Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs offered by schools on the East Coast. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State World Campus is home to Penn State Online. The division offers a competitive online MBA program designed for professionals with work experience in areas ranging from business and health care to technology. Open to individuals with a business or non-business undergraduate degree, coursework for the 48-credit-hour intercollegiate MBA program (iMBA) may be completed entirely online, with just two mandatory residency experiences. One experience consists of a week of onsite study at a prominent U.S. firm. The other—a team business simulation, takes place on campus in State College, PA.
Online iMBA students can expect to meet during term three and term eight. Otherwise, coursework and communication with instructors and students will take place via bulletin boards, email, listservs, chat, and web conferencing. The online iMBA at Penn State is AACSB-International accredited.
2. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Fox School of Business at Temple University offers a 48-credit-hour online MBA program (Fox OMBA) that features the same “rigorous” content as the traditional MBA program. Students will use a combination of “cutting-edge social technologies,” HD video presentations, and web conferencing technology to engage in course activities in any environment and at their own pace. While coursework is available entirely online, students must attend a week-long residency held at the school’s main campus, and they must attend live weekly classes held through WebEx. This gives students the opportunity to meet classmates and faculty in an environment that allows them to “speak with and see one another.”
Many students complete the AACSB International-accredited Fox OMBA in as little as 20 months, with each student spending approximately 10-20 hours each week on coursework.
3. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
The D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University offers an online MBA with optional residencies at the schools domestic campus locations and international locations such as China, Russia, and Greece. The 50-credit-hour program may be completed in 24 to 27 months and it features eight specializations. Options include Finance, Healthcare Management, High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability
D'Amore-McKim online MBA students also have the option to earn a Dual Masters in Finance/MBA degree by talking "as few as four to seven additional finance electives." Both online programs utilize virtual class discussions, discussion board collaboration, team projects, and individual assignments for a well-rounded academic experience. In addition, the online MBA programs at D’Amore-Mckim School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
4. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers a 54-credit-hour online MBA with five optional specializations. Students may specialize in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management, or Supply Chain Management. The AACSB International-accredited program combines “live online classes led by Syracuse University faculty, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning through domestic and international residencies.”
While coursework for the online MBA program may be completed entirely online, all students will participate in “three-day long residencies in cities around the world,” which offer “real-world experiences.” One residency requires students to meet “face-to-face with classmates and professors for networking and socializing. Students also participate in workshops and hear from guest speakers from top companies.”
The online MBA program at Syracuse University, better known as MBA@Syracuse, may be completed in as little as two years.
5. George Washington University, Washington DC
The School of Business at George Washington University (GWU) offers an online Healthcare MBA that may be completed in just two years and an MBA that may be completed in three to five years. Both programs require 54.5 credit hours, consisting of 34.5 core courses and 18 electives for the MBA and 34.5 cores and 18 healthcare electives for the Healthcare MBA.
The 54.5-credit-hour Healthcare MBA is delivered 100% online and features specialized electives such as Service Line and Project Management, Managing the Skilled Nursing Facility, Physician Practice Management, and more. The program is designed for professionals on the path to becoming Health Care Managers, Administrators, and Executives.
The MBA program is available either 100% online or in hybrid format, and it features advanced study in Finance, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and more. Accredited by AACSB International, both programs offer optional short-term study abroad opportunities in places such as Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and many others.
6. Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut
The Quinnipiac University School of Business offers a 46-credit-hour MBA program that allows students to “formulate customized concentrations that focus on specific professional interests.” Students may create a concentration by choosing electives from six areas including Computer Information Systems, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing. The AACSB International-accredited program places a strong emphasis on “decision-making” as well as the exploration of “innovative approaches to problem solving, financial analysis, organizational behavior, marketing, global business practices and leadership.”
The Quinnipiac online MBA offers three start dates: fall (late August), spring (late January), and summer (late May), and may be completed in as little as 2.5 years.
7. State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, New York
The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego offers a management online MBA that requires 36 graduate credit hours of core, directed elective, and elective study. The AACSB-accredited program is open to students that do not have a business degree. However, non-business degree students may have to take up to 63 credit hours of coursework to complete the program.
Students may complete the SUNY Oswego online MBA through a combination of online and on-campus courses (hybrid) as well. In addition, the SUNY at Oswego online MBA program has a rolling admission, so students may start either program at any time of the year.
8. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware
The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware (UD) offers a 48-credit-hour online MBA that may be completed in as little as 16 months. The AACSB International-accredited program recently added three concentrations including Finance, International Business (IB), and the Dual Finance and International Business concentration. Students may enter the online MBA program (+concentration) with any undergraduate background.
All students are required to complete “Experiences in Strategic Integration for Top Managers,” which is “designed to help future managers integrate concerns from multiple functions, including finance, marketing, and operations, in addressing complex problems in an uncertain environment.” According to program literature, the emphasis is on “experiential learning through actual and simulated cases.”
9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Isenberg School of Management offers a 45-credit-hour online MBA that features four areas of focus including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, and Marketing. Accredited by AACSB International, the Isenberg Online MBA features a unique opportunity for students to “try before you buy.” Potential MBA students can take up to two classes before applying to learn why the program is a good fit.
Besides several concentrations and the opportunity to experience the program before committing, students have an additional delivery option. The Blended Option allows students to take some classes online and others at a conveniently located satellite campus in Massachusetts. Campuses are located in Boston, Shrewsbury, or Springfield.
10. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
The Villanova School of Business offers a 48-credit-hour online MBA program that consists of 21 courses taken over six 14-week semesters. The program, which may be completed in as little as two years, requires “one intensive residency” in the first or second semester of the program. The campus-based Leadership Challenge is a three-day residency that “provides an environment for students to engage in group work and begin to develop a learning community with their classmates.” An optional second residency is on the menu as well.
The Global Practicum features an elective immersion in Dubai, United Emirates; Sydney, Australia; Milan Italy; Belgium and Poland, The European Union, or Shanghai and Beijing, The People’s Republic of China. A domestic option is available for students who are unable to travel.
While students are required to visit the campus once, all coursework for the AACSB-accredited MBA program is delivered online.
11. Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University offers a 33-credit-hour MBA that allows students to complete foundation, gateway, core, and elective courses 100% online. The AACSB International-accredited program also offers both eight and 15-week semesters. Students can expect to take courses such as Accounting Concepts, Business Analytics, Ethical Practices in Business, Marketing Strategy, and Shareholder Value Management. The Online MBA also offers a focus in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing.
12. University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
The University of Scranton offers an AACSB-accredited online MBA that features four specializations. In addition to the General MBA, students have the option to specialize in Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, International Business or Operations Management. The 36-credit-hour online MBA features one-on-one interaction with professors and classmates via email, online discussion, and virtual meetings. There are no required residencies, so the program and all of its components may be completed 100% online.
Students can expect to complete the online MBA program in two years “at a comfortable pace of one course per term.” Students also have the option to complete the program sooner by taking more than one course per term—with advisor approval.
13. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University offers two MBA programs: the MBA and the MBA&E. Both programs may be completed 100% online. The 36-credit-hour MBA program is a general MBA that does not offer any concentrations. Offered by both the College of Business and Economics and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the 45-credit-hour MBA&E program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering. MBA&E concentrations include Chemical Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Upon completion of the program MBA&E program, students receive an MBA degree with a concentration in their chosen area. Both programs are AACSB International-accredited.
14. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Marist College offers a 30-credit-hour online MBA with four concentration options. MBA concentrations include Ethical Leadership, Financial Management, Healthcare Administration, and International Business. Students in the program communicate with faculty and fellow classmates via telephone, email, video conferences, and through VoIP (Voice over IP). The program is offered in an asynchronous format, so there are no specific sign-on times each week.
Accredited by AACSB International, the online MBA at Marist College may take as little as four years to complete (full-time) and up to seven years (part-time).
15. Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program that takes as few as 18 months to complete. The online MBA offers four concentrations including Finance, Organizational Leadership, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Norwich online MBA offers also offers four start dates per year including March, June, September, and December.
16. Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York
The School of Business at Clarkson University offers a 42-credit-hour online MBA that includes a total of nine foundation courses, two 1.5 credit sessions, and four three-credit electives. The AACSB International-accredited program takes just two years to complete, part-time. However, students may take up to five years to complete the program, which offers a quarterly calendar. Quarters begin in January, April, July and September.
While all of the coursework for the MBA may be completed online, “each year, new students will need to complete a three-day face-to-face Leadership Development seminar.” Leadership Development I, (OS602) typically takes place at the end of August.
17. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
The Saunders School of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology offers an online Executive MBA (EMBA) program that delivers 49 credit-hours of study in just 17 months. The accelerated program provides a “focused concentration on management techniques, leadership, technology and business ethics,” to help students “maximize” their skills. As part of the Saunders College of Business, the EMBA program is fully accredited by the AACSB International.
18. Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
The Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University offers the first distance learning program in Strategic Healthcare Management and Strategic Business Management in the State of New York. Both 48-credit-hour programs may be completed entirely online. The AACSB International-accredited program is open to both domestic and international students, with a student body consisting of individuals from 73 countries and 51 U.S. states.
19. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
The School of Business at George Mason University offers two MBA programs: the Global Executive MBA and the National Defense Executive MBA. Coursework for both EMBA programs may be completed entirely online. The AACSB International-accredited Global EMBA requires 51 credit hours of study (taught in seven-week modules), plus an eight-day residency in Asia, Europe, Australia, or South America. The program offers two start times each year: spring and fall.
The AACSB International-accredited National Defense EMBA also requires a total of 51 credit hours (taught in seven-week modules), plus a required four-day Washington D.C. residency. An optional global residency is also on the menu. Students may begin the program at the beginning of the spring or fall semesters. Both the Global EMBA and the National Defense EMBA take less than two years to complete.
20. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
The School of Business at Liberty University offers a 36-credit-hour and 45-credit-hour MBA program. Both programs may be completed entirely online. Students can expect an eight-week online format that allows them to complete their MBA "any time during the week, day or night, with no required log-in times," according to the school. Students have 10 concentration options to choose from including Accounting, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations. The ACBSP-accredited MBA program at Liberty University may be completed within five years.
21. Post University, Woodbury, Connecticut
The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University offers a 45-credit-hour MBA program with a concentration in Leadership. The program, which may be completed entirely online, offers “highly interactive classes in eight-week modules, six times a year,” making it easier for students to complete their MBA in 36 months. The online MBA in Leadership is ACBSP-accredited.
22. Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island
Salve Regina University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program offers concentrations in Cybersecurity Issues in Business, Entrepreneurial Enterprise, Health Care Administration and Management, and Social Ventures. The program, which may be completed in three years or less, is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
23. Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
The School of Leadership and Business at Regent University offers an ACBSP-accredited online MBA program that may be completed in as little as 16 months. The 42-credit-hour program features majors in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance & Investing, Franchising, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, and Marketing. Students will complete the MBA requirements over two 8-week sessions offered each fall, spring, and summer. While coursework for the MBA may be completed online, students may participate in an optional two-day, on-campus residency which provides face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers.
24. Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
The John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University offers a 30-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. According to the school, “courses are taught in accelerated, eight-week sessions” which “provides students to concentrate fully on each course and to complete courses more quickly.” In addition, courses are delivered using a combination of asynchronous and optional synchronous lectures, discussions, and exercises. This allows students to customize their class schedules to their lifestyle. The AACSB-accredited Ship Online MBA allows students to take up to three courses on campus, if they would like to spend some time in class.
25. Saint Joseph’s College, Standish, Maine
Saint Joseph’s College offers a 42-credit-hour Leadership MBA (LMBA) that may be completed entirely online. Students can expect to engage in a wide range of leadership courses such as Quality Leadership, Cross-Cultural Leadership, Strategic Leadership of Human Capital, Self-Leadership, and more. Courses are offered in either 10-week online terms or five-week online/executive summer weekend terms. While campus visits are not required, students are encouraged to take advantage of optional campus visits which can “fast-track degree completion to as little as 18 months.”
Saint Joseph's College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).