A recent Forbes article reported that nearly 32,000 students are studying for an Online MBA at 25 of the largest programs in the U.S. Five schools top the list—Liberty University in Virginia, with nearly 4,000 students; Nova Southeastern University in Florida, with 2,387; Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs, with 2,341 students, Saint Leo University in Florida with 1,913 students, and American InterContinental University in Illinois, with 1,899 students. The article went on to say that, “some 11 programs in all reported having more than 1,000 currently enrolled students studying for their MBAs online.”
With an ever-expanding population of Online MBA students, it’s not surprising that distance MBA programs seem to be sprouting up every day. Today we would like to add four to the list.
We are pleased to announce that Framingham State University (FSU), University of Louisville (UofL), and University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNC Greensboro or UNCG) now offer Online MBA programs. Also worth mentioning is the launch of a unique Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA) at the University of North Alabama (UNA)—a school with the largest Online MBA program in the state.
Framingham State University, Framingham, Massachusetts
Framingham State University has announced the launch of a fully Online MBA program designed for working professionals who do not have the flexibility to travel to campus. In a Framingham Source report about the launch, Program Director Dr. Steve Moysey said, “We are excited to offer this new track to the business community. We know there is a lot of demand for fully Online MBA programs.” In exploring new ways to make the school’s top-rated MBA program more convenient and flexible for students, “developing a fully online option to complement our blended hybrid program was a natural step in that process,” Moysey said.
Offered through FSU’s College of Business (CoB) – Department of Management and Business, the new Online MBA will offer a Management Concentration, which the school says is “structured to equip mid-level managers and business professionals for leadership and management roles.” The curriculum for the program will place an emphasis on “teamwork and creativity, while focusing on the humanistic, strategic and operational elements of business management.”
Students “learn to link theory with practice, and to recognize the ethical, legal, and multi-disciplinary demands of a business environment that is increasingly global, technology-oriented, and diverse.”
Courses for the online program will begin this fall on a cohort-basis. Courses will be offered on an accelerated 8-week timeline and students may complete the FSU Online MBA in as few as 24 months.
Framingham State University was founded as Public Normal School in 1839. The school serves close to 5,700 students enrolled in 35 bachelor degree programs with 80 concentrations, 70 minors, and 24 master degree programs. FSU is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Department of Business is an accredited member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
University of Louisville has announced the launch of a new Online MBA, with classes beginning this fall. Offered through a collaboration between UofL’s College of Business and Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, the program offers students the opportunity to customize their degree by choosing one of the school’s industry-based certificates that the school says, “focus on the unique expertise required by local industries.” Just a few options include Cybersecurity, Data Science, Franchise Management, and Transportation Engineering.
According to The Lane Report, “the launch of the Online MBA program is part of a university-wide effort to provide flexible in-demand degrees that serve working adults and the professional community. UofL currently offers 33 online programs.” Vice Provost and Delphi Center Executive Director Gale Rhodes said, “we continuously strive to launch innovative and career-focused programs that benefit adult learners and the community. Partnering with the College of Business to bring this unique MBA offering online is just the next step in our commitment to excellence in online higher education.”
Although the program is offered 100% online, it includes an optional 10-day international study trip that provides the opportunity to “cultural immersion activities and business visits with varying companies and industries.” Other program highlights include innovative electives, excellent faculty with extensive industry experience, and access to the program from anywhere in the world.
The new UofL Online MBA may be completed in just five semesters, or less with dual-status.
University of Louisville was established in 1798 as Jefferson Seminary. The school serves around 22,640 students enrolled in more than 200 degree programs through 12 schools and colleges. The University of Louisville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor, master, specialist, doctoral, and first-professional degrees (D.M.D., J.D., M.D.). The UofL College of Business is separately accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).
University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina
University of North Carolina Greensboro’s Bryan School of Business and Economics has announced that the school’s popular Master’s of Business Administration for Experienced Professionals will be expanding into the online arena. In a Bryan School press release, Administrative Director of Graduate Programs Tuisha Fernandes Stack said, “anticipating the ever-changing needs of professionals, we are pleased to expand the evening program with the online option. For almost 50 years, this program has provided thousands of working students with the opportunity to earn an MBA to augment their professional lives. The new online option opens doors for individuals who need more flexibility due to work venue, travel schedules, and demanding business hours.”
The 42 credit hour program will offer optional concentrations in high-demand areas such as Business Analytics, Cyber Security, Finance, Information Technology, International Business, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.
“We really listen to what our community and potential students tell us they need,” explained Dr. Bill Brown, Associate Dean of the program, “and we created this Online MBA for experienced professionals for their benefit. When companies transfer students to different cities, states, or countries, or when their careers take them in new directions, this can create some hardship for them to complete their work with us. Now, we’ve removed this obstacle allowing students to transition to the online track. We want students to be in the driver’s seat for maintaining their work/life balance.”
Classes for the Online MBA program at UNCG Bryan begins this fall.
University of North Carolina Greensboro was established in 1891. The school serves approximately 20,106 students enrolled in hundreds of programs through eight colleges and schools. UNCG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). One of the largest business schools in North Carolina, The Bryan School holds dual accreditation in business and accounting from AACSB.
University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama
The University of North Alabama has announced that it is developing a unique doctoral program designed for practitioners in the business world. Offered through the College of Business (which, with 805 students, houses the largest Online MBA program in the state), the Executive Doctor of Business Administration (EDBA) will be a low-residency, cohort-based program that the school says will “integrate significant online components.”
In a recent report by The Flor-Ala, UNA Director of Communications and Marketing Bryan Rachal said, the decision to launch the program “is the result of extensive market research, faculty feedback and support, and shrewd financial planning over a number of years.” The University is “the university is experiencing an increased demand for its online degree programs, particularly at the graduate level and will continue to prioritize and develop them accordingly,” he said.
The new EDBA will take three years to complete, with most graduates expected to progress in the corporate world, rather than pursue careers in academia. The program is on track to launch in fall 2020, pending all requisite approvals.
Founded in 1830 as LaGrange College, the University of North Alabama was the first state-chartered college in Alabama. The school serves nearly 7,000 students enrolled in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees through five schools. UNA is accredited by the SACSCOC. The College of Business is AACSB-accredited.