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Top-50-Best-Value-Online-MBA-Programs-of-2015It’s a scenario more people find themselves in these days: you have a lower-level position in a company that you like working for, or a field you feel fits you, and you can see yourself moving farther, but you’re lacking that one thing that you need to advance: an MBA. You like where you live, and maybe your family is comfortable and settled, so uprooting them and moving somewhere for a 1 to 2 year program is not an option. What do you do?

Follow the path thousands of other students are taking and get your degree online. Now obviously, an online degree isn’t for everyone; you need to be self-motivated, ambitious, and comfortable with technology. But for working adults who want the convenience of earning a degree on their own time, and the flexibility to work around their schedule and keep their current job, online is the way to go. Any concerns about the real value of an online degree belong to the past; reputable, world-class institutions are offering online MBA’s that have the same quality as their traditional, on-campus degree program.

Plus, many of the best schools, such as those on this list, have developed innovative ways to combat the limitations of older online methods by using cohort formats, connecting students with one-on-one advisors or mentors, and providing opportunities for students to engage in the kind of networking and relationship-building that traditional MBA programs excel in. With live-streaming, video conferencing, and other technological advancements, online degrees no longer have to be alienating or lonely; they can be as exciting and engaging as any other online social activity.

Our Top 50 Best Value Online MBA list includes the schools with the best educational quality and the best value, combining low tuition costs with high average salaries for graduates to create a top-ranking ROI (return on investment). We use the following statistics to build our list:

  • National Ranking (2015 U.S. News & World Report Online MBA)
  • Tuition cost (per non-resident credit, reported from institutions’s website)
  • Median salaries for graduates of each respective institution (through reports on

Our method ranks these schools by each metric, then finds which of them hit the right balance to produce the best overall value for your time and money. These investments are as close as it gets to sure bets.

Arkansas State University, in Jonesboro, AR, is the second-largest university in the second-largest system in Arkansas, but it’s here at the top of our list for the best value online MBA programs. You could say, like the old car rental commercials, they try harder – their online MBA has excellent ratings for both quality and affordability, and students benefit from a well-developed curriculum that includes a specialization in Supply Chain Management. Best yet, all online students pay the same affordable tuition, so out-of-state residents are not penalized in the pocketbook. As with many online degrees, however, the online MBA is not available in every state; interested students should check out ASU’s handy availability chart to be sure their state is included. If your state is on the list, take a look – it’s one of the best values out there.

The University of Wisconsin has developed a novel way to provide a top online MBA program: the University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium, a partnership between four UW schools (Eau Claire, La Crosse, Oshkosh, and Parkside) that have pooled their resources to build an online MBA program that uses all of their strengths. Small courses, experienced faculty, and a wide variety of experience makes the MBA Consortium a uniquely strong program. Students may also take an additional mini-module in Leadership, adding to their learning. Consortium students even get the chance to attend graduation at UW Eau Claire, for that extra feeling of accomplishment that comes from the graduation ceremony. Tuition is the same for residents and non-residents, a value that has been recognized by other ranking institutions as well.

Almost everyone knows about UMass, either from their well-known sports teams, the Minutemen and Minutewomen; from their groundbreaking research (a very high activity institution according to the Carnegie Foundation); or because of their location in the beloved, prototypical college town of Amherst, MA. But if you’re not interested in the games or the quaint small-town streets, you can still earn a degree that’s recognized as one of the best in the world. Online students can choose from several areas of focus such as Healthcare Administration, Sports Management, and Finance, among others, taught by the same excellent scholars and with the same rigor as the traditional MBA. Best of all, a degree from UMass online is a degree from UMass, a strong name on your resume and a great value for your tuition investment.

West Texas A&M University is a public university located in Canyon, TX. WTAMU is another institution; not a stranger to the national ranking lists, U.S. News coincidentally places them at #32 as well. The program was founded in 2002-2003 and is currently accredited by the AACSB,  the gold standard of business school accreditation. WTAMU offers online students (currently about 300 enrolled) the exact same course content as their face-to-face MBA program without ever necessitating on-campus visits. Tuition is roughly $1,100 per 3-credit class, and the degree can be completed in as little as 31-credit hours (depending if applicant has business foundational requirements met from a business undergraduate degree). At most, the program is 46-credit hours. Another cost-saving benefit for 100% online students is the opportunity to waive fees for campus-based services. Students must complete the waiver each semester.

Look into the indomitable heart of Detroit, Michigan, and you’ll find Wayne State University. Wayne State’s reach extends all over Detroit, linking the education, culture and business of the city with its campus. That powerful reach extends to the internet as well, with the Wayne State School of Business Administration’s MBA program, which can be completed entirely online. Wayne State’s approach is different from many online programs; on-campus class lectures are recorded and streamed online, so distance learners get literally the same material as traditional students, while coursework is completed through online course management software. With 13 concentrations to choose from, students can focus on areas that other online programs do not offer, such as Auditing, Corporate Governance, and Taxation, providing entry into careers that require a higher level of expertise. Plus, accolades from the Princeton Review underscore the great quality and great value of a Wayne State MBA.

When it comes to quality, there’s no question about UN-Lincoln – it’s U.S. News & World Report’s #6 best online MBA program. This intensive 48-credit hour course prepares students for a professional career in the modern, global business with training in international business, several specializations, and a recommended (though not required) internship. Students may specialize in Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, International Business, Finance, and Marketing. A modular course scheduling format helps students focus and excel in their courses, and students may begin in whatever semester they are accepted. All of these design features help working students complete the program full-time in two years. There is no difference in tuition for students in Nebraska and out-of-state, so UN-Lincoln is the same great value and smart investment for everyone.

Marist College is located in Poughkeepsie, NY. They are nationally recognized and ranked in both U.S. News and Princeton Review as having an exceptional business program, and not surprisingly, a top Online MBA program. The Marist online MBA is 100% completed online and a flexible choice for students currently working full-time. Marist has four choices for applicants:  Ethical Leadership, Financial Management, Healthcare Administration, and International Business. the world-renowned faculty trains MBA students in the fundamentals of business and prepares future leaders to be able to think strategically and knowledgeably. Internships are plentiful for Marist MBA students as well as numerous networking opportunity events. The entire program is approximately 30 credits and can be completed in 2 years. Tuition is $750 per credit, with a total program cost estimated at $22,500.

Western New England University’s College of Business has a unique course delivery system: online, with optional on-campus attendance. It’s not a conventional hybrid program, where students attend classes and online sessions for the same course, or have some classes online and some on campus in Springfield, MA. No, you can finish your MBA totally online – you just have the option of attending some classes if you want to meet your professor and classmates. This unusual method is presented in the name of creating the most flexible program possible for working adults, most of whom finish in 18-22 months. That flexibility is only part of what makes WNEU’s College of Business a great value, though; there’s also a reasonable tuition cost (just over $27,000 for the full degree) and a strong ROI, which drives WNEU to the top of the Online MBA heap.

Jacksonville State University calls itself “The Friendliest Campus in the South,” and that spirit extends to the online MBA program. First of all, they would like you to know they have one of the lowest tuition rates for AASCB-accredited online MBA programs, at $423 per credit hour for any online student, in-state or out. Not only do they make their MBA accessible financially; they’re also praised for their commitment to offering opportunities to women, and the Princeton Review ranks the College of Commerce and Business Administration as one of the best in the US. Students can choose a concentration in Accounting, or just a general business MBA. So even though you may not have to visit Jacksonville, AL to get your MBA, the friendliest campus in the south is still a welcoming virtual community and a great educational investment.

A well-regarded public university, according to U.S. News & World Report, as well as Kiplinger’s, Shippensburg University, in (where else?) Shippensburg, PA, offers an online MBA program designed for flexibility and variety. Courses use a mixture of instructional techniques, including asynchronous and synchronous delivery, as well as accelerated 8-week courses to make the experience as convenient as possible for working adults. These degrees, of course, come from the Grove College of Business, one of the Princeton Review’s best business schools, with the quality of education you would expect from an acclaimed institution. With tuition only $21 per credit hour higher for non-residents than for residents, your location shouldn’t be a concern, and Shippensburg has a number of concentrations, including Supply Chain Management, as well as a newly added Finance concentration for online students. They also love puns on “ship,” so be sure to make one when you apply.

Mississippi State University, in Starksville, MS, is rich in history, but its online programs demonstrate its eye for the future. With an online MBA program ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report, MSU offers an affordable alternative for working adults. The highly-regarded degree also includes the option of a concentration in Project Management which includes courses in Industrial Engineering. Distance students are treated as in-state residents, benefiting from MSU’s low tuition costs. With a longtime, close relationship to the US Army Engineers and the Corps of Cadets, MSU is considered especially military friendly, and its business programs have been recognized by U.S. News as among the best for serving veterans. Mississippi State does all it can to provide a solid MBA at a great value, making it one of our top college investments.

The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is widely recognized as one of the best in the US, by U.S. News & World Report, as well as Value Colleges’ other lists. The Eller MBA Online is designed to be not only convenient for working adults, but to tap into the most compelling business areas in today’s economy. Four concentrations are available for online students: Finance, Management and Organizations, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. There are benefits both large, such as the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship (one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the nation), as well as small, such as the convenience of having e-textbooks wrapped into the cost of tuition. Tuition is kept at a manageable $1000 per credit, and students can complete the program in as little as 14 months. UA and the Eller College of Management has what looks to be a sure thing for college value.

Many colleges and universities have been slow to adopt online education, with many just catching up now. But not the University of Florida – they’ve been offering an accredited, all-online MBA program since 1999, one of the first. With that much time, it should be no surprise that they’ve developed that program into one of the best, with accolades from U.S. News & World Report and Financial Times. Students with at least two years of work experience can apply for the two-year or one-year Internet MBA (actually, 27-month or 16-month), earning a degree from the Hough Graduate School of Business, a part of the highly-respected Warrington College of Business Administration, all without having to ever visit Gainesville, FL. Rated “Excellent” by The Economist, UF’s Internet MBA is a trusted degree from a pioneer in the field, with the credibility and reputation that makes it a top value for an MBA investment.

With national ranking spots of #25 (U.S. News 2015 Best Online MBA Programs) and #10 (CEO Magazine) it’s not surprising to see the Georgia WebMBA on our own Best Value Online MBA list. The WebMBA program is jointly offered between 6 top-ranked business schools in Georgia:

  • University of West Georgia,
  • Valdosta State University,
  • Georgia Southern University,
  • Georgia College & State University,
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Columbus State University

Applicants choose the school from which they want to earn their MBA degree, and it should be noted that requirements (GMAT and GRE minimums, perquisites, work experience) will vary between institutions. Regardless of the school you are admitted through, classes will incorporate students from all institutions. A required two-day orientation in Atlanta, GA before beginning the program is the only on-campus requirement. All coursework is completed online over the span of 5 consecutive semesters. Students are enrolled in 2 classes per semester. The entire program cost is $22,170, which makes this an ideal choice for students conscious of affordability.

When it comes to quality, you only need to know one thing: UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School offers the #1 online MBA, according to U.S. News & World Report. UNC’s reputation as a Public Ivy, and Kenan-Flagler’s history of excellence, extends to the [email protected] Students can concentrate in one of six areas, including Corporate Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, and Sustainable Enterprise, highly-sought fields in today’s international business world. Students also benefit from the quarterly Global Immersions program, visiting a number of domestic and international locations to learn about business in other locations. At least two of these weekend trips is required for graduation, but there is no limit on how many a student may attend. Other benefits include numerous experiential learning opportunities, consulting and problem-solving for real businesses. With all of these possibilities in an elite, world-renowned program, the [email protected] is a challenging, but rewarding, investment.

Have you ever considered moving to Grand Fork, North Dakota? Maybe not, but have you considered working toward an all-online MBA degree, one recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best online business programs in the US? Of course you have; you’re reading this list. Well, the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration offers an all-online MBA that has U.S. News & World Report’s seal of approval. This 33-34 credit program can be finished in two years, and online students pay the same price as North Dakota residents, an affordable $392 a credit. Students can also choose a concentration in International Business. UND has a Career Connect program to help graduates network and find employment after completing their degree. All of these benefits help make UND’s online MBA a top college value.

Malibu, CA is probably many people’s idea of heaven, but if you want a degree from Pepperdine University without having to endure the mild temperatures and almost constantly sunny skies, Pepperdine offers an all-online MBA from the Gradiadio, rated one of the best graduate business schools in the US by U.S. News & World Report. As a private university affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Pepperdine’s online MBA stresses values and ethics alongside technology, global perspective, and competition in its program. Students can finish in less than two years, with concentrations in Finance, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, Marketing, and General Management. Online students also get the chance to do a live case study, consulting with executives, just like students in some of the best on-campus MBA programs. Pepperdine has designed an online MBA that can compete with the best, online or on-campus, and that makes it one of the best value degrees.

Let’s not get confused: the University of Houston Clear Lake, like UH Victoria, is a part of the University of Houston system, but these are not satellite campuses – each member of the UH system is a separately-accredited, autonomous institution, just affiliated with the University of Houston. Well, the whole University of Houston system must be doing something right, because like its sister institution above, UH Clear Lake has an online MBA that is recognized as one of the best in the US by U.S. News & World Report. The UH Clear Lake School of Business offers an online MBA with four concentrations: Environmental Management, Human Resource Management, Finance, and Management of Technology. It’s a convenient, flexible, affordable program, and has the right combination of factors for our best value online MBA programs.

West Chester University, a state university in West Chester, PA, offers an online MBA in online and hybrid formats to make earning a degree convenient. Students may choose to attend classes on-campus, but can earn their degree entirely online in as little as two years. Unlike some online MBAs, which charge much higher rates for non-residents (sometimes as much as twice or three times as much!), WCU’s online courses are only slightly more for non-Penn residents, less than $30 per course, making the online MBA a really strong value. There is, however, a required Residency Seminar, so out-of-state residents should know there will be a little travel. But with recognition from U.S. News & World Report, a strong program, and extremely reasonable tuition rates, that little inconvenience shouldn’t stop you from considering a great value at WCU.

Northeastern University is located in one of the top cities for education, business, and finance in the world – Boston, MA. That in itself is a great sell, even for online students; Northeastern has access to some of the finest teachers available, a great brain trust that every student, on-campus or online, benefits from. The D’Amore-McKim School of Business offers an online MBA program rated as one of the best in the world by Financial Times, and acclaimed for the progress alumni make in their careers. Students can choose from eight specializations, including High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability. With just a few more courses, students can also earn a Masters in Finance alongside the MBA. All of these possibilities, alongside a great ROI and an acclaimed quality, make Northeastern a top value.

The Southern Arkansas University College of Business offers an online MBA program. With small class sizes and a good instructor/student ratio, SAU gives individual students a level of attention that many state universities do not, resulting in strong relationships, advising, and networking. Like Southern Illinois, SAU offers a concentration in Agri-business, a concentration difficult to find in an online format. Students may also choose a Supply-Chain Management or General concentration. Tuition is higher for out-of-state residents, but there are a number of concessions and special financial aid, including an online scholarship and various waivers that students may be qualified for. At either tuition rate, SAU’s online MBA is a college value.

The online MBA program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (also known as eULM) is accredited by AACSB International. They do have a minimum score of 450 for the GMAT test, and currently the average for admitted students is 500. Some coursework and/or work experience is required prior to acceptance; however, a conditional admission is available through an appeals process for those not meeting general requirements. Tuition and fees for eULM students is affordably priced at $5700 per 12-credit semester. The online MBA program is approximately 30-39 credit hours in total, generally taking 2 years time. ULM’s reported salary data on for MBA alumni is strong; coupling that with low tuition and a solid reputation places them right around the middle of our ranking. ULM is an excellent choice for value-conscious online learners!

Ranked as one of the best public universities by U.S. News & World Report, with one of the best business schools (the Carson College of Business), home one of the top online MBA programs, Washington State University, in Pullman, WA, is obviously a smart choice for a quality education. But it’s also a great value; for the Global Campus, out-of-state residents pay only slightly more than in-state students (and WSU is recognized as a military-friendly school, so personnel and veterans should take a look at what they have to offer). Students can choose from four concentrations: Finance, Marketing, International Business, and Hospitality Business Management, all highly-sought fields for employers. As the only land-grant university, with very high level of research activity, WSU’s network of connections is wide and deep, providing business students with a wealth of opportunities – all reasons that an online MBA from WSU is a top college value.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, as the flagship of the Southern Illinois University system, is usually known as SIU, and is recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the best in the Midwest, as well as one of the greenest schools in the nation. SIU’s College of Business offers a two-year online MBA program. The SIU program is developed in a cohort format, so students can get to know each other virtually and develop connections and networks, just like in an on-campus program. To help students remain focused and perform at their best, the program is set up in 8-week semesters with only one course at a time and can be completed in two years. For students interested in the agricultural business, the College of Business has partnered with the College of Agricultural Sciences to build an MBA concentration in Agricultural Economics, a rare program. So, if you’re interested in the business of farming and want an online degree, you can’t make a better choice than SIU Carbondale, a top college investment.

Recognized the the Princeton Review as a top business school, as well as a Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students, the University of Houston-Victoria’s School of Business Administration offers one of the most flexible online MBA programs out there. All of their courses are available fully online or on-campus, and recent graduates from an accredited BBA program can expect to waive many course requirements to finish with as little as 30 credits. There are two MBA types: the Global MBA focuses on international business, while the Strategic MBA uses cross-disciplinary methods to focus on problem-solving and strategy. Both of these offer a Bridge program for international students with degrees from foreign institutions to conveniently fill in gaps. Flexibility and affordability are the reasons students choose online programs, and on both counts UHV is a top value.

You don’t have to go all the way to Boise, Idaho, to get a degree from Boise State University; the BSU College of Business and Economics offers an online MBA that can be completed in only 12 months. Boise State has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as an up-and-comer, and their commitment to building their quality online programs is certainly part of that reputation. They boast a high rate of retention and graduation, and have climbed in the rankings over the last few years to be considered one of the best in the west. In other words, an online MBA degree from Boise State is only going to increase in value over the years, as BSU’s reputation grows and improves. This is a college on the rise, with a highly sought degree that has to be described as a sound investment.

Florida State University (FSU) in located in the capital city of Tallahassee. FSU is a public research university with a high reputation (ranked #43 Best in the United States by U.S. News & World Report) and home to 16 separate schools, 110 centers and labs and over 300 majors to choose from. The online MBA at the College of Business is no exception to national merit, well ranked in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online MBA programs. The 39 credit hour program is taught by the same world-renowned professors teaching the residential program. 3 entry points though-out the year (Summer, Fall, Spring) make this program a flexible option for busy, working professional students and mobile military personnel. The online program takes 7 semesters to complete and all general MBA students pay $750 per credit. In addition to the general MBA program, FSU offers an online MBA with both a Real Estate Specialization and a Hospitality and Tourism Management major. Tuition cost is slightly higher for those specialization programs.

East Carolina University is a veteran AACSB-accredited MBA program, holding accreditation status since 1967. The MBA program provides the proper training in business management, economics, marketing, strategy, operations management,accounting among other business specialties. The program can be customized for the student and completed 100% online for maximum flexibility. With 4 starting times for domestic students (Fall, Spring, Summer 1 and Summer 2) prospective applicants can apply during any semester. International students have tighter deadlines, and due to planning for visa and document processing may only apply in Fall and Spring. All applicants must submit a resume, transcripts and GMAT or GRE scores. No letters of recommendations are required. Tuition varies depending if student is in-state or out-of-state. Online students residing in the state of North Carolina pay approximately $1,041 per credit hour. Out-of-state online students pay approximately $2,853 per credit hour. The Online MBA program can consist of be up to 54 credits, depending on students previous completed coursework.

One rule of thumb worth remembering when you’re considering the best values in college education: if “Institute of Technology” is in the name, there’s a good chance it will have a strong ROI. That’s because these schools focus on fields and skills that drive the modern economy, making them especially attractive to employers, and Rochester Institute of Technology is no different. For working adults who have the ambition to be leaders in their field of business, RIT offers an online Executive MBA, designed specifically for students motivated to work their way into the top brass of America’s business world. As an online program, the Executive MBA allows students to continue working while learning leadership and management skills. RIT is known as a career-focused education, and the online Executive MBA hones in on the problem-solving, collaborative, innovative thinking that contemporary executives need in today’s global business world. This is an intensive 17-month program that includes a required international residency, so it’s only for students who want to be challenged to achieve greatness. If that’s you, the online Executive MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology is going to pay for itself in no time.

The Mcafee School of Business Administration is fully accredited (by AACSB International) offering a MBA to prepare dynamic leaders in the business world. The Union MBA is unique to our list in that it integrates high quality academics with Christian faith. The Union Online MBA program and its faculty are dedicated to positively impacting the business world while simultaneously holding an ethical Christ-centered commitment in their teaching. At Union, MBA students are afforded the flexibility to continue their careers while pursuing the degree. The entire program can be finished completely online in 2 years. Total cost for the MBA program at $530 per credit hour is $19,080. With reported statistics of more than 90% of MBA graduates of Union being placed in career positions within 3 months, a Union online MBA appears to be a solid choice.

At #31 overall on the 2015 U.S. News & World Report, Colorado State University’s Online Professional MBA has national distinction, add to that the affordability of just $918 per credit, and reported MBA alumni salaries of $46,120 – $101,843 and you can see how CSU makes our Best Value MBA ranking. The program can be completed in as little as 21 months or can be stretched out as a 3 or 5 year program depending on the student’s needs. Admission criteria is based on a minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA, four years of professional work experience and satisfactory GMAT/GRE scores. The entire 42- credit program is approximately $38,556, a wise choice when considering the ROI. Another bonus: active and veteran military (and their spouses) receive a 10% tuition discount!

Why Ball State? For starters, the online MBA at Ball State University has been ranked in the top 20 of U.S. News & World Report for at least the last 2 years. Secondly, the program holds the elite AACSB accreditation. And of course the the program is incredibly affordable, with tuition competitively priced at $408 per credit for Indiana residents and $790 per credit hour for out-of-state-residents. However, what we find stands out most is a faculty reputation worthy of national rankings. Not every institution has business professors ranking first in their state. That’s right: Ball State faculty received the number one spot in the U.S. News & World Reports’s 2013 ranking for faculty credentials. With top-notch instructors, online learners can expect to achieve their full potential and become successful in today’s global workplace.

Most of the online students at BSU are working professionals who enroll in an average of 2 courses each semester, and finish in 5 to 6 semesters. Applicants must apply and meet the requirements of the Ball State Graduate School and the Miller College of Business before registering in MBA courses. The minimal acceptable GMAT scores required are 450 total; applicants must score a 149 or higher on both the GRE quantitative and verbal sections. A resume and two letters of recommendation are also required.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs launched their online MBA program way back in 1996. Yes, you heard that correctly. That makes UCCS a pioneer in online education in general, not only to online MBA education. UCCS knows what they are doing; they offer quality and notoriety at an affordable price (approximately $766 per credit). The online MBA program is offered starting times of Fall, Spring and Summer and can be completed in as little as 18 months, or as long as 5 years. This unique program allows the MBA online student the opportunity to customize the curriculum by choosing from a variety of specializations, including Health Care Administration and Project Management. However, you can always just stick with a general MBA.

Online MBA graduates are never left hanging after their studies at UCCS. Alumni Services are excellent; they offer career and placement services as well as networking possibilities through the UCCS College of Business Alumni Association.

Ohio University, as one of the oldest public universities in the US (way back when Ohio was the frontier), has a long history and a reputation to go with it. The Ohio University College of Business is also interested in bringing Ohio into the future with their online MBA, a two-year, six semester program. There are three concentrations available, in Finance, Executive Management, and Health Care, three of the most valuable, desirable areas of specialization. In addition to the excellent program (recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best), non-Ohio residents pay only a little more than Ohio residents, $35,805 for non-residents as opposed to $35,140 for Buckeyes, making the OU Online MBA a solid investment for anyone.

Clarkson University, in Potsdam, NY, wants you to get an MBA. Clarkson provides a significant number of benefits to students to make that happen. For instance, students who want to take the online MBA, but haven’t had undergraduate courses in all aspects of business, can catch up in the Summer Business Concept Program for free. In addition, Clarkson offers a number of scholarships, and all applicants are considered automatically; a referral program, employer compensation, and other financial aid options are also available to help pay for the program. Clarkson has also been designated a Military Friendly school for the incentives and benefits it provides to military personnel and veterans, including reduced or waived tuition and fees, housing assistance, and stipends for books and materials. With all these programs in place, an online MBA from Clarkson could be one of the smartest investments you’ll ever make.

The UB/Towson MBA is a partnership between not just The University of Baltimore and Towson University, but also with the Baltimore business community, alumni, current students, and faculty. UB/Towson is an exciting program on our ranking and may be the only program of its kind. The program started in 2006 and continues to evolve into a dynamic graduate business education program. The MBA is centered around six main themes:

  • Managing Innovation and Strategy
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Interfacing with External Stakeholders
  • Managing the Value Chain
  • Managing Performance and Risk
  • Leveraging Technology and Business Intelligence.

While there is a core of classes all students must take, flexibility to build one’s own MBA program is greatly emphasized. There are 10 specializations (Entrepreneurship, International Business, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Public Sector Management, Marketing, Leadership, Management Information Systems) in addition to the general MBA track. With six sessions being offered over the year, applicants can potentially start at any time. The MBA program’s tuition is charged at $705 per credit in state, $983 out of state. Total program is anywhere between 36 and 54 credits, depending on previous undergraduate coursework.

Pennsylvania’s Robert Morris University is a great option for online graduate study, featured in the U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 online MBA programs, Best College for Veterans and also placed in the Top Regional University (North) ranking. Their online MBA program is designed for working professionals looking to enhance their skills and advance in their career. The online program at RMU is the same curriculum as their traditional classes held on main campus in Moon Township, PA and the downtown Pittsburgh campus. All classes are taught by the same amazing faculty; in total a 36-credit custom-designed program with courses to choose such as management, taxation, sports management, marketing, finance, accounting, and human resource management. The RMU MBA is affordably priced at $810 per credit (plus technology and materials fees).

Kansas State’s all-online Professional MBA degree is designed, as the name suggests, for working professionals to earn their degree conveniently, working around their schedule. The most impressive thing about Kansas State’s program, though, is that they recognize the limitations of the online format and work hard to correct those potential problems. For one, all students are required to take an international business trip, like many traditional, on-campus programs. The Professional MBA helps students develop a personal professional development plan so students can concentrate on how they want their education to shape their career. A two-day student orientation allows students to get to know one another and their professors, as well as building a sense of themselves as members of a team, as traditional programs strive to do. Finally, students are given opportunities to network with alumni, just like in traditional MBAs, building connections that, for many students, are the most important part of the education. It’s no wonder that, with all those considerations, plus a reasonable tuition cost, that KSU sits in our top fifty.

Wyoming: wide open spaces, ranches, cattle, and cowboys – and a top value, online MBA program. So don’t polish up those boots just yet; you don’t have to even visit the Cowboy State to get a degree from the University of Wyoming College of Business. Like other universities in large, spread-out western states (Colorado, Idaho, and Utah, for instance), U-Dub (as students and fans like to call it) has spent a lot of time developing distance education programs, and the quality of its online MBA is an example. Courses are designed in a cohort format, so students learn to work with a team throughout their online education, and UW provides numerous networking opportunities. While resident tuition is incredibly low, the out-of-state tuition isn’t much higher, helping to increase UW’s overall value.

Morehead showed up on our Best Value Online Business Schools ranking at the undergraduate level, so it’s not surprising that we find their MBA online program as a Best Value as well. Morehead is a 30-credit MBA Online program for the student with an undergraduate degree in Business; applicants not meeting that criteria may still apply, but they will need to take prerequisites (a series of business fundamental classes) before being admitted into the MBA program. Morehead also offers a unique specialized Online MBA:  the Health Systems Management Tract, intended for students interested in leadership positions in various healthcare settings. Morehead does require all applicants to submit an official GMAT score report (unless applicant already completed a Master’s degree), and the minimum score for acceptance is a 400. Tuition for both residents and non-residents for all graduate programs is set at an affordable $562 per credit-hour.

The School of Business Administrations (SBA) at Morehead prides itself on equipping students with knowledge and the skills to be a success in the business world. Whether that is in Kentucky or California or even Puerto Rico, Morehead will help you get there without an enormous debt!


Frostburg State University, College of Business

Frostburg State University is a key community partner in Maryland’s Appalachian Mountains, educating leaders for the region’s tomorrow.
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Frostburg State University may be located in a small town in Western Maryland, but they hold a global perspective in the world of business. The are training tomorrow’s leaders and managers into the professionals this demanding field requires. Of course FSU is AACSB-accredited, assuring a high caliber program of quality. FSU is also affordable with tuition rates set at under $500 for both in-state and out-of state students. The online MBA program is between 36 and 42 credits in total (depending on your academic background), and it can be completed in as little as 12 months going full-time.

One of the neat features of FSU’s program is that all online learners can take advantage of international learning experiences as offered through the university. Shanghai Stock Exchange anyone? Actually, the College of Business has been very involved in setting up International trips (and in fact, in China) recently. Both undergraduate and graduate business students traveled for several weeks and visited factories and manufacturing industries while studying the fasted-growing country in the world. They then finished up with management coursework; all in all, a special research opportunity and uniquely extended to FSU’s online learners.

Quinnipiac University is a private, nonsectarian, coed university located in Hamden,Connecticut, nationally ranked by U.S. News and Princeton Review. In their online MBA program, students will learn not only fundamentals such as accounting, finance and marketing, but interpersonal skills, ethical reasoning, collaboration and effective communication to truly set them on a path to success. All classes are taught by outstanding Quinnipiac faculty, truly business industry experts. Quinnipiac prides themselves on having a highly supportive online environment, providing the same quality assistance for online learners as their on-campus students. The online MBA is affordably priced at $895 per credit and is a total of 46 credits to finish. There are 3 starting times throughout the year.

Highly ranked by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, the University of New Hampshire is a top public university in Durham, NH. The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics offers an online MBA that meets the standards of this excellent research university, designed for working adults to complete in as little as two years. Courses are held in an asynchronous format, so there is no need to meet at prescribed times online and students can do their work at their own pace, in 5- or 10-week terms. Tuition for out-of-state students is slightly more expensive than that for New Hampshire residents, but a high median salary for graduates still makes for a strong ROI, making UNH’s online MBA a college value.

CSU Stanislaus, a top value in the western US according to U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, offers an Online MBA of excellent, proven quality. Designed for flexibility and variety, the Stanislaus OMBA uses a number of concerted delivery techniques, including asynchronous instruction, real-time Skype advising sessions, and live-streaming virtual classroom sessions. All instructors in the Stanislaus OMBA are certified by the Sloan Consortium, a leadership organization designed to improve the quality of online education and to build online programs throughout the world. This training means that you can trust Stanislaus instructors to know and use the best practices in online education.

The University of Colorado Denver Business School offers an online MBA that is recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report. Students learn through a variety of methods, including group projects, computer simulations, and case studies, while CU Denver’s location in Denver, CO, an area with a thriving banking and tech industry, offers even online students the chance to interact and network with professionals in the area. CU Denver has four areas of specialization as well: Finance, Enterprise Technology Management, Information Systems, and Managing for Sustainability. While out-of-state tuition is higher than tuition for Colorado residents, out-of-staters who are taking all their courses online from CU Denver can qualify for a discount, improving the online MBA’s value and making it a stronger investment.

At Emporia you can fast-track your way to a better career with the chance to earn a MBA in just 12-classes or 36 credit-hours. Completely accredited by the famed AACSB, and designed to create leaders in both the business and non-profit world. From courses in accounting and finance, to marketing, management, and strategy, ESU trains students in the skills they will need to find success. The program will fully prepare students for responsible managerial positions. Tuition is priced at $308 per credit hour for Kansas residents and just $422 for Non-Residents (plus applicable fees).

The campus at Corpus Christi was established in 1947; they are a proud member of the A&M University System and  committed to enhancing the quality of the educational experience for all students, both as residential and online learners. The College of Business offers a cutting-edge online MBA preparing students for success in a global economy. Texas A&M-Corpus Christie has been ranked in the top 20% by Forbes, and 90% of the faculty hold terminal degrees. The MBA can be completed in 12 months and consists of 10 courses. Further courses may be required for those without a business undergraduate degree.

As a Texas resident, the cost of attending Texas A&M at Corpus Christi online is just $387 per credit, or $11,610 for total program. Those residing outside of Texas pays $757 per credit hour or $22,710 for the entire program, still a reasonable value for a MBA degree.

The University of Scranton is a private co-ed Catholic and Jesuit university, located in Scranton, Pennsylvania: a nationally recognized school, in fact, ranked for 21 consecutive years in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Master’s Universities (in the North region). The online program at Scranton is the same rigorous, academic curriculum as what they offer on-campus, but available according to one’s own schedule. Scranton offers a general MBA or a variety of specialized tracks including Accounting, Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, International Business, and Operations Management.

The Online MBA program has 6 start dates a year and consists of 36 credits. The entire program takes about 2 years to complete, though it can be extended up to six years for those wishing to attend part-time. Total tuition for the general online MBA degree is competitively priced at $31,932 (specialized program tuition may vary).


Rowan University, Rohrer College of Business

Rowan University is known as one of the best regional colleges in the north, offering top-notch professional education and accredited programs.

The Online MBA at Rowan University is offered through the Global Learning & Partnerships of Rowan University. It’s a unique program on our list, being that it is primarily a program focused on preparing students for managerial positions in not-for-profit and governmental organizations. Of course that’s in addition to preparation for opportunities in the typical commercial/corporate career paths as well.

A bachelor degree from an accredited college or university, professional experience, GMAT or GRE required (must have been taken in the last five years). Rowan Global tuition is the same for NJ residents as well as online students, priced at $845 per semester-hour (same as credit-hour). The online MBA program is approximately 36-semester hours completed in a part-time, accelerated manner. The 12 program courses are broken into 8-week modules. Starting dates are year-round, and applicants are admitted on a rolling basis, making this program extremely flexible for the working student.

The Murray State University online MBA program can be completed 100% online, no trip to Kentucky necessary, unless of course you wish to attend the graduation ceremony. The entire program consists of 30 graduate-level credit hours made up of 10 required classes, and can me finished in as little as 18 months. Coursework include classes such as financial and managerial accounting, macro and microeconomics, principles of management, and fundamentals of marketing. Tuition for the Online MBA is the real value here at MSU, priced the same for both Kentucky residents and Non-Residents at $628 per credit hour, or $1,884 per course (2014 rates).