Bolstered by its major flagship university, Arkansas has a respectable number of bachelor’s degree programs that students young and old can attain through distance education. These programs allow students to tailor their class schedules to fit work, home life, and other time constraints. The following are three examples of schools with online bachelor’s (and advanced) degree programs in the state of Arkansas:

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 10
  • Fields Offered: Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Communication, Management, Health Sciences, Nursing
  • Accreditor: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers online bachelor degree programs in several areas, including criminal justice, American Sign Language, mathematics, speech communication, and business. These programs use the Blackboard learning management system to deliver course materials like online discussions, lectures, syllabi, and course notes. Students also use myUALR, the UA student information system, to log in to Blackboard, register for classes, view course grades, and make payments. The University of Arkansas also offers online undergraduate coursework in agricultural, food and life sciences, architecture, arts and sciences, education and health professions, and engineering.

Arkansas Tech University

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 4
  • Fields Offered: Early Childhood Education, Emergency Management and Administration, Nursing
  • Accreditor: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

Arkansas Tech University offers four bachelor’s degree programs online: early childhood education, emergency management and administration, an RN-to-BSN program, and an accelerated degree program leading to a Bachelor of Professional Studies. Arkansas Tech provides the early childhood degree program through a partnership with North Arkansas Community College and Ozarka Community College. The RN-to-BSN program requires students to attend orientation on campus a week prior to the first semester. The accelerated professional studies degree is designed to help students finish a degree within 18 months and offers credit for prior learning. Arkansas Tech provides course work online through the Blackboard learning management system.

Arkansas State University

  • Number of Online Bachelor’s Degrees: 1
  • Fields Offered: Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Accreditor: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS)

Arkansas State University offers an online degree completion program in interdisciplinary studies. ASU uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver course tools and information. The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program requires course work in communication, mathematics, critical thinking, understanding global issues, arts and humanities, social sciences, life science, physical science, and health and wellness. Further information about the BSIS program may be found on the program’s website.

Higher Education in Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) approves postsecondary academic programs, manages statewide financial aid programs and contracts, and reviews and reports postsecondary education data. The ADHE is the administrative staff for the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which is composed of 12 members appointed by the governor. The staff is responsible for executing board policies and procedures. The ADHE is composed of four divisions: Academic Affairs, Financial Aid, Institutional Finance, and Research and Planning.

Four-year public universities in Arkansas include Arkansas State University, Southern Arkansas University, Arkansas Tech University, and the University of Arkansas System. The University of Arkansas System is composed of six campuses: Fayetteville, Little Rock, Monticello, Pine Bluff, Fort Smith, and the Medical Sciences campus. On its website, the ADHE lists all online degree programs offered at public institutions of higher education.


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