2019 Online MBA Rankings
Top 25 Public Online MBA Programs in the US – 2019 Rankings
RankingSchoolState% of Schools Considered
1Indiana UniversityIndiana 1%
2University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth Carolina1%
3Arizona State UniversityArizona 2%
4University of FloridaFlorida 2%
5Temple UniversityPennsylvania 3%
6University of MarylandMaryland3%
7University of Texas at DallasTexas 4%
8Pennsylvania State University Pennsylvania 5%
9University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignIllinois 5%
10North Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina6%
11Washington State UniversityWashington 6%
12Auburn UniversityAlabama 7%
13University of ArizonaArizona7%
14Florida State UniversityFlorida 8%
15Arkansas State UniversityArkansas 8%
16University of Wisconsin MBA ConsortiumWisconsin 9%
17University of Massachusetts-AmherstMassachusetts9%
18Mississippi State UniversityMississippi 10%
19Louisiana State UniversityLouisiana 10%
20University of Nebraska-LincolnNebraska15%
21Oklahoma State UniversityOklahoma 15%
22Georgia WebMBAGeorgia15%
23Colorado State UniversityColorado 15%
24Ball State UniversityIndiana15%
25Central Michigan UniversityMichigan 15%

Our 2019 list of the Top 25 Public Online MBA Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Indiana University1. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indianapolis, Indiana (top 1% of programs considered)

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offers a flexible online MBA program, known as “Kelley Direct Online,” that allows students to customize their experience by selecting 12 credit hours of electives to create a specialized area. The program offers the opportunity to complete a dual MBA/MS degree with an Online MS in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, IT Management, Marketing or Strategic Management. This may be accomplished with only 12 additional credit hours.

Other unique opportunities for students include AGILE—Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education, which allows students to gain international business experience while pursuing their online degree. Offered each quarter, the AGILE curriculum features travel to places such as Gaborone, Botswana; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Beijing, China; New Delhi, India; Yangon, Myanmar, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Havana/Vinales, Cuba.

The Kelley Direct Online MBA takes just two years to complete and it is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (top 1% of programs considered)

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC Chapel Hill) offers an online MBA program that balances asynchronous learning with weekly face-to-face classes with Kenan-Flagler faculty. An important component of the 66 credit hour program is the opportunity to participate in domestic and international immersions. Students are required to attend at least two immersions, which will take them to major business centers in the U.S. and around the world. Past international immersions have included London, Johannesburg, Singapore, Istanbul, and others. Many students participate in more than the two required immersions.

MBA@UNC students may select from five concentrations including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Strategy and Consulting, and Data Analytics and Decision Making. 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) and Doing Business In (DBI).

STAR students "learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies,” says the school. Doing Business In (DBI) "gives students an opportunity to study abroad at an MBA exchange partner school."

The AACSB-accredited MBA@UNC program can be completed in as few as 18 months or as many as 36, depending on the student’s schedule and other commitments.

Arizona State University,3. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (top 2% of programs considered)

Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business offers a flexible online MBA that includes 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.

This competitive AACSB-accredited program consists of 49 total credit hours (17 classes) and students are allowed to take just one course at a time (five weeks per course). Students also have the opportunity to customize their MBA by declaring an area of emphasis in Finance, International Business, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management.

Other program highlights include the opportunity to interact with teammates in case-based projects, an inclusive online environment, and the option to earn two degrees in less time and at a lower cost. Concurrent online degree options include the MBA/MSE in Electrical Engineering, the MBA/Master of Legal Studies, and the MBA/MS in Industrial Engineering.

Students in both the single and dual online MBA programs have the option to start in January or August.

University of Florida4. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (top 2% of programs considered)

Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida (UF) became one of the first schools to offer a fully accredited, 100% online MBA program in 1999. The school says that the “innovative 24-month option does not require a single campus visit.” The school has two additional options including an Accelerated Online MBA that allows students to complete the program in just 16 months and a “two-year” option, which takes 27 months to complete.

Both programs are offered in hybrid format, meaning students will have to attend an on-campus orientation and visit the campus one weekend every four months (Saturday & Sunday). During these visits, students will take final exams and deliver final presentations.

A concurrent Outreach Engineering Management (OEM) Master’s (OEM/MBA) is also available. This degree option “reduces the amount of time and coursework required for students to obtain both the MBA and the OEM degree from UF."

All online MBA students are encouraged to enroll in UF's MBA Global Immersion Experiences (GIE). Students register for the two-credit course that meets in person and online over the course of the semester and includes a seven to 10-day experience abroad in China, Chile, Dubai and others. The Online MBA programs at UF’s Warrington College of Business are AACSB-accredited.

Temple University5. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 3% of programs considered)

Temple University’s Fox School of Business offers a 48 credit hour online MBA program known as the “Fox OMBA.” Students in the program use a combination of “leading-edge virtual technology,” says the school, as well as “HD video presentations, and web conferencing technology to engage in course activities in any environment and at their own pace.” While coursework for the program is available entirely online, students must attend one weeklong residency, which is held at the school’s main campus. Students must also “attend” live weekly classes held through WebEx. This gives students the opportunity to meet classmates and faculty in an environment that allows them to “speak with and see one another.”

Online concentration options for the Fox OMBA include Business Management, Corporate Compliance, Governance and Regulatory Policy, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Innovation Management, Marketing Management, Sport Business, Strategic Management, Supply Chain Management, and Travel & Tourism. These online concentrations require nine of students’ 12 elective credits. Students in pursuit of a general MBA degree may choose nine credits of any elective course.

Even with a concentration, many FOX OMBA students complete this AACSB-accredited program in as few as 20 months or up to six years, utilizing the schools flexible “hop-on, hop-off curriculum carousel.” Each student can expect to spend approximately 10-20 hours each week on coursework. The program culminates in an Enterprise Consulting Practicum (Capstone), worth three credits.

University of Maryland6. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (top 3% of programs considered)

University of Maryland’s (UMD) Robert H. Smith School of Business offers an online MBA program with six specializations. Options include Accounting, General Track, Finance, Information Systems and Business Analytics, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. The program is largely asynchronous, which allows students to continue to meet personal and professional obligations during their course of study.

Per the school, “a small number of live online classes presented via the state-of-the-art video conferencing tool, Adobe Connect, provide the benefit of “attending” class and interacting with professors and peers in real time.” Students will also benefit from audio and video messaging, integrated multimedia, collaborative online workspaces, and career coaching. Smith’s Office of Career Services (OCS) takes students through “a phased approach” to creating their “core career portfolio, complemented with next-level learning and capstone experiences.” This entire career development protocol repeats each year so students can “get what [they] need when [they] need it.”

The UMD Smith online MBA may be completed in as few as 24 months, while still providing “the same academic rigor and top faculty” as is offered in the campus-based programs.

University of Texas at Dallas7. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas (top 4% of programs considered)

The AACSB-accredited Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) is home to the Professional MBA (PMBA) Online and Professional MBA Flex. The PMBA Online utilizes "streaming audio lectures, video clips, online exams, online submission of assignments, and interactivity for group projects using discussion forums, email, and web conferencing," says the school. The program, which consists of 53 credit hours, also highlights 24 hours of electives, along with an impressive 13 double MS/MBA options, including STEM, and 15 concentrations.

Just a few concentration options include Accounting, Information Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management. In addition to STEM, MS options include Healthcare Leadership and Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and International Management Studies, to name a few.

The Professional MBA Flex offers all the benefits of the PMBA Online, but students can take classes on a part-time basis, usually six semester credit hours (two courses) per semester.

All Online PMBA and Professional MBA Flex students are encouraged to participate in the school's International Study Programs, which "give direct exposure to business in a global context." Besides offering Exchange Programs and International Internships, the JSOM Study Abroad Office has conducted more than 35 faculty led international study trips in 16 countries for the past 15 years.

Students can take up to 72 months to finish the PMBA Online, however, the program may be completed in as few as 16 months. There are no on-campus requirements for this program and students have full access to MBA Program Office and Jindal School Career Management Center staff. 

Pennsylvania State University8. Pennsylvania State University – World Campus, State College, Pennsylvania (top 5% of programs considered)

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State or PSU) offers an Online MBA led by the Smeal College of Business in partnership with Black School of Business, Penn State Behrend; Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies; and Penn State Harrisburg School of Business Administration. This AACSB-accredited program consists of 48 credit hours, including 39 General Management credits and nine credits of concentration work.

Core coursework prepares students to become “more effective business professionals," says the school, “by exposing them to the principles and practices essential to modern management,” including accounting, economics, data analysis, ethics, communications, human resources, finance, marketing, leadership, supply chain, strategy, innovation, and digital transformation.

Concentration options include Accounting Foundations, Advanced Accounting, Business Analytics, Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Analytics, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management. The MBA program runs on the Penn State semester System, so in addition to a declaring a concentration, students can take advantage of other Penn State online graduate degree and certificate courses and programs.

At the start of the Penn State Online MBA Program, students must attend a five-day Orientation Residency held at University Park, Pennsylvania. The orientation is designed to “acquaint” students “with aspects of the program in a face-to-face environment.”  Students will meet their instructors and student peers, “immerse” in a team performance class while earning credit, and attend workshops covering student advising services, career management, stress management, alumni relations and networking, time management, and online technology.

Other Orientation Residency highlights include Keynote Speakers and the opportunity to “connect with the Penn State community through campus tours end events.”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign9. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (top 5% of programs considered)

The Gies College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a fully online MBA (iMBA) with seven specializations including Digital Marketing, Financial Management, Global Challenges in Business, Innovation: From Creativity to Entrepreneurship, Managerial Economics and Business Analysis, Strategic Leadership & Management, and Value Chain Management. Students must complete at least six specializations and a program-wide experiential learning course.

Per the school, “specializations ultimately come together as a capstone project and lead to the complete iMBA.” Students will also choose two of three advanced-leadership pathways, including Digitization, Globalization and Innovation.

Learning takes place through Coursera and through the University. The part of the curriculum in the Coursera platform is on demand, so students can complete it at their own pace. Other program highlights include hands-on faculty, interactive in classes and projects, and weekly live class sessions, covering multiple time zones across the world. Students live in more than 50 different countries.

Another highlight of this AACSB-accredited program is job placement. According to The Wall Street Journal, the University of Illinois is among corporate recruiters’ top five places to recruit talent. Just a few firms with University of Illinois roots include YouTube, PayPal, and Yelp.

North Carolina State University10. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (top 6% of programs considered)

North Carolina State University’s (NC State) Poole College of Management offers a 40 credit hour Professional Online MBA known as the Jenkins MBA. The program features six “Depth Areas,” comprised of the same functional area options as concentrations, but with fewer credit hours required to graduate. Areas include Biosciences Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology Commercialization, Financial Management, Innovation Management, Marketing Management, and Supply Chain Management. This AACSB-accredited program also offers the opportunity to earn Decision Analytics 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 Path, which takes as few as 21 months to complete, or the Flexible Path, which allows students to complete their degree in as little as 21 months or up to six years. Students in both online programs will interact with one another and instructors through WolfWare, NC State’s online learning management system featuring educational tools such as Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate, email, streaming video files, discussion boards (message boards, instant messaging, etc.), and telephone conferencing.

The Jenkins Online MBA requires two three-day residencies on NC State’s main campus in Raleigh. In addition, students are encouraged to complete an optional International Immersion that lasts for seven to eight days. Per the school, “the focus of the trip is to provide global business and cultural awareness skills.” For 2019, travel experiences include France: MBA, Art & Science of Negotiation in Paris and Germany: MBA, Innovation & Marketing Systems in Munich.

Study abroad trips take place during the Spring and Summer semesters, (usually mid-March or mid-May).

Washington State University11. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (top 6% of programs considered)

Washington State University’s (WSU) Carson College of Business offers a 36 credit hour online MBA with four concentrations and a General Track. Concentrations include Marketing, Finance, International Business, and Hospitality Business Management. The program may be completed in as few as 22-29 months and the GMAT is not required for qualified applicants.

Two major highlights of this 100% online program are the optional international field study and the option to earn a graduate certificate upon completion of any concentration. WSU Online MBA students will have the opportunity to take an optional international experience in Helsinki, Finland and Tallin, Estonia. A wide range of topics specific to these cities will be covered, including Estonia’s status as the first nation in the world to offer e-citizenship. In addition to dynamic business and academic activities, there will be opportunities for tours to visit cultural landmarks.

Auburn University12. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (top 7% of programs considered)

Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business offers a video-based Distance MBA that may be completed in 2.5 years, part-time. The 36 credit hour program offers an optional three-day orientation at the beginning of the program and a three-day on campus residency on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before graduation. Otherwise, all coursework for the program is delivered through the University's online student learning platform CANVAS. Students use CANVAS to view lectures, work with team members on group assignments, ask questions and hold discussions with professors and classmates, submit homework, and access course materials. The lock-step curriculum allows online students to watch the exact same lectures, take the same tests, and communicate with the same professors as on-campus students.

Students can live-stream classes or choose to watch at the time most convenient for them. Courses are taken at the students own pace, with most online students taking one or two classes each semester. The curriculum includes a mix of core business classes and business electives and the final semester includes the Capstone Course, where groups of MBA students provide consultation to a number of real businesses on various topics.

In addition to optional concentrations in Finance, Marketing, Management, Information Systems, Supply Chain, Business Analytics and Human Resource Management, this AACSB-accredited program offers dual degrees (MBA/MS) in Finance, Information Systems, and Industrial and Systems Engineering. Graduate research assistantships, which are awarded annually, are also available.

University of Arizona13. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (top 7% of programs considered)

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona offers a 100% online MBA with six starts per year (every eight weeks). The program requires 14 core two-unit courses and 17 units of electives for a total of 45 units to graduate. Six concentrations are available including Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Finance, Management and Organizations, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

Also known as the OMBA, the Eller Online MBA highlights 24/7 asynchronous delivery of content that minimizes students’ time away from work and family, the option to decide how many courses to take at a time (take up to six years to complete the program), and AACSB accreditation. Although students can take up to six years to complete the program, full-time students may graduate in as few as 14 months.

Florida State University14. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (top 8% of programs considered)

Florida State University’s College of Business (COB FSU) offers two online MBA programs. Prospective students may choose between the Online, Part-Time MBA, and the Online, Part-Time MBA with a Real Estate Specialization. The 39-credit hour Online, Part-Time MBA offers a General Track or a specialization in Management Information Systems or Risk Management and Insurance. The program may be completed in two to 2.5 years or seven semesters.

Online MBA students may participate in the Global Business Seminar for Graduate Students, which provides the opportunity to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea at firms such as Samsung Electronics, Hyundai, Kia and LG. The program, which also features several cultural excursions, focuses on the "globalization and sustainability of Korean multinational firms."

The Online MBA with a Real Estate Specialization also consists of 39 credit hours and features a “rigorous set of elective courses focused on real estate and analysis.” The program, which also offers a study abroad option, may be completed in two to 2.5 years. As part of the FSU College of Business, both the Online, Part-Time MBA and Online, Part-Time MBA-Real Estate are AACSB-accredited.

Arkansas State University15.  Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas (top 8% of programs considered)

The Neil Griffin College of Business at Arkansas State University offers a 33 credit hour online MBA program that requires 36 to 39 credit hours to complete. Six concentrations are available and include Finance, Healthcare Administration, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Students in all concentrations have the option to complete an internship worth three credit hours or one directed independent study.

According to program literature, the curriculum emphasizes leadership/values, international business, latest technology, decision tools, and social responsibility/ethics facilitated by action-based learning. The school also says that a “serious trademark” of the Neil Griffin Online MBA is the same faculty members that teach and mentor the College of Business’ on-campus courses are the instructors for the online program.

The AACSB-accredited online MBA program at Arkansas State University takes just two years to complete.

16. University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, Wisconsin (top 9% of programs considered)

The University of Wisconsin (UW) Consortium MBA is the only program among UW’s peer consortial programs to grant the degree from the MBA Consortium program rather than from one of the partner schools. Available through all UW campuses (except Madison), the UW Consortium MBA features “content-integrated, theme-based modules rather than traditional stand-alone courses,” says the school. “By blending integrated core courses with a vast array of electives,” students can customize their MBA experience.

Coursework for this AACSB-accredited program may be completed entirely online and there are no campus requirements. The 30 credit hour program is designed for working professionals looking to advance in their respective career fields. The online format allows students to continue working while completing the program, which typically takes 2.5 to three years, once foundation requirements have been met.

In addition to completing a mandatory Leadership “mini-module,” which occurs concurrently with “Developing New Products and Services,” Consortium MBA students may choose 14 credits of electives relevant to their career goals. Electives are offered in the areas of Accounting & Finance, Healthcare, Information Technology, Management, and Marketing. Students also have the option to earn a 13-credit Online Certificate that can be applied towards the schools MBA program course prerequisites.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst17. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts (top 9% of programs considered)

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass-Amherst), Isenberg School of Management, offers a 45 credit hour online MBA that offers six focus areas including Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, and Sport Management. Fully accredited by the AACSB, the Isenberg MBA also offers 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 focus areas and the opportunity to experience the program before committing, students have an additional delivery option available to them. The Blended Option Part-Time MBA allows students to take some classes online and others at a conveniently located satellite campus in Boston, Shrewsbury, or Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mississippi State University18. Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi (top 10% of programs considered)

The College of Business at Mississippi State University offers a 30 credit hour fully online MBA and a 33 credit hour online MBA with a Focus in Project Management. Online MBA courses emphasize Management, Marketing, Finance, Economics, Business Information Systems, and Quantitative Analysis. Both AACSB-accredited programs offer enrollment in fall, spring, or summer and they typically take two years to complete. However, students who have completed all undergraduate prerequisites can finish either program in as few as 18 months. Prerequisite courses are also available online.

Louisiana State University19. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (top 10% of programs considered)

Louisiana State University’s (LSU) E.J. Ourso College of Business is home to the Flores Online MBA Program. This AACSB-accredited MBA is designed for professionals with at least five years of work experience and it offers six start dates annually. Students in the program are required to take 14 courses (42 credit hours) and they may choose elective courses to create a focus. A few options include Negotiation, Persuasion and Influence, and Seminar in New Developments in Business Administration.

There are no residency requirements for the LSU Flores MBA and students may complete the program in as few as 18 months.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln20. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska (top 15% of programs considered)

The College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers a 48 credit hour MBA that’s delivered entirely online. The school also offers a Flex MBA program, which is a blend of both on-campus and online courses. However, the majority of courses are taken on-campus at the “renowned” Howard L. Hawks Hall, which opened in 2017.

Per UNL, for the 100% online MBA program known as MBA@Nebraska, students “will never have to come to campus, which makes this option the most flexible” of the school’s three MBA programs. 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. Online graduate certificates are also available in Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, and Survey Research and Methodology.

In addition to the option to choose a specialization or certificate, UNL Online MBA students are expected to participate in an internship. “Internships are designed to give students practical experience in managerial and/or administrative situations.” Students can participate in a maximum of two internships and earn three hours of elective credit for each internship, for a maximum of six hours.

Start times for the MBA@Nebraska program are January, March, June, August or October of each year. The average completion time for the program is three years, but it is possible to complete it in 1.5 years. However, students are allowed up to 10 years to complete this AACSB-accredited program.

Oklahoma State University21. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma (top 15% of programs considered)

The Spears School of Business is housed within Watson Graduate School of Management at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Here, students can earn a 42 credit hour part-time MBA and a 43 credit hour full-time MBA. Concentrations for both programs include Business Sustainability, Data Science, Energy Business, Entrepreneurship, Global Marketing, Human Resource Management, Information Assurance, Marketing Analytics, and Non-Profit Management.

Students in both AACSB-accredited programs also have the option to earn an SAS and OSU Marketing Analytics Certificate. Per the school, the program is designed to “produce analytically-savvy managers who will be adept at leading teams of IT, Marketing and Strategy personnel in any organization to solve complex business problems by analyzing appropriate data. The curriculum for the program was designed in partnership with SAS, a leading provider of marketing analytics software and services.”

Both the part-time and full-time Spears OSU MBA programs may be completed online.

22. Georgia WebMBA, Georgia (top 15% of programs considered)

Implemented in 2001, the Georgia WebMBA is “designed for professionals who want to earn their MBA without the restrictions of set class times and locations,” says the school. This means, after an initial onsite two-day orientation in Atlanta, all required activities are exclusively online. At orientation, students will build teams and create team contracts, and interact with program faculty and administrators. Students will also “attend a panel discussion comprised of current students and alumni.” All students must successfully complete this mandatory orientation prior to starting the first semester.

The program, which is jointly offered by six University System of Georgia Schools, consists of 10 courses. Course highlights include Global and International Business, Entrepreneurship, Human Behavior in Organizations, Managerial Decision Analysis, Strategic Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Operations and Supply Chain Management. Students will complete two online courses each term and there are no required electives.

Students may complete the AACSB-accredited Georgia WebMBA in five consecutive semesters within a year and a half. This accelerated option allows students to begin the program in January or August.

Colorado State University23. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (top 15% of programs considered)

The College of Business at Colorado State University (CSU) offers a Professional MBA Program that dates back to 1975 when the first “distance” offering was introduced. Today, the 40 credit hour program is offered 100% online and it offers the opportunity to focus in one of several areas including Computer Information Systems, Finance, and Marketing Data Analytics. Students may also choose to focus in “Professional Enrichment,” which consists of electives such as International Study Trip (summer) and Contemporary Issues in Business: Leadership Symposium: Building and Leading Exceptional Organizational Teams.

During the optional International Study Trip, students will meet with business leaders, “learning international business culture, and becoming acclimated to environments” different from their own. In addition to the study trip and several focus areas, the CSU College of Business offers a number of unique business certificates to complement the MBA program. Options include Accounting, Ethics and Auditing, Applied Finance, Business Analytics and Accounting Systems, Business Information Systems, Business Intelligence, IT Project Management, Marketing Management, Nonprofit Administration, and Ski Area Management.

Including the focus area and study trip, students can expect to complete the AACSB-accredited online MBA program in as few as 21 months. However, students have the option to take up to five years to complete the program.

Ball State University24. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (top 15% of programs considered)

Ball State University’s Miller College of Business offers an online MBA program that may be completed in as few as two years. Per the school, the Miller MBA includes 24 credits of core courses and 6-9 credits of MBA electives “covering in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing, sales, and more.”

This AACSB-accredited program offers five optional concentrations including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Economics, Policy and Administration, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and Sales Management. An additional option is the General MBA, which allows students to customize their experience through a variety of course subjects.

Miller Online MBA students will complete coursework for the program 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.” 

Miller College of Business offers an additional delivery format option designed for students who prefer 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. Three start times are available including Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Central Michigan University25. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan (top 15% of programs considered)

The Central Michigan University Global Campus (CMU Global Campus) and College of Business Administration offer an online MBA program that features several emphasis areas including Human Resource Management, Logistics Management, Marketing, Value-Driven Organization (VDO), and ERP Emphasis Using SAP Software. 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. The ERP Emphasis/SAP is a 40 credit hour program that requires a two-week face-to-face SAP Academy.

Depending on the area of concentration, MBA students may have to take anywhere from 36 to 43 credit hours to complete the program. The online MBA program at CMU Global Campus is AACSB-accredited.