Online Degree Programs, Undergraduate and Graduate (2023)

The degree programs at CTU are taught by faculty who have real-world experience in what they teach and who are in-the-know regarding current trends in their respective fields. We offer flexible online degree courses in a number of areas of study, many of which offer an option to concentrate in a specific field.

Business & Management Online Degree Programs

Accounting degree programs are offered at the associate and bachelor’s levels. Online courses may include corporate accounting, taxation, management fundamentals, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, international financial reporting, and auditing.

Business administration degree programs can be sought at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels, and our Master of Business Administration is conveniently offered as a 1-year online degree program. Our online BBA program offers 14 concentrations plus a general track option, and our MBA program offers 12 concentrations plus a general track option. Courses may include accounting, advertising and public relations, project risk management, nonprofit organizations and public policy, and business law, among many others, depending upon which concentration you choose.

Management degree programs are offered at every degree level at CTU, from associate to doctoral. A management degree could help you work to develop skills and knowledge to more effectively oversee projects and people and to work toward successfully meeting or exceeding business objectives. Depending upon the concentration, students may cover topics in security compliance, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, loss prevention, human resources management, and homeland security strategy and policy, among others.

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Our online bachelor’s degree program in psychology is offered as a general track program, or you can choose to concentrate in either consumer behavior or organizational behavior. Courses may include managerial psychology, analytical reasoning and presentation of data, group dynamics, abnormal psychology in the workplace, psychology of health and well-being in the workplace, and more.

Engineering & Computer Science Online Degree Programs

Computer science online degree programs are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Students could explore how to analyze complex computing problems, apply computer science theory, and utilize critical-thinking skills to produce and evaluate computing-based solutions. You may choose from among two concentrations or the general track at the bachelor’s level, three concentrations and a general track at the master's level, and from two concentrations or the general track at the doctoral level. Online classes may include coverage of various programming languages (Python, SQL, Java, C++), machine learning, ethical hacking, software design, and quantitative and qualitative research methods, to name just a few.

Healthcare Online Degree Programs

We offer a fully online associate degree program in health administration services, as well as online bachelor’s and online master’s degree in healthcare management, which can be taken fully online or as hybrid programs. Both our Bachelor and Master of Science in Healthcare Management programs can be taken as a general track or with a concentration in informatics, and both are designed to develop students’ leadership skills and knowledge of the healthcare industry. Reimbursement strategies, the changing legislative and regulatory environment, and issues relating to the cost, quality, and access to healthcare are some of the topics that may be covered.

Information Technology Online Degree Programs

We offer online bachelor’s degree programs in information technology. Core courses include but are not limited to coverage of security risk, computer forensics, security compliance, and vulnerability assessment and management. Electives differ depending upon the concentration chosen, but both include coverage of C++, Python, and UNIX and require students to select two CSS, CS, or IT courses that are not specifically laid out in the online degree requirements. Designed in accordance with standards set by CompTIA, the cyber security online classes may help students prepare for the exams required to earn CompTIA Security+ and Network+ badges.

Our information technology online degree programs are offered at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. The online bachelor’s degree program covers key industry topics such as programming, systems administration, security, architecture, databases, and ethics, and is offered in six concentrations and a general track. The master’s program covers topics including strategic management, network infrastructure management, enterprise system architecture, and systems security management, among others, and is offered in three concentrations plus a general track.

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Nursing Online Degree Programs

Nursing degree programs can be pursued at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels at CTU. Students must already be licensed RNs in order to pursue a BSN, and the undergraduate curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and skills that can help expand their practice options and manage change in a complex and diverse nursing care environment. Our master’s program in nursing is offered in three concentration options.

Our nursing practice doctoral degree program can help students prepare for advanced positions in systems leadership and administration and instruct them on methods of applying evidence to improve healthcare outcomes. Like our other nursing online programs, students in our doctoral program must be licenses as a Registered Nurse.

Project Management Online Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Project Management program’s online curriculum aims to help students understand how leadership influences project team and stakeholder engagement, provide instruction on applying Best Practices to accomplish project goals per the PMBOK® Guide, and identify and analyze project scopes to meet client expectations. Courses covered in this accredited online degree program include contracts and procurement, human resources within PM, project management tools, and a project management capstone course, among others.

Criminal Justice Online Degree Programs

Our criminal justice online degree programs are offered at the bachelor’s and master’s levels by CTU’s College of Security Studies. Undergraduate students can concentrate in human services, or opt for the general track. Current criminal justice professionals may be drawn to our online master’s degree program, offered in a general track or with a concentration in homeland security, in which they’ll have the opportunity to explore current legal, policy, and social trends relevant to the field.

Online Degree Programs Admissions Overview

No SAT, no GMAT, no GRE, or any other standardized test is required for acceptance into CTU’s online programs. All prospective CTU students must complete an admissions interview with an Admissions Advisor and submit a completed application. See the University Catalog for complete details.

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For undergraduate programs, proof of high school graduation (i.e., diploma, transcripts) or its equivalent (i.e., GED) must be submitted to CTU before the first day of the second quarter or term in the program of study. Once received, CTU will review and confirm the documentation. For master’s programs, official transcripts verifying completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree program must be submitted. For Doctor of Management or Computer Science programs, official transcripts verifying completion of an accredited master’s degree in a discipline related to the CTU doctoral program concentration for which admission is sought must be submitted. For the Doctor of Nursing Practice program, applicants must submit official transcripts verifying completion of an accredited Master of Science in Nursing degree program. For all online doctoral programs offered at CTU, applicants must have earned a 3.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale and submit a resume and essay.

Accredited Online Degree Programs

Not all online universities are created equal because not all schools offer accredited online degree programs. Accreditation can be an important consideration, since it may be required by your field of study or career path, and it can also affect eligibility for financial aid.

Colorado Technical University is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering programs at our Colorado Springs Campus are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at Colorado Technical University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Our business degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and six of our degree programs in project management are accredited by the Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).

U.S. News & World Report has named Colorado Technical University’s online degree programs to nine of its 2022 Best Online Programs lists.* The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency have recognized Colorado Technical University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE - CD). The CTU Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program with a concentration in Cybersecurity Engineering was validated thereby to map to the DHS/NSA cybersecurity knowledge unites. This recognition and certification is valid through 2027. In 2020, the University received the Tier One Global MBA and Tier One Global Online MBA rankings, and in 2017 received Tier One North American MBA School and Top Ten Global Online MBA School rankings from CEO Magazine.

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Earn Your Degree in Less Time

Associate degree programs at CTU can typically be completed in 24 months, and bachelor’s degree programs can typically be completed in 48. Our master’s degree programs can typically be completed in 18 months, and doctoral programs in three years.

CTU offers transfer credit programs for active and former military members and their families. These military credit programs can help convert military experience into educational credit that counts toward completion of a degree program. Professional certifications (e.g., online certificate programs) and/or standardized exams (e.g., AP Exams, CLEP tests, DANTES Subject Standardization Tests) may further reduce the number of courses required to earn your degree.

Offered at no additional charge, CTU Fast Track™ Exams are structured to help you demonstrate proficiency in core subjects, reducing the cost of your program and the time it takes to complete your degree by as much as 30%.2 Students can also submit an Experiential Learning Portfolio to potentially earn life or work experience credit toward their degree. ELPs document and demonstrate how prior non-collegiate experience meets the objectives of a particular course within the student’s selected academic program. Additionally, CTU accepts the transfer-in of up to 75% of the credits needed to complete a given undergraduate online degree program.3

Ways to Save on Your Online Degree Program

Many of the programs that can save you time can also help you save on tuition. The more credits you earn by passing CTU Fast Track™ Exams, creating a successful Experiential Learning Portfolio, converting military experience into educational credits, or transferring-in credits from other accredited colleges and universities, the fewer courses you may have to take and the less money you may need to spend to complete your online degree program. Additional CTU financial aid resources include:5

  • Tuition and Graduation Date Calculator: See how Fast Track exams, transfer credits, or a military affiliation may affect your total tuition and graduation date
  • Net Price Calculator: In just a few minutes, you can get an estimate of the cost to attend CTU, including tuition, fees, other expenses, and possible grant aid
  • Scholarships and Grants: Learn how new and returning students who meet eligibility criteria can take advantage of a number of institutional grants and scholarships

Why Choose CTU?

CTU’s online classes are full of people just like you: stay-at-home parents, mid-level managers, busy executives, empty nesters, single parents, budding entrepreneurs. Here, students come from all walks of life to learn and improve their lives through education. We understand that our online students lead busy lives and have important financial and personal responsibilities. It can be difficult at times to keep up with life and with the requirements for online college courses or graduate courses. That’s why we offer flexible course options, tools to help you graduate faster and/or at a potentially lower cost, career service resources to help you apply for internships or jobs, and faculty with real-world experience who can give you additional attention if you request it. And once you graduate from CTU, you automatically become a member of our collaborative and supportive Alumni Association, because we understand that the relationships forged with professors, CTU staff, and fellow students should not end after graduation.

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1 intellipath® is not available for all courses.
2 The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition towards the full cost of a degree program depends on the number of CTU Fast Trackexams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are non-transferable. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30%reduction in time and money. Courses eligible are subject to change. Students should not rely on potential Fast Track savings or eligibility when making an enrollment decision.
3 Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.
4 CTU cannot guarantee that graduates of these programs will be eligible to take third party certification examinations. Certification requirements for taking and passing these exams are controlled by outside entities and are subject to change without notice to CTU.
5 Financial aid is available for those who qualify. University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University's catalog and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met.


Can I do an undergraduate degree online? ›

Online bachelor's degrees may also be more affordable and may be self-paced, giving students even more flexibility for their studies. Online bachelor's degrees are a convenient way to earn an undergraduate degree if you have work or family commitments that do not allow you to study on-campus.

What is the easiest degree to get online? ›

Easiest Majors and Degrees to Get Online
  • Business. Online business degrees prepare learners for diverse careers. ...
  • Liberal Arts. Liberal arts programs hone critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. ...
  • Education. ...
  • English. ...
  • Nursing. ...
  • Criminal Justice. ...
  • Psychology. ...
  • Agriculture Science.

What degree can I get online? ›

10 Best Online Degrees
  • Computer Science Degree. There is an ever-increasing demand for computer professionals and a wide range of options within the hi-tech industry. ...
  • Business Administration Degree. ...
  • Education. ...
  • Psychology. ...
  • Engineering. ...
  • Nursing. ...
  • Accounting. ...
  • Marketing.

What is the quickest degree to get? ›

What is the fastest and easiest degree to get? Often students focus on Business Administration, Psychology, or Education degrees for the fastest degrees; however, General Studies, English, and Communications may be considered some of the easiest, along with Psychology.

Are online degrees worth it? ›

According to the study, 86% of online learners considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to pursue it. Among those who have attended on-campus and online courses, 85% said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus.

Can I do a degree from home? ›

You can study anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. You get to develop and practice time management, planning and independent study skills, which you can use in other areas of your life and career. Tuition fees for distance learning courses often cost less than campus-based degrees.

What degrees can you get in 6 months? ›

6-Month Certificate Programs That Pay Well
  • Real Estate Agent. Selling real estate has limitless potential, and you can get started quickly. ...
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  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

What is the hardest undergrad degree? ›

What Are the 10 Most Difficult College Majors?
  • Economics – 2.95.
  • Biology – 3.02.
  • Geology – 3.03.
  • Philosophy – 3.08.
  • Finance – 3.08.
  • Physics – 3.10.
  • Computer Science – 3.13.
  • Mechanical Engineering – 3.17.
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What degree can you get in 1 year? ›

BA, MBA in One Year (single sitting), B.Com, M.Com in one year, B.Sc, MSc in one Year, B. Tech, M. Tech in one year, Diploma Engineering in single sitting, BBA, MBA, BCA, MCA in one year, etc.. and Many More Other Course Available.

What are the highest paying online degrees? ›

High paying online associate degrees
  • Emergency management. An associate degree in emergency management prepares students to handle emergency situations. ...
  • Graphic design. ...
  • Paralegal studies. ...
  • Medical office administration. ...
  • Criminal justice. ...
  • Web design. ...
  • Hospitality management. ...
  • Accounting.
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What is the best degree to get in 2022? ›

This list details some of the most popular and lucrative college majors in demand in 2022.
  • Nursing. ...
  • Hospitality. ...
  • Education. ...
  • Computer Science. ...
  • Architecture. ...
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences. ...
  • Information Technology. ...
  • Construction Management.

What is the least expensive online college? ›

Cheapest Accredited Online Colleges
  • Thomas Edison State University.
  • University of Alabama.
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
  • West Texas A&M University.
  • Columbia College.
  • Eastern New Mexico University.
  • American Public University.
  • Grantham University.
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What are easy degrees that pay well? ›

8 Easy Degrees That Pay Well
  • Business Administration. Business administration is one major that is usually considered “easy.” Some programs will also only take 3 years to finish! ...
  • English. ...
  • Human Resources. ...
  • Criminal Justice. ...
  • Marketing. ...
  • Supply Chain Management. ...
  • Psychology. ...
  • Communication.
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What certifications can I get in 3 months? ›

Top careers with three-month certificate programs
  • Medical billing and coding specialist.
  • Web designer.
  • HVAC technician.
  • Truck driver.
  • Licensed real estate agent.
  • IT support.
  • Brick mason.
  • Personal trainer.

Which degree is easiest to get a job? ›

That being said, these degrees do offer many great career opportunities and are well-suited for those who are genuinely interested in pursuing them.
Let's get to it!
  1. Theatre. ...
  2. Creative Writing. ...
  3. Social Work. ...
  4. History. ...
  5. Communications and PR. ...
  6. Women's Studies. ...
  7. Religious Studies. ...
  8. Foreign Language.

Are online degrees looked down upon? ›

Online colleges are becoming more popular, but prospective students may still worry about their credibility. We're here to set the record straight: An online degree holds just as much weight as a traditional degree. In fact, data shows that most employers don't even differentiate between the two types of degrees.

How does an online degree look on a resume? ›

These students simply list the name of the university or school they attended, omitting the term “online” from the education section of the resume. Using this strategy can help you bypass the issues you may face as a graduate of an online degree program.

Do universities look down on online courses? ›

As long as a school is regionally accredited, colleges won't typically have any issue with whether the school is online or in-person. For students looking at more competitive universities, there are obviously additional considerations, such as AP courses or extracurricular activities.

Can I get online degree for free? ›

Yes, you can obtain a free degree using the internet. Although most online degrees are extensively paid for, even if they do not cost as much as a traditional offline school, there are certain tuition-free online institutions that offer free online bachelor's, associate's, master's, and doctorate degrees.

What can I study online for free? ›

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What are the best courses to study online? ›

  • Master of Science in Project Management.
  • MS in Computer Science.
  • MS in Data Science.
  • MS in Information Technology.
  • Master of Business Administration.
  • MS in Applied Data Science.
  • Master of Business Administration.
  • MS in Data Analytics.
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What certificate makes the most money? ›

10 High-Paying Jobs that Require (or Recommend) a Certificate
  1. Web Developer. ...
  2. Construction and Building Inspector. ...
  3. Architectural and Civil Drafter. ...
  4. Industrial Engineering Technician. ...
  5. Pipefitter and Plumber. ...
  6. Court Reporter. ...
  7. Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanic. ...
  8. Sheet Metal Worker.
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What job makes the most money with the least education? ›

High-paying jobs that don't require a college degree include police officers, commercial pilots, and gaming managers. More technical jobs, such as powerline and elevator installers and transportation inspectors, may require specific training.

What are the easiest certifications to get? ›

Easy certifications to obtain
  • First aid certifications. ...
  • Project management certifications. ...
  • Software certifications. ...
  • Government certifications. ...
  • Notary public certification. ...
  • Forklift operator license. ...
  • Computer programming certifications. ...
  • Marketing certifications.

What is the most regretted major? ›

The most-regretted college majors
Major% who regret
Sciences35% 35% 35%
Education31% 31% 31%
Social sciences/law29% 29% 29%
Communications27% 27% 27%
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What is the most stressful degree? ›

College majors in the STEM field tend to be the most stressful, such as engineering and architecture. The same is true for many of those in the medical or healthcare field, including nursing and neuroscience. There are also stressful majors from other fields, such as accounting and related areas.

What is the cheapest way to get a degree? ›

Affordable Distance Learning – 5 Ways to Pay Less for Your Online Degree
  • Find affordable online degree tuition fees. ...
  • Choose only fully online programmes. ...
  • Seek financial aid from the school. ...
  • Look for merit-based scholarships. ...
  • Consider a student loan.
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What degree should I get if I don't know what I want to do? ›

If you don't know what you want to study in college, a liberal arts degree is one of your most flexible options. There are many avenues to explore in liberal arts, and this interdisciplinary degree can pave the way for various career paths.

What is the easiest master degree to get? ›

Following is the list of easiest masters degrees that one can choose to specialize in.
  • Masters of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Masters of Arts (MA)
  • Masters in Mass Communication.
  • Masters of Psychology.
  • Masters of Finance.
  • Masters of Human Resource Management (MHRM)
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Masters of Science (MSc)

Can I do a degree online UK? ›

The UK is a great provider of online degrees

Make sure to check out other great UK universities in the full QS Rankings and Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings. Whatever distance learning programme you might be searching for, one of these universities is sure to offer you the education and skills you need.

Can I finish my degree online UK? ›

Distance learning, also known as online learning, is an alternative route to studying a degree with a university in the UK.

Can you do college online UK? ›

Many organisations offer free online learning in a range of subjects and levels. You can explore providers, the subjects they offer and the levels available before choosing. For advice on what to look out for, see our guide to choosing an online course.

Does an online course count as full time education UK? ›

When we talk about 'distance learning' or 'online learning' here, we're referring to degree courses offered by a university or higher education provider, that are taught online. That means you study the same course as a (full or part-time) student studying on campus, and you achieve the same qualification.

Which online university is the best in UK? ›

Top UK Universities For Online Learning
  • University of Oxford. ...
  • University of Edinburgh. ...
  • Open University. ...
  • University of Manchester. ...
  • King's College London. ...
  • University of Birmingham. ...
  • University of Glasgow. ...
  • University of Sheffield.

What is the best online school in the UK? ›

CHS is the most established selective over-subscribed online independent school based in Cambridge UK. It offers an unrivaled British education that will enable your child to progress to any university in the world including Cambridge, Oxford, and the top US Universities.

Are open university degrees respected? ›

Is an Open University Degree Respected? Open University degrees are respected. They require the same level of commitment as a regular degree and at the end of your course, you will be awarded a bachelors degree or masters degree depending on your level of study.

Can I convert my diploma to a degree? ›

Can I Turn A Diploma Into A Degree? Yes, with a Diploma, you can further your studies and continue to the Degree level. However, this can be complicated. The easiest way to do this would be to register at a private tertiary education institution.

What is a 120 credit degree? ›

The simple answer: you must complete 120 college credits to earn a bachelor's degree. That's about 40 classes, which most people assume you can complete in 4 years.

What's the difference between undergraduate and postgraduate? ›

Postgraduate courses cover higher-level study, including master's degrees, doctorates (PhDs) and postgraduate diplomas. These typically require you to have completed an undergraduate degree, often with 2:2 honours or higher, before you can study them.

What can I study online for free? ›

In summary, here are 13 of the best free online courses that you can take to boost your skills and get ahead:
  • Shopify Compass courses.
  • Design Your Dream Life.
  • PhotographyCourse lessons.
  • Google's Digital Marketing Course.
  • Canva's Design School.
  • Facebook Blueprint.
  • Highbrow's Productivity Course.
  • Asana Academy courses.
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Can I study for free in UK? ›

Generally (and frankly!), there is no free education at any level or course in the UK. However, during entering a course you may come across a discount from the training institute, but this is limited to very few courses and institutions.

Which are the best online courses? ›

Top 10 Online Course Providers
  • Coursera.
  • DataCamp.
  • edX.
  • FutureLearn.
  • Khan Academy.
  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda)
  • The Great Courses.
  • Udemy.
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How do I prove I am in full-time education? ›

an enrollment letter/email. a letter or email from your college or university to confirm you are a full-time student.
If you only have one of the items above, you'll also need to upload a copy of one of the following:
  1. your passport.
  2. your driving licence.
  3. a bank or credit card in your name.

How many classes is full-time online? ›

A full-time student is one who has enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits or about four classes per semester. A part-time student is one who is enrolled in less 12 credit hours. Full-time students generally spend more time in class during a semester than part-time students.

Can you get student finance for an online course? ›

​ Funding for online course processes remain very much the same as those you would have if studying on a university campus except that You will only receive a loan for your tuition fees; there is no SFE maintenance loan available for those studying an online degree.


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