Established in 1923, Texas Tech University is a state research university located in Lubbock. With more than 30,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in Texas. It presents students with about 150 undergraduate, 100 graduate, and more than 50 doctoral degree options; it also has a law school. Additionally, Texas Tech University is one of the state’s most comprehensive online universities. It provides students with the opportunity to earn undergraduate minors and degrees, master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, graduate certificates, and concentrated graduate certificates online or in hybrid form. Its online undergraduate degrees consist of horticultural and turfgrass sciences, multidisciplinary studies, and university studies. Some of its offered online master’s degrees are agricultural education, software engineering, and special education. The university’s online college is ranked by U.S. News & World Report for its graduate-level online nursing degree. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Founded in 1927, the University of Houston (UH) is the third largest university in Texas, with more than 40,000 students. It is home to 120 undergraduate majors and minors, 139 master’s degrees, and 54 doctoral programs. Another Texas online university ranked by the SACS, UH offers online bachelor’s degrees in English, history, psychology, organizational leadership and supervision, and retailing and consumer science; it also offers an online minor in history. Its graduate offerings include mathematics, administration and supervision, gifted and talented education, physical education, construction management, and future studies in commerce. Finally, it also presents students with certificate options in corporate entrepreneurship, and retailing and consumer science. In addition to being ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for its graduate business and engineering schools, its online school is ranked for its online graduate education.
Located in Denton, the University of North Texas (UNT) is yet another one of Texas’ largest universities and is accredited by the SACS. Established in 1890 as Texas Normal College and Teachers’ Training Institute, it has since changed names six times; its final rename took place in 1988. It grants its more than 36,000 students 97 bachelor’s, 82 master’s, and 35 doctoral degree options. And its online degree programs are certainly not lacking; UNT’s online graduate education and business programs are ranked on U.S. News & World Report. Five of its colleges offer more than 30 online bachelor’s, master’s, and certificate programs. This includes, but is not limited to, disciplines such as marketing, applied anthropology, strategic management, special education, and hospitality management.
Texas is home to major industries, such as oil and gas, farming, banking, and tourism. Online degrees that correspond with the oil and gas industry are management, marketing, and engineering. The farming industry is centered on cotton and livestock, making degrees in agricultural science, agricultural management, and animal science useful to professionals in the industry. Banking is also a large industry in Texas; a degree in finance, accounting, or management would be beneficial for those seeking a career in this industry. Finally, a career with advancement opportunities and higher pay in the tourism industry will require degrees such as hotel management, hospitality management, marketing, sales, leadership, or business administration.
Online degree programs allow those already in these industries, or who wish to join them in the future, attain their degrees. Online programs vary, but the typical program allows students to complete work on their own time, as long as it is within the designated course completion time. Communication with professors is made through email, forums, and sometimes the telephone. Assignments and projects for online college courses are turned in through email or a digital drop box. Exams are usually online, though they sometimes require students to go to a proctored testing center. Class lectures are either synchronous (live) or asynchronous (not live); course material is usually accessed online through a student portal. All-in-all, an online education offers busy adults an accessible, flexible way to get postsecondary degrees and certificates.