Starting in 2020, Indian Universities are able to offer fully online degrees. Class Central CEO Dhawal Shah compiled a list of 50+ newly approved online degrees by University Grants Commission (UGC), the official governing body for these matters.
The global pandemic has brought online education into focus. It made me wonder which other countries offer online degrees? I decided to find out.
My curiosity about online degrees started when I was working as a policy officer at the German ENIC-NARIC office, the central authority for the evaluation of foreign qualifications in Germany. I also maintain the list of Class Central’s list of MOOC based degrees, which increased to 55+ offered by 22 universities on the three major MOOC provider platforms, Coursera, edX and FutureLearn. A closer look at the difference between MOOC based and online degrees was provided by Dhawal here.
Our goal was to identify countries which offer fully online degrees provided by accredited higher education institutions. For the purpose of this project, we excluded universities specially established to offer distance education i.e Open Universities across the world.
I searched through Google for 100+ countries to check whether they offer online degrees. In many cases, my efforts were hampered by lead generation companies that occupied the first page of Google but don’t actually offer accurate data.
I tried to only include official sources. It is quite possible that I might have missed something, so please let us know in the comments if your country offers an online degree but is not in the list.
This is our first pass. We want to get this out there and welcome feedback. We plan to update this list frequently.
Here is the list of countries that I have identified: