Editors’ Choice Online MBA Programs for 2019

Editors' Choice Online MBA Programs 2019

BusinessStudent.com is the fastest growing social community for students and professionals around the world! Students seeking to earn their MBA degree online can have the opportunity to continue to work part or full time, while completing their graduate degree at home and at their own pace. As a busy professional, you can earn your MBA in as little as two years; some programs allow you to earn your advanced degree online in as little as a single year. Get started by reviewing our exclusive selection of online MBA programs to consider for 2019. PLEASE NOTE: While this list is ranked, all programs should be equally considered based on your requirements and location. See The Methodology

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National Online MBA Picks

Cost Legend: $ = up to $20,000, $$ = 21k - 40k, $$$ = $41k - 80k, $$$$ = over $81k
Rank College/University Tuition/Cost Accreditation Acceptance Rate Details
1
Auburn University
Raymond J. Harbert College of Business
$$ AACSB 78%
2
University of Nebraska--Lincoln
College of Business
$$ AACSB 79%
3
University of Colorado--Colorado Springs
College of Business
$$ AACSB 78%
4
Oklahoma State University
Spears School of Business
$$ AACSB 82%
5
Cleveland State University
Monte Ahuja College of Business
$$ AACSB 79%
6
Southern Illinois University--Carbondale
College of Business
$$ AACSB 80%
7
Lehigh University
College of Business and Economics
$$ AACSB 77%
8
East Carolina University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 77%
9
Boise State University
College of Business and Economics
$$ AACSB 76%
10
University of Cincinnati
Lindner College of Business
$$ AACSB 76%
11
Ohio University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 81%
12
Florida Atlantic University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 68%
13
Washington State University
Carson College of Business
$$ AACSB 66%
14
Louisiana Tech University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 75%
15
Robert Morris University
School of Business
$$ AACSB 84%
16
Columbus State University
D. Abbott Turner College of Business
$$ AACSB 84%
17
University of Massachusetts--Amherst's
Isenberg School of Management
$$ AACSB 85%
18
Texas Southern University
Jesse H. Jones School of Business
$$ AACSB 75%
19
University of Kansas
School of Business
$$ AACSB 73%
20
Kent State University
College of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 77%
21
Morgan State University
Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management
$$ AACSB 75%
22
Wright State University
Raj Soin College of Business
$$ AACSB 85%
23
University of Tennessee--Chattanooga
Gary W. Rollins College of Business
$$ AACSB 80%
24
University of Delaware
Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
$$ AACSB 63%
25
University of Maryland--College Park
Robert H. Smith School of Business
$$$ AACSB 74%
26
Troy University
Sorrell College of Business
$$ AACSB 60%
27
Rutgers University
School of Businessâ??Camden
$$$ AACSB 66%
28
Samford University
Brock School of Business
$$ AACSB 55%
29
Colorado State University
College of Business
$$$ AACSB 86%
30
Ashland University
College of Business and Economics
$$ ACBSP 76%
31
Florida International University
College of Business
$$$ AACSB 62%
32
North Carolina State University
Poole College of Management
$$$ AACSB 64%
33
University of Texas--Tyler
Soules College of Business
$$$ AACSB 84%
34
University of Arizona
Eller College of Management
$$$ AACSB 85%
35
Longwood University
College of Business & Economics
$$$ AACSB 88%
36
Quinnipiac University
School of Business
$$$ AACSB 63%
37
Creighton University
Heider College of Business
$$ AACSB 56%
38
Western New England University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 66%
39
SUNY--Oswego
School of Business
$$ AACSB 78%
40
University of Wisconsin
MBA Consortium
$$ AACSB 82%
41
University of Wisconsin--Whitewater
College of Business and Economics
$$ AACSB 73%
42
California State University--San Bernardino
Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration
$$ AACSB 90%
43
Hofstra University
Frank G. Zarb School of Business
$$$ AACSB 75%
44
St. Joseph's University
Haub School of Business
$$$ AACSB 82%
45
Suffolk University
Sawyer Business School
$$$ AACSB 85%
46
Pennsylvania State University
Smeal College of Business
$$$ AACSB 83%
47
Mercer University--Atlanta
Stetson School of Business and Economics
$$ AACSB 57%
48
Lawrence Technological University
College of Business and Information Technology
$$$ AACSB 60%
49
Florida State University
College of Business
$$$ AACSB 57%
50
University of South Florida--St. Petersburg
Kate Tiedemann College of Business
$$ AACSB 48%
51
Baylor University
Hankamer School of Business
$$$ AACSB 69%
52
University of Utah
David Eccles School of Business
$$$ AACSB 71%
53
California State University--Stanislaus
College of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 90%
54
Villanova University
School of Business
$$$ AACSB 75%
55
University of North Dakota
College of Business & Public Administration
$$ AACSB 79%
56
La Salle University
School of Business
$$ AACSB 78%
57
Rowan University
Rohrer College of Business
$$ AACSB 52%
58
Missouri University of Science & Technology
College of Business
$$$ AACSB 91%
59
University of Alabama--Birmingham
Collat School of Business
$$ AACSB 89%
60
University of Baltimore
Merrick School of Business
$$$ AACSB 89%
61
Marist College
School of Management
$$ AACSB 42%
62
Widener University
School of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 87%
63
Indiana University--Bloomington
Kelley School of Business
$$$ AACSB 75%
64
Northwood University
School of Business
$$ ACBSP 72%
65
Stevens Institute of Technology
School of Business
$$$ AACSB 74%
66
Montclair State University
Feliciano School of Business
$$ AACSB 65%
67
DeSales University
Division of Business
$$ ACBSP 87%
68
James Madison University
College of Business
$$$ AACSB 92%
69
New Jersey Institute of Technology
School of Management
$$$ AACSB 70%
70
City University of Seattle
School of Management
$$ ACBSP 75%
71
University of Scranton
Kania School of Management
$$ AACSB 95%
72
Kennesaw State University
Coles College of Business
$$ AACSB 67%
73
Bethel University
Department of Business & Economics
$$ ACBSP 80%
74
California University of Pennsylvania
School of Business
$$ ACBSP 65%
75
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Foisie Business School
$$$ AACSB 82%
76
Northwest University
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 79%
77
Southern Utah University
Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business
$$ AACSB 89%
78
Kansas State University
School of Business
$$ AACSB 97%
79
University of Nevada--Reno
College of Business
$$ AACSB 100%
80
Walsh University
The DeVille School of Business
$$ ACBSP 78%
81
Salisbury University
Perdue School of Business
$$ AACSB 80%
82
University of Dayton
School of Business Administration
$$$ AACSB 81%
83
Arkansas State University--Jonesboro
Neil Griffin College of Business
$$ AACSB 83%
84
Frostburg State University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 76%
85
University of Bridgeport
Ernest C. Trefz School of Business
$$ ACBSP 60%
86
University of New Hampshire
Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
$$$ AACSB 94%
87
University of Tennessee--Martin
College of Business and Global Affairs
$$ AACSB 92%
88
West Virginia University
College of Business and Economics
$$$ AACSB 93%
89
Queens University of Charlotte
McColl School of Business
$$$ AACSB 95%
90
Old Dominion University
Strome College of Business
$$ AACSB 63%
91
Arizona State University
WP Carey School of Business
$$$ AACSB 57%
92
Clarkson University
School of Business
$$$ AACSB 45%
93
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saunders College of Business
$$$ AACSB 74%
94
University of Alaska--Fairbanks
School of Management
$$ AACSB 100%
95
Abilene Christian University
College of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 92%
96
Texas A&M University--Commerce
College of Business Programs
$$ AACSB 61%
97
University of Michigan--Dearborn
College of Business
$$$ AACSB 44%
98
University of Hartford
Barney School of Business
$$ AACSB 67%
99
University of Massachusetts--Lowell
Manning School of Business
$$ AACSB 92%
100
Rider University
College of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 93%
101
University of North Carolina--Pembroke
School of Business
$$ AACSB 96%
102
Syracuse University
Whitman School of Management
$$$$ AACSB 77%
103
Texas Wesleyan University
School of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 96%
104
University of Redlands
School of Business
$$$ ACBSP 74%
105
University of West Georgia
Richards College of Business
$$ AACSB 90%
106
Georgia College
J. Whitney Bunting College of Business
$$ AACSB 91%
107
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
College of Business Management
$$$ AACSB 95%
108
Tennessee Technological University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 54%
109
Northeastern University
D'Amore-McKim School of Business
$$$ AACSB 88%
110
Dallas Baptist University
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 49%
111
Fayetteville State University
College of Business and Economics
$ AACSB 72%
112
Georgia Southern University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 92%
113
Cedarville University
School of Business Administration
$$ ACBSP 79%
114
Florida Southern College
Barney Barnett School of Business
$$ AACSB 38%
115
University of North Texas
College of Business
$ AACSB 61%
116
University of St. Francis
College of Business & Health Administration
$$ ACBSP 43%
117
Drexel University
LeBow College of Business
$$$ AACSB 92%
118
Sam Houston State University
College of Business
$ AACSB 82%
119
Webster University
Walker School of Business & Technology
$$ ACBSP 92%
120
The Citadel
The Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business
$$ AACSB 100%
121
University of South Florida
Muma College of Business
$$ AACSB 31%
122
Governors State University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 47%
123
University of Dallas
Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business
$$ AACSB 97%
124
Pepperdine University
Graziadio Business School
$$$$ AACSB 67%
125
American University
Kogod School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 85%
126
West Texas A&M University
Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business
$ AACSB 76%
127
Coastal Carolina University
Wall Center for Excellence
$$ AACSB 100%
128
Kettering University
School of Management
$$ ACBSP 59%
129
St. Bonaventure University
School of Business
$$ AACSB 88%
130
University of Florida
Hough Graduate School of Business
$$ ACBSP 46%
131
Brenau University
College of Business & Communication
$$ ACBSP 56%
132
Lynchburg College
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 65%
133
University of Massachusetts--Dartmouth
Charlton College of Business
$ AACSB 81%
134
University of Mississippi
School of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 45%
135
Ferris State University
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 34%
136
Wichita State University
W. Frank Barton School of Business
$ AACSB 76%
137
Mississippi College
School of Business
$ AACSB 78%
138
University of Maine
School of Business
$ AACSB 72%
139
University of Memphis
Fogelman College of Business & Economics
$$ AACSB 95%
140
Babson College
F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 90%
141
Westminster College
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
$$$ ACBSP 90%
142
Maryville University
John E. Simon School of Business
$$ ACBSP 96%
143
Marymount University
School of Business and Technology
$$ ACBSP 93%
144
Temple University
Fox School of Business
$$$ AACSB 46%
145
California Baptist University
School of Business
$$ ACBSP 92%
146
University of Louisiana--Monroe
College of Business and Social Sciences
$ AACSB 70%
147
Mississippi State University
College of Business
$ AACSB 71%
148
Valdosta State University
Harley Langdale, Jr. College of Business
$$ AACSB 100%
149
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
College of Business Administration
$ AACSB 92%
150
Ball State University
The Miller College of Business
$ AACSB 63%
151
Lamar University
College of Business
$ AACSB 87%
152
University of Miami
School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 55%
153
Lindenwood University
Robert W. Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship
$ ACBSP 67%
154
Western Kentucky University
Gordon Ford College of Business
$ AACSB 96%
155
University of Southern California
Marshall Business School
$$$$ AACSB 56%
156
George Washington University
School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 63%
157
Central Michigan University
College of Business Administration
$$ ACBSP 34%
158
Emporia State University
School of Business
$ AACSB 93%
159
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
College of Business & Public Management
$ AACSB 91%
160
Utica College
Department of Business and Economics
$ ACBSP 88%
161
University of Findlay
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 88%
162
University of Texas--Dallas
Naveen Jindal School of Management
$$$$ AACSB 34%
163
Florida A&M University
School of Business and Industry
$$ ACBSP 100%
164
Edgewood College
School of Business
$$ ACBSP 100%
165
University of Houston--Clear Lake
College of Business
$ AACSB 41%
166
Minnesota State University-- Moorhead
Paseka School of Business
$ AACSB 89%
167
Angelo State University
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 95%
168
Fontbonne University
Eckelkamp College of Global Business & Professional Studies
$$ ACBSP 100%
169
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 95%
170
Southern Arkansas University
College of Business
$ AACSB 75%
171
Eastern Illinois University
School of Business
$ AACSB 100%
172
New Mexico State University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 100%
173
University of Southern Mississippi
College of Business and Economic Development
$ AACSB 96%
174
University of Central Missouri
Harmon College Of Business and Professional Studies
$ AACSB 48%
175
Southeastern University
Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership
$$ ACBSP 90%
176
University of South Dakota
Beacom School of Business
$ AACSB 95%
177
Cardinal Stritch University
College of Business & Management
$$ ACBSP 100%
178
Missouri State University
College of Business
$ AACSB 85%
179
Cameron University
Department of Business
$ ACBSP 66%
180
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
John L. Grove College of Business
$ AACSB 97%
181
Park University
College of Management
$ ACBSP 93%
182
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kenan-Flagler Business School
$$$$ AACSB 55%
183
Jackson State University
College of Business
$ AACSB 100%
184
University of Southern Indiana
Romain College of Business
$ AACSB 86%
185
Lasell College
School of Business
$$ ACBSP 95%
186
Tarleton State University
College of Business Administration
$ ACBSP 56%
187
Ohio Dominican University
School of Business
$ ACBSP 93%
188
Louisiana State University--Shreveport
School of Business
$ AACSB 90%
189
Jacksonville State University
School of Business & Industry
$ AACSB 50%
190
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
College of Business
$ AACSB 53%
191
McNeese State University
College of Business
$ AACSB 100%
192
Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 49%
193
Anderson University
Falls School of Business
$$ ACBSP 100%
194
University of Central Arkansas
College of Business
$ AACSB 59%
195
Southeast Missouri State University
Harrison College of Business and Computing
$ AACSB 100%
196
Auburn University--Montgomery
College of Business
$ AACSB 100%
197
Hardin-Simmons University
Kelley College of Business
$ ACBSP 100%
198
Western Illinois University
College of Business & Technology
$ AACSB 100%
199
William Woods University
School of Business
$ ACBSP 100%
200
Northwest Missouri State University
Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business
$ ACBSP 96%
201
Dakota State University
College of Business and Information Systems
$ ACBSP 100%
202
University of North Alabama
College of Business
$ AACSB 88%

Top 10 Online MBA in the West

Cost Legend: $ = up to $20,000, $$ = 21k - 40k, $$$ = $41k - 80k, $$$$ = over $81k
Rank College/University Tuition/Cost Accreditation Acceptance Rate Details
1
Boise State University
College of Business and Economics
$$ AACSB 76%
2
Washington State University
Carson College of Business
$$ AACSB 66%
3
Colorado State University
College of Business
$$$ AACSB 86%
4
California State University--San Bernardino
Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration
$$ AACSB 90%
5
University of Utah
David Eccles School of Business
$$$ AACSB 71%
6
California State University--Stanislaus
College of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 90%
7
Northwood University
School of Business
$$ ACBSP 72%
8
City University of Seattle
School of Management
$$ ACBSP 75%
9
Northwest University
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 79%
10
Southern Utah University
Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business
$$ AACSB 89%

Top 10 Online MBA in the Southwest

Cost Legend: $ = up to $20,000, $$ = 21k - 40k, $$$ = $41k - 80k, $$$$ = over $81k
Rank College/University Tuition/Cost Accreditation Acceptance Rate Details
1
Oklahoma State University
Spears School of Business
$$ AACSB 82%
2
Texas Southern University
Jesse H. Jones School of Business
$$ AACSB 75%
3
University of Texas--Tyler
Soules College of Business
$$$ AACSB 84%
4
University of Arizona
Eller College of Management
$$$ AACSB 85%
5
Baylor University
Hankamer School of Business
$$$ AACSB 69%
6
Abilene Christian University
College of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 92%
7
Texas A&M University--Commerce
College of Business Programs
$$ AACSB 61%
8
Texas Wesleyan University
School of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 96%
9
Dallas Baptist University
College of Business
$$ ACBSP 49%
10
University of North Texas
College of Business
$ AACSB 61%

Top 10 Online MBA in the Midwest

Cost Legend: $ = up to $20,000, $$ = 21k - 40k, $$$ = $41k - 80k, $$$$ = over $81k
Rank College/University Tuition/Cost Accreditation Acceptance Rate Details
1
University of Nebraska--Lincoln
College of Business
$$ AACSB 79%
2
Cleveland State University
Monte Ahuja College of Business
$$ AACSB 79%
3
Southern Illinois University--Carbondale
College of Business
$$ AACSB 80%
4
University of Cincinnati
Lindner College of Business
$$ AACSB 76%
5
Ohio University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 81%
6
University of Kansas
School of Business
$$ AACSB 73%
7
Kent State University
College of Business Administration
$$ AACSB 77%
8
Wright State University
Raj Soin College of Business
$$ AACSB 85%
9
Ashland University
College of Business and Economics
$$ ACBSP 76%
10
Creighton University
Heider College of Business
$$ AACSB 56%

Top 10 Online MBA in the Southeast

Cost Legend: $ = up to $20,000, $$ = 21k - 40k, $$$ = $41k - 80k, $$$$ = over $81k
Rank College/University Tuition/Cost Accreditation Acceptance Rate Details
1
Auburn University
Raymond J. Harbert College of Business
$$ AACSB 78%
2
East Carolina University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 77%
3
Florida Atlantic University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 68%
4
Louisiana Tech University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 75%
5
Columbus State University
D. Abbott Turner College of Business
$$ AACSB 84%
6
University of Tennessee--Chattanooga
Gary W. Rollins College of Business
$$ AACSB 80%
7
Troy University
Sorrell College of Business
$$ AACSB 60%
8
Samford University
Brock School of Business
$$ AACSB 55%
9
Florida International University
College of Business
$$$ AACSB 62%
10
North Carolina State University
Poole College of Management
$$$ AACSB 64%

Top 10 Online MBA in the Northeast

Cost Legend: $ = up to $20,000, $$ = 21k - 40k, $$$ = $41k - 80k, $$$$ = over $81k
Rank College/University Tuition/Cost Accreditation Acceptance Rate Details
1
Lehigh University
College of Business and Economics
$$ AACSB 77%
2
Robert Morris University
School of Business
$$ AACSB 84%
3
University of Massachusetts--Amherst's
Isenberg School of Management
$$ AACSB 85%
4
Morgan State University
Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management
$$ AACSB 75%
5
University of Delaware
Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics
$$ AACSB 63%
6
University of Maryland--College Park
Robert H. Smith School of Business
$$$ AACSB 74%
7
Rutgers University
School of Businessâ??Camden
$$$ AACSB 66%
8
Quinnipiac University
School of Business
$$$ AACSB 63%
9
Western New England University
College of Business
$$ AACSB 66%
10
SUNY--Oswego
School of Business
$$ AACSB 78%

Top 25 Most Affordable Online MBA

Cost Legend: $ = up to $20,000, $$ = 21k - 40k, $$$ = $41k - 80k, $$$$ = over $81k
Rank College/University Tuition/Cost Accreditation Acceptance Rate Details
1
University of Texas of the Permian Basin
College of Business
$ AACSB 53%
2
University of Central Arkansas
College of Business
$ AACSB 59%
3
Dakota State University
College of Business and Information Systems
$ ACBSP 100%
4
Missouri State University
College of Business
$ AACSB 85%
5
Southeast Missouri State University
Harrison College of Business and Computing
$ AACSB 100%
6
Jacksonville State University
School of Business & Industry
$ AACSB 50%
7
Western Illinois University
College of Business & Technology
$ AACSB 100%
8
Louisiana State University--Shreveport
School of Business
$ AACSB 90%
9
University of Southern Indiana
Romain College of Business
$ AACSB 86%
10
Southern Arkansas University
College of Business
$ AACSB 75%
11
Auburn University--Montgomery
College of Business
$ AACSB 100%
12
William Woods University
School of Business
$ ACBSP 100%
13
Northwest Missouri State University
Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business
$ ACBSP 96%
14
Mississippi State University
College of Business
$ AACSB 71%
15
University of North Alabama
College of Business
$ AACSB 88%
16
University of South Dakota
Beacom School of Business
$ AACSB 95%
17
Minnesota State University-- Moorhead
Paseka School of Business
$ AACSB 89%
18
University of Louisiana--Monroe
College of Business and Social Sciences
$ AACSB 70%
19
West Texas A&M University
Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business
$ AACSB 76%
20
Ball State University
The Miller College of Business
$ AACSB 63%
21
Cameron University
Department of Business
$ ACBSP 66%
22
University of Central Missouri
Harmon College Of Business and Professional Studies
$ AACSB 48%
23
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
College of Business & Public Management
$ AACSB 91%
24
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
John L. Grove College of Business
$ AACSB 97%
25
Wichita State University
W. Frank Barton School of Business
$ AACSB 76%

Top 25 Highest Priced Online MBA

Cost Legend: $ = up to $20,000, $$ = 21k - 40k, $$$ = $41k - 80k, $$$$ = over $81k
Rank College/University Tuition/Cost Accreditation Acceptance Rate Details
1
Carnegie Mellon University
Tepper School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 49%
2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kenan-Flagler Business School
$$$$ AACSB 55%
3
George Washington University
School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 63%
4
University of Southern California
Marshall Business School
$$$$ AACSB 56%
5
Pepperdine University
Graziadio Business School
$$$$ AACSB 67%
6
University of Miami
School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 55%
7
Syracuse University
Whitman School of Management
$$$$ AACSB 77%
8
University of Texas--Dallas
Naveen Jindal School of Management
$$$$ AACSB 34%
9
Babson College
F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 90%
10
American University
Kogod School of Business
$$$$ AACSB 85%
11
Rochester Institute of Technology
Saunders College of Business
$$$ AACSB 74%
12
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Foisie Business School
$$$ AACSB 82%
13
Stevens Institute of Technology
School of Business
$$$ AACSB 74%
14
Northeastern University
D'Amore-McKim School of Business
$$$ AACSB 88%
15
Indiana University--Bloomington
Kelley School of Business
$$$ AACSB 75%
16
Villanova University
School of Business
$$$ AACSB 75%
17
Drexel University
LeBow College of Business
$$$ AACSB 92%
18
Hofstra University
Frank G. Zarb School of Business
$$$ AACSB 75%
19
New Jersey Institute of Technology
School of Management
$$$ AACSB 70%
20
Temple University
Fox School of Business
$$$ AACSB 46%
21
Arizona State University
WP Carey School of Business
$$$ AACSB 57%
22
University of Utah
David Eccles School of Business
$$$ AACSB 71%
23
University of Dayton
School of Business Administration
$$$ AACSB 81%
24
Pennsylvania State University
Smeal College of Business
$$$ AACSB 83%
25
St. Joseph's University
Haub School of Business
$$$ AACSB 82%

Our Methodology

To determine our Editors’ Choice Picks for a top online MBA program for 2019, our panel of business professionals analyzed data from over 300 schools and assigned points to each school in five categories: cost, accreditation, acceptance rate, student support and student engagement. Those categories were heavily influenced by a survey of over 100 current, future and past business students and professionals. They were asked a series of questions on what they felt were important criteria if they were to choose an Online MBA program. Some of those surveyed were already enrolled in an Online MBA program. NOTE: Nearly a third of Online MBA programs analyzed did not qualify to be included in this report.

The methodology was broken down as follows:

Cost (40)

For cost, we used the current published out of state per-credit tuition rate for the 2018-2019 year. Additional costs such as books and fees were not considered. While some online programs do offer the same rate to all students, most offer a reduced price to in-state or in-district students as well as for Military. Also note that many schools offer discounted rates to students with high GPA’s and financial need.

While cost is usually a factor in choosing an Online MBA program, there are many high quality Online MBA programs at a significant value that should be considered.  It should be noted that low dollar amount does not always equal low quality. According to the Graduate Management Admission Council, cost of a graduate business degree and the need to take on student debt are the most likely reservations to impact prospective students’ pursuit of a MBA degree.

For this reason, we weighted the points for cost most heavily toward the median, with the economical and most expensive programs receiving the least points and those programs in the mid-range receiving the highest scores. The maximum score for cost was 40.

Accreditation (30)

There are two main accreditations for MBA programs: AACSB and ACBSP. Since AACSB is the more prestigious accreditation and considered the gold standard for business programs, we awarded 30 points (out of 30 possible) to programs with this accreditation. Programs with ACBSP accreditation received 20 points, and programs with neither accreditation received 0 points and therefore were not included in our final results. This data was compiled and validated by our staff.

Acceptance Rate (20)

The acceptance rate for each program is based on the percentage of qualified students who were admitted to the school.  It’s important to note some schools calculate their rates slightly different.

Since neither an extremely high or extremely low acceptance rate was viewed as ideal for our editors’ choice criteria, our staff decided to award the highest number of points for acceptance rate to programs at or near the median. This puts programs that accept just about everyone and those that are extremely selective at the low end of the point scale and programs with a more moderate approach (selective but not too selective) at the top. This data was compiled from the later half of 2018 year and validated by our staff. The maximum number of points for acceptance rate was 20.

Student Support (5)

Our score for student support rated schools based on the types of technology and support programs they have available to students. Device accessibility, software and tech support are all factors to consider for success with Online programs.  We also included the availability of services such as career guidance, postgraduate services and assistance with financial aid. This data was made publicly available by U.S. News & World Report. The maximum points for student services and technology was 5.

Student Engagement (5)

It’s important for schools with distance learning programs to provide opportunities for students to interact with each other and with their instructors. This enriches the learning experience and motivates students to continue with the program through completion. This data was made publicly available by U.S. News & World Report. We awarded a maximum of 5 points for student engagement.

Summary

Our panel of editors are confident in the programs listed as they offer the best potential experience for MBA students studying Online.  All programs at these schools have been vetted and have the qualifications to provide a high-quality Online MBA program at a fair cost. Similar to other rankings, it includes deciding factors such as concentrations and specializations, GMAT requirements, GPA importance and work experience.

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About the Data Sources

Most data used in this report was made by accessing publicly available data sources. Cost, accreditation and acceptance rates were verified directly with the university and or university website. Student Services and Technology and Student Engagement metrics were sourced from U.S. News & World Report MBA Rankings from 2018. Additional data was sourced from the College Navigator National Center for Education Statistics. If you found an error in any of the data for a particular institution, please submit for corrections here.

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