Our 2016 list of the Top 10 Online MBA Programs on the West Coast. For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.
1. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington(Top 5% of schools considered)
Washington State University (WSU), Carson College of Business, offers two Online MBA Programs including a 36 credit hour MBA and a 44 credit hour Executive MBA (EMBA). The Online MBA program offers four concentrations and a General MBA. Concentrations include Marketing, Finance, International Business, and Hospitality Business Management. The program may completed in as little as 22 months. Students without a bachelor’s degree in business may have to take up to 17 additional credit hours, which will increase their completion time.
Our 2015 list of the Top 10 Online MBA Programs on the West Coast. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
Washington State University is home to the Carson College of Business that offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA and a 44-credit-hour online Executive MBA (EMBA). The online MBA program offers three concentrations – Marketing, Finance, and International Business, and may completed in as little as 22 months. Students without a bachelor’s degree in business may have to take up to 17 additional credit hours, which will increase their completion time.
It is estimated that California is home to more than 250 schools that offer business programs and degrees. According to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), around 50 are accredited by the agency and many of these schools made our list of Best Online MBA Programs in California.
Ah, Silicon Valley—the place where your wildest tech dreams can come true. In 2015 alone, dozens of start-ups launched in Silicon Valley and the majority of venture-backed tech startups are headquartered here or have an office here. And let’s not forget that the world’s largest tech and media companies are located in the Valley including Apple, Cisco, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Yahoo! and Facebook, to name a few.
MBA programs have come a long way since appearing in the U.S. at the start of the 20th century. But what developed from a few accounting and bookkeeping courses is now one of the most complex and sought after degrees for aspiring business managers, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking for a higher salary and better career opportunities in the business world. And it’s not just the MBA these folks are after. When the first MBA program began, concentrations were non-existent. Today, MBA degree-seekers have some of the most innovative concentrations and focus areas from which to choose. Areas such as Sustainability, Global Leadership, e-Commerce, Sports Business, Entrepreneurship, and Information Technology Management are options and they best reflect the world’s ever-evolving business landscape. This means, graduates of these programs are better equipped to meet modern-day challenges in the business world.
Since the 1950s, the GMAT has been the go to standardized exam for aspiring MBA students. But all of that seems to be changing. With the rapid rise of alternative MBA programs (online, hybrid, weekend, flex, evening, executive) and the intense competition between schools to recruit students, MBA programs—even the cream of the crop, are also opting for alternative routes to helping them predict how students will perform. In fact, top-tier schools such as Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Wharton, UC Berkeley, Duke, MIT, NYU, and Northwestern all accept GRE scores.
Enrollees in the University of La Verne online MBA program have access to the same curriculum and faculty as students who study on the physical campus. The degree has no on-campus requirement, but new students are highly encouraged to make an initial visit for a face-to-face meeting at the start of the program. The University of La Verne is a wonderful option for the experienced professional who has a tight schedule.
National University has a unique option in which online MBA students can enroll at any point in the year, rather than wait for a new semester to begin. This is a terrific option for the student who is ready to begin right now, or who needs a non-traditional point in the academic year to dive into the program. Students have access to immediate interaction with faculty through live, online classes and an around-the-clock information Concierge Service. National University also does a terrific job of keeping alumni connected and networked after graduation, with an active Alumni Association and networking programs.
The Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles offers a Fully Employed MBA Flex program (or FEMBA Flex). This version of the popular hybrid MBA model allows full-time professionals seeking graduate degrees to complete a large portion of their academic requirements online. The three-year program requires only four visits to campus per quarter, with required, pre-set campus weekends. Finals also take place on campus.
On the surface it would seem that the geographic location of the business school offering your MBA program should not matter. The degree is offered online, you don't need to physically attend classes, so who really cares if the school is based in New York City or Park Bench Arkansas?