Online Ph.D. programs available in 2015 include the doctoral program in gerontology through the University of Southern California, the interdisciplinary telecommunications doctoral program of the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of North Dakota nursing program, which offers a research and academically focused doctorate in nursing. The Institute of Global Education is accredited through Portland State University and offers doctoral degrees online in applied ecopsychology, integrated ecology and organic psychology as part of its spirituality, counseling and nature program.
Through Texas A&M's collaborative agricultural education program with Texas Tech University, students can earn an Ed.D. online, and students can earn a PhD. in education online through the University of Kentucky. William James College in Newton, Massachusetts, offers an online doctoral program in school psychology through which students earn a doctorate of psychology in preparation for educational leadership roles. William James chose the online format to enable individuals working as school psychologists to pursue their doctoral degrees while practicing. Doctoral degrees in business administration, organizational leadership and other business-related specialties are available online through Colorado Technical University, Capella University and Northcentral University. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers online doctoral degrees in business psychology, consulting and organizational leadership.
Prior to selecting an online doctoral program, it is important to verify that the program is accredited through the U.S. Department of Education by contacting the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. However, some employers and professional organizations do not recognize online doctoral programs whether or not they have accreditation.