2015 Top Online Colleges for MBA Programs

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Our 2015 list of the top online colleges offering MBA programs is comprised of some of the most selective schools in the country, including UNC Chapel Hill and George Washington University. All 13 schools also boast exceptionally high scores on college entrance exams for entering students and are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Many schools in our top 13 have multiple degree specializations. Northeastern University offers 9 different MBA degree focuses, including Healthcare Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, and Marketing. Bentley University also offers 9 degree concentrations, such as an MBA with a Concentration in Business Analytics or a Concentration in Law and Taxation.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Acceptance Rate Online MBA Degrees
#1 #1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Annual Tuition $49,838 Acceptance Rate 27.59% Online MBA Degrees 7
#2 #2 George Washington University Annual Tuition $37,275 Acceptance Rate 33.08% Online MBA Degrees 1
#3 #3 Northeastern University Annual Tuition $36,900 Acceptance Rate 32.31% Online MBA Degrees 8
#4 #4 University of Florida Annual Tuition $28,250 Acceptance Rate 46.55% Online MBA Degrees 7
#5 #5 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $16,965 Acceptance Rate 50.01% Online MBA Degrees 1
#6 #6 Pepperdine University Annual Tuition $42,120 Acceptance Rate 37.34% Online MBA Degrees 5
#7 #7 Bentley University Annual Tuition $32,520 Acceptance Rate 43.79% Online MBA Degrees 17
#8 #8 Villanova University Annual Tuition $30,720 Acceptance Rate 48.90% Online MBA Degrees 1
#9 #9 Florida State University Annual Tuition $25,364 Acceptance Rate 56.81% Online MBA Degrees 6
#10 #10 Union University Annual Tuition $19,060 Acceptance Rate 74.12% Online MBA Degrees 1
#11 #11 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $11,460 Acceptance Rate 67.98% Online MBA Degrees 1
#12 #12 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Annual Tuition $16,088 Acceptance Rate 62.94% Online MBA Degrees 6
#13 #13 The University of Texas at Dallas Annual Tuition $35,464 Acceptance Rate 58.57% Online MBA Degrees 3
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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers 19 online degrees to students across the country, including a handful of online MBAs. Approximately 1,258 students are enrolled in the school’s distance learning programs. While the annual tuition hovers around $49,800, the college offers many kinds of financial aid, including grants and university scholarships. Students seeking a graduate degree can choose from an MBA in several studies, including Sustainable Enterprise, Global Supply Chain Management, Corporate Finance, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Investment Management. Students will be required to complete 66 credits to complete their degree, and the approximate timeline for obtaining an online MBA at this school is 18 to 36 months. Core courses include Operations Management, Economics, Introductory Finance, Financial Accounting, Business Strategy, Analytical Tools, and Business Communication. Electives include Entrepreneurship, Consulting, Global Marketing, and Corporate Strategy.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE and AACSB

There are approximately 2,400 students enrolled in more than 145 online degrees at George Washington University, making it one of the most popular online institutions in the country. Students can expect to pay an annual tuition of $37,000, and military benefits, financial aid, and scholarships can help to offset the cost of an online degree. The school also boasts an above-average recommendation rate of 92% and offers six online master’s degrees for prospective MBA students. Students can pursue a straightforward MBA or choose an MBA with a concentration in Project Management, Global Management, Finance, Consulting, or Information Systems and Technology Management. The online MBA degree consists of foundational business fundamentals such as financial accounting, business ethics, and data analysis and decisions as well as advanced business fundamentals like financial markets, operations strategy, and entrepreneurship. Students can also take advantage of short-term study abroad programs to help them expedite the elective portion of the degree.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and AACSB

Founded in 1937, Northeastern University offers 89 online degrees at the certificate, doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s levels. Northeastern University takes financial aid very seriously and guarantees to not reduce university scholarship or grant funds during a student's academic career and to increase need-based grant funds to match the same percentage as the annual increase in tuition. The university is also military-friendly. Students can choose to pursue an online MBA or take additional courses after choosing a concentration in specialties such as Finance, Business Administration, Marketing, Healthcare Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, and International Management. The online MBA degree consists of a 50-credit hour curriculum that is divided into two segments: five electives and 13 core courses. Students in good standing can also opt for an international field study residency. Past locations include Chile/Peru, Greece/Turkey, Russia, and China.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The University of Florida’s online programs boast a recommendation rate of 100%, making it one of the most popular schools for distance learning programs. Students can expect to pay an annual tuition of under $30,000, but qualified applicants may also be entitled to financial aid options such as scholarships, loans, and military benefits. The school was one of the first universities in the country to offer a fully-accredited online degree. A 27-month option is recommended for business undergraduate majors who have been employed for more than seven years, and a 16-month option is an accelerated program for undergraduates with a degree in business who have completed their degree within the last seven years. However, a minimum of two years of professional, full-time work experience is required for either option, and class size is limited to 65 students. After completion of the program, students are prepared for roles in non-profit organizations, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The online master’s business degree program at North Carolina State University is ranked as one of the best in the country. The AACSB International-accredited MBA degree costs approximately $16,965 per year, and students can choose from a flexible or accelerated program that can take between 21 months or up to six years to complete. The online MBA program is a 39-credit hour degree, and a limited amount of grant funding is available to distance learners seeking a graduate degree. The program emphasizes technology management, and students will take an integrated core curriculum that consists of practical applications, business processes, and technology in a collaborative learning environment. All students can expect to complete courses involving marketing, economics, and other traditional management subjects as well as projects and case studies with a technology slant.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and AACSB

Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management offers five fully accredited online master’s degrees for prospective MBA students. Students can pursue a straightforward MBA or choose an MBA with a concentration in General Management, Finance, Marketing and Leadership & Managing Organizational Change. Students can complete the MBA and General Management concentration in as little as six trimesters (2 years) with the Finance, Marketing, and Leadership & Managing Organizational Change concentrations requiring 1 extra semester to complete (7 trimesters). The college offers many kinds of financial aid, including scholarships and grants while also participating in the Yellow Ribbon program. Students also have an opportunity to work alongside company executives on real world consulting projects giving them a unique experiential learning experience.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and AACSB

The online MBA degree at Bentley University is designed for students with five to 10 years of professional experience in the business industry. The degree costs approximately $32,520 each year, and students can expect to earn their MBA in as little as 11 months. Four themes are explored during the course of the program: leadership, environments, value, and innovation. Students can also pursue an MBA with a concentration in Marketing, Management, Law and Taxation, Information Systems and Technology, Finance, Business Analytics, Financial Markets, and Accountancy. Coursework includes the fundamentals of information systems, finance, accounting, and marketing, and students will learn to apply the lessons to analyze customer service, sales, product development, and other types of business processes. Applicants who have eight or more years of post-graduate experience working in a business industry are eligible to waive the school’s GMAT requirement for admission into the online program.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE and AACSB

Students wishing to pursue an online MBA from Villanova University can do so via the school’s convenient distance learning format. The degree costs approximately $30,720 per year. The average Villanova Grand award for need-based assistance is $27,148, and interested students can contact the Office of Financial Assistance to learn more about the financial aid options that may be available to them. The online MBA degree consists of the same curriculum and faculty as the on-campus Villanova MBA and includes 21 courses taken over six 14-week semesters. In order to obtain an online MBA from the school, students are required to complete 48 credit hours, and the curriculum includes core classes in Corporate Finance, Strategic Marketing Management, Analyzing and Leveraging Data, Leadership Challenge, and Performance Measurement and Reporting Fundamentals. Depending on the coursework and schedule, distance learners can finish the degree in as few as two years. While the program is delivered solely online, students will still benefit from the campus-based program’s benefits such as a strong alumni network, assistance from a responsive support staff, and invitations to on-campus events.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

Florida State University offers an online MBA in which students can customize their degree options. The general track consists of four courses: Investment Management and Analysis, Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance, Supply Chain Management, and Business-to-Business Sales and Marketing. Students can also pursue a specialization in Real Estate or Hospitality and Tourism Management. Coursework includes Financial Reporting and Accounting, Advanced Management, Marketing Strategy, Economics, Organizational Behavior, and E-Business. Students can expect to pay an annual tuition of $25,364, and state-employee tuition waivers are not accepted for distance learners. However, approximately $4,512 in financial aid is awarded to students each year. The university also boasts a 100% recommendation rate and has received more positive reviews than most of the online programs in the country.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

Union University first premiered its online MBA option in March 2014, offering distance learners a two-year, fully-online program. Students pursuing this degree are prepared for leadership in a variety of dynamic business environments, and the McAfee School of Business Administration is fully accredited by the AACSB. Union University is one of three private schools in Tennessee to achieve this distinction. The annual tuition of $19,060 is less than 75% of all comparable online institutions, and financial aid is also available for students seeking ways to offset the cost of tuition. While the degree is offered online, the MBA can provide students with the exposure necessary to market principles, obtain hands-on experience to build business plans, and develop the skills necessary to succeed in the industry.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

The online MBA offered by Georgia College & State University's online WebMBA degree is accredited by the AACSB, and the low annual tuition of $11,460 makes the school one of the most affordable providers of distance education in the country. Still, students who qualify may also be entitled to receive financial aid if needed. Students are required to take foundation courses, including College-level Economics, College-level Statistics, Business Finance, and Principles of Accounting. WebMBA classes consist of Business Strategy, Managerial Finance, Managerial Accounting, Global and International Business, and Human Behavior in Organizations. In addition, students who are a part of the global business course will work virtually on an international team to complete their studies. A two-day orientation is required for all students residing within the continental U.S.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NEASC CIHE and AACSB

The Isenberg School of Management MBA is accredited by the AACSB and is one of the first major accredited business schools to pioneer offering graduate education online. Isenberg is part of UMass Amherst, the flagship campus for the UMass network. The online MBA has approximately 1,300 enrolled students and can be completed in 37 credits (39 credits without prior business coursework). The annual tuition is approximately $16,088. Classes are delivered by the same faculty as onsite classes and include Finance, Accounting, Operations Management, Corporate Finance, Strategic Information Management, Organizational Strategy, Business Law, and Human Resource Management. Focus areas are available in Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, and Sports Management.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB

Students pursuing an online MBA at the University of Texas at Dallas are required to complete 53 credit hours, including 24 elective credit hours and 29 core credit hours. While a fully-online MBA is available, it is important to note that not all elective courses may be offered, so students may be limited in terms of choices for elective concentrations and classes. Core MBA courses include Operations Management, Global Business, Marketing Management, Financial Management, Strategic Management, Financial Accounting, and Organizational Behavior. The annual tuition for an online MBA at this institution is $35,464, but scholarships and financial aid are available.

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Methodology

Available degrees, program data, and tuition rates were gathered from the official school websites and reflect the 2014-2015 school year. Accreditation and non-profit status were collected using the most recent data available from the National Center for Education Statistics or from the official websites of the accreditation agencies. Our full methodology can be viewed here.

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