Our 2023 rankings of the Top Online MBA Programs in Maryland. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.

Top Online MBA Programs in Maryland - 2023 College Rankings
1University of MarylandCollege Park
2Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore
1. University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
University of Maryland

University of Maryland (UMD) is home to Robert H. Smith School of Business. Established in 1920 and known Maryland Smith, the school boasts notable alumni such as Richard Dickson, former President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Mattel, and Axios Co-founder Roy Schwartz.

Within Maryland Smith is an AACSB-accredited Online MBA that requires just two three-day campus-based residencies worth two credits. The Opening Residency: Introduction to Fundamentals of Business, takes place at the beginning of the program. The Capstone Residency: Integrative Business Simulation, is the culminating experience for the program.

While two residencies are required to complete the Maryland Smith Online MBA, the program is mostly asynchronous, so students can continue to meet personal and professional obligations while earning their degree.

Other UMD Online MBA features include small class sizes; experiential learning opportunities; workshops; virtual career-coaching; mock interviews; leadership assessments; career development; networking opportunities; optional GMAT/GRE scores; and access to an online recruiting and automated job search systems.

Consisting of 54-56 credit hours, the Online MBA program at University of Maryland has a General Track and five career-focused specializations. Options include Information Systems and Business Analytics; Finance; Supply Chain Management; Marketing; and Accounting. A General Track is also available.

Course examples for the program include Data Mining and Predictive Analytics, Innovative Solutions to Supply Chain Management, Strategic Information Systems, Leadership and Teamwork, Managing Digital Businesses and Platforms, Operations Management, Corporate Venturing, Entrepreneurship, Business Communications, Executive Powers and Negotiation, Ethical Leadership, Social Media and Web Analytics, and The Global Economic Environment.

Students have the option to complete the Global Study selective (four credits) or the International Business course(two credits).

The Online MBA at University of Maryland can be completed in as few as 24 months. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in a variety of areas. Examples include work in areas such as General Management, Consulting, Investment Banking, Marketing, Operations, Healthcare, Entertainment, Hospitality, Information Technology, Educational Services, and Transportation. 

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland is the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland. This public research university employs more than 14,000 faculty and staff members that serve approximately 40,710 students. UMD provides more than 250 academic programs across 12 colleges. University of Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

2. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University

Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is home to one of the nation’s first STEM-designated MBA programs. Students can complete this  AACSB-accredited program on-campus or online. Consisting of 52 credit hours (including 24 elective credits), the Online MBA at JHU Carey has eight in-demand specializations. Although not required, students may earn up to three specializations.

Options include Healthcare Management, Innovation, and Technology; Digital Marketing; Business Analytics and Risk Management; Investments; Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology; Financial Management; Public and Private Sector Leadership; and Entrepreneurial Marketing.

Across all specializations, students have numerous opportunities to collaborate and network with peers, both online and in-person. Online experiential learning experiences include CityLab (two eight-week courses), Discovery to Market (two eight-week courses), Health Care Strategy Consulting Practicum (two eight-week courses), and the Strategy Consulting Practicum (one eight-week course). Examples of curricular in-person experiences include a two-day residency in Harbor East; Accelerated Electives -three full days in Harbor East (and potentially DC and offsite); and 10-day Global Immersions in Peru and Germany; and a 10-day Leadership Development Expeditions in Norway and Belize.

For students with an interest in additional opportunities to network and collaborate on projects, Johns Hopkins University MBA program provides at least 10 non-curricular in-person and hybrid experiences. Examples include the Startup Challenge (one day); Case Competitions - one day event + preparation  (can be done remotely); MIINT - Six-month commitment, work can be done virtually, final competition is in-person; Leadership Pursuits – one to three-day, off-site; and the VCIC Competition – one day event + preparation (can be done remotely).

The JHU MBA has three annual start dates and fully interactive courses, allowing for asynchronous and/or fully synchronous learning styles. GMAT and GRE scores are not required for admission, and exclusive Carey Business School scholarships are available for all qualified students.

Approximately 70% of part-time MBA students receive a salary increase while still in the program and 61% receive a promotion. Nearly 93% of Carey MBA graduates accept full-time job offers within 120 days of graduation. Some of the top hiring companies for graduates include Microsoft, AT&T, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Amazon, Raytheon Technologies Zoom, IBM, Abbott, and PayPal.

Founded in 1876, Johns Hopkins University was the first research university established in the U.S. The school comprises four campuses in Baltimore; one in Washington, D.C.; facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region; and locations in China and Italy. JHU serves approximately 30,550 students enrolled in more than 260 courses of study across nine academic divisions. Johns Hopkins University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).