Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

The Best Online MBA Programs Of 2021


Kelley School of Business Kelley Business School at Indiana University/Photo by Josh Anderson

The online MBA market is fast-moving and dynamic. A record 47 Online MBA programs are included in this year’s ranking.

POETS&QUANTS’ BEST ONLINE MBA PROGRAMS OF 2021

  1. Indiana University (Kelley), $74,520
  2. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), $141,320
  3. University of Southern California (Marshall), $111,663
  4. George Washington University, $100,883
  5. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), $125,589
  6. Lehigh University, $41,595
  7. Villanova University, $66,000
  8. Auburn University (Harbert), $35,375
  9. University of Washington (Foster), $78,000
  10. Santa Clara University (Leavey), $83,510

THIS YEAR’S TOP TEN INCLUDES NEWCOMERS AND SURPRISES

Kelley has been knocking at the first-place door in each of the three previous annual rankings, finishing second twice and third once behind Carnegie Mellon and USC Marshall. It is also the most affordably priced of the winners at $74,520, some $37,000 less than the online MBA at USC, and about $67,000 under the hybrid online MBA at Carnegie Mellon.

Following third-place USC Marshall is George Washington University’s Online MBA, which surged 20 spots from 24th last year to fourth this year. George Washington’s meteoric surge was buoyed by a second-place finish in our admissions methodological category. The University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School’s online MBA program gained two spots, moving from seventh last year to fifth. Villanova’s School of Business also catapulted 21 spots from 28th last year to seventh this year, thanks to a second-place finish in the academic experience portion of the methodology. Newcomers University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business debuted in the rankings at ninth and 10th, respectively.

Update: Since the publication of our new ranking, U.S. News and the Financial Times have come out with new lists of the best online MBA programs. The biggest takeaway from these assessments? A small group of schools tend to dominate, showing up in the Top Ten across all the most significant lists. They include Indiana Kelley, UNC Kenan-Flagler,, and the University of Florida. Kelley Direct was named the MBA Program of the Year for 2020 by Poets&Quants.

THE ONLINE MBA MARKET IS FAST-MOVING AND DYNAMIC

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