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
- Indiana University (Kelley), $74,520
- Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper), $141,320
- University of Southern California (Marshall), $111,663
- George Washington University, $100,883
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler), $125,589
- Lehigh University, $41,595
- Villanova University, $66,000
- Auburn University (Harbert), $35,375
- University of Washington (Foster), $78,000
- 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