Maybe you've dreamed of graduating from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), but you can't find a way to go full-time. Or, maybe your preferred school is too far away from you live now, and it would be too expensive to relocate or commute.
1. Howard University
Howard University, based in Washington DC, is probably one of the best-known HBCUs. As a research university, Howard is a leader in STEM fields and has several nationally ranked science programs. The school also has noted programs in social work, cinematography, business, and communication sciences and disorders.
The university offers a wide range of degrees, with a small but significant handful that can be completed online. Those include:
- RN to BSN - This program is for registered nurses (RNs) who have completed their associate's degree and want to go on to earn their Bachelor's or Science in Nursing (BSN). The program can be completed in 12 months for students who are able to take a full-time class load. There are also part-time programs available. Learn more here.
- EMBA - Howard's Executive Master's of Business Administration degree can be completed 100% online in only 18 months. This program is geared toward working professionals who are looking to expand their career prospects to the executive level. Bonus: No GMATs required for admission.
- Online MBA — This program is for early- and mid-career professionals who want to grow as business leaders while completing the MBA program in a flexible way. Learn more about Howard's online MBA programs here.
2. Albany State University
Albany State University, in Albany, GA, is the largest HBCU in Georgia. It was founded by Joseph Winthrop Holley, the son of former slaves. The school became part of the university system of Georgia in 1932.
ASU has an extremely wide selection of online degree programs. Choose from professional certificate, undergraduate, or graduate courses of study.
For a complete list of all the online programs the school has to offer, click here.
3. Hampton University
Hampton University in Hampton, VA, was founded after the Civil War to provide education for freedmen and women. Booker T. Washington was a student at the school in 1872, when it was known as Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute.
Today, the school offers an extensive list of online programs at all levels, including doctoral, master's, bachelor's and associate. Hampton also offers certificate programs in disciplines such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, and paralegal studies.
Click here for a complete list of degree programs that can be completed online, through the Hampton Online U portal.
4. Bluefield State College
Bluefield State College in Bluefield, WV, is is West Virginia's only non-residential four-year college. While it holds a federal designation as an HBCU and was originally called the Bluefield Colored Institute, the student population today is more than 80% white.
Bluefield offers fully online degree programs in several disciplines, including:
- Engineering Technology
- RN to BSN
- Business Administration, with concentrations in accounting, marketing, or management
- Bachelor of Arts, with unspecified major or an area of focus such as psychology, business, or criminal justice
5. Morgan State University
Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, is the largest HBCU in Maryland. It was founded in 1867 as the Centenary Biblical Institute.
In 2017, it was designated as Maryland's pre-eminent public urban research university.Online degree programs include:
- Community College Leadership Doctoral Program
- Master of Education in Community College Administration and Instruction
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Project Management
- Master of Public Health
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Communities
- Master of Social Work
MSU also has non-credit online programs focusing on business and technology. Learn more about all of MSUs online programs here.
6. Lincoln University
Lincoln University is located in Jefferson City, MO. According to its website, the school was founded in 1866 by the men of the 62nd and 65th United States Colored Infantries and their white officers, for the special benefit of freed African Americans.
Throughout its history, the school has been known for offering innovative programs that serve a diverse student body.
It currently has two graduate online degree programs. They are the MBA with an emphasis in Management, or the MBA with an emphasis in Public Administration/Policy. Learn more here.
7. West Virginia State University
West Virginia State University, located near Charleston, WV, prides itself on being one of the most-affordable institutions in the region. Note: While the school is considered an HBCU and prides itself on that heritage, the current student population is over 75% white.
WVSU has an impressive selection of online degree programs. Undergrad offerings include:
- Business Accounting
- Business Management
- Criminal Justice
- Health Sciences
- English: Technical Writing
- Bachelor of Arts
Grad programs include:
- Master of Education in Instructional Leadership
Learn more about WVSU's online degree programs here.
8. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC, has one of the largest offerings in terms of online degrees and certificates. It also happens to be one of the biggest HBCUs in the country in terms of enrollment.
Students can earn online bachelor's, masters, or doctoral degrees, as well as professional certificates. The school has been particularly noted for its STEM offerings. Explore their many program options here.
9. Tuskegee University
Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL, was cofounded by distinguished author, orator and presidential advisor, Booker T. Washington.
The school has two online-only options for grad degrees. Working professionals can earn a master's in environmental science or environmental management. Note that these programs are specifically designed to be completed by people who are already working full-time. Learn more here.
10. Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical A&M University
Alabama A&M University, located near Hunstville, AL, was originally called the Huntsville State Normal School for Negroes when it was founded in 1875. Along with six other universities, AAMU participates in a joint venture with NASA to promote collaboration between academia, research, and industry.
AAMU currently has one undergrad degree option in management. Grad degrees include:
- Computer Science
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational leadership.
11. Delaware State University
Delaware State University is located in Dover, DE. The school's origins date back to 1891, when it was founded as the State College for Colored Students. The current student body consists of about 63% black students. The school reports increasing enrollment among white, Hispanic, Asian and international students as well.
Undergrad programs include:
Grad programs include:
12. University of the Virgin Islands
The University of the Virgin Islands is located on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Founded in 1962, the school is designated an as HBCU. It's slogan is "Historically American. Uniquely Caribbean. Globally Interactive."
With an impressive array of online programs, UVI is living up to it's aim to appeal to a global population.
Undergrad programs include:
- Associate of Science – Applied Computing
- Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice
- Associate of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology
- Associate of Arts – Engineering Management Technology
- Bachelor of Arts – Accounting
- Bachelor of Arts – Management
- Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Arts – Financial Planning
- Bachelor of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies – Strategic Communication
- Bachelor of Science – Applied Computing
- Bachelor of Science – Cyber Security
- Bachelor of Science – Computer Engineering Technology
- Bachelor of Science – Engineering Management Technology
- Bachelor of Science – Electronics Engineering Technology
Grad programs include:
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