|Ranking||School||State||% of Schools Considered|
|2||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||North Carolina||1%|
|3||Arizona State University||Arizona||1%|
|4||University of Florida||Florida||2%|
|5||University of Southern California||California||2%|
|7||University of Maryland||Maryland||2%|
|8||University of Texas at Dallas||Texas||3%|
|9||Pennsylvania State University||Pennsylvania||3%|
|11||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Illinois||4%|
|12||North Carolina State University||North Carolina||4%|
|13||Washington State University||Washington||4%|
|15||George Washington University||District of Columbia||5%|
|16||University of Arizona||Arizona||5%|
|17||Florida State University||Florida||5%|
|18||Syracuse University||New York||6%|
|20||Arkansas State University||Arkansas||6%|
|21||University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium||Wisconsin||7%|
|22||University of Massachusetts-Amherst||Massachusetts||7%|
|23||Mississippi State University||Mississippi||7%|
|24||Louisiana State University||Louisiana||7%|
|25||University of Nebraska-Lincoln||Nebraska||8%|
|26||Oklahoma State University||Oklahoma||8%|
|28||Colorado State University||Colorado||9%|
|29||Ball State University||Indiana||9%|
|30||Central Michigan University||Michigan||9%|
|31||University of Delaware||Delaware||9%|
|32||University of Mississippi||Mississippi||10%|
|33||Rutgers University||New Jersey||10%|
|34||Florida International University||Florida||10%|
|36||James Madison University||Virginia||15%|
|37||University of South Florida, St. Petersburg||Florida||15%|
|38||University of Washington||Washington||15%|
|39||West Texas A&M University||Texas||15%|
|40||Portland State University||Oregon||15%|
|41||University of Michigan-Dearborn||Michigan||15%|
|42||University of North Texas||Texas||15%|
|45||University of Cincinnati||Ohio||15%|
|47||University of Nevada Reno||Nevada||15%|
|50||University of Tennessee at Martin||Tennessee||15%|
Our 2019 list of the Top 50 Online MBA Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indianapolis, Indiana (top 1% of programs considered)
The Kelly 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, “Kelly Direct Online,” 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 Kelly Direct Online MBA takes just two years to complete and it is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
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.
[email protected] 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 [email protected] program can be completed in as few as 18 months or as many as 36, depending on the student’s schedule and other commitments.
3. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (top 1% of programs considered)
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 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 both the single and dual online MBA programs have the option to start January or August.
4. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (top 2% of programs considered)
In 1999, the 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. 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 months to take final exams and to 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.
5. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (top 2% of programs considered)
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.”
Students will complete the program via multiple delivery methods including interactive games, virtual learning exercises, 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. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 2% of programs considered)
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 “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.
7. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland (top 2% of programs considered)
The Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland (UMD) 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 UMB 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.
8. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas (top 3% of programs considered)
The Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) is home to the Professional MBA (PMBA) Online, which allows students up to 72 months to finish. However, students may complete the program in as few as 16 months. There are no on-campus requirements and students have full access to MBA Program Office and Jindal School Career Management Center staff.
This 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 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.
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.
Jindal School of Management also offers a Professional MBA Flex that allows students to take classes on a part-time basis, usually six semester credit hours (two courses) per semester.
9. Pennsylvania State University – World Campus, State College, Pennsylvania (top 3% of programs considered)
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State or PSU) Online MBA is 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, 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. 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.”
10. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (top 3% of programs considered)
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 will “do more than read case studies about top brands, such as Disney, Starbucks, and Warner Bros.” Students “will actually work” with top executives on” live consulting projects” to “solve real-time challenges.” Other program highlights include the Personal and Leadership Development Workshop residency, which takes place at the schools’ coastal Malibu campus, Global Business Intensives, which cover relevant topics such as international economics, culture, marketing, finance, and business law, and five in-demand concentration options including Digital Innovation and Information Systems, Finance, General Management, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Marketing. An optional international residency that allows students to explore global issues and work with international experts to understand foreign markets is also available.
Graziadio Online MBA students can complete the program, with a concentration, in as few as 24 months.
11. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (top 4% 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.
12. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (top 4% of programs considered)
Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University (NC State) offers a 40 credit hour Professional Online MBA that features six “Depth Areas,” comprised of the same functional area options as concentrations, but with fewer credit hours required to graduate. Known as the Jenkins MBA, areas for the program 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).
13. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (top 4% of programs considered)
The Carson College of Business at Washington State University (WSU) 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.
14. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (top 4% of programs considered)
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 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.
15. George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (top 5% of programs considered)
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. Designed for professionals on the path to becoming Health Care Managers, Administrators, and Executives, the program also offers the option to complete one of seven graduate certificates offered by the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences as part of the curriculum. Clinical Research Administration, Integrative Medicine, and Regulatory Affairs are just a few options.
The Traditional MBA Program may be completed 100% online or in hybrid format. The 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 focus area. 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 this Traditional 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 offer three start times (August, January, or May), and optional short-term study abroad opportunities in places such as Denmark, Israel, Mexico, and many others.
16. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (top 5% of programs considered)
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona offers a 100% online MBA that may be completed in as few as 14 months. 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.
17. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida (top 5% of programs considered)
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 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.
18. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (top 6% of programs considered)
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University offers a 54 credit hour online MBA known as [email protected]. The program 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 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 MBA program may be completed entirely online, all students will participate in “three day-long residencies in cities around the world.” The school says that these hands-on experiences are structured like businesses conferences.
Students will listen to local speakers who host “relevant discussions and interactive panels,” meet with classmates for socializing, and engage with professor’s fact-to-face for workshops and networking. For 2019, residencies take place in Hong Kong and Syracuse. Last year, students traveled to Dublin, Ireland to study “the industry-leading innovation” taking place there.
The [email protected], including residencies, can be completed in as few as two years.
19. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (top 6% of programs considered)
The College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University offers two MBA programs—the 100% online Flex MBA and the MBA & E (Engineering). 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, which the school describes as 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. Classes for the program can be taken both on campus and online. 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.
20. Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas (top 6% 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.
21. University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, Wisconsin (top 7% of programs considered)
Coursework for the University of Wisconsin (UW) Consortium MBA Program may be completed entirely online—no campus visits required. This AACSB-accredited program 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.
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.
22. University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts (top 7% of programs considered)
The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass- Amherst) 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.
23. Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi (top 7% 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.
24. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (top 7% of programs considered)
The E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU) 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.
25. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska (top 8% 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected] 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.
26. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma (top 8% of programs considered)
Watson Graduate School of Management is home to Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University (OSU), which offers two MBA programs. Options include 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.
27. Georgia WebMBA, Georgia (top 8% 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.
28. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (top 9% 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.
29. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (top 9% of programs considered)
The Miller College of Business at Ball State University 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.
30. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan (top 9% 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.
31. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware (top 9% of programs considered)
The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware (UD) offers an AACSB-accredited MBA that may be completed entirely online in as few as 16 months. A hybrid option is also available. The program has five concentrations including Business Analytics, Finance, Health Care, International Business, and Strategic Leadership. Students in the program may also choose multiple concentrations (two or more) to “gain greater flexibility in the job market, says the school” and stand out from the crowd.
A customized option is also available for students seeking a concentration in another area. Students who choose this option may tailor the degree by selecting the electives that match their personal career needs. The MBA with one concentration consists of 44 credits, a dual concentration consists of 47 credits, and a triple concentration is 53 credits. All students will take core online MBA courses such as Corporate Strategy, Ethical Issues in Domestic and Global Business Environments, and Managing People, Teams and Organizations.
Other Lerner MBA highlights include intensive, 7-week courses, access to a personal career coach, plus career workshops, GMAT and fee waivers for qualified applicants, and six start dates per year.
32. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi (top 10% of programs considered)
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 few as two years. 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 Online MBA is AACSB-accredited.
33. Rutgers University, Newark and New Brunswick, New Jersey (top 10% of programs considered)
Rutgers Business School 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 AACSB-accredited Rutgers 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 small class sizes, learning tools and tutoring, access to student coaches and advisors, a 169% return on investment, and Focused Learning Modules that allow students to “build expertise” in their career area. Modules include Business Analytics, Digital Marketing, and Investments and Private Wealth Management.
34. Florida International University, Miami, Florida (top 10% of programs considered)
Florida International University’s (FIU) Chapman Graduate School of Business 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.
Eight options include Business Data Analytics, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Finance, International Business, Leadership, Marketing Channel Strategy, Real Estate, and Strategic Negotiations. Each specialization consists of two courses (out of the 14 total in the program).
In addition selecting a specialization, students will are required to take three Professional Development Seminars (PDS) during the first quarter of the program. Professional Development - Work Preference Indicator Assessment, Professional Development - Presentation Skills Seminar, and Professional Development - Career Services Seminar.
Depending on factors such as whether students attend full- or part-time, prerequisite requirements, and more, the FIU CMBA may be completed in a as few as 18 to 21 months, or 33 months.
35. Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (top 15% of programs considered)
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.
36. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia (top 15% of programs considered)
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 consists of 42 credit hours and 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 42 credit hour 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. An optional global experience is also part of the program.
37. University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, Florida (top 15% of programs 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 Corporate Social Responsibility, Finance, Forensic Accounting, International Business, Management, Information Systems Management (formerly Managing Knowledge Resources), and Marketing Strategy.
Recent USFSP MBA graduates are employed at international companies as well as positions at Florida’s top corporations, including Raymond James, Franklin Templeton, Wells Fargo, Nielsen and Jabil.
38. University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (top 15% of programs considered)
The Michael G. Foster School of Business at University of Washington (UW Foster) offers a hybrid MBA program that can be completed mostly online. This two-year, interactive program is the first of its kind offered by Foster and it allows students to complete 95% of the program online and 5% on campus. Course highlights for the 62 credit hour program include Business Analytics, Competitive Strategy, Domestic & International Economic Conditions, Decision Modeling, Digital Marketing Strategies & Systems, Foundations of Entrepreneurship, Global Strategy, and Leading Organizational Change.
Other program highlights include support through workshops, training, and coaching sessions, the opportunity to meet with faculty and peers each quarter for networking, and the opportunity to attend networking events with employers on the UW campus.
The Foster School of Business is AACSB-accredited.
39. West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas (top 15% of programs considered)
The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) offers a 31 to 46 credit hour MBA program that may be completed entirely online or through a combination of online and campus courses. Students may choose the General MBA or add an optional emphasis area such as Computer Information Systems, Healthcare Management, Management, or Marketing.
Courses for the program are divided into multiple topic areas that cover accounting, quantitative analysis, computer application and technology, corporate finance, marketing, economic theory, management, business integration, and international business. Course highlights include Accounting in Health Care Organizations, Cultural Intelligence, Financial Management of Biotechnology and Health Care, International Human Resource Management, and Social Network and Media Analysis. All students will complete the MBA Portfolio Capstone course worth one credit hour.
The AACSB-accredited Engler Online MBA may be completed within a two-year period. However, some students have completed the program in as few as 12-18 months.
40. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon (top 15% of programs considered)
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 can be completed 80% online and 20% in-person, “provides students the flexibility to complete an MBA while working full-time,” says the school. In-person classes are held at Oregon Health & Science University, take place two Fridays and Saturdays per term.
The program focuses on six thematic areas including Understanding the Healthcare Industry, Leadership and Management in Healthcare, Financial Management Healthcare, Operations and Quality in Healthcare, Marketing, Business Planning and Strategy, and the Application Projects and Capstone. Designed for working professionals, the PSU Online Healthcare MBA attracts students from all locations and healthcare roles including doctors, dentists, nurses, clinic managers, lab specialists, nurses, dietitians, and medical technologists.
As part of Portland State’s School of Business, the PSU MBA is AACSB-accredited and it may be completed in just 33 months.
41. University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan (top 15% of programs considered)
The College of Business at University of Michigan-Dearborn offers several MBA programs that may be completed 100% online, on-campus, or a combination of the two. Programs include an MBA with a concentration, the MBA/MS in Finance, and the MBA/MSE-ISE (MBA/MS in Engineering, Industrial Systems Engineering).
Concentrations for the MBA are optional and include Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Per the school, MBA students can complete the concentrations in Finance and International Business online, or they can take online elective courses, instead.
Students who choose the hybrid option will have full access to campus-based resources and they will participate in face-to-face events, such as professional organizations and study-abroad opportunities.
The AACSB-accredited online MBA 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.
42. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (top 15% of programs considered)
The College of Business (CoB) at the University of North Texas (UNT) offers an accelerated MBA that may be completed 100% online in just 14 months. The AACSB-accredited program has six specializations including Marketing, Marketing Analytics, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Strategic Management, Supply Chain Analytics, and Supply Chain Management.
Courses for UNT’s accelerated MBA programs are offered in eight-week sessions and the curriculum is identical to the school’s traditional MBA program. Students can expect to take 18 hours in the MBA core, 15 hours in the concentration, and three elective hours, for a total of 36 credit hours. Course highlights include Administrative Strategy, Discovery and Learning with Big Data, Large Data Visualization, Managing Organizational Design and Change in Financial Management, and Organizational Behavior Analysis.
Depending on the specialization, students will also take seminar courses such as Seminar in Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, Seminar in Compensation and Motivation, and Seminar in Labor Relations.
The MBA program at UNT offers five start dates annually including January, March, June, August and October.
43. Rice University, Houston, Texas (top 15% of programs considered)
The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University offers an AACSB-accredited online MBA program known as [email protected]. Per the school, the program develops students’ understanding of “essential business principles such as financial accounting, business analytics, marketing strategy, leadership and finance.” Students will “learn to apply these larger concepts throughout an organization” as they hone their skills in a focused specialization of study.
In each 11-week term, students will take courses totaling up to six credits. The first year will consist of all core courses, and the second year features a combination of core and elective courses. Sample courses include Business-Government Relations, Competitive Strategy, Corporate Investment Policy, Corporate Responsibility, Economic Environment of Business, Geopolitics of Energy, Futures and Options, Leadership, and Negotiations.
Students must complete 54 total credits including 36 core credits, 12 elective credits, three credits of Residential Intensive Learning Experiences (ILEs) and three additional credits of either electives or ILEs. “ILEs consist of a variety of simulations, seminars, group projects and guided leadership exercises that bring students face to face with peers, faculty and industry leaders.” Domestic ILEs are often held on the Rice University campus in Houston, Texas.
Optional International ILEs are part of the Jones Educational Global Experience (Jones EdGE) and include optional seminars, intersessions and study abroad opportunities hosted throughout the program. Students can take up to two additional ILEs in place of two 1.5-credit electives. Exams are held during the final week of each semester and the program can be completed in 24 months.
44. Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts (top 15% of programs considered)
The D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University offers an AACSB-accredited online MBA program that can be completed 100% online in as few as two years. Coursework for the 50 credit hour program is divided into 13 core courses and five electives. Eight in-demand specialization options are offered including Finance, Healthcare Management, High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability.
D'Amore-McKim Online MBA students also have the option to earn a Dual Masters in Finance/MBA by taking "as few as four to seven additional finance electives," says the school. Both the single and dual online programs utilize interactive multimedia tools such as virtual class discussions, and discussion boards, as well as team projects and individual assignments for a well-rounded academic experience.
An optional residency is offered to online MBA students who have (or will have) completed at least three courses (nine credits). The campus-based residency is an intensive one-week course equivalent to a three-credit elective. An International Field Study Residency is offered to online MBA students in good standing who have (or will have) completed the first year core courses (26 credits) with a GPA of 3.0 prior to the start of the field study trip. Recent locations include China, Russia, Greece/Turkey, and Chile/Peru.
45. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (top 15% of programs considered)
The Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati has been accredited by the AACSB since 1919. The school offers an online MBA program 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 have seven 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.
A Business Foundations Certificate is also available and students who choose a focus will receive a certificate in their area of concentration.
46. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska (top 15% of programs considered)
Creighton University is home to the Heider College of Business, which offers an MBA program that can be completed in just over two years. Three delivery options are available including completion of courses online, on campus, or a combination of the two. This 33 credit hour program offers several MBA concentrations, the option to add a graduate certificate or a dual degree in addition to the MBA. Concentrations include Accounting, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Financial Psychology & Behavioral Finance (also a certificate), Finance, Leadership, and Personal Financial Planning (also a certificate).
Other certificate options include Business Analytics, Healthcare Management, Negotiation & Conflict Resolution, Organizational Leadership, and Project Management. Students can combine numerous degrees with the MBA. Just a few include MBA + Law, MBA + PharmD, MBA + MS in Investment Management & Financial Analysis.
Graduates of the AACSB-accredited Heider Online MBA Program have gone on to pursue careers at numerous Fortune 500 companies such as ConAgra Foods, Mutual of Omaha, TD Ameritrade, Union Pacific, and others. Job titles of recent graduates include CEO, Finance Manager, Marketing Manager, Operations Manager, President, Project Manager, and Vice President.
47. University of Nevada Reno, Reno, Nevada (top 15% of programs considered)
The College of Business at the University of Nevada Reno offers an Executive MBA (EMBA) “designed for mid-career executives and experienced professionals who want to advance in today’s challenging work world,” per the school. The 12-course program is offered as a two-year cohort beginning in fall and each class runs for 12 weeks. All coursework is completed entirely online.
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.
Course highlights include Economics of the Firm, Information and Communications Technology in Organizations, Personal Branding, Production/Operations Management, and Strategic Management for Executives. Because the EMBA is rigorous two-year degree program that requires a significant time commitment, students can expect to spend at least 10–12 hours each week on course assignments, discussions, and research.
48. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania (top 15% of programs considered)
Villanova School of Business (VSB) offers an online MBA that it says is the “very same” program as the on-campus Villanova MBA. The curriculum includes courses that will expand students’ “essential business knowledge with a focus on innovative and applied concepts, real-world immersion experiences and peer-to-peer learning.” Program highlights include small classes, live weekly sessions, and two residency opportunities, which foster “a strong learning community among faculty and students.”
Students in the VSB Online MBA can begin the 48 credit hour (21 course) program in the fall, spring or summer semester. The curriculum is comprised of fundamental, core, pillar, elective and capstone classes, and students may choose up to two specializations from four areas including Analytics, Finance, Marketing and Strategic Management.
Semesters for this AACSB-accredited program are divided into two sessions, each of which is eight weeks in the fall and spring and seven weeks in the summer. Students progress through the curriculum, typically taking one or two courses per session. The VSB Online MBA can completed in just two years.
49. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio (top 15% of programs considered)
The College of Business at Ohio University offers an AACSB-accredited MBA program that may be completed entirely online. There is no GMAT requirement for admission and students may choose from eight concentrations including Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship, Executive Management, Finance, Health Care, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Strategic Selling & Sales Leadership.
Course highlights include Accounting for Executives, Applied Business Experience (CAPSIM) Data Analysis for Decision Making, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, and Strategic Use of Information. In the CAPSIM course, “students will work in teams and apply course material to complete simulated business experience,” says the school. In the simulation, each team runs a fictitious firm.
Students “will define a business problem to address, assess the organization and its context, suggest solutions, and deliver an action plan for implementing the solution. Teams compete with one another in a dynamic industry environment.” The CAPSIM course “provides an opportunity to apply many of the concepts learned throughout the program.”
The MBA program at Ohio University may be completed in just two years, full-time.
50. University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee (top 15% of programs considered)
The College of Business and Global Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin or UTM) offers a 33 credit hour online MBA program that is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree and at least two years’ work experience who are seeking to advance their careers. The cohort-based program provides focus through a series of 6-8 week courses. Courses for the 20 to 21 month cohort are delivered sequentially and include Banking and Financial Services, Corporate Financial Management, Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, Organizational Theory and Design, and Strategic Management and Business Policy, to name a few.
Trips to the UT Martin 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. This AACSB-accredited program emphasizes that it has just 20 students per cohort “to keep each other motivated.” Students typically begin the program in January or June.