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Our MBA rankings highlight the colleges currently offering the best online master of business administration programs. 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 MBA Programs

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University of Southern California

9/190.84%96.68%18.02%33.11%59%1.80%

About the Program

The University of Southern California (USC) is a recognized global leader as a private research school, and its MBA program was ranked in the top ten executive MBA programs by Bloomberg Businessweek. As of the fall 2015, the USC Marshall School of Business is transitioning its Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree into a completely online program.

Students begin the program with a pre-semester that includes a one-week course session online, followed by a six-day residential intensive. To earn the degree, students complete an additional 21 months of coursework, equal to five online semesters. Students must take the pre-semester and first semester of coursework before completing the remaining curriculum, which may then be taken in any order of a student’s choosing. Additionally, students may select two approved elective courses to explore interests outside the School of Business.

Online Experience

Classes use real-world scenarios to cultivate experienced leadership and decision-making capabilities. Online coursework include asynchronous activities, such as discussion boards and educational games, as well as synchronous (live) activities, including two to three scheduled video sessions and webinars per week. The class meeting schedule is designed to accommodate working professionals.

Online video content and presentations are produced at the USC Marshall studio. Students participate in class sessions via webcam. Instructors are available to students during regularly scheduled virtual office hours and via email. Online students also have access to the 80,000-strong USC Marshall alumni network, as well as staff support.

$88,502 program total
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-2311
Program Page
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Cairn University

14/166.03%75.18%97.8%51.13%100%N/A

About the Program

Cairn University’s online Master’s of Business Administration is unique in its emphasis on global and international entrepreneurship. Cairn is a Bible college and focuses on the development of business skills, ethics, integrity, and character.

The 42-credit program is designed for working professionals and can be completed in two years, including a six-credit summer term. Online courses are run each semester, and students gather for two to three in-person meetups per semester. Students also have the option to participate in week-long residency in London, covering “Industry Disruptors & Startups,” and Hong Kong, covering “International Opportunities” during spring semesters; except for flights, all expenses are covered on these trips. The course’s final International Entrepreneurship capstone project entails the development of an idea for an international or domestic startup.

Program advisors may award three to six credits for prior learning (CPL) for students with extensive background in specific course topics. Advanced standing may also be granted for Bible or theology credits earned at an accredited Bible college or Christian liberal arts college, university, or seminary.

Online Experience

Cairn’s online courses are delivered through the eLearning platform, where most content is delivered asynchronously. Synchronous (live) class sessions are also scheduled for some fully online courses. Students should be sure to ask questions about specific requirements and options for distance learning. Cairn offers students online support through an online writing lab, live library help, and live technology services assistance.

$645 per credit hour online
200 Manor Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047-2990
(215) 752-5800
Program Page
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Lehigh University

10/187.39%95.58%34.27%32.93%49%0.90%

About the Program

Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics MBA program was rated #2 regionally and #12 nationally by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013. The AACSB-accredited online Master of Business Administration degree is grounded in the following guiding principles:

  • Structured and unstructured decision-making
  • Leadership
  • Ethical and social responsibility
  • Inclusive thinking and communication
  • Understanding of domestic and global business

The Distance Education programs offered by Lehigh are designed for the working professional and aim to offer the same high-quality education experience as is offered to on-campus students. The 36-credit MBA program consists of six core courses offered through Classroom Live, with the remaining electives taken through Classroom Online.

Online Experience

Lehigh offers Classroom Live, a web-based learning platform that delivers interactive classes in real-time from classrooms on campus to distance learners. Streaming video courses are produced in Lehigh’s studio classrooms and are also made available for the web through the asynchronous Classroom Online platform. These can be viewed at any time, and students may also interact with professors using email, discussion boards, web-conferencing or telephone. Lehigh uses Blackboard Collaborate for its online discussions, Q&A sessions, and other collaborative learning tools.

$1,050 per credit hour online
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3000
Program Page
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George Washington University

12/179.38%93.4%43.79%28.93%66%1.40%

About the Program

George Washington University’s (GW) Online Masters of Business Administration is embedded in the Washington DC community. GW was named as a finalist for the AMX Innovation Awards 2015, which recognizes higher education institutions using innovative AV and IT technology to enhance the learning experience. The program is unique given its valuable network of relationships within the IMF, World Bank, and State and Treasury departments, providing perspectives that enhance views of world business.

The GW Online MBA program is designed to take three years to complete and includes the following requirements:

  • 52.5 total program credits
  • 34.5 required course credits (includes on-site residency)
  • 18 elective credits

A concentration is not required, but students have the option to choose up to two in the following areas:

  • Consulting
  • Finance
  • Global Management
  • Information Systems & Technology Management
  • Project Management

Distance-learning students are provided a four-day residency course in DC, along with digital course materials and live learning sessions that are conducted two to three times during each course. Live sessions are also offered during evenings and weekends for working professionals. GW alumni are integrated into the curriculum and featured in video cases, interviews and podcasts, class discussions, chats, and blogs, and even give feedback on specific assignments.

Online Experience

GW uses the Blackboard Course Management System to manage and deliver course materials online and provide a real-time virtual classroom environment for students. Students complete each course at their own pace, with set due dates for learning units. All live courses are recorded with GW Lecture Capture technology and made available to students within the digital platform. Students also have access to faculty during scheduled hours through the digital classroom platform.

$1,610 per credit hour online
2201 G St, NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-6145
Program Page
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Union University

10/166.19%87.7%68.58%24.63%88%4.10%

About the Program

Union University’s McAfee School of Business Administration offers an AACSB-accredited Masters of Business Administration degree, which the university began offering in March 2014. The two-year program consists of 37 hours of coursework and is designed for adult students who have schedules and commitments that interfere with usual class times or live far away.

Students who do not meet regular admission requirements to the MBA program may be conditionally admitted by the MBA Director and Graduate Business Committee, and obtain regular admission after 12 hours of study with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Online Experience

Union uses the Moodlerooms learning management system to deliver face-to-face online courses, discussion forums, messaging, chats, assignments, and more. Tech assistance is available through a dedicated email and phone line. Tegrity is a lecture-capture software that works with Moodlerooms. Students can view content from anywhere on almost any device and can download a podcast version of a recording for offline viewing. Discussions and assignments may be completed at an individual pace with clear deadlines.

1050 Union University Dr
Jackson, TN 38305-3697
(731) 668-1818
Program Page
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University of Miami

12/180.99%92.62%38.18%17.22%73%2.80%

About the Program

The University of Miami’s AACSB-accredited Online Masters of Business Administration is designed for the working professional, and the program offers a variety of cross-study areas, including:

  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Law

The Online MBA is a 42-credit degree designed to be completed within two years. The curriculum structure and faculty is virtually identical to that of the on-campus MBA program. All distance students have access to an online student readiness orientation alternative, and are also offered the opportunity for a weeklong immersion residency that encompases one full, accelerated course on campus. Scholarships are offered to qualified applicants.

Online Experience

The online program is delivered in an asynchronous format using the Blackboard learning management system and students have access to the course at all times, including holidays. Courses offers a variety of ways to learn and may include online lectures (in text format), discussions and other forms of interactivity between students and instructors. While the format is asynchronous, online courses are designed to engage the student with the instructors, other students and course content. Both academic and advising support are available to online learners.

$1,850 per credit hour online
University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-2211
Program Page
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Pepperdine University

12/184.12%92.46%35.46%20.78%77%2.20%

About the Program

Pepperdine University’s Online Masters of Business Administration is designed as a part-time graduate program and is AACSB-accredited. Pepperdine was rated in the top 25 Best Online MBA Programs by U.S. News & World Report for 2015.

The university is religiously affiliated with Churches of Christ, and the university’s Graziadio School of Business and Management focuses on developing values-centered leaders and advancing responsible business practice through an ethical and global lens. Designed for professionals looking to advance or make a change in their careers, the program offers four concentrations from which to choose:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • General Management
  • Leadership and Managing Organizational Change

Admissions, curriculum, and faculty for the online and on-campus programs are identical. MBA coursework consists of 52 unit hours and can be completed in six trimesters, the equivalent of two years, though three or more years are recommended. Finance, marketing, and leadership concentrations require seven trimesters, unless 12 units are taken during the fourth trimester. MBA students are offered the unique opportunity to work with current company executives on a real-time business case study and project.

Online Experience

Pepperdine uses the Sakai learning management system to deliver class resources, including articles, videos, and course materials. The core curriculum is completely online, with the exception of the on-campus weekend residency at the start of the program. Collaboration is fostered between students and faculty through Google Hangouts and other Google-based web tools.

$1,620 per credit hour online
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263
(310) 506-4000
Program Page
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Marist College

16/178.19%90.85%38.51%30.01%87%2%

About the Program

Marist College’s AACSB-accredited Online Masters of Business program has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review as one of the top business schools in the country. Students may choose from four concentrations:

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Healthcare Administration
  • International Business

Designed for professionals looking to advance or make a change in career, students traditionally stem from the areas of IT, human resources, and marketing. The program was designed to be completed in as few as two years by full-time students and up to seven years by part-time students. The curriculum includes:

  • Six foundation courses (can be waived with extensive background)
  • Five core courses
  • Five elective/concentration courses

A bachelor’s degree is not required for admission, though students without an advanced degree must submit a current GMAT score with admission materials.

Online Experience

Marist uses the iLearn learning management system for delivery of its online courses, which are created, revised, and maintained by faculty. There is an emphasis on virtual technology training and teaching the skills necessary to manage global teams and projects using digital tools. All students receive an in-depth training session in the use of the iLearn technology prior to beginning online classes.

Taking into account the schedules and needs of full-time professionals, the curriculum is delivered in an asynchronous online format. Courses are structured and interactive, with clear benchmark activities and deadlines. The university offers a sample online class to prospective students.

$750 per credit hour online
3399 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 575-3000
Program Page
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Villanova University

12/189.37%93.67%49.33%21.53%53%2%

About the Program

Villanova’s Online Masters of Business Administration is virtually identical to it’s campus-based MBA, but allows working professionals balancing other commitments to complete requirements in an online format. The university was first established in 1842 and is a recognized leader by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review as a leader in online education. The online MBA program has been created in collaboration with alumni, current students, corporate leaders, and subject-matter experts.

Students take 21 courses over six 14-week semesters, each divided into two-week spans, which works out to 48 total credit hours. Students can complete the program in as few as two years. An intensive on-campus residency in the first or second semester cultivates community-building and is followed by two practicum experiences, one of which is optional, at the mid- and end-points of the program. Though primarily online, students are made to feel a part of the on-campus community and are encouraged to attend campus events and form relationships with faculty and peers.

Online Experience

Villanova uses the Blackboard learning management system to deliver the e-learning experience, which includes collaborative discussion platforms, access to video sessions, targeted lessons, and access to course assignments and materials. Classes are delivered in asynchronous fashion to accommodate the varied schedules of working professionals, with content recorded for those who cannot attend live sessions.

$1,280 per credit hour online
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
(610) 519-4500
Program Page
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Eastern Mennonite University

10/161.75%75%60.44%24.17%98%4.3%

About the Program

“Leadership for the Common Good” is the foundation of the unique Collaborative Masters of Business Administration, a program offered through Eastern Mennonite University in conjunction with Bluffton University, Canadian Mennonite University, and Goshen College. Students have unique access to faculty from all four institutions. The program values include:

  • Spiritual growth
  • Community
  • Leadership as service
  • Justice
  • Sustainability
  • Global Citizenship

The 36-hour MBA can be completed in 22 months through a mostly online learning platform. There are two required weeks of residency, one on campus at the beginning of the program and another in an assigned developing country after one year in the program; this second trip is in concert with a case study students begin prior to departing.

Students may choose from eight concentrations, including:

  • Leadership
  • Healthcare Management
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Leading Non-Profits
  • Conflict Transformation
  • Sustainable Organizations
  • Community Development and Social Action
  • Self-Designed

Applicants with less than seven years of work experience are required to submit GMAT or GRE scores, in addition to meeting other admission requirements.

Online Experience

Courses are delivered in mostly synchronous (live) fashion through video conferencing, with minimal asynchronous learning. Online courses are offered through the Moodle course management system and incorporate WebEx web conferencing for real-time class sessions. Students have easy access to course material and discussion boards, and can email the professor and other students at any time. Courses generally require a minimum of eight study hours each week, including interaction and discussion time.

$772 per credit hour online
1200 Park Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22802-2462
(540) 432-4000
Program Page

Additional Schools

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Northeastern University

14/181.62%96.19%32.22%18.34%69%4.20%
12

University of St. Francis-Joliet

11/156.16%81.01%50.56%28.31%100%N/A
13

College of William and Mary

12/190.44%95.26%33.02%31.45%27%N/A
14

Misericordia University

13/171.16%80.37%71.46%30.51%99%N/A
15

Northwood University - Michigan

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

American University

12/181.66%88.66%45.84%25.78%70%N/A
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Regis University

14/159.05%77.89%96.04%20.68%95%3.20%
18

LeTourneau University

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

14/170.84%89.17%62.14%16.68%99%2.40%
20

California Lutheran University

16/165.77%82.96%60.97%14.05%96%3.80%
21

Temple University

14/169.18%88.83%61.73%27.42%76%5.60%
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Webster University

13/163.64%77%72.06%44.41%94%5.60%
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University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

12/149.69%71.09%96.86%37.23%100%N/A
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Franciscan University of Steubenville

14/176.36%86.56%77.92%32.86%94%2.20%
25

Milwaukee School of Engineering

15/156.16%82.34%68.65%32.82%94%4.50%
26

University of Florida

21/187.51%96.11%45.61%49.82%29%3.60%
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Alliant International University

14/1N/A83.33%38.55%25%88%2.70%
28

Quinnipiac University

13/175.96%84.79%65.91%10.81%91%1.4%
29

Rochester Institute of Technology

13/162.53%86.28%57.47%25.88%90%5.2%
30

Baylor University

15/172.2%88.55%55.36%19.32%94%4.80%
30

John Brown University

15/160.59%84.49%69.78%37.95%99%4.80%
32

University of Scranton

11/180.44%89.18%77.26%14.92%93%4%
33

Purdue University

12/172.95%92.46%59.29%27.48%47%N/A
34

Lawrence Technological University

11/144.21%82.39%57.42%25.69%82%8.50%
35

The Sage Colleges

12/158.51%81.02%54.81%22.37%99%N/A
36

Chatham University

9/155.68%77.17%52.31%31.71%100%2.30%
37

Marywood University

11/168.96%79.95%74.18%23.82%99%7.10%
38

Gwynedd Mercy University

13/159.59%72.6%76.38%26.68%100%7.70%
39

Elmhurst College

13/173.96%81.62%67.71%23.59%93%2.10%
40

University of Findlay

16/154.63%80.12%71.97%31.68%100%N/A
41

Rowan University

17/166.7%84.01%43.57%44.19%52%5.20%
42

University of Maryland-College Park

18/184.75%95.71%47.93%32.91%52%N/A
43

University of Saint Mary

9/134.51%69.23%47.5%30.77%99%7.20%
44

Drexel University

10/167.36%84.01%76.01%8.11%93%3.50%
45

Endicott College

13/173.1%83.47%73.15%27.28%86%2.80%
46

Malone University

12/151.41%70.38%71.74%32.98%100%6.40%
47

University of Delaware

15/178.98%91.49%67.83%26.46%54%3.70%
47

New Jersey Institute of Technology

17/158.54%83.8%63.39%34.68%46%4.9%
49

Missouri University of Science and Technology

18/163.32%85.68%85.85%41.94%81%3.80%
50

Aspen University

5/1N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A3%

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