Our 2015 list of the Top 25 Private Online MBA Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts
Northeastern University is home to the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, which offers an online MBA with optional residencies. Students may complete a residency on-campus or in international locations such as China, Russia, and Greece. The 50-credit-hour program, which may be completed in 24 to 27 months, offers eight specializations including 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 by taking "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. The online MBA programs at D’Amore-Mckim School of Business are AACSB International-accredited.
2. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers a 54-credit-hour MBA that combines “live online classes led by Syracuse University faculty, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning through domestic and international residencies.” The AACSB International-accredited program offers five optional specializations including Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management, and Supply Chain Management.
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, known as MBA@Syracuse, may be completed in as little as two years.
3. George Washington University, Washington DC
George Washington University (GWU) is home to The School of Business, which offers an online Healthcare MBA and a traditional MBA. The Healthcare MBA ay be completed in just two years and the traditional MBA may be completed in three to five years. Both programs require 52.5 credit hours of study to complete. The traditional MBA consists of 52.5 core courses and 18 elective credit hours and the Healthcare MBA consists of 34.5 cores and 18 credit hours of healthcare electives.
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, and Physician Practice Management. The program is designed for professionals on the path to becoming Health Care Managers, Administrators, and Executives.
The traditional online MBA program is available either 100% online or in hybrid format. For 2015, the program offered optional concentrations in Consulting, Finance, Global Management, Information Systems & Technology Management, and Project Management. Students may also customize their electives to create their own area of focus.
Accredited by AACSB International, both programs offer optional short-term study abroad opportunities in places such as Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and others. In addition, the online MBA program requires one 1.5 credit on-site residency course, which may be completed during one of nine opportunities throughout the program. The course offers a “firsthand look through visits to the Federal Reserve, the US Congress, and the World Bank.”
4. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Pepperdine University is home to the Graziadio School of Business and Management. The School offers an online MBA program that features four elective concentrations. Options include Finance, General Management, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Marketing. Accredited by AACSB International, the 52-credit-hour online program takes as little as two years to complete.
5. Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University-Glendale, Glendale, Arizona
Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University-Glendale offers an online Master of Global Management (MGM) that has many of the same elements as the online MBA program, which ends in 2016. In addition to being offered online, the AACSB International-program is delivered at an accelerated pace. The program, which begins with a Residence Week at Thunderbird’s Glendale, Arizona campus, takes just 16 months to complete. In addition to Residence Week, students must complete three residence modules—one at Thunderbird’s main campus in Glendale, and two additional weeklong modules held in a choice of overseas locations.
6. Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut
The School of Business at Quinnipiac University offers a 46-credit-hour online MBA program that may be completed in as little as 2.5 years. The program allows students to “formulate customized concentrations that focus on specific professional interests.” Students may create a concentration by choosing electives from six areas including Computer Information Systems, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Management, and Marketing. The AACSB International-accredited program places a strong emphasis on “decision-making” as well as the exploration of “innovative approaches to problem solving, financial analysis, organizational behavior, marketing, global business practices and leadership.”
The Quinnipiac online MBA offers three start dates: fall (late August), spring (late January), and summer (late May).
7. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York
The Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology Online Executive MBA (EMBA) program delivers 49 credit hours of study in just 17 months. The accelerated program “focuses on building skills in innovation, teamwork, leadership, globalization, and strategic thinking,” to help students “thrive in the global marketplace.” As part of Saunders College of Business, the EMBA program is fully accredited by AACSB International.
8. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
The Villanova School of Business at Villanova University offers an online MBA program that 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—the Global Practicum.
This residency gives students the opportunity to travel to business centers 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.
9. Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina
Gardner-Webb University is home to the Godbold School of Business, which offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program requires 30 hours in the core and six credit hours of electives. Emphasis areas include Accounting, Banking and Financing, International Business, Healthcare Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Resources Management, Management Information Systems, and Tax Accounting.
Students that may be interested in some face time may choose to take several MBA courses at campuses in Boiling Springs, Charlotte, Statesville, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina as well as Spartanburg Springs, South Carolina. All MBA programs at the Godbold School of Business are ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs)-accredited.
10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics offers two MBA programs—the MBA and the MBA&E (Engineering). 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 through 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. Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York
The Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University is home to New York’s first distance learning programs in Strategic Healthcare Management and Strategic Business. Both 48-credit-hour programs may be completed entirely online. The AACSB International-accredited programs are open to both domestic and international students.
12. 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 100% online. The AACSB International-accredited program also offers eight and 15-week semesters. Students can expect to take courses such as Accounting Concepts, Business Analytics, Ethical Practices in Business, Marketing Strategy, and Shareholder Value Management. The online MBA also offers a focus in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing.
13. Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York
The Marist College School of Management 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).
14. University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
The Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton offers an AACSB-accredited online MBA that features four specializations. In addition to the General Management 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. In addition, online MBA students may earn an Online Certificate in Supply Chain Management.
15. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts
The Robert A. Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a “Flex Track” MBA program that features a” blended learning for students seeking a more flexible learning option.” The program, known as “The Innovator’s MBA,” combines web-based learning with on-campus classes that meet on Saturdays, every five weeks, which totals three Saturdays per semester, for 3.5 hours per class. Students in the program may take as many or as few classes per semester as they like, and if preferred, students may incorporate evening courses.
All students must complete the 10 integrative courses as part of the MBA program as well as two projects and four elective courses. Elective specialization areas include Entrepreneurship, Health Systems Innovation, Information Security Management, Information Technology, Operations Management, Process Design, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Technological Innovation, and Marketing Innovation. The Foisie Flex Track MBA program is AACSB International-accredited.
16. Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio
The Baldwin Wallace University School of Business offers a hybrid MBA. The program combines online and classroom instruction, so 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 is Baldwin Wallace University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association.
17. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida
The College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA in Aviation with six optional specializations. Options include Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, International Business, and Public Administration.
While the program 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).
18. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
The Heider College of Business at Creighton University offers a 33-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online, on campus, or a combination of the two. The program, which may be completed in just over two years, offers six unique dual degree programs. Two are available 100% online. They 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. As part of the Heider College of Business, all online MBA programs are AACSB International-accredited.
19. Franklin University, Columbus, Ohio
The College of Business at Franklin University offers a 40-credit-hour MBA that may be completed in as few as 14 months. Students have the opportunity to craft their own concentration area by choosing the appropriate number of electives in the areas of Marketing & Communications, Business Psychology, Healthcare Administration, Public Administration, and Human Resource Management. The program, which takes as few as 14 months to complete, is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
20. Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
The School of Business at Liberty University offers two MBA programs that may be completed entirely online. Both the 36-credit-hour General MBA and 45-credit-hour Specialization MBA offer an eight-week online format that allows students to complete their degree "any time during the week, day or night, with no required log-in times." The Specialization MBA program offers 10 focus options including Accounting, Criminal Justice Administration, 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.
21. Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
The Business Administration Department at Columbia College offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program with an optional Accounting track or an emphasis in Human Resource Management. Students 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).
22. 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” and all students may participate in the business internship. The online MBA program at Saint Leo University is IACBE-accredited.
23. Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
The School of Business at Upper Iowa University (UIU) offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA with five emphasis areas including Accounting, Corporate Financial Management, General Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Development. The program features asynchronous courses that allow students to attend classes on their own schedule. UIU offers six, eight-week terms each year and students may begin the degree program during any term.
Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the online MBA at UIU does not require any residencies. In addition to the Fayette campus, Upper Iowa offers the MBA through the Online Program at the Des Moines Center, Quad Cities Center, and Waterloo Center.
24. Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York
The School of Business at Clarkson University offers an AACSB-accredited 48-credit-hour online MBA that is designed to enable working professionals to earn their Clarkson MBA on their schedule — wherever they are — while they continue working. The MBA program is also available in a hybrid format, where classes can be taken online and/or during the evenings at the Clarkson University Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y. Students in either program have access to all Clarkson School of Business resources — academic and professional networks, career services, and alumni. The MBA program consists of 11 foundation courses and five electives, and takes just two years (or less) to complete. However, students are allowed up to five years to complete the program, which offers a quarterly calendar.
25. Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio
The School of Business at Tiffin University offers an online MBA with nine concentration options. They include Finance, General Management, Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Non-Profit Management and Sports Management. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the online program allows students to access their courses on their own schedule, any time of the day or week. Students may complete the online MBA program in as little as 18 months.