2017

Our 2017 list of the Top 10 Faith-Based Online MBA Programs in the US. For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Pepperdine University

The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University offers an AACSB-accredited Online MBA Program that focuses on building “essential business knowledge in areas such as finance, marketing, accounting, economics, quantitative analysis, law, human behavior, information systems, strategy, management, and leadership,” says the school. Students in the program will build “business intelligence” as they “examine business from a global perspective and address the impact of globalization, competition, technological innovation, and ethics in the workplace.”

Students in this 52 credit hour program “develop the practical skills” needed to “thoroughly analyze and tackle the challenges of modern business with confidence and composure” and they will “improve” their “communications while learning what it takes to be an effective and persuasive manager and leader.” Other highlights of the program include the option to complete the program in as few as two years and four elective concentrations. Students may choose between Finance, General Management, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Marketing.

2. University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
University of Dayton

The School of Business Administration at University of Dayton (UD) offers an AACSB-accredited Online MBA program known as [email protected]. Students in the program participate in Live Online Classes, view video lectures, and work on case studies and interactive group projects. In-person immersions and comprehensive student services round out the program that may be completed in as few as 12 to 15 months.

[email protected] students will take 15 credits of foundation courses, 12 credits of core courses, six credits of elective courses, three credits of integrated ethics, six credits of integrated strategy, and three credits of immersions (1.5 each). Sample courses for the program include Operational Effectiveness, Information Systems and Business Decisions, Organizational Behavior, Corporate Finance, Business Intelligence, and Marketing Management.

Note that two in-person immersions are required and take place at the UD campus and another location TDB. For Fall 2017, students will travel to Northern California to explore winery operations. The theme for the 2017 UD campus immersion will be Servant Leadership. This immersion teaches students how to use their knowledge to improve the world around them.

3. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Villanova University

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) at Villanova University offers a 48 credit hour Online MBA Program that consists of 21 courses taken over six semesters. The 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,” says the school. An optional second residency is available as well.

Known as “The Global Practicum,” the optional 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.

4. Baylor University, Waco, Texas
4. Baylor University

The Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University offers an Online MBA Program that may be completed in as few as 12 to 16 months. This AACSB-accredited program highlights a “challenging curriculum that focuses on principled leadership” as well as “faith-based learning,” and “powerful corporate business alliances,” says the school. Sample courses for the 48 to 60 credit hour program include Ethical Leadership, Managing for Higher Performance, Manufacturing and Service Operations, Managing Information Technology in the Business Enterprise, and Negotiations.

Besides an accelerated pace and a challenging curriculum, the Baylor Online MBA has dedicated career management resources and a powerful alumni network to help students identify employment objectives and opportunities.

5. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Creighton University

The Heider College of Business at Creighton University offers a 33-credit (11-class) MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program takes place over 11 eight-week terms, which allows students to finish in two years and eight weeks. Four specializations are available and include Investments, Information Technology Management, Accounting, and Leadership.

In addition to choosing a specialization, students have the option to combine campus-based and online courses or complete a dual degree program, which is also available 100% online. Dual options include the MBA/Master of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (MSAPM) or MBA/MSAPM, and the Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (MS-BIA) or MBA/MS-BIA.

As part of the Heider College of Business, the Online MBA Program is AACSB accredited.

6. University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
University of Scranton

The Kania School of Management (KSOM) at the University of Scranton offers a 36 credit hour Online MBA Program with optional specializations in Accounting, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business and Operations Management. A General Management MBA is available for students seeking a broader degree and Online Certificates in Supply Chain Management, Health Administration, Health Informatics and ERP are available.

This AACSB-accredited program features one-on-one interaction with professors and classmates via email, online discussion, and virtual meetings. There are no required residencies, so the program and all of its components may be completed 100% online. Students can expect to complete the Online MBA Program in just two years “at a comfortable pace of one course per term.” Students also have the option to complete the program sooner by taking more than one course per term, with advisor approval.

The KSOM Online MBA Program requires just three years of professional or supervisory work experience for acceptance and does not require any entrance exams like the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

7. Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph’s University

The Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University offers a 33 credit hour MBA that allows students to complete all courses entirely online. The program may be completed over eight or 15-week semesters, with each semester broken into halves. Students may choose from ten majors such as Marketing, International Business, Finance, Health and Medical Services, or The Data Intelligent MBA.

Sample course offerings for this AACSB-accredited program include Global Revolutions in Business, Sustainability: A Business Perspective, Excellence in Organizations, Health Care: A Global Perspective, Business Analytics, Ethical Practices in Business, Marketing Strategy, and Shareholder Value Management.

8. St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, California
St. Mary’s College of California

St. Mary’s College of California (SMC) is home to the Bay Area’s first Executive MBA (EMBA) Program. The Hybrid EMBA may be completed in just 18 months and requires alternate Saturdays on campus, along with bi-weekly live web conferences. The program, which is offered in the Bay Area cities of Moraga and San Ramon, is centered on cohort-based collaborative learning and it highlights three broad areas including Analysis and Critical Thinking, Broad Functional Knowledge, and Responsible Leadership.

Students in the program have two concentration options including Entrepreneurship and Business Analytics. The SMC hybrid EMBA Program is AACSB accredited.

9. Santa Clara University, El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business offers an Online MBA Program designed to help students become “Silicon Valley Professionals (SVPs),” through a curriculum based in “innovation and responsibility,” says the school. Sample courses for the program include Doing Business in Silicon Valley, Leading People and Organizations, Ethics for Managers, Strategy, Analysis, Design, and Management of Enterprise Platforms, and Marketing is Everything. The program also highlights 28 units of free electives that allow students to focus in one or more areas.

The Leavey Online MBA requires two intensives, where students will meet their peers and experience Santa Clara University in person. These are the only two campus requirements. Otherwise, online students will take courses whenever and wherever, but they will learn from the same professors who teach the on-campus program.

Leavey School of Business is AACSB-accredited and is currently in the process of seeking approval for the Online MBA program from its institutional accrediting body, the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

10. Regis University, Denver, Colorado
Regis University

The College of Business & Economics at Regis University offers a an Online MBA Program that allows students to choose between the General MBA track or a career-specific specialization such as Finance and Accounting, Health Industry Leadership, Marketing, Operations Management or Strategic Management. Students in the 36 credit hour program also have the option to enroll in a dual specialization with just one course delivery format or combine them to meet their “personal needs and learning style,” says the school. Courses are taught in eight-week terms with start dates in January, March, May, June, August, and October.

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States.