Accredited Online MBA Programs

by John A. Byrne on

AACSB seal

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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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