2017

Our 2017 list of the Top 50 Online MBA Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

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

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill offers an Online MBA Program that allows students to interact with faculty weekly using a face-to-face online platform. Two important components of the 66 credit hour program are the MBA@UNC Global Immersions and quarterly three-day immersions. Students are required to attend at least two Global Immersions, which may take them to major business centers around the world such as London, Johannesburg, Singapore, Istanbul, and others. 

The program may be completed in 18 to 36 months and students may select from eight concentrations including Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship, Global Supply Chain Management, Investment Management, Marketing, Sustainable Enterprise, Management 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), the Exchange Program, and Doing Business In (DBI).

STAR students "students learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies,” says the school, while the Exchange Program “allows MBA@UNC students to study at another top-ranked business school in countries across the globe." Doing Business In (DBI) "gives students an opportunity to study abroad at an MBA exchange partner school."

The Online MBA at UNC is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

2. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indianapolis, Indiana (top 1% of schools considered)
Indiana University

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offers a flexible Online MBA Program that allows students to customize their experience by selecting 12 credit hours of electives to create a specialized area. Also known as “Kellye Direct Online,” the program takes just two years to complete and offers the opportunity for students to complete a dual MBA/MS degree with an MS in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Marketing or Strategic Management.

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; Myanmar, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Kelley Direct Online MBA is AACSB-accredited.

3. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 1% of schools considered)
Temple University

The Fox School of Business at Temple University offers a 48 credit hour Online MBA Program known as the “Fox OMBA.” Students in the program use a combination of “cutting-edge social technologies,” 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.”

Concentration options for the Fox OMBA include Business Management, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Innovation Management, Marketing Management, and Strategic Management. 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 little as 20 months, utilizing the schools flexible curriculum carousel. Each student can expect to spend approximately 10-20 hours each week on coursework.

4. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (top 2% of schools considered)
Arizona State University

The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University 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 allows students to take just one course at a time (five weeks per course) and students may start in January or August. 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.

5. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (top 2% of schools considered)
University of Southern California

Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California (USC Marshall) is home to the oldest AACSB-accredited school of business in Southern California. The school offers an Online MBA Program that it says, “weaves the fundamental topics of business education – marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, and others – into hands-on exercises and real-world discussions.” Specifically designed for online delivery, the USC Marshall MBA Program highlights a single one-week, on-campus residency.

The program also features multiple delivery methods including interactive games, virtual learning exercises, and group video conferences and class sessions led by instructors and one-on-one faculty discussions via webcam. Video content and presentations produced at the USC Marshall dedicated studio are also highlighted, as well as case studies and dramatizations of real-world business scenarios, and collaborative video activities and assessments.

6. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas (top 2% of schools considered)
University of Texas at Dallas

The Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) offers an Online Professional MBA (PMBA) that allows students up to 72 months to finish. The AACSB-accredited program 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 53 credit hour Online PMBA also highlights 24 hours of electives, along with an impressive 12 concentrations. Just a few include Accounting, Information Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management.

All Online PMBA 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.

7. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (top 3% of schools considered)
University of Florida

In 1999, the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida (UF) became one of the first schools to offer a fully accredited Online MBA Program. The program has two flexible 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. A concurrent Outreach Engineering Management (OEM) Master’s (OEM/MBA) is also on the menu. This "innovative" degree option "reduces the amount of time and coursework required for students to obtain both the MBA and the OEM degree from UF."

While the accelerated and two-year options may be completed online, students must visit the Gainesville campus once per term (once every four months) to take final exams and to deliver final presentations. These visits typically take place on weekends. In addition, 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.

8. Pennsylvania State University – World Campus, State College, Pennsylvania (top 3% of schools considered)
Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State or PSU) Online MBA is led by the Smeal College of Business. This AACSB-accredited program consists of 48 credit hours, which includes 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.

Concentrations 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.

At the start of the PSU Online MBA program, all 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 highlights of the Orientation include Keynote Speakers and the opportunity to “connect with the Penn State community through campus tours end events.”

9. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (top 3% of schools considered)
University of Maryland

The Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland (UMD) offers an Online MBA with six specializations. Options include Accounting, General MBA, 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.” Other program highlights include features such as audio and video messaging, integrated multimedia, and collaborative online workspaces. Students may also earn their degree in as few as 24 months, while experiencing “the same academic rigor and top faculty” as is offered in the campus-based programs.

10. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (top 4% of schools considered)
North Carolina State University

The Jenkins Graduate School of Management at North Carolina State University (NC State) offers a 40 credit hour Professional Online MBA that features six “Depth Areas,” which are comprised of the same functional area options as concentrations, but require fewer credit hours to be completed. 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 Professional Track, which takes as few as 21 months to complete, or the Flexible Professional Track, 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 via distance education technology (including Blackboard Collaborate and Moodle), e-mail, online discussion forums (message boards, instant messaging, etc.), and telephone conferencing.

Note that the program requires two three-day residencies on NC State’s main campus in Raleigh. In addition, students are encouraged to complete an optional International Immersion, For 2018, students may travel to France, Brazil or Munich for seven to eight days to study the Art & Science of Negotiation (France), Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets (Brazil), or Innovation and Marketing Systems (Munich). Study abroad trips take place during the Spring and Summer semesters.

11. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (top 4% of schools considered)
Washington State University

The Carson College of Business at Washington State University (WSU) offers a 36 credit hour Online MBA and a 44 credit hour Online Executive MBA (EMBA). The Online MBA program offers four concentrations and a General MBA. Concentrations include Marketing, Finance, International Business, and Hospitality Business Management. Though the program 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 WSU 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 AACSB-accredited Online EMBA program, which also offers the opportunity to travel to China for a 10-day residency, may be completed in as little 18 months.

12. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (top 4% of schools considered)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Business at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a fully Online MBA (iMBA) that highlights courses that have been grouped into specializations. Per the school, “all the specializations you complete throughout the program ultimately come together as a capstone project and lead to the complete iMBA.” The four required specializations include Strategic Leadership & Management, Managerial Economics and Business Analysis, Value Chain Management, and Financial Management. Focus Area/Advanced Specializations include Global Challenges in Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Digital Marketing. Students may take two of the three. 

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.

13. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (top 4% of schools considered)
Pepperdine University

The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University offers an Online MBA Program that focuses on building “essential business knowledge in areas such as finance, marketing, accounting, economics, quantitative analysis, law, human behavior, information systems, strategy, management, and leadership,” says the school. Students in this AACSB-accredited program will build “business intelligence” as they “examine business from a global perspective and address the impact of globalization, competition, technological innovation, and ethics in the workplace.”

Students in this 52 credit hour program “develop the practical skills” needed to “thoroughly analyze and tackle the challenges of modern business with confidence and composure” and they will “improve” their “communications while learning what it takes to be an effective and persuasive manager and leader.” Other highlights of the program include the option to complete the program in as few as two years and four elective concentrations. Students may choose between Finance, General Management, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Marketing.

14. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (top 5% of schools considered)
Syracuse University

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers a 54 credit hour Online MBA that consists of 36 credits of core business courses, 15 credits of specialization-focused electives, and three credits of U.S. and global residencies. Students may choose from six optional specializations including Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management, or Supply Chain Management.

This AACSB-accredited program, better known as MBA@Syracuse, combines “live online classes led by Syracuse University faculty, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning through domestic and international residencies,” says the school. While coursework for the Online MBA program may be completed entirely online and in as few as two years, all students will participate in “three day-long residencies in cities around the world,” that offer real-world experiences.

One residency requires students to meet “face-to-face with classmates and professors for networking and socializing, says the school. Students also “participate in workshops and hear from guest speakers from top companies.”

15. Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas (top 5% of schools considered)
Arkansas State University

The College of Business at Arkansas State University offers a 33 credit hour Online MBA Program that is the only business program nationally ranked in the top 15 in both quality and affordability. The program, which offers optional concentrations in Finance and Supply Chain Management, requires 36 to 39 credit hours to complete. Students in both concentrations have the option to complete an internship worth three credit hours or one directed independent study.

According to program literature, a serious trademark of the 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 takes around two years to complete and it is only available to U.S. Citizens.

16. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (top 5% of schools considered)
Auburn University

The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University 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 visit to campus towards the end of the program to complete the Capstone Course. Otherwise, all coursework for the program may be completed online.

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 in MBA/MS in Finance, MBA/MS in Information Systems, and MBA/MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Graduate research assistantships, which are awarded annually, are also available.

17. University of Wisconsin (MBA Consortium), Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, Wisconsin (top 6% of schools considered)
University of Wisconsin (MBA Consortium)

Coursework for the University of Wisconsin (UW) Consortium MBA Program may be completed entirely online—no campus visits required. The AACSB-accredited program is available through all UW campuses (except Madison) and features “content-integrated, theme-based modules rather than traditional stand-alone courses,” says the school. The 30 credit hour Online MBA 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 13 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.

18. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts (top 6% of schools considered)
University of Massachusetts-Amherst,

The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass- Amherst) offers a 45 credit hour Online MBA Program that highlights 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 allows students to take some classes online and others at a conveniently located satellite campus in Boston, Shrewsbury, or Springfield, Massachusetts.

19. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska (top 6% of schools considered)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) offers a 48 credit hour MBA that’s delivered entirely online. Per UNL, “you 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.

In addition to the option to choose a specialization, 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 Online MBA at UNL 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.

20. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (top 6% of schools considered)
Ball State University

The Miller College of Business at Ball State University offers a 30 credit hour Online MBA Program that may be completed in as few as two years. The 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 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.” 

Miller College of Business offers another delivery format option 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.

21. George Washington University, Washington DC (top 7% of schools considered)
George Washington University

The School of Business at George Washington University (GWU) offers an Online Healthcare MBA that may be completed in just two years and up to five, and a Traditional MBA that may be completed in two to five years. Both programs require 55.5 total credit hours of study including 28.5 credit hours of core courses and 27 credit hours of elective courses for the Traditional MBA, and 31.5 credit hours of core courses, 12 healthcare electives, and 12 general electives for the Healthcare MBA.

The Healthcare MBA is delivered 100% online (or hybrid) 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 MBA Program offers optional concentrations in Consulting, Finance, Global Management, Government Contracts, Information Systems & Technology Management, and Project Management.

Students may choose up to two concentrations or they may customize their electives to create their own area of focus. Electives may be chosen from the schools of Business, Health Sciences, Public Health, Law, and more. Elective courses may also serve to add a graduate certificate to the MBA.

The GWU Online MBA curriculum also includes Business and Society (a required 1.5 credit on-site residency course in Washington, DC) and a 1.5 credit Information Systems and Technology Management selective course. Students are offered nine opportunities to complete the on-site course, which offers a firsthand look through visits to the Federal Reserve, the US Congress, and the World Bank. Both AACSB-accredited programs also offer three start times (August, January, or May), and optional short-term study abroad opportunities in places such as Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and others.

22. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (top 7% of schools considered)
Florida State University

The College of Business at Florida State University (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 will allow them to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea at firms such as Samsung Electronics, LG, Hyundai and Kia. 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. Both the Online, Part-Time MBA and Online, Part-Time MBA-Real Estate are AACSB-accredited.

23. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois (top 7% of schools considered)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

The College of Business at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU Carbondale) offers a fully Online MBA Program with an optional Concentration in Agribusiness Economics. The concentration is offered in partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences. Per the school, both the General MBA and the MBA with a Concentration in Agribusiness Economics feature a “structured, 23-month curriculum delivered through a focused, modular format,” as well as “participation with a cohort of fellow students that encourages interaction and collaboration,” says the school.

Note that course content for this AACSB-accredited program is designed and delivered by many of the same faculty who teach in the on-campus MBA program at SIU.

24. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (top 8% of schools considered)
University of Arizona

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona offers a 45 credit hour MBA that allows students to earn their degree 100% online in as little as 14 months. With six starts per year (or every eight weeks), the program offers six concentrations by taking specific electives. Concentrations include Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Finance, Management and Organizations, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.

Also known as the OMBA, the Eller Online MBA also 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 four years to complete the program) and AACSB accreditation.

25. Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi (top 8% of schools considered)
Mississippi State University

The College of Business at Mississippi State University offers a 30 credit hour fully Online MBA Program and a 36 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 that have completed all undergraduate prerequisites can finish either program in as little as 18 months. Prerequisite courses are also available online.

26. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan (top 8% of schools considered)
Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University’s (CMU) Global Campus (CMU Global Campus) offers 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.

27. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi (top 9% of schools considered)
University of Mississippi

The School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) offers a 36 credit hour Online Professional MBA that can be completed in as little as two years and up to six. Known as the “Ole Miss PMBA,” the program “employs a fully supported online learning system integrated with features such as video conferencing, interactive discussions and similar collaborative technologies necessary for effective online instruction,” says the school. Course titles range from Managerial Accounting and Organizational Behavior to Contemporary Business Analysis and Mobilizing Technology. The Ole Miss PMBA is AACSB-accredited.

28. The Georgia WebMBA (top 9% of schools considered)

The Georgia WebMBA is an AACSB-accredited Online MBA Program jointly offered by six University System of Georgia Schools. Designed for professionals who want to earn their MBA without the restrictions of set class times and locations, the Georgia WebMBA requires just one initial onsite two-day orientation. All remaining activities are exclusively online.

Students in the program will engage in virtual team-based learning, which “promotes efficient student interactions, peer-to-peer learning, and long-lasting relationships,” says the school. Sample courses for the program include Global & International Business, Entrepreneurship, Managerial Decision Analysis, Strategic Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Human Behavior in Organization.

Students may complete the Georgia WebMBA program in five consecutive semesters within a year and a half. This accelerated option allows students to begin the program in January or August and complete just two online courses per term.

29. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma (top 9% of schools considered)
Oklahoma State University

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (OSU) offers two MBA programs that may be completed entirely online. Options include a 42 credit hour part-time program, and a 43 credit hour full-time program. Concentrations 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.”

30. University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee (top 10% of schools considered)
University of Tennessee at Martin

The College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin or UTM) offers a 38 credit hour Online MBA Program that may be completed in just 20 months. The cohort-based program, which is “geared toward the financial services industry,” says the school, allows students to take one class at a time. The AACSB-accredited program emphasizes that it has just 20 students per cohort. Students typically begin the program in January or June.

Because the UT Martin Online MBA is open to “anyone holding a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, regardless of undergraduate major,” students come from all walks of life. Trips to campus are not required, so all interaction between the programs diverse group of students and faculty takes place via discussion boards, email, virtual classrooms, and virtual group meeting rooms. Other assignments and exams are completed and submitted online.

31. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts (top 10% of schools considered)
Northeastern University

The D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University offers an AACSB-accredited Online MBA Program with optional residencies at the schools domestic campus locations as well as international locations such as China, Russia, and Greece. Coursework for the 50 credit hour program may be completed 100% online and in 24 to 27 months. Eight in-demand specialization options are offered and include 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.

32. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (top 10% of schools considered)
Lehigh University

The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University offers two MBA programs—the Flex MBA and the MBA & E (Engineering). Both programs may be completed 100% online. The 36 credit hour Flex MBA program highlights global business concepts and analysis, cultural intelligence, organizational leadership, sustainability, crisis management resolutions, social consciousness issues, ethical decision-making, and optional business consulting projects. While the program does not offer any concentrations, students may earn a Professional Certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship in addition to the MBA. The Certificate is offered through VENTURESeries—a “one-of-a-kind executive certificate program that focuses squarely on new venture creation.”

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 MBA & E Program, students receive an MBA degree with a Concentration in their chosen area. Both programs are AACSB-accredited.

33. West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas (top 10% of schools considered)
West Texas A&M University

The College of Business at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) offers a 31 to 49 credit hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online. Students may also “combine online courses with campus courses to meet degree requirements.” Regardless of the delivery format, all MBA students may choose an optional emphasis area such as Computer Information Systems, Healthcare Management, Management or Marketing.

The AACSB-accredited Online MBA at WTAMU’s College of Business may be completed within a two-year period. However, some students have completed the program in as few as 12 to 18 months. Though all classes required for graduation may be completed online, note that students have the option of combining online courses with traditional campus or Amarillo courses to meet degree requirements.

34. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida (top 11% of schools considered)

The Kate Tiedemann College of Business at University of South Florida St. Petersburg (KTCOB USFSP) offers an AACSB-accredited MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. Per the school, “from application to graduation, fully online students never have to come to campus if they so choose.” Online courses are taught in “compact” eight-week sessions, which allow part-time students to enroll in just one course at a time.

Online MBA students have the option to pursue the Global MBA Track, which requires a Study Abroad Course. Students may opt for one of seven other Focus Tracks including Business Analytics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Analytics, International Business, Management, Information Systems Management (formerly Managing Knowledge Resources), and Marketing Strategy.

35. Florida International University, Miami, Florida (top 11% of schools considered)
Florida International University

Florida International University’s (FIU) Chapman Graduate School offers a Corporate MBA (CMBA) that may be completed 100% online. Tailored for busy, working professionals, the FIU CMBA utilizes discussion boards, chat, and email, as well as online e-advising and e-tutoring, and academic coaches. This AACSB-accredited program requires 42 credit hours of study to graduate and students now have the option to choose a Specialization. Options include Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, International Business, Marketing Channel Strategy, and Strategic Negotiations.

36. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (top 11% of schools considered)
Louisiana State University

The E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU) is home to the Flores Online MBA Program. The AACSB-accredited MBA is designed for professionals with at least five years of work experience and it offers six start dates annually. There are no residency requirements for the program. 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.

The LSU Flores MBA may be completed in as few as 18 months.

37. University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan (top 12% of schools considered)
University of Michigan-Dearborn

The College of Business at University of Michigan-Dearborn offers an MBA Program that may be completed 100% online, on-campus, or a combination of the two. Concentrations are optional and most require a campus presence. Options include Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.

The AACSB-accredited Online MBA Program requires 36 to 48 credit hours of study, and it may be completed within two to two-and-a-half years. Admission is rolling, so students may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students.

38. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York (top 12% of schools considered)
Rochester Institute of Technology

The Saunders School of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) offers an Online Executive MBA (EMBA) Program that delivers 49 credit hours of study in just 17 months. This interdisciplinary, accelerated program requires one three-day on-campus orientation and it offers foundational courses such as Leadership, Accounting and Finance, as well as “distinctive” courses such as Product Commercialization and Technology Management. Classes are delivered via weekly synchronous sessions, “offering high-quality video and audio functionality for optimal interaction,” explains the school.

Other program highlights include a curriculum that is identical to the on-campus program, with many of the same faculty teaching both formats, a required International Immersion Experience (airfare and lodging is are provided by the program), and the Capstone Consulting Program where students serve as consultants to actual businesses.

Note that the RIT Saunders Online EMBA offers two starts each year (late August and January). Because it is a cohort-based program, “all students enter the program at the same time, take the same classes, and move through the program with their initial cohort,” explains the school. “Some courses will be taken with another cohort (i.e., dual-cohort) and students are assigned to teams at the start of the program and will remain with their team for the duration of the program.”

The RIT Saunders Online EMBA is AACSB-accredited.

39. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (top 12% of schools considered)
University of Cincinnati

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati launched a new Online MBA Program in Spring 2014 that combines academic study with hands-on learning. The 38 to 48 credit hour program provides core skills in Economics, Marketing, Information Technology, Accounting, and Leadership. Besides the opportunity to earn their degree at an accelerated pace in as few as 12 months, Lindner Online MBA students now have seven new concentrations to choose from. Options include Health Care Finance, Health Care Administration, Health Care Operations, Health Care Policy and Regulation, Marketing, Corporate Taxation, and Individual Taxation.

At the end of this AACSB-accredited program, students will receive an MBA degree, along with a Certificate in their area of concentration.  

40. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (top 12% of schools considered)
Portland State University

The School of Business Administration at Portland State University (PSU) offers an Online Healthcare MBA in partnership with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). The 72 credit hour program, which requires two visits to campus per term, focuses on five thematic categories including Healthcare Industry, Leadership and Management, Operations and Quality Management, Finance Marketing and Strategy, and Application Projects and Capstone.

Designed for working professionals, this AACSB-accredited program attracts students from all locations and healthcare roles including doctors, dentists, nurses, clinic managers, lab specialists, nurses, dietitians, and medical technologists.

41. Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 13% of schools considered)
Drexel University

The LeBow College of Business at Drexel University offers an Online MBA that the school says is a “highly customizable degree designed to equip you with problem-solving and leadership skills that can be applied across a variety of different industries.” The 49 credit hour AACSB-accredited program “is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period.” Sample courses include Managing and Leading the Total Enterprise, Leading Dynamic Environments, Corporate Financial Management, Legal Options in Decision Making, and Business Problem Solving.

LeBow Online MBA students may customize their learning experience to their interests and career goals through concentrations, graduate minors, and dual degree programs. All students may take advantage of multiple networking opportunities and residency options, as well as portfolio projects and case simulations.

The Drexel LeBow Online MBA may be completed in few as 18 months or up to five years.

42. Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York (top 13% of schools considered)
Clarkson University

The Clarkson Online MBA is flexible, fast and relevant.  Faculty in the David D. Reh School of Business maintain close ties to industry and know the marketplace you want to build career success.   They will work with you to complete 16 three-credit courses, of which 11 are core courses and five are electives in a timeline that matches your schedule and life demands.  As you learn, you can apply new business strategies into your current position.  Core course samples include Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Corporate Ethical and Social Responsibility, Decision Analysis and Supply Chain Modeling, and Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making. Just a few elective options include Negotiations and Relationship Management, Fraud and Forensic Accounting, Quality Management and Process Improvement, Project Management, Communicating Globally.

Accredited by the AACSB, the Clarkson Online MBA program offers concentrations like Global Supply Chain Management, and Healthcare Management. Students can take courses part-time or full-time, to allow complete flexibility. Courses are taught be the same full-time faculty as classes on campus and are offered in asynchronous and synchronous modes. Clarkson MBA students may also earn a Dual MBA/MS in Data Analytics by completing five online courses and a capstone project. Students may begin the program any term or opt for the hybrid format, which offers evening classes on Clarkson’s Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, New York.

43. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia (top 13% of schools considered)
West Virginia University

The College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University (WVU) offers an Online Hybrid MBA, formerly Executive MBA (EMBA) that requires just four required three to four day residencies. Provided during the residencies are interaction with faculty, experiential learning, and networking opportunities with peers. The residencies are held in Morgantown, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.

The Online Hybrid MBA offers several unique areas of emphasis including Energy Finance, Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination, and Integrated Marketing Communications. Other program highlights include in-state tuition for all (regardless of residency) and classes taught by “expert faculty, many with Ph.D.’s and industry experience,” says the school.

Note that the 48-credit hour, two-year program can be completed asynchronously, which allows students to complete all assignments anytime, from anywhere. The WVU Online Hybrid is AACSB-accredited.

44. University of Massachusetts-Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts (top 14% of schools considered)
University of Massachusetts-Lowell

The Robert J. Manning School of Business at University of Massachusetts-Lowell (UMass Lowell) offers an AACSB-accredited online MBA that consists of 10 to 16 courses (30-42 credits), depending on the student’s educational background. The program is available entirely online or as a mix of online and on campus courses for students who prefer to take some courses on campus.

Students in the UMass Lowell Online MBA Program may pursue a general program of study or one of four focus areas in Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, or Marketing. Regardless of the focus area, students will engage in “real-world projects and case studies applicable to commercial, industrial, and not-for-profit settings,” says the school. Sample courses include Operations Management, Corporate Finance, Strategy Formation and Implementation, and Global Financial Markets and Monetary Policy.

Courses are taught by “full-time faculty who are experts in their fields, and by adjunct faculty who, as practicing professionals, bring real-world experience to the online class discussions.”

45. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia (top 14% of schools considered)
James Madison University

The College of Business at James Madison University (JMU) offers two Online MBA Programs including the Information Security MBA and the Executive Leadership MBA. The Information Security MBA takes around 28 months to complete, including summers. This AACSB-accredited program is part-time and requires just one Saturday residency every eight weeks in McLean, Virginia.

The Executive Leadership MBA requires one Saturday residency every four weeks in McLean, Virginia. The program, which features small cohort sizes, places emphasis on “accelerating participant skillsets in crisis management, global competitive issues, supply chain challenges, stakeholder leadership, and in understanding, leading, and creating change across the organizations,” says the school. Learning takes place face-to-face as well as synchronously, using the latest online technologies.

Designed for “high-performing individuals who have the potential for organizational leadership and who will likely hold C-Suite positions,” the AACSB-accredited program includes 14 required courses that can be completed in 28 months, including summers.

46. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware (top 14% of schools considered)
University of Delaware

The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware (UD) offers a 48 credit hour MBA that may be completed in as few as 16 months. The program is offered 100% online and has three concentrations including Finance, Health Care and International Business (IB). Healthcare is also available as a major for greater focus.

Students in this AACSB-accredited program also have the opportunity to complete a dual concentration such as Finance and International Business. Students may enter the Online MBA Program with any undergraduate background and they may choose from six start dates a year. Courses for the program are seven weeks.

47. University of Nevada Reno, Reno, Nevada (top 15% of schools considered)

The College of Business at the University of Nevada Reno offers an Online Executive MBA (EMBA) “designed for mid-career executives and experienced professionals who want to advance in today’s challenging work world,” says the school. The 12-course program is offered as a two-year cohort beginning in fall. All coursework is completed online and each class runs for 12 weeks.

Courses in this AACSB-accredited EMBA program are sequenced to assure continuity in learning and for each class, students will have at least one proctored exam which will be taken through ProctorU, an online proctoring service, or in the 365 Learning Office. Note that EMBA students are required to complete their degree in two years. Each year is divided into three semesters, each containing two courses: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

48. University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida (top 15% of schools considered)
University of Miami

The School of Business Administration at University of Miami offers an Online MBA Program known as the “UOnline MBA.” Accredited by the AACSB, the 42 credit hour program is “taught by the same high-caliber faculty members that also teach on-campus,” says the school. The program is also delivered 100% online and it takes 24 to 48 months to complete.

In addition to the traditional Professional MBA (42 credit hours), an MBA with a Corporate Finance Focus is available, as well as Financial Decision Making and Accounting Practice. Corporate Finance and Financial Decision Making require an additional five credit hours, while Accounting Practice requires nine.

Though the MBA program is delivered entirely online, students may attend an optional, on campus residency and/or an optional on campus orientation and campus tour. The residency is a “week-long immersion session, during which you will take one full, accelerated course on campus.” The orientation allows students to meet faculty, University staff and fellow classmates before their studies begin.

49. University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Whitewater, Wisconsin (top 15% of schools considered)
University of Wisconsin Whitewater

The College of Business and Economics at University of Wisconsin Whitewater (UW-Whitewater) offers an AACSB-accredited MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. The program, known as the “UW-Whitewater MBA,” highlights cases and projects that give students the opportunity to practice using critical thinking skills, the development of project management skills, and projects that help students improve their ability to work in teams and lead.

Other highlights include advanced graduate courses in functional areas like economics, management, technology, and marketing, as well as nine in-demand emphasis options.  They include Data Analytics, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, IT Management, Management, Marketing, Project Management, and Supply Chain and Operations Management. Students may also customize an emphasis by choosing courses across emphases.

Note that although the UW-Whitewater MBA requires a minimum of 36 credits, some students may need to complete more credits, depending on their undergraduate preparation.

50. Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey (top 15% of schools considered)
Rutgers Online

Rutgers School of Business-Camden offers an MBA program delivered entirely online. Students may attend classes year-round, full or part-time, and they may choose from Fall, Spring, and Summer starting points. Per the school, students are “learning in real-time about challenges and solutions that cross disciplines.” The Rutgers MBA curriculum “focuses on the key areas of business and offers an extensive selection of elective courses that cover every avenue of modern business including marketing, finance, IT, and human resources.”

Graduates of the Online MBA Program will learn to “make knowledgeable decisions and become a respected leader, increase their influence by employing management skills to guide their teams and companies, better analyze problems and clearly articulate effective solutions, and expand their network and connect with notable Rutgers alumni, classmates, and faculty.”

Other program highlights include learning tools and tutoring, access to student coaches and advisors, and Focused Learning Modules that allow students to “build expertise” in their career area. Modules include Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, or Investments and Private Wealth Management.