Where to Find Online Doctorates

These institutions, all accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, allow educators to complete most, if not all, of their doctoral work online.

• Argosy University ( This private, not-for-profit institution was founded in 2001. It operates 18 campuses around the country, enrolling about 13,000 students. Argosy offers the Ed.D. in educational leadership and instructional leadership. Tuition ranges from $525 to $850 per credit hour, varying by campus.

• Capella University ( Based in Minneapolis and founded in 1991, Capella, a for-profit company, enrolls about 15,000 students in online classes. It offers the Ph.D. in eight specializations, including curriculum and instruction and leadership in educational administration. Quarterly tuition runs $4,050.

• Nova Southeastern University ( Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and founded in 1964, Nova, a private, not-for-profit college, has more than 25,000 students. It offers the Ed.D. in nine fields, including instructional leadership and educational leadership. Tuition runs $625 per credit.

• Regent University ( A Christian university in Virginia Beach, Va., founded in 1978 and enrolling 4,200 students, offers online courses toward the Ed.D. with eight concentrations, including K-12 school leadership. Tuition is $720 per credit hour.

• University of Nebraska-Lincoln ( One of the nation’s largest land-grant universities, UNL has 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers online courses toward Ed.D. in PreK-12 educational administration. Tuition is $398 per credit hour.

• Walden University ( Based in Minneapolis and founded in 1970, the for-profit Walden enrolls about 13,000 students. It offers the Ph.D. in eight specializations, including K-12 educational leadership, and the Ed.D. in administrator leadership for teaching and learning and teacher leadership. Tuition is $4,050 per quarter for the Ph.D., $590 per semester credit hour for the Ed.D. and $600 for the three-day required residency.

— Patti Ghezzi