Best Universities in the World Offering Online Degrees in 2020

Many international universities offer online Bachelor's and Master's degrees, not to mention blended study options, mixing online with regular on-campus studies. But which are the best universities in the world where you can study a degree online?

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How we came up with the best online universities list

Currently, there isn’t an internationally recognized university ranking featuring institutions that offer online degrees. However, some of the universities featured in regular university rankings do offer a lot of great online study options. So, for our list, we picked the universities featured in the QS World Ranking 2020 by TopUniversities, which also offer 10 or more Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees taught fully online. We based this on the number of online programmes listed on Distancelearningportal.com.

Because we want to offer you an extensive list, we didn’t just list the top 10 universities, but all the universities offering more than 10 online degrees out of the top 100 worldwide from the QS Rankings list. We also included the number of online programmes available at the date when this article was published so you can get a feel of the diversity of the study options provided.   

To make your search even more transparent, we included the types of online disciplines offered by the universities. This way, you can decide at a glance if the institution features subjects that you would be interested in. Some of the most popular subjects include online Medicine degrees, online Business degrees, online Engineering degrees, and online Education degrees.

In order not to list all subjects for each university, we included subjects with fewer programmes under “more”. You can see the full list of online programmes from the university by clicking it.

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Best universities offering online degrees

  • University College London – 20 fully online programmes: online Teaching degrees, online Medicine degrees, and more. 
  • Columbia University – 12 fully online programmes: online Business degrees, and more. 
  • University of Edinburgh – 66 fully online programmes: online Medicine degrees, online Law degrees, online Social Sciences degrees, and more. 
  • Johns Hopkins University – 88 fully online programmes: online Engineering degree, online Natural Sciences degrees, online Computer Science degrees, online Business degrees and more. 
  • The University of Manchester – 32 fully online programmes: online Medicine degrees, online Business degrees and more. 
  • Northwestern University – 12 fully online programmes: online Medicine degrees, online Social Sciences degrees and more. 
  • King’s College London – 25 fully online programmes: online Medicine degrees, online Social Sciences degrees, online Law degrees and more. 
  • University of California, Los Angeles – 10 fully online programmes: online Engineering degrees and more. 
  • University of Sydney – 28 fully online programmes: online Medicine degrees, and more. 
  • Monash University – 33 fully online programmes: online Medicine degrees, Online Teaching degrees and more
  • University of Texas at Austin -10 fully online programmes: online Engineering degrees, Online Computer Science degrees and more.
  • University of Glasgow - 22 fully online programmes: online Education degrees, online Medicine degrees, online Business degrees and more.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology - 21 fully online programmes: online Business degrees, online Engineering degrees, and more.
  • University of Sheffield – 24 fully online programmes: online Medicine degrees and more.
  • University of Birmingham – 67 fully online programmes: online Humanities degrees, Online Social Sciences degrees, Online Education degrees, online Design degrees and more.
  • University of Leeds – 12 fully online programmes: online Engineering degrees, online Humanities degrees and more.
  • University of Nottingham – 15 fully online programmes: online Humanities degrees, and more.
  • University of Southampton – 12 fully online programmes: online Medicine degrees, online Computer Science degrees and more.
  • Boston University – 39 fully online programmes: online Business degrees, online Natural Sciences degrees, online Social Sciences degrees, and more.

Check out the full on-campus best universities ranking on the official QS Rankings website.

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Ready to start studying an online degree? If you’re still not sure about these options, or if you haven’t found an online degree you were looking for, you can check out more great online and blended Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees on Distancelearningportal.com

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