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While students shopping around for an MBA online should always take into account their specific needs first, rankings can definitely be helpful if you use them wisely. But prospective MBA students may feel overwhelmed by all the rankings out there, both on the Web and in print. The trick is to rely on rankings that have been proven to be reputable and accurate. For our 2014 MBA rankings, we’ve used the latest rankings from four the of the most respected school rank publishers as well as factored in the cost of tuition to determine which schools offering online MBA programs are truly the best in the country for the price.
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Rank
School
Business School Name
Based In
1Indiana UniversityKelley School of BusinessBloomington, IN
2Thunderbird School of Global ManagementThunderbird School of Global Management Glendale, AZ
3University of Illinois — Springfield College of Business and ManagementSpringfield, IL
4University of Tennessee-MartinCollege of Business & Global AffairsMartin, TN
5Rutgers University Rutgers Business SchoolNewark, NJ
6North Carolina State UniversityPoole College of Management, Jenkins Graduate SchoolRaleigh, NC
7George Washington UniversityGeorge Washington University School of BusinessWashington, DC
8University of FloridaHough Graduate School of BusinessGainesville, FL
9Pennsylvania State UniversitySmeal College of BusinessUniversity Park, PA
10Arizona State UniversityW.P. Carey School of BusinessTempe, AZ
11University of North CarolinaKenan-Flagler Business SchoolChapel Hill, NC
12Babson CollegeBabson Graduate SchoolWellesley, MA
13Carnegie Mellon UniversityTepper School of BusinessPittsburgh, PA
14Syracuse UniversityWhitman School of ManagementSyracuse, NY
15Howard UniversityHU School of BusinessWashington, DC
17University of North TexasCollege of BusinessDenton, TX
18Arkansas State University College of BusinessJonesboro, AR
19Mississippi State UniversityCollege of BusinessMississippi State University, MS
20Central Michigan UniversityCollege of Business AdministrationMt Pleasant, MI
Rank (modified)
School
Business School Name
Based In
1Washington State UniversityCollege of BusinessPullman, WA
2Arizona State UniversityW.P. Carey School of BusinessTempe, AZ
3Indiana University - Bloomington>Kelley School of BusinessBloomington, IN
4University of FloridaHough Graduate School of BusinessGainesville, FL
5California State University - FullertonMihaylo College of Business and EconomicsFullerton, CA
6Central Michigan UniversityCollege of Business AdministrationMt Pleasant, MI
7Auburn UniversityRaymond J. Harbert College of BusinessAuburn, AL
8University of ConnecticutSchool of BusinessStorrs, CT
9University of Texas - DallasNaveen Jindal School of ManagementRichardson, TX
10University of Tennessee - MartinCollege of Business & Global AffairsMartin, TN
11Arkansas State University - JonesboroCollege of BusinessJonesboro, AR
12Clarkson UniversitySchool of BusinessPotsdam, NY
13Marist CollegeSchool of ManagementPoughkeepsie, NY
14Worcester Polytechnic InstituteSchool of BusinessWorcester, MA
15Georgia College & State UniversityJ. Whitney Bunting College of BusinessMilledgeville, GA
16University of Illinois - SpringfieldCollege of Business and ManagementSpringfield, IL
17University of Nebraska - LincolnCollege of Business AdministrationLincoln, NE
18St Joseph's UniversityHaub School of BusinessPhiladelphia, PA
19Pennsylvania State UniversitySmeal College of BusinessUniversity Park, PA
20University of North TexasCollege of BusinessDenton, TX
21University of Michigan - DearbornCollege of BusinessDearborn, MI
22University of Massachusetts - AmherstIsenberg School of ManagementAmherst, MA
23University of San DiegoSchool of Business AdministrationSan Diego, CA
24Quinnipiac UniversitySchool of Business + EngineeringHamden, CT
25Thunderbird School of Global ManagementThunderbird School of Global ManagementGlendale, AZ
26SUNY - OswegoSchool of BusinessOswego, NY
27Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick and NewarkRutgers Business SchoolNewark, NJ
28Temple UniversityFox School of Business and ManagementPhiladelphia, PA
29West Virginia UniversityCollege of Business and EconomicsMorgantown, WV
30Syracuse UniversityWhitman School of ManagementSyracuse, NY
31University of South DakotaBeacom School of BusinessVermillion, SD
32Missouri State UniversitySchool of ManagementNewark, NJ
33Columbus State UniversityD. Abbott Turner College of BusinessColumbus, GA
34Georgia Southern UniversityCollege of Business AdministrationStatesboro, GA
35University of Colorado - DenverBusiness SchoolDenver, CO
36University of Colorado - Colorado SpringsCollege of Business and AdministrationColorado Springs, CO
37Oklahoma State UniversitySpears School of BusinessStillwater, OK
38Mississippi State UniversityCollege of BusinessMississippi State University, MS
39University of ScrantonKania School of ManagementScranton, PA
40East Carolina UniversityCollege of BusinessGreenville, NC
41Rochester Institute of TechnologySaunders College of BusinessRochester, NY
42North Carolina State UniversityPoole College of Management, Jenkins Graduate SchoolRaleigh, NC
43Colorado State UniversityCollege of BusinessFort Collins, CO
44University of MississippiSchool of Business AdministrationUniversity, MS
45George Washington UniversityGeorge Washington University School of BusinessWashington, DC
46Norwich UniversityCollege of BusinessNorthfield, VT
47Michigan Technological UniversitySchool of Business and EconomicsHoughton, MI
48University of ToledoCollege of Business and InnovationToledo, OH
49James Madison UniversityCollege of BusinessHarrisonburg, VA
50Southeast Missouri State UniversityHarrison College of BusinessCape Girardeau, MO
51University of West GeorgiaRichards College of BusinessCarrollton, GA
52Creighton UniversityCollege of BusinessOmaha, NE
53Wright State UniversityRaj Soin College of BusinessDayton, OH
54Ferris State UniversityCollege of BusinessBig Rapids, MI
55University of Nevada - RenoCollege of BusinessReno, NV
56West Texas A&M UniversityCollege of BusinessCanyon, TX
57Cleveland State UniversityMonte Ahuja College of Business AdministrationCleveland, OH
58University of Baltimore - Towson UniversityMerrik School of BusinessBaltimore, MD
59George Mason UniversitySchool of ManagementFairfax, VA
60Ball State UniversityCollege of BusinessMuncie, IN
61University of Louisiana - MonroeCollege of Business AdministrationMonroe, LA
62Webster UniversityGeorge Herbert Walker School of Business and TechnologyWebster Groves, MO
63University of MemphisFogelman College of Business and EconomicsMemphis, TN
64Texas Southern UniversityJessee H. Jones School of BusinessHouston, TX
65University of DenverDaniels College of BusinessDenver, CO
66Boston UniversitySchool of ManagementBoston, MA
67Columbia CollegeSchool of BusinessColumbia, MO
68Tennessee Technological UniversityCollege of BusinessCookeville, TN
69Andrews UniversitySchool of Business AdministrationBerrien Springs, MI
70Brandman UniversityCollege of BusinessIrvine, CA
71Hofstra UniversityFrank G. Zarb School of BusinessHempstead, NY
72Gardner-Webb UniversityGodbold School of BusinessBoiling Springs, NC
73Stony Brook University - SUNYCollege of BusinessStony Brook, NY
74North Greenville UniversityCollege of Business and Sport ProfessionsTravelers Rest, SC
75Regent UniversityDepartment of Business, Leadership, and Information SystemsVirginia Beach, VA
76University of Wisconsin - OshkoshCollege of BusinessOshkosh, WI
77University of AlabamaCulverhouse College of CommerceTuscaloosa, AL
78Baldwin Wallace UniversityCollege of BusinessBerea, OH
79Southeastern UniversityCollege of Business & Legal StudiesLakeland, FL
80University of St FrancisCollege of Business & Health AdministrationJoliet, IL
81Minot State UniversityCollege of BusinessMinot, ND
82Florida International UniversityCollege of Business AdministrationMiami, FL
83University of Houston - Clear LakeSchool of BusinessHouston, TX
84Southern Adventist UniversitySchool of Business and ManagementCollegedale, TN
85Green Mountain CollegeCollege of BusinessPoultney, VT
86Campbellsville UniversitySchool of Business and EconomicsCampbellsville, KY
87Post UniversityThe Malcolm Baldrige School of BusinessWaterbury, CT
88Southern Utah UniversitySchool of BusinessCedar City, UT
89University of La VerneCollege of Business & Public ManagementLa Verne, CA
90Southern Arkansas UniversityCollege of BusinessMagnolia, AR
91Kennesaw State UniversityColes College of BusinessKennesaw, GA
92Florida State UniversityCollege of BusinessTallahassee, FL
93Fort Hays State UniversityCollege of Business and EntrepreneurshipHays, KS
94University of Wisconsin - Eau ClaireCollege of BusinessEau Claire, WI
95Wayne State UniversitySchool of Business AdministrationDetroit, MI
96Austin Peay State UniversityCollege of BusinessClarksville, TN
97Charleston Southern UniversitySchool of BusinessNorth Charleston, SC
98Tiffin UniversitySchool of BusinessTiffin, OH
99McKendree UniversitySchool of BusinessLebanon, IL
100Stephens CollegeCollege of BusinessColumbia, MO
101Sam Houston State UniversityCollege of Business AdministrationHuntsville, TX
102Howard UniversityHU School of BusinessWashington, DC
103SUNY Institute of Technology - Utica/RomeCollege of BusinessUtica, NY
104Troy UniversityThe Sorrell College of BusinessTroy, AL
105Jacksonville State UniversityCollege of Commerce & Business AdministrationJacksonville, AL
106Salve Regina UniversityCollege of BusinessNewport, RI
107Walden UniversityCollege of Management and TechnologyMinneapolis, MN
108Park UniversitySchool of BusinessParkville, MO
109Robert Morris UniversitySchool of BusinessCoraopolis, PA
110Brenau UniversityCollege of Business & Mass CommunicationGainesville, GA
111Benedictine UniversityCollege of BusinessLisle, IL
112Florida Atlantic UniversityCollege of BusinessBoca Raton, FL
113Florida A&M UniversitySchool of Business and IndustryTallahassee, FL
114Maharishi University of ManagementBusiness DepartmentFairfield, IA
115New Jersey Institute of TechnologySchool of ManagementNewark, NJ
116Canisius CollegeRichard J. Wehle School of BusinessBuffalo, NY
117Lawrence Technological UniversityCollege of ManagementSouthfield, MI
118University of DallasCollege of BusinessDallas, TX
119St Mary-of-the-Woods CollegeCollege of BusinessSt. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN
120Northcentral UniversitySchool of Business and Technology ManagementPrescott Valley, AZ
121Florida Institute of TechnologyNathan M. Bisk College of BusinessMelbourne, FL
122Freed - Hardeman UniversityCollege of BusinessHenderson, TN
123Regis UniversityCollege of BusinessDenver, CO
124Fayetteville State UniversitySchool of Business and EconomicsFayetteville, NC
125University of Texas of the Permian BasinCollege of Business and EngineeringOdessa, TX
126Dowling CollegeSchool of BusinessSuffolk County, NY
127University of North DakotaCollege of Business & Public AdministrationGrand Forks, ND
128Concordia University - St PaulSchool of BusinessSt Paul, MN
129DeVry UniversityKeller Graduate School of ManagementDowners Grove, IL
130Judson UniversityCollege of BusinessElgin, IL
131American Public University SystemCollege of BusinessCharles Town, WV
132Upper Iowa UniversityCollege of BusinessFayette, IA
133Valdosta State UniversityLangdale College of Business AdministrationValdosta, GA
134Excelsior CollegeSchool of BusinessAlbany, NY
135Southwestern CollegeCollege of BusinessWinfield, KS
136Baker College of FlintCollege of BusinessFlint, MI
137University of Houston - VictoriaSchool of Business AdministrationVictoria, TX
138University of the Incarnate WordCollege of BusinessSan Antonio, TX
139Lynn UniversityCollege of Business and ManagementBoca Raton, FL
140Bellevue UniversityCollege of BusinessBellevue, NE
141California State University - Dominguez HillsCollege of BusinessCarson, CA
142Southern Polytechnic State UniversitySchool of Engineering Technology and ManagementMarietta, GA
143Clarion University of PennsylvaniaCollege of Business AdministrationClarion, PA
144Stetson UniversitySchool of Business AdministrationDeLand, FL
145Oklahoma Wesleyan UniversityChesapeake Energy School of BusinessTulsa, OK
146University of FindlayCollege of BusinessFindlay, OH

usnewsThe rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report are among the most respected and prestigious in the academic community. Since 1983, U.S. News & World Report has conducted annual rankings of colleges and universities in America. Because of its methodology and longstanding history, U.S. News’ ranking has earned widespread recognition and credit as a reputable and reliable resource.

The Methodology

The methodology behind the MBA rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report is two-fold. First, a list of business schools offering at least one MBA online was compiled. Then, data, including quality assessment, recruiter assessment, job placement success, graduate starting salary, and GMAT and GRE scores, was gathered for each school through surveys.

Each metric is weighted by importance, and using that formula, U.S. News & World Report determined the ranking of each institution. Students looking for a top-ranked online MBA program can also consider using U.S. News & World Report’s rankings to compare schools by a number of factors, such as graduation rate and class size.

The ranking above is the modified version of the U.S. News ranking to include only U.S.-based schools with online MBA programs, as explained in our methodology. The original U.S. News list with international schools is also available.

Rank (modified)
School
Business School Name
Based In
1Babson CollegeBabson Graduate SchoolWellesley, MA
2University of North CarolinaKenan-Flagler Business SchoolChapel Hill, NC
3Thunderbird School of Global ManagementThunderbird School of Global ManagementGlendale, AZ
4University of Virginia - DardenDarden School of BusinessCharlottesville, VA
5Indiana University - BloomingtonKelley School of BusinessBloomington, IN
6Carnegie Mellon UniversityTepper School of BusinessPittsburgh, PA

financial-timesFounded in 1988 in London, the Financial Times is hailed as one of the world’s leading global business news organizations. Additionally, the Financial Times recognizes the best management programs through its annual rankings in six areas related to MBA, Executive MBA, Master in Finance, and Master in Management. Since 2005, the Financial Times has been ranking online MBA programs. The 2014 Online MBA Listings are comprised of 46 leading business schools in the world, 18 of which are in the United States.

The Methodology

To be eligible for ranking, schools must be accredited by AACSB or Equis, have programs running a minimum of four years, and have graduated its first class at least three years prior to the ranking publication date. Financial Times collects rankings data through two online surveys, one for schools and one for alumni. Survey responses inform ranking criteria in areas such as alumni salary and employment, teaching staff, research, student demographics, and more. Scores are calculated for each ranking criterion, weighted, and then added together for the final score to rank the schools.

Among some of the most respected, the Financial Times rankings are highly sought after by business schools around the world and American schools like Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania make regular appearances on the lists. Globally minded students interesting in multinational business schools that can help them increase their salary range may want to consider these rankings when comparing MBA programs.

Above, we’ve shown the modified version of the Financial Times ranking (as explained in our methodology), which only showcases U.S.-based schools that offer online MBA programs. The original Financial Times ranked list, including international and campus-based schools, is also available.

Rank (modified)
School
Business School Name
Based In
1University of FloridaHough Graduate School of BusinessGainesville, FL
2Indiana University - BloomingtonKelley School of BusinessBloomington, IN

theeconomistFounded in 1843, The Economist is a renowned magazine that covers news, education issues, economics, and more from a global perspective. Although headquartered in London, The Economist compiled data from online MBA programs from around the world and conducted a ranking of the top schools. Among those featured in the 2010 ranking, two institutions were located in the US: University of Florida – Hough Graduate School of Business and Indiana University – Kelley School of Business.

The Methodology

The Economist used three factors to determine the ranking for MBA programs: program content, fellow students, and distance learning elements. By comparing the data from each institutionís MBA program to these factors, the rankings were achieved. Students looking for an online MBA program beyond just the scope of the U.S. can compare the top programs from the global rankings provided by The Economist.

The list above is a modified version of the original ranking compiled by The Economist, as it showcases only U.S.-based schools with online MBA programs, as explained in our methodology. The original ranking with international schools is also available.

Rank (modified)
School
Business School Name
Based In
1University of FloridaHough Graduate School of BusinessGainesville, FL
1University of Michigan-Ann ArborStephen M. Ross School of BusinessAnn Arbor, MI
2Carnegie Mellon UniversityTepper School of BusinessPittsburgh, PA
3Indiana University - BloomingtonKelley School of BusinessBloomington, IN
4University of North CarolinaKenan-Flagler Business SchoolChapel Hill, NC
5University of California - Los AngelesUCLA Anderson School of ManagementLos Angeles, CA
6Texas A & M UniversityMays Business SchoolCollege Station, TX
7University of Wisconsin - MadisonSchool of BusinessMadison, WI
8Pennsylvania State UniversitySmeal College of BusinessUniversity Park, PA
9University of Illinois - SpringfieldCollege of Business and ManagementSpringfield, IL
10Babson CollegeBabson Graduate SchoolWellesley, MA
11Thunderbird School of Global ManagementThunderbird School of Global ManagementGlendale, AZ
12Arizona State UniversityW.P. Carey School of BusinessTempe, AZ
13Northeastern UniversityD'Amore-McKim School of BusinessBoston, MA
14George Washington UniversityGeorge Washington University School of BusinessWashington, DC
15Syracuse UniversityWhitman School of ManagementSyracuse, NY
16University of Missouri - ColumbiaTrulaske College of BusinessColumbia, MO
17Howard UniversityHU School of BusinessWashington, DC
18University of Tennessee - MartinCollege of Business & Global AffairsMartin, TN
19Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick and NewarkRutgers Business SchoolNewark, NJ
20North Carolina State UniversityPoole College of Management, Jenkins Graduate SchoolRaleigh, NC

bloombergFor more than 20 years, Bloomberg Businessweek has been ranking full-time MBA programs bi-annually. Starting with 20 schools in 1988, the rankings now include any participating school that submits a ranking survey with an adequate response rate. Along with identifying the best MBA programs overall, these rankings are broken down further by specialty such as leadership, ethics, IT, e-business, entrepreneurship, international business, and more. In addition, Businessweek ranks part-time, executive MBA, and distance programs.

The Methodology

Businessweek ranks schools according to how well they serve both students and corporate recruiters. A ranking survey is sent out to MBA graduates in North America, Europe, and Asia asking them to rate their MBA programs on factors like teaching quality, career services, and more. On the flip side, surveys are sent out to employers asking corporate recruiters to rate the top 20 schools they are most familiar with regarding the quality of MBA graduates. A student and recruiter score is calculated along with an intellectual capital score. The schools are then ranked according to the weighted average of these three scores.

The rankings shown above are modified to only consider U.S.-based schools that offer online MBA programs. This is explained in our methodology, or view the original ranked list, including international schools and campus-based programs without a distance option.

Online MBA Schools by Specialty