Online learning helps students earn college degrees from their own home.

Michigan’s population is the eighth largest in the United States, so it is not surprising that 44 post-secondary institutions offer online degrees. Accreditation is an important aspect when considering online program, and most schools are regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since 25 percent of Michigan’s workforce is employed in education and health care, many institutions feature these types of online degrees.

Top Online Universities

A student looking for a top online degree in Michigan should consider Davenport University in Grand Rapids. Davenport offers 89 online degrees in business, technology and health. Michigan State University, located in East Lansing features over 100 graduate and undergraduate online courses. Certificates are available in such diverse fields as coaching and biomedical laboratory management, along with a bachelor's in nursing and master’s in packaging. Because the Detroit area is known as the hub of the car-making industry, the University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus designed to train future automotive engineers through its online master's degree in automotive systems engineering. If a student is interested in renewable energy, especially in relation to burning clean automotive fuels, a master's in energy systems engineering is the spark needed to ignite employment in this growing field.

Specialty Colleges

For students seeking training at an accredited online Bible college, Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids is not only regionally accredited, but also nationally accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The college offers an online associate and bachelor's degree in leadership and ministry, while maintaining lower costs and smaller online class size. Lawrence Technological University in Southfield is designed for students who started earning credits towards a bachelor's degree in business, but never finished. According to "U.S. News and World Report’s" 2013 guide, Lawrence Tech ranks sixth in the nation for online business programs. The university also appeals to individuals seeking to work for a non-profit, offering a Master of Business Administration in Non-Profit Management.

Community Colleges

Community colleges offer choices for students who want to earn an online associate degree or certificate. Kirtland Community College, located in Roscommon, offers an associate degree in arts, business administration or health information technology. For a student not quite ready to study at Michigan State University, Lansing Community College is an impressive alternative. Online programs include associate degrees in e-business, international business and criminal justice.


Cleary University’s online business degree guarantees students are ready to compete in the marketplace for jobs in business and health care management, as well as financial planning and organizational leadership. Wayne State University in Detroit appeals to students interested in helping others, offering a bachelor's degree in social work or a master's degree in instructional technology. If a student likes the research part of course work, a master's degree in library and information science will place him in a career where he can constantly help others discover new information.