Online education is growing quickly as technology improves and more students want to earn degrees from a distance or on a flexible timeline or schedule. Today, several dozen schools in the country offer online degrees, with a handful offering master's degrees that students can earn in 12 months.

Boston University

Boston University is relatively new to the online degree field, but, at the time of writing, offers eight master's degrees fully online. Students can complete two of these programs, a master's of criminal justice and a master's of science in health communication, in a year on an accelerated track. Both degrees require 10 courses, and a full course load is four to five classes each semester. A dedicated student can complete either degree in 12 months.

Boston University Distance Education

1010 Commonwealth Ave.

Boston, MA 02215


DeVry University

DeVry University offers five master's degrees online, all designed for maximum flexibility: accounting and financial management, business administration, human resources management, project management, and public administration. Each course is eight weeks long, and courses begin at six different times throughout the year. There is no deadline for the time required to complete a degree; students can pursue the degrees as slowly or as quickly as they like.

DeVry University

3343 Perimeter Hill Drive

Nashville, TN 37211


University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is the largest private university in North America, with more than 200 locations in addition to its extensive online offerings. It offers 30 master's degrees in technology, psychology, nursing and health care, education, criminal justice and security, and business and management. Each program is highly flexible in terms of timing, and all programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Students can take fewer or more courses to adjust the length of time required to complete each degree.

University of Phoenix

3157 E. Elwood St.

Phoenix, AZ 85034


Walden University

Walden University, an entirely online school, offers 23 master's degrees ranging from a master of business administration to master's degrees in psychology, software engineering, education, public health and public administration. Each degree has flexible timing arrangements and can take as little as a year up to three years. Students can adjust the pace to suit their needs.

Walden University


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