Our 2023 rankings of the Top Online MBA Programs in Ohio. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Top 5 Online MBA Programs in Ohio - 2023 College Rankings
1University of CincinnatiCincinnati
2Ohio UniversityAthens
3Kent State UniversityKent
4Xavier UniversityCincinnati
5Wright State UniversityDayton
1. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati (UC) is home to one of the nation’s top three Cooperative (Co-op) Programs. Participating students earn a combined $75 million a year working for Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Apple, Nike, and Disney. The Co-op Programs at UC are open to all students. This includes students in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.

Within the College of Business are also a number of business programs that can be completed entirely online, including an AACSB-accredited Online MBA. Consisting of 35-48 credit hours, the UC Linder Online MBA is research-intensive, with a required 12 credit hours of electives. This allows students to concentrate in a specific area or earn a certificate. Online certificate/concentration options include: Digital Marketing, Health Care Administration, Individual Taxation, Health Care Finance, Marketing, Health Care Operations, Data Analytics, Health Care Policy and Regulation, Investment Management, and Corporate Taxation.

Other UC Linder Online MBA features include optional study abroad experiences in more than 50 countries; the option to take courses in-person at UC’s Uptown West Campus; and career services, including immersive two-day leadership and team-building experiences, along with intensive communication workshops.

The Online MBA at University of Cincinnati can be completed in as few as 12 months. Graduates of the program are often hired for full-time positions within three months of graduation. Top hiring companies include Ernst & Young, Fifth Third Bank, Procter & Gamble (P&G), AstraZeneca, PwC Switzerland, Nielsen Holdings, Shell Oil Company, KPMG US, Honda, BMO Financial Group, BP, Morgan Stanley, Dow Chemical Company, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Kroger, Toyota, GE Aviation, HSBC, and Marathon Petroleum Corporation.

Founded in 1819, University of Cincinnati is an urban research university that serves approximately 47,915 students. The school provides more than 400 academic programs across 14 colleges and a graduate school. University of Cincinnati has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1919. Accreditation includes all regional campuses. In addition, as an Ohio Public Institution, every program at UC is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

2. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
Ohio University

The College of Business at Ohio University has a flexible, part-time MBA that can be completed 100% online. Accredited by the AACSB, this two-year program has nine concentrations consisting of nine credit hours each. Options include Business Venturing & Entrepreneurship, Finance, Strategic Selling & Sales Leadership, Project Management, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Executive Management, Business Analytics, and Health Care.

Graduate Certificates are available as well, allowing students to develop multiple areas of expertise. Some Graduate Certificate coursework can be applied to the Online MBA. Certificate options include Business Analytics, Advanced Business Analytics, and Business Analytics Leadership; Finance; Business Venturing & Entrepreneurship; Human Resources Management; Strategic Selling and Sales Leadership; Operations and Supply Chain Management; Executive Management for Healthcare Professionals; and Management and Leadership.

Other program features include case studies, class discussions and hands-on projects, a hybrid option, and the Graduate Career Acceleration Team (GradCAT).

GradCAT provides access to career coaches, branding experts, a career concierge, and job-search resources that include webinars, personal assessments, and new job openings. Online resources can be accessed 24/7/365 and live coaching takes place via video conference or phone. Coaches, branding experts, and the career concierge are available for four months. Annual career coaching sessions, unlimited access to job-search technology platform, or networking opportunities are accessible for life.

Graduates of the Online MBA at Ohio University go on to receive promotions and salary increases in their current careers or to establish successful careers in industries such as Information Technology, Consulting, Government, Finance, Healthcare, Supply Chain, Public Administration, Manufacturing, Retail Management, and E-commerce.

Established in 1804 as the state’s first university, Ohio University is a public research institution that serves over 28,000 students from across the state and online. More than 250 academic programs are provided across 25+ colleges and schools. Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

3. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Kent State University

The Online MBA at Kent State University (Kent State) is an accelerated program that can be completed in as few as 12 months. Housed in the AACSB-accredited Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship, the Kent State Online MBA does not require a business degree or professional experience for admittance.

Other program features include concentrations in International Business, Accounting, Business Analytics, and Human Resource Management; a modular case-based, self-paced curriculum; a blend of classroom instruction and experiential learning; optional study abroad experiences in places such as Prague, Czech Republic, Florence, Italy, and Geneva Switzerland; five start dates’ and access to a career coach and other career services.

The Kent State Online MBA requires 37 credit hours, including 24 credit hours of core courses, nine credits of electives, a Capstone worth three credits, and a one-credit Professional Development course. Course examples for the program include Global Technology Strategy; Law and Ethics; Operations, Service and Supply Chain Management; Managerial Economics; Analytics for Decision Making; and Global Conditions and Macroeconomics Policy.

For students who are considering an MBA, but are on the fence, Kent State University provides a Stackable Certificate Pathway to the Online MBA. This Pathway allows students to enroll in the Quantitative Business Management or Leadership and Management Certificate program. These stand-alone Certificates consist of five two-credit courses and classes for each are delivered 100% online. Students can complete one certificate, stack a second certificate, then complete Capstone requirements to graduate with an MBA.

All MBA pathways at Kent State University prepare students to pursue leadership roles across industries. Some of the top employers of Kent State MBA graduates include Grant Thornton, Rocket Mortgage, Progressive Insurance, EY, Sherwin Williams, Fastenal, KeyBank, Tom James Company, FirstEnergy, and Qualtrics.

Established in 1910 as a teacher training school, Kent State University comprises an eight-campus system that serves approximately 30,590 students from across the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Kent State University provides access to more than 300 programs across 40+ colleges, departments, and schools. Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

4. Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
Xavier University

Xavier University is home to Williams College of Business (WCB). This AACSB-accredited business school provides eight undergraduate majors, seven minors, and four master’s degree programs. Among the school’s graduate programs is an Online MBA that can be completed with as few as 1.5 years or up to three.

Depending on the student’s education background, the program will consist of 39-45 credit hours. Core classes for the program total 27 credits across a variety of business disciplines from Marketing Strategy to Information Systems. Students in the program have the opportunity to concentrate their studies through nine required elective credits. Examples include Innovation, Change and Entrepreneurship, Pricing, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Values Based Leadership. An optional Global Immersion Trip worth three credits is also part of the program.

While the WCB Online MBA at Xavier University can be completed online, many require participation at set times. Each three-credit course requires an eight-week commitment with summer sessions condensed to six weeks. Two courses may be completed in a 16-week time period, allowing students to focus on one course at a time. Online courses for the program utilize a portal that integrates discussion boards, prerecorded audio and video files, email exchanges, and video conferencing.

Graduates of the business programs at Xavier University enjoy a 98% employment, graduate school or volunteering rate within six months of graduation. Top employers include Deloitte, Fifth Third Bank, Grant Thornton, Macy’s, Fidelity, US Bank, Cintas, TQL, Arthur J Gallagher, Paycor, Nielsen, and Kroger,.

Founded in 1831 as a men’s college, Xavier University is the sixth-oldest Catholic and fourth-oldest Jesuit university in the United States. This private institution serves approximately 5,760 students enrolled in more than 90 undergraduate majors, 60+ minors, and over 40 graduate programs. The academic programs at Xavier are housed across the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Nursing; Professional Sciences; and Williams College of Business. Xavier University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

5. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Wright State University

Wright State University is home to Raj Soin College of Business. Named in honor of Entrepreneur, Business Leader, and Community Benefactor Rajesh K. Soin, this AACSB-accredited College houses six academic departments. These include Management and International Business; Accountancy; Information Systems and Supply Chain Management; Economics; Finance and Financial Services; and Marketing.

Within the Department of Management and International Business is a 33-46.5 credit hour MBA Program with three delivery options: on-campus, online, or a combination of the two (hybrid). The program has 10 three-course Concentrations. Examples include New Venture Creation; Management, Innovation and Change; Healthcare Management; International Business; and Project Management. Students may also Minor in Management or International Business. Graduate Certificates in Human Resource Management and Management are also available.

Core courses for the Wright State University Online MBA may be completed entirely online. Courses include Economics for Managers; Financial Analysis and Decision Making; International Business Management; Leadership and Ethics; and Strategic Cost Management; Marketing Strategy; and Supply Chain Management.

MBA students will also take the Developing and Implementing Competitive Strategies Capstone, worth three credits. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue advancement opportunities in their current careers or leadership roles across industries.

Wright State University opened in September 1964 with 3,203 registered students and 55 faculty members. Today, this public research university serves approximately 10,800 students enrolled in 325 programs at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional degree levels. Programs are housed across six colleges, three schools, and two campuses. Wright State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).