Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs with Finance Concentrations in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. 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."
2. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
The W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University offers an AACSB International- accredited online MBA that requires 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.
The online MBA at W.P. Carey allows students to customize their MBA by declaring an area of emphasis in Finance, International Business, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management. Students also have the option to earn two degrees in less time and at a lower cost. Concurrent degree options include the MBA/Master of Legal Studies, the MBA/MSE Electrical Engineering, and the MBA/MS Industrial Engineering.
3. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
The D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University offers an AACSB International-accredited 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, which may be completed in 24 to 27 months, also features eight specializations ranging from Finance and Innovation Entrepreneurship to International Management and Sustainability.
D'Amore-McKim online MBA students have the option to earn a dual Masters in Finance/MBA degree by talking "as few as four to seven additional finance electives." In addition to optional residencies, both programs utilize online class discussions, discussion board collaboration, team projects, and individual assignments for a well-rounded academic experience.
4. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
The College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a 48-credit-hour MBA program that allows students to complete the entire program online. However, students may visit the campus at any time. The program includes 10 core classes (30 hours), nine hours of breadth electives, and nine hours of electives. Specialization options include Agribusiness, Business Analytics, Finance and Marketing, International Business, and Supply Chain Management.
Students may begin their studies in January, March, June, August or October of each year. The average completion time for the online MBA is three years, but it is possible to complete it in 1.5 years. However, students may take up to 10 years to complete the AACSB International-accredited program.
5. 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.
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 MBA that may be completed in three to five years and an online Healthcare MBA that may be completed in just two 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 MBA program is available either 100% online or in hybrid format, and it features advanced study in Finance, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and more. 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.
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 North Texas, Denton, Texas
The College of Business (CoB) at University of North Texas offers three MBA programs that may be completed 100% online. Programs include the MBA in Finance, the MBA in Strategic Management, and the MBA in Marketing. The coursework for each 36-credit-hour online MBA is identical to the school’s traditional MBA program and may be completed in as little as two years.
The College of Business also offers another delivery format for students interested in completing coursework on campus and online. The blended format (50% online and 50% face-to-face) is also identical to the school’s traditional MBA and consists of 36-credit-hours of coursework. All MBA programs offered through the College of Business at University of North Texas hold AACSB International accreditation.
10. 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.
11. Gardner-Webb University, Boiling springs, North Carolina
The Godbold School of Business at Gardner-Webb University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program requires 30 hours in the core and six hours of electives. Students have a number of emphasis areas to choose from including Accounting, Banking and Financing, International Business, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems, and Tax Accounting.
Students that would like to take some face-to-face classes may take several MBA courses at campuses in Boiling springs, Charlotte, Statesville, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina as well as Spartanburg springs, SC. All MBA programs at the Godbold School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
12. 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. Accredited by AACSB International, the 52-credit-hour program takes as little as two years to complete.
13. 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. 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.
14. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Marist College offers a 30-credit-hour online MBA with four concentration options. MBA concentrations include Ethical Leadership, Financial Management, Healthcare Administration, and International Business. Students in the program communicate with faculty and fellow classmates via telephone, email, video conferences, and through VoIP (Voice over IP). The program is offered in an asynchronous format, so there are no specific sign-on times each week.
Accredited by AACSB International, the online MBA at Marist College may take as little as four years to complete (full-time) and up to seven years (part-time).
15. Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
The College of Business at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) offers a 34-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online. This means there are no residency requirements and students can complete their degree on their own time either full-time or part-time. The program also offers the option to sit out a semester or two —if needed.
The online MBA at FHSU offers nearly a dozen concentrations from Finance, Marketing, and Information Assurance to Health & Human Performance/Sports Management and Tourism and Hospitality Management. Students with an undergraduate degree in business administration may complete the online FHSU MBA degree in as little as two years. Students with a non-business background will have to complete up to 47 credit-hours, which will take longer to complete.
16. Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont
The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Norwich University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program that takes as few as 18 months to complete. The online MBA offers four concentrations including Finance, Organizational Leadership, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Norwich online MBA offers also offers four start dates per year including March, June, September, and December.
17. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois
The College of Business at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale offers a 42-credit-hour MBA program that may be completed in just 23 months. The AACSB International-accredited program features a concentration in Agricultural Economics through a partnership between the College of Business and the College of Agricultural Science. Students may begin the General MBA or MBA-with concentration program during the summer session only.
18. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA with specializations in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, International Business, and Public Administration. The school also offers a unique MBA in Aviation. Students that declare a concentration may be required to take 12 additional credit hours.
While the MBA program at Embry-Riddle may be completed entirely online, students have access to more than 150 convenient ERAU campuses across the country. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
19. University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan
The College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn offers a 36 to 48-credit-hour MBA program featuring courses in Applied Integrated Management. The College also offers a dual MBA/MS-Finance degree and a MBA/MSE-Industrial Systems Engineering (ISE) program. All three programs may be completed fully online “with no campus presence.”
The online MBA program offers eight optional concentrations from Accounting to Supply Chain Management. The online dual MBA/MS-Finance offers six optional concentrations, and the MBA/MSE- ISE offers four optional concentrations including ISE, Integrated Design and Manufacturing Engineering, Information Systems, and Program Management and Product Development.
As part of the College of Business at University of Michigan-Dearborn, all online MBA programs are accredited by AACSB International.
20. 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 concentration from Accounting and Entrepreneurship to Finance, Marketing, and 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).
21. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
The College of Business at Colorado State University offers an online Professional MBA that dates back to 1975 when the first “distance” offering was introduced. Today, the 40-credit-hour program is offered 100% online and features three specializations including Computer Information Systems, Finance, and Marketing. The AACSB International-accredited program also offers a Certificate in Federal Financial Management.
Students may participate in an optional International Seminar, which consists of an international business study trip. Even if a student opts for the International Seminar, the online MBA program may be completed in as little as 21 months. However, students are permitted to take up to five years to complete the program.
22. 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.
23. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida
The College of Business at the University of South Florida offers an MBA program that may be completed online or a combination of online and on campus. The 36-credit-hour program offers seven focus areas including Corporate Social Responsibility, Finance, Forensic Accounting,
International Business, Management, Managing Knowledge Resources, and Marketing Strategy. Each focus track consists of nine credit hours and each course in the program is eight weeks long. The AACSB International-accredited program typically takes two years to complete.
24. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The College of Business at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs offers an MBA program that may be completed entirely online. Students may also complete the program through a combination of online and on campus courses. The Distance MBA (DMBA) program offers eight emphasis areas online and it requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework to graduate, up to a maximum of 48. Emphasis areas include Finance, General Business, Health Care Administration, Innovation Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Project Management.
The AACSB International-accredited program has three start times: fall, spring, and summer and it typically takes two to three years to complete. However, the General Business MBA (no concentration) may be completed in as little as 18 months. Students have up to five years to complete the degree program.
25. Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology offers a 36-credit-hour MBA program and a 42-credit-hour MBA-Global Track. Add an emphasis area, and the credit requirements increase to 48 credit hours, up to 54. According to the school, the MBA-Global Track “combines core MBA coursework with internationally focused coursework including at least one international experience course.” The 36-credit-hour MBA may be completed in one year (accelerated option) and offers more than a dozen unique emphasis areas. Emphasis options include:
Business and Organizational Security Management, Decision Support Systems, Environmental Management, Finance, Gerontology, Human Resources Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, International Relations, Management and Leadership, Marketing, Media Communications, Procurement and Acquisitions Management or Web Services.
The MBA and MBA-Global Track programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and may be completed entirely online.