Online Diploma Options

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For those who have decided to pursue an online diploma, this article takes you to the next step - how to decide on the online school.
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You have already made a big first step in deciding to get your high school diploma. Now it is time to do research on which school is right for you. Perhaps the toughest choice (besides actually studying for your classes) is choosing which online school to attend. You have two options open to you: private online schools and public online schools.

Private Online Schools

Private online schools are very similar to private schools in the traditional sense. They are not constrained by government education regulations. They create their own regulations and have learning philosophies, which vary greatly from school to school. While this may sound like the best bet for a good education, consider the following:

- They will be more expensive as you, the student, will be paying for everything

- They may not be accredited by an appropriate agency

As always, if you plan on attending a college or university after you acquire your diploma, consult with the school to see what their requirements are. About.com offers the following list of private online schools but there are others:

- Brigham Young University

- CompuHigh

- Indiana University

Public Online Schools

Public online schools are many and varied. Simply type in the words 'online diploma' in a search engine and you will receive an exhaustive list of schools and information. About.com recommends searching for public charter schools. The reason being that these schools, while being public schools (and thus publicly funded), have more freedom from government regulations. About.com gives the following two examples of public charter schools:

- Blue Sky (Minnesota)

- Choice2000 (California)

Regardless of whether the school is a charter school, an online public high school, or a private online school, do your research. Make sure your school of choice is properly accredited. The same rule, as in the private online school section, applies here if you are planning to attend a college or university after you get your diploma: consult with individual schools and see what their requirements are.

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Project Management
      • Master of Finance
      • Master of Professional Accounting
      • Master - Information Technology Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
      • Master - Human Resource Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
      • BS - Human Services
      • BS - Accounting
      • BS - Project Management
      • BS - Marketing
      • Undergraduate Specialization - Criminal Forensics
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management
      • Undergraduate Certificate - Project Management
      • Graduate Specialization - Accounting
      • Graduate Certificate - Cyber Security
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint John's University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Literacy
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Special Education
      • Ph.D. in Literacy: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
      • Ph.D in Literacy: Literacy
    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
      • Master of Business Administration: Taxation
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Science in Taxation
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
      • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship
  • Online Programs Available
    3. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Certificate
      • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
      • Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Winthrop University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Arts Administration
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Marketing
      • Master of Education in Special Education Intervention
      • Master of Business Administration - Strategic Leadership
      • Master of Social Work
  • Online Programs Available
    5. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Economics
      • Master of Public Administration and Policy
      • Master of Science in Agile Project Management
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management
      • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management
      • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management
      • Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation
      • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Lewis University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Computer Science
      • MS in Computer Science - Intelligent Systems
      • MS in Criminal Justice
      • MS in Data Science - Computer Science
      • MA in Organizational Leadership
      • MA in Organizational Leadership - Training and Development
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership
      • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership
      • Graduate Certificate in Professional and Executive Coaching
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Seton Hall University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Accounting
      • Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management
      • Master of Business Administration
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Master of Business Administration - Finance
      • Master of Business Administration - Marketing
    Certificate
      • Certificate: Post Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability
  • Online Programs Available
    9. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Admin: Management
      • Master of Business Admin: Operations Management
      • Master: Education - Curriculum and Instruction
      • Master of Business Administration - Accounting
      • Master of Information Technology - Information Assurance and Security
      • Master of Business Admin: Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Administration - Generalist
      • Bachelor or Science - Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Marketing
      • Bachelor of Business Admin - Accounting
      • Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance
      • Bachelor of Technology: Information Assurance and Security
    Associate's
      • Associate of Arts in Business Administration
      • Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialization - Online
    Master's
      • Flexible MBA - Interdisciplinary Business - Campus
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Liberal Arts
      • Master of Arts in Science Writing
      • Master of Science in Applied Economics
      • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Government Analytics
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
      • MS in Food Safety Regulation
      • Certificate in Science Writing
      • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies
      • Post-Master Acute Care Pediatric Certificate - Online

Featured Schools

Colorado State University Global

  • Master of Project Management
  • BS - Communication
  • Graduate Certificate - Human Resource Management

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Saint John's University

  • Ph.D. in Literacy
  • Ph.D. in Literacy: Educational Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration: Interdisciplinary Business
  • Master of Business Administration: Taxation

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George Mason University

  • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

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Winthrop University

  • Master of Arts in Arts Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Administration - Marketing

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
  • Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

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Lewis University

  • MS in Computer Science
  • MS in Computer Science - Intelligent Systems
  • Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership

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Georgetown University

  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

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Seton Hall University

  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Public Administration in Non-Profit Management
  • Certificate: Post Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability

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