA's in
     - Accounting
     - Health Administration
     - Finance
Full MBA Programs in
     - Accounting
     - Finance
     - Internet Marketing
     - Marketing
Master of Public Health
Master of Science in Leadership for Women
Master of Science in Nursing - several specialties

Get information on Benedictine University

Boston University is a very large private school that has, for years, been attended by the children of well-to-do families in the northeast. It has top drawer faculty and facilities, is highly respected by employers and, yes, it's hockey team has recently won the NCAA championship. BU online programs have gradually expanded over the past few years. It has tended to build programs that are masters or certificate programs in sometwhat unique specialties, though it does offer one completion degree in liberal arts at the bachelor's level. BU master's degree programs focus on various areas of business, criminal justice and arts and education, but it has a particularly large meno of online master's degreer in technology. Not surprisingly for a school with BU's reputation, the degree programs are not cheap -- though studying online can save you commuting and/or campus living costs..
Boston University online certificate and degree programs
Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Interdisciplinary (completion degree)
Education & Teaching (Music or Arts Education)
Masters in Business (Banking or Business Continuity)
MS Computer Information Systems in:
     - Security
     - Web Application Development
     - Database Management
     - Health Imformatics
     - IT Project Management
MS International Marketing
MS Insurance Management
Master of Banking & Financial Services
Certificate in Paralegal
Certificates in Project Management (several specialties)

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Brandeis is an private school outside Boston founded in the 1040's with a name that's respected, particularly in the northeast. Its alumni include some colorful characters, ranging from social firebrand Angela Davis to Shen Tong, one of the leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square uprising in China. Brandeis has top quality accreditation, and offers masters degrees only online.
Brandeis' online masters degrees:
Health & Medical Informatics
Information Security
Information Tech Development
Project Management
Software Engineering

Get information on Brandeis University

Concordia University of Portland, Oregan is part of The Concordia University System of ten colleges and universities in the United States, which is operated by the Lutheran Church. The Portland school has four colleges and 1,700 students.
Condordia has moved into online learning with master's degree programs focused heavily on education and business:
Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in:
     - Reading
     - Science
     - Special Education
     - Teacher Leadership, Adolescent Literacy, Environmental Education & other specialties
MBA's in:
     - Management
     - Finance
     - Environmental Management
     - Healthcare Administration & other specialties

Get information on Concordia University

Gonzaga is one of 28 private Catholic schools run by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Located in Spokane, Washington, it's known nationally for its quality law school and, yes, its sometimes outstanding basketball team. The schools 92 different degree programs cover a full range of classic liberal arts subjects.
Online degrees offered by Gonzaga are in the business and health categories, and are all at the master's level except for a single certificate program:
Business (MA in organizational leadership or communication)
MA Transmission & Distribution Engineering (also offers a certificate in this specialty)

Get information on Gonzaga University

Indiana's large public higher education system has partnered with an elearning firm, The College Network, to offer a specialized degree program designed to help LPNs (licensed practical nurses) and LVNs (licensed vocational nurses) get a bachelor of science degree in nursing. The school has no Waiting List, and clinical requirements can be completed with the help of a preceptor in your local area. Must be 21 years of age to qualify.
Indiana's one degree program, delivered in consort with The College Network:
Nursing (LPN to BSN)

Get information on Indiana State University

Kent State is a system of 8 state-funded schools in Ohio, founded in 1910. It offers a variety of online degree programs, though some are delivered partly through video or videoconferencing. Several online degree programs are also offered in health and education. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with it's nursing school accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Kent State offers two online degree programs:
Master of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication, Public Relations
Master of Music in Music Education

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Lewis is a Catholic school founded in 1932 that mixes classic liberal learning with values-based education. It has focused on a large number of accelerated learning programs for working adults. It has five colleges, and is the ninth largest private, not-for-profit university in Illinois. Frequently gets high quality rankings from The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
Lewis offers masters degrees online in organizational leadership and technology security:
MA Organizational Leadership - Higher Education
MA Organizational Leadership - Nonprofit Management
MA Organizational Leadership - Organizational Management
MA Organizational Leadership - Public Administration
MA Organizational Leadership - Training & Development
MS Information Security - Technical
MS Information Security - Managerial

Get information on Lewis University

Loyola New Orleans is a Catholic (Jesuit) university with five different colleges and 2,600 undergraduate and 2,200 grad students. Ranked #8 in US News & World Report's "Great Schools Great Prices" category and #7 as being the "Best Master's University in the South," Loyola is open to students of all faiths. It's one of 28 schools in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Loyola offers Masters Degrees only online:
Nursing (MSN bridge program)
MS Nursing, Health Care Systems Management
Criminal Justice Administration (forensics, cyber forensics or justice administration)

Get information on Loyola University New Orleans

A private school affiliated with the Churches of Christ, LCU was founded in 1957 and now has just under 2,000 students. It has quality regional accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges.
LCU offers two masters degrees online:
MS Clinical Mental Health CounselingBusiness
MS Human Services

Get information on Lubbock Christian University

NEC is a small private liberal arts school in rural Henniker, New Hampsire, that has a bit less thatn 2,000 students. It was founded in the 1940's for returning soldiers who were going to school on the famous G.I. Bill. The school is attended, generally, but kids from fairly well-off families in the northeast, and thus has a network of alumni in the Boston and New York business communities.
New England College offers a series of masters degrees online, with a strong focus on business:
Master of Science, Management in:
     - Accounting
     - Health Care Administration
     - Marketing Management
     - Project Management
     - Real Estate Management
     - Strategic Leadership
     - NonProfit Leadership
     - Operations Management
Master of Arts in Public Policy

Get information on New England College

An unusual private school sponsored by a banking consortium, which delivers 100% of its degree programs online, even though it was founded in 1909 (it was originally called The American Banking Institute). It's actually the only bank-sponsored college in the U.S. that is an accredited degree-granting institution. The school has a particularly strong focus on completion bachelor degrees. For a private school, tuition is very affordable. An associates's degree costs a flat fee of $17,500, while a bachelor's is $35,000. Those rates drop significantly, however, if you work for a company that is a partner of the school:
Bachelor in Digital Marketing
Bachelor in International Business
Master of Business Administration
Master in Healthcare Management
Master in Business & Ethics Compliance
Master in Finance
Also certificate programs in several Accounting specialties and in Human Resources

Get information on New England College of Business & Finance

This college is a non-profit corporation that confers degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Applied Clinical Nutrition, Diagnostic Imaging, and Clinical Anatomy and Life Sciences. It is located in rural Seneca Falls in upstate New York, and was founded in 1919. The school has grown over the years, partly by merging with other health schools. It offers bachelor's and masters degrees, and is one of the better known schools for alternative health, particularly in the northeast.
The school's online program focuses on two master's degree programs in health physiology and clinical nutrition:
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition
Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction

Get information on New York Chiropractic College

Well-known old private school in Boston that has always had a unique approach to mixing formal education and job experience for all students. Northeastern has been rated in the top 15 of best colleges in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. It's D'Amore-McKim Business School offers a series of graduate degrees online in various specializations, including some unique cutting-edge areas.
Northeastern currently offers online MBA & MS programs including:
Master of Science Finance
Master of Science Taxation
MBA Finance
MBA High Technology Management
MBA Innovation Management
MBA Marketing
MBA Healthcare Management
MBA Operations and Supply Chain Management
MBA Sustainability

Get information on Northeastern University

Private military school that's operated in Vermont since way back in 1819. The school offers an unusual mix of liberal arts, civil engineering and military science programs. Over 100 army generals have come out of the school. About 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students total.
Norwich offers a variety of master's degree programs online:
MBA (Finance, General, Project Management, Organizational Leadership)
Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering, Construction Management & others)
Military (Masters in Diplomacy, History & Military History)
Master of Public Administration

Get information on Norwich University

Private university based in Florida that was established in 1964, and has grown rapidly into an institution with over 18,000 students. It's 18 colleges offers degrees in over 250 majors.
Nova's online degree programs focus on computers and education:
Computers & IT (Graduate certificates, master's and doctoral degrees in Information Security, Technology in Education, Management of Information Systems & more)
Education & Teaching (Master's degrees in Computing Tech in Education, Teaching Math or Reading and K-12 Technology Integration)

Get information on Nova Southeastern University

One of the oldest public universities founded in the U.S. (1810), in Athens, Ohio, OU is a massive school serving over 25,000 students. The university has colleges of journalism, communication, educaton, fine arts and more, and has produced a large number of famous business leaders, journalists and athletes.
Offers online master's degrees in these specialties:
Health Administration
Athletic Administration
Coaching Education
Engineering Management

Get information on Ohio University

A small Catholic university in San Antonio. Offers a technology degree program that is certified by the National Security Agency.
Offers several master's degree online:
MBA Health Care Management
MS Accounting
MS Information Systems & Security
MS Nonprofit Management
MS Nursing (nursing education or administration)
MS Social Work
MS Organizational Leadership

Get information on Our Lady of the Lake University

Regis is one of the 28 associated Catholic, Jesuit schools in the U.S. Located in Denver, it has about 14,000 students and is comprised of three colleges: Regis College, the College for Professional Studies, and the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. The school has a long tradition of encouraging community service by students. Noted alumni include comedian Bill Murray.
Regis' online degree programs are all at the bachelor's and master's levels. The school is particlularly strong on business and computer technology distance learning programs:
Business if Science in Accounting, Finance,
MBA Health Industry Leadership, Finance, Marketing or Operations Management
Bachelor in Computer Information Systems, Computer Networking or Computer Science
Master of Nonprofit Management
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A public school with 25,000 students in it's 15 colleges. UIC's business and health and dentistry schools are highly regarded, and it's medical school is the largest in the United States. It's graduate programs that are ranked among the top 50 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1867.
UIC offers online degrees and one online certificate program focused on nursing:
Nursing (RN to BSN & grad certificate in patient safety)
Master of Science In Health Informatics
MS In Patient Safety Leadership

Get information on the University of Illinois at Chicago

A private non-profit school with campses in Biddeford and Portland, Maine. Has about 3,000 students and was founded in 1939. Operates a nursing school program in Israel. The university's online learning program is 100% focused on education and teaching degrees:
Education & Teaching (Masters degrees in educational leadership, inclusion education, K-12 literacy and certificates in several teaching specialties)

Get information on the University of New England

Utica College is one of several small but respected private colleges in upstate New York. It started in the 1930's as an extension of Syracuse University, but is today an independent school with about 2,500 undergraduates and 500 grad students. Its health sciences school is particularly well-known.
Utica College has a mix of online degree programs in nursing, business and security:
Nursing RN to BSN
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity (two specialties)
Master of Business Administration - Fraud Management
Master of Science - Health Administration
Master of Science - Economic Crime Management
Master of Science - Cybersecurity

Get information Utica College


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