Top Online MBA Programs
Choosing an online master’s in business administration can seem like a daunting decision, but OnlineMBA.com’s ranking of the top business programs in the country makes it easy to select the right program for you. This page offers a quick overview of some of the top-rated online programs available to aspiring business leaders. Students can also review the full ranking to see how MBA programs compare based on characteristics like tuition, admission and graduation rates, class size, the diversity of concentrations offered, and the availability of distance learning opportunities.
To qualify for this ranking, schools must hold accreditation as a nonprofit college or university, offer an online MBA, and submit an annual report to the National Center for Education Statistics. OnlineMBA.com organizes its ranking based primarily on academic quality, though affordability and the number of online programs and students are factored in as well.
|Rank||School||Business School||Toggle||School Image||Logo||Location||Accreditation||GMAT Requirement||Tuition||Description|
University of Florida
|Business School Warrington College of Business||Location Gainesville, FL||Accreditation AACSB||GMAT Requirement Yes||Tuition||
The MBA at the University of Florida is offered in online and hybrid formats. Online courses are delivered asynchronously, so students can integrate the workload into their schedules easily. The five-week class structure allows students to complete the in 16 to 24 months, with a special accelerated track for students who have graduated recently with their bachelor's in business.
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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||
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers an MBA with flexible coursework. Students choose from five tracks -- marketing, data analytics and decision making, finance, strategy and consulting, and entrepreneurship -- to align their education with their professional goals. The program requires in-person immersion experiences at the UNC Chapel Hill campus.
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Johns Hopkins University
|Business School Johns Hopkins Carey Business School||Location Baltimore, MD||Accreditation AACSB||GMAT Requirement Yes||Tuition||
Johns Hopkins University's MBA allows students to specialize in organizational leadership, financial business, or healthcare management. The program offers online and hybrid courses, some of which require synchronous virtual learning sessions or on-campus residencies in Baltimore or Washington, D.C. Students can complete the degree in two and a half years.
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Carnegie Mellon University
|Business School Tepper Business School||Location Pittsburgh, PA||Accreditation AACSB||GMAT Requirement Yes||Tuition||
The online MBA at Carnegie Mellon University teaches students about leadership development and strategic analysis through a hybrid format. Students attend virtual night classes twice weekly with business school faculty and complete other course requirements asynchronously. Diverse electives allow students to pursue multiple concentrations during their time in the program.
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George Washington University
|Business School George Washington University School of Business||Location Washington, DC||Accreditation AACSB||GMAT Requirement Yes||Tuition||
The three-year online MBA at George Washington University offers concentrations in management, finance, information systems and technology management, government contracts, project management, and consulting. Students participate in one weekly virtual classroom and can attend four-day campus residencies in Washington, D.C. with organizations like the World Bank and the Federal Reserve. GWU also offers a healthcare-specific MBA.
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Online MBA Rankings
Many factors come into play when searching for the right MBA program, including costs and admission requirements. Our MBA rankings library explores these topics and offers resources to help prospective students identify school programs that fit their unique criteria.
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The Online MBA Guide
This comprehensive resource serves as guide to the MBA. Our ten-part series familiarizes you with our 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.
Online MBA by State
Applying to an in-state online MBA close to home allows you to use campus facilities and meet with advisers 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.
Those considering earning an MBA in their home state should look at our state pages. There, you can discover everything you need to know to compare online MBAs in your state, including the available concentration options. Students learn how a program prepares them for local employment and how to apply to schools. Our MBA state pages also include information that covers each state’s economic 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 accredited school that offers an online MBA in the U.S. 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.
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.
- General MBA
- Online Executive MBA
- Business Intelligence
- Criminal Justice
- Environmental Management
- Financial Planning
- Global Management
- Healthcare Administration
- Healthcare Management
- Hospitality Management
- Human Resources
- Information Security
- Information Systems
- Information Technology
- International Business
- Internet Marketing
- Nonprofit Management
- Operations Management
- Organizational Leadership
- Project Management
- Public Administration
- Public Relations
- Risk Management
- Sports Management
- Supply Chain Management
The methodology behind our ranking is grounded in statistical data and a few consistently applied guiding principles. Our ranking reflects the most recent data compiled from IPEDS and the College Navigator, both of which are hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as data collected from university websites. Our goal is to objectively assess relative quality based on academics, affordability, and the breadth and depth of online learning opportunities. The following criteria were used to make these assessments:
- Each school must be an accredited public or private, not-for-profit institution.
- Must offer an online Master's in Business Administration degree program.
- Must submit an annual report to the National Center for Education Statistics.
All eligible institutions are ranked on a 100 point scale.A perfect score of 100 is earned by ranking #1 for all ranking factors.
ACADEMIC QUALITY - 65% OF TOTAL SCORE
Admissions Rate - 25%
Enrollment Rates - 10%
Graduate Students as a Percentage of All Business Students - 5%
Graduation Rate - 30%
Number of MBA Graduates - 20%
Number of Concentrations Offered - 10%
AFFORDABILITY - 25% OF TOTAL SCORE
Tuition and Fees - 40%
Loan Default Rate - 40%
Percentage of Enrolled Students Taking Federal Loans - 20%
ONLINE PROGRAMMING - 10% OF TOTAL SCORE
Number of Programs Offered Online - 50%
Percentage of Graduate Students Taking Online Courses - 50%
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Schools featured in our ranking demonstrate a commitment to high-quality education for their students, quality is measured and weighed through various data points that are specific to the topic of the online MBA. Each methodology drives proprietary calculations, which are grounded in statistical information, and developed to recognize academically robust MBA programs that are well adapted to the online format and foster student success throughout the program and after graduation.
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