One of the top-ranked business schools in the nation, The University of Virginia Darden School of Business offers a hybrid Executive MBA degree, providing students with a combination of onsite and distance learning. Students in the EMBA program have access to the same world-class faculty as full-time, onsite MBA students, but the flexibility to work around a professional work schedule.
Our 2014 list of the Top 20 Online MBA Programs offered by schools on the West Coast of the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
Washington State University’s Carson College of Business 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.
Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs offered by schools in the Southwest US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
The Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas-Dallas offers a professional MBA (PMBA) that allows students up to 72 months to finish and a hybrid MBA that takes 21 to 23 months to complete. The AACSB International-accredited PMBA utilizes "streaming audio lectures, video clips, online exams and online submission of assignments, and interactivity for group projects using discussion forums, email, and web conferencing." The hybrid MBA programs allows students to complete their degree by attending just five classroom retreats, through online coursework, and via web conferences.
Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs offered by schools in the South. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
The Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida offers an accelerated online MBA that allows students to complete the program in just 16 months. A two-year option (27 months) is also on the menu as well as a concurrent Outreach Engineering Management (OEM) Master’s (OEM/I1MBA). This "innovative" degree option "reduces the amount of time and coursework required for students to obtain both the MBA and the OEM degree from UF."
The Webster University online MBA offers quite a lot of flexibility. Students can enroll at any number of physical campuses, or complete the degree entirely online. Certain courses combine the two approaches. Webster is known for its solid partnership with those participating in active military duty.
Although there is no requirement to spend time on the physical campus, online MBA candidates may wish to make an excuse for a field trip to the beautiful Honolulu location. This degree can be completed completely online and at an accelerated pace. Lesley Thorne, Assistant Director of MBA programs, was kind enough to share more details on the online MBA experience at Hawai'i Pacific University.
The online MBA program at Hodges can be completed entirely online, and offers accelerated classes for those in a hurry to finish a degree. A unique feature of the Hodges MBA is an emphasis on building one’s personal brand while earning the degree. This can be invaluable in continuing to build a career after finishing the program.
Dr. Jeannie Trudel, Dean of the School of Business at Southern Wesleyan University was kind enough to tell us about their excellent program.
Southern Wesleyan University offers MBA students the choice of a fully online program or an on-site program. The MBA program is offered in a convenient format that meets the needs of busy professionals with work and personal commitments. Each course is completed in six weeks, one at a time. This allows students to concentrate their efforts and time on achieving their learning goals for each course.
A pioneer in the flexible higher education experience, The University of Phoenix is a for-profit college designed with working adults in mind. With online degree programs and over one-hundred physical campus locations, this online MBA option offers tremendous convenience.
I was fortunate to gather more information about the University of Phoenix from Ruth Veloria, executive dean for University of Phoenix School of Business.
The business program at Robert Morris University is accredited by AASCB, a prestigious recognition shared by only 15% of all business schools. The MBA allows for custom-tailoring of one’s degree plan, with traditional classes, evening classes and online classes. All are taught by the same faculty. Dr. John Clark was kind enough to share more information about this accessible and flexible online MBA degree.
Park University offers the option for MBA students to craft their own degree plans according to personal need. Degree-seekers can choose from a traditional on-campus program, a fully online program, or a hybrid of the two. The MBA program is offered on 8-week terms. Whether near the physical campus in Kansas City, or around the globe, students have the same access to faculty and course options. This is an extremely flexible program and a great option for busy professionals with ever-changing work and personal needs.