Best Online MBA Programs

Find top-ranked online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs for students wanting to advance to leadership roles in accounting, finance, human resources, organizational administration, and more.

Best Online MBA Programs

What is an MBA?

The Master of Business Administration, commonly referred to as an MBA, is the most popular advanced degree in American higher education. This versatile degree offers a variety of specializations that can help working professionals build leadership skills, expand their network, and enhance their overall business knowledge.

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How long does it take to get an MBA?

Specializations range from healthcare management to entrepreneurship to international business. However, because this degree offers so many educational paths, program requirements can vary greatly, from 30 to 60 credits, which means this degree may take anywhere between two and four years to complete.

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What are the courses like?

Courses are available both online and on campus, and many programs require a thesis or professional experience component. Students will study topics like corporate law, organizational behavior, and negotiations.

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What can you do with an MBA?

Graduates can advance to leadership roles in accounting, finance, human resources, organizational administration, and more.

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Best Online Master of Business Administration-MBA Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online business administration-mba master's degree programs?

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our methodology here.

50 Best Online Master of Business Administration MBA Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Southern California

    #31 institution's historical influence
    #30 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $58K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 51
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  2. #2

    Johns Hopkins University

    #21 institution's historical influence
    #21 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MS/MBA in Applied Economics And Business Administration Dual Degree
    • Required Credits: 66
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS/MBA in Biotechnology And Business Administration Dual Degree
    • Required Credits: 93
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MA/MBA in Government And Business Dual Degree
    • Required Credits: 63
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  3. #3

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    #63 institution's historical influence
    #38 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    25%

    Graduation

    91%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1405/30

    Chapel Hill, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 18-36 months
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  4. #4

    Syracuse University

    #81 institution's historical influence
    #1450 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    Syracuse, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Business Analytics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Marketing Management
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
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    JD - MBA in Juris Doctor and Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Dual Degree
    • Required Credits: 114
    • Completion time: 4-5 years
    • Format: Online
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  5. #5

    Rice University

    #115 institution's historical influence
    #15 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $49K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1520/34

    Houston, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  6. #6

    University of Miami

    #137 institution's historical influence
    #106 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $52K

    Acceptance

    33%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1355/30

    Coral Gables, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  7. #7

    University of Arizona

    #85 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Management
    • Mis/ Privacy and Security
    • Healthcare
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 14-30 months
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  8. #8

    University of Cincinnati

    #152 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    Master of Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Healthcare
    • Marketing
    • Taxation
    • Management
    • Required Credits: 38-48
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  9. #9

    Arizona State University

    #138 institution's historical influence
    #1312 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    51K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Tempe, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MBA
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  10. #10

    University of Missouri

    #98 institution's historical influence
    #1169 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1230/26

    Columbia, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MBA
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  11. #11

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    #141 institution's historical influence
    #953 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/29

    Amherst, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Brandeis University

    #92 institution's historical influence
    #167 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    33%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1435/31

    Waltham, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MBA
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 16 months
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  13. #13

    Florida State University

    #155 institution's historical influence
    #174 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    32%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/28

    Tallahassee, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  14. #14

    Southern Methodist University

    #270 institution's historical influence
    #1324 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $57K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1390/31

    Dallas, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 52
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
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  15. #15

    University of Kentucky

    #193 institution's historical influence
    #541 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Lexington, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  16. #16

    North Carolina State University

    #230 institution's historical influence
    #176 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    46%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    31K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1335/29

    Raleigh, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 12
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
    MBAE in Biological And Agricultural Engineering
    • Required Credits: 12
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Baylor University

    #260 institution's historical influence
    #96 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/29

    Waco, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • General
    • Cyber Security
    • Executive Communication
    • Marketing
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  18. #18

    Auburn University

    #298 institution's historical influence
    #1155 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    79%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/28

    Auburn, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 31 months
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  19. #19

    Wayne State University

    #150 institution's historical influence
    #842 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Detroit, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting systems
    • Entrepreneurship and innovation
    • Digital/Business Analytics
    • Finance
    • Financial accounting
    • Healthcare Supply Chain Management
    • Global supply chain management
    • Human resources
    • Information systems management
    • International business
    • Required Credits: 117
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  20. #20

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #246 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    22K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Finance
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Business Analytics
    • Marketing
    • International Business
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  21. #21

    Babson College

    #879 institution's historical influence
    #93 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $53K

    Acceptance

    27%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1360/29

    Wellesley, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 18 months
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  22. #22

    University of Delaware

    #291 institution's historical influence
    #1237 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Newark, DE

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Business Analytics
    • Finance
    • Strategic Leadership
    • International Business
    • Healthcare Management
    • Required Credits: 44-53
    • Completion time: 16 months
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
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  23. #23

    Texas Tech University

    #357 institution's historical influence
    #1458 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    34K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Lubbock, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  24. #24

    University of Mississippi

    #329 institution's historical influence
    #710 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    21K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/25

    University, MS

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  25. #25

    University of Louisville

    #302 institution's historical influence
    #1277 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/25

    Louisville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  26. #26

    Pepperdine University

    #490 institution's historical influence
    #903 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $56K

    Acceptance

    42%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1340/29

    Malibu, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 52
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
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  27. #27

    University of Maine

    #354 institution's historical influence
    #575 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Orono, ME

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Business Analytics
    • Finance
    • Healthcare Systems
    • Human Nutrition
    • Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
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  28. #28

    Clemson University

    #437 institution's historical influence
    #513 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    24K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    Clemson, SC

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  29. #29

    University of North Texas

    #423 institution's historical influence
    #1391 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Denton, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Marketing
    • Marketing Analytics
    • Org. Behavior & Human Resource Mgmt.
    • Strategic Management
    • Supply Chain Analytics
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  30. #30

    Florida International University

    #498 institution's historical influence
    #215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    47K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Healthcare
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  31. #31

    Seton Hall University

    #514 institution's historical influence
    #691 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/26

    South Orange, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  32. #32

    University of Memphis

    #505 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  33. #33

    Manhattan College

    #668 institution's historical influence
    #352 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    Riverdale, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Business Analytics
    • Finance and Economics
    • Organizations
    • Markets and Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
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  34. #34

    Creighton University

    #534 institution's historical influence
    #247 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1260/26

    Omaha, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Executive Healthcare
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
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  35. #35

    Virginia Commonwealth University

    #405 institution's historical influence
    #994 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Richmond, VA

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    MBA in Business Administration’
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  36. #36

    Stevens Institute of Technology

    #404 institution's historical influence
    #213 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    53%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1420/32

    Hoboken, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  37. #37

    Xavier University

    #1180 institution's historical influence
    #549 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/25

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 39-45
    • Completion time: 1.5-3 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  38. #38

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    #428 institution's historical influence
    #1232 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1227/25

    Birmingham, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Finance
    • Management Information Systems
    • Marketing
    • Health Services
    • or Entrepreneurship
    • Required Credits: 30-39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  39. #39

    Roosevelt University

    #808 institution's historical influence
    #938 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/24

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Master’s of Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Accounting Forensics
    • Finance
    • Hospitality & Tourism Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Real Estate
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Training And Development
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 1 Year
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  40. #40

    Stetson University

    #978 institution's historical influence
    #797 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    4K

    DeLand, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Finance
    • Accounting
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
    MBA-MHA in Business and Health Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    JD-MBA in Business and Law
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  41. #41

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    #624 institution's historical influence
    #1294 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    Rochester, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Executive Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 47
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
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  42. #42

    University of Texas at Dallas

    #601 institution's historical influence
    #222 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1350/29

    Richardson, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration - Executive

    Concentrations

    • Professional
    • Global Leadership
    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 53
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  43. #43

    University of Baltimore

    #1060 institution's historical influence
    #1281 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    34%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1052/20

    Baltimore, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 36-48
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  44. #44

    Kettering University

    #1261 institution's historical influence
    #1207 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/27

    Flint, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  45. #45

    Missouri University of Science and Technology

    #727 institution's historical influence
    #1443 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1325/29

    Rolla, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
  46. #46

    Drake University

    #714 institution's historical influence
    #677 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/27

    Des Moines, IA

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Healthcare
    • Business Analytics
    • Individualized
    • combine courses from MBA
    • MPA and Master of Communication
    • Required Credits: 39
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
    MBA in Business Analytics
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
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    New Jersey Institute of Technology

    #745 institution's historical influence
    #1299 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/27

    Newark, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    Golden Gate University

    #1176 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Student body

    1K

    San Francisco, CA

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    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Adaptive Leadership
    • Business Analytics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • General
    • Global Supply Chain Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • IT Management
    • Juris Doctor (Joint Degree)
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Public Administration
    • Required Credits: 54
    • Completion time: 3-4 years
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
    eMBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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    Northern Michigan University

    #1211 institution's historical influence
    #1215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/23

    Marquette, MI

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    MBA in Business Administration
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    • Program link
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    Mercer University

    #638 institution's historical influence
    #1052 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Macon, GA

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    MBA in Business

    Concentrations

    • MBA
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 12-18 months
    • Format: Online
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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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