2017

Our 2017 list of the Top 10 Online MBA Programs in the Southwest. We define the Southwest as Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.

1. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Arizona State University

The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University offers a flexible Online MBA that allows students to take just one course at a time (five weeks per course). Students may start the program in January or August and they must attend just one meeting at the beginning of the program. This mandatory orientation session allows students to meet W.P. Carey faculty, staff, students, and teammates. After orientation, coursework for the 36 credit hour program may be completed entirely online.

This competitive AACSB-accredited program provides the opportunity to customize the MBA by declaring an area of emphasis in Finance, International Business, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management. Other program highlights include the opportunity to interact with teammates in case-based projects, an inclusive online environment, and the option to earn two degrees in less time and at a lower cost. Concurrent online degree options include the MBA/MSE in Electrical Engineering, the MBA/Master of Legal Studies, and the MBA/MS in Industrial Engineering.

2. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
University of Texas at Dallas

The Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) offers an AACSB-accredited Online Professional MBA (PMBA) that allows students up to 72 months to finish. The program utilizes "streaming audio lectures, video clips, online exams, online submission of assignments, and interactivity for group projects using discussion forums, email, and web conferencing," says the school. The 53 credit hour Online PMBA also highlights 24 hours of electives, along with an impressive 12 concentrations. Just a few include Accounting, Information Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management.

All Online PMBA students are encouraged to participate in the school's International Study Programs, which "give direct exposure to business in a global context." Besides offering Exchange Programs and International Internships, the JSOM Study Abroad Office has conducted more than 35 faculty led international study trips in 16 countries for the past 15 years.

3. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
University of Arizona

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona offers a 45 credit hour MBA that allows students to earn their degree 100% online and in as few as 14 months. With six starts per year (or every eight weeks), the program offers six concentrations by taking specific electives. Concentrations include Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Finance, Management and Organizations, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

Also known as the OMBA, the Eller Online MBA also highlights 24/7 asynchronous delivery of content that minimizes students’ time away from work and family, the option to decide how many courses to take at a time (take up to four years to complete the program) and AACSB accreditation.

4. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Oklahoma State University

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (OSU) offers a 42 credit hour part-time MBA program, and a 43 credit hour full-time MBA program. Both programs may be completed entirely online. Concentrations include Business Sustainability, Data Science, Energy Business, Entrepreneurship, Global Marketing, Human Resource Management, Information Assurance, Marketing Analytics, and Non-Profit Management.

Students in both AACSB-accredited programs also have the option to earn an SAS and OSU Marketing Analytics Certificate. Per the school, the program is designed to “produce analytically-savvy managers who will be adept at leading teams of IT, Marketing and Strategy personnel in any organization to solve complex business problems by analyzing appropriate data. The curriculum for the program was designed in partnership with SAS, a leading provider of marketing analytics software and services.”

5. West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas
West Texas A&M University

The College of Business at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) offers a 31 to 49 credit hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online. Students may also “combine online courses with campus courses to meet degree requirements.” Regardless of the delivery format, all MBA students may choose an optional emphasis area such as Computer Information Systems, Healthcare Management, Management or Marketing.

The AACSB-accredited Online MBA at WTAMU’s College of Business may be completed within a two-year period. However, some students have completed the program in as few as 12 to 18 months. Though all classes required for graduation may be completed online, note that students have the option of combining online courses with traditional campus or Amarillo courses to meet degree requirements.

6. University of Nevada Reno, Reno, Nevada
University of Nevada Reno

The College of Business at the University of Nevada Reno offers a 12-course Online Executive MBA (EMBA) “designed for mid-career executives and experienced professionals who want to advance in today’s challenging work world,” says the school. The program is offered as a two-year cohort beginning in fall. All coursework is completed online and each class runs for 12 weeks.

Courses in this AACSB-accredited EMBA program are sequenced to assure continuity in learning and for each class, students will have at least one proctored exam which will be taken through ProctorU, an online proctoring service, or in the 365 Learning Office. Note that EMBA students are required to complete their degree in two years. Each year is divided into three semesters, each containing two courses: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

7. Baylor University, Waco, Texas
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.

8. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
University of North Texas

The College of Business (CoB) at the University of North Texas (UNT) offers several Online MBA Programs. Options include Accelerated MBA programs in Strategic Management and Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, and MBAs in Finance and Marketing. All programs may be completed 100% online in as few as 14 months. Courses for the Accelerated programs are offered in eight-week sessions and coursework for each 36 credit hour program is identical to the school’s Traditional MBA program.

All MBA programs offered through the College of Business at UNT are AACSB accredited.

9. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Colorado State University

The College of Business at Colorado State University (CSU) offers a Professional MBA Program that dates back to 1975 when the first “distance” offering was introduced. Today, the 40 credit hour program is offered 100% online and it has three in-demand specializations including Computer Information Systems, Finance, and Marketing. The school also offers a number of Certificates to complement the MBA program. Options include Finance, Marketing Management, Accounting Ethics and Auditing, Business Intelligence, Project Management, Business Information Systems, and Federal Financial Management.

Online MBA Students may also participate in an optional International Business Study Trip as an elective. During the program, students will meet with business leaders, “learning international business culture, and becoming acclimated to environments” different from their own. Including the Study Trip, the AACSB-accredited Online MBA Program may be completed in as few as 21 months. However, students may take up to five years to complete the program.

10. University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
University of Utah

The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah offers an Online MBA Program that takes 24 months to complete. The 48 credit hour program allows students to take two courses at a time, with courses held in five and 10-week blocks. Students will take courses such as Global Business, Data Analysis, Business Ethics, Business Technology, Managing & Leading Organizations, Project Management, and many others.

All online course content is available 24/7, and per the school, students have the opportunity to interact with faculty and other students in a weekly live web-conferencing session, as well as during one three-day on-campus residency. Online forums and multimedia are also utilized in this AACSB accredited program.