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To aid students in their search for a top online MBA program, the education experts at OnlineMBA.com publish their annual findings of the best online MBA programs in the country! Schools featured on our list have excelled in bringing their MBA programs online, fostering success for distance learners and non-traditional students.

To create our ranking, we compare program characteristics from schools offering an MBA online including student resources, tuition costs, job placement rates, instructional technologies and more. We then measure this information based on three weighted categories: student success, quality of instruction, and affordability. Each school on our list is institutionally and programmatically accredited, so as to ensure that the content and delivery of the program meets accepted academic and professional standards.

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University of Florida

Business School Warrington College of Business Location Gainesville, FL Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

The University of Florida has offered online education since 1999, and the school has perfected its distance programs to provide students with a varied selection of options, including an online MBA degree available in three distinct formats: fully online, one-year hybrid, or two-year hybrid. Each program track stresses advanced and fundamental business skills that allow students to progress within their current career or on a new professional path.

UF’s MBA online is designed to offer maximum flexibility with minimal interruption to students’ professional lives. The program’s primarily asynchronous format allows online learners to view lectures at any time and complete most other assignments, including readings and group projects, as their schedules permit. Students typically spend about 15 hours each week on coursework. The degree itself takes about 24 months complete and requires no campus visits. The online curriculum follows the same schedule as the UF campus calendar, but courses use a convenient five-week block format that allows students to earn credits quickly and lighten their course load as needed.

The one-year hybrid MBA is an accelerated program that is 16 months long. This degree is designed for students with an academic business background who have earned their undergraduate degree within the past seven years. The program curriculum forgoes basic business topics, such as marketing, management, and economics, allowing students to earn the degree quickly. Requiring 36 total credits, the one-year hybrid program includes primarily online coursework along with required weekend residencies held every four months. These weekend sessions are typically held at the end of academic semesters, allowing online learners to meet with peers and faculty, take final exams, and reflect on past work.

The hybrid two-year degree is available to students who lack an academic business background or have been in the workforce for seven or more years. Requiring 48 total credits, this format also includes weekend residencies and allows degree candidates to choose from four focus areas: entrepreneurship, international business, finance, and marketing.

John Gresley, Assistant Dean and Director of UF MBA Programs

"UF MBA is a pioneer in the online education industry, beginning in 1999 as one of the first institutions to offer this program format. Students complete comparable coursework and graduate with the same degree as our other programs. UF MBA provides great flexibility and a suite of formats designed with students in mind. For students looking for classroom experience and personal networking opportunities within the cohort, there is a program with a mandatory trip to Gainesville once per term. Additionally, building on the success of the online program, UF MBA is now offering a fully online MBA program that does not require a single campus visit for students who want the value of a rigorous, high quality academic experience without any of the travel or fixed time commitments."


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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Business School Kenan-Flagler Business School Location Chapel Hill, NC Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

One of the oldest public colleges in the United States, UNC is also home to one of the country’s top online MBA programs, a highly flexible degree that combines asynchronous coursework with live virtual meetings. Classes maintain a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, giving degree candidates unparalleled access to professors who are top researchers and consultants in the business world. While courses are conducted online, MBA candidates can also participate in immersion experiences, which provide in-person learning opportunities both at the UNC campus and in cities around the world. On-campus immersion sessions allow students to network with peers and faculty, participate in leadership development activities, and explore Chapel Hill. Off-campus immersions offer a glimpse into the world of national and international business in global hubs, such as New York, Shanghai, or London.

Students pursuing the UNC online MBA have eight concentration options: corporate finance, data analytics and decision making, entrepreneurship, global supply chain management, marketing, investment management, sustainable enterprise, and management consulting. The degree requires 66 total credits, including 36 credits of core business courses that build skills in fundamental topics, such as marketing strategy, business communications, leadership, and operations management. Elective courses comprise an additional 30 credits, with suggested course sequences that allow students to pursue a concentration that matches their professional interests. UNC also allows MBA candidates to create their own custom concentration, taking elective courses from different disciplines to develop a specialized skill set. The school offers dozens of elective options that vary between semesters, including digital marketing, new ventures discovery, mergers and acquisitions, and leading from the middle.

To add an even greater degree of customization, UNC allows online students to take complementary cross-university courses offered through graduate programs at other colleges. Going beyond the MBA curriculum into other relevant disciplines, the cross-university program enables degree candidates to pursue courses in areas including public administration, public health, social work, and law. Participants in the program include George Washington University, American University, and the University of Southern California.


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Johns Hopkins University

Business School Johns Hopkins Carey Business School Location Baltimore, MD Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Based in Baltimore, Maryland, Johns Hopkins is one of the country’s most prestigious research colleges. The school’s flex MBA program offers both online and hybrid formats to accommodate the schedules of professional students. Degree candidates in both the online and hybrid programs can choose from three concentration options: financial businesses, healthcare management, and leading organizations.

The MBA curriculum includes 54 total credits, with 30 credits allocated to core business courses and 24 credits allocated to elective or concentration courses. Most online courses feature both asynchronous and synchronous components, combining scheduled virtual class meetings with online coursework that can be completed at any time throughout the week. Students in the hybrid program choose from campus courses that meet once per week, either in the evenings or on weekends. Both online and on-campus courses follow the same eight-week course format. While Hopkins does offer most courses online, some electives may only be available on campus, and three foundational courses require short campus residency sessions in either Baltimore or Washington, D.C.: business communications, leadership in organizations, and negotiations. The business communications and leadership courses require three-day sessions, while the negotiations course requires a one and a half-day session. Most students graduate in around two and a half years, though the college allows up to six years to complete the program.

Hopkins’ online MBA degree students receive full access to the school’s academic and professional resources, including academic advising, library services, student services, technology support, and career development. The school’s career development office offers support for both current students and graduates, including networking opportunities, resume and cover letter assistance, job search management, interview training, and career transition guidance. Hopkins reports that within six months of graduation, 93% of MBA graduates find full-time employment or internship positions, pursue further education, or start their own business. Nearly half of all students move into consulting positions, though the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare industries are also popular professional choices.


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Carnegie Mellon University

Business School Tepper Business School Location Pittsburgh, PA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Founded by industrial magnate Andrew Carnegie, it’s no surprise CMU hosts a strong business program that is one of the top online MBA degrees in the nation. Offered through the prestigious Tepper School of Business, CMU’s online MBA degree is a unique hybrid program based around principles of strategic analysis and leadership development. The curriculum includes a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous course materials; students attend two virtual class meetings each week, held in the evenings and taught by the same professors who conduct the on-campus courses. The rest of the week is dedicated to asynchronous online coursework, such as pre-recorded lectures and assignments.

CMU offers several specialization options that allow students to develop and refine their professional focus, in the form of both concentrations and tracks. Concentrations are automatically awarded after candidates complete three or more elective courses in a subject area, such as communications, organizational behavior, or marketing. The MBA curriculum requires at least one concentration, but most students earn three or four. Professional tracks are more specialized, encompassing eight to 10 electives and a capstone course. CMU offers five unique options, preparing students for specialized work in particular fields or career paths after graduation: business analytics, energy business, entrepreneurship, management of innovation and product development, or technology leadership. Students who choose not to pursue a professional track still complete one of the program’s capstone experiences, which includes study abroad options or business simulation exercises.

While most coursework is held online, CMU also hosts in-person “access weekends” six times each year in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley. These required immersion sessions occur in between each mini-semester, giving students the opportunity to meet with faculty and peers and develop professional connections outside of online courses. Access weekends serve as the starting point for new classes, allowing online learners to build deeper connections to classmates through face-to-face interactions. Students also participate in workshops, meet CMU alumni, and gain firsthand knowledge of advanced business practices through visits to partner companies.


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George Washington University

Business School George Washington University School of Business Location Washington, DC Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Based in Washington, D.C., GWU offers students unique opportunities at the intersection of government and business. While the school’s MBA is available entirely online, students have the option to attend a four-day residency in D.C., participating in face-to-face learning activities and gaining firsthand experience though the observation of local businesses and government organizations, such as the Federal Reserve and the World Bank. GWU’s online MBA degree combines business theory and analytical skills with a global, ethical focus, training candidates to develop both business organizations and society at large.

This 55.5-credit degree includes six concentration options and allows students to choose up to two: consulting, finance, global management, government contracts, information systems and technology management, or project management. GWU also allows degree candidates to create their own focus through a customized selection of elective courses. The degree takes around three years to complete, with students typically taking six credits per semester. The first two years are dedicated to foundational and advanced business fundamentals courses, while the third year consists of mostly concentration elective courses. The program combines synchronous and asynchronous learning, with one live virtual classroom session held weekly for each course. These live sessions take place on evenings or weekends and include lectures, group activities, and case discussions, allowing students and faculty to collaborate. Asynchronous course content includes videos, podcasts, animations, traditional readings, and other material that students complete on their own schedules.

Along with the traditional MBA, GWU also offers a fully online healthcare MBA that explores business and leadership approaches to healthcare, combining knowledge in medicine, health sciences, nursing, public health, law, international affairs, and business. This highly customizable degree draws students from both the business and health fields, and the program’s design accommodates all levels of healthcare experience. As part of the curriculum, candidates can earn one of seven professional graduate certificates: healthcare quality, health sciences, regulatory affairs, integrative medicine, clinical research administration, clinical research practice, and clinical and translational research.


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University of Virginia

Business School Darden School of Business Administration Location Charlottesville, VA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

A major public research college based in Charlottesville, UVA also maintains a satellite business school in Washington, D.C. The school’s MBA online programs include an executive MBA and a global executive MBA, both available in a hybrid delivery format that offers about one-third of the core program curriculum online. Both degrees emphasize business and leadership skills in a global environment, though the global MBA requires longer, more intensive residency sessions. The two formats are highly integrated, sharing about 70% of the same course material.

UVA forgoes a lecture-based educational approach in favor of the case method, which focuses on the discussion and debate of real and simulated business problems. From the beginning of the program, students are assigned to learning teams based on background, experience, and professional interests, ensuring a mix of diverse viewpoints. These teams participate in regular virtual meetings outside of class to prepare for case discussions and complete additional group work. Courses themselves typically require two synchronous virtual meetings each week.

The most notable difference between UVA’s two online MBA programs concerns the required residency sessions, as the global MBA requires students to attend four weeklong residencies around the world, while the executive MBA requires just one global residency. These sessions give students a deeper perspective on international business through experiential learning activities in global hubs, such as Sao Paulo, Beijing, Paris, Berlin, and Mumbai. Participants attend classes, visit prominent companies, and gain hands-on experience in cross-cultural business relations.

Students in the executive MBA track choose one global residency experience and attend shorter weekend residency sessions at the school’s campuses in Charlottesville or Washington, D.C. These events offer a variety of face-to-face learning experiences, including classroom sessions, case discussions, business simulations, and presentations. Requiring just two or three days for each session, the executive MBA’s weekend residencies are useful for students who need more flexibility in their course scheduling. Regardless of track, two week-long leadership residency sessions on the Charlottesville campus bookend the program, bringing candidates together to reflect on leadership strategies and overall learning.


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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Business School College of Business Location Champaign, IL Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement No Tuition

The flagship institution of the University of Illinois System, U of I is a major public research college that is home to over 47,000 students, making it one of the largest universities in the Midwest. The school is also home to one of the best online MBA programs in the region, winning praise for both its affordability and the quality of its instruction. The degree is available fully online, with no residency or travel requirements, allowing students to save even further. Stressing both business mastery and leadership skills, U of I’s MBA is a globally-focused degree that brings together working professionals from more than 40 countries around the world, encouraging students to develop versatile approaches to business. This highly flexible program allows degree candidates to set their own pace, typically completing all courses within 24-36 months.

U of I divides the core curriculum into four specialization areas, reflecting the practical knowledge required of business leaders: strategic leadership and management, managerial economics and business analysis, value chain management, and financial management. Each specialization component includes three courses and a capstone project that synthesizes subject knowledge. Along with specializations, candidates select two focus areas that cover advanced topics, including innovation, digital marketing, or global challenges in business. In addition to the specialization capstones, students also complete a final summative capstone project that integrates overall program learning.

U of I’s MBA online offers multiple pathways to enrollment outside of the traditional application. Prospective students who are interested in sampling the curriculum and online learning format can enroll in one of two non-credit options without enrolling in the program itself. The school also allows applicants to enroll in a for-credit course before beginning the MBA. This option is ideal for students who have been out of school for some time and want to re-acclimate themselves to academic work before beginning their degree. It’s also a practical choice for applicants who want to build a stronger academic record before applying to the program.


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University of Southern California

Business School Marshall School of Business Location Los Angeles, CA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Founded in 1880 in Los Angeles, USC is the oldest private research college in California. The school has a reputation for educating business leaders, so it’s natural that USC hosts one of the country’s best online MBA programs, with a forward-thinking curriculum designed specifically for distance learners. USC’s online MBA degree operates in a cohort format, in which students form a close-knit peer group that works together throughout the course of the program to complete the same sequence of classes.

The program begins with a weeklong residency at the USC campus in Los Angeles, allowing students and faculty to build connections face-to-face. The residency includes collaborative classroom activities, a consulting project competition, interactive business simulations, and opportunities to attend business and community events both on- and off-campus. During the residency, students complete an introductory three-credit course on the role of the manager, which emphasizes strategic and managerial frameworks along with the fundamental processes of management and leadership.

The remainder of the curriculum consists of five longer courses focused on core subject areas: fundamentals of business, opportunity recognition and implementation, managing inside the firm, managing outside the firm, and business environment and leadership. Each course is worth about 10 credits and lasts 15 weeks. USC’s online courses use both synchronous components, such as scheduled virtual class meetings and collaborative group work, and asynchronous activities, such as video presentations and class discussion boards. Synchronous meetings occur two to three times per week and typically last one to two hours.

Online students receive dedicated support from USC’s Career Services center, which blends online resources with campus services offered during the initial residency session. The school provides a professional career consultant exclusively to MBA candidates, who can assist professionals at all stages of their careers with coaching and planning. Students can also work with the MBA Program Director on resume and cover letter assessments. Other resources include USC’s Marshall Alumni Association, which boasts more than 87,000 members worldwide, and the MBA Exchange, an elite job posting website that students access using their USC credentials.


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Villanova University

Business School Villanova School of Business Location Villanova, PA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Located just outside of Philadelphia, Villanova was founded in 1842, making it the oldest Catholic college in Pennsylvania. Today the school is known as one of the country’s top colleges, and it’s also home to one of the best online MBA degrees in the state. Villanova’s MBA online comprises 48 credits, including functional core courses and four “pillar” courses that cover information technology as strategic level, ethical business practices, management and innovation for creativity, and global political economy. Students can also choose to pursue specialization options in finance, analytics, marketing, or strategic management. While not required, these specializations are indicated on final transcripts and automatically awarded to candidates who earn 7.5 or more elective credits in a subject area. Villanova also offers some independent study options for students whose interests fall outside of the available elective courses. Online courses mix synchronous and asynchronous content, including virtual class sessions, interactive case studies, discussion boards, and video lectures. For students who reside in the Philadelphia area, the school also offers hybrid options that include some on-campus courses.

Villanova stresses the application of business theory to practice, and the program curriculum offers several opportunities to gain hands-on business experience through face-to-face practicum activities. During the first or second semester, students participate in a leadership challenge during a short on-campus residency session that also offers opportunities to connect with peers and faculty. Midway through the degree, the MBA program hosts the social enterprise consulting practicum, a team-based activity in which students act as consultants to a community organization.

The MBA culminates with a global strategic management capstone course, which includes an optional weeklong international immersion experience. The course itself explores current business issues facing global organizations, while the immersion experiences gives candidates the opportunity to travel to a developing economy and observe international business firsthand. Villanova recommends the immersion for all students able to attend, as it offers a chance to visit international companies and work on advanced group projects. Those unable to travel abroad can attend a domestic immersion experience that offers many of the same opportunities.


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Babson College

Business School Graduate School Location Wellesley, MA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement No Tuition

A private business college in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Babson holds a reputation as one of the top business schools in the country. The college’s primary focus is on entrepreneurial thought and action, and all students gain in-depth knowledge of business fundamentals along with the skills to create economic and social equity. Babson also emphasizes the application of business principles to all aspects of public life, highlighting the connection between entrepreneurship and community building. Given its impeccable business credentials, it should come as no surprise that the school offers one of the top online MBA degrees in the country, with a rigorous, action-based curriculum rooted in concepts of entrepreneurship and value creation.

Typically taking about 21 months to complete, this blended MBA combines primarily online coursework with weekend on-campus sessions held once every seven weeks—available in Wellesley as well as Miami and San Francisco. The program uses a cohort model, which divides students into small groups that complete most coursework in the same sequence. The cohort format encourages close peer connections and facilitates opportunities for students to learn from one another’s experience. Online learners dedicate about 20 hours per week to classes, which include asynchronous and real-time components, such as live discussions, group projects, case studies, and readings. The degree requires 46 total credits and includes both core courses and 12 credits of specialized electives. Candidates have the option to choose from five concentration options: business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, global management, or marketing.

Another important part of Babson’s MBA online is the school’s “Signature Learning Experiences”, which are unique projects and activities that occur throughout the program and encourage students to apply their business studies to entrepreneurial decision-making processes. In disruptive change and enterprise transformation, for example, students attend a three and a half day on-campus residency to explore strategies that address shifts in consumer behavior, with a focus on the media, energy, and life science industries.


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University of Maryland

Business School Robert H. Smith School of Business Location College Park, MD Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

The flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, UMD is a major public research college with a student body of more than 39,000. The school’s proximity to Washington, D.C. places it in an active corridor of business and politics, making it a popular choice for professionals pursuing an MBA online. UMD’s MBA program offers specializations in accounting, finance, information systems and business analytics, marketing, supply chain management, or a generalist track. The 54-credit curriculum begins with core courses that introduce business fundamentals, such as managerial economics and public policy, leadership and teamwork, financial accounting, and strategic management. Elective courses allow students to fulfill specialization requirements or pursue their own professional interests.

UMD emphasizes experiential learning, and online degree candidates have several opportunities to apply their course learning to hands-on work with real businesses both domestic and abroad. The school hosts multiple MBA residency sessions on campus, which allow for visits to local businesses and other organizations. Two campus residency sessions bookend the program, each worth two credits. The introductory residency, fundamentals of business, outlines core program topics and allows online learners to build face-to-face connections with classmates and faculty members. The capstone residency, an integrative business simulation, requires students to synthesize major program topics and apply them to a sophisticated simulation activity that models real business problems. Throughout the program, candidates can participate in other action learning projects that build practical experience in consulting, social venture, investing, international business, and entrepreneurship. These action learning experiences may take place on the UMD campus or within students’ own communities or workplaces.

Online learners benefit from UMD’s expansive career services resources, receiving support throughout the program and after graduation, with access to career coaching, peer mentoring, internship opportunities, resume and cover letter help, and interview training. UMD also provides substantial networking opportunities, both through campus residencies and a substantial alumni network of more than 60,000 professionals.


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University of California - Los Angeles

Business School Anderson School of Management Location Los Angeles, CA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

One of the top schools on the West Coast, UCLA is also home to the Anderson School of Management, one of the country’s most respected business colleges. The school’s flex MBA for fully employed students is a hybrid program that includes both online coursework and short campus visits. The degree typically takes three years to complete, though candidates may take extra electives to complete all coursework in 27 months.

Most program components take place online, but students must visit the UCLA campus for immersion sessions that take place four weekends each semester (once every three weeks). Lasting from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, immersion sessions make it possible for students outside the Los Angeles area to visit campus and return home easily in between work weeks. Along with immersion weekends, online learners are required to participate in an introductory leadership foundations course, which kicks off the program at the end of August. This provides opportunities for students to explore fundamental program goals and meet with peers and faculty.

Outside of campus learning, online learners participate in a variety of synchronous and asynchronous activities, including video lectures, interactive group projects, and other web-based assignments. UCLA’s online MBA degree offers several specialization options, including technology leadership, entertainment management, global management, leaders in sustainability, and social impact. While many required specialization electives are hosted online or in a hybrid format, some may only be available through on-campus courses.

One of the most notable features of UCLA’s MBA is the capstone project, which takes the form of either a global access program or a business creation option. Creating opportunities for hands-on learning in the business world, these culminating activities take place during the final year of the program and require students to apply their knowledge to genuine business practice. In the global access program, candidates serve as global consultants for an international business, while the business creation option has candidates work together as a team to launch a new business venture.


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Webster University

Business School George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology Location Saint Louis, MO Accreditation ACBSP GMAT Requirement No Tuition

Though it’s based in Webster Groves, Missouri, Webster is a national and international institution, with locations across the United States and around the world. Webster operates in more than a dozen U.S. states, including California, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, and Virginia; the school’s international locations include China, Thailand, Switzerland, and England. Many of the college’s satellite campuses are located on U.S. military bases, and Webster’s MBA programs online are designed to accommodate working students’ schedules. For those interested in combining business skills with other disciplines, the school also offers two dual-degree MBA programs in health administration or management and leadership.

Available in both hybrid and fully online formats, the Webster MBA emphasizes flexibility and customization through more than a dozen optional concentration areas, including cybersecurity, environmental management, gerontology, and media communications. The general MBA requires 36 total credits and includes 30 credits of core business courses along with six credits of electives. Concentration tracks include the 30-credit core curriculum along with additional elective credits, with requirements varying widely between degrees. For example, an international business concentration requires 61 total credits, while a concentration in health administration requires just 39 credits. Not all electives are available fully online, and students seeking a concentration should consult with the college to determine required course availability.

Students who live near a Webster campus can take advantage of the school’s hybrid course options, which combine online coursework with some on-campus meetings. Degree candidates with scheduling availability may also take entire courses on campus while remaining enrolled as online learners. For those able to travel internationally, Webster offers several global hybrid courses, which include eight weeks of online coursework and one week of immersive travel learning. These courses typically take place in the summer and spring, giving online learners the chance to work together with classmates and observe international business practices firsthand. Past travel destinations have included China, Greece, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, and Germany.


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University of Washington

Business School Foster School of Business Location Seattle, WA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

One of the top colleges in the Pacific Northwest, UW is home to the prestigious Foster School of Business, which serves more than 2,500 students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. UW’s online MBA degree uses a hybrid format that features mostly online courses, punctuated with quarterly campus immersion sessions lasting three to five days. In total, the program curriculum consists of about 95% online material, with just 5% dedicated to on-campus meetings. Designed to accommodate working students, the program takes two years to complete, with no classes held in the summer.

Online courses are primarily asynchronous, with guided independent work that students complete at their own pace. Online coursework components include interactive discussion boards, streaming lectures, virtual team business simulations, podcasts, and active learning assessments. The program requires one weekly virtual class meeting, held on Tuesday evenings and typically lasting 60-90 minutes. These live sessions allow for interactions with classmates and faculty, mirroring face-to-face classroom meetings. Students can also participate in optional review sessions held on Thursdays. Campus immersion sessions offer opportunities for classroom learning and discussion, along with networking and social events. Students also explore the unique business culture of the Pacific Northwest through lectures and other events featuring industry leaders.

The degree requires a total of 62 credits, including 52 credits of core business courses and 10 elective credits. The first-year curriculum introduces business fundamentals, with courses in decision modeling, data analysis, and global strategy. During the second year, students complete core coursework, choose electives, and participate in other unique MBA curriculum components, including the program capstone and an optional international study tour that offers hands-on experience with global businesses. UW’s business electives function uniquely; students fill out interest surveys each quarter, and electives are organized and offered based on the results of these surveys. Common subject areas include marketing, leadership, finance, and entrepreneurship. Due to the unique nature of the elective system, most courses are only offered once per year.


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Pepperdine University

Business School Graziadio School of Business and Management Location Malibu, CA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Located near Malibu, California, Pepperdine is private research college associated with the Church of Christ. The school is home to an MBA program online, a degree that explores the effects of globalization, technology, competition, and ethics on modern business. Pepperdine offers both a fully online program and a hybrid degree that features a mix of online learning and weekend on-campus courses.

Pepperdine’s MBA online requires 52 total credits, consisting of 40 core credits and 12 elective credits. Fully online students can choose from four elective concentrations: finance, leadership management and organizational change, marketing, and general management. The finance track builds deeper knowledge in financial analysis and organization, including topics in investment banking, portfolio management, and financial risk management. The leadership track challenges students to develop their own system of business ethics and values, emphasizing effective management and organizational dynamics. The marketing specialization explores the tools and techniques of marketing strategies and programs, including promotions, pricing, and consumer analysis. The general management concentration is a customizable specialization that allows students to select any electives relevant to their professional interests. The management track requires only seven elective credits, allowing for a slightly faster degree completion time. (Students in the other three concentrations typically take an additional trimester to graduate.)

While MBA candidates can complete their degree fully online with no on-campus courses, those who reside in California or have the ability to travel may be interested in the school’s flexible hybrid MBA, which divides its curriculum evenly between online and on-campus courses. This degree features most of the same coursework, but allows candidates to benefit from a classroom environment and other unique opportunities, such as a global business study experience. Students can choose to complete this two-credit experiential course in several different formats, including a one-week intensive course held abroad, a one-week residential business seminar on the Pepperdine campus, or longer study abroad opportunities held at partner schools.


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Touro University Worldwide

Business School School of Business and Management Location Los Alamitos, CA Accreditation WASC GMAT Requirement No Tuition

Touro University Worldwide is the online division of the Touro College and University System, a Jewish-affiliated higher education institution. The school is home to more than 18,000 students around the world, serving learners of all faiths and backgrounds. For current business professionals or those looking to make a career change, TUW offers a highly flexible, fully online MBA with six start dates throughout the year. The program trains professional students to move into elevated leadership positions, covering theories, models, and research studies applicable to business and other organizations. TUW is particularly attuned to the needs of working students, and the MBA program allows students to control the pace and organization of their online learning. Degree candidates can fit courses around their work schedules, or choose an accelerated format that allows for graduation in just one year. Offering a competitive tuition rate that’s far below most MBA programs online, TUW also demonstrates its commitment to student affordability through its waiver of all application fees. Admission to the program is open to students with or without an academic business background.

Totaling 36 credits, the MBA curriculum includes nine core business courses and three concentration courses that build deeper knowledge in a professional subject area. Core courses cover foundational business topics, such as professional communications, management across cultures, and contemporary marketing. TUW offers eight concentration options, all available fully online: accounting, cybersecurity management, finance, global management, health administration management, human resources management, marketing, and nonprofit management. Most courses use a fully asynchronous format that allows students to complete work outside of a set schedule, though assignments still have weekly deadlines. Some courses may include synchronous components that require set login times and allow for live interaction with classmates and faculty. TUW’s MBA online curriculum culminates in a capstone course during the final semester. This course requires students to reflect on their prior learning and synthesize different program concepts in application to a real business problem.


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Lehigh University

Business School College of Business and Economics Location Bethlehem, PA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (about an hour north of Philadelphia) Lehigh is one of the top private colleges in the Northeast, serving around 7,000 students annually. The school is also home to one of country’s best part-time online MBA degrees, a versatile program that emphasizes five core principles: structures and unstructured decision-making, leadership, ethics and social responsibility, inclusive communication, and a deep understanding of domestic and global business. The Flex MBA offers both online and hybrid options, making the degree an ideal choice for working students who want to pursue an education without interrupting a career. Lehigh emphasizes student choice, with several paths for completing the program. Candidates can choose an accelerated format that combines online and on-campus courses, allowing them to graduate in 16 months. Alternately, students with significant work or home obligations can earn their degree at a relaxed pace, taking up to six years to complete the program. The program offers multiple start dates in January, May, and August.

Lehigh’s online MBA degree requires 36 total credits, with a 21-credit business core and 15 additional credits of electives. While the program is primarily online, Lehigh requires students to attend a two-day on-campus orientation session before beginning classes. The core curriculum covers the principles of management, including financial and physical resources, products and services, information, and organizational environments. Elective courses allow candidates to strengthen various subject areas, and concentration options include corporate entrepreneurship, finance, international business, marketing, project management, and supply chain management. Concentration tracks include both required courses and elective options that allow students to explore specialized topics in the field. Selecting a concentration is not required, and online learners may fulfill elective credits with any selection of courses that matches their professional interests. The program culminates with an integrative experience that combines core learning principles to explore strategic management solutions. Students perform in-depth case analyses and complete a comprehensive business simulation that mimics real business problems.


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Regis University

Business School College of Business and Economics Location Denver, CO Accreditation HLC GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

A private Jesuit college based in Denver, Colorado, Regis is home to one of the top online MBA programs in the western United States. The school takes a holistic approach to business studies, giving students a wide-ranging perspective on organizational resources and capabilities, consumer needs and desires, and the impact of business decisions on society at large. The program also situates business in the context of Jesuit ethics, encouraging students to develop their own ethical framework. Regis holds courses in accelerated eight-week blocks, allowing online learners to pursue their studies part-time while still maintaining a career. The college offers eight start dates throughout the year, allowing degree candidates to enter the program when it’s convenient for them. Regis emphasizes the practical application of a business mindset, and students are encouraged and required to draw connections between coursework and their own careers.

Regis’ MBA online curriculum requires 36 total credits, including 30 core business credits and six elective credits. Core courses cover major topics in business management, such as entrepreneurial innovation, managerial economics, and foundations of organizational behavior, while electives allow candidates to pursue specialized knowledge in different business areas. Regis also offers five optional specializations in accounting, finance, health industry leadership, marketing, and strategic management. Going beyond general elective requirements, these specialization tracks build advanced skills and require 12 credits of coursework, increasing the graduation requirement to 42 credits. Students may also choose to take specialization courses beyond the 42-credit minimum.

While admissions are open to students who lack an undergraduate business degree, Regis requires students to complete certain foundational courses prior to beginning the core MBA curriculum. Admitted students with no business experience must take 15 credits of foundational courses, covering accounting, finance, marketing, and statistics. Applicants with undergraduate business majors are typically allowed to waive all foundational courses, and applicants with a strong business background may be able to forgo many courses. All foundational courses are available fully online.


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University of Minnesota

Business School Carlson School of Management Location Minneapolis, MN Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

With a campus that extends between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, UMN is a top public college in the Midwest and home to one of the region’s best MBA online programs. Intended for working professionals, this part-time distance MBA is ideal for students who live outside the Twin Cities area or need flexibility in their education. The 57-credit curriculum includes 29 credits of core courses and 28 credits of electives. Typically completed in about two and a half years, the program dedicates its first year entirely to foundational studies, covering managerial economics, data analysis, leadership, and operations management. During the second year, candidates complete the foundational requirements and move on to elective courses, allowing them to personalize their studies to reflect professional interests. UMN offers many fully online elective courses, such as corporate venturing, business formation, management of innovation, and skills for managerial presentations.

While UMN’s online MBA degree offers most coursework entirely online, the program does require students to complete at least two on-campus experiences. One is the program orientation, which takes place on the UMN campus at the beginning of the first fall semester. The orientation introduces overall program principles and gives candidates the opportunity to meet peers and professors. Students have several options to fulfill the remaining campus experience requirement, including an intensive on-campus course, a regular evening campus course, a global program experience, or one of UMN’s numerous student development events. Intensive campus courses serve as elective credit and pack an entire course curriculum into several days worth of study. These electives cover a range of topics, including cross-cultural negotiations, persuasion and influence, or the business of social media. Students who reside near the Twin Cities may choose to take an evening MBA elective class over the course of a semester. The global program experience allows degree candidates to travel abroad and observe international business, while student development events take place on campus and include business conferences, career workshops, case competitions, and other relevant professional opportunities.


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Stevens Institute of Technology

Business School School of Business Location Hoboken, NJ Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Based in Hoboken, New Jersey, Stevens is a private research college that emphasizes engineering and technology. The school’s unique focus extends to its online MBA degree, which trains students in both business skills and the use of analytics and technological tools. Stevens’ close proximity to New York also offers students unique opportunities in a wide selection of fields and industries unavailable elsewhere in the country. While the school does not require any business experience, the college recommends that applicants hold at least two years of full-time experience in a professional work environment.

This 48-credit program offers five concentration options, focusing on high-demand business subjects: business intelligence and analytics, finance, information systems, marketing, and project management. Students complete 12 core courses that stress business fundamentals, along with four elective courses that build deeper knowledge in a chosen area of business. Most courses can be taken either on campus or online, giving students the flexibility to mix their delivery format if they desire.

One of the defining components of Steven’s MBA online is its optional Field Consulting Program, which gives candidates the chance to apply their classroom knowledge to business issues in the real world. Working as part of a team under faculty supervision, students serve as consultants to one of the school’s partner companies, gaining hands-on experience and observing company culture. The consulting team analyzes organizational practices to identify a business problem or a potential opportunity, outlines possible solutions, and presents a formal recommendation for strategic action to company managers. The consulting experience integrates overall program learning and allows participants to make important connections in the business world. While the consulting project is recommended, it’s only available to full-time students and requires travel to different business locations around the New York and New Jersey area.

Alternately, Stevens offers a capstone course in integration and application of technology management, which includes a comprehensive business simulation activity that synthesizes core program topics. The simulation requires students to work in teams and devise strategies for operations management and organizational decision-making.


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College of William and Mary

Business School Raymond A. Mason School of Business Location Williamsburg, VA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Founded in 1693 in Williamsburg, Virginia, William and Mary is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious public colleges. The school is also home to a highly respected online MBA degree that offers a unique educational experience centered on the theme of “Renaissance Manager, Revolutionary Leader.” This innovative program trains degree candidates to become versatile, knowledgeable managers who understand business in a historical, functional, and cross-cultural context, integrating these different perspectives into a cohesive management philosophy. Another key program concept is the “Wicked Problem”—a business issue whose precise nature and ideal solution are ultimately unknowable. MBA candidates draw on their own business experiences to identify a problem and develop their understanding of its causes and potential solutions throughout the course of the program.

The 49-credit curriculum begins with the eponymous Renaissance manager course, which introduces fundamental program concepts and tools, including methods of thinking and inquiry, problem identification approaches, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and strategies for framing and reframing business issues. These core skills serve candidates through the duration of the program, which typically takes two years. Through a series of 12 courses, students explore a variety of topics, including organizational management, operations, integrated technology, and leadership for the 21st century.

Two unique experiences define the end of William and Mary’s MBA online: the revolutionary leader practicum and the campus residency. Fulfilling the second half of the program theme, the practicum requires students to synthesize their overall learning in the context of their chosen problem, creating a detailed description of the problem, their approach to it, and the lessons learned from this approach. The one-credit weekend residency is the only required campus component, giving students the opportunity to meet at William and Mary for workshops, networking events, experiential learning activities, and guest lectures. Participants also benefit from meetings with the college’s “Executive Partners”, an experienced group of retired business professionals who volunteer to mentor MBA candidates. Campus residencies occur twice a year, and students are invited to attend all sessions, through only one is required for graduation.


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Emory University

Business School Goizueta Business School Location Atlanta, GA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Atlanta, Georgia is the home of Emory, a prestigious private college that offers a top online MBA program with a unique modular format and focus on student flexibility. Intended for students already serving in leadership roles, the modular MBA for executives is a hybrid degree that combines 75% online coursework with 25% classroom coursework. While it requires a larger campus component than many MBAs, the program’s rigorous curriculum model and innovative approach to leadership make it a popular choice for professionals.

The MBA’s concentrated, modular format has students move through a sequence of intensive courses one at a time, with each module building on previous learning material. The curriculum includes eight required campus residency sessions, held every 10 weeks. These weeklong campus immersions provide opportunities for classroom learning and group work, along with individualized student attention in the form of career coaching and personal development sessions. Participants also benefit from a wide selection of workshops and other useful events, such as guest speakers, networking activities, and career management seminars. Two additional off-campus immersion sessions—one international and the other on the West Coast—offer the chance to observe a variety of business practices and consult with leading companies both at home and abroad.

Emory’s MBA online curriculum offers a general management focus that draws connections between all areas of business. Core courses cover five major areas: accounting, finance, information systems and operations management, marketing, and organization and management. Electives offer the chance to gain deeper knowledge in specialized topics, with unique options such as the business of healthcare, process analysis and Six Sigma, and marketing analytics in Excel. Students may also perform an independent study for elective credit on an approved topic of their choice. Along with electives, Emory offers a unique Executives Healthcare Seminar Series, intended for MBA students employed in the healthcare field. This seminar series explores the role of business tools to address major issues facing the healthcare industry, such as strategic agility, value-based delivery, and cost and quality management.


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Northeastern University

Business School D’Amore-McKim School of Business Location Boston, MA Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement No Tuition

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, NEU was one of the first colleges in the country to offer its MBA programs online, and school holds a reputation for innovation and academic excellence. Emphasizing values of entrepreneurial thinking and experiential learning, this practice-based MBA degree explores business in a global context, challenging students to develop a deeper understanding of organizational management along with skills in communication, collaboration, leadership, and critical thinking.

NEU’s 50-credit online MBA degree includes 13 core business courses and five elective courses, allowing students to concentrate in eight high-demand subject areas: finance, healthcare management, high technology management, innovation entrepreneurship, international management, marketing, supply chain management, and sustainability. Students select a concentration by choosing at least three electives within a subject area. NEU also offers several dual concentrations that include two electives from two different subject areas along with one shared course, building connections between different fields of business. While not all subject areas can be combined into dual concentrations, some (such as international management and innovation entrepreneurship) pair with most other subjects. For students interested in deeper specialization, the school offers a dual MBA/Master of Science in finance degree that adds four finance courses to the MBA curriculum. Offering concentrations in either investments or corporate finance, the dual degree is also available fully online.

For degree candidates who live in the Boston area or are able to travel, NEU offers an optional campus residency that takes the place of one elective. Open to online learners who have completed at least three MBA courses, this week-long intensive residency allows students to work face-to-face with peers and faculty and participate in other campus events. MBA candidates can also take part in NEU’s International Field Study Residency, traveling abroad to observe global business practices firsthand. The field study is open to students who have completed the first year of MBA courses (26 credits minimum) with a 3.0 GPA or better. Locations vary from year to year, but previous classes have visited China, Greece, and Turkey.


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Dallas Baptist University

Business School College of Business Location Dallas, TX Accreditation ACBSP GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

Located near downtown Dallas, Texas, DBU is a small Christian liberal arts college that serves about 5,100 students. DBU began offering online classes in 1998, and over the past two decades the school has grown into one of the top distance education providers in Texas, with fully online degrees that accommodate the needs of working students. Open to applicants of all academic and professional backgrounds, the school’s MBA online programs offer wide-ranging perspectives on business, training students in both management practices and servant leadership. While all MBA courses are available online, DBU also offers on-campus “mini-terms” that allow students to earn credit through weeklong classroom intensive courses in Dallas. The school maintains two satellite campuses in Plano and Hurst, which may offer some on-campus MBA course options.

DBU’s MBA online is the school’s most popular graduate degree, with a range of concentration options that include finance, project management, marketing, or general management. The 36-credit degree curriculum includes 24 credits of core courses, exploring foundational topics, such as leadership in management, corporate finance, and creative problem solving for marketing decisions. An additional 12 credits of elective courses allow students to refine their professional focus. The program ends with a capstone course in strategic management decisions, which emphasizes theories and practices of organizational strategy. The capstone also includes a service-learning field study component that allows students to apply their business skills to a real organization.

DBU emphasizes student choice and flexibility, and the school offers a substantial selection of dual degree options for candidates looking to specialize their MBA. Most of DBU’s dual degree MBA options broadly focus on areas of education, ministry, or leadership with available pairings in children’s ministry, higher education, and global leadership. While all MBA courses are available online, dual degrees may require some on-campus courses, particularly for certain electives. Students interested in pursuing dual degree pathways must consult with an advisor to determine available options.


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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

Business School Poole College of Management Location Raleigh, NC Accreditation AACSB GMAT Requirement Yes Tuition

With an enrollment of more than 32,000, NCSU is the largest college in the Carolinas and the home of one of the region’s best online MBA programs. Students pursuing their MBA online have two options: an intensive, accelerated format that allows for completion in as little as 21 months, or a flexible program that offers a more relaxed pace and allows up to six years for completion. NCSU’s MBA online offers start dates in either the fall or spring, making it easy for candidates to begin the program when it suits their schedule.

The MBA contains 40 total credits, with a core curriculum that emphasizes both business processes and technology applications. Along with the business core, students complete six credits of depth requirement courses, which build specialized knowledge in a particular business subject. Comparable to concentrations in the traditional MBA program, depth options include biosciences management, finance, innovation, technology entrepreneurship and commercialization, supply chain management, and marketing. Students also choose from additional elective courses to develop further knowledge in subject areas, such as consumer behavior, data security and privacy, or product and brand management.

NCSU’s online courses use a predominantly asynchronous format, with much of the course material delivered through video lectures and podcasts. Online learners also divide into virtual teams to perform group work, discussions, and other projects. Some synchronous course sessions may require students to log on at prearranged times for virtual course meetings or other live activities. While most MBA coursework is available totally online, NCSU does require students to attend two three-day residency sessions on its main campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. These experiences give online learners the chance to meet with peers and faculty, participate in structured learning activities, and enjoy social and networking opportunities. Active duty military students who are unable to attend can waive the residencies and substitute extra elective courses in their place. Candidates in the accelerated track who wish to graduate in 21 months may have to complete an additional on-campus course or an international course to finish the program as quickly as possible.


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The Online MBA Guide

This comprehensive resource is your complete guide to the MBA. Our seven-part series will familiarize you with your MBA program options while guiding you through the selection and application process. Discover financing options, dive into the MBA curriculum and prepare yourself for life after graduation.

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Online MBA by State

Applying to an in-state online MBA that’s close to home allows you to use campus facilities and meet with advisors in-person. State residents can maximize their networking skills by forming relationships with professors and peers. Some schools offer discounts on tuition for online, in-state students, while others offer the same tuition to all distance learners.

If you’re considering earning an MBA in your home state, look no further than our state pages. Here, you’ll discover everything you need to know to compare online MBAs in your state, including which concentrations are available at each school. You’ll learn how a program will prepare you for local employment and how to apply. Our MBA state pages also include information each state’s economy and employment outlook for MBA graduates.

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Online MBA Schools

Our college and university database provides the most up to date information for each and every accredited school that offers an online MBA in the United States. Each school profile provides a breakdown of the online MBA programs offered, as well as standardized testing requirements, estimated tuition, and concentrations offered. We encourage you to explore each school by visiting their program profile directly from the links within our database.

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Online MBA Concentrations

MBA concentrations combine the advanced business management education of an MBA curriculum with graduate-level courses across a wide array of subjects, yielding MBA graduates primed for leadership roles in their desired field. Top online MBAs typically require students to complete the same core coursework in fundamental business administration concepts, followed by elective courses, which generally comprise 30-50% of the program’s total credit hours. Concentrations offer students the chance to sharpen their skills in a specific area through a defined elective path.

This resource provides students with an in-depth profile of over 30 concentrations, including salary and career information, curriculum requirements, and much more. These guides include an interactive database of all accredited online MBA programs that offer each concentration, making it easy to explore potential MBA concentrations before making a commitment to one emphasis area.

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Degree Information

The MBA

The MBA was first designed and offered by Harvard University as a means of providing students with a broad set of business and management skills. Today, it has become one of the world’s most popular graduate degrees. Pursuing an MBA can help you find employment in a variety of fields, and is also valuable for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators hoping to gain a competitive edge over other professionals in their industry.

The Online MBA Degree

Online MBA programs offer a flexible format that is convenient for students who must work while they attend school. The online degree format gives all students the ability to earn a respected degree, regardless of location. Online MBAs are ideal for students with professional responsibilities and personal obligations, as well as those who live in rural areas or who are not able to attend courses on a college campus.

An online MBA offers many advantages to distance learners, including affordability, flexibility, and accessibility. Not only are online MBAs typically more affordable than traditional degrees, but they offer many of the same resources and amenities as on-campus programs. Some schools offer discounted tuition for online courses, regardless of state residency. Online programs allow students to complete coursework on their own schedule while receiving the same instruction as their on-campus peers.

Considering an MBA

The knowledge gained from an MBA can help you advance your career, make a change to a new industry or occupation, or start a business. An online MBA is beneficial to your growth as a manager, executive, business owner, or entrepreneur. Coursework emphasizes general business, management, and leadership skills.

Through available concentrations, you can develop expertise in your chosen field. Programs can be tailored to match your individual needs, whether you’re looking for a comprehensive foundation of business concepts through a general program, or a unique concentration in an emerging sector. Some MBA specializations, like global business, offer students the opportunity to travel while still completing courses online. For all students considering the MBA, we invite you to fully explore our online MBA resources to help guide you through the process of finding the right program to suit your needs.