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Eastern Kentucky University Online

EKU is consistently recognized as one of the best online colleges in the nation.

A brick-and-mortar accredited institution, EKU began offering online degrees in 2006 and continues to service all students with our on-campus offerings.

The University offers more than 100 online options in various areas of study, designed for adult learners who want to earn a college degree or certificate while working full-time or juggling other life priorities. Online programs are available through the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, College of Education & Applied Human Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and College of Justice, Safety & Military Science.

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EKU Accreditation

Eastern Kentucky University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Eastern Kentucky University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Program Accreditations & Approvals

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Child and Family Studies:
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)
EKU’s bachelor’s degree program in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (FPSET) has been accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Paralegal Science:
American Bar Association (ABA)

Public Administration:
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

Social Work:
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

The EKU Online Mission

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive and accessible online program that empowers individuals to enhance their knowledge, skills, and personal growth.

We support and promote EKU values of intellectual vitality, community, cultural competency, stewardship of place, accountability, and excellence. We believe that emotional well-being is fundamental to a learners’ overall development, academic success, and future happiness. We strive to foster a vibrant virtual learning community that transcends geographical boundaries, enabling learners to reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to society.

Our Promise To Our Students

  • Expert Instructors
  • Student-Centered Approach
  • Breaking down Educational Barriers
  • Inclusive, Welcoming Learning Environments

Our Vision

Our vision is to empower individuals worldwide through high-quality, accessible, and flexible online education, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to achieve personal and professional growth. We strive to create an engaging and inclusive learning environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, and lifelong learning. By leveraging technology, we envision and promise to provide:

  • expert instructors
  • personalized learning experiences through a student-centered approach
  • breaking down barriers to education
  • equip learners with the confidence and competence to thrive
  • guidance for technical, intellectual and professional skills
  • a well-balanced approach to social and emotional learning opportunities
  • an all-inclusive learning environment where ideas can be expressed and freely and openly
  • a quality partnership between the student and EKU Online from initial engagement
  • “I can confidently say that — as someone who doesn’t even live in the United States — EKU’s online program has been extremely accommodating and flexible. I can discuss advising appointments over email, and I can have my textbooks shipped to my address overseas.” – Sydney Garner Lewis
  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
  • “I chose EKU because I am a unique student with unique needs, and EKU provides an avenue for students like me to succeed.” – EKU Online Psychology student Jason Tate
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