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Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Campus: Worcester, Mass.

Type: Private

Accreditation: CIHE

Base Program Cost: $57,400

Per Credit Hour: $1,196

Minimum Credit Hours: 48

GMAT Required: Yes

Time Commitment: 31 months

Online Concentrations: Generalist/Electives

On Campus Requirements: Yes

School Site: Overview | Tuition | Financial Aid


Worcester is one of the oldest technical institutions in the nation, having been founded in 1865. This private school in Worcester, Mass., offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and its online MBA is considered to be among the top 50 such programs by U.S. News & World Report.


Since 1937, WPI has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on distance education quality.


WPI offers students the opportunity to earn their MBA either through independent online work, classroom studying or a blend of both. Classes include Financial Intelligence for Strategic Decision-Making, Economics for Managers, and Analyzing and Designing Operations to Create Value.

Student Life

With an online education from WPI, students have the freedom to earn their degree on their own schedule. They may even choose to learn in the “Cohort MBA” program, where a team of students will take their classes together for 31 months with two classes per semester. This is achieved through a combination of on-campus and online instruction. However, a purely online learning format is also available for those who cannot make it to campus. The average annual salary for graduates of this program is $77,100.


Students will need to complete the online application as well as take the GMAT. Most WPI students’ GMAT scores fall in the 570 to 680 range. At least two years of work experience is preferred for applicants. The application deadline for U.S. students is typically July 1; for international ones it’s June 1. Of the approximately 275 full-time students who apply each year, about 210 are accepted.

Tuition and Financial Aid

An MBA program from WPI costs approximately $57,400 for the entire program, working out to $1,196 per credit hour with a 48 credit-hour requirement, according to the school’s website. Financial aid is available to students who qualify after submitting a FAFSA. Some students can look into the school’s management assistantships, which can cover as much as $4,800 per academic year in exchange for helping a faculty member.

Why Worcester Polytechnic Institute?

Worcester Polytechnic Institute boasts an 11-to-1 student faculty ratio even in its online MBA program. Its challenging degree program ensures that all graduates will be able to tackle real-world situations. Graduates of this program have gone on to work for large companies such as Xerox, Fidelity and GM North America.