The 25 Best Online MBA Programs for 2017-2018

Over the last few years, the number of online MBA programs in America have exploded. Though there are several online MBA rankings (and a few major publications which list options), many of them still don’t tackle one of the largest concerns of potential students.

MBAs have long been standards of academic and theoretical business knowledge expected of mid-level managers and business owners. As a degree often pursued by students also working full-time jobs, MBAs were some of the first degrees to find their way online and to find acceptance in that format. With many schools having well over a decade of experience providing online MBAs, many programs have become finely tuned machines offering supreme flexibility, experiential learning, and pedagogical excellence. MBA holders find success in nearly every field and at virtually every level: from recent graduates to those looking to take the leap into their own business, to long-established managers in public and private ventures. Here at Best College Reviews, we’re particularly aware that many potential online MBA students are working full-time and/or have family and life commitments. For this reason, we’ve taken into account not just the overall program quality and academic prestige, but also the flexibility and affordability of programs. Check out our methodology and ranking below.

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Methodology:

We surveyed close to 200 programs for the following three criteria.

  • Academic Quality (1/3): the strength of the parent institution, as measured by factors such as average class sizes, number and quality of support services, quality of faculty, and quality financial aid.
  • Flexibility-Enhancing Characteristics (1/3): the breadth and quality of flexibility-enhancing components of a program, including the number of specializations, the ability to accerlate or decelerate programs, prior learning or transfer credit opportunities, and unique presentation options.
  • Affordability (1/3): the estimated out-of-state tuition per credit hour rate (if applicable, ie if a state school). Note: many online programs offer in-state tuition for all students.

1.) University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (known as, Illinois), is a research-intensive, land-grant university that is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois System. Located in the twin cities of Urbana and Champaign, the school is split evenly between the two towns in a campus noted for its architectural beauty and number of landmarks. Illinois is also noted for having one of the five best engineering schools in the world, as well as a wide range of research initiatives in all applied and basic sciences. The university is home to the second largest library in the US behind Harvard University as measured by the number of books. The university is home to over 44,000 students on campus, of whom almost 10,000 are from mainland China, South Korea, or India. This fact makes Illinois the largest enroller of mainland Chinese students in the United States. As with other universities noted for science research, Urbana-Champaign is home to many science and technology firms who recruit students. Nationally, the school also ranks in the top few schools in the nation for recruiting of talented graduates.

The iMBA offered by the University of Illinois is a standout program in online education. It’s by far the most affordable program from a top university, costing a total of less than $22,000 for completion. It’s also customizable, with students required to choose from two of three custom modules in their course of study: Global Challenges in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation, or Digital Marketing. The iMBA is also touted for a rich collaborative environment, in which students will work on many hands-on projects with other students, and professors will directly interact with students. While asynchronous coursework in other MBAs can be a boon to flexibility, the opportunity to interact in such a meaningful way with top professors and talented students is a remarkable deal. Even while touting high interactivity and collaboration, the MBA has a global reach and is currently called home to students of 17 nations around the world.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $250

2.) Southeast Missouri State University

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Southeast Missouri State University is a public university with a primary campus located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Home to some 12,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the university was founded as a normal school and has traditionally been known for strong education programs. Recent expansions of the University include the opening of a “River Campus” (the university is located close to the Mississippi River), to house the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. This recent commitment to the arts is in line with the University’s goals to be a comprehensive university, a fact they exemplify through the offering of degrees and programs of study in over 200 disciplines. The University also functions as an “online university” of sorts, with a broad range of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs offered fully online.

SEMO’s fully online MBA program ranks highly due to its flexibility and affordability. Students may choose from three concentrations, including the slightly more rare options of sports management and health administration. A general management track may also be taken. The degree is also affordable, coming in well below many schools with over $1,000 per credit hour. SEMO’s program costs $529 per credit hour, within the 25 most affordable program options of those surveyed. Career prospects for SEMO are also good, with 98% of graduates who are seeking new jobs obtaining them within a year of graduating from the program. Furthermore, the fully online MBA is AACSB accredited, an honor only obtained by the top 5% of business schools in the world.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $529

3.) University of North Alabama

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The University of North Alabama is a coeducational, public university located in Florence, Alabama. The University is the oldest four-year school in the state and is noted for many great architectural and landmark works. The original campus plan was designed by the Olmstead brothers, sons of the original designer of Central Park. More recently, a 15,000 square food Science and Engineering Technology Building was added to campus (in 2015). A large fundraising campaign was recently commenced to realize the original vision of the Olmstead Brothers in the campus. Other notable facts about the university include an unusually high percentage of international students for the category of school it’s in (among the top ten in the nation), as well as the universities high rank as a comprehensive regional university.

The fully online MBA offered by the University of North Alabama ranks highly due to its flexible nature, affordability, and the academic quality of the parent institution. Students in the program may finish their course of study in as little as a year, or extend the program if they need to progress more slowly. Ten separate specializations are available, including an executive MBA option for students with significant work experience and a choose your own path specialization. Other specialties include information systems, accounting, innovative economic development, finance, international business, health care management, project management, human resource management, and ERP systems using SAP. On top of all of the flexibility, the program is also the 12th most affordable of schools surveyed, coming in at $450 per credit hour.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $450

4.) Bemidji State University

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Bemidji State University is a public state university located on the shore of Lake Bemidji in Minnesota. Home to some 6,000+ students, the school was founded as a preparatory institute for teachers and has upheld a lineage of educator preparation since. The university is a member of the Minnesota State University System. In recent years the university has also started to become known for its creative writing programs, as well as for its social sciences and social work preparatory programs. The University is the only school in the University of Minnesota system to offer a BFA in creative and professional writing. Student enrollment includes students from 44 states and 40 countries.

The fully online MBA offered by Bemidji State University ranks highly due to its flexible nature and affordable price point. Students of the program may finish in as little as a year by taking two 6-week courses at any given moment. Alternatively, students may take as few as two total six-week courses per semester, allowing students to obtain time off from the program or lighter loads. Ten courses are required for graduation. As with several other schools on our list, online MBA students enjoy in-state tuition if they take only online courses during their program, bringing the total program cost as little as $17,000. Undergraduates who qualify may further accelerate their time-until-degree by taking up to four MBA classes in their senior year. A comprehensive exam called the Major Field Test is required of all students before graduation.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $566

5.) University of New Hampshire

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The University of New Hampshire is a public research university that is home to some 15,000+ students. Founded in 1822, UNH is a public land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant university, making it one of only nine universities in the United States to garner this distinction. The University is also the flagship school of the University of New Hampshire System. Other notable facts about the university include it’s focus on sustainability as one of 15 most sustainable schools in the nation according to the College Sustainability Report Card in 2009. In line with this designation, the Sierra Magazine named the school the “6th coolest” in the United States for efforts in sustainability. The university is classified as a “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity” school and is located at three campuses in Durham, Manchester, and Concord.

The fully online MBA program offered by the University of New Hampshire places highly in our ranking due to great flexibility and academic prestige markings. Courses are available in 5 8-week terms throughout the year, in which students may take one or more courses at a time. Also of note for flexibility, courses are offered asynchronously, meaning that students do not have to log on at any one time to complete their course work. A number of concentrations are also available for students in the MBA, including specializations in marketing and supply chain management, entrepreneurial venture creation, financial management, and hospitality management. Part time students are not required to take a specialization, though they may, and may also instead choose six elective classes that interest them. Common times until degree range from 2-6 years, allowing students to speed up or slow down their course of study as they see fit.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $880

6.) University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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The University of Nebraska at Lincoln is a public land-grant university that is the largest in and flagship university of the University of Nebraska System. The university is home to some 25,000+ students, and particularly noteworthy for offerings in ecology, agricultural, engineering, and the storied Huskers football team. As with most national flagship institutions, offerings are wide-ranging, with the most popular subjects by credit hours taken at the University (in descending order) being arts and sciences, business administration, and agricultural sciences. The university also offers a broad range of its academic offerings fully online, including over 45 graduate degree programs.

The fully online MBA program from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln places highly in our ranking for its affordability, academic prestige, and flexibility. Students in the online program may choose from a variety of specializations including business analytics, finance, supply chain management, international management, or marketing. Also, certification options are available in business analytics and supply chain management programs. All specializations require 48 credit hours for graduation and may be completed in 2-4 years depending on if students attend classes in a full or part-time manner. A second unique flexibility-granting aspect of the program is the potential for transferring credits to the MBA program, an offering not granted by many online MBAs.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $531

7.) University of South Dakota

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The University of South Dakota is a public, coeducational, flagship university located in Vermillion, South Dakota. The university is home to close to 10,000 students and provides a wide array of academic offerings at every level of scholarship. South Dakota University is also known for their wide range of online, customized, or professional distance degrees all available at competitive tuition points. Currently 26 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate options are available fully online, with many further customizable through a range of specializations. An additional perk of studying online for those who can’t be present on campus is the fact that all online students receive the same tuition as traditional in-state students, whether they’re actually in-state or not.

The fully online MBA program offered by the University of South Dakota places highly in our ranking due to its flexibility, affordable price point, and the national stature of its parent institution. Students may elect to take a general track or one of a number of specializations, including tracks in business analytics, health services administration, marketing, or operations and supply chain management. All degree options require between 33 and 36 credit hours for graduation (one class difference) though students may elect to take up to 51 credit hours for additional experience. As mentioned above, all students receive the same graduate in-state tuition rate, which for the 2016-2017 school year is set at $442, the 11th most affordable of school surveyed.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $442

8.) University of Arizona

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The University of Arizona is a public, very high research activity, flagship university with the main campus located in Tucson, Arizona. The University is one of the largest in the southwest United States and is home to over 40,000 students. Known as a leader in many fields, the University is home to two nationally ranked medical schools, as well as a nationally ranked law school and schools covering many other professional disciplines. The Eller College of Management is regularly ranked among the top business schools in the nation in a variety of disciplines. On the research front, the university receives more funds for research projects with NASA than any other university. Furthermore, the university receives the second largest amount of funds for research in the physical sciences among public universities in the United States.

The fully online MBA offered by Arizona’s Eller College of Management places highly in our ranking due to the university’s academic prestige, focus on online education support services, and the high degree of flexibility available in the program. Perennially a top 50 ranked business school; the program is the potentially the most flexible program ranked in the top 50 business schools in the country. Students may choose from 6 start dates yearly, and graduate in as few as 14 months. Alternatively, students may elect to slow down their course of study to better fit in their career and life. Some concentrations are available to students, including Entrepreneurship, Health Care, Finance, Management and Organizations, Management Information Systems, Marketing. Students may take as many courses at once as they would like, and courses are offered asynchronously for greater flexibility. At $1,000 per credit hour, the online MBA is more expensive than others at the top of our ranking, though relatively affordable compared to top MBA programs nationwide.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $1000

9.) Washington State University

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Washington State University is a public, land-grant research university located in Pullman, Washington. The University also operates campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and an online campus. The total number of students for all campuses is close to 30,000. The University is one of the 50 top spenders on research among public schools in the nation and climbs even higher when compared to other public universities without medical schools (traditionally a major component of research expenditures). Research has traditionally been rooted in agriculture, as is standard for land-grant universities. The University is uniquely situated for such research in the Palouse region, an area of Washington defined by rolling hills created by wind-blown soil deposits. This fact makes the region one of the best regions for dry-land agriculture in the world. A broad range of academic offerings is available at the University, including over 220 degree options in-person, and 21 degree options at the undergraduate and graduate levels online.

The fully online MBA offered by Washington State University places highly in our rankings due to its flexible nature as well as the prestige of the parent institution. Students may choose from a variety of specializations in their course of study, including marketing, finance, hospitality/business management, international business, and a general track. Students follow a common course of study for MBA programs, placing time until graduation between 22 and 29 months depending on full or part-time study. For qualified applicants, no GMAT Is required, providing yet another flexibility-enhancing benefit. Other notable features include WSU’s MBA’s placement in the top 25 for both Princeton Review and US News, one of only 12 schools to be ranked so. Additionally, a unique study abroad in Asia option may be elected by students in the online program. The program was the 31st most affordable program of those surveyed, yet retains a fully manageable price point of $537 per credit hour.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $587

10.) Hope International University

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Hope International University is a private, Christian University located in Fullerton, California. Home to more than 2,000 students, the university offers a wide range of in-person and online degree options. The university is currently non-denominational, though has strong ties with the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. The university offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a large number available online in formats suitable for busy or working adults. Degrees are largely practical and Church-centered, including a wide range of offerings in management, business, education, and divinity. Particularly for students interested in a Christ-Centered education, Hope International University holds the spot of our highest Christian University in our MBA rankings, and well worth a gander.

The fully online MBA program offered by Hope International University ranks highly due to its large number of flexibility-granting components. Students of the program may choose from five concentrations, including marketing management, non-profit management, international development, general management, and business as mission/social entrepreneurship. The program is also accelerated for interested students, making the program one of the few surveyed that offers both a range of specializations and acceleration. Valuable support services including academic coaches and highly qualified teachers help to enhance student experiences further. Tuition per credit hour is currently set at $700, slightly more expensive than other options in the top 10, but on the affordable end of private online offerings.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $700

11.) University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a public school and member of the University of Texas System. Located in Odessa, Texas, the University is home to over 6,000 students. This number is rapidly growing, at least in part to the oil boom going on in the Permian Basin in Texas. Recent developments at the University include the planning of the first High Temperature and Test Reactor energy research facility to be completed since 1990. The facility is a joint production with Los Alamos Laboratories. Other recent developments include the expansion of academic facilities in line with the expanding student base. New buildings include a new science facility as well as a performing arts center. Other notable facts about the University include its ranking as a top regional public university over recent years, and the university’s very affordable price point for in or out-of-state students.

The fully online MBA program offered by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin places highly in our ranking due to great program flexibility and program pricing. The program may be completed in as few as 12 months. The program has two emphases options, a general track, and a finance track. Both options require 30-36 credit hours, depending on whether or not students enter the programs with a bachelor’s degree in business administration or prerequisites. Tuition for the program is also a definite selling point, coming in at $261 per credit hour, or the second most affordable of over 100 programs surveyed. An additional flexibility-granting component is the inclusion of a GMAT waiver in the admissions process for students who earned greater than 3.25 GPAs in their undergraduate years.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $261

12.) Union University

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Union University is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts school with its main campus in Jackson, Tennessee. The University has expanded rapidly in recent years, now boasting campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville, Tennessee. For the last 19 years the university has been ranked as a top regional school in the southeast, and with the implementation of a greater range of programs has recently come to be seen as a national university. Currently, over 4,000 students attend all three campuses as well as online. Education is Christ-centered and largely at the undergraduate level, enhanced by several flexible professional and graduate degree programs. As a liberal arts school, the University excels at providing a low student to teacher ratios (8:1) as well as a high percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students.

The fully online MBA offered by Union University places highly in our rankings due to flexibility and the program’s unique vision. Students may opt for a general course of study or pursue an emphasis in human resource management through the online program. An accelerated option is also available for students close to western or central Tennessee. This option is for recent graduates who are looking to add an MBA to their resume quickly, though requires two nights a week in-person class time. All business degree options offered by Union University are Christ-centered and focus on ethical components as well as quantitative methods of business. While tuition for Union’s MBA is the 35th most affordable of programs surveyed, tuition is still quite affordable for a private program. Tuition per credit hour comes in at $585.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $596

13.) Culver-Stockton College

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Culver-Stockton College is a private liberal arts college with a primary campus located in Canton, Missouri. Home to less than 1,000 students, the college is noted for low student-faculty ratios and class sizes. Many of the school’s students choose to study online, with a broad range of offerings available from a distance. Other accolades of the school include being named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, as well as receiving national rankings for online business and accounting programs. Teaching at the college is experiential and focused on the values of faith and the human spirit. Experiential learning is pushed through a unique “12-3” calendar, in which students take three to four courses for a twelve-week semester, and then spend the remaining three weeks of the semester with an internship, hands-on project, community service, or another experiential learning device.

The fully online MBA offered by Culver-Stockton College ranks highly due to its high value as well as flexibility. Two specializations may be endeavored upon, including a management track and another in accounting and finance. Both options require 33 credit hours for graduation. As a member of the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities, Culver-Stockton students have access to hundreds of online courses from other universities that count as Culver-Stockton credit rather than transfer credit when taken. A further flexibility-enhancing component of the program can be seen in accelerated 8-week course times. 8-week courses traditionally make it easier to balance work and school, or it can allow students to accelerate time-until degree even more. While tuition to Culver-Stockton’s online MBA is slightly more expensive than average for ranked schools, it’s manageable for a private rate. Currently, tuition per credit hour is set at $500 per credit hour.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $500

14.) Post University

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Post University is a private, for-profit university with a main campus located in Waterbury, Connecticut. Home to over 7,000 students, the university is known for online and flexible degree programs. As a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Alternative Credit Consortium, students who have some credit but unfinished degrees may find additional ways to achieve a full degree in an affordable, flexible, and accelerated way. The university has enjoyed annual placement in US News‘s top online universities as well as some other third-party rankings, particularly for graduate online business offerings. Over 25 degree options are available from the university with many available in day traditional, evening traditional, and online formats. The University has a long lineage of non-traditional education, and as with other that have a similar pedigree, it is known as an educator of service members. The university began offering accelerated degrees to service members as far back as 1976.

The fully online MBA offered by Post University places highly in our ranking due to its affordability as well as flexibility-enhancing program components. On the affordability front, the university clocks in as the 3rd most affordable surveyed (of hundreds) with a tuition rate of $300 per credit. Particularly for a marketable degree like an MBA, this makes the Post University program quite a steal. As far as flexibility, many specializations are available for students to choose from, including Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Systems Leadership, Leadership, Marketing, Multidisciplinary, and Project Management. All curricular tracks require 45 credit hours for graduation and focus on many of the same core skill sets: leadership, ethics, creativity and innovation, the creation of new ventures, strategic business planning, and quantitative reasoning. Courses are 8-weeks in length, allowing further acceleration of the program. Classes are small, and students receive feedback from university professors and chances for one-on-one interactions.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $312

15.) Chadron State College

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Chadron State College is a public, four-year college located in Chadron, Nebraska. The college is a member of the Nebraska State College System and is currently home to some 3,000 students. Portions of the campus are historical, with one-fifth of the campus designated on the National Register of Historic Places. For students who have the privilege of visiting campus or taking some in-person classes, other perks of the region include a charming college town of which nearly half of the surrounding county is open for public hiking, biking, hunting and other recreational activities. Traditionally a teacher’s college, Chadron State still offers quality educator training, and in recent years has grown to boast more than 52 other courses of study (many that are fully online). Chadron State has also been noted for giving students a “bang for their buck,” and is one of the most affordable institutions we surveyed for our rankings.

The fully online MBA offered by Chadron State University places highly in our ranking due to its affordability and flexibility-granting program components. Courses are eight weeks in length so that students may mold the degree around their work and life schedules. The course of study requires 36 credit hours, of which 24 must be completed at Chadron State, giving the program one of the more lenient transfer policies of surveyed programs. While no specializations are offered, students are required to choose three electives, of which they may construct their own program emphasis. One course may be an internship. Of surveyed schools, Chadron State University offers the fourth most affordable program coming in at $325 per credit hour (in-state or out-of-state). For an established program with flexibility-enhancing components, this is a great value!

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $325

16.) Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hays State University is a public, coeducational university located in Hays, Kansas. The university is a member of the Kansas Board of Regents System (of which it is the third largest school) and is home to over 14,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Fort Hays has long been an established online education provider–starting a “virtual college” in 1999– and currently over half of the school’s matriculants are online-only students. Online courses are offered in almost 30 undergraduate and graduate disciplines, as well as in a number of certification programs. In many fields, Fort Hays State University is ranked as one of the 5 most affordable online universities. Furthermore, the university has many strategic ties to the military and community colleges across the country, and universities worldwide allowing students to gain in-person experience or support services. For students with the privilege to spend some time on campus, they should note the beautiful creek that winds through Limestone buildings, as well as the unique Sternberg Museum of Natural History. Sternberg houses over 100,000 square feet of dinosaur fossils, and prehistoric animals that inhabited Kansas over 70-80 million years ago.

The fully online MBA offered by Fort Hays State University places highly in our ranking due to the program’s affordability and flexibility-enhancing components. The program offers a seamless transition for students holding bachelor’s level degrees in business or not. With students who have not completed undergraduate coursework catching up to their peers with 12 credits of business foundation courses. All students may choose from a wide range of specializations, including Finance, General MBA Studies, Health Care Management, Health & Human Performance / Sports Management, Human Resource Management, Information Assurance, International Business, Leadership Studies, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Tourism and Hospitality Management. This makes for potentially the widest range of specializations of schools surveyed and is a great opportunity for students looking for a hard to find specialization at a good price point. Regarding tuition, Fort Hays State University’s MBA is the 7th most affordable of surveyed schools with a per credit hour tuition rate of $400.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $400

17.) Ohio Dominican University

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Ohio Dominican University is a private, coeducation, Catholic liberal arts school founded in the Dominican tradition. Currently, slightly over 3,000 students attend the school in Columbus, Ohio or their online programs. As a liberal arts school, most offerings are at the undergraduate level (over 50 majors), but 9 graduate degrees are also offered. Accolades of the University include being a top-ranked regional university, routinely being named a top college for veterans and service members, and a top school for continuing education in business. The school has also been ranked as a top school for return on investment in the region. As a career-centered liberal arts school, Ohio Dominican University is known for small class sizes, plenty of one-on-one attention from professors, and programs that prepare students for career success (quite a find among liberal arts schools).

The fully online MBA program offered by Ohio Dominican University is placed highly in our ranking due to the program’s academic prestige and affordability. This is especially noteworthy as a private school with current tuition rates ranked 26th in affordability from well over 100 schools. Students in the program may choose from a general track or from concentrations in Leadership, Data Analytics, Risk management, Accounting or Finance. Programs may be accelerated and finished in 16 months, though most students take 22 months to finish. Courses are 8-week each and may be taken one or two at a time. Additional resources like one-on-one video conferencing with professors and access to all of the on-campus support services are also available. For students located near central Ohio, a mixture of online and in-person courses may be chosen, which if arranged correctly can lead to the ability to take further concentrations.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $600

18.) Southern Arkansas University

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Southern Arkansas University is a public four-year university located in Magnolia, Arkansas. Almost 5,000 students call the University home, around three-quarters of whom are in undergraduate programs at the University. For a medium-sized school, class sizes are manageable, with almost 50% of classes having 20 or fewer students. The overall student-teacher ratio is 18:1. The most popular majors at SAU include Business, Management, Marketing, and Education, though the university was originally an agricultural college. The University offers several unique offerings for its region, including the only engineering program in the southern portion of Arkansas, and one of the only game animation design degrees (with an arts and sciences or a computer science concentration) in the region. In recent years the university has also pushed the expansion of online degree offerings, with 19 graduate-level programs offered fully online at the moment.

The fully online MBA offered by Southern Arkansas University places highly in our ranking due to affordability and flexibility-granting program components. Besides a general track, the MBA offers three specializations, including the particularly unique (to our rankings) agri-business specialization, a specialization in social entrepreneurship, as well as a specialization in supply chain management. While the social entrepreneurship option requires 36 credit hours, the other two specializations only require 30 credit hours of work and may be completed in around two years. The degree is primarily designed by students who have completed a bachelor’s in business administration though students from other disciplines may endeavor upon the program by working through 24 credit hours of prerequisite work. The program price is also a great boon to the program, attracting students from many states due to an out-of-state per tuition rate that’s lower than in-state in many locations. The current per tuition credit hour rate is $415.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $415

19.) Auburn University

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Auburn University is a public land-grant, space-grant, sea-grant, and flagship university located in Auburn, Alabama. The University was founded in 1856 and is one of the most prestigious southern schools in the south and is currently home to almost 30,000 students. Of the 13 schools and colleges that comprise the university, particularly lauded programs exist in architecture, interior design, pharmacy, forestry, engineering, business, and veterinary science. In recent years a large portion of degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels have also been made available for study online. Other accolades include many unique research institutes and initiatives such as the Urban Studio, where students can become involved in community projects, and the Rural Studio, where the University’s innovative architecture school provides affordable housing for rural communities throughout West Alabama.

The fully online MBA offered by Auburn University places highly in our ranking due to the parent institution’s academic prestige and the relative affordability of the program. Academic prestige for the program is anchored in a high new student retention rate (94%), a traditional marker of the quality of a program, selectivity, and the number of online support services. Online support services include access to library technologies and librarians, academic advising, career placement, mentoring, tutoring, technical support, and local area support. The 13-course program is typically completed with two classes at a time in the spring, summer, and fall, for a total of two and a half years in school. Students may slow down the course of study, however, and take up to six years to complete their degree if it works better for busy work and life challenges. While tuition is higher than some listed at the top of our ranking, for a top, nationally ranked program, $805 per credit hour isn’t too bad.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $805

20.) Johnson and Wales University

Master of Business Administration Online

Online Master of Business Administration

Johnson and Wales University is a private, coeducational, career-oriented university with four regional campuses throughout the US. Over 17,000 students attend campuses in Providence (RI), Miami (FL), Denver (CO), Charlotte (NC), and online. The University is comprised of four academic units include colleges of arts and sciences, business, hospitality, and technology. All colleges offer degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The university is particularly known for their hospitality and culinary arts offerings and runs several hotels used for practical training and educational laboratories. These hotel properties include the Radisson Hotel Providence Airport in Warwick, the Bay Harbor Inn & Suites in Miami Beach, and the Doubletree Hotel Charlotte-Gateway Village at the Charlotte Campus. The University is one of three top culinary degree providers in the United States and is also known for the thirty-ninth largest business school in the country.

The fully online MBA offered by Johnson and Wales University ranks highly in our list due to its competitive price point and flexibility-enhancing components. Flexibility in the program may be seen through the wide range of specializations, including a general track, finance, hospitality, human resource management, nonprofit management, and operations and supply management. All specializations may be finished in as little as 18 months and employ career-centered curriculum based on what types of jobs particular specializations would prepare students for. All online degree programs from JWU employ curriculum and interactions meant to build up three central tenets: professional competence, the foundation for lifelong learning, and global and community citizenship. A further selling point for JWU’s MBA is its competitive price point, currently the 13th most affordable of schools surveyed.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $462

21.) American Sentinel University

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Online MBA

American Sentinel University is a for-profit largely online university known for career-centered health care education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The university is also known for providing quality online support services and flexibility-enhancing features, including lenient acceptance of past experience and credit, and lowering time until degree through accelerated courses. The University currently offers three bachelor’s, six master’s, three doctoral degrees, as well as a number of certification options. The university is also known for its affordable price point for students looking for online education throughout the US. The practical focus, the number of flexibility-enhancing components, and price make American Sentinel University a great choice for continuing education students trying to balance already busy lives and school.

The fully online MBA from American Sentinel University focuses on management and business in health care settings and is meant to prepare students for a role in an organization as a health care administrator. Two reasons ASU’s MBA ranks highly include the program’s affordable price point as well as its flexibility-enhancing components. A unique aspect that affords the program flexibility is the ability to take course-based or project-based routes to an MBA. This is particularly on point for experiential learners or those who already have experience in the field and might learn more efficiently through project-based learning. Both tracks help students to progress through 12 modules, the only difference is one progresses students through core competencies and the other through core courses. A further flexibility-granting component for the course route is the acceptance of prior life experience for credit. Currently, the ASU MBA is the 15th most affordable program surveyed.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $500

22.) Asbury University

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MBA Online

Asbury University is a private, Christian, liberal arts school located in Wilmore, Kentucky. The University is home to almost 2,000 students, of whom several hundred are adult or continuing education students online. Experiential and community-based learning is a central component to an Asbury education, with internships, exchange programs, missions, and community service as part of the curriculum of many majors. The University is comprised of four schools: arts and sciences, education, communication, and the school of graduate and professional studies. 54 majors, as well as a number of graduate degrees, are available through the school, which provides for a diverse group of learners from 44 states and 16 countries.

The fully online MBA provided by Asbury University ranks well on all three metrics: affordability, academic prestige, and flexibility-granting components. Flexibility-granting components for the degree include three potential courses of study for the degree: (1) a cohort-based completion model, (2) a 4 + 1 bachelor’s and master’s version of the degree, and (3) a study-at-your-own-pace version of the degree. The cohort-based completion model requires two years to complete. The study-at-you-own-pace version of the degree may be completed in even quicker time, though is often used to slow the pace of study. The program site provides an example of a four-year course of study. Each class is offered once a year so that students who plan out their course of study should be able to take all electives in which they’re interested. A majority of the 36 credit hours of the degree may be obtained in accelerated 8-week courses. The degree is also a find due to its affordable price point. Currently, tuition per credit hour for the degree is set at $611.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $611

23.) Trevecca Nazarene University

Master of Business Administration Online

Online Master of Business Administration

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts school located in Nashville, Tennessee. Home to over 3,000 students, the university has been a mainstay in Christian higher education in the Nashville area for over a century. The University is one of eight universities in the nation with an affiliation (and financial support of) the Church of the Nazarene. For a relatively small student body, many degree programs are available through TNU, including options from the associates through doctoral levels, as well as degrees for non-traditional students trying to finish their undergraduate degree. In recent years, the university has expanded their online offerings, and currently, offer 14 degree programs at the bachelors and masters levels. Besides specific support services for adult and non-traditional students, the university offers prior learning experience credits, as well as the ability to test out of required credits.

The fully online MBA offered by Trevecca Nazarene University places highly in our ranking due to its affordable price point as well as flexibility-enhancing features. Flexibility-enhancing features include the choice of up to five specializations, including Information Technology, Heath Care Administration, Project Management, Management & Leadership, and Human Resources. Courses are cohort based so as to foster a community of learners around the same topics. Students may take one accelerated course at a time. And all tracks require the same amount of credit hours to graduate (three courses in each specialization). Another unique offering of the program is the professional mentoring network, in which students are paired up with professionals in their field (or the field in which they would like to work) from the University or the broader Nashville area. Professional mentors help with general advice, career seeking, and by helping to provide a glimpse of fields in which students would like to work. Trevecca is also an affordable option, ranking as the 21st more affordable of schools surveyed.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $520

24.) Bethel University

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MBA Online

Bethel University (Bethel College until 2009) is a private, Christian school with the main campus in Mckenzie, Tennessee. Including students at the school’s six satellite campuses and online, the school enrolls close to 6,000 students. Bethel is the third religiously-affiliated university on our list and is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The University offers associates through masters level programming, and is known for being a great school for non-traditional learners with many of online associates degrees and accelerated degree completion programs. In recent years Bethel has seen a rapid expansion in enrollment and responded in kind by updating many facilities as well as building new ones.

The fully online MBA offered by Bethel University places highly in our ranking due to flexibility-enhancing characteristics as well as an affordable price point. The flexibility-enhancing portions of the program include four specializations that students may choose from, including an academic practitioner track, an executive track, a health care administrator track, and an HR administrator track. Classes start every month, and students may graduate in as few as 19 months depending on how they structure their course of study. 24/7 tutorial support is available for all students online. Another unique facet of the program is seen through the fact that no group work is graded. Additional support services include the ability to transfer in 6 of the 36 credit hours needed for graduation, as well as no GMAT or GRE requirement. Tuition for Bethel is affordable for a private school and ranked as the 22nd most affordable program of those surveyed.

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  • Estimated Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit Hour: $525

25.) Rutgers-The State University

Master of Business Administration Online

Online MBA

Rutgers or the State University of New Jersey is a public land-grant and sea-grant research university located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Holding the distinction of being the 8th oldest university in America, the university is currently home to some 67,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Rutgers is traditionally one of the top 30 public schools in the nation and has received further awards for graduate programs in library science, mathematics, English, history, women’s history, and African-American history. Rutgers is also often lauded for its good outcomes for students, as one of the top public schools in the nation for feeding students to top professional graduate programs at institutions like Columbia, Yale, and Harvard. In recent years, online study has been a focus of the University, with over 11 degrees (mostly at the graduate level) as well as a number of MOOCs offered fully online.

The fully online MBA offered by Rutgers places highly in our ranking due to its flexible nature, and the academic prestige of the parent institution. Noteworthy accolades of the Rutgers MBA include being the #3 ranked MBA in the New York Region, as well as the top public MBA in the New York Region. The program is also noteworthy for its training of over 10 Fortune 500 CEOs. While the degree is one of the more expensive of those surveyed, the location and the highly respected name still yield an impressive ROI of 169%. A further flexibility-enhancing component of the program includes the ability of qualified degree candidates to waive up to 4 required courses, greatly decreasing time-until-degree.

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