|Colorado State University
|University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Our 2019 rankings of the Top Online MBA Programs in Colorado. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
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.
2. University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The College of Business at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) offers an MBA program that may be completed entirely online. Students may customize the program by pursuing a General MBA or choosing from seven other specializations including Finance, Health Care Administration, Innovation Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Project Management. Students must take 12 credits of electives to complete a specialization.
The UCCS MBA consists of 36-45 credit hours depending on a student's previous academic background. The curriculum includes a mix of foundation, core, and elective courses. Course highlights include Bridging Strategy & Tactics in Project Management, Customer-Focused Process: Quality Management & Metrics, Entrepreneurship & New Ventures, International Marketing & Export Management, Internet Marketing & Social Media, Managing Innovation for Strategic Advantage, and Transforming Technology Organizations & Employees.
Two optional short-term study abroad courses are also available including Regional Business Environment Asia and Regional Business Environment Europe. Other program highlights include small class sizes, “excellent” career and alumni services, available GMAT/GRE waivers, and courses taught by the same faculty who teach in the on-campus MBA program. Students also have the ability to complete the AACSB-accredited UCCS MBA in as little as 18 months, or as much as five years, and the option to start in the fall, spring or summer.