National American University & Strayer University

Smaller universities are becoming more attractive to online students. (Photo courtesy of evmaiden on flickr)

Looking into a smaller school may offer more benefits than you think. (Photo by evmaiden on flickr)

There are currently over 7,000 colleges and universities operating in the United States with more than 15 million students enrolled in classes at any given time. With that being said, there are a number of smaller, lesser known institutions that offer the same online flexibility and degree programs as more prominent schools.

National American University Online

Regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, National American University Online is a for-profit university established in 1941 and owned by National American University Holdings, Inc. With average tuition at $13,035 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 27:1, the online division is headquartered out of Rapid City, South Dakota with various smaller branches scattered throughout the US.

Current Degree and Diploma Programs

With various locations throughout the United States and an online campus, all programs are not offered at all campuses, but the following programs are currently being offered at some location of National American University.


  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Healthcare Coding
  • MCITP Network Management
  • Network and Server Administrator
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Veterinary Assisting

Associate Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Applied Information Technology
  • ASN
  • Business Administration
  • Business Logistics
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Computer Security
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electronic Health Record Support Specialist
  • Health and Beauty Management
  • Health Information Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Invasive Cardiovascular Technology
  • Management
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Staff Services Management
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Small Business Management
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Veterinary Technology

Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Financial Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Pre-Law
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Generic BSN
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information Technology
    • Computer Security and Forensics
    • Internet Systems Development
    • Management Information Systems
    • Network Administration/Microsoft
    • Network Management/Microsoft
  • Management
  • Online RN to BSN
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Paralegal Studies

Master’s Degrees

  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Nursing

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are unclear as one must create a personalized login to access the site with the university application and/or contact an Admission Representative for assistance.

Strayer University

Regionally accredited, Strayer University’s history dates backs to 1892 as Strayer’s Business College. With over 50,000 total students, the student-to-faculty ratio is still quite impressive at 15:1. As another for-profit institution, Strayer’s tuition is recorded at $14,805, but the degree level is not specified. According to the school’s website, the university runs on a quarter-based system and each class is worth 4.5 credits; this is equivalent to a 3.0 credit-hour class at a semester-based institution but may appear as though you need more classes to graduate in a degree audit.

Current Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Programs

  • Undergraduate Certificate – 27 credits
  • Undergraduate Diploma – 45-54 credits
  • Associate of Arts Degree – 90 credits
  • Bachelor of Business Administration – 180 credits
  • Bachelor of Science – 180 credits
  • Master of Business Administration – 54 credits of graduate-level coursework
  • Master of Education – 54 credits of graduate-level coursework
  • Master of Health Services Administration – 54 credits of graduate-level coursework
  • Master of Public Administration – 54 credits of graduate-level coursework
  • Master of Science – 54 credits of graduate-level coursework
  • Executive Graduate Certificate – 27 credits of graduate-level coursework

Admission Requirements

As with all schools, admissions requirements may vary slightly, but they more or less are the same.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Completed Application
  • Application Fee
  • Certification of high school graduation (or equivalent)

Graduate Programs

  • Completed Application
  • Proof of Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • At least one of the following:
    • cumulative score of 450 on GMAT
    • cumulative score of 1,000 on GRE
    • a 2.75 undergraduate GPA during the last two years of study
    • evidence of graduate potential (special circumstances only)

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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