Widener University School of Business Review

By BusinessStudent.com - April 18, 2018
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Widener University is a private college that was established in 1821. Its total undergraduate enrollment is 3,591. It is currently ranked The #192 national university according to US News and World Report. The School of Business Administration offers a part time and online MBA program. GMAT scores are required for admission but there is a waiver available for professionals with five years of related experience.

Favorite Features

MBA programs are accredited by the AACSB

Accreditation is a very important part of the quality of an MBA program. If a program has been accredited by a respected organization, this is a strong sign that the program is of high quality.

The MBA programs at Widener University have been accredited by the AACSB. This is the largest and most well respected business education accreditation organization in the world and has been in existence for more than 100 years. Potential employers should be impressed that your MBA program has been accredited by the AACSB.

Program offers unusual business process innovation concentration

The online MBA offers a unique business process innovation concentration that teaches students new strategies to enhance customer responsiveness and how to reduce business costs. Many graduates of this MBA concentration find careers in management consulting and analysis with these types of job titles:

  • Business process analyst
  • Business IT liaison
  • Business process manager
  • Project manager
  • Information systems designer
  • Database and data security specialist

Management consulting is one of the hottest business professions today, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics expecting 15% or more growth in the field through 2026.

Multiple dual graduate degree programs available

If you have interests outside of business, you can earn several types of dual MBA degrees at Widener University:

  • JD/MBA
  • PsyD/MBA
  • PsyD/Healthcare MBA
  • Master of Jurisprudence/MBA
  • Master of Engineering/MBA
  • MD/MBA

Online MBA can be completed in 18 months

The online MBA program is 100% online and some students can complete it in just 18 months, while others take 24 months.

The online MBA program at Widener is very flexible and is well suited for professionals working full time. There are no on campus requirements for the online MBA, although if you are getting a healthcare management MBA, there is a requirement for a local internship.

GMAT waiver is available

GMAT scores are required for admission but there is a waiver available if you have five years of related work experience. Not having to study for and take the GMAT can save you months of preparation time and several hundred dollars. See all online MBA programs without the GRE.

Widener is well ranked for salary potential in Pennsylvania

This university is ranked #28 for best colleges in Pennsylvania by salary potential according to Payscale.com. It is ranked in the top ⅓ of more than 100 ranked universities for salaries earned.

Least Favorite Features

University has low rankings in US News and World Report

The entire university scores only 32 out of 100 in the US News rankings, suggesting the program is lower quality than many of its competitors. Also, it is ranked only #192 in national universities, and the online MBA program is ranked in the 200s by US News.

The business school is unranked by US News and World Report, so it is difficult to get a gauge on the quality of this MBA compared to others that are ranked.

These low rankings could be a concern when it comes time to look for work after graduation. Some employers may review the quality of the university and MBA program from which you graduated.

Required GMAT scores are very low

This program requires GMAT scores to be considered for admission, but the required score is a very low 450. This indicates the program is of lower quality than many MBA programs. The toughest MBA programs to be admitted to require GMAT scores of 700 or above. See 10 online MBA programs with low GPA requirements.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1821
  • Application deadline: Rolling
  • Application fee: $50
  • School type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Chester PA
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1

Tuition Rates

Business Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration


Class Profile

  • 53 students enrolled in online MBA
  • 70% of students accepted into university
  • 56% female, 44% male

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 42% four year graduation rate, which is below average
  • 78% of students return after their freshman year, which is above average
  • 54% of students graduate within six years, which is below average

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 192
  • Best online MBA program: 205
  • High school counselor rankings: 248
  • Business programs: 381
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