|1||University of Maryland||College Park|
|2||University of Baltimore||Baltimore|
Our 2019 rankings of the Top Online MBA Programs in Maryland. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
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.
2. University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
The Merrick School of Business at University of Baltimore (UB) launched the UB Online MBA in 1999, becoming the first AACSB-accredited school to pioneer a web-based MBA program that was available to students fully online. Per the school, the program “offers the same content, rigor and collaboration between faculty and students as you would find in our face-to-face classes.”
The 36-48 credit hour program highlights courses that fit into one of more of six themes: Managing Innovation and Strategy, Leading and Managing People, Interfacing with External Stakeholders, Managing the Value Chain, Managing Performance and Risk, and Leveraging Technology and Business Intelligence. A Strategic Management Capstone is also part of the program as well as a choice of 11 areas of specialization.
Course highlights include Business and Public Policy in a Global Economy, Collaboration, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Creativity and the Entrepreneurial Mindset, Customers and Markets, Entrepreneurial Marketing, Innovation and Project Management, Leading with Integrity, and Managing in a Dynamic Environment.
Merrick School of Business offers Virtual Information Sessions for all Graduate Business Programs.