Accredited Online MBA Programs

by John A. Byrne on

AACSB seal

AACSB seal

If you’re interested in looking at online MBA programs, beware. While there are a few high quality MBA experiences online, they are few and far between. At the very least, you need to insure that the program you’re considering has been accredited by the AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. For business schools, it’s pretty much the only accreditation that matters. It is the oldest and largest global accrediting body for business schools. Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Wharton, all the big guys are accredited by the AACSB. Everything else is beside the point.

And even AACSB accreditation does not insure a quality experience. It’s a bare minimum level of approval. Nothing more. There are many AACSB-schools that fail to measure up and provide a top flight MBA education. Again, it’s extremely important to go to the best possible school you can get into. That’s not always possible, and it’s also not always possible that you can afford to take off two years of your life and get into a top-ranked business school.

If you can’t and still want an MBA education, online alternatives are becoming more viable. The fact that Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is in the game, and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business is about to get into it, speaks volumes for this alternative way to get an MBA. There’s also IE Business School in Spain, which offers a global online degree in both English and Spanish.

Accreditation, however, is a key start to exploring this world. Here are the AACSB accredited schools that currently offer online MBA programs.

Ball State University

General MBA

Miller College of Business

Muncie, IN, USA

Clarion University

General MBA

College of Business Administration

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Columbus State University

General MBA

Turner College of Business &

Computer Science

Columbus, GA, USA

Drexel University

General MBA and

Corp MBA in Pharmaceutical Management

Lebow College of Business

Clarion, PA, USA

Durham University

Global MBA

Durham Business School

Durham, UK

East Carolina University

MBA with Various Concentrations

College of Business

North Carolina, USA

East Tennessee State University

Accelerated MBA

College of Business & Tech

Johnson City, TN, USA

Emporia State University

General MBA

School of Business

Emporia, KS, USA

Fayetteville State University

General MBA

Dept of Management

Fayetteville, NC, USA

Florida Atlantic University

MBA in Accounting and Others

College of Business

Boca Raton, FL, USA

Florida Gulf Coast University

General MBA and Others

Lutgert College of Business

Fort Meyers, FL, USA

Florida State University

General MBA, Real Estate MBA, and Others

College of Business

Tallahassee, FL, USA

Frostberg State University

General MBA

College of Business

Frostberg, MD, USA

George Washington University

Healthcare MBA

GW School of Business

Washington DC, USA

Georgia College & State University

General MBA

College of Business

Milledgeville, GA, USA

Georgia Southern University

General MBA and Others

College of Business Administration

Statesboro, GA, USA

Indiana University

General MBA, Online MS Degrees, Online Dual Degrees

Kelley School of Business

Bloomington/Indianapolis, IN, USA

Kennesaw State University

General MBA

Coles College of Business

Kennesaw, GA, USA

Marist College

General MBA

School of Management

Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

Mississippi State University

General MBA

College of Business

Mississippi State, MS, USA

Morehead State University

General MBA

College of Business & Public Affairs

Morehead, KY, USA

Murray State University

One-Year MBA

College of Business

Murray, KY, USA

Northeastern University

MBA with Various Specializations

College of Business Administration

Boston, MA, USA

Oklahoma State University

General MBA and Other Online Programs

Spears School of Business

Stillwater, OK, USA

Pennsylvania State University

General MBA

Penn State World Campus

University Park, PA, USA

Portland State University

General MBA

School of Business Administration

Portland, OR, USA

Prairie View A&M University

General MBA

College of Business

Prairie View, TX, USA

Quinnipiac University

General MBA and Other Programs

School of Business

Hamden, CT, USA

Robert Morris University

General MBA (Hybrid Online and Classroom)

School of Business

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rochester Institute of Technology

Executive MBA

E. Philip Saunders College of Business

Rochester, NY, USA

Rowan University

General MBA

Rohrer College of Business

Glassboro, NJ, USA

Saginaw Valley State University

General MBA with Global Emphasis

College of Business and Management

University Center, MI, USA

Saint Joseph’s University

Professional MBA and Other Programs

Erivan K. Haub School of Business

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Shippensburg University

General MBA

John L. Grove College of Business

Shippensburg, PA, USA

Southeast Missouri State University

General MBA

Harrison College of Business

Cape Girardeau, MS, USA

Southern Arkansas University

General MBA

College of Business

Magnolia, AR, USA

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

General MBA

College of Business

Carbondale, IL, USA

SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica

Health Services Management MBA (Hybrid Online and Classroom)

Marcy, NY, USA

Temple University

General MBA

Fox School of Business

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Thunderbird School of Global Management

General MBA with Global Emphasis

Glendale, AZ, USA

University of Baltimore and Towson University Joint Program

General MBA

Baltimore, MD, USA

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

General MBA

Graduate School of Business Administration

Colorado Springs, CO, USA

University of Colorado at Denver

General MBA

Business School

Denver, CO, USA

University of Florida

General MBA (1-Year and 2 Year Programs)

Hough Graduate School of Business

Gainesville, FL, USA

University of Houston—Clear Lake

General MBA

School of Business

Houston, TX, USA

University of Houston—Victoria

Strategic MBA

School of Business Administration

Victoria, TX, USA

University of Michigan—Dearborn

General MBA

College of Business

Dearborn, MI, USA

University of Michigan—Flint

General MBA (NetPlus MBA)

School of Management

Flint, MI, USA

University of Nebraska—Lincoln

General MBA

College of Business Administration

Lincoln, NE, USA

University of North Dakota

General MBA

Grand Forks, MD, USA

University of North Texas

Health Services MBA, Marketing MBA, and Strategic Management MBA

College of Business

Denton, TX, USA

University of Scranton

General MBA

Kania School of Management

Scranton, PA, USA

University of South Dakota

General and Health Services MBA

Beacom School of Business

Vermillion, SD, USA

University of Tennessee—Martin

MBA for Financial Services Professionals

College of Business and Global Affairs

Martin, TN, USA

University of Texas—Arlington

General MBA

College of Business

Arlington, TX, USA

University of Texas at Dallas

Global MBA

School of Management

Dallas, TX, USA

University of Texas—San Antonio

General MBA

College of Business

San Antonio, TX, USA

University of Texas at Tyler

General MBA

College of Business and Technology

Tyler, TX, USA

University of Texas—Pan American

General MBA

College of Business Administration

Edinburg, TX, USA

University of Texas of the Permain Basin

General MBA

School of Business

Odessa, TX, USA

University of West Georgia

General MBA

Richards College of Business

Carrollton, GA, USA

University of Wisconsin

General MBA

Several locations through an MBA Consortium

University of Wyoming

Executive MBA

College of Business

Laramie, WY, USA

Valdosta State University

General MBA

College of Business Administration

Valdosta, GA, USA

Wayne State University

General MBA

School of Business Administration

Detroit, MI, USA

Western Kentucky University

General MBA

Gordon Ford College of Business

Bowling Green, KY, USA

Western New England College

General MBA

School of Business

Springfield, MA, USA

  • Emags

    This is helpful, thanks. Is there anything similar for on line / executive doctorates? I only know of a handful of AACSB accredited programs.

  • Bob

    “Ensure”, not “insure”.

  • http://www.geteducated.com Vicky Phillips

    Thanks John and All,

    If you want to see AACSB-accredited online MBA programs objectively ranked by cost, there is a list that is updated every two years by GetEducated.com, http://www.geteducated.com/online-college-ratings-and-rankings/best-buy-lists/best-buy-online-masters-mba-aacsb

    Eye-opening, as the cost range for an AACSB-accredited online MBA program ranges from just over $8,000 for Missouri residents at Southeast Missouri State to well over $119,000 from Duke University.

    Average cost is about $33,500.

    It’s it amazing that one thing — an MBA — can have such a wide price point?

    Vicky Phillips
    GetEducated.com

  • Marvin Nobody

    There’s no date on this article. From the comment dates, I’m assuming it was published late 2010, but I don’t see any reason to withhold this information. It’ll be on the web forever, no doubt, and the farther it gets from 2010, the less relevant it’ll be.

  • http://poetsandquants.com/members/jbyrne/ John A. Byrne

    Marvin,

    It was published on Dec. 4, 2010.

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