Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs with Entrepreneurship Concentrations in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill offers an online MBA program that features the same curriculum as the on-campus program. Students in the 66-credit-hour program will complete their coursework online and interact with faculty regularly using a face-to-face online platform. Two important components of the program, however, are the [email protected] Global Immersions and quarterly three-day immersions. Students are required to attend at least two immersions. Participation in Global Immersions will take students to major business centers around the world such as Singapore, Johannesburg, Istanbul, London, and others.
Online MBA students have six concentrations to choose from including Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship, Global Supply Chain Management, Investment Management, Marketing, and Sustainable Enterprise. In addition, students may participate in several other programs to gain additional hands-on business and international experience. Optional programs include Student Teams Achieving Results (STAR), where "students learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies," the Exchange Program which "allows [email protected] students to study at another top-ranked business school in countries across the globe," and Doing Business In (DBI) which "gives students an opportunity to study abroad at an MBA exchange partner school."
The online MBA at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is AACSB International-accredited.
2. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
The Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas-Dallas offers a professional MBA (PMBA) that allows students up to 72 months to finish and a hybrid MBA that takes 21 to 23 months to complete. The AACSB International-accredited PMBA utilizes "streaming audio lectures, video clips, online exams and online submission of assignments, and interactivity for group projects using discussion forums, email, and web conferencing." The hybrid MBA programs allows students to complete their degree by attending just five classroom retreats, through online coursework, and via web conferences.
The 53-credit-hour online MBA and hybrid programs offer 24 hours of electives, with an impressive 12 concentrations. Just a few include Accounting, Information Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management. All online MBA students, regardless of concentration, are encouraged to participate in the school's International Study Programs which "give direct exposure to business in a global context."
3. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
The D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University offers an online MBA with optional residencies at the schools domestic campus locations and international locations such as China, Russia, and Greece. The 50-credit-hour program may be completed in 24 to 27 months and it features eight specializations. Options 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 degree by talking "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. In addition, the online MBA programs at D’Amore-Mckim School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
4. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
Washington State University’s Carson College of Business offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA and a 44-credit-hour online Executive MBA (EMBA). The online MBA program offers three concentrations – Marketing, Finance, and International Business, and may completed in as little as 22 months. Students without a bachelor’s degree in business may have to take up to 17 additional credit hours, which will increase their completion time.
The online EMBA consists of Marketing-Marketing Management and Administrative Policy, Finance-Problems in Financial Management, Management Information Systems-Information Systems Analysis, Business Administration-Business Analytics, and Accounting-Administrative Control. The EMBA program, which also offers the opportunity to travel to China for a week-long residency, may be completed in as little 18 months. Both the online MBA and EMBA are AACSB International-accredited.
5. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
The Jenkins Graduate School of Management at North Carolina State University offers a 39-credit-hour professional Online MBA that offers six Areas of Emphasis including Biosciences Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology, Financial Management, Innovation Management, Marketing Management, and Supply Chain Management. The AACSB International-accredited program also offers the opportunity to earn Decision Analytics Certification or SAP Certification. SAP is the world's largest enterprise applications software company, with a wide range of software used by more than 38,000 firms in over 120 countries.
Students in the Jenkins online MBA program may choose the Accelerated Professional Track, which takes as little as 21 months to complete or the Flexible Professional Track allows students to complete their degree within six years. Students in both online programs will interact with each other through distance education technology (including Blackboard Collaborate and Moodle), e-mail, online discussion forums (message boards, instant messaging, etc.), and telephone conferencing.” Students will also have the opportunity to meet during one three-day mandatory Raleigh Residency.
An optional International Residency is also on the menu, as well a four-week mandatory Virtual Orientation prior to the start of the program.
6. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers a 54-credit-hour online MBA with five optional specializations. Students may specialize in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management, or Supply Chain Management. The AACSB International-accredited program combines “live online classes led by Syracuse University faculty, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning through domestic and international residencies."
While coursework for the online MBA program may be completed entirely online, all students will participate in “three-day long residencies in cities around the world,” which offer “real-world experiences.” One residency requires students to meet “face-to-face with classmates and professors for networking and socializing. Students also participate in workshops and hear from guest speakers from top companies.”
The online MBA program at Syracuse University, better known as [email protected], may be completed in as little as two years.
7. George Washington University, Washington DC
The School of Business at George Washington University (GWU) offers an online Healthcare MBA that may be completed in just two years and an MBA that may be completed in three to five years. Both programs require 54.5 credit hours, consisting of 34.5 core courses and 18 electives for the MBA and 34.5 cores and 18 healthcare electives for the Healthcare MBA.
The 54.5-credit-hour Healthcare MBA is delivered 100% online and features specialized electives such as Service Line and Project Management, Managing the Skilled Nursing Facility, Physician Practice Management, and more. The program is designed for professionals on the path to becoming Health Care Managers, Administrators, and Executives.
The MBA program is available either 100% online or in hybrid format, and it features advanced study in Finance, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and more. Accredited by AACSB International, both programs offer optional short-term study abroad opportunities in places such as Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and many others.
8. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Ball State University offers a 30-credit-hour online MBA program that may be completed in as little as two years. The AACSB International-accredited program offers six optional concentrations including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Economics, Policy and Administration; Information Systems, Operations Management, and Sales Management. An additional option is the General MBA, which allows students to customize their experience through a variety of course subjects.
Online MBA students complete their coursework through a combination of asynchronous (no specific sign-on time each week) and synchronous (specific time to watch and participate in live webcast lectures and discussions) formats. Students will “keep in contact with instructors and classmates using e-mail, discussion boards, file sharing, chats, web page posting, and possibly over the telephone.”
The MBA program at Ball State University offers another delivery format option for students interested in a combination of online and on-campus classes. The Hybrid MBA allows students to choose which classes they would like to take on-campus and which ones they prefer to complete online. Most students (in either program) enroll in an average of two courses each semester and typically complete the program in five to six semesters.
9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
The University of Massachusetts-Amherst Isenberg School of Management offers a 45-credit-hour online MBA that features four areas of focus including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, and Marketing. Accredited by AACSB International, the Isenberg Online MBA features 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 concentrations and the opportunity to experience the program before committing, students have an additional delivery option. The Blended Option allows students to take some classes online and others at a conveniently located satellite campus in Massachusetts. Campuses are located in Boston, Shrewsbury, or Springfield.
10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University offers two MBA programs: the MBA and the MBA&E. Both programs may be completed 100% online. The 36-credit-hour MBA program is a general MBA that does not offer any concentrations. However, students may earn a Professional Certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship in addition to the MBA.
Offered by both 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 program MBA&E program, students receive an MBA degree with a concentration in their chosen area. Both programs are AACSB International-accredited.
11. Brenau University, Gainesville, Georgia
Brenau University offers a 45-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed 100% online or via a blended format. The program offers nine concentrations including Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Insurance, Management, Marketing, and Project Management. The Finance concentration leads to a MBA + a Certificate in Finance. Concentration courses for the blended format are offered primarily online, with core course availability online or on campus.
The business programs at Brenau University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
12. Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina
Fayetteville State University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online. The AACSB International-accredited program focuses on technology and decision-making, leadership and management skills, and innovation and strategy. A general MBA is available, plus seven concentrations including Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing. The school’s latest additions include the Healthcare Management and Project Management concentrations. Students have the option to begin the online MBA program in fall, spring or summer and they may take up to six years to complete the program.
13. Post University, Woodbury, Connecticut
The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University offers a 45-credit-hour MBA program with a concentration in Leadership. The program, which may be completed entirely online, offers “highly interactive classes in eight-week modules, six times a year,” making it easier for students to complete their MBA in 36 months. The online MBA in Leadership is ACBSP-accredited.
14. Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
The Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) offers an online MBA program with options in General Management, Entrepreneurship, and Sport Management. Interaction with classmates and faculty takes via email, chat rooms, bulletin boards, drop boxes, and forums. According to the school, “evaluation methods are online as well, and course materials are available either online or can be ordered online, meaning students can earn their degree from Southeast Missouri State University without ever setting foot on campus.” If students are consistent in following the schedule of online classes, the program may be completed in two years.
The MBA Program of Harrison College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Network of Business Schools (NIBS) accreditation body. In addition, the MBA Program of Harrison College of Business and the Sport Management have received Commission of Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).
15. 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).
16. 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. 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. 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.
17. Brandman University, Irvine, California
Brandman University offers a 36 to 48-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online or via a blended (on-campus and online) format. Either format may be customized by choosing electives in the areas of Accounting, E-Business Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing or Organizational Leadership. Courses for the online MBA program and the blended MBA are eight weeks in length and they are offered six times year round.
Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
18. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business offers an online MBA program that may be completed in just 23 months. The AACSB International-accredited program requires 40 to 46 credit hours of study and there are no local or international residency requirements. Students have a number of concentrations to choose from such as Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management, and Sport Management.
Students will complete coursework for the online MBA program in an asynchronous format which allows them to access courses any time. Instruction and content are delivered via recorded online lectures, discussions, presentations, and chats. Students can expect a team-based cohort format and programs start in January and August.
19. American Public University System, Charles Town, West Virginia
American Public University offers a 39-credit-hour online MBA program that does not require any residencies. A General Business curriculum is available as well, plus 11 concentration areas. Concentrations include Accounting, Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Global Business Management, Health Care Administration, Homeland Security Resource Allocation, Information Technology Management, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, and Sports Management. The program (with concentration) is designed to take two years to complete. However, many students take longer to complete the ACBSP-accredited program.
20. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
Eastern Michigan University offers an MBA program with 13 areas of specialization. Options include Human Resource Management, E-Business, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Internal Auditing, International Business, Management, Marketing Management, Nonprofit Management, Sports Management, and Supply Chain Management. Students can expect to take anywhere from 36 to 57 credit hours to complete the program. Eighteen foundation courses may be waived (for a total of 36 to 39 credits to complete the program). In addition, 12 to 15 credit hours are in an area of specialization. Coursework for the MBA program is available fully online or in a hybrid classroom/online format.
21. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Oklahoma
The John Massey School of Business (JMSB) at Southeastern Oklahoma State University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online. The AACSB International-accredited program features eight-week block classes, an MBA prep program for non-business majors (JMSB Prep Program), and three concentration areas. Options include Entrepreneurship, Management, and Health Care Information Systems. Students may begin the program at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer semester and they can expect to complete the program in two to three years.
22. University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
The Merrick School of Business at University of Baltimore is home to the city’s only online MBA accredited by AACSB International. The 36- to 39-credit-hour program offers 10 specialization areas including Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health-Care Management, International Business, Leadership and Organizational Learning, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Public-Sector Management. According the school, students may also customize their specialization or “complete the entire flexible core by completing all eight courses.” Courses for the program are offered in "seven-week 'bite-sized' sessions and in traditional 15-week sessions." Students can expect to complete the program in as few as 18 months.
23. Monroe College, New York, New York
The School of Business and Accounting at Monroe College offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program that may be completed in four semesters (full-time, three courses per semester). Students may also attend part-time. The program, which consists of 12 online courses (nine core courses and three electives), utilizes surface mail, email, instant messaging, an online grade book, online discussion forums (message boards, etc.), Blackboard and real-time conferencing software (Elluminate Live). With the exception of scheduled times for team-based work during the week, students may complete the program at their own pace.
As part of Monroe College, the School of Business is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
24. DeVry University, Multiple Locations
The Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University offers a 48-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online or through a combination of on campus and online courses. Program lengths vary based on the number of courses taken per session, with sessions lasting eight weeks. If a student takes one class per session, they may complete the MBA program in as few as 32 months. The online MBA features 19 concentrations including:
Accounting, Business Intelligence & Analytics Management, Customer Experience Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Global Supply Chain Management, Health Services, Hospitality Management, Human Resources, Information Security, Information Systems Management, International Business, Marketing, Network & Communications Management, Project Management, Public Administration, Security Management, and Sustainability Management.
With the exception of the MBA with a concentration in Accounting, which is ACBSP-accredited, the MBA programs at Keller are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
25. Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs and Aurora, Colorado
The College of Business at Colorado Technical University offers an online MBA program with 12 concentration areas. Options for the 48-credit-hour program include Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General, Global Leadership, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Logistics Management, Marketing, Operations/Supply Chain Management, Project Management, and Technology Management. The online MBA program is designed to take just 18 months to complete and it is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).