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Our 2016 list of the Top 10 Online MBA Programs on the East Coast. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

1. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Top 2% of schools considered)

The Fox School of Business at Temple University offers a 48 credit hour Online MBA Program that may be completed in just 20 months. Better known as the “Fox OMBA,” the program utilizes “cutting-edge social technologies,” HD video presentations, and web conferencing technology, which allow students to engage in course activities in any environment and at their own pace. Though coursework for the program is available entirely online, all students must attend one weeklong residency, which is held at the school’s main campus. 

With a population of more than 2.6 million, Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is also the largest re-exporting center in the Middle East and “ranks as the Arabian Gulf’s leading multi-purpose business center and regional hub city, at the forefront of the globe’s dynamic and emerging market economies,” according to the Government of Dubai. Besides being the UAEs key re-export center, “Dubai has become a major venue for a number of growing, profitable industries and activities” including: 

Did you know that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to campuses of many of the world's top ranked business schools? London Business School (LBS), INSEAD, and New York Institute of Technology are just a few. The world’s top ranked business schools recognize that explosive growth in profitable industries from finance to manufacturing, a strategic location (Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing economies), and pro-business policies make the UAE one of the best places to educate tomorrow's global business leaders.

In 2013, around 50 percent of students at Krannert School of Management at Purdue University were pursuing a specialized master’s degree. At the time, the school's dean, P. Christopher Early, predicted that this figure would reach three-quarters within five years, leaving just 25 percent enrolled in the on-campus, full-time, two-year MBA. In a 2015 Fortune/Poets & Quants article titled The Hottest New MBA Is Not an MBA at All, contributor Ethan Baron wrote, “there’s been an explosion of specialized business master’s degrees.

With a population of more than 2.6 million, Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is also the largest re-exporting center in the Middle East and “ranks as the Arabian Gulf’s leading multi-purpose business center and regional hub city, at the forefront of the globe’s dynamic and emerging market economies,” according to the Government of Dubai. Besides being the UAEs key re-export center, “Dubai has become a major venue for a number of growing, profitable industries and activities” including: 

Around 84 percent of the nation’s top 50 arts organizations have a Harvard Business School (HBS) alumnus board member. Michael Skelly (HBS MBA 1991) is a green-energy entrepreneur and Philipp Saumweber (MBA 2006) started Sundrop Farms to bring sustainable horticulture to the arid world. Sunil B. Mittal (OPM 1999), Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, is a 2016 recipient of an HBS Alumni Achievement Award and he builds schools to improve the lives of thousands of children and families.

With a workforce of nearly 22 million people working at the state, local, and federal levels, government employs more people than any other organization in the country—and it’s just getting bigger. In 1989, nearly 18 million workers were employed in government. This means that every decade, for nearly three decades, it added well over 1.2 million new employees. Earnings are impressive as well, especially at the higher levels.

Getting into a top business school has never been easy. In fact, many top business schools in the U.S. accept less than 20% of applicants into their business programs, with the best of the best accepting an average of 15.6% (2015). The acceptance rates are even lower for the world’s most elite business schools such as Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB) and Harvard Business School (HBS).

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.

In early 2016, Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn replaced 60,000 employees with robots.  China's Everwin Precision Technology is in the process of replacing 90 percent of its factory workforce with automatons, and thanks to the da Vinci surgical system, surgeons can now “perform” surgery without ever touching the patient’s body. Futurologists predict that robots “will almost certainly operate on patients independently and replace human surgeons one day.” 

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