Online MBAs are a growth market for many American business schools, which have in recent years launched more digital degrees in response to student demands for greater flexibility. An Online MBA from a US business school can be completed part-time alongside a job, lowering the cost of attendance, while tuition fees are generally far cheaper than for full-time formats.
Early iterations of Online MBA programs in the US drew fire for an apparent lack of interactivity, but the technology used to deliver online teaching has become more sophisticated, raising the quality of instruction.
Digital degrees are also an obvious fit with the current technology-enabled workplace, where executives are expected to lead global teams remotely — a necessity for many. It is hard to balance work, study and family commitments, but many of the best Online MBAs in the US provide some kind of flexibility so that students can make it fit into their schedules. Here are the top 10 Online MBAs in the US:
Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business lays claim to one of America’s best Online MBA program. The institution in Bloomington, Indiana, runs the Kelley Direct Online MBA course that topped the US News ranking , albeit jointly with another business school. What sets Kelley’s program apart, though, is its affordability, coming in at a fraction of the cost of the school’s full-time MBA. The Kelley Direct Online MBA was the first digital MBA launched by a top US school—so the school has much experience in putting on a high quality program.View School Profile
The Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill is ranked at or near the top of many of the world’s most important Online MBA rankings publications. The defining feature of the UNC program, however, is the flexibility the course affords its students. They can study at their own pace from anywhere in the world. Kenan-Flagler is also a renowned institution globally, and its alumni network is 37,000 strong. This is useful for cultivating a valuable network of professional contacts.View School Profile
The Online MBA from the Hough Graduate School of Business, which puts on the programs of the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida in Gainesville, is ranked as one of the top courses in the world. What sets the program apart is the option for students to earn a top MBA in just 12 months. Participants get this perk if they have a relatively recent undergraduate degree in business. The school maintains interactivity through a relatively small class size, so competition for admission may be fierce.View School Profile
The University of Texas: Dallas has a world-renowned business school, the Naveen Jindal School of Management. But participants do not need to come to campus to get an MBA: they can take the degree entirely online, fitting study in around work and family commitments. The course is one of the most gender-diverse, with 72 percent of the cohort being female. It’s also one of the most customizable, with 13 double degree options, 15 concentrations and a whopping 59 electives to choose from.View School Profile
Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business is ranked as one of the best in the USA. In the school’s well-regarded Online MBA, students can focus in finance, international business, marketing or supply chain management. The same faculty who teach Carey’s respected full-time MBA also teach the online course. The diverse faculty body, from more than 100 countries, includes a Nobel laureate. What’s more, more than 80 percent of students at Carey receive financial aid, which can significantly lower the cost of the MBA.View School Profile
The Foster School of Business at the University of Washington in Seattle, runs a hybrid MBA that blends online and offline elements on campus. This format combines academic rigor with flexibility for people with a busy executive lifestyle, but who also want to take advantage of coming to Seattle to learn, network and partake in extracurricular activities. They also get extra career support on campus.View School Profile
Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business in Boston, Massachusetts, puts on an Online MBA that is ranked among the best in the world by the Financial Times. The school claims that its students earn an average salary that is 35 percent higher than those with a bachelor’s degree alone. Online MBA students take 13 core courses to strengthen their foundational business skills, followed by five electives in areas such as sustainability, innovation and entrepreneurship.View School Profile
The George Washington University School of Business in the US capital, Washington DC, has an Online MBA that is considered among the best in the country. The location is a big advantage, so close to many private and public organizations that provide career and learning opportunities. While all coursework can be completed online, students have the option to visit DC for in-person learning and networking. The course includes interactive live lectures rather than just pre-recorded content.View School Profile
North Carolina State University: Poole College of Management is ranked highly by the Princeton Review. The cost of the school’s Online MBA is relatively affordable and is even lower for in-state students. The acceptance rate, at 70 percent, is also relatively high, ensuring that many applicants have a good chance of securing a place. The course length is flexible, with students earning the degree is as little as 21 months, or up to six years. Students can also build up a network by attending three-day-long meetups in Raleigh.View School Profile
The Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business, in New York state, focuses on innovation management, entrepreneurship and product commercialization. The school’s Online MBA program can be completed exclusively online, or students can attend weekend sessions on campus. The school is renowned for technological excellence, and this is reflected in the options to specialise in engineering management, health systems administration and much more.View School Profile