10 Best Online Doctoral Programs in Michigan

Michigan has over ninety institutions of higher learning listed under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and of these, with seven medical schools, five law schools, and eighteen colleges listed as special-focus institutions. The state serves students from across Michigan, but also from around the world, in particular students seeking comprehensive, research based learning in a state with advancing perspectives on higher education and what the doctorate degree has to offer. This top 10 list explores the best options for earning an online doctorate degree from a Michigan college or university.

1. Andrews University

online doctoral programs including two Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees, one Doctor of Physical Therapy option, and four Doctorate in Education programs. The unique education programs, such as a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction combine lecture time, integrated research opportunities, and hands on practice to prepare students for successful careers as leaders in their fields.

2. Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University (CMU) Global Campus offers three online doctoral degrees in Health Administration, Educational Technology, and Health Administration.

3. Wayne State University

online campus at Wayne State offers two transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree options through the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The programs use state of the art teaching and research facilities, plus innovative online technology, to educate students locally and globally in the field of physical therapy. Students additionally benefit from high financial aid awards annually and learn from the same qualified faculty that teaches courses on campus.

4. University of Michigan at Flint

means that students can complete their coursework at their convenience, especially appealing for working professionals or those juggling family, other commitments, and school. Online coursework for the Doctorate in Education program is combined with one on-campus class that is held on one Saturday per month and students can plan to obtain their degree within three years. 

5. Oakland University

online programs in Education Specialist in Leadership and a comprehensive Doctor of Nursing Practice degree for nurses in clinical practice. Degree holders can choose to assume roles in academic or practice settings. The program prepares nurses for leadership positions and it takes two to three years for students to earn their degree. All students must also complete 1000 supervised hours of practice in addition to their coursework.

6. Michigan State University

Doctor of Nursing Practice program, including BSN to DPN and MSN to DPN options. The curriculum prepares advanced practice RNs to provide organization and systems’ leadership or clinical care at the highest levels and the program evaluates ways in which health care can reach diverse audiences, including those who are disadvantaged or underserved. Three concentrations are offered: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, or Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist. The online school also offers a hybrid EPET in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology degree program.

7. University of Detroit Mercy

Doctor of Nursing Practice hybrid degree option is occurs both on campus and online. The program at Detroit Mercy uses informatics and decision-making technology to transfer in-depth knowldeg of not only nursing, but also the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences to students enrolled online. Though a school that excels in the science, Detroit Mercy gracefully combines analytical academics with a history grounded in the Jesuit tradtition. The program’s curriculum is based on the AACN (2006) Essentials of Doctoral Education and requires thirty-six hours to complete.

8. Michigan Tech

online PhD program in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics offers the same rigorous academic and research opportunities as found on the traditional campus and students may conduct research in a corporate, federal or similar R&D environment. The program serves students from across the nation plus Canada and Australia.

9. Western Theological Seminary

Western Theological Seminary is an evangelical and ecumenical community and aims to prepare Christians called by God to lead through missions. The nationally recognized school is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and offers degrees at the doctoral level on campus and online.The online Doctor of Ministry program at Western Theological is a flexible online program that allows seminary students to obtain their degree in three years while still maintaining their current careers or other commitments such as family and can serve adult learners from any location. It takes thirty-six academic credits to earn the degree and tuition is locked in at the rate of a student’s first year enrolled.

10. Northern Michigan University

Doctor of Family Nursing Practice degree. Two tracks are offered, the BSN to DNP or the MSN to DNP. Upon completing the programs coursework students are required to pass a comprehensive exam in lieu of a dissertation.