The Online Experience

Experience a world-class education at your fingertips. At Jefferson Online, our priority is providing students with an academic experience that leads to internships, jobs and meaningful career paths so our graduates can become change leaders for the roles of the 21st century. We are able to do this through a keen focus on active, collaborative learning that is connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts. We offer a unique, interdisciplinary academic approach and a wide variety of professional undergraduate and graduate degree programs. And thanks to our flexible online learning environment, you can experience an education designed for you.


Jefferson Online is part of Thomas Jefferson University. Jefferson is a distinctive university with preeminence in transdisciplinary, experiential professional education, research, and discovery. We deliver exceptional value for 21st-century students with excellence in areas of study that include architecture, business, design, fashion and textiles, engineering, health science and social science.

By blending the liberal arts and sciences, professional studies, interdisciplinary learning, and collaborations in and out of the classroom, students learn to thrive in diverse and challenging environments. Our students are encouraged to form supportive relationships with each other as well as faculty, staff, and alumni in an academically rigorous setting that is focused on intellectual and personal growth. Jefferson is an experiential learning community where integrity, creativity, curiosity, ethics, responsibility, and the free exchange of ideas are valued.


Jefferson Online is a student-centered institution that prepares graduates for successful careers in an evolving global marketplace.

We improve lives by providing students with exceptional value in 21st-century professional education.


Thomas Jefferson University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, reachable at 267-284-5000 or 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Jefferson’s iMBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

We’re Ranked by U.S. News & World Report

We at Jefferson believe that when we work together, we redefine what’s possible. We’re dedicated to providing our students a future with an unparalleled value, which is one reason why U.S. News & World Report ranks Jefferson as 15th in the Best Regional Universities (North). For our commitment to research and creativity across disciplines, we are ranked fifth in the region for innovation and listed as a best value university.


Unifying two renowned legacies of innovation, education, research and professional excellence, Jefferson has a combined three centuries of history. Driven by a newly united past, Jefferson will forge ahead into the future with a singular vision dedicated to delivering a high-value education for undergraduate and graduate students. Read below for the history of the two universities that came together to create Jefferson.

Philadelphia University

  • In 1884 Philadelphia University was founded as the Philadelphia Textile School to educate America’s textile workers and managers.
  • In 1941, the School was granted the right to award baccalaureate degrees and changed its name to the Philadelphia Textile Institute (PTI).
  • By 1949, PTI began conducting classes in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
  • In 1961, PTI changed its name to Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science.
  • To better reflect the institution’s breadth and depth, the College applied for and was granted university status by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1999.
  • The Board of Trustees voted to change the School’s name to Philadelphia University on July 13, 1999.
  • In 2008, Philadelphia University adopted a bold, innovative Strategic Plan and directed our efforts on advancing our mission and vision: to be the model for professional university education. The University reorganized its offerings into three colleges and three schools.

In 2012, the University launched its PhilaU Online offering, which formalized and expanded its reach in online education.


  • In 1824, Jefferson Medical College was founded by Dr. George McClellan.
  • In 1891, the Jefferson College of Nursing was created as the Jefferson Hospital Training College for Nurses.
  • By 1949, Jefferson Medical College included advanced degrees in anatomy, bacteriology, immunology, etc. in its curriculum.
  • In 1969, Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) was established.
  • In 2014 the Sidney Kimmel Foundation bestowed a $110 million gift to Jefferson Medical College, now known as Sidney Kimmel Medical College.