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The Easiest Degrees to Get Online (Your Guide)

Written by Laura Amendola on Wednesday, 03 April 2024. Posted in Online College

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Are you thinking about going to college online but aren’t sure what you should major in? Or, you may be hoping to get through your online degree as fast as possible and are in search of the easiest major to get online. It’s important to keep in mind that “easy” is subjective and everyone excels at different things, but some majors are considered less rigorous than others. In this guide you’ll learn about some of these degrees and some facts about them!

What makes a degree easy?

No degree program is necessarily “easy.” Generally, if you’re interested in something, you are more likely to find it “easy,” or at least less difficult than something you have no interest in. You should try to keep this in mind when choosing what degree you want, but whether you love what you’re studying or are struggling to muster up any enthusiasm, every degree has challenges.

For online degrees, there are a number of factors that contribute to why it may be considered more desirable and potentially less difficult than traditional brick-and-mortar colleges:

  • Many online degrees are self-paced
  • Transferable credits
  • Affordability
  • School/life balance
  • Flexibility in coursework
  • Supportive staff
  • Options for continuous learning

Adelaide Fordjour, Academic Operations Manager at Ashworth College, has been instrumental in helping students be successful online. She explains that online school can be more difficult for students if they’re not prepared. “It needs a little bit more discipline and commitment just because of that freedom and the absence of the controlled environment like brick-and-mortar school would have.” This factor is important to consider when choosing a major in online school.

Read more: How to Upskill Yourself: Earn More and Grow Your Career

Online bachelor’s degrees you may find easy

Some bachelor's degrees are less rigorous than others. Here is a list of degrees you can get that, depending on your interests, you may not find as difficult.

Business Administration

Are you interested in business and developing real-world skills? A bachelor's degree in Business Administration might be for you! You’ll also get your general education credits completed with this degree, so if you opt to get a second degree or an associate degree in addition to your bachelor’s you’ll have a good head start.

  • Jobs you can get with this degree: A bachelor's degree in business administration prepares you for a wide range of jobs, including jobs in administrative services, facilities management, sales, finances, and marketing.
  • Median salary: $101,870
  • Job outlook: 5%

Dorothy Dilworth has earned multiple degrees online, including her bachelor's degree in business administration. She utilizes her degree as a district aide for the Florida House of Representatives, and believes it “will help me when I choose to take the next step in my career.” Dorothy was a stay-at-home parent when she began school online and found inspiration from her children: “I felt I couldn’t expect something from them if I wasn’t going to do it myself.”

Read more: Is Business Management a Good Career?

Criminal Justice

If you’re a stickler for the rules and occupy yourself with right and wrong, a degree in Criminal Justice might be a great fit! True crime buffs or those looking for a career with a lot of action would benefit from this major.

  • Jobs you can get with this degree: Probation officer, legal secretary, paralegal, detective, or a position in local or federal law enforcement.
  • Median salary: $59,860
  • Job outlook: 3%

Read more: The 5 Best Jobs You Can Get in Criminal Justice

Early Childhood Education

Working with kids may be your passion, so what better degree to seek than one in Early Childhood Education? You can help shape today’s youth with this degree and be filled with a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

  • Jobs you can get with this degree: Preschool teacher, childcare center director or manager, Head Start coordinator, and more.
  • Median salary: $35,330
  • Job outlook: 3%

Sarah Sand found earning her Early Childhood Education degree online was a better fit for her. When her brother and mother passed away while she was completing her degree, she said that “being online with my schooling allowed me to give myself the space and time I needed to grieve and heal and not miss a beat with my schooling.”

General Studies

For those unsure what you want to do, General Studies is a great option. In this major, you’ll have a well-rounded list of electives to choose from to help determine what your interests are and what you want to do after you graduate.

  • Jobs you can get with this degree: A general studies degree prepares you for a career in many sectors, including business, nonprofit administration, communications and media, government and public policy, and more.
  • Median salary: $67,440
  • Job outlook: 6%

Read more: What Can I Do with a General Studies Degree?

Healthcare Management

Healthcare is a growing field, so Healthcare Management can be a great degree to go after. Any healthcare work is important, and having this degree under your belt can prepare you for a great career in this field.

  • Jobs you can get with this degree: Medical and health services manager, behavioral health manager, medical records supervisor, and more.
  • Median salary: $104,830
  • Job outlook: 28%

Read more: What Can You Do with a Degree in Healthcare Management?


If you aspire to be the boss, you may benefit from a degree in Management! Management careers come with a lot of responsibility but can be very rewarding work.

  • Jobs you can get with this degree: Human resources manager, business manager, marketing manager, finance manager, etc.
  • Median salary: $130,000
  • Job outlook: 5%

Read more: Is Business Management a Good Career?


The world of marketing is a versatile one, so a degree in Marketing can get you far. There are a lot of different areas of this field you can look into, as well as leadership opportunities if that’s the route you want to go!

  • Jobs you can get with this degree: Advertising, promotions, marketing managers, and more.
  • Median salary: $138,730
  • Job outlook: 6%

Read more: What Kind of Jobs Can I Get with a Marketing Degree?


You can go after some rewarding careers when equipped with a Psychology degree.

  • Jobs you can get with this degree: Recreational therapist, behavior specialist, educational psychologist, and more.
  • Median salary: $51,330
  • Job outlook: 4%

Tiffany Whitter, an online psychology major, explains that a self-paced, online program was easier for her than a traditional college route. “Just being a working mother and having a program that understands that people do want to advance their careers, but time isn’t always on our side.” Despite juggling work, parenthood, and online classes, Tiffany found that envisioning the future helped her push through.

“The best advice I was given was ‘don’t look at your current life situation. Think of the life you want to live.’ With a degree comes promotions, financial benefits. Though it may seem hard, keep that end in view. What is it that you want to get out of it and what is the benefit for you? Always think about how your life will improve.”

Read more: What You Can Do with a Psychology Degree

Associate degrees and undergraduate certificates you may find easy

If you’re ready to step through the door of higher education but aren’t sure you have the time to dedicate to a four-year degree, an associate degree or undergraduate certificate can be a great option! Here are some associate degrees and undergraduate certificates you may want to consider:

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice degree is also obtainable as an associate degree! There are plenty of jobs you can get with an associate versus bachelor's in this field!

  • Type: Associate degree
  • Jobs you can get with this degree: Police officer or detective
  • Median salary: $69,160
  • Job outlook: 3%

Paralegal Studies

A degree in Paralegal Studies is great for people who want to get their foot in the door of the legal world.

  • Type: Associate degree
  • Jobs you can get with this degree: Paralegal or legal assistant
  • Median salary: $59,200
  • Job outlook: 4%

“The Paralegal Degree has [taught] me to understand the terminology of law, which helps with my current position.”- Dorothy Dilworth, online paralegal student.

Security Management

Security is so important for so many people, so having an education in Security Management can be beneficial if this is a field that interests you.

  • Type: Undergraduate certificate
  • Job you can get with this certificate: Security guard
  • Median salary: $34,770
  • Job outlook: This job’s growth is not expected to change much over the next decade

Read more: Further Your Education With Ashworth’s Online Associate Degrees

What is a bachelor’s degree?

A bachelor’s degree is an undergraduate degree students can earn through an academic institution that has a broad range of courses and options students can choose from. It usually takes 4 years to complete.

What is an associate degree?

An associate degree is an undergraduate degree that often focuses more on general education and vocational courses. It usually takes 2 years to complete.

The difference between a bachelor’s degree and an associate degree

Bachelor’s degree:

  • 4 years
  • 120 credits
  • More variety in courses
  • Average earnings per week with a bachelor’s degree: $1,432

Associate degree:

  • 2 years
  • 60-73 credits
  • Focus on core and vocational courses
  • Average earnings per week with an associate degree: $1,005

Read more: What Are the Differences Between a Certificate, Diploma, & Degree?

Pick the degree that’s right for you

There are so many degrees to choose from, so you should make sure you are making a decision that works best for you. If you’re looking for “easy” but aren’t interested in the degrees labeled as such, they may not be easy for you. Also remember that whether or not something is “easy” is not the only factor to consider for decisions about your education, so research can serve you well. You can learn more about online bachelor's degrees and online associate degrees and decide what’s right for you!

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