Best Online MBA Programs in Rhode Island

While Rhode Island is home to a small collection of just 13 recognized colleges and universities, many of these schools offer top-tier business programs at all degree levels. In fact, four of these schools have received specialized accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), while others are accredited members of respected agencies such as the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Two of the state’s accredited business schools made our list of Best Online MBA Programs in Rhode Island. They include the School of Business at Johnson & Wales University and Salve Regina University. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer. 

Johnson & Wales University, Providence 

The School of Business at Johnson & Wales University (JWU) offers an Online MBA Program that may be completed as little as 18 months. This General MBA Program highlights 11-week, 4.5 credit courses and it requires completion of 54 to 63 credits to graduate. Sample courses include Financial Management, Effective Leadership, Strategic Marketing, Global Economic Environments, Business Information and Decision Making, and Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Law. The program ends with a Career Capstone Course—Business Policy and Strategy. Johnson & Wales University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 

Salve Regina University, Newport 

Salve Regina’s Department of Business Studies and Economics is home to an MBA Program that highlights flexible course offerings—both online and on campus as well as compressed courses, which “allow students to take two courses sequentially in one semester.” The 12 course, 36 credit hour program has four Concentrations that can be completed online. They include Cyber Security Issues in Business, Entrepreneurial Enterprise, Health Care Administration, and Social Ventures. A few required courses include Managing a Global Economy, Creative Problem Solving, Management of Cyber Opportunities and Threats, Social Justice and Business Ethics, and Building Value Through Marketing. The Salve Regina Online MBA, with a Concentration, is IACBE accredited. 

As Rhode Island offers just two top schools with Online MBA Programs, students seeking a relatively local Online MBA option may want to consider the following ranked programs in the neighboring states of Connecticut and Massachusetts:



Albertus Magnus College, New Haven

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain (Blended Online/On Campus)

Post University, Waterbury

Quinnipiac University, Hamden

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven (Hybrid; coursework is online with four Saturday in-class meetings per session)

University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport

University of Hartford, West Hartford



Babson College, Babson Park

Endicott College, Beverly

Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg

Lasell College, Newton

New England College of Business and Finance, Boston

Nichols College, Dudley

Northeastern University, Boston

Suffolk University, Boston

UMass Amherst, Amherst

UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell

Western New England University, Springfield

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester

Rhode Island