Getting An Ivy League Degree Online

Elearning has become so widely accepted that even the best known “brand name” colleges and universities, and even some Ivy League schools, have now gotten into the game. There are some things you need to know before looking at these schools, however, as most of them are being extremely careful about putting their good names online. While the degree and certificate programs at these very well-known schools can carry real weight when you go out seeking a job, some of the degrees are not exactly the same as what you would get if you attended the school in the traditional way.

  See a list of good, low-cost online bachelor and associate degree programs.

Cornell, in upstate New York, is a true Ivy League school that’s given its name to a wholly-owned subsidiary called “eCornell.” Rather than offer a big list of undergraduate courses, however, eCornell has focused on online certificates for professional and executive development. It’s largely focused on teaching adults who have already chosen their career path, and want a credential that will move them from middle to an upper management position (the writer of this page took a financial certificate program online an eCornell and can testify that it was excellent).

The courses at eCornell don’t translate into credits at Cornell University – at least not on a course-for-course basis. But if you get a certificate there, you can apply for continuing education credits in a full degree program at the university. ECornell has a big focus on training people for the hospitality industry. Key certificate programs include:

  • Hospitality Management
  • Hotel Real Estate Investing
  • Hotel Administration
  • Managing People for Success

  • Restaurant Revenue Management

. Get information on eCornell’s online certificate programs.

Boston University
Boston University, a massive private school with over 30,000 students, isn’t an Ivy-League school strictly speaking, but it’s a very highly-recognized name, and the university correctly claims that its graduates get an enviable advantage from its network of more than 250,000 alumni, who pop up at the higher levels of just about every business category.

BU started very slowly in online education about four years ago with just two or three certificate programs. It’s now taken a much deeper step into e-teaching, offering online certificates in project management and paralegal studies, as well as master’s degrees online in:

  • Banking & Financial Services
  • International Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Business Security
  • Computer Systems (several specialties)
  • Education
  • Criminal Justice

Click here for free info on Boston University online degree programs.

Penn State
A more viable option for many students is Penn State’s online degree program. Penn State is not an Ivy League school, strictly speaking, but it’s a highly respected university, and their degree programs are more varied and more affordable than UPenn’s.

Penn State offers a very wide range of undergraduate degree programs in Business, Law, Nursing, Psychology, Information Services, to mention a few. There are also graduate degree programs in Adult Education., Supply Chain Management, Systems Engineering and Project Management. Learn more about Penn State’s “worldcampus” here

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Online Degree Schools

Kaplan University
A very large and well-known school with over 40,000 students on 11 campuses and in a large online degree program, and regional accreditation. Offers a very wide range of degrees in:
- Criminal Justice
- Education
- Health Care
- Nursing
- Computer Technology
- Information Systems
- Legal Studies
Learn more about Kaplan's degree programs

Ashford University
Iowa-based school established in 1918, Ashford offers a vast array of online degrees online across the range from associate to bachelor and masters, in addition to it's campus-based programs. (Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, Degrees available in:
- Business Management - BA & MBA in 19 different specialties
- Early Childhood Education
- Marketing
- Health Care Studies
- Homeland Security
- Psychology
- Sports Managment
Get information on Ashford's online programs

American Intercontinental University
AIU, a large online school, has a low credit hour tuition, but it does require more credits than some other schools on bachelor programs. The school works very hard to keep student costs down, however, by giving credit to degree programs from up to 50% of transfers for previous coursework at another school, and in some cases actually giving 75% credit. That's unusual. AIU offers associates's degrees in Business and Criminal Justice, as well as online bachelor degree programs in:
- Business (many specialties)
- Accounting
- Computers & Information Technology
- Healthcare Management
- Criminal Justice (many specialties)
Get info on American Intercontinental University

Colorado Technical University
CTU is a large institution based on Colorado Springs with over 25,000 students. It has accreditation and has been ranked #1 Best for Vets in the category for online and non-traditional universities by Military Times Magazine. Offers associate's and bachelor's degrees online in
- Criminal Justice (multiple specialties)
- Business
- Accounting
- Project Management
- Information Systems (multiple specialties)
- Logistics
- Psychology
Learn more about Colorado Tech's degree programs

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