Top 50 Online MBA Programs in the U.S. – 2016 - page 2

26. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida (Top 8% of schools considered)

The Kate Tiedemann College of Business at University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) offers an AACSB accredited MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. Per the school, “from application to graduation, fully online students never have to some to campus if they so choose.” Online courses are taught in “compact” eight-week sessions, which allow part-time students to enroll in just one course at a time. 

Online MBA students have the option to pursue the Global MBA Track, which requires a Study Abroad Course. Students may opt for one of seven other Focus Tracks including Corporate Social Responsibility, Finance, Forensic Accounting, International Business, Management, Information Systems Management (formerly Managing Knowledge Resources), and Marketing Strategy. 

27. University of Tennessee, Martin, Tennessee (Top 8% of schools considered)

The College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee-Martin (UT Martin or UTM) offers a 33 credit hour Online MBA Program that may be completed in just 20 months. The cohort-based program, which is “geared toward the financial services industry,” allows students to take one class at a time. The AACSB accredited program emphasizes that it has just 20 students per cohort. Students typically begin the program in January, but UTM will also be offering another cohort starting in May.

Because the UT Martin online MBA is open to “anyone holding a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, regardless of undergraduate major,” students come from all walks of life. Trips to campus are not required, so all interaction between the programs diverse group of students and faculty takes place via discussion boards, email, virtual classrooms, and virtual group meeting rooms. Other assignments and exams are completed and submitted online. 

28. West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas (Top 8% of schools considered)

The College of Business at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) offers a 31 to 49 credit hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online. Students may also “combine online courses with campus courses to meet degree requirements.” Regardless of delivery format, all MBA students may choose an optional emphasis area such as Computer Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Healthcare Management. The AACSB accredited Online MBA at WTAMU’s College of Business may be completed within a two-year period. However, some students have completed the program in as few as 12 to 18 months.  

29. Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio (Top 9% of schools considered)

The Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University offers a one-year MBA that may be completed entirely online. One of the first online, one-year MBA programs to be AACSB accredited, the Accelerated Online MBA (AMBA) at Cleveland State emphasizes strategic management skills and equips each student with Apple's iPad 4G upon enrollment. Textbooks, many course modules and other interactive learning materials are fully accessible on the iPad, which comes with 4G service for one year. Upon completion of the 34 credit hour AMBA program, students may keep the iPad.

30. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (Top 9% of schools considered)

The College of Business at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU Carbondale) offers a fully Online MBA Program with an optional Concentration in Agribusiness Economics. This concentration is offered in partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences. Per the school, both the General MBA and the MBA with a Concentration in Agribusiness Economics feature a “structured, 23-month curriculum delivered through a focused, modular format,” as well as “participation with a cohort of fellow students that encourages interaction and collaboration.” Course content for the AACSB accredited programs is designed and delivered by many of the same faculty who teach in the on-campus MBA program at SIU. 

31. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York (Top 9% of schools considered)

The Saunders School of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) offers an Online Executive MBA (EMBA) Program that delivers 49 credit hours of study in just 17 months. The interdisciplinary, accelerated program offers foundational courses such as Leadership, Accounting and Finance, as well as “distinctive” courses such as Product Commercialization and Technology Management. Other RIT EMBA program highlights include AACSB accreditation, a required International Immersion Experience, and the Capstone Consulting Program where students serve as consultants to actual businesses. 

32. George Washington University, Washington DC (Top 9% of schools considered)

The School of Business at George Washington University (GWU) offers an Online Healthcare MBA that may be completed in just two years and up to five, and a Traditional MBA that may be completed in two to five years. Both programs require 55.5 total credit hours of study including 28.5 credit hours of core courses and 27 credit hours of elective courses for the Traditional MBA, and 31.5 credit hours of core courses, 12 healthcare electives, and 12 general electives for the Healthcare MBA. 

The Healthcare MBA is delivered 100% online (or hybrid) and features specialized electives such as Service Line and Project Management, Managing the Skilled Nursing Facility, and Physician Practice Management. The program is designed for professionals on the path to becoming Health Care Managers, Administrators, and Executives. The Traditional MBA Program offers optional concentrations including Consulting, Finance, Global Management, Information Systems & Technology Management, and Project Management. 

Students may choose up to two concentrations or they may customize their electives to create their own area of focus. The curriculum also includes Business and Society, a required 1.5 credit on-site residency course in Washington, DC, and a 1.5 credit Information Systems and Technology Management selective course. Students are offered nine opportunities to complete the on-site course, which offers a firsthand look through visits to the Federal Reserve, the US Congress, and the World Bank. Both AACSB accredited programs also offer optional short-term study abroad opportunities in places such as Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and others. 

33. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (Top 10% of schools considered)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is home to The College of Business, which offers a fully Online MBA (iMBA) that highlights courses that have been grouped into specializations. Per the school, “all the specializations you complete throughout the program ultimately come together as a capstone project and lead to the complete iMBA.” The four required specializations include Strategic Leadership & Management, Managerial Economics and Business Analysis, Value Chain Management, and Financial Management. Focus Area/Advanced Specializations include Global Challenges in Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Digital Marketing. Students may take two of the three.  

Another highlight of this AACSB accredited program is job placement. According to The Wall Street Journal, the University of Illinois is among corporate recruiters’ top five places to recruit talent. Just a few firms with University of Illinois roots include YouTube, PayPal, and Yelp. 

34. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma (Top 10% of schools considered)

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (OSU) offers two MBA programs that may be completed entirely online. Options include a 42 credit hour part-time program, and a 43 credit hour full-time program. Concentrations include Business Sustainability, Data Science, Energy Business, Entrepreneurship, Global Marketing, Human Resource Management, Information Assurance, Marketing Analytics, and Non-Profit Management. 

Students in both AACSB accredited programs also have the option to earn a SAS and OSU Marketing Analytics Certificate. Per the school, the program is designed to “produce analytically-savvy managers who will be adept at leading teams of IT, Marketing and Strategy personnel in any organization to solve complex business problems by analyzing appropriate data. The curriculum for the program was designed in partnership with SAS, a leading provider of marketing analytics software and services.” 

35. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia (Top 10% of schools considered)

The College of Business at James Madison University (JMU) offers an Online Information Security MBA, which takes around 28 months to complete, including summers. The part-time program requires just one Saturday residency every eight weeks in McLean, Virginia and it is AACSB accredited. 

Another option is the Online Executive Leadership MBA, which requires one Saturday residency every four weeks in McLean, Virginia. The program, which features small cohort sizes, places emphasis on “accelerating participant skillsets in crisis management, global competitive issues, supply chain challenges, stakeholder leadership, and in understanding, leading, and creating change across the organization.” Learning takes place face-to-face as well as synchronously, using the latest online technologies. 

Designed for “high-performing individuals who have the potential for organizational leadership and who will likely hold C-Suite positions,” the AACSB accredited program includes 14 required courses that can be completed in 28 months, including summers.

36. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan (Top 10% of schools considered)

Central Michigan University’s (CMU) Global Campus (CMU Global Campus) offers an Online MBA Program that features several emphasis areas including Human Resource Management, Logistics Management, Marketing, Value-Driven Organization (VDO), 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, MBA students may have to take anywhere from 36 to 43 credit hours to complete the program. The Online MBA Program at CMU Global Campus is AACSB accredited. 

37. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia (Top 11% of schools considered)

The College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University (WVU) offers an Online Hybrid MBA, formerly Executive MBA (EMBA) that includes four required three to four day residencies. However, the 48 credit hour, two-year program can be completed asynchronously, which allows students to complete assignments anytime, from anywhere. With more than 200 students enrolled from 24 states, the Online Hybrid MBA offers several unique areas of emphasis including Energy Finance, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, and Integrated Marketing Communications. 

Students in the program enjoy in-state tuition for all (regardless of residency) and classes are taught by “expert faculty, many with Ph.D.’s and industry experience.” The Online Hybrid is AACSB accredited.

38. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (Top 11% of schools considered)

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati introduced a new Online MBA Program in spring 2014. The 38 to 48 credit hour program is AACSB accredited and provides core skills in Economics, Marketing, Information Technology, Accounting, and Leadership. Besides earning their degree in 12 to 24 months, Lindner Online MBA students now have seven new concentrations to choose from. Options include Health Care Finance, Health Care Administration, Health Care Operations, Health Care Policy and Regulation, Marketing, Corporate Taxation, and Individual Taxation. At the end of the program, students will receive an MBA degree, along with a Certificate in their area of concentration.   

39. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (Top 11% of schools considered)

The College of Business at Colorado State University (CSU) offers an Online Professional MBA that dates back to 1975 when the first “distance” offering was introduced. Today, the 40 credit hour program is offered 100% online and it features three specializations including Computer Information Systems, Finance, and Marketing. The school also offers a number of Certificates to complement the MBA program. Options include Finance, Marketing Management, Accounting Ethics and Auditing, Business Intelligence, Project Management, Business Information Systems, and Federal Financial Management. 

Online MBA Students may also participate in an optional International Business Study Trip as an elective. During the program, students will meet with business leaders, “learning international business culture, and becoming acclimated to environments” different from their own. Including the Study Trip, the AACSB accredited Online MBA Program may be completed in as few as 21 months. However, students may take up to five years to complete the program. 

40. University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan (Top 12% of schools considered)

The College of Business at University of Michigan-Dearborn offers an MBA Program that may be completed 100% online, on-campus, or a combination of the two. Concentrations are optional and include Accounting, Finance, International Business, Investment, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. This AACSB accredited MBA Program may be completed in 36 to 48 credit hours and admission is rolling, so students may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students and total enrollment for fall 2016 is 199. Of this, 90 students attend online. 

41. University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada (Top 12% of schools considered)

The College of Business at the University of Nevada Reno offers an Online Executive MBA (EMBA) “designed for mid-career executives and experienced professionals who want to advance in today’s challenging work world.” The 12-course program is offered as a two-year cohort beginning in fall. According to the College of Business, courses in the EMBA program are sequenced to assure continuity in learning and for each class, students will have at least one proctored exam which will be taken through ProctorU, an online proctoring service, or in the 365 Learning Office. The Online EMBA at University of Nevada Reno is AACSB accredited. 

42. Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut (Top 12% of schools considered)

The Quinnipiac University (QU) School of Business offers a 46 credit hour Online MBA Program that may be completed in as little as 2.5 years. The program 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. Students may also choose between three tracks including the Chartered Financial Analyst Track, the Health Care Management Track, and the Supply Chain Management Track. 

The AACSB accredited Online MBA Program at QU offers three start dates: fall (late August), spring (late January), and summer (late May). 

43. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (Top 12% of schools considered)

The College of Business at Florida State University (COB FSU) offers two online MBA programs. Prospective students may choose between the Online, Part-Time MBA, and the Online, Part-Time MBA with a Real Estate Specialization. The 39 credit hour Online, Part-Time MBA offers a General Track or a Specialization in Management Information Systems or Risk Management and Insurance. The program may be completed in two to 2.5 years or seven semesters. 

Online MBA students may participate in the Global Business Seminar for Graduate Students, which allows students to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea at firms such as Samsung Electronics, LG, Hyundai and Kia. The program, which also features several cultural excursions, focuses on the "globalization and sustainability of Korean multinational firms." 

The Online MBA with a Real Estate Specialization also consists of 39 credit hours and features a “rigorous set of elective courses focused on real estate and analysis.” The program, which also offers a study abroad option, may be completed in two to 2.5 years. Both the Online, Part-Time MBA and Online, Part-Time MBA-Real Estate are AACSB accredited. 

44. State University of New York, Oswego, New York (Top 13% of schools considered)

The School of Business at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego offers an MBA in Business Administration and an MBA in Health Services Administration that can be completed 100% online. The Business Administration MBA requires 26 to 57 credit hours of study and the Health Services Administration MBA takes 45 to 66 hours to complete. The SUNY at Oswego Online MBA program practices a rolling admission policy, so students may start either program at any time of the year. As part of SUNY Oswego’s School of Business, both MBA programs are AACSB accredited.                     

45. University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin (Top 13% of schools considered)

University of Wisconsin Whitewater (UW-Whitewater) offers an AACSB accredited MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. The program, better known as the UW-Whitewater MBA, has nine emphasis options including Human Resources, Data Analytics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Supply Chain and Operations Management, and IT Management. Students may also customize an emphasis by choosing courses across emphases. 

Although the UW-Whitewater MBA requires a minimum of 36 credits, some students may need to complete more credits, depending on their undergraduate preparation. 

46. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York (Top 13% of schools considered)

The School of Management at Marist College offers a 30 credit hour Online MBA Program with three optional concentrations. Options include Ethical Leadership, Financial Management, and Healthcare Administration. Per the school, “a Business Analytics focus is infused throughout each concentration.” The curriculum consists of nine core courses and three elective/concentration courses. Full-time students may complete the program in as few as four semesters, while part-time students may take up to seven years, depending on the number of courses they take each semester. Start times include the fall or spring semesters, with each semester having two rounds of eight-week classes. 

Students in this AACSB accredited program communicate with faculty and fellow classmates via telephone, email, video conferences, and VoIP (Voice over IP). The program is offered in an asynchronous format, so there are no specific sign-on times each week. 

47. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota (Top 14% of schools considered)

The College of Business & Public Administration (CoBPA), School of Graduate Studies at the University of North Dakota (UND) offers a 33 to 34 credit hour Online MBA Program that takes around two years to complete. The program, which does not require any campus visits, offers a concentration in International Business. This provides the opportunity to study at BI Norwegian Business School. 

Students in the Online MBA Program attend via “live” Web classes held in the evenings, one evening per week, for three hours. Students may enter the AACSB accredited Online MBA program every fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May). 

48. Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York (Top 14% of schools considered)

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University is home to New York’s first distance learning programs in Strategic Healthcare Management and Strategic Business. Both 48 credit hour programs may be completed entirely online, allowing students to get a “state-of-the-art education” without leaving their current location. The AACSB accredited programs at Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business are open to both domestic and international students. Students hail from 51 states and U.S. territories, and 73 countries. 

49. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania (Top 14% of schools considered)

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) at Villanova University offers an Online MBA Program that consists of 21 courses taken over six semesters. The 48 credit hour program 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. Called “The Global Practicum,” this residency 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 this AACSB accredited program is delivered online. 

50. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (Top 14% of schools considered)

The School of Business Administration at Portland State University (PSU) offers an Online Healthcare MBA in partnership with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). The program, which requires two visits to campus per term, covers six major thematic areas including Understanding the Healthcare Industry, Leadership and Management in Healthcare, Financial Management in Healthcare, Operations and Quality in Healthcare, Marketing, and Business Planning and Strategy. Designed for working professionals, this AACSB accredited program attracts students from all locations and healthcare roles including doctors, dentists, nurses, clinic managers, lab specialists, nurses, dietitians, and medical technologists.