Henry Steele
Henry Steele
Managing Editor

Washington State University is a public, nonprofit university that helps students achieve their educational goals online – no matter where they live. Both undergraduate and graduate students at this online university receive the same education that on campus students receive.

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Online bachelor’s degrees highly ranked by US News and World Report

Washington State Global Campus ranked in the top 5% of best online bachelor degree programs according to the 2017 survey by US News and World Report. The WSU Global Campus was #15 in a total group of 311 colleges and universities that offer online degrees. US News and World Report also ranked the online MBA at WSU as #27.

The magazine ranked online bachelor degrees by student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, and student services and technology. The university received a total score of 87, placing it in the top five percent.

The Global Campus at WSU currently offers 10 undergraduate and 12 graduate degrees, and a number of certificates. A new program that will be of interest to business students is the new Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics that will launch in fall 2017.

Same tuition for MBA for in state and out of state students

The executive online MBA program that is designed for students who have many years of business experience has the same tuition for both in state and out of state students. For the 2017 year, the total tuition is $11,370. The cost per credit for part time students is $1137.

The regular MBA has a total tuition cost per year of only $3750, and the cost per credit for part time students is $750.

The Carson College of Business is accredited by the AACSB

An important consideration when earning an online business degree – either a bachelor’s or master’s – is that the business program is known for high quality. A good indicator of educational quality today is if the business program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The AACSB accreditation process is very thorough, as program evaluators from the AACSB spend a significant time on campus and review all aspects of the business programs. Some of the factors they evaluate include:

  • Curriculum
  • Student learning
  • Faculty quality
  • Academic research quality
  • Institutional development
  • Global awareness

Many global corporations will only consider a business graduate that has completed a program that is accredited by the AACSB. This well known accreditation is known around the globe as a highly meaningful business accreditation.

At Washington State University, the Carson College of Business has been accredited by AACSB International. This tells potential students and employers that WSU maintains the highest standards of excellence in its business programs.

Carson College of Business Top Ranked by Military Times for Vets

WSU’s Carson College of Business was recognized in 2016 by the Military Times as one of the best schools for military veterans. The online MBA program also was specifically recognized for its dedicated work with men and women students in the US military.

WSU features a dedicated military support staff that helps online veteran students with the support they need during enrollment as well as the program itself. The university also helps veterans get tuition assistance and possibly utilizing their GI Bill benefits. Dedicated counselors also are available for veterans for career planning and student counseling.

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Higher out of state tuition for undergraduate students

Undergraduate online students will pay a higher per credit amount than in state residents. For 2017, full time in state undergraduate students pay $4918 per semester, while non-residents pay $5693 per semester.

Many online universities have the same tuition for both in state and out of state students.

High Acceptance Rate for Undergraduates

Online data states that Washington State University accepts nearly 80% of undergraduates who apply. It also is ranked only as the #7 university in the state of Washington, and the Startclass rank is only $376 in the country.

That said, the online business programs are highly ranked, and the online WSU Global Campus has a strong reputation for quality, as does the Carson Business School.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1890
  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Application fee: $50
  • School type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Pullman, Washington
  • Student-faculty ratio: 15:1
  • 80% acceptance rate

Tuition Rates

  • Undergraduate: $494 in state, $569 out of state
  • Graduate: $750 in state and out of state

Business Degrees

  • Graduate – MBA, executive MBA
  • Undergraduate – business analytics, accounting, economics, hospitality business management, management information systems

Concentrations – MBA

Class Profile

  • 52% female, 48% male
  • Average 2.8 GPA for incoming freshmen
  • 801 enrolled in online MBA program
  • 4% classes on campus have fewer than 20 students

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 65% graduate in six years or less
  • 38% graduate in four years

US News Rankings

  • Best online graduate MBA programs: 27
  • Best online bachelor’s programs: 15
  • National universities: 143
  • Best colleges for veterans: 95
  • High school counselor ranking: 141

Other Rankings

  • Recognized as a military friendly school for 2017
  • Recognized by Princeton Review as top online MBA program (top 25)
  • CEO Magazine ranks WSU #21 in the world in online MBAs
  • CEO Magazine ranks WSU as tier one global eMBA program

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