Best Online MBA Programs in Missouri

Missouri is home to more than 130 recognized colleges and universities. Many of these recognized schools offer top business programs at all degree levels. According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), more than a dozen Missouri business schools have been accredited by the agency and several of these schools made our list of Best Online MBA Programs in Missouri. Let’s take a look at what these top-tier business schools have to offer, followed by a list of more than a dozen other leading business schools across the region that offer Online MBA Programs. 

Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla 

Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) is home to the Department of Business and Information Technology (BIT), which offers an MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. The 36 credit hour program has 10 optional specializations including Business Intelligence, Business Sustainability, Enterprise Resource Planning, Human-Computer Interaction, International Business, Marketing, New Product Development, Project Management, Strategy, and Supply Chain Management. 

The Missouri S&T Online MBA takes two to three years to complete and it is AACSB accredited. In addition to earning the prestigious AACSB accreditation, the program ranked #72 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report. 

Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau 

Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University offers an Online MBA Program with Options in General Management, Sport Management, and Health Administration. The Online MBA Program, which ranked #84 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report, provides the same academic curriculum taught by the same professors as the on-campus program. Students in this 33 credit hour program can expect to take courses such as International Management, Managing Technology Innovation, Organizational Leadership, Strategic Marketing, and Internet Marketing, to name a few. The Harrison Online MBA is AACSB accredited.   

Columbia College, Columbia 

The School of Business Administration at Columbia College offers three Online MBA Programs including a General MBA, an MBA with an Accounting Track, and an MBA with an Emphasis in Human Resource Management. Degree requirements for all programs include 36 semester hours of courses. Just a few course requirements include Information Systems for Management, Business Communication Theory and Practice, Organizational Theory and Practice, and Legal and Ethical Environment for Business. The School offers a total of six eight-week sessions in one academic year, with two sessions offered each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer). 

The School of Business Administration at Columbia College is an Educational Member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and its Online MBA Program: 

  • Ranked #20 among Faith-Based Schools in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings
  • Ranked #107 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report (tied with Missouri State University) 

Missouri State University, Springfield 

The College of Business Administration (COB) at Missouri State University offers an MBA Program that can be completed 100% online. The program requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate credit composed of 24 hours of core requirements and nine hours including a seminar course (three hours) and six hours of electives. Many students choose to complete a COB Graduate Certificate in conjunction with their MBA as most Certificates do not require additional coursework outside the 33 hours required for the MBA. COB Graduate Certificate options include Computer formation Systems, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Financial Analysis, International Business, Leadership, Management, and Marketing.

The COB Online MBA is AACSB accredited and it ranked #107 by U.S. News & World Report (tied with Columbia College). 

Lindenwood University, St. Charles 

Robert W. Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Lindenwood University offers an Online MBA Program with nine concentrations. Options include Accounting, Entrepreneurial Studies, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. While concentrations require more coursework, the General MBA curriculum consists of 39 to 54 credit hours. Courses are offered in nine-week terms, and there are five terms a year. Students can study on a part-time or full-time basis. 

In addition to earning accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship Online MBA ranked #141 by U.S. News & World Report (tied with Webster University). 

Webster University, Webster Groves 

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University offers a 37 credit hour MBA Program that may be completed entirely online or in hybrid format (a combination of classroom and online coursework). A one-year option is also available. Students may specialize in an Emphasis area such as Business and Organizational Security Management, Decision Support Systems, Environmental Management, Gerontology, Human Resources Development, Information Technology Management, International Business, Management and Leadership, Procurement and Acquisitions Management or Web Services. Emphasis areas require no less than 49 credit hours to graduate. 

In addition to earning ACBSP accreditation, the Webster MBA ranked #141 by U.S. News & World Report (tied with Lindenwood University). 

Park University, Parkville 

The School of Business at Park University offers an ACBSP accredited Online MBA Program with optional Concentrations in Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management Information Systems, Management Accounting, Project Management, and Quality Management. The program, which ranked #159 by U.S. News & World Report, consists of 33 credit hours of study, which includes 21 hours of core courses, and 12 hours of concentration/electives. Besides the option to complete the Park MBA online, students may complete the program through a combination of online and on-campus courses (Hybrid). 

Maryville University of St. Louis, St. Louis 

John E. Simon School of Business at Maryville University of St. Louis offers an MBA that may be completed 100% online, in the evenings or in a blended format (online/on-campus). The 36 credit hour Online MBA and Blended MBA may be completed in as little as one year. Concentrations for this ACBSP accredited program include Accounting, Cybersecurity, Financial Services, Healthcare Practice Management, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Supply Chain Management/Logistics, and Sport Business Management. The Simon Online MBA offers six start times per year and business experience is not required for admission. 

Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville 

Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business at Northwest Missouri State University offers an Online MBA Program designed to be completed in two years. Two Emphasis areas are available including General Management and Marketing. Online courses are offered each fall, spring and summer term and students may apply to enter the program during any session. This ACBSP accredited program is open to anyone with a bachelor degree. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in business may be required to complete prerequisite courses. 

William Woods University, Fulton 

William Woods University offers a MBA and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership that may be completed entirely online. Both programs consist of ten three-credit courses, including a final applied case project where students will complete a written business plan and defend it in a video presentation to an outside panel of business experts. Just a few course requirements include Entrepreneurship/Marketing Planning and Development, Managerial Ethics, Financial Decisions, Business Law, Management Systems, and Marketing Research Decisions and Analysis. The William Woods Online MBA is ACBSP accredited. 

Fontbonne University, St. Louis 

Fontbonne University is home to Eckelkamp College of Global Business & Professional Studies, which offers a 36 credit hour MBA that may be completed entirely online or in hybrid format. Concentrations for the Hybrid MBA and the Fontbonne Online MBA include Accounting, Management and Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Project Management and Supply Chain Management. Courses are eight-weeks and include Financial Management, The Global Business Environment, Operations Management, and Managerial Accounting, to name a few. The MBA Program at Fontbonne University’s Eckelkamp College of Global Business & Professional Studies is ACBSP accredited. 

Grantham University, Kansas City 

Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University offers an IACBE accredited MBA Program that may be completed in as little as 12 months. This Accelerated MBA Option features the same courses as Grantham’s Traditional MBA and courses begin weekly.

A Standard MBA Option is also available and highlights a Generalized MBA curriculum or two Specializations including Information Management and Project Management. This 37 credit hour program takes around 24 months to complete. However, the program may take less time depending on how much transfer credit the student receives. 

Missouri Baptist University, St. Louis 

The Business Division at Missouri Baptist University (MBU) offers an Online MBA Program that may be completed in 18 to 24 months. Designed for active business professionals and individuals with undergraduate degrees, the MBU MBA requires zero prerequisites for core MBA courses, “making the transition to graduate business study convenient for all college graduates.” Just a few core requirements for the 36 credit hour program include International Business, Executive Communication and Business Literacy, Current Issues in Marketing, and Management Applications of Information Technology.

Students may attend the MBU Online MBA Program full- or part-time and courses are offered year round, with typically once a week meetings for eight sessions. As part of Missouri Baptist University, the Online MBA is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 

Looking for even more Online MBA options in the region? Consider the following programs in the neighboring states of Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Tennessee:



Arkansas State University, Jonesboro

Harding University, Searcy

John Brown University, Siloam Springs

Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia

University of Central Arkansas, Conway



Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale

Concordia University Chicago, River Forest

McKendree University, Lebanon

University of St. Francis-Joliet, Joliet

American InterContinental University, Schaumburg

DeVry University, Chicago, Downers Grove

North Park University, Chicago

Western Illinois University, Macomb

Benedictine University Lisle

Dominican University, River Forest

Governors State University, University Park

National Louis University, Chicago

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign



Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield

Upper Iowa University, Fayette



Baker University, Baldwin City

Campbellsville University, Campbellsville

Emporia State University, Emporia

Fort Hays State University, Hays

Friends University, Wichita

Kansas State University, Manhattan

Ottawa University, Ottawa

Southwestern College, Winfield, Wichita

Tabor College, Hillsboro

University of Kansas, Lawrence

University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth



Campbellsville University, Campbellsville

Morehead State University, Morehead

Murray State University, Murray

Sullivan University, Louisville

University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green



Bellevue University, Bellevue

Chadron State College, Chadron

Creighton University, Omaha

University of Nebraska, Lincoln



Cameron University, Lawton

Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee

Oklahoma Christian University, Edmond

Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Bartlesville

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant

Southern Nazarene University, Bethany



Bethel University, McKenzie

Bryan College, Dayton

Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson

King University, Bristol

Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro

Southern Adventist University, Collegedale

Tennessee Technological University (Tennessee Tech), Cookeville (beginning 2017)

Union University, Hendersonville

University of Memphis, Memphis

University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Chattanooga

University of Tennessee Martin, Martin

Western Governors University – WGU Tennessee, Franklin