Our 2014 list of the Top 25 Online MBA Programs with International Business 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. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
The University of North Dakota offers a 33 to 34-credit-hour online MBA program that takes two+ years to complete. The program, which offers a concentration in International Business, does not require any campus visits. Instead, students attend via “live” Web classes held in the evenings, one evening per week, for three hours. Students may enter the AACSB International-accredited online MBA program every fall (August), spring (January), or summer (May).
7. University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
The University of Scranton offers an AACSB-accredited online MBA that features four specializations. In addition to the General MBA, students have the option to specialize in Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, International Business or Operations Management. The 36-credit-hour online MBA 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.
8. Florida International University, Miami, Florida
Florida International University’s (FIU) Chapman Graduate School offers a Corporate MBA (CMBA) and a Professional MBA FLEX (PMBA). The CMBA may be completed 100% online via discussion boards, chats, and emails. The PMBA utilizes a "blended-learning” format that alternates online and in-person classes. The PMBA option requires students to meet in a classroom setting just once a week and it offers specializations in Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Real Estate.
Both programs are AACSB International-accredited and require 42 credit-hours of study to graduate. However, the PMBA may take 24 months (or more) to complete, while the CMBA takes just 18 months to complete.
9. 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.
10. 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).
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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).
14. Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
The School of Business at Saint Leo University offers an online MBA with eight specializations. 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 36-credit-hour program allows students to pursue up to two MBA concentrations concurrently. In addition, students may start the program “at any of the six terms each year.” An internship opportunity is also open to all students.
The online MBA program at Saint Leo University is IACBE-accredited.
15. 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.
16. Troy University, Troy, Alabama
The Sorrell College of Business at Troy University offers several MBA programs that may be completed entirely online. Offerings include the General Management MBA, International Business – Finance MBA, International Business - Information Systems MBA, and the International Business – Management MBA. The ACBSP-accredited programs require 30 to 36+ credit hours of coursework and they may be completed in two to three years.
17. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
The School of Business at George Mason University offers two MBA programs: the Global Executive MBA and the National Defense Executive MBA. Coursework for both EMBA programs may be completed entirely online. The AACSB International-accredited Global EMBA requires 51 credit hours of study (taught in seven-week modules), plus an eight-day residency in Asia, Europe, Australia, or South America. The program offers two start times each year: spring and fall.
The AACSB International-accredited National Defense EMBA also requires a total of 51 credit hours (taught in seven-week modules), plus a required four-day Washington D.C. residency. An optional global residency is also on the menu. Students may begin the program at the beginning of the spring or fall semesters. Both the Global EMBA and the National Defense EMBA take less than two years to complete.
18. Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Missouri
Missouri University of Science and Technology offers an MBA program that allows students to attend on a part-time basis and complete the program entirely online. The online MBA program requires 36 credit hours to complete and it offers 10 specialization areas. Options include
Business Intelligence, Business Sustainability, Enterprise Resource Planning, Human-Computer Interaction, International Business, Marketing, New Product Development, Project Management, Strategy, and Supply Chain Management.
Courses for the AACSB International-accredited program are delivered over the Internet, via live streaming video and collaborative learning software, which includes WebEx and Blackboard. In addition, classes are “archived online” for easy access and review. The online MBA program at Missouri University of Science and Technology usually takes just two to three years to complete.
Note: Students interested in earning college credit toward their MBA might consider a Graduate Certificate Program. Students earning a B or better in all core courses may be accepted into the corresponding degree program without taking the GRE. Certificates are available in the following MBA related areas: Business Intelligence, Enterprise Resource Planning, Human-Computer Interaction, and Project Management.
19. Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky
The School of Business and Economics at Campbellsville University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA with tracks in 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 can expect to take 27 MBA cores and nine hours of electives to complete the program. The IACBE-accredited program currently has two cohorts per year beginning in January and July.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
The School of Business at Liberty University offers a 36-credit-hour and 45-credit-hour MBA program. Both programs may be completed entirely online. Students can expect an eight-week online format that allows them to complete their MBA "any time during the week, day or night, with no required log-in times," according to the school. Students have 10 concentration options to choose from including 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.
23. 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.
24. University of Phoenix, Multiple Locations
The University of Phoenix offers an online MBA that consists of 36 to 54 credit hours of study. Students must take 36 credit hours of cores + 15 credits of elective courses to complete a focus area. Focus areas include Accounting, Energy Management, Global Management, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Project Management, and Technology Management. The ACBSP-accredited online MBA is designed to take just 18 months to complete.
25. 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.