Best Online Master’s in Business Administration: Students Before Profits Award 2014-2015

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Our Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For our 2014/2015 Online Master’s in Business Administration award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, when M.B.A. students graduate and enter the working world they are offered above-average salaries, substantial benefits, and an opportunity to be successful in a leadership and managerial positions with a significant upward trajectory.

Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, but many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online master’s in business administration programs available.

Students are generally required to have satisfactory GMAT scores and relevant work experience prior to applying, though exceptions are not uncommon.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on costs for out-of-state, full-time students. In-state rates are often less expensive, and part-time cost per credit hour is often more expensive. 

#1. Amberton University

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Amberton University is located in Garland, Texas, a city situated almost entirely in Dallas county in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The school was founded as part of Abilene Christian University in the early 1970s, and adheres to an Evangelical Christian philosophy of education and lifestyle. Amberton quickly evolved into a school focused almost entirely on the working adult, and in 1982 separated into an independent institution serving the community at large. While the school prioritizes Christian ideals, no specific religious creed must be affirmed to study there or to graduate. However, it must be noted that only students 21 years and older will be considered for acceptance.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Students enrolled in Amberton’s M.B.A. program will develop fluency in the foundational business disciplines of economics, finance, management, and marketing. 36 credit hours are required for degree completion, and graduates of this adaptable and versatile program will be capable of working as leaders in a diverse range of environments including small businesses, consulting, domestic corporations, and international businesses.

Accreditation

Amberton University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $8,712

#2. Columbia College

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Columbia College of Missouri is a private, nonsectarian liberal arts school located in Columbia, Missouri. Founded as Christian Female College in 1851, it was the first female college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The school changed its name to Columbia College of Missouri in 1970 after becoming fully co-educational. In 2009, Columbia College was recognized for its high standard of academic excellence and positive student feedback by being named a “Best Midwestern College” by the Princeton Review.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The Columbia College of Missouri offers an online M.B.A. with a requirement of 36 credits for graduation. Two separate tracks are offered to students who wish to specialize their coursework in preparation for specific careers. Students who choose the Accounting track must have an undergraduate degree in accounting or equivalent coursework; the Human Resource Management track is distinctly for students wishing to pursue a career in the field. The curriculum for the program reflects the standards of the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, and the faculty works personally with each student, enabling them to gain professional placement in their desired fields or to study at the graduate level.

Accreditation

Columbia College of Missouri is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $12,600

#3. Mississippi State University

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The Mississippi State University of Agriculture and Applied Science was established in 1878 in Oktibbeeha County; the school is partially located in the town of Starkville and also in an unincorporated area. Known as Mississippi State University, the land-grant university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a “comprehensive doctoral research university with very high research activity.” Mississippi State has been recognized by Forbes, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and PayScale.com, and has produced Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, Morris Udall Scholars, Ronald Reagan Scholars, George Mitchell Scholars, and Truman Scholars. The school is one of 38 universities recognized by the Truman Foundation as an honor institution.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Mississippi State University’s distance M.B.A. is accredited by the AACSB and was ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs 2014 (#64) and the Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans 2014 (#16) by U.S. News & World Report. Also, GetEducated.com ranked the program among the Best Affordable AACSB Online M.B.A. (#32). A Project Management concentration is available as well as the general M.B.A., with both programs requiring 24 hours of foundational business courses. The general M.B.A. is a 30-hour program, with six hours of electives, and the Project Management M.B.A. is a 33-hour program which includes nine hours of Industrial Engineering courses. Prerequisite courses are offered online, for those who do not have an undergraduate background in business.

Accreditation

Mississippi State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $12,936

#4. Western Governor’s University

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Founded in 1997, Western Governors University is a private online university with the  intention to “expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs.” Students communicate frequently with faculty through phone and internet sessions, and their coursework and testing activities are monitored online. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Governors University has been recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

WGU’s College of Business offers an online M.B.A. that is flexible and appropriate for those who can spend approximately 15 hours a week on their studies. This challenging program will enable students to become competent in global economics, management of organizations, management of human capital, marketing, ethical leadership, and accounting. 34 credits are required for graduation. After the program’s completion, business professionals will be able to seek upward mobility in their current careers and graduates who desire a future in the field of business will be empowered to pursue relevant job opportunities.

Accreditation

Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Tuition: $13,000

#5. Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hays State University is a public institution located in Hays, Kansas. The university consists of approximately 11,000 students, over half of which are online. Founded in 1902 and originally located on the grounds of a retired military outpost, Fort Hays State University moved to its current location in 1904. Big Creek, a stream that spans the main 200 acre campus, adds to the beauty of the school and also serves as an occasional outdoor laboratory for students studying the biological sciences.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

GetEducated.com named Fort Hays State University’s online M.B.A. a Best Buy for regionally accredited degrees and was also ranked in the top tier nationally for high quality business education by the U.S. News & World Report. Ten concentrations are offered in addition to the general M.B.A. track: Finance, Healthcare Management, Health and Human Performance/Sports Management, Human Resource Management, Information Assurance, International Business, Leadership Studies, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Tourism and Hospitality Management. A full-time student will complete the program in about eighteen months, whereas a working professional will likely take three or more years to graduate.

Accreditation

Fort Hays State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $13,600

#6. Dakota State University

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Located in Madison, South Dakota and originally founded in 1881 as the first teacher institution in the Dakota Territory, Dakota State University is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The university is technology-centric, and requires all full-time undergraduate students to use tablet computers and take an introductory computer usage and programming course as part of the mandatory core curriculum. 25 of their on-campus degree programs are available via distance education.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The Master of Business Administration from Dakota State University has an information technology focus. The degree is intended for working professionals interested in improving their career prospects, and will produce graduates competent in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management. Classes are delivered online in a mix of live and encoded streaming videos and interactive student forums.

Accreditation

Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $14,402

#7. University of South Dakota

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The University of South Dakota was established in 1862 by the Dakota Territory legislature and is located in Vermillion, South Dakota. USD currently enrolls over 10,000 students in its on-campus programs, and houses South Dakota’s only law school, medical school, and accredited business school. In 1913, the university received regional accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The online M.B.A. curriculum includes 18 hours of foundational courses and 33 hours of advanced coursework, and successfully prepares both future leaders of business and those interested in teaching at the college level or doing doctoral research. Two specializations are offered with this degree program: Business Analytics and Health Services Administration.

Accreditation

The University of South Dakota is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $14,695

#8. California State University, Dominguez Hills

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Founded in the South Bay area of Los Angeles County in 1960, California State University, Dominguez Hills offers 107 Bachelor’s degrees, 45 Master’s degrees, 17 types of teaching certifications and credentials, but does not grant Doctoral degrees. Part of the 23 school California State University system, the university was largely established in response to the African-American demand for higher education. Today Cal State Dominguez Hills is located on 346 acres and enrolls over 14,500 students.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

California State University, Dominguez Hills offers seven concentrations with accompanying elective requirements: General Business, International Business, Management, Finance, Marketing Management, Information Technology Management, and Human Resource Management. Each session runs for twelve weeks with most students taking approximately two courses per session. The online M.B.A. degree requires roughly 33 units depending on the particular concentration chosen, and each course is comprised of three units.

Accreditation

California State University, Dominguez Hills is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $15,180

#9. University of Louisiana at Monroe

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Part of the University of Louisiana System, the University of Louisiana at Monroe was established in 1931 as Ouachita Parish Junior College. By 1950 it had transformed into a four-year institution; two decades later it began offering doctoral degrees and in 1999 received its current name. ULM enrolls approximately 10,000 students on campus, and was recently named in several categories by U.S. News & World Report, including “Top Public Schools,” “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” “Best Online Graduate Education Programs,” and “Best Online Graduate Business Programs.”

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers an AACSB-accredited online M.B.A. ranked at #25 in the nation according to OnlineU.org’s list of 2014 Most Affordable Colleges for an Online M.B.A. Degree. Fall and spring courses are offered in 16-week terms, whereas during the summer courses are offered every eight weeks.

Accreditation

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $15,675

#10. Southeast Missouri State University

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Southeast Missouri State University is rurally located on 400 acres in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. It was founded in 1873 as a normal school, and its educational roots are reflected in its current commitment to training future teachers. Over 11,000 students are currently enrolled on campus, with approximately 93% of those attending full-time. The Normal School building, completed in 1875, was mentioned by Mark Twain in “Life on the Mississippi.”

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Southeast Missouri State University offers an M.B.A. that can be completed entirely online with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, General Management, and Sports Management. The university also offers foundational courses online for those who wish to earn an M.B.A. but have no prior academic experience in business. Common Core requirements make up 24 of the curriculum’s credits, and students will choose nine subsequent hours from one of the three specialization categories. The Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University is accredited by the AACSB.

Accreditation

Southeast Missouri State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $17,028

#11. University of Massachusetts-Lowell

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell, also known as UMass Lowell, was founded in 1972 as the product of the merging of two institutions charted in the late 1890’s: Lowell State College and Lowell Technical Institute. The university is renowned for its science and engineering programs, and in 2013 the online campus was ranked sixth in the nation in the “Guide to Online Schools.”

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The University of Massachusetts-Lowell offers an M.B.A. with three optional specialization tracks: Finance, Accounting, and Information Technology. The program can be completed with 30-42 credits, depending on the student’s undergraduate background. Ranked as a Best Business School by the Princeton Review and as a Best Buy in Accredited Online M.B.A. Programs by GetEducated.com, UMass Lowell’s Robert J. Manning School of Business is also accredited by the AACSB International.

Accreditation

The University of Massachusetts-Lowell is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Full Program Tuition: $18,000

#12. Southwestern College

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Founded in 1885, Southwestern College is a private Methodist institution located in Winfield, Kansas. Ranked #83 of Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S News & World Report, the school offers online programs through its professional studies programs in addition to its on-campus programs.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Southwestern College’s M.B.A. has been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report and is part of the Professional Studies Online Degree School. Named a Best Buy by GetEducated.com, the program requires a minimum of thirty credits to graduate but can take more than forty if the student has no undergraduate background in business. Concentration tracks are available in Finance, Marketing, and Information Technology.

Accreditation

Southwestern College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colles and Schools.

Tuition: $18,060

#13. Upper Iowa University

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Upper Iowa University (UIU) is a private, not-for-profit university located in Fayette. The school enrolls 900 on-campus students, but has approximately 5,000 additional distance learning students. UIU’s distance education program includes an online campus, 15 centers in the U.S., and centers in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Upper Iowa University’s M.B.A. degree is offered as a two-year, 36-credit program. Award-winning and nationally-recognized, UIU’s M.B.A. is highly adaptable to the adult learner. Courses are asynchronous and offered in eight-week sessions; students may “attend” classes at any time of day or evening. Five specialized areas of emphasis aid students in tailoring their program to suit their respective academic and professional ambitions – Accounting, Corporate Financial Management, General Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Development.

Accreditation

Upper Iowa University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $18,720

#14. University of Mississippi

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The University of Mississippi, colloquially known as Ole Miss, was founded as a public university in 1848 and was Mississippi’s first and (for 23 years) only public institution of higher learning. Known for its difficult history with racial integration, The University of Mississippi was declared a National Historic Site by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2010. This was meant to honor the reporters who covered the notorious 1962 riot over James Meredith’s attendance, including the French journalist Paul Guihard, who was slain during the conflict. James Meredith is a United States Air Force veteran and was the first African-American to be admitted to the University of Mississippi. Approximately 15% of the student body is now African-American, and the university has an open and ongoing dialogue about race relations and reconciliation in the South. The University of Mississippi has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, and Forbes, and the average freshman retention rate is over eighty percent.

Online Master’s of Business Administration

The University of Mississippi’s professional M.B.A. was ranked #14 in 2013 by the U.S. News & World Report and is intended for the full-time working professional. All coursework is available online through interactive discussions and video conferencing. Comprised of 36 credit hours, the Ole Miss Professional M.B.A. may be completed over a two-year period if a student enrolls in two courses per semester, including the summer session. Graduates will have completed coursework in business planning and entrepreneurship, decision-making, contemporary business analysis, and organizational behavior.

Accreditation

The University of Mississippi is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $19,032

#15. Plymouth State University

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Plymouth State University was founded in 1871 as Plymouth Normal School in Plymouth, New Hampshire. One of 311 nationally-recognized collegiate institutions included on the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification, PSU has long been dedicated to community service and involvement – evidenced by the school motto Ut Proism (“That I May Serve”). American Poet Laureate Robert Frost taught at Plymouth from 1911-1912.

Online Master’s of Business Administration, Master’s of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, and Master’s of Business Administration in International Business Overview

Plymouth State University’s offers an M.B.A. program that is available 100% online. Students may finish in as little as twelve months or work at a slower pace, taking classes part-time so as to maintain a full-time working schedule. The general M.B.A. is offered with the option of eight accompanying certificates: Accounting, Healthcare Administration, The Human Side of Enterprise, International Business, Investment and Finance, Organizational Communication, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Marketing Management. Plymouth also offers an M.B.A. in Healthcare Management, and an M.B.A. in International Business.

Accreditation

Plymouth State University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $19,050

#16. Saint Joseph’s College

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Originally founded as an institution of higher education for women, Saint Joseph’s College of Standish, Maine became co-educational in 1970. In 1976, Saint Joseph’s began developing a distance-learning program for adults; the nontraditional programs are currently offered in all fifty states and in nine countries. Admissions and start dates are rolling, and students are encouraged to go at their own pace while completing the degree.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Saint Joseph’s 42-credit M.B.A. is a leadership program focused on increasing capacity for strategic, critical thinking with a dialogue-intensive learning method. Students will gain competency in the fundamental business disciplines including economics, knowledge-based decision-making, corporate leadership, financial principles, and ethical, social, and environmental responsibility. Classes are organized in ten-week sessions, and GMAT scores are not required.

Accreditation

Saint Joseph’s College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $19,950

#17. University System of Georgia

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The University System of Georgia includes 31 public institutions of higher education governed by the Georgia Board of Regents. With over 318,000 students enrolled, USG is the fourth largest university system in the United States. The University of Georgia – the system’s flagship university – is Georgia’s oldest and largest institution of higher learning. USG schools are divided into four categories that reflect their mission statements: research universities, state universities, state colleges, and regional institutions. Two of the system’s universities – the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech – are listed in the top 100 by U.S. News & World Report and are also considered Public Ivies. The University of Georgia and Emory University produced a significantly high number of Fulbright scholars in the 2012-2013 academic year.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The University System of Georgia’s online M.B.A. program is called the Georgie WebMBA and is offered by six schools within the University System of Georgia. All coursework is completed online, and a single two-day orientation in Atlanta focusing on student-faculty interaction is held to begin the program. The curriculum is comprised of ten courses – including Human Behavior in Organizations, Global and International Business, and Entrepreneurship – and electives are not required. The Georgia WebMBA is rated by GetEducated.com as #1 in student satisfaction and #2 in public perception out of 382 qualified institutions. Students can finish this accelerated program at one of these six schools: Columbus State University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, and Valdosta State University.

Accreditation

The University System of Georgia is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $21,840

#18. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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Founded as a normal school in 1868, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater gained its current name and simultaneous entry in the University of Wisconsin system in 1971. The school’s enrollment was over 12,000 as of 2013.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater offers a 36-credit Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis on innovative leadership and global awareness. Whitewater’s online faculty are the same faculty who teach on campus, and like only 5% of business schools worldwide, Whitewater is accredited by AACSB International. Seven different tracks are available for specialization: Finance, Marketing, Management, Supply Chain and Operations Management, Human Resources, Information Technology Management, International Business, and Project Management. Whitewater’s distance M.B.A. was recognized by business executives at European CEO as the Best Remote Learning MBA Program in North America, GetEducated.com as a Best Buy program, The European for Best in Distance Learning in 2014, the Princeton Review as one of the Best 296 Business Schools, and World Commerce Review as the Best Innovation in Global Education 2013-2014.

Accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $22,284

#19. Marist College

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Marist College is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. Established in 1905 as a Catholic school, the college is no longer affiliated with the Catholic Church, though Catholicism is a part of many students’ and instructors’ personal lives. Marist is quite selective, with an acceptance rate of new freshman at only 30%.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Marist College’s School of Management is AACSB-accredited and has been favorably recognized by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. The focus of Marist’s online M.B.A. program has always been on the dynamics of our changing economy, and the consequential breadth of expertise general managers must have to prove successful. Classes include The 21st Century Manager; Business, Government, and Society; and Strategic Management. Students must choose between concentrations in Ethical Leadership, Financial Management, Healthcare Administration, and International Business. Full-time students may complete the program in just under two years, and part-time students may take as long as seven years to graduate.

Accreditation

Marist College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $22,500

#20. Ball State University

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The Ball Brothers, five American philanthropists and industrialists best known for their home canning jars, founded Ball University in 1918. The school is a public coeducational research university with a campus spanning over 1,000 acres in the small city of Muncie, Indiana. By investing in hybrid vehicles for university shuttle services, maintaining high levels of water efficiency, and using recycled materials for new school construction, Ball State has adopted the practice of environmental sustainability as the primary component of the university’s vision and unique identity.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Ball State University’s online M.B.A. was ranked first in Indiana for faculty credentials and student services by U.S. News & World Report. The 30-credit distance program offers courses that are webcast and synchronous, and most part-time students finish within five to six semesters. Full concentrations in Finance; Entrepreneurship; Health Economics, Policy, and Administration; Operations; and Professional Sales Management are available, as well as mere elective courses in those fields. The Miller College of Business at Ball State is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Accreditation

Ball State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $23,700

#21. Saint Leo University

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Saint Leo University is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university located in Saint Leo, Florida. Founded in 1889 by a group of Benedictine monks, it is the oldest Catholic college in Florida. The university only enrolls about 3,000 students at its main campus, but enrolls approximately 16,000 worldwide, most of which are military-related. The university operates dozens of military base education centers, 17 continuing education centers in 7 states, as well as their global online campus.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Admissions to Saint Leo’s Master’s of Business Administration program are competitive and primarily based on undergraduate success, motivation, work experience, leadership qualities, and GMAT scores. Eight concentration tracks are available to students wishing to specialize their degree plan: Accounting, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Information Security Management, Marketing, Project Management, Market Research and Social Media Analytics, and Sport Business. With the approval of program faculty, a student may simultaneously pursue two concentrations. Students are able to take up to two classes per eight-week session, and may complete their studies in as little as one year or, as is common for adult professionals, may take up to five years to graduate. This degree program and all of its specializations are accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

Accreditation

Saint Leo University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $24,228

#22. Baker College

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 Established in 1911 in Flint Township, Michigan, Baker College is Michigan’s largest private, not-for-profit university with 13 locations statewide and an online campus. The college is a four-year vocational school that aims to impart job-specific training to its students while emphasizing broad academic development.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Baker College offers an online Master’s of Business Administration program with eight different areas of emphasis: Accounting, Business Intelligence, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Leadership Studies, and Marketing. Students may opt to complete the straight-forward General Business M.B.A. in favor of choosing a specialization with supplementary coursework.

Accreditation

Baker College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $24,300

#23. Southern New Hampshire University

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Founded in 1933 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Service, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit university located between Manchester and Hookset, New Hampshire. The state granted the college its charter in 1963, and the first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1966. Its online campus boasts over 200 regionally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, and also has specialized accreditation for some of its degrees and programs.

Online Master’s of Business Administration and International Master’s of Business Administration Overview

SNHU offers two 39-credit online M.B.A. programs with approximately fifteen to twenty students per course. Graduates of SNHU’s general M.B.A. program will have the skills to go on and become leaders and entrepreneurs in today’s domestic market, whereas alumni of SNHU’s International M.B.A. will have focused heavily on the global marketplace and cross-cultural dynamics to become proficient in international trade, global finance, and overseas management. Career-focused concentrations are available with both the M.B.A. and the International M.B.A. in Accounting, Athletic Administration, Corporate Social Responsibility, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, Internet Marketing, IT Management, Justice Studies, Leadership, Marketing, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Quantitative Analysis, Six Sigma, Social Media Marketing, Sport Management, Sustainability and Environmental Compliance, and Workplace Conflict Management.

Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $24,453

#24. Thomas Edison State College

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Namesake of inventor Thomas Alva Edison, Thomas Edison State College was established in 1972 and is one of New Jersey’s 11 public universities and colleges. The school has been located in downtown Trenton, New Jersey since 1979.

Online Master’s of Business Administration and International Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Thomas Edison State College offers an accelerated online M.B.A. degree that can be completed in eighteen months. Classes are separated into eight-week segments, and students may choose to specialize in Finance, Data Analytics, Marketing, or Healthcare Management. The college offers a noncredit M.B.A. Preparatory Program online for students who did not major in business as an undergraduate or complete the prerequisite courses separately. Two years of professional experience involving marketing, financial reporting, management, and operations is required for admittance to the M.B.A. program.

Accreditation

Thomas Edison State College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,740

#25. University of Wyoming

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The University of Wyoming sits between the Laramie and Snowy Range Mountains and is located on Wyoming’s high Laramie Plains, The school is a land-grant university and was founded in 1887, four years before Wyoming was admitted as the 44th state. The university offers 41 degree and certificate programs in addition to its traditional on-campus programs.

Online Master’s of Business Administration

Admission to the University of Wyoming’s online M.B.A. program is extremely competitive and accredited by AACSB International. Recent alumni hold positions such as VP, Wealth Advisor, First Interstate Bank; Chief Financial Officer, MPF; Compensation and Benefits Manager, Vail Valley Medical Center; Engineer Ld/Sr, PacifiCorp; Chief Operating Officer, Summit Energy Services; President, Security State Bank; Director, Wyoming Department of Agriculture; and more. Students can complete all aspects of the program online; visits to the campus are not required. The program requires 30 credit hours for completion, and was designed for part-time attendance. A concentration in Energy Management is available for students wishing to focus on energy businesses across industry segments.

Accreditation

The University of Wyoming is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $25,890

#26. Troy University

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Located in Troy, Alabama, Troy University was founded in 1887 with the purpose of training new teachers. The school was given its current name in 1967 upon achieving university status, and is also known as Alabama’s International University due to its overwhelming success in attracting students from around the world.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Troy University’s online M.B.A. is a 36-credit hour program with five concentration options: Accounting, International Economic Development, Finance, Information Systems, and General Management. Students may also choose to complete the program in an accelerated fashion, meaning that the entire online M.B.A. degree can be finished in twelve months. As of fall 2013, Troy welcomed its AACSB accreditation.

Accreditation

Troy University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $26,280

#27. Indiana Wesleyan University

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Located in Marion, Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christian evangelical liberal arts university. Named “One of the Top Universities in the Midwest” by U.S. News and World Report, IWU is the largest private university in Indiana. In 1989, the school inaugurated its College of Adult and Professional Studies programs; enrollment in the (distance-learning) college increased by over 900% in twenty years.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

IWU’s 36-credit Virtual M.B.A. program is internationally-focused and, coming from a Christian university, places a strong emphasis on values-based living. Graduates will leave proficient in the traditional business disciplines – economics, finance, marketing, and management – and ready to advance in their chosen careers. IWU believes that the rare leadership qualities of integrity, honesty, and good character are more critical than ever in today’s volatile business world and has prepared a curriculum capable of addressing this deficit. Concentrations in Executive Management and International Business are available.

Accreditation

Indiana Wesleyan University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $26,496

#28.University of Colorado Colorado Springs

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Part of the University of Colorado System, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) enrolls almost 13,000 students on 520 acres in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Established in 1965, UCCS has been ranked highly multiple times by U.S. News & World Report and tied 51st of all top private and public institutions in the West.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers an M.B.A. that is AACSB accredited. The online M.B.A. was first offered in 1996; ten different concentrations are available in Finance, General Business, Healthcare Administration, Innovation Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Project Management.

Accreditation

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $27,576

#29. Western Kentucky University

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Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Western Kentucky University was founded in 1906 and currently enrolls over 20,000 on-campus students. WKU – also known as “Western” – is home to America’s most extensive post-graduate folklore program, focusing on American historic preservation and anthropology. Recently, Western Kentucky University has been mentioned favorably by Forbes and “America’s Best Colleges.”

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

WKU’s online M.B.A. is comprised of eleven foundational business courses offered one or two-at-a-time every seven weeks. Students will take courses in microeconomic theory, research methods, marketing, managerial finance, organizational behavior, and more. WKU’s 33-credit M.B.A. program is unique in that it looks at business from a sustainability context and is designed to aid students in addressing some of the most complex socioeconomic environmental issues in the contemporary world.

Accreditation

Western Kentucky University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $29,068

#30. Frostburg State University

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Frostburg State University is located on 260 acres in Frostburg, Maryland and is part of the University System of Maryland. The university was established as a normal school in 1898 and currently enrolls over 6,000 students on campus. Frostburg received university status in 1987 and boasts remarkable alumni including a NASA astronaut, a former Maryland State Senator, a Medal of Honor recipient, members of the Maryland House of Delegates, and award-winning writers, among other notables.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

FSU’s M.B.A. program is AACSB-accredited and has been rated a top ten Best Buy by GetEducated.com among online M.B.A. programs holding AACSB International certification. Some students are able to complete the program in as few as twelve months; the program requires 36-42 credit hours depending on one’s undergraduate studies. The GMAT can be waived for students who already hold Master’s degree or higher and those whose undergraduate GPA is a minimum of 3.65. Courses include Leadership and Ethics, Economics for Managers, and Strategic Human Resource Management. Alumni have found promising positions in the business field including administrative services managers, marketing managers, computer and information systems managers, and financial managers.

Accreditation

Frostburg State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $29,376

#31. Green Mountain College

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Founded in 1834 as Troy Conference Academy, Green Mountain College is located on 155 acres in Poultney, Vermont. Home to the Progressive Program – an educational philosophy and method centered on the ideas of John Dewey – the school encourages students to define their own academic goals and then meet regularly with individual faculty members for counsel. Green Mountain College began focusing on environmental literacy issues in the 1990s, and is currently part of the Eco League, a group of six U.S. colleges committed to environmental education.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The Sustainable M.B.A. at Green Mountain College heavily emphasizes expertise in sustainable marketing, international finance, environmental law, and environmental technologies. Green Mountain College was named the #1 green college in the U.S. by Sierra Magazine, and was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the most ecologically responsible schools in America. Green Mountain’s M.B.A. is a 37-credit program, and students should expect to spend at least 21 hours per week on their studies. Graduates will be well versed in the foundational disciplines of business, including financing, marketing, economics, and accounting, however, sustainability will be discussed and prioritized in every course. All coursework is available to completed online, save for a three to four day campus residency each year, which is encouraged but not required.

Accreditation

Green Mountain College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $29,415

#32. Florida Institute of Technology

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The Florida Institute of Technology was founded in 1958 as Brevard Research College and is now a private doctoral/research university located in Melbourne, Florida. The school is internationally prominent and has been ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 200 universities in the world. FIT has also been recognized by Barron’s Guide, Bloomsberg Businessweek, Washington Monthly, and U.S. News & World Report.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Florida Institute of Technology’s M.B.A. has been ranked a Tier 1 Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. A general M.B.A. is offered as well as ten optional emphases: Accounting, Accounting & Finance, Finance, Healthcare Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, Internet Marketing, Management, Marketing, and Project Management. After graduation, graduates will be capable of forming a personal business plan, displaying effective leadership and managerial skills, critical problem-solving, assessing financial risk, predicting and managing change, and integrating conflicting points of view through active discussion.

Accreditation

Florida Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition:$29,568

#33. University of St. Francis

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The University of St. Francis was established in 1920 as a small Catholic, Franciscan institution. The school is located on 22 acres in a historical suburban neighborhood 35 miles southwest of Chicago in the town of Joliet, Illinois. The faculty and staff of the university are dedicated to providing a high standard of academic training in a Roman Catholic environment; they often have strong ties to the local religious community.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

USF’s distance M.B.A. is organized to address the competitive, global nature of modern business. Up to nine credits can be transferred in, and with a favorable background, the program can be completed in twelve to eighteen months. Concentrations are available in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, Logistics, and Training and Development. Courses run three semesters of the year – spring, summer, and all – and students may begin the program at any time.

Accreditation

The University of St. Francis is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and School.

Tuition: $30,000

#34. University Houston-Victoria

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The University of Houston-Victoria is part of the University of Houston system. Located in Victoria, Texas and founded in 1973, the school originally offered only upper-division courses and graduate courses and admitted only juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The university began admitting freshman and sophomores in 2010. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, UHV is the fourth-most affordable public university in Texas.

Online Global Master’s of Business Administration and Strategic Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The University of Houston-Victoria’s AACSB-accredited Global M.B.A. program addresses the field of business and its internal disciplines from an international frame of reference. Students without an undergraduate background in business may need to complete up to 54 credit hours to earn the Global M.B.A. degree, but students who have recently graduated from a B.B.A. program with outstanding comprehension may need as few as 30 hours. UH’s online Strategic M.B.A. program focuses on cross-disciplinary approaches to complicated business problems, and concentrations are available in Accounting, Finance, General Business, Management, Marketing, and International Business. Face-to-face participation in the annual M.B.A. Conference is required for the 48-credit hour Strategic M.B.A.

Accreditation

The University of Houston-Victoria is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $31,104

#35. West Texas A&M University

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Part of the Texas A&M University System, West Texas A&M University was founded in 1910 as West Texas State Normal College with 152 students and 16 faculty members. The college began offering its first four-year college degrees in 1919 and endured a number of social and political changes until earning university status in 1963. The university joined the Texas A&M system in 1990, currently enrolls over 10,000 traditional students and is also a national leader in distance education.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

In 2014, West Texas A&M University’s M.B.A. degree was ranked #1 in affordability by the Simple Dollar, #27 overall and #2 among regional university programs in the West by U.S. News & World Report, and # 3 nationally by GetEducated.com. AACSB-accredited, the M.B.A. program at West Texas A&M has also been distinguished by The Financial Engineer as the only regional program in the Southwest to earn a top 150 ranking, placing the program in the top two percent overall. Depending on personal undergraduate background, students may need 31-49 credits to graduate. Emphases in Computer Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Healthcare Management are available to students who would like to to specialize in something other than General Business. Graduates will be practiced in professional communication, effective leadership, business ethics, global awareness, and strategic planning.

Accreditation

West Texas A&M University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $31,284

#36. Kansas State University

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Kansas State University was established in Manhattan, Kansas in 1863, during the American Civil War. The oldest public university in the state, K-State is classified as a high research university by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and ranks first nationally among public universities in its combination of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars. Founded as a land-grant institution, the school still retains a strong interest in agriculture and horticulture.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Kansas State University’s online Professional M.B.A. is AACSB-accredited and intended for working professionals with at least three to five years relevant career experience. Students may work at their own pace and and are expected to bring their day-to-day work experiences to the class as effective examples of the professional experience. The same accomplished professors who teach on campus will be teaching the online courses, available to give personal attention to students and help them cement their trajectory to achieve their career goals. Courses are eight weeks long, and include topics in economic analysis, management accounting, international business, behavioral management, and information technology, among others. A two-day regional student orientation is required, as well as a faculty-led international trip.

Accreditation

Kansas State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $32,000

#37. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, The University of Massachusetts Amherst is a public research and land-grant university. The flagship of the University of Massachusetts system, UMass Amherst enrolls almost 30,000 students. The university was founded in 1863 as an agricultural, mechanical, and military arts college, and has recently been distinguished by MSN.com, U.S. News and World Report, and BusinessWeek.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The Isenburg School – the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s online learning center – offers an M.B.A. that is fully accredited by the AACSB. The program was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. Students take foundational courses in accounting and finance, and take advanced courses in corporate finance, economic analysis, marketing strategy, leadership behavior, and more. 34 core credits must be completed for graduation, as well as one elective course. A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained throughout the program. UMass Amherst’s Veteran Services Office is available to assist with military benefits and tuition assistance.

Accreditation

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is regionally accredited by the New England Associations of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $32,175

#38. Washington State University

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Washington State University, founded in 1890 five months after Washington’s statehood, is located on 620 acres in the Palouse region of the nation in Pullman, Washington. The school is the nation’s largest, and first, land-grant university. The main campus of WSU enrolls approximately 28,000 students, and the online campus an additional 26,000.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Ranked #7 of all graduate business programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report, Washington State’s M.B.A. program is also offered completely online. Their program is referred to as the Executive M.B.A., or E.M.B.A., and was fashioned to develop students as expert leaders in their business communities. Courses in Strategic Leadership, Global Business, Management of Efficient and Innovative Businesses, along with a final Capstone project, make up the 44-credit hour curriculum and provide students with the tools to succeed professionally. The program is AACSB-accredited, and the GMAT is not required.

Accreditation

Washington State University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition: $33,000

#39. East Carolina University

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The third-largest university in North Carolina, East Carolina University is a public, coeducational, doctoral/research university headquartered in Greenville. Founded in 1907 as a teachers school, East Carolina is currently situated on 1,600 acres and enrolls almost 30,000 students. The university was listed by Forbes as a “Best Buy” and ranked well among “national universities” by U.S. News and World Report.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

East Carolina University’s College of Business has been AACSB accredited since 1967 and offers an online M.B.A. that is affordable and challenging. Without an academic background in business, 54 credit-hours are required to complete the program. Students can work at their own pace, and even take a semester or two off, if circumstances demand. Coursework will be completed in supply chain management, strategy, accounting, finance, operations management, and information technology.

Accreditation

East Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $33,696

#40. Ohio University

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Located in Athens, Ohio, Ohio University is a public research university founded in 1804 what was the Northwest Territory. The school enrolls over 21,000 students on campus from every state and over 100 countries; the total hits over 35,000 when distance-learning students are included. Mentioned by Forbes, Business Week, U.S. News and World Report, the Princeton Review, and more, Ohio University is often referred to as Harvard on the Hocking River.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Ohio University’s online M.B.A. program is offered with four concentrations: General, Finance, Health Care, and Executive Management. Students in all concentrations will first complete the business school’s core courses in data analysis, accounting, marketing, and managerial finance, among others. The program is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), and is available completely online with the same quality curriculum taught on campus. Prospective students need not take the GMAT, but must have two to five years professional experience.

Accreditation

Ohio University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $35,805

#41. Colorado State University-Global

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Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Founded in 1870 as an agricultural college, the main campus sits on 583 acres at the base of the Rocky Mountains. CSU alumni include astronauts, Pulitzer Prize winners, and two former governors of the state. 92% of previous students at Colorado State University’s online campus say that completion of their degree program contributed to their financial goals, and 89% would recommend the online campus to a friend or family member.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

U.S. News & World Report ranks Colorado State University’s Professional M.B.A. program as the #1 part-time program in the state of Colorado and #31 in the nation among all public and private AACSB-accredited programs. Also a Best Buy program as recognized by GetEducated.com, Colorado State University’s M.B.A. degree has been available as a distance program since 1975. Forty credits are required for graduation, and specializations are available in Finance, Computer Information Systems, Federal Financial Management, and Marketing. The average student is in his or her mid-thirties, and has over a decade of professional experience in the field of business.

Accreditation

Colorado State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $36,000

#42. Texas Southern University

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A historically African-American university, Texas Southern University was established in 1927 and was the first state university in Houston, Texas. The school is one of the largest historically black universities (HBCU) in the nation and the only HBCU in Texas recognized by Forbes. A member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, TSU ranks fourth in the nation in doctoral and professional degrees granted to African Americans. In 1949 a tradition of mural-painting began with the intention of chronicling African-American history and culture; now at least 123 mural paintings by African Americans can be found throughout the campus.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University offers an online Executive M.B.A. with a focus on addressing the nuanced issues executives face in supervising and management. The online program is accredited by AACSB International and has been reviewed by the local business community and modeled after some of the most exceptional and innovative business programs in the nation. In addition to the General Business track, a concentration in Energy Finance is available for the professional desiring to work as a manager or supervisor in the energy sector.

Accreditation

Texas Southern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $36,000

#43. Oklahoma State University

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Oklahoma State University – also known as Oklahoma State University-Stillwater – was founded in 1890 as an agricultural institution. The school is a land-grant, sun-grant, coeducational public research university. Listed by the Princeton Review as one of 120 “Best Western Colleges” for 2011, OSU has been consistently ranked as affordable and high-quality by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger, and Forbes.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University offers a 48-credit hour M.B.A. program that can be completed entirely online. The program is considered a part-time program for full-time working professionals and includes coursework in corporate strategy, business finance, and managerial economics. The Spears School of Business is accredited by the AACSB International, and has been offering business degrees via distance learning since 1992.

Accreditation

Oklahoma State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $36,720

#44. University of North Texas

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The University of North Texas was founded as a nonsectarian, private teachers college in Denton, Texas in 1890. UNT was formally adopted by the state of Texas in 1901, and has been recognized by the Governor’s Select Committee on Higher Education, the Carnegie Foundation, and former U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett for its research, doctoral programs, and integrated liberal arts curriculum. A group of English majors formed the Folk Music Club in 1963 which came to include a number of talented student musicians who later established and defined a trove of Texas music movements in Austin that carry on today – South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, and Sixth Street. The University of North Texas has produced alumni who have been distinctly successful in a variety of fields: Larry McMurtry, Roy Orbison, Meat Loaf, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Ray Roberts, Jim Hightower, Phil McGraw, and James Pawelczyk, to name just a few.

Online Master’s of Business Administration in Strategic Management, Master’s of Business Administration in Marketing, and Master’s of Business in Administration in Finance Overview

UNT’s three distance 36-credit hour M.B.A. programs are AACSB-accredited and require that 100% of the courses be taken online. The online M.B.A. program is ranked #18 overall by Businessmba.org and #17 overall by U.S. News & World Report. An accelerated option is available for students who are able to study at a full-time pace; those students will graduate in just fourteen months. No minimum number of years professional experience is required for admission, however, most students average approximately five years previous relevant work experience.

Accreditation

The University of North Texas is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $38,270

#45. Champlain College

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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private undergraduate college located in Burlington, Vermont. Along with its on-campus programs, the school offers non-traditional distance-learning degrees. Champlain College has been distinguished by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review and was recently named the number one “Up-and-Comer” regional college in the North.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The Robert P. Stiller School of Business of Champlain College offers an online Master’s of Business Administration with four optional concentrations that add approximately nine credits (three courses) to the entire program. Students who decide to pursue a concentration will complete 48 to 58 hours before graduation. Optional concentrations include Digital Forensic Investigation Management, Health Care Administration, Information Technology Management, and Management and Conflict Resolution. A learning strategy called Integrated Reflective Practice (IRP) is used as part of the program’s curriculum – this creates a more authentic experience for the distance student by leveraging the home environment as an educational laboratory. Graduate faculty members of the Stiller School not only have advanced academic credentials, but also enjoy successful careers in their respective fields. Most professors have an average of fifteen to thirty years of professional experience.

Accreditation

Champlain College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $39,750

#46. Florida State University

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A space-grant, land-grant and public research university, Florida State University was founded in 1851 and is located in Tallahassee, the state’s capital. FSU is renowned for its prestigious faculty which includes recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, and Academy Awards. A diverse conglomeration of Florida State’s academic programs are nationally ranked – the school has received accolades in the sciences, social policy, engineering, film, theatre, dance, business, political science, psychology, social work, medicine, and law. Florida State University is considered a “Budget Ivy,” and has been recently recognized by USA Today, the Princeton Review, The Academic Ranking of World Universities, and U.S. News & World Report. Most of FSU’s degree programs rank nationally among the top 25 public universities.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

FSU’s online M.B.A. is a 39-credit program accredited by AACSB, and can be completed in just over two years. Students will become versed in investment management, business policy, financial reporting, customer relationship dynamics, global marketing, sales leadership, and financial planning. A Real Estate Management concentration is offered with coursework including topics in real estate finance, mortgage capital markets, and valuation of income-producing properties.

Accreditation

Florida State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $43,318

#47. Auburn University

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Auburn University is a public university designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research center. Founded in 1856 “for the advancement of science and arts”, AU is located in Auburn, Alabama. The school was previously a private all-male institution affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and in 1892 became the first coeducational four-year institution in the state of Alabama. Auburn University has been consistently listed as one of the top public universities by U.S. News and World Report, Academic Analytics, DesignIntelligence Magazine, and Peterson’s Guide to Colleges and Universities.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Auburn University’s online M.B.A. program is a 36-credit program with minimal on-campus visitations required. Prospective students are expected to take the GMAT prior to applying. Concentrations are available in Finance, Marketing, Management, Supply Chain Management, Agribusiness, Sports Management, Economic Development, Logistics, and Production/Operations Management.

Accreditation

Auburn University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $47,196

#48. West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public university located outside of Philadelphia on 388 acres in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The school was founded in 1880 as a private normal school and currently enrolls over 15,000 students on campus. In 1913 the normal school evolved into a public institution owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and in 1927 initiated a four-year teachers education program. In the early 1960’s the normal school became a comprehensive college with a liberal arts program, and in 1983 received university status as part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. West Chester University hosts the nations only formal poetry conference, and has been recognized as the nation’s academic center for New Formalism. Notable alumni include classical composers, professional athletes, local and national politicians, and professional actors.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

West Chester University of Pennsylvania’s online M.B.A. is AACSB-accredited and highly affordable – out-of-state students pay the same tuition as in-state-residents. Courses are primarily asynchronously delivered though students are expected to meet certain requirements within a stated time frame. Students taking the Foundational-level courses and the M.B.A.-level courses will take approximately three years to complete their degree, whereas students taking only M.B.A.-level coursework will finish in two years or less. It must be noted: students may take all of the foundational courses and up to two M.B.A.-level courses before application for official admission to the program becomes mandatory.

Accreditation

West Chester University of Pennsylvania is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $47,226

#49. Indiana University Bloomington

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Indiana University is a multi-campus university system with its flagship campus located in Bloomington, Indiana. Established in 1820, IU Bloomington is the largest institution in the IU system with over 40,000 students. The university has been recognized by the US News & World Report, The Institute of Higher Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Global University Ranking, USA Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, the Princeton Review, and Newsweek, and is considered a Public Ivy. In 2001, Time named IU Bloomington its “College of the Year.”

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

Indiana University’s Kelley Schools of Business offers a 51-credit M.B.A. degree program; twelve of those hours are electives and serve to customize the program to suit respective students’ career aspirations. With only an additional twelve hours, students enrolled in Indiana University’s M.B.A. program also have the option of completing a dual master’s in Business Analytics, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Marketing, or Strategic Management.

Accreditation

Indiana University Bloomington is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $61,200

#50. Northeastern University

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Northeastern University was founded in 1898 as the “Evening Institute for Younger Men” at a YMCA in Boston, Massachusetts. It is now an increasingly competitive and esteemed private research university. Northeastern University’s online school offers over 70 certificates and degree programs that adhere to the rigorous academic standards of the on-ground campus.

Online Master’s of Business Administration Overview

The D’Amore-McKim School of Business offers its Master’s of Business Administration in an online format for working professionals or distance students who wish to complete their degree in a convenient, flexible manner. Northeastern’s distance M.B.A. alumni have been remarkably successful professionally, earning a #4 ranking from the Financial Times’ for “career progress.” The Financial Times also ranked Northeastern’s online M.B.A. #1 in the U.S. and #3 globally for overall program delivery, online interaction, student success, and financial value. Eight specializations are available to students, enabling them to strengthen their degree according to their career ambitions: Finance, Healthcare Management, High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability. Also, with as few as four additional courses, students can choose to earn a dual Master’s in Finance and Master’s of Business Administration. Most students enrolled in the M.B.A. program spend approximately fifteen hours per week studying. Eighteen courses are required for graduation – each course lasts between three and five weeks – for a total of fifty credits.

Accreditation

Northeastern University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $71,650