How Many Online Master’s Degree Programs Are There?

Online degree counts for 2016

If you need to work while pursuing your bachelor’s or graduate degree, online degree programs let you to keep your job and take classes around your work schedule. Even better, learning online lets you earn your degree from a university that is more prestigious nationally or has exactly the faculty, accreditation, courses, concentrations, or cost you want –but can’t get — locally.

Overwhelming Amount of Choice

If you are searching for online master’s degree programs like the MBA or MAcc or MSW, you face a huge challenge.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of online master’s programs grew by 89% in the last five years, from 3,826 programs in 2012 to 7,226 programs in 2016. These data are always behind by 18 months, so it is safe to assume that there are more programs now!

In the Business category alone, the number of online master’s programs grew from 770 in 2012 to 1,536 in 2016.

More discreet details on the types of institutions offering distance education programs (2-year vs. 4-year, private vs. public, for-profit vs. not-for-profit, etc) can be found here.

There are only eight Master of Economics programs online today. Searching for these programs and reviewing the program details would take only a few hours of your time. But, there are 491 online Master of Business Administration programs, 87 online Master of Accounting programs, 113 online Master of Criminal Justice programs, 102 online Master of Public Administration programs, and 105 online Master of Social Work programs today. Searching every available online program to find the right one for you is just not practical or even possible for most people.

The Online Degree Database is a complete source of online degree information that you can use for your research. Make sure that this investment of time and money is spent wisely. Our data includes online degree programs that are advertising in the market now, in 2018. We have the most up-to-date and accurate information available in the market today.

Our Interactive Tool Can Help

You can find out exactly how many online master’s degrees are available in the market today using our Interactive Tool, especially among those degrees (MBA, MPA, MSW, and more) that are most popular.

Then, you can narrow down your list of potential programs based on characteristics like:

  • total tuition of the program
  • professional accreditation held by programs
  • GMAT/GRE requirement
  • 100% online or requires some visits to campus
  • location (national or by states)

At each step in the process, the Interactive Tool tells you the number of programs that meet your criteria so that you can see exactly how many programs meet your needs.

The Interactive Tool allows you to:

  • Search as many different types of programs as you like
  • Search as many different combinations of program attributes as you like
  • Develop your own short list of preferred programs from the universe of available options
  • Link directly to the program websites of online programs that met your criteria to get more information
  • At absolutely NO COST – every search is free!

Exactly What You Need To Get Started With Your Research

Maximizing your flexibility and choice is exactly what the Online Degree Database’s Interactive Tool is designed to do. Unlike other websites that claim to guide you to the best programs, this website gives you the tools you need to make your own decision using the universe of available options to get your started.

Universities, work with the Online Degree Database directly to access unique and relevant intelligence about the online degree market. Contact Michelle at for more information.

Start Your Research Now!

Introducing The Big Book of Online MBAs by Online Degree Database

Online MBAs Directory and Program Details

The Big Book of Online MBAs

The Big Book of Online MBAs is the first book ever published that presents key details on the program characteristics of these programs and a directory with the names and locations of these programs. Researching to find the best online MBA is more difficult than ever before because the number of online MBAs is large and growing very quickly. There were only 90 online MBAs in 2011 compared to more than 470 in late September 2017! This is an amazing growth story with significant implications for many different audiences.

The rise of the online MBA:

  • opened up a large, new audience of prospective students searching for the best online MBA programs
  • allowed working adults to complete an MBA and develop their career prospects without having to leave their jobs

Challenges for universities include:

  • online MBA programs have to work hard to prove that online education is equal in value to traditional face-to-face education
  • managing resistance to change among those who are an integral part of the critical path to success for delivering the best online education

And the market faces:

  • crippling amounts of choice in program options for students that makes researching the best programs very time-intensive and confusing for prospective students
  • skyrocketing advertising costs and strong competition for universities in a cluttered advertising space

Find the Best Online MBAs

Responding to the current challenges in this market raises questions that conventional data simply cannot answer. This is why we created the Online Degree Database. Prospective MBA students will appreciate the first-ever published directory of online MBA programs from our database, sorted by state. And administrators and faculty at universities with online MBAs will appreciate the power of data to address today’s competitive environment.

This book is for anyone that wants to:

  • learn more about the online MBA degree market from an unbiased source
  • consider entering the online MBA market and is looking for opportunity, if it still exists
  • improve the competitiveness of an online MBA program
  • research the market to see if there are opportunities for concentrations or program features that will enhance an existing program

The Big Book of Online MBAs is the product of thousands of hours of research, organized by a seasoned expert in online degree research.

Buy your copy on Amazon!

This book includes a Directory of Online MBA programs with the key attributes of each of the 470 online MBA programs in the database. The Big Book of Online MBAs contains institution & program name, state, 2018 US News & World Report Best Colleges ranking, total tuition, and delivery modality for each online MBA program in the U.S.

You Can Also Use the to Find the Best Online MBAs

The Online Degree Database is the only independent and comprehensive source of information about online degree programs available. The database contains free program details from the universe of all online master’s degree programs in the U.S. The data are collected by highly-trained individuals who capture all the program details you need to find the best available online MBAs, and other masters degrees, too.

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (IPEDS) and U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings are also included the database. This allows a robust, comparative view of programs for prospective students and interested parties in the business of delivering higher education.

For more information on other popular online programs, visit our Available Programs Page on our website and do your own free custom search!

If you work for a university with online degree programs and would like to know more about the market intelligence data we collect, please contact