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Our 2016 business administration rankings showcase the top online colleges offering the best distance-based undergraduate business administration programs this year. We based our calculations on the quantifiable factors that we believe contribute to the ideal online learning experience: program cost; student-to-faculty ratio; and institutional financial aid, acceptance, retention, graduation, default, and default rate. Learn more

Top Online Business Administration Colleges

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Stevens Institute of Technology

10/182.1%95.98%43.78%32.31%96%2.60%

About the Program

The bachelor’s of business administration degree from Steven Henager University can be completed in 30 months, giving students a foundation in management, human resources, accounting, sales, banking, and finance. After graduation from the business administration degree program, Steven Henager has seen students enter into entry-level to mid-level careers as small business developers, sales managers, human resource assistants, and account managers. In addition, the school gives each online and hybrid student a laptop that they can keep upon graduation.

Online Experience

Offered through an affiliated school, Independence University, the online syllabus enables 24/7 learning, with students able to contact student services and look at test and registration materials at any given time. With a widely accessible, web-based curriculum, students can study independently anytime, anywhere. The college also encourages students to use its online services and student advisors, and to reach out to its highly qualified professors online.

Castle Point On Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030-5991
(201) 216-5000
Program Page
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University of St. Francis-Joliet

11/156.16%81.01%50.56%28.31%100%N/A

About the Program

Based in Illinois, the accelerated adult degree program in business administration prepares students for many areas of management, including service, non-profit and human resource, and organizational/operational management. The University of St. Francis also offers graduate business programs and provides students with the option to begin graduate work while still an undergraduate.

Online Experience

The online curriculum consists of three semesters, each split into eight-week sessions, giving students two months to concentrate on a subject while balancing both a career and continued education. The web-focused syllabus is taught over three semesters a year, with two eight-week sessions each semester. Based on blended curriculum, which enables students to take classes both online and at a regional education center, St. Francis University takes in transfer students after they complete The Prior Learning Assessment Program. This program credits students for life and work experience equivalent to up to 33 semester hours of college, including credits from both College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES).

$599 per credit hour online
500 N Wilcox St
Joliet, IL 60435-6188
(815) 740-3360
Program Page
3

Northwood University - Michigan

16/156.29%77.97%69.47%36.09%95%N/A

About the Program

Northwood University has campuses in Texas, Michigan, and Florida, and offers a bachelor’s degree in business administration. With specialized business majors and industry-specific curriculum, Northwood has business admin programs with coursework in economics, international business and dozens of management specializations, including healthcare, hospitality, aftermarket and maritime business. With a four-year BBA/MBA track, highly focused students are encouraged to receive both their bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously after an intensive study.

Online Experience

With online professors also teaching in classrooms at Northwood’s campuses, online students are offered the same dynamic as campus-based teaching through technological means. With spring, summer, and fall registration, admission into the school is rolling. Admissions to the online program requires the following:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Class Ranking
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • SAT Critical Reading, Math Scores, or ACT Composite Scores

Conditional admission is also granted on a case-by-case basis. Touting a strong alumni program, Northwood University promises to introduce graduates to its network of about 30,000 alumni around the world to help secure employment after schooling.

$425 per credit hour online
4000 Whiting Dr
Midland, MI 48640-2398
(989) 837-4200
Program Page
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Lewis University

13/162.46%82.56%61.91%20.77%99%5.20%

About the Program

With both a traditional and accelerated bachelor’s in business administration, Lewis University offers the opportunity to add a minor in international business, technology and information systems to increase a student’s marketability upon graduation. Devoted to developing students with “leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills specific to the business environment,” Lewis University also offers a Fast-Track MBA option. For this, students would need to add 30 more credits to their bachelor’s degree in business administration program, rather than the usual additional 36-54 credits needed for the MBA.

Online Experience

With the Lewis University Blackboard System, students are able to access the online curriculum via video and audio presentations. Professors are adept at teaching and assigning lessons and examinations in the Blackboard environment, which in turn makes it all the easier for students to maintain a flexible schedule. Blackboard also boasts a suite of integrated services and data capabilities tailored to specific curriculums, the Lewis business admin program included.

$595 per credit hour online
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446-2200
(815) 838-0500
Program Page
5

LeTourneau University

14/151.47%82.89%49.4%42.18%97%6.9%

About the Program

LeTourneau University offers a four-year online bachelor’s in business administration, and with concentrations in accounting, finance, human resource management and nonprofit management, enrolled students can pursue a highly specialized degree. The school describes its program faculty as a team of “successful businesspeople, entrepreneurs and forward thinkers.” Careers the degree is explicitly intended to prepare students for include: operations manager, executive assistant, HR manager, financial analyst and project manager.

Transfer credits from accredited institutions are accepted, under the condition that students earned at least C or its equivalent in said courses.

Online Experience

In addition to fully online courses, such as the online bachelor’s in business admin, LeTourneau also offers web-based, standalone classes to be completed in an accelerated arrangement. Major school resources, such as counselors and online research services, are readily available to all online students.

$475 per credit hour online
2100 S Mobberly Ave
Longview, TX 75607-7001
(903) 233-3000
Program Page
6

Misericordia University

13/171.16%80.37%71.46%30.51%99%N/A

About the Program

Misericordia’s Bachelor of Science in Business begins classes up to eight times a year and boasts a curriculum especially built to be convenient for working students continuing their education. The school asserts that the online bachelor’s and online master’s in business administration can be jointly completed in as little as three to four years. Both programs also offer an Expressway Accelerated Degree program, the university credits students for actual work experience and past college credits toward graduation. After using the one-time Hobsons Apply Yourself Application, effectively the school’s admissions info and application tool, students can begin working with a counselor to begin coursework as soon as possible. The university also offers an alumni discount for returning students to encourage their continued education.

Online Experience

Online courses at Misericordia allow students to set their own graduation schedule, with programs being broken into either seven- or fifteen-week semesters. Online courses are limited to students in certain states; check the school’s state authorization page to see which locations qualify. The Misericordia portal, used by all online students, is known as e-MU.

$385 per credit hour online
301 Lake St
Dallas, PA 18612-1098
(570) 674-6400
Program Page
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Midway College

15/143.33%79.75%58.22%34.53%96%10.30%

About the Program

Offering an associate, bachelor’s, graduate degree, and open enrollment courses, Midway College’s degrees are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Along with business administration, pillar programs include equine studies, Teacher Education, and Nursing. Admission into the baccalaureate program is based on criteria like an applicant’s SAT or ACT scores, high school GPA and aptitude via tests conducted during the application, including a computer competency test.

With an easy application process, students only need to fill out an application and pay a fee to submit transcripts from any prior college or university.

Online Experience

Delivered in an accelerated arrangement, a bachelor’s degree in business administration can be achieved in 48 course-hours from Midway College. With up to six concentrations, students are prepared to work in government, business, and nonprofit organizations after completing a core curriculum including elective classes. Some courses include Leadership and Organization Behavior, Business Research Methods, Project Management, Principles of Economics, and more. All students are required to complete a Business Capstone project to graduate. Promising an education that covers “leadership, management, quantitative analysis, and strategy,” students graduating from the online program are primed for a career in business administration.

$395 per credit hour online
512 E. Stephens St
Midway, KY 40347-1120
(859) 846-4421
Program Page
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Mount Mercy University

14/171.51%80.52%56.83%33.92%100%5.50%

About the Program

Students in Mount Mercy’s online business administration bachelor’s program are required t o complete 123 hours. Once done, students are guaranteed to graduate with a deeper understanding of business, particularly with regards to communication, economics, finance, legal and ethical practices, management and marketing and research. The program also has eight distinct concentrations, meaning students can earn a business degree with a focus like accounting or secondary education.

Admission is based on high school transcripts, grades, and test scores for traditional incoming students, and college GPA and transcripts for transferring students.

Online Experience

All online courses at Mount Mercy are broken into nine blocks of five-week courses; this setup is intended to rapidly move students through their chosen degree. The Mount Mercy course interface is equipped with forums, a news bulletin, events calendar, activity log and email/chat/phone support, just to name a few of the many features. A deme of the online environment can be tried here.

$465 per credit hour online
1330 Elmhurst Dr NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4797
(319) 363-8213
Program Page
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Taylor University

13/174.19%88.24%88.03%33.03%100%3.40%

About the Program

Taylor University touts an excellent online bachelor’s in business administration. The rolling admission allows accepted students to begin an online curriculum year-round. Considered a mix of collaborative and independent study, the business administration degree is intended to be earned at a student’s convenience, with no set course times, only set assignment due dates.

Taylor, as a Christian school, puts considerable emphasis on the Bible-minded values driving their degrees, business administration included.

Online Experience

Students use Blackboard, an online learning system that combines course materials with communication tools. Blackboard allows students to access announcements, the syllabus, documents, and assignments at any time. Students attend classes in 4-month intervals or 15-week semesters, with most students taking three classes per semester. While students must adhere to weekly assignment due dates, online business admin courses have no set, synchronous meeting times.

$350 per credit hour online
236 W Reade Ave
Upland, IN 46989-1001
(765) 998-2751
Program Page
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John Brown University

15/160.59%84.49%69.78%37.95%99%4.80%

About the Program

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, John Brown University offers a business administration bachelor’s in 24 month’s time, totaling 124 credit hours. Courses in the program are held over eight-week terms, with two terms per semester. With “compressed” courses, the program goes through 16 weeks of traditional coursework over an eight week accelerated timeline. Students can participate in the program as either a part-time or full-time student based on their expected graduation date.

In order to be admitted, transfer students must have completed 60 semester hours from an accredited college and must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. John Brown University also awards credits for DANTES and CLEP examinations.

Online Experience

JBU makes it clear that all of its online courses can be completed in their entirety online. Most of the dedicated online offerings at JBU are in the business world, particularly with regards to administration and management, with those areas represented entirely online at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to this business focus, in a given semester, any number of one-off courses may be offered completely online as well. JBU maintains a thorough online orientation portal that covers the basics of online learning, tips to improve and a detailed overview of Blackboard, the school’s online platform.

$420 per credit hour online
2000 W University St
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
(479) 524-9500
Program Page

Additional Schools

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Eastern University

11/161.27%78.33%62.18%33.99%100%8.90%
12

Molloy College

10/169.72%89.63%75.4%19.91%88%3.90%
13

Lawrence Technological University

11/144.21%82.39%57.42%25.69%82%8.50%
14

The Sage Colleges

12/158.51%81.02%54.81%22.37%99%N/A
15

Malone University

N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A6.40%
16

Ouachita Baptist University

13/158.17%75.83%70.61%34.34%100%6.60%
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St. Catherine University

N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
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Judson University

N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A6%
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William Woods University

10/152.72%76.17%76.3%34.13%100%4.80%
20

University of Findlay

16/154.63%80.12%71.97%31.68%100%N/A
21

Bay Path College

12/163.19%77.21%63.05%22.91%100%N/A
22

Oral Roberts University

16/153.44%80.05%79.76%33.08%100%10.80%
23

Bryan College - Dayton

15/152.58%59.36%48.42%51.09%96%N/A
24

DeSales University

14/170.65%84.17%79.65%19.27%100%3.10%
25

Drexel University

10/167.36%84.01%76.01%8.11%93%3.50%
26

Elmhurst College

13/173.96%81.62%67.71%23.59%93%2.10%
26

University of Mobile

12/141.06%77.13%58.47%46.61%97%3.50%
28

Cedar Crest College

10/169.07%69.29%52.33%26.07%100%7.30%
29

Dallas Baptist University

13/154.6%72.34%46.21%38.35%86%6.90%
30

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

8/145.45%81.97%100%29.23%98%4.60%
31

Rider University

12/163.2%80.53%70.91%15.06%98%6.50%
32

University of Georgia

18/184.62%94.15%55.72%44.98%20%3.80%
33

Hope International University

14/149.43%80.88%31%53.99%88%6.30%
34

Baker University

10/157.68%80%69.53%30.39%100%6.10%
35

University of Florida

21/187.51%96.11%45.61%49.82%29%3.60%
36

McKendree University

14/156.49%76.23%61.15%35.05%100%8%
37

Aurora University

16/157.56%71.03%81.1%31.37%100%6%
38

Lesley University

N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A4.40%
39

Appalachian State University

16/169.73%87.62%62.66%35.84%39%4.80%
40

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

14/158.42%82.39%75.98%40.13%98%6.60%
41

Monroe College

15/152.6%74.77%40.27%61.45%65%10.70%
42

Mississippi College

15/153.52%71.6%63.04%44.14%99%5.90%
43

Allied American University

10/1N/A80.49%N/AN/AN/AN/A
44

Huntington University

12/158.91%86.22%97.11%30.58%97%5.40%
45

Linfield College - McMinnville

12/170.68%88.51%93.77%24.04%99%N/A
46

King's College

12/161.54%74.6%67.27%22.98%100%10.80%
47

Concordia University - Irvine

10/155.83%78.55%86.08%18.42%97%N/A
48

Brandman University

15/1N/AN/A73.17%80%10%3.50%
49

Graceland University - Lamoni

N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
50

Marian University

11/149%68%76%33%99%6.30%

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