Our 2014 list of the Top 50 Public Online MBA Programs in the US. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offers a flexible online MBA program that allows students to tailor their experience by selecting 12 credit hours of electives that meet their interests. Also known as “Kelley Online Direct,” the online program also offers the opportunity for students to complete a dual MBA/MS degree with an MS in Business Analytics, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Marketing or Strategic Management. Other unique opportunities for students include the Washington Campus Program and AGILE. The Washington Campus program "helps bridge that gap between the world of business and the world of politics," while AGILE—Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education, allows students to gain international business experience while pursuing their online degree. Should they choose the AGILE curriculum, online students can expect to travel to places such as Gaborone, Botswana; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Beijing, China; New Delhi, India; Myanmar, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, the 51-credit-hour online MBA program welcomed 136 students for fall 2013 and takes just two years to complete.
2. University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, Texas
The Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas-Dallas offers a professional MBA (PMBA) that allows students up to 72 months to finish and a hybrid MBA that takes 21 to 23 months to complete. The AACSB International-accredited PMBA utilizes "streaming audio lectures, video clips, online exams and online submission of assignments, and interactivity for group projects using discussion forums, email, and web conferencing." The hybrid MBA programs allows students to complete their degree by attending just five classroom retreats, through online coursework, and via web conferences.
The 53-credit-hour online MBA and hybrid programs offer 24 hours of electives, with an impressive 12 concentrations. Just a few include Accounting, Information Systems, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Real Estate, and Supply Chain Management. All online MBA students, regardless of concentration, are encouraged to participate in the school's International Study Programs which "give direct exposure to business in a global context."
3. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
The Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida offers an accelerated online MBA that allows students to complete the program in just 16 months. A two-year option (27 months) is also on the menu as well as a concurrent Outreach Engineering Management (OEM) Master’s (OEM/I1MBA). 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."
Known as the "UF Internet MBA Program," Warrington’s 48-credit-hour online MBA degree program is one of the nation's first fully-accredited online programs. While the accelerated and two-year option may be completed mostly online, students must visit the Gainesville campus once per term (once every four months) for final exams or to deliver final presentations. These visits typically take place on Saturday and Sunday.
All MBA students are encouraged to enroll in UF's MBA Global Immersion Experiences (GIEs), which allows students to register for a 2-credit course that meets in person and online over the course of the semester and includes a 7 to 10 day experience abroad in China, Chile, Dubai and others. The MBA programs at Warrington College of Business are AACSB International-accredited.
4. University of Wisconsin (Consortium), Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Parkside, Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin Consortium MBA program is offered entirely online, and features “content-integrated, theme-based modules rather than traditional stand-alone courses.” 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 their program within two to three years, once foundation requirements have been met.
In addition to completing a mandatory Leadership “mini-module” that occurs concurrently with “Developing New Products and Services,” Consortium MBA students may choose 13 credits of electives relevant to their goals. Electives are offered in the areas of Accounting & Finance, Healthcare, Information Technology, Management, and Marketing. Students also have the option of earning a 13-credit online certificate that can be applied towards the schools MBA program course prerequisites.
The University of Wisconsin (Consortium) MBA is AACSB-International accredited.
5. Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State World Campus is home to Penn State Online. The division offers a competitive online MBA program designed for professionals with work experience in areas ranging from business and health care to technology. Open to individuals with a business or non-business undergraduate degree, coursework for the 48-credit-hour intercollegiate MBA program (iMBA) may be completed entirely online, with just two mandatory residency experiences. One experience consists of a week of onsite study at a prominent U.S. firm. The other—a team business simulation, takes place on campus in State College, PA.
Online iMBA students can expect to meet during term three and term eight. Otherwise, coursework and communication with instructors and students will take place via bulletin boards, email, listservs, chat, and web conferencing. The online iMBA at Penn State is AACSB-International accredited.
6. Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
The W.P Carey School of Business at Arizona State University offers an AACSB International- accredited online MBA that requires 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.
The online MBA at W.P. Carey allows students to customize their MBA by declaring an area of emphasis in Finance, International Business, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management. Students also have the option to earn two degrees in less time and at a lower cost. Concurrent degree options include the MBA/Master of Legal Studies, the MBA/MSE Electrical Engineering, and the MBA/MS Industrial Engineering.
7. Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Fox School of Business at Temple University offers a 48-credit-hour online MBA program (Fox OMBA) that features the same “rigorous” content as the traditional MBA program. Students will use a combination of “cutting-edge social technologies,” HD video presentations, and web conferencing technology to engage in course activities in any environment and at their own pace. While coursework is available entirely online, students must attend a week-long residency held at the school’s main campus, and they must 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.”
Many students complete the AACSB International-accredited Fox OMBA in as little as 20 months, with each student spending approximately 10-20 hours each week on coursework.
8. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
The Kenan-Flagler Business School at University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill offers an online MBA program that features the same curriculum as the on-campus program. Students in the 66-credit-hour program will complete their coursework online and interact with faculty regularly using a face-to-face online platform. Two important components of the program, however, are the [email protected] Global Immersions and quarterly three-day immersions. Students are required to attend at least two immersions. Participation in Global Immersions will take students to major business centers around the world such as Singapore, Johannesburg, Istanbul, London, and others.
Online MBA students have six concentrations to choose from including Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship, Global Supply Chain Management, Investment Management, Marketing, and Sustainable Enterprise. 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), where "students learn by doing as they take on the role of consultants to real companies," the Exchange Program which "allows [email protected] students to study at another top-ranked business school in countries across the globe," and Doing Business In (DBI) which "gives students an opportunity to study abroad at an MBA exchange partner school."
The online MBA at UNC is AACSB-International accredited.
9. University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
The Eller College of Management at University of Tucson offers a 45-credit-hour online MBA (OMBA) that allows students to earn their degree 100% online in as little as 14 months. The program, which does not offer specific concentrations, requires at least 17 credit hours of electives. This allows students to study in one or more areas of interest. Just a few elective options include Negotiations, Project Management, Social Media Marketing, and Information Security in Public and Private Sectors.
Start dates for the AACSB International-accredited OMBA at Eller College of Management are flexible and frequent, with two sessions per Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Students can expect two core courses and two or more elective course offerings during each session. While students may complete their degree entirely online, Eller encourages students to “visit when they are able to take advantage of professional talks and networking events on campus.”
10. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
The College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University offers a 48-credit-hour Executive MBA (EMBA). While coursework for the program may be completed entirely online, the school requires four, three to four-day residencies. Students must attend Orientation, a Washington Experience, Building the Business Professional (on-campus with a faculty mentor), and the Mock Venture Capital Fair.
Most students enter the program during the summer session, but some students may be admitted for the Spring semester if they are fulfilling prerequisite deficiencies. Most students can expect to complete the AACSB International-accredited EMBA program in as little as 24 months.
11. Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas
The College of Business at Arkansas State University offers a 33-credit-hour online MBA program with an optional concentration in Supply Chain Management. Students that choose the Supply Chain Management concentration must take 36 to 39 credit hours to complete the program. All online MBA students also have the option to complete an internship worth three credit hours or one directed independent study.
According 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 International-accredited program, which takes around two years to complete, is only available to U.S. Citizens.
12. University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
The College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers a 48-credit-hour MBA program that allows students to complete the entire program online. However, students may visit the campus at any time. 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.
Students may begin their studies in January, March, June, August or October of each year. The average completion time for the online MBA is three years, but it is possible to complete it in 1.5 years. However, students may take up to 10 years to complete the AACSB International-accredited program.
13. University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Georgia
The University of West Georgia offers a 30-credit-hour MBA program that allows students to complete their MBA coursework exclusively online. The “Georgia WebMBA,” includes just one two-day orientation session at the beginning of the program, where students focus on “team-building, program course-ware use, and interaction” with administrators, graduates, and program directors.
The 10-course Georgia WebMBA includes courses such as Human Behavior and Organization, Global & International Business, Management Information Systems, and Strategic Marketing.
Students can expect to complete the AACSB International-accredited program over the course of five semesters (or 18 months).
14. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
Washington State University’s Carson College of Business offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA and a 44-credit-hour online Executive MBA (EMBA). The online MBA program offers three concentrations – Marketing, Finance, and International Business, and 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 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 EMBA program, which also offers the opportunity to travel to China for a week-long residency, may be completed in as little 18 months. Both the online MBA and EMBA are AACSB International-accredited.
15. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
The Jenkins Graduate School of Management at North Carolina State University offers a 39-credit-hour professional Online MBA that offers six Areas of Emphasis including Biosciences Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology, Financial Management, Innovation Management, Marketing Management, and Supply Chain Management. The AACSB International-accredited program also offers the opportunity to earn Decision Analytics Certification 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 little as 21 months to complete or the Flexible Professional Track allows students to complete their degree within six years. Students in both online programs will interact with each other through distance education technology (including Blackboard Collaborate and Moodle), e-mail, online discussion forums (message boards, instant messaging, etc.), and telephone conferencing.” Students will also have the opportunity to meet during one three-day mandatory Raleigh Residency.
An optional International Residency is also on the menu, as well a four-week mandatory Virtual Orientation prior to the start of the program.
16. Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, Georgia
The College of Business at Georgia College & State University is home to the Georgia WebMBA. With the exception of one two-day orientation held at the beginning of the program, the 30-credit-hour program may be completed entirely online. Georgia WebMBA courses range from Business Strategy and Strategic Marketing to Entrepreneurship and Management Information Systems. Accredited by AACSB International, the Georgia WebMBA takes 18 to 20 months to complete.
17. Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
The Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University offers a “video-based Distance MBA” that may be completed in 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, the AACSB International-accredited program offers dual degrees in MSBA-Finance, Management Information Systems, and Industrial and Systems Engineering.
18. University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi
The UM School of Business at the University of Mississippi is home to a 36-credit-hour Professional MBA. Better known as “Ole Miss Professional MBA,” 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.” Course titles range from Managerial Accounting and Organizational Behavior to Contemporary Business Analysis and Mobilizing Technology.
Accredited by AACSB International, the Ole Miss Professional MBA may be completed in two years by taking two courses per semester (Fall, Spring and Summer session). The part-time program also allows students to complete the program over a longer period of time by taking just one course per semester.
19. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
The University of North Dakota offers a 33 to 34-credit-hour online MBA program that takes two+ years to complete. The program, which offers a concentration in International Business, does not require any campus visits. Instead, students attend via “live” Web classes held in the evenings, one evening per week, for three hours. Students may enter the AACSB International-accredited online MBA program every Fall (August), Spring (January), or Summer (May).
20. West Texas A&M University – College of Business, Canyon, Texas
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 delivery format, all MBA students may choose an optional emphasis area such as Computer Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Healthcare Management.
Accredited by AACSB International, the 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.
21. Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Ball State University offers a 30-credit-hour online MBA program that may be completed in as little as two years. The AACSB International-accredited program offers six optional concentrations including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Economics, Policy and Administration; Information Systems, Operations Management, and Sales Management. An additional option is the General MBA, which allows students to customize their experience through a variety of course subjects.
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.”
The MBA program at Ball State University offers another delivery format option for students interested in 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.
22. Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Central Michigan University’s (CMU) “Global Campus” offers an online MBA degree that features several emphasis areas: Human Resource Management, Logistics Management, Marketing, Value-Driven Organization, 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, other MBA students may have to take anywhere from 36 to 43 credit hours to complete the program. The Online MBA program at CMU’s Global Campus is AACSB International-accredited.
23. University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
The College of Business (CoB) at University of North Texas offers three MBA programs that may be completed 100% online. Programs include the MBA in Finance, the MBA in Strategic Management, and the MBA in Marketing. The coursework for each 36-credit-hour online MBA is identical to the school’s traditional MBA program and may be completed in as little as two years.
The College of Business also offers another delivery format for students interested in completing coursework on campus and online. The blended format (50% online and 50% face-to-face) is also identical to the school’s traditional MBA and consists of 36-credit-hours of coursework. All MBA programs offered through the College of Business at University of North Texas hold AACSB International accreditation.
24. State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, New York
The State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego offers a management online MBA that requires 36 graduate credit hours of core, directed elective, and elective study. The AACSB-accredited program is open to students that do not have a business degree. However, non-business degree students may have to take up to 63 credit hours of coursework to complete the program.
Students may complete the SUNY Oswego online MBA through a combination of online and on-campus courses (hybrid) as well. In addition, the SUNY at Oswego online MBA program has a rolling admission, so students may start either program at any time of the year.
25. University of Delaware, Newark, New Jersey
The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware (UD) offers a 48-credit-hour online MBA that may be completed in as little as 16 months. The AACSB International-accredited program recently added three concentrations including Finance, International Business (IB), and the Dual Finance and International Business concentration. Students may enter the online MBA program (+concentration) with any undergraduate background.
All students are required to complete “Experiences in Strategic Integration for Top Managers,” which is “designed to help future managers integrate concerns from multiple functions, including finance, marketing, and operations, in addressing complex problems in an uncertain environment.” According to program literature, the emphasis is on “experiential learning through actual and simulated cases.”