Info on Online Colleges & Programs in Michigan

Entry Requirements and Application Process for Michigan Online Colleges

Like traditional campus-based programs, online colleges in Michigan each have their own admissions and application requirements. Prospective students should contact a school representative to learn more about specific online offerings. For details, or to speak with an admissions counselor, request information from one of the schools listed below.

Employment Opportunities in Michigan

According to a 2011 list compiled by the Department of Technology, Management & Budget, about 75 percent of "Michigan's Hot 50 Jobs," based on salary and demand projections through 2018, require an associate degree or higher. Unfortunately, the state's college attainment is currently lacking. The Lumina Foundation reports that in 2018, 62 percent of jobs in Michigan will require a postsecondary degree, but as of 2010, only 36 percent of working-age adults had acquired one. If Michigan and its workforce hope to make the most of future economic opportunities, they must develop new higher education strategies.

State-sponsored programs like the Michigan Shifting Gears and the Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) initiatives may help provide Michigan workers with the training they need to compete in the state's evolving workforce, but they are not the only solution. The rise of online education across the country could give more Michigan residents more access to college education opportunities. Fortunately, several of the state's most prominent schools, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, have already begun offering a range of online courses and degree programs. From certificate programs to graduate degrees, online colleges in Michigan now boast a wealth of options for prospective students.

Advantages of Online Colleges for Students in Michigan

Online schools in Michigan can offer both recent high school graduates and seasoned professionals a number of benefits over traditional, classroom-based programs. For example, most online programs allow students to complete course material at their own pace, allowing them to balance their education with work or family obligations. Even hands-on disciplines, like nursing or automotive engineering, can often be pursued through hybrid programs that combine online instruction with classroom or lab sessions.

Additionally, online colleges typically provide students with a level of accessibility that traditional programs cannot match. Students are able to attend class from anywhere with Internet access, which is particularly helpful for those who travel often, live in isolated regions, or have mobility issues. It may also be beneficial for students whose local campuses do not offer their desired degree program.

Finally, students enrolled in an online degree program can gain valuable experience with Web 2.0 communication tools and other virtual technologies during their studies. Message boards, video conferencing and other interactive mediums are all commonly utilized by online colleges to connect peers and instructors. Depending on the area of study, having an increased comfort level with these tools may help set applicants apart in the job market.

Trends in Online Education: Public and Private Online Schools in Michigan

A growing number of public and private schools in Michigan now offer online education options. Perhaps the largest and best-known institution to do so is the University of Michigan. Online graduate programs offered through the College of Engineering at the main Ann Arbor campus were ranked fifth best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in 2013. Meanwhile, the University of Michigan's regional campuses in Dearborn and Flint feature a variety of fully-online and blended (part online, part on-campus) degree programs -- from a bachelor's in business administration to a master's in software engineering.

As of February 2013, the University of Michigan also offered seven classes through Coursera, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provider that allows students across the globe to take college courses online, often at no cost. By participating in MOOCs, the university hasn't just shown a passing interest in online education, it has helped it evolve.

Other institutions that offer online degrees in Michigan include Western Michigan University, Michigan State University and Central Michigan University Online. Programs vary by institution, but each of these feature both degrees and certificate programs online, as well as a number of services designed to support online learners.

In additional to these schools, many national online colleges offer programs to students in Michigan. Some, such as Everest University, South University and DeVry University even have physical campuses in the state, which may allow students to participate in blended programs. This could be an attractive option for students who enjoy learning in a classroom environment but also want to benefit from the convenience of online lectures and coursework.

2013's Revolutionary Online Colleges & Programs in Michigan

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan has thrown its hat into the ring and entered the massive open online courses (MOOCs) market. Michigan has partnered with Coursera, one of the nation's top MOOC platforms, to offer 11 free courses to the public in 2013. These MOOCs cover a broad range of topics, from finance to science fiction, classical music to thermodynamics. UM does not offer credit for taking these courses, but they do grant a certificate of completion. The courses are not intended to replace traditional education, but rather give the public and students opportunities to take courses that they did not have access to in the past. Along with providing access to the public, the courses give the university a chance to experiment with technology as well as advertise the university's benefits.

The University of Michigan and Coursera have partnered together to offer some interesting MOOCs this fall. "Securing Digital Democracy" discusses both the potential and the risks of electronic and internet voting. Students will learn how the different internet voting technologies work, why they are used, and their intended benefits. The vulnerabilities of theses systems will also be covered, as well as the safeguards and checks that can be put in place to limit them. The course will be taught through the use of online lectures, quizzes, and optional reading and discussions. Students should come away from the course knowing why they should feel both comfortable and skeptical about online voting.

Michigan State University

In June, Michigan State University released its first humanities MOOC with the launch of its "Thinking Like a Writer" course. The free e-course is not offered for credit, but is designed for interested members of the public who want to improve their writing skills. Michigan State believes that there is evidence suggesting that it can be effective teach writing on the large-scale platforms that MOOCs provide. So, while the students will benefit from the content of the course, MSU hopes to benefit by putting their educational theories to the test. The course will focus students on reviewing and revising their writing. Feedback will be given from instructors and fellow students alike. Students will learn elements of persuasive and narrative writing, as well as skills for summarizing texts and organizing thoughts.

Michigan State University is now offering online certificates in strategic leadership & management and supply chain management. These certificates provide business professionals with practical skills and credentials that they can use to compete in the marketplace. The programs are designed with the working professional in mind, allowing students to receive the training whenever and wherever they want through the use of video-based e-learning. Online courses in hospitality management are now available as well.

List of Online Colleges in Michigan

The following tables provide information about colleges that may offer fully online degrees, classes, and/or programs. This information was sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), part of the U.S. Department of Education. Some online institutions may also offer campus programs as well.

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Four Year Not-For-Profit, Online Colleges - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
Baker College Center for Graduate Studies
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
201 E Kirby, Detroit, Michigan 48202
6081
$11,901
Baker College of Auburn Hills
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
4090 Geddes Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105
3807
$11,923
Concordia University-Ann Arbor
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs Communication, General.
1750 Woodworth St NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49525
711
$17,707
Madonna University
Natural Resources And Conservation Environmental Science.
4000 Whiting Dr, Midland, Michigan 48640-2398
4414
$5,108
Siena Heights University
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies Area Studies, Other.
3200 South Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
2690
$24,591
Spring Arbor University
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
6666 Lovers Ln, Portage, Michigan 49002
4271
$4,887

Four Year, For-Profit Online Colleges - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
DeVry University-Michigan
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst.
111 W Exchange St Ste A, Spring Lake, Michigan 49456
212
NA
DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management-Michigan
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Business Administration and Management, General.
38132 S Gratiot, Clinton Township, Michigan 48036
55
$22,927
International Academy of Design and Technology-Troy
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Information Technology.
419 N Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48901-7210
849
$14,273
ITT Technical Institute-Canton
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
13877 E. 8 Mile Rd, Warren, Michigan 48089-3352
659
$23,019
ITT Technical Institute–Dearborn
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications.
31501 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48150
484
NA
ITT Technical Institute-Swartz Creek
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
36600 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
760
$23,433
ITT Technical Institute-Troy
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
4390 Dixie Hwy, Waterford, Michigan 48329
1251
$22,651
ITT Technical Institute-Wyoming
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
8425 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, Michigan 48221-2599
694
$5,670
South University-Novi
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Information Science/Studies.
3000 N Stiles Rd, Scottville, Michigan 49454-0277
154
$8,220
The Art Institute of Michigan
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs Advertising.
5865 Shelby Oaks Circle, Memphis, Tennessee 38134
963
NA
University of Phoenix-Metro Detroit Campus
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer and Information Sciences, General.
721 Bryan Drive, Dayton, Tennessee 37321-7000
1987
$19,013
University of Phoenix-West Michigan Campus
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer and Information Sciences, General.
211 West Coffee Street, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388-3409
781
NA

Two Year, For-Profit Online Colleges - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
Dorsey Business Schools-Farmington Hills
Health Professions And Related Programs Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller.
62249 Shimmel Rd, Centreville, Michigan 49032-9719
111
$22,946
Dorsey Business Schools-Roseville Culinary Academy
Personal And Culinary Services Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General.
143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503-3295
203
$26,366

Less than Two Year, For-Profit Online Colleges - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
Career Quest Learning Center-Kalamazoo
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Network and System Administration/Administrator.
440 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, Michigan 48344
120
NA
Career Quest Learning Centers Inc-Jackson
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Network and System Administration/Administrator.
35005 Michigan Avenue, Wayne, Michigan 48184
235
NA
Career Quest Learning Centers Inc-Lansing
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Network and System Administration/Administrator.
331 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, Michigan 48823
569
$14,386
Carnegie Institute
Health Professions And Related Programs Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary.
202 Welch Hall, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
290
$12,668
Flint Institute of Barbering Inc
Personal And Culinary Services Barbering/Barber.
1522 E Big Beaver Rd, Troy, Michigan 48083-1905
52
NA
Kaplan Career Institute-Dearborn
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Support Specialist.
3498 Rochester Rd, Troy, Michigan 48083
267
$17,355
Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology
Mechanic And Repair Technologies/Technicians Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology.
2950 Lapeer, Port Huron, Michigan 48060
844
$9,733
Sanford-Brown College-Dearborn
Health Professions And Related Programs Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller.
318 River Ridge Dr NW, Walker, Michigan 49544-1683
944
$17,799
Sanford-Brown College-Grand Rapids
Health Professions And Related Programs Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller.
3838 Livernois, Troy, Michigan 48083-5066
504
$8,045

Community Colleges Offering Distance Learning or Hybrid Programs - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
Alpena Community College
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs Journalism.
3215 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48910
1991
$21,220
Bay de Noc Community College
Natural Resources And Conservation Natural Resources/Conservation, General.
26999 Central Park Blvd, Suite 125, Southfield, Michigan 48076-4174
2742
$4,904
Bay Mills Community College
Natural Resources And Conservation Natural Resources/Conservation, General.
33533 W. 12 Mile Road, Suite 152, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331
575
$3,401
Delta College
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs Radio and Television.
3214 Flushing Road, Flint, Michigan 48504-4395
11478
$10,758
Glen Oaks Community College
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
6767 West O Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49003-4070
1334
$7,048
Gogebic Community College
Natural Resources And Conservation Natural Resources and Conservation, Other.
18440 Ford Rd, Detroit, Michigan 48228
1147
$15,663
Grand Rapids Community College
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Landscaping and Groundskeeping.
450 North Ave, Battle Creek, Michigan 49017-3397
17575
$15,390
Henry Ford Community College
Natural Resources And Conservation Environmental Studies.
10775 N Saint Helen Road, Roscommon, Michigan 48653
17650
$7,017
Jackson Community College
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
8988-90 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48204-2244
6988
$26,769
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Prepress/Desktop Publishing and Digital Imaging Design.
1020 S. Monroe St., Monroe, Michigan 48161
11395
$16,208
Kellogg Community College
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
6890 W Maple Rd, W Bloomfield, Michigan 48322-3032
6071
$28,101
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
Natural Resources And Conservation Environmental Science.
East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1046
80
$4,045
Kirtland Community College
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.
648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Michigan 48824-1300
1815
$17,184
Lake Michigan College
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Viticulture and Enology.
1375 S Clare Ave, Harrison, Michigan 48625-9447
4654
$10,471
Lansing Community College
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Agricultural Business and Management, General.
1401 E Court St, Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
20640
$23,586
Macomb Community College
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
24567 Northwestern Hwy Ste 200, Southfield, Michigan 48075
23969
$14,034
Mid Michigan Community College
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
4205 Miller Rd, Flint, Michigan 48507
4885
$3,423
Monroe County Community College
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
3583 Alpine Ave NW, Walker, Michigan 49544
4440
$7,203
Montcalm Community College
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager.
3415 West Saginaw Street, Suite E & F, Lansing, Michigan 48915-0000
2062
$5,804
Mott Community College
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Communications Technology/Technician.
800 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307
11760
$9,365
Muskegon Community College
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies Regional Studies (U.S., Canadian, Foreign)
8110 Murphy Drive, Brighton, Michigan 48116
5156
$1,123
North Central Michigan College
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Agricultural and Horticultural Plant Breeding.
44958 Ford Rd, Canton, Michigan 48187
2959
$11,320
Northwestern Michigan College
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Landscaping and Groundskeeping.
G3630 Miller Road, Suite D, Flint, Michigan 48507
5166
$22,726
Oakland Community College
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Landscaping and Groundskeeping.
51133 Birch Street, Ste 100, New Baltimore, Michigan 48047
29158
$13,305
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies American Indian/Native American Studies.
4901 Evergreen Rd, Dearborn, Michigan 48128-1491
133
$12,329
Schoolcraft College
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician.
801 W. Fort Street, Detroit, Michigan 48226
12770
NA
Southwestern Michigan College
Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production.
1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5200
3029
$20,904
St Clair County Community College
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Agricultural Business Technology.
492 Capital SW, Battle Creek, Michigan 49015
4590
$18,248
Washtenaw Community College
Architecture And Related Services Architectural Technology/Technician.
113 South Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee 38464
12932
$5,020
Wayne County Community College District
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Programming/Programmer, General.
1646 S Russell Ave, Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
20440
$11,973
West Shore Community College
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Computer Graphics.
650 East Parkway South, Memphis, Tennessee 38104
1603
$15,610

Other Colleges Offing Online Programs - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
Eastern Michigan University
Architecture And Related Services City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
5921 W Houghton Lake Dr, Houghton Lake, Michigan 48629-9702
23419
NA
Ferris Michigan University
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Ornamental Horticulture.
26500 Northwestern Highway, Southfield, Michigan 48076-3716
14560
$17,485
Michigan Michigan University
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Agricultural Business and Management, General.
16800 South Chandler Road, Suite 101, East Lansing, Michigan 48823-8660
47825
NA
Michigan Technological University
Natural Resources And Conservation Environmental Science.
15070 Dix-Toledo Road, Southgate, Michigan 48195
7022
$4,090
Oakland University
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies African Studies.
2887 Krafft Road, Suite 700, Port Huron, Michigan 48060
19379
$17,748

How To Find Other Online Colleges Accepting Michigan Residents

There are also several accredited online universities headquartered outside of Michigan, such as University of Phoenix, Ashford University, and Walden University, that can accept residents located in Michigan. You can view these featured colleges below and choose one of our options to get more information about them.


Sources:

"Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs," U.S. News and World Report, 2013, http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/engineering/rankings

Central Michigan University Online, http://global.cmich.edu/CMUOnline/Default.aspx

Lumina Foundation, Michigan, http://www.luminafoundation.org/state/Michigan/

Pure Michigan Talent Connect, Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program, http://www.mitalent.org/mat2/

"Michigan's Hot 50 Jobs," Labor Market Information, Department of Technology, Management & Budget, November 2011, http://milmi.org/?PAGEID=67&SUBID=177

Pure Michigan Talent Connect, Michigan Shifting Gears, http://www.mitalent.org/michigan-shifting-gears-program/

Michigan State University, Online and Off-Campus Programs, http://www.reg.msu.edu/UCC/OnlinePrograms.asp

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Online Graduate Programs, http://isd.engin.umich.edu/degree-programs/online-graduate-programs/index.htm

Western Michigan University, Academic Programs Offered Online, http://www.wmich.edu/online/academics/

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