Ohio University Review

By BusinessStudent.com - March 29, 2017
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Ohio University is a four year, public university located in Athens, Ohio. It was established in 1804, and is the oldest public college in Ohio.

Today Ohio University is routinely cited for academic quality by US News and World Report, Princeton Review’s Best Colleges, and others. Its AACSB-accredited online MBA program also has received high marks and acclaim from US News and other publications.

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Online MBA has no GMAT requirement

The Graduate Management Admissions Test or GMAT has long been a requirement for most MBA programs in the United States. However, a growing number of schools now will consider you for admission without taking the GMAT test. Ohio University’s online MBA program no longer requires you to submit your scores.

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Instead, the university carefully reviews your undergraduate transcripts, recommendations, writing samples and professional experience to make an admission decision.

Modern research suggests that reviewing these types of qualifications is a better indicators of potential graduate school success than standardized test scores.

For the aspiring MBA student, not having to take the GMAT means you do not need to spend weeks or months studying for the test. And, you can save the cost of taking the test and paying for test prep courses

Ohio University is highly regarded for professor accessibility

The Princeton Review has praised Ohio University’s professors for being highly accessible to students.

Having professors that are accessible is very important whether you are earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree. This is also even more important when you are earning an online graduate business degree.

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Online learning, by definition, is a more isolated experience than taking a program on a campus. It is critical that online students have the same access to professors online that they would have if they were taking classes in person.

It is a good sign that Ohio University is so highly regarded for accessibility to its professors; you can be confident that you will be able to get your questions answered and will generally be able to talk to your instructors as needed. This fact can greatly increase your ability to acquire knowledge in your online MBA program.

Online MBA is accredited by the AACSB

When you are considering MBA programs, it is important to know for sure that the school and program is as good as they say on their website. A very strong indicator of a quality MBA program today is that it is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

The AACSB accreditation process is one of the most rigorous in the world for business programs. The accreditation body reviews all aspects of the program:

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

Many of the best corporations in the world will only consider you for employment if your MBA program has AACSB accreditation. Some companies have reported that graduates of non-AACSB accredited programs had lower performance on the job.


Ohio University’s online MBA program is accredited by the AACSB. Thus, you know that the program is of high quality. When you are looking for a new job or for a promotion, you will know that your employer will look at your business education favorably.

Ohio University also is generally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is one of six regional accreditation bodies recognized by the Department of Education.

Executive management concentration available online

Many universities offer an executive MBA program that is designed for professionals with 10 or more years of experience. But many of these programs are only available on campus.
We like that Ohio University has an Executive Management concentration available for its online MBA program.

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This provides the experienced manager the ability to hone her executive management skills in an online, from home format.

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Ranked #133 in business schools by US News and World Report

We are encouraged by the fact that the MBA program is ranked as the third best MBA value by Fortune magazine. However, the MBA program is ranked #133 by US News and World Report. Different ranking entities will have different ways to evaluate MBA programs, but this ranking for Ohio University’s program is lower than we would expect.

With that in mind, 80% of graduates of this program state that their education helped to advance their career. Also, 90% say that their job performance improved due to the Ohio University online MBA.

Business school’s acceptance rate is high

Data shows that the Ohio University MBA program accepts 61% of people who apply. Some may find this favorable as the program is easier to get into, but some students would like to see an MBA program that is more selective. Many experts regard admissions selectivity as a strong indicator of a good business school program, along with high graduation and retention rates.

For comparison’s sake, Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio accepts only 31% of those who apply.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1804
  • Application deadline: March 1
  • Application fee: $50
  • School type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Athens, OH
  • Student-faculty ratio: 18:1

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $32,235 total cost in state; $32,900 total cost out of state

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Class Profile

  • Full time MBA program enrollment – 40
  • Part time MBA program enrollment – 93
  • Total OU enrollment – 29,157
  • 55% male, 45% female in MBA program
  • Entire university – 83% white; 5% African American or black; 2.5% Hispanic
  • 41% male, 59% female at entire university
  • 58 part time MBA applicants, 44 accepted
  • 98 full time MBA applicants, 48 accepted
  • 30% of all classes at university have fewer than 20 students
  • 68% of MBA graduates receive promotion, $10k average salary increase

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 9% four year graduation rank at entire university
  • 56% four year graduation rank in business school
  • 3% graduate within reasonable time – 3 to 6 years – national average is 35%
  • 5% freshmen retention rate in 2015 – national average is 70.9%
  • 1% freshmen retention rate for African Americans
  • 79% freshman retention rate for males; 83.6% for females

US News Rankings

  • National Universities – 146
  • High school counselor rankings – 117
  • Top public schools – 74
  • Business programs – 133
  • Engineering programs – 135

Other Rankings

  • MBA program ranked #3 best value by Fortune magazine
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