Our 2017 list of the Top 10 Online MBA Programs in the East. We define the East Coast as Virginia, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
The Fox MBA is a 48 credit hour Online MBA Program offered through the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Students in the program use a combination of “cutting-edge social technologies,” says the school, as well as “HD video presentations, and web conferencing technology to engage in course activities in any environment and at their own pace.” While coursework for the program is available entirely online, students must attend one weeklong residency, which is held at the school’s main campus. Students must also “attend” live weekly classes held through WebEx. This gives students the opportunity to meet classmates and faculty in an environment that allows them to “speak with and see one another.”
Concentration options for the Fox OMBA include Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Innovation Management, Marketing Management, and Strategic Management. These online concentrations require nine of students’ 12 elective credits. Students in pursuit of a general MBA degree may choose nine credits of any elective course.
Even with a concentration, many FOX OMBA students complete this AACSB-accredited program in as little as 20 months, utilizing the schools flexible curriculum carousel. Each student can expect to spend approximately 10-20 hours each week on coursework.
Pennsylvania State University (Penn State or PSU) offers an Online MBA program through the PSU Smeal College of Business. This AACSB-accredited program consists of 48 credit hours, including 39 General Management credits and nine credits of concentration work. Core coursework prepares students to become “more effective business professionals, says the school, “by exposing them to the principles and practices essential to modern management,” including accounting, economics, data analysis, ethics, communications, human resources, finance, marketing, leadership, supply chain, strategy, innovation, and digital transformation.
Concentrations options include Accounting Foundations, Advanced Accounting, Business Analytics, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Analytics, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management.
At the start of the PSU Online MBA program, all students must attend a five-day Orientation Residency held at University Park, Pennsylvania. The Orientation is designed to “acquaint” students “with aspects of the program in a face-to-face environment.” Students will meet their instructors and student peers, “immerse” in a team performance class while earning credit, and attend workshops covering student advising services, career management, stress management, alumni relations and networking, time management, and online technology. Other highlights of the Orientation include Keynote Speakers and the opportunity to “connect with the Penn State community through campus tours end events.”
University of Maryland’s (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business offers an Online MBA with six specializations. Options include Accounting, General MBA, Finance, Information Systems and Business Analytics, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. The program is largely asynchronous, which allows students to continue to meet personal and professional obligations during their course of study.
Per the school, “a small number of live online classes presented via the state-of-the-art video conferencing tool, Adobe Connect, provide the benefit of “attending” class and interacting with professors and peers in real time.” Other program highlights include features such as audio and video messaging, integrated multimedia, and collaborative online workspaces. Students may also earn their degree in as few as 24 months, while experiencing “the same academic rigor and top faculty” as is offered in the campus-based programs.
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers a 54 credit hour Online MBA that has six optional specializations. Options include Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management, or Supply Chain Management. To complete a concentration, students must choose 15 credits of specialization-focused electives. In addition to this, students will complete 36 credits of core business courses and three credits of U.S. and global residencies.
This AACSB-accredited program, better known as MBA@Syracuse, combines “live online classes led by Syracuse University faculty, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning through domestic and international residencies,” says the school. While coursework for the Online MBA program may be completed entirely online and in as few as two years, all students will participate in “three day-long residencies in cities around the world,” that offer real-world experiences.
One residency requires students to meet “face-to-face with classmates and professors for networking and socializing, says the school. Students also “participate in workshops and hear from guest speakers from top companies.”
The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass- Amherst) offers an Online MBA Program that highlights six focus areas including Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, and Sport Management. Fully accredited by the AACSB, the 45 credit hour Isenberg MBA also offers a unique opportunity for students to “try before you buy.” Potential MBA students can take up to two classes before applying to learn why the program is a good fit.
Besides several focus areas and the opportunity to experience the program before committing, students have an additional delivery option available to them. The Blended Option allows students to take some classes online and others at a conveniently located satellite campus in Boston, Shrewsbury, or Springfield, Massachusetts.
The School of Business at George Washington University (GWU) offers an Online Healthcare MBA that may be completed in just two years and up to five. A Traditional Online MBA, which may be completed in two to five years, is also available. Both programs require 55.5 total credit hours of study including 28.5 credit hours of core courses and 27 credit hours of elective courses for the Traditional MBA, and 31.5 credit hours of core courses, 12 healthcare electives, and 12 general electives for the Healthcare MBA.
The Healthcare MBA is delivered 100% online (or hybrid) and features specialized electives such as Service Line and Project Management, Managing the Skilled Nursing Facility, and Physician Practice Management. The program is designed for professionals on the path to becoming Health Care Managers, Administrators, and Executives. The Traditional Online MBA Program offers optional concentrations in Consulting, Finance, Global Management, Government Contracts, Information Systems & Technology Management, and Project Management.
Students may choose up to two concentrations or they may customize their electives to create their own area of focus. Electives may be chosen from the schools of Business, Health Sciences, Public Health, Law, and more. Elective courses may also serve to add a graduate certificate to the MBA.
The GWU Online MBA curriculum also includes Business and Society (a required 1.5 credit on-site residency course in Washington, DC) and a 1.5 credit Information Systems and Technology Management selective course. Students are offered nine opportunities to complete the on-site course, which offers a firsthand look through visits to the Federal Reserve, the US Congress, and the World Bank. Both AACSB-accredited programs also offer three start times (August, January, or May), and optional short-term study abroad opportunities in places such as Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and others.
The D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University offers an AACSB-accredited Online MBA Program with optional residencies at the schools domestic campus locations and overseas in places such as China, Greece, and Russia. Coursework for the 50 credit hour program may be completed 100% online and in 24 to 27 months. Eight in-demand specialization options are offered and include Finance, Healthcare Management, High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability.
D'Amore-McKim Online MBA students also have the option to earn a Dual Masters in Finance/MBA by taking "as few as four to seven additional finance electives." Both online programs utilize virtual class discussions, discussion board collaboration, team projects, and individual assignments for a well-rounded academic experience.
The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University offers a Flex MBA and an MBA & E (Engineering). Both programs may be completed 100% online. The 36 credit hour Flex MBA program highlights global business concepts and analysis, cultural intelligence, organizational leadership, sustainability, crisis management resolutions, social consciousness issues, ethical decision-making, and optional business consulting projects. While the program does not offer any concentrations, students may earn a Professional Certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship in addition to the MBA. The Certificate is offered through VENTURESeries—a “one-of-a-kind executive certificate program that focuses squarely on new venture creation.”
Offered through the College of Business and Economics and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the 45 credit hour MBA & E program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering. MBA & E concentrations include Chemical Engineering, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Upon completion of the MBA & E Program, students receive an MBA degree with a Concentration in their chosen area. Both programs are AACSB-accredited.
The Saunders School of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) offers an Online Executive MBA (EMBA) Program that delivers 49 credit hours of study in less than 1.5 years. This interdisciplinary, accelerated program requires one three-day on-campus orientation and it offers foundational courses such as Leadership, Accounting and Finance, as well as “distinctive” courses such as Product Commercialization and Technology Management. Classes are delivered via weekly synchronous sessions, “offering high-quality video and audio functionality for optimal interaction,” explains the school.
Other program highlights include a curriculum that is identical to the on-campus program, with many of the same faculty teaching both formats, a required International Immersion Experience (airfare and lodging is are provided by the program), and the Capstone Consulting Program where students serve as consultants to actual businesses.
Note that the RIT Saunders Online EMBA offers two starts each year (late August and January). Because it is a cohort-based program, “all students enter the program at the same time, take the same classes, and move through the program with their initial cohort,” explains the school. “Some courses will be taken with another cohort (i.e., dual-cohort) and students are assigned to teams at the start of the program and will remain with their team for the duration of the program.”
The RIT Saunders Online EMBA may be completed in just 17 months and it is AACSB-accredited.
The LeBow College of Business at Drexel University offers a highly customizable Online MBA degree designed to equip students with problem solving and leadership skills that can be applied across a variety of different industries. The 49 credit hour AACSB-accredited program, which can be completed in as few as 18 months or up to five years, “is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system),” says the school. This means students can take more courses in a shorter time-period. Sample courses for the program include Managing and Leading the Total Enterprise, Leading Dynamic Environments, Corporate Financial Management, Legal Options in Decision Making, and Business Problem Solving.
LeBow Online MBA students may customize their learning experience to their interests and career goals through concentrations, graduate minors, and dual degree programs. All students may take advantage of multiple networking opportunities and residency options, as well as portfolio projects and case simulations.