Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs with Human Resource Management Concentrations in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Central Michigan University’s (CMU) “Global Campus” offers an online MBA degree that features several emphasis areas: Human Resource Management, Logistics Management, Marketing, Value-Driven Organization, and ERP Emphasis Using SAP Software. SAP is the world's largest enterprise applications software company, with a wide range of software used by more than 38,000 firms in over 120 countries. The ERP Emphasis/SAP is a 40-credit-hour program that requires a two-week face-to-face SAP Academy.
Depending on the area of concentration, other MBA students may have to take anywhere from 36 to 43 credit hours to complete the program. The Online MBA program at CMU’s Global Campus is AACSB International-accredited.
2. Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina
The Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program requires 30 hours in the core and six hours of electives. Students have a number of emphasis areas to choose from including Accounting, Banking and Financing, International Business, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems, and Tax Accounting.
Students that would like to take some face-to-face classes may take several MBA courses at campuses in Boiling springs, Charlotte, Statesville, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina as well as Spartanburg springs, SC. All MBA programs at the Godbold School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
3. Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Florida International University’s (FIU) Chapman Graduate School offers a Corporate MBA (CMBA) and a Professional MBA FLEX (PMBA). The CMBA may be completed 100% online via discussion boards, chats, and emails. The PMBA utilizes a "blended-learning” format that alternates online and in-person classes. The PMBA option requires students to meet in a classroom setting just once a week and it offers specializations in Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Real Estate.
Both programs are AACSB International-accredited and require 42 credit-hours of study to graduate. However, the PMBA may take 24 months (or more) to complete, while the CMBA takes just 18 months to complete.
4. Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
The College of Business at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers a 34-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online. This means there are no residency requirements and students can complete their degree on their own time either full-time or part-time. The program also offers the option to sit out a semester or two—if needed.
The online MBA at FHSU offers nearly a dozen concentrations from Finance, Marketing, and Information Assurance to Health & Human Performance/Sports Management and Tourism and Hospitality Management. Students with an undergraduate degree in business administration may complete the online FHSU MBA degree in as little as two years. Students with a non-business background will have to complete up to 47 credit-hours, which will take longer to complete.
5. University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan
The College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn offers a 36 to 48-credit-hour MBA program featuring courses in Applied Integrated Management. The College also offers a dual MBA/MS-Finance degree and a MBA/MSE-Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) program. All three programs may be completed fully online “with no campus presence.”
The online MBA program offers eight optional concentrations from Accounting to Supply Chain Management. The online dual MBA/MS-Finance offers six optional concentrations, and the MBA/MSE- ISE offers four optional concentrations including ISE, Integrated Design and Manufacturing Engineering, Information Systems, and Program Management and Product Development.
As part of the College of Business at University of Michigan-Dearborn, all online MBA programs are accredited by AACSB International.
6. Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
Brenau University offers a 45-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed 100% online or via a blended format. The program offers nine concentration from Accounting and Entrepreneurship to Finance, Marketing, and Management. The Finance concentration leads to a MBA + a Certificate in Finance. Concentration courses for the blended format are offered primarily online, with core course availability online or on campus.
The business programs at Brenau University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
7. Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
Upper Iowa University (UIU) offers a 39-credit-hour online MBA with six emphasis areas including Accounting, Corporate Financial Management, General Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Development. The program features asynchronous courses that allow students to attend classes on their own schedule. UIU offers six, eight-week terms each year and students may begin the degree program during any term. Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the online MBA at UIU does not require any residencies.
8. Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
The School of Business at Saint Leo University offers an online MBA with eight specializations. Options include Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Security Management, Marketing, Market Research and Social Media Analytics, Project Management, and Sport Business. The 36-credit-hour program allows students to pursue up to two MBA concentrations concurrently. In addition, students may start the program “at any of the six terms each year.” An internship opportunity is also open to all students.
The online MBA program at Saint Leo University is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
9. 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.
10. Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky
The School of Business and Economics at Campbellsville University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA with tracks in Marketing, Information Technology, International Business, Human Resource Management, and Healthcare Management. The school is also one of only a handful of schools in the world to offer a track in Church Management. Students can expect to take 27 MBA cores and nine hours of electives to complete the program. The IACBE-accredited program currently has two cohorts per year beginning in January and July.
11. Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
Columbia College offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program with an optional Accounting track or an emphasis in Human Resource Management. Students can expect to take 12 hours of foundation courses, 24 hours of cores, and nine additional hours if a track or emphasis is chosen. Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
12. 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.
13. Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology offers a 36-credit-hour MBA program and a 42-credit-hour MBA-Global Track. Add an emphasis area, and the credit requirements increase to 48 credit hours, up to 54. According to the school, the MBA-Global Track “combines core MBA coursework with internationally focused coursework including at least one international experience course.” The 36-credit-hour MBA may be completed in one year (accelerated option) and offers more than a dozen unique emphasis areas. Emphasis options include:
Business and Organizational Security Management, Decision Support Systems, Environmental Management, Finance, Gerontology, Human Resources Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, International Relations, Management and Leadership, Marketing, Media Communications, Procurement and Acquisitions Management or Web Services.
The MBA and MBA-Global Track programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and may be completed entirely online.
14. University of Phoenix, Multiple Locations
The University of Phoenix offers an online MBA that consists of 36 to 54 credit hours of study. Students must take 36 credit hours of cores + 15 credits of elective courses to complete a focus area. Focus areas include Accounting, Energy Management, Global Management, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Project Management, and Technology Management. The ACBSP-accredited online MBA is designed to take just 18 months to complete.
15. 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.
16. Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee
The College of Business at Tennessee Technological University offers an online MBA program that takes just one year to complete. The 30-credit-hour program offers concentrations in Human Resource Management, Accounting, Finance, International Business, and Management Information systems. Students also have the option to take the General MBA—with no concentration. Students interested in some face-to-face instruction may earn their degree through a combination of on-campus and online courses.
The online MBA at Tennessee Technological University is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
17. University of Houston - Clear Lake, Houston, Texas
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers the only online MBA program in Houston accredited by AACSB International. The MBA offers four optional concentrations including Human Resource Management, Finance, Management of Technology and Environmental Management. Offered through the School of Business, the 36-credit-hour program takes anywhere from two to three years to complete.
18. Brandman University, Irvine, California
Brandman University offers a 36 to 48-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online or via a blended (on-campus and online) format. Either format may be customized by choosing electives in the areas of Accounting, E-Business Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing or Organizational Leadership. Courses for the online MBA program and the blended MBA are eight weeks in length and they are offered six times year round.
Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
19. North Greenville University, Tigerville, South Carolina
The T. Walter Brashier Graduate School at North Greenville University offers the areas only Christ-centered MBA. The program, which may be completed entirely online, has two concentrations: Human Resources and Financial Planning. Although there are no required on-campus visits, “the more than one-course-at-a-time program format encourages rich interaction with peers and faculty,” according to the school. Students may complete the online MBA program in two years or less.
North Greenville University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Baccalaureate Degrees, Master’s Degrees and Doctorate Degrees.
20. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Eastern Michigan University offers an MBA program with 13 areas of specialization. Options include Human Resource Management, E-Business, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Internal Auditing, International Business, Management, Marketing Management, Nonprofit Management, Sports Management, and Supply Chain Management. Students can expect to take anywhere from 36 to 57 credit hours to complete the program. Eighteen foundation courses may be waived (for a total of 36 to 39 credits to complete the program). In addition, 12 to 15 credit hours are in an area of specialization. Coursework for the MBA program is available fully online or in a hybrid classroom/online format.
21. Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana
The DeVoe School of Business at Indiana Wesleyan University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program. The virtual program, which features “advanced technologies comparable to Second Life® and other virtual world and gaming applications,” takes just 25 months to complete. Known as the IWU Virtual MBA Program, the online program offers two specialization options including Executive Management and International Business.
Students may begin the program several times a year, but start dates are updated regularly, so prospective students must inquire within.
The DeVoe School of Business has regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and it is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The school is currently a candidate for accreditation.
22. University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
The Merrick School of Business at University of Baltimore is home to the city’s only online MBA accredited by AACSB International. The 36- to 39-credit-hour program offers 10 specialization areas including Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health-Care Management, International Business, Leadership and Organizational Learning, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Public-Sector Management. According the school, students may also customize their specialization or “complete the entire flexible core by completing all eight courses.” Courses for the program are offered in "seven-week 'bite-sized' sessions and in traditional 15-week sessions." Students can expect to complete the program in as few as 18 months.
23. Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona
The College of Business at Grand Canyon University (GCU) offers a number of MBA degrees for aspiring business professionals of all kinds. Students may opt for the General MBA, which consists of 34 credit-hours of study or add an additional eight credits to earn an MBA emphasis in one of six areas. Emphasis areas include Accounting, Finance, Health Systems Management, Leadership, Marketing, and Strategic Human Resource Management. An additional 46-credit-hour MBA program is available for students that have not met prerequisite requirements, as well as a Dual MBA/MS in Leadership. The ACBSP-accredited MBA programs at GCU may be completed entirely online in as little as 18 to 23 months
24. Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio
The School of Business at Tiffin University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA program with available concentrations in Finance, General Management, Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, and Sport Management. The MBA program can be completed entirely online and it is delivered in a flexible asynchronous format. This means, students do not have to be online at a certain time. Many students complete their MBA degree in as little as 18 months.
The online MBA programs at Tiffin University are authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
25. Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin offers a 39-credit-hour MBA program “rooted in Christian ethics.” The program may be completed 100% online and it offers 13 concentrations. Options include Accounting, Corporate Communication, Environmental Studies, Finance, Health Care Administration, Health Care Administration for Health Care Practitioners, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration, and Risk Management. Online MBA students may “start anytime in an individualized program.” The business programs at Concordia University Wisconsin are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).