Our 2016 list of the Top 20 Faith-Based Online MBA Programs in the US. For an explanation of our ranking criteria, click here.
1. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University offers an Online MBA Program that features four elective concentrations. Students may choose between Finance, General Management, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Marketing. The 52 credit hour program is AACSB accredited and it takes as few as two years to complete.
2. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
The Villanova School of Business (VSB) at Villanova University offers an Online MBA Program that consists of 21 courses taken over six semesters. The 48 credit hour 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.” An optional second residency is on the menu as well. Called “The Global Practicum,” this 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.
3. Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University 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, 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, Business Analytics, Ethical Practices in Business, Marketing Strategy, and Shareholder Value Management.
4. Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Baylor University offers an MBA program that may be completed online in as few as 12 to 16 months. The AACSB accredited Baylor MBA highlights a “challenging curriculum that focuses on principled leadership” as well as “faith-based learning,” and “powerful corporate business alliances.” Just a few courses included in this 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 an excellent placement rate. The after-graduation employment rate was 96% in 2015, with students landing a position within 90 days after receiving their degree.
5. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
The Heider College of Business at Creighton University offers a 33 credit hour (11 class) MBA that may be completed 100% online. The program offers four specializations including 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.
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 accredited.
6. University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
The Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton offers an Online MBA Program with six optional Specializations including 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 also available.
The 36 credit hour, 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 Kania 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. Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio
The School of Business at Baldwin Wallace University offers a Hybrid (Online) MBA Program that 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, around three-quarters, is done online.
Per 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) and the School of Business is an AACSB member.
8. St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, California
St. Mary’s College of California (SMC) offers a Hybrid Executive MBA Program (EMBA) that may be completed in just 18 months. The first EMBA Program in the Bay Area, this offering 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. The SMC EMBA Program is AACSB accredited.
9. 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. 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 curriculum also requires the completion of a Capstone course in Strategic Management.
The Online MBA Program at Godbold School of Business is ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) accredited.
10. Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky
The School of Business and Economics at Campbellsville University offers a 36 credit hour Online MBA with seven specialization offerings. Options include Accounting, Church Management, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, International Business, and Marketing. Campbellsville University is one of just a handful of schools in the world to offer a track in Church Management.
Included in the 36 credit hours of required studies are 27 credit hours of MBA core requirements and nine credit hours of electives. This International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) accredited program has two cohorts per year beginning in January and July.
11. California Baptist University, Riverside, California
The Dr. Robert K. Jabs School of Business at California Baptist University (CBU) offers two Online MBA Programs: an MBA with a Specialization in General Management (MBA-GM) and an MBA with a Specialization in Accounting (MBA-ACC). Both ACBSP accredited programs require 36 credit hours of study, with an average completion time of 12 months. The General Management MBA prepares graduates to oversee all functional areas of an organization including operations, sales, marketing, human resources, and administration. The MBA-ACC prepares graduates to lead in the areas of public accounting, corporate accounting, managerial accounting, and government and not-for-profit accounting.
Per the school, both the online MBA-GM and the MBA-ACC are “uniquely designed for full- and part-time employed working professionals seeking to develop technical skills and leadership competencies.”
12. 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 45 credit hour program allows students to narrow their focus in a particular concentration. Options include Accounting, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations. Both ACBSP accredited programs highlight an eight-week format that allows students to complete their MBA any time during the week, day or night, with no required login times.
13. McKendree University, Lebanon, Illinois
McKendree University offers two MBA programs: The McKendree MBA and the MBA-Human Resource Management Concentration (MBA-HRM). Both programs consist of 12 courses and they may be completed 100% online. Students in the MBA and MBA-HRM programs will take one MBA course during each eight-week session and they will complete assignments on their own with certain fixed deadlines. Just a few required courses for both programs include Economics of the Firm, Corporate Finance, Stakeholder Management and Ethics, and Organizational Behavior.
While the MBA is “designed for students who desire a broad understanding of business operations without concentrating their studies in a particular field,” the MBA-HRM requires three Concentration courses including Organizational Leadership and Transition, Global Human Resource Development, and Managing the Changing Workforce. All MBA courses incorporate individual and group work and written assignments, and students have up to six years to complete the programs.
The MBA and MBA-HRM are IACBE accredited.
14. Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida
The Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership at Southeastern University offers an Online MBA Program that may be completed in 12 to 24 months. The 36 to 39 credit hour program offers concentrations in Executive Leadership, Missional Leadership, and Sport Management. Students in the program connect with professors and classmates through the school’s online course management system, MyFire. Per the school, “the constant interaction through discussion boards, email, and phone and video conferences provides (students) with valuable feedback.” Students “have the freedom to work in whichever environment is most comfortable for (them).” The online MBA Program at Southeastern is ACBSP accredited.
15. 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 42 credit hour program 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 program offers more than a dozen concentrations including Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Interdisciplinary Business, Not-for-Profit Management, Small Business Information Technology, Small Business Data Analytics, Innovation Management, Kingdom Business, and Leadership, to name a few. No on-campus component is required for most concentrations.
Each course in Regent’s Online MBA Program is eight weeks in length and students may begin the program in August, October, January, March, May, or June.
16. Regis University, Denver, Colorado
The College of Business & Economics at Regis University offers a 36 credit hour Online MBA Program that offers a General MBA track or career-specific specialization such as Finance and Accounting, Health Industry Leadership, Marketing, Operations Management or Strategic Management. Students may choose a dual specialization with just one course delivery format or combine them to meet their “personal needs and learning style.” 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.
17. University of La Verne, La Verne, California
The College of Business and Public Management (CBPM) at the University of La Verne offers an Online MBA Program known as the Master of Business Administration for Experienced Professionals. The program, which is “designed primarily for adult professionals with a minimum of three years of full time professional experience with or without undergraduate business degrees,” may completed online or a combination of on-campus and online. According to 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.” Available online concentrations include Finance, Marketing, and Management and Leadership.
The University of La Verne is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
18. 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 100% 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, Risk Management, Sport Business and Supply Chain Global Integration Management.
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.
19. Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois
The College of Business at Concordia University Chicago offers a new Online MBA Program that takes just one year to complete. Per the school, this accelerated program integrates integrate Four Pillars of Knowledge into the curriculum. They include Ethics and Social Responsibility, Critical Thinking and Entrepreneurial Mindset, Communication and Human Relations, and Global Interconnectedness and Inclusiveness.
Students may choose from a variety of specializations such as Digital Marketing, Leadership and Change Management, School Business Management, and Sports Management, to name a few. MBA Certificates are also available and include Digital Marketing, Finance, Health Care Management, Leadership and Change Management, Not-for-Profit Management, and Sports Management.
All university undergraduate and graduate degree programs are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The College of Business is also a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and a candidate for the additional specialized accreditation by ACBSP.
20. Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
Columbia College offers three Online MBA Programs including a General MBA, an MBA with an Accounting Track, and an MBA with an Emphasis in Human Resource Management. Per the school, the MBA Program “centers on a professional approach which balances business theory with practice in the search for knowledge, skills, and methodologies that are useful in formulating strategies for the future in an uncertain and often turbulent business environment.” Degree requirements for all programs include 36 semester hours of courses. Just a few course requirements include Information Systems for Management, Business Communication Theory and Practice, Organizational Theory and Practice, and Legal and Ethical Environment for Business.
Columbia College has been accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1918.