|1||University of Maryland||College Park|
|2||University of Baltimore||Baltimore|
|3||Frostburg State University||Frostburg|
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 UMD 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.
3. Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland
The College of Business at Frostburg State University (FSU) offers a 36 credit hour Online MBA Program that the school says is “designed in a 7-week course model to allow students the opportunity to juggle professional, personal and academic commitments.” With eight core MBA courses, the program also provides “all students a well-rounded foundation to advance their careers in management.” Core courses include Economics for Managers, Financial Management, Foundations of Analytics, Leadership and Ethics, Managerial Accounting, Marketing Management, Organizational Behavior, and Strategic Planning.
Students in the program choose between three new concentrations, each offering four courses that focus on “honing professional skills and knowledge” aligned with the students desired career path. Concentration options include Business Analytics, Health Care Management, and Management. Other program highlights include full- or part-time attendance options, a curriculum designed for both business and non-business majors, and a GMAT waiver option.
The AACSB-accredited Online MBA at FSU may be completed in as little as 12 months.