Some online schools offer students a way to earn an associate degree in almost half the time normally necessary. The biggest benefit of choosing an online school is that you can also choose the flexible schedule that will allow you to get the most amount of work done in the shortest amount of time. You can have access to an online campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In order to be successful in any online program, however, and especially an accelerated program, you must have self-discipline. Accelerated programs can allow you to complete a degree in 12-13 months with a full-time schedule. Be sure you are ready for that commitment before signing up.