In this article, we review the top 10 online degrees California colleges offer in the San Diego area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 40% of people living in San Diego over the age of 25 hold bachelor’s degrees. As a result of the census, San Diego ranks as the 9th most educated city in the nation. Within a 120-mile radius, multiple public colleges and universities populate the landscape.
Private institutions within the city limits include Point Loma Nazarene University and San Diego Christian College. To accommodate the education-driven people of San Diego, online degree programs are available at many of the city’s public and private universities.
We reviewed a number of accredited colleges within 120 miles of San Diego, California. We narrowed our search by selecting schools that offered one or more online degree program. We then ranked the schools based on the rankings received from major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. From our pool of schools, we selected the top 10 colleges for an online degree in San Diego. In many cases a college earned multiple rankings from U.S. News or other publications. Institutions with multiple rankings earned a higher placement on our list.
Below is our list of the top 10 online degrees California colleges offer in the San Diego area.
#10 – Alliant International University
San Diego, California
Alliant International University offers online master’s degree programs that are designed for students who work full time and must find balance between family obligations and school. Flexible programs include online master’s degrees in business administration, applied criminology, organizational psychology, and teaching. U.S. News and World Report lists Alliant International among unranked national universities. Many of the school’s graduate programs are ranked but not published with U.S. News and World Report. These programs include clinical psychology, psychology, and education. Alliant is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which is a regional governing body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
#9 – Argosy University
Argosy University is a proprietary institution located approximately 80 miles from San Diego. According to the school’s website, Argosy has earned the distinction of supporting one of the largest graduate student online communities in the United States. Online undergraduate degree programs are also available. Students may earn bachelor’s degrees in business administration, criminal justice, information technology, liberal arts, and psychology. Argosy is unranked as a national university by U.S. News and World Report; however, the school’s clinical psychology program is recognized. Other rankings include Best Education Schools by U.S. News and World Report.
#8 – San Diego Christian College
El Cajon, California
Ranked as a Tier 2 national liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report, San Diego Christian College is a private institution located 16 miles east of San Diego. U.S. News and World Report also lists San Diego Christian College as the 193rd most recommended institution by high school counselors. Online programs are available to busy, working students through the school’s Adult and Professional Studies division. The most popular online degree programs include bachelor’s degrees in aviation management, business management, Christian ministries, communication, human development, and psychology. Curriculum is faith-based and adheres to the school’s ethics and Christian beliefs.
#7 – California State University
San Marcos, California
Among online degrees California also boasts the diverse programs delivered through California State University’s San Marcos campus. Available online bachelor’s degrees include business administration, criminology, kinesiology, and the accelerated BS in Nursing. Popular master’s degrees available entirely online include programs such as public health, social work, and education. California State University at San Marcos has received recognition from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges ranks Cal State as the 87th Best Regional University in the West. Other rankings include #35 among Top Public Schools and a Tier 2 listing among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
#6 – Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University is a private, evangelical Christian college that offers thirty-three online degree programs. According to the school’s website, the most popular online programs include bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, health sciences, liberal studies, management, and nursing. The school offers an online RN to BSN with accelerated options. Azusa Pacific is highly ranked among major publications like U.S. News and World Report. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, Azusa is ranked 175th among the Best National Universities and 139th among the Best Colleges for Veterans. The school’s online MBA programs, online graduate business programs, and online graduate education programs are also recognized by U.S. News.
#5 – National University
La Jolla, California
National University offers approximately 120 online degree programs in the greater San Diego area. Some of the most popular online programs include bachelor’s degrees in accounting, English, Spanish, and computer science. Online master’s degrees in accountancy, creative writing, engineering management, and strategic management are also available. The school is nationally and regionally accredited, and many of the online programs have earned rankings from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. Out of over 1,200 programs, National University’s online bachelor’s program ranks #114 and the online graduate education program ranks #161. The school’s online MBA program and online graduate business programs are also recognized.
#4 – Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, California
Point Loma Nazarene University’s Graduate and Professional Studies division offers online bachelor’s and master’s degrees for working students. Available online degree programs include biology, education, kinesiology, leadership, ministry, and nursing. The online RN to BSN program allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing while working and gaining experience in the field. Select online programs provide internship and study abroad opportunities. U.S. News and World Report ranks Point Loma Nazarene as the 17th Best Regional University in the West and the 15th Best College for Veterans. The school’s graduate nursing school has also received recognition from U.S. News and World Report.
#3 – San Diego State University
San Diego, California
The College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University offers a variety of flexible online degree programs designed for working students. Online programs include master’s degrees in biotechnology and regulatory affairs, education leadership, learning design and technology, hospitality, and public administration. Evening and weekend courses are also available. San Diego State has received rankings from major publications like U.S. News and World Report. The 2016 edition of Best Colleges lists the university as the 149th Best National University in the United States. The institution’s online graduate education program is ranked #73 out of more than 1,200 programs surveyed in the nation.
#2 – University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, California
The University of California at San Diego offers a variety of degree programs and courses that are available entirely online. Undergraduate online programs include studies in business, digital arts, education, engineering, leadership, and life science. Online master’s degree programs include clinical research, health policy and the law, and leadership of healthcare organizations. UC at San Diego has received rankings from major publications like U.S. News and Forbes magazine. U.S. News and World Report ranks UCSD as the 39th Best National University in the United States and the 9th Top Public Schools. Additional rankings include #48 among the Best Value Schools, #21 among the Most Innovative Schools, and #19 among the Best Global Universities.
#1 – University of San Diego
San Diego, California
Among online degrees California offers some of the best through the University of San Diego. The Professional and Continuing Education division at University of San Diego allows students to jumpstart their career by earning online degrees while working. Online degree programs include master’s degrees in cyber security operations and leadership, education, law enforcement, and public safety leadership. Programs may be completed 100% online to accommodate busy schedules and life obligations. The university has received numerous rankings from major publications like Forbes magazine and U.S. News and World Report. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News and World Report ranks University of San Diego as the 89th Best National University and the 72nd Best College for Veterans in the nation. The school’s online graduate programs have also received recognition. Rankings include #9 for Best Online Graduate Business Programs and #62 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs.
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This concludes our ranking of the top 10 online degrees California colleges offer in the San Diego area.
By GVC Staff
Published February 2016