Our 2015 list of the Top 20 Faith-Based Online MBA Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Pepperdine University is home to the Graziadio School of Business and Management which offers an MBA program with four elective concentrations. Options include Finance, General Management, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Marketing. Accredited by AACSB International, this 52-credit-hour online MBA program takes as little as two years to complete.
2. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
The Villanova School of Business at Villanova University offers a 21-course MBA that can be completed over six 14-week semesters. The program requires “one intensive residency” in the first or second semester of the program. The “Leadership Challenge” is a three-day, campus-based residency that “provides an environment for students to engage in group work and begin to develop a learning community with their classmates.”
An optional second residency is on the menu as well. The “Global Practicum” 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 the AACSB International-accredited MBA program is delivered online.
3. Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina
The Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb University offers an MBA option that may be completed entirely online. Students that would like some face have the option to take several MBA courses at campuses in Boiling Springs, Charlotte, Statesville, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina as well as Spartanburg Springs, South Carolina. The program, which requires 30 hours in the core and six hours of electives, offers emphasis areas such as Accounting, Banking and Financing, International Business, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems, and Tax Accounting.
The MBA programs at the Godbold School of Business are ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)-accredited.
4. Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph’s University is home to the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The School offers a 33-credit-hour MBA that allows students to complete foundation, gateway, core, and elective courses entirely online. The program may be completed over eight or 15-week semesters. Students will take courses such as Accounting Concepts, Business Analytics, Ethical Practices in Business, Marketing Strategy, and Shareholder Value Management. Program also offers a focus in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing. The online MBA at the Erivan K. Haub School of Business is AACSB International-accredited.
5. University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
The Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton offers an online MBA with four optional specialization areas including Healthcare Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, International Business or Operations Management. A General Management MBA is available for students that prefer a broader degree. The 36-credit-hour, AACSB International-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 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. In addition, online MBA students may earn an Online Certificate in Supply Chain Management.
6. Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio
The School of Business at Baldwin Wallace University offers a hybrid MBA which combines online and classroom instruction. For the classroom portion of the program, students must visit the Berea, Ohio campus for seven weekend sessions over a two-year period, typically between academic terms in the months of August, December and April. The rest of the work, three-quarters, is done online.
According to the school, “this fixed two-year cohort program is designed to provide the personalization of a classroom with the flexibility of an online program.” In addition to 13 core courses ranging from Systems Management to Human Capital, students will complete a two-year ongoing applied project. Baldwin Wallace University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association.
7. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Creighton University’s Heider College of Business offers a 33-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online. Students have the option to combine campus-based and online courses or complete a dual degree program, which is 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. Both programs require 48-credit-hours of study to graduate and they may be completed in just over two years.
As part of the Heider College of Business, all online MBA programs are AACSB International-accredited.
8. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
The School of Business at Liberty University offers 36-credit-hour and 45-credit-hour MBA programs that may be completed entirely online. The eight-week online format allows students to complete their MBA any time during the week, day or night, with no required login times. Ten concentration options are available and include Accounting, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations. The ACBSP-accredited MBA program at Liberty University may be completed within five years.
9. Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
The Business Administration Department at Columbia College offers a 36-credit-hour MBA program with an optional Accounting track or an emphasis in Human Resource Management. Students in this online program can expect to take 12 hours of foundation courses, 24 hours of cores, and nine additional hours if a track or emphasis is chosen. Columbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
10. Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
The School of Business at Saint Leo University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed online. Students may start the program “at any of the six terms each year” and all students may participate in the business internship. In addition, students may pursue up to two concentrations concurrently. Options include Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Security Management, Marketing, Market Research and Social Media Analytics, Project Management, and Sport Business. The Sport Business concentration is the first MBA sport business program in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). In addition, the online MBA program at Saint Leo University is IACBE-accredited.
11. Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois
Benedictine University is home to the College of Business, which offers an online MBA program that allows students to start the program at the beginning of any of six sessions per year. The program may be completed through a traditional one-course-at-a-time track or an accelerated two-courses-at-a-time track. The traditional track may be completed in two years (possibly more) and the accelerated track may be completed in as little as one year. The full MBA program (without waivers) consists of 64 credits. Students with an educational background in business may be eligible to waive up to four foundation courses (or 16 credit hours). Dual MBA programs take three years to complete.
Concentration options for the program include Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Managing Innovation, Financial Management, Health Administration, International Business, Internet Marketing, and Marketing Management. Students may build their own concentration, or choose dual MBA degree option such as a Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health (MBA/MPH) or the Master of Business Administration (MBA)/Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior (MSMOB). While all courses for the dual degree programs are available online, they require some residency experience.
Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
12. University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois
The College of Business and Health Administration at the University of St. Francis (USF) offers a 33-credit-hour online MBA program that may be completed in as few as 12 to 18 months. According to USF, the program has “been redesigned to respond to the increasingly competitive, technological and global world of management.” Students have seven MBA concentrations to choose from including Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, Management, Transportation & Logistics, and Training and Development. The flexible curriculum features courses that run three semesters each year (fall, spring, and summer), and students may enter the program during any semester.
The online MBA program at the University of St. Francis is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).
13. Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia
The School of Leadership and Business at Regent University offers an ACBSP-accredited online MBA program that may be completed in as little as 16 months. While coursework for the MBA may be completed online, students may participate in an optional two-day, on-campus residency, which provides face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers. The 42-credit-hour program features majors in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance & Investing, Franchising, General Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, and Marketing. Students will complete the MBA requirements over two 8-week sessions offered each fall, spring, and summer.
14. University of La Verne, La Verne, California
The College of Business and Public Management (CBPM) at the University of La Verne offers an MBA that may be completed online or a combination of on-campus and online. According to the CBPM, the 36-credit-hour program “is structured to assist students in the transition from theory to practice, so students can capitalize on their investment immediately, as well as through their careers.” Concentrations include Finance, Marketing, and Management and Leadership.
The University of La Verne is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
15. Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin
Concordia University Wisconsin offers a 39-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online. Thirteen concentration options are available and include Accounting, Corporate Communication, Environmental Studies, Finance, Health Care Administration, Health Care Administration for Health Care Practitioners, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Public Administration, and Risk Management. Online MBA students may start anytime in an individualized program.
The business programs at Concordia University Wisconsin are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
16. McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois
McKendree University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online. The program consists of 12 courses, with students taking one MBA course during each eight-week session. Accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the online MBA at McKendree is “designed for students who desire a broad understanding of business operations without concentrating their studies in a particular field. All MBA courses incorporate individual and group work and written assignments.” Students have up to six years to complete the program.
Also on the menu is the MBA-Human Resource Management (HRM). While some students may elect to take classes online and on-campus, HRM Concentration courses (12 total) are only offered online.
17. Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island
Salve Regina University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program offers concentrations in Cybersecurity Issues in Business, Entrepreneurial Enterprise, Health Care Administration and Management, and Social Ventures. The program, which may be completed in three years or less, is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
18. Regis University, Denver, Colorado
The College of Professional Studies at Regis University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program. Students may choose the General MBA curriculum or a career-specific specialization such as Finance and Accounting, Health Industry Leadership, Marketing, Operations Management or Strategic Management. The College of Professional Studies at Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and it is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
19. Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas
The School of Professional & Graduate Studies at Baker University offers a 43-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed in 22 to 24 months. Students may select from nine areas of concentration including Accounting, Finance, Health Care Administration, Human Resources, Information Systems, International Business, Leadership & Organizational Change, Marketing, and Online Teaching & Learning. Each concentration is a collection of four courses, according to the School, and three courses may be taken concurrently with or following the MBA and MAOL core program.
Baker University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
20. Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky
The School of Business and Economics at Campbellsville University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA with tracks in Accounting, Marketing, Information Technology, International Business, Human Resource Management, and Healthcare Management. The school is also one of only a handful of schools in the world to offer a track in Church Management. Students must take 27 credit hours of MBA core requirements and nine credit hours of electives to complete the program. The IACBE-accredited program currently has two cohorts per year beginning in January and July.