What’s pushing the trend away from the GRE or GMAT when it comes to online MBA degree program application requirements? Schools are looking at more factors such as work experience, undergraduate performance and GPA, or a previously acquired advanced degree to assess an applicant’s readiness for professional and academic success. Many schools cite the advantage of a proven professional work history as opposed to the academic potential entrance exams scores may indicate.
- Northeastern University
- Colorado State University
- Florida Atlantic University
- Nova Southeastern University
- West Texas A&M University
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Northcentral University
- Florida International University
- Brenau University
Some look at an applicant who has already been through an advanced degree program at an accredited university to predict a similar positive outcome in their program. And while not all schools are engaged in this trend, there are some really stellar online MBA programs that waive or do not require any form or entrance exam scores as an application requirement. Check out our methodology for developing this ranking, and use our list of the best schools not requiring the GMAT or GRE as a great starting point for finding the business school of your dreams and professional goals!
Methodology: Looking at reputable, publicly available sources such as U.S. News and World Report, business school accrediting agencies (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, The International Accreditation Council for Business Education, and The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs), and the school’s websites, we compiled our top 40. Points were awarded by the criteria below; for programs receiving the same point value, lower tuition was given the higher rank.
- Commendation: Ranking among nationally recognized sources such as U.S. News and World Report (25%)
- Application simplicity: Ease of entrance exam waiver and/or lack of requirement (25%)
- Accessibility: Extent that the program can be accessed completely online (25%)
- Concentration areas available: Degree customization or specialization areas (25%)
Northeastern University, located in Boston, Massachusetts, had its earliest start as the Evening Institute for Young Men in 1898. Classes were offered at the Huntington Avenue YMCA, and because of the success of the classes, by 1917 the Institute became the University. The school’s first director, Frank Palmer Speare, claimed that Northeastern University (NU) began with just “an eraser and two sticks of chalk.” No matter the humble beginnings, NU has now grown to offer graduate education programs at satellite campuses in North Carolina, Washington, and California as well as Canada. Nine schools and colleges provide over 300 academic degree programs to more than 20,000 students currently enrolled. NU has partner relationships with over 3,000 organizations across the globe to provide co-op experiences to students, helping them gain professionalism and global exposure. NU is a private university with highest research activity (as classified by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education) and has regional accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Program Details: An “immersive” academic experience that can be completed in two years, the NU D’Amore-McKim School of Business online MBA degree program is for business professionals who desire to advance in the field. Providing “a rich culture of experiential learning and entrepreneurial thinking,” the 50-credit hour program is entirely online but offers optional immersions both domestically and abroad. Made up of thirteen core courses and five electives, students can choose between one of eight predetermined concentrations: Finance, Healthcare Management, High Technology Management, Innovation Entrepreneurship, International Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability. The core coursework covers all aspects of business enterprise with classes such as “Enterprise Growth and Innovation” and “Managing Ethics in the Workplace and Marketplace,” and dedicated business support services and resources are made available to all online MBA students to help them succeed. GRE or GMAT scores are not required, but for applicants with less than five years of professional work experience the scores may help strengthen the application. Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)
The Colorado Agricultural College, which was established in 1870 in the Colorado Territory, would grow to become Colorado State University (CSU) and the flagship university of the Colorado State University System. The Agricultural College was a land-grant institution thanks to the federal funding provided to states by the Morrill Act of 1862, and it was located in the area that would become Fort Collins. The first classes were offered in 1879, and the school has grown to now serving more than 30,000 students, still on the Fort Collins, Colorado campus. Offering online and on-campus programs through the eight colleges, CSU is a public coeducational research institution known for its dedication towards environmental sustainability. The school received the first-of-its-kind STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™) Platinum rating in 2015 for its green practices, and responsible environmentalism continues to be a major component of what CSU offers its students. The Higher Learning Commission grants regional accreditation to CSU.
Program Details: Taking just 21 months to complete, the CSU College of Business online MBA degree program is headed by faculty who are “experts and active researchers” in the world of business. Two MBA tracks are offered: the Online MBA (with five start date options) or the Online MBA Specializing in Marketing Data Analytics (two start dates). Both options require 42-credit hours of core courses and electives and allow up to five years to complete the degree. Additionally, students can opt to participate in an international business trip immersion experience as an elective. Other elective options include such classes as “Agile Management and Product Development,” “Strategic Selling for Business Customers,” and “Fundamentals of Real Estate Finance.” Webinar information sessions provide a solid introduction to the program and what online learning is like at CSU, and a Career Management Center provides services to current online MBA students as well as to graduates of the program. No GMAT is required to apply. Accredited by AACSB
Started as a senior-level college and graduate school, Florida Atlantic University was voted into existence in 1961 when the Florida Legislature determined to establish a public university in the southeastern area of the state. Classes began on a former army base in Boca Raton, Florida three years after the vote, and nearly 900 junior, senior and graduate students were enrolled. Becoming a full four-year institution in 1984 allowed freshman and sophomores to enroll, and now over 30,000 students call FAU their school. The main campus is still situated in Boca Raton but is joined by five statewide satellites, and FAU is part of Florida’s State University System. Designated by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as a high research institution, FAU offers nearly 200 academic degree programs and is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Through the Executive Graduate Programs Office in the College of Business, FAU’s Online MBA is presented to students entirely online. Coursework in the asynchronous program is administered by the same expert faculty as the on-campus program and can be completed in 23 months. The program requires 40-46 credit hours and offers core foundational courses such as “Financial Accounting Concepts,” “Communication Skills for Business Professionals,” and “Leadership and Organization.” Three start dates a year allow cohorts of students to begin the program and proceed through it together, and an International Business Specialization is available to students who desire a global focus. In addition, two very specialized programs are offered: the Caribbean Online MBA and the South American Online MBA. These programs mirror the Online MBA but are tailored to students residing in those two geographic areas. Applicants with four or more years of work experience are not required to take the GMAT or GRE. Accredited by AACSB
Using each other as a collective sounding board, a group of businessmen who regularly met for breakfast in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the 1960s devised a unique institution of higher education. What would become Nova Southeastern University began as Nova University of Advanced Technology in 1965 thanks to the vision of these men. Distinctly focused on the physical and social sciences, Nova offered only graduate-level coursework and degrees until 1994. That was a monumental year for the school—1994 also saw the move to the permanent campus in Davie and the merger with Southeastern University of the Health Sciences to officially form Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Eighteen schools and colleges provide almost 25,000 students with 175 academic programs and more than 250 majors. The main campus of this private nonprofit research university is still in Davie and is bolstered by the multiple satellite campuses across the state of Florida and in Puerto Rico. NSU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship offers an MBA degree program that can be customized in multiple ways. Fully online concentrations are offered in seven areas: Business Intelligence/Analytics, Finance, International Business, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Process Improvement, and Supply Chain Management. Students can pursue one concentration individually or mix-and-match to make a truly specialized degree. Core credits make up 21 hours of the program’s requirements regardless of concentration chosen, and the 39-credit hour degree can be completed in just 21 months. All prospective students are required to have an undergraduate background in business finance, statistics and accounting coursework. This lays the foundation for the MBA core classes, which include subjects like “Marketing Decisions for Managers” and “Managing Organizational Behavior in a Dynamic and Complex World.” The GMAT may be required for applicants whose undergraduate GPA does not meet the minimum requirement of 2.5. Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
#5. Ohio University
The congressional Northwest Ordinance of 1787 was the catalyst to establishing a university in the territory that would become Ohio a few years later. Headed by clergyman Manasseh Cutler and colonial militia officer Rufus Putnam, a collection of men pushed for the ordinance with the intention of creating an institution of higher learning. The Ohio University was created by the newly-formed Ohio General Assembly a year after Ohio achieved statehood, and classes began in Athens, Ohio in 1808 for three white males and their one professor. Becoming a more diverse school, Ohio celebrated the first African-American student (John Newton Templeton) as he graduated in 1828, and the first female student (Margaret Boyd) who enrolled in 1868. Nearly 37,000 coeducational students are currently enrolled in the eleven colleges housed within Ohio University. From small beginnings in a one-building institution to a campus with nearly 1,800 acres, Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Four specialization options are presented to students of the Ohio University online MBA to customize a flexible, reputable degree. Finance, Health Care, Executive Management, or Business Analytics allow students to hone their business knowledge with elective classes such as “Financial Markets and Institutions,” “Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System,” “Ethics in the Global Environment,” and “Predictive Analytics.” The 35-credit hour program provides mostly asynchronous online coursework and one Professional Development Workshop weekend residency at the beginning of the program. Additional on-campus residencies are offered but not required, and students are provided with full support resources (such as Enrollment Advisors and a personal Student Support Advisor) to help them navigate the program even from a distance. For students who desire more personal interaction, Ohio University also offers a hybrid Professional MBA program in which students participate in synchronous online classes and come to campus once a month. The GMAT is not required for admission. Accredited by AACSB
In order to provide more formally trained educators for the western part of the state, the Texas Legislature allowed for the charter of a normal school in 1909. Many towns wanted to the school to be situated in their community, but one town offered over 40 acres for the campus, funding of $100,000, and a wholesome atmosphere (there were no saloons in town to temp students away from their studies and down an unsavory path). The West Texas State Normal College opened its doors in Canyon, Texas in 1910, and 150 students were instructed by sixteen professors. Now a member of the Texas A&M University System and renamed West Texas A&M University (WTAMU), the school enrolls nearly 10,000 students currently. Almost 100 academic degree programs are offered through the residential campus in Canyon, online, or at one of the extensions or the educational ranch. As a public coeducational university, regional accreditation comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Available entirely online, the WTAMU Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business online MBA degree is an adaptable, highly-ranked program. Provided through the Department of Management, Marketing and General Business, the MBA degree ranges from 31 to 49 credit hours depending upon a student’s choice of emphasis area and if foundational courses in subjects like Statistics or Business Law are needed. There are four emphasis areas in addition to the general business track, and students can choose to focus in Computer Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Healthcare Management. Generally taking two years to complete, the program can be finished in as little as twelve months for students who choose to accelerate the pace. A selection of core coursework is offered within the areas of Accounting, Quantitative Analysis, Computer Application & Technology, Corporate Finance, Marketing, Economic Theory, and Management. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to request a GMAT waiver. Accredited by AACSB
In 1789 the North Carolina General Assembly approved the charter for a state institution of higher education to be located in the middle of the state. The cornerstone for the initial building was laid in Chapel Hill, and the school (known as UNC or “Carolina”) welcomed the first student to class in February of 1795. Claiming to be the oldest public university in the United States (along with University of Georgia and the College of William and Mary—even though UNC’s charter came later than the other schools, classes began before Georgia and William & Mary was a private institution until the 20th century), UNC now encompasses more than 700 acres and serves almost 30,000 currently enrolled students. Part of the seventeen-school University of North Carolina System and the flagship campus, UNC offers more than 250 academic degree programs in its fourteen schools and colleges. Regional accreditation comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission.
Program Details: The online MBA offered through the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School is known as the MBA@UNC. Requiring 66-credit hours and providing eight concentrations, the MBA@UNC starts with core classes such as “Analytical Tools” and “Business Strategy.” Students go on to choose from a wide selection of elective options covering topics like “Consulting,” “Leading from the Middle,” and “Managing Innovation.” All coursework is provided online in a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery, and students must participate in two required immersion experiences. The Immersion Experiences are offered quarterly, and students can choose from international locations such as Taipei, Taiwan or London, England, or domestic locations such as Chapel Hill or San Antonio, Texas (the cost is included in tuition). A wealth of resources and services are offered to students and alumni of the MBA@UNC, such as Online Learning Tools, dedicated Student Support Advisors, and the ability to take MBA electives online after graduation. GMAT/GRE scores are not required for applicants with at least seven years of relevant work experience. Accredited by AACSB
Educator and business consultant Dr. Donald Hecht established (and guided as its first president) Northcentral University (NCU) in 1996. Currently headquartered in San Diego, California, NCU is an entirely virtual, for-profit, doctoral research institution offering a “premier education that is geared to scholars who are driven to maximize their education and achieve their own particular dreams.” Five schools (School of Business, School of Technology, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, and School of Social and Behavioral Sciences) offer more than 25 academic degree programs and certificates, and all programs participate in NCU’s distinctive one-to-one-learning model. In the model, students are paired individually with a faculty member for each class taken. The dedicated and singular faculty attention allows a customized approach to the subject matter, and students benefit from a learning model that suits their exact needs. Originally regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Northcentral now receives regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Program Details: For students who want to start an online MBA program immediately, there are 52 weekly start dates for the NCU’s online MBA program, and students can complete the degree in as little as sixteen months. The ten-course, 30-credit hour degree program presents “21 professionally relevant specializations” for an extremely customizable degree, and focus areas include such varied offerings as MBA in Building Creativity, MBA in Marketing, MBA in International Business, MBA in Health Care Administration, and MBA in Criminal Justice. For all specializations, a final Capstone Business Simulation culminates the degree by testing each student’s “knowledge and assumptions in a real-world, competitive virtual environment.” NCU has developed a Guide to Online MBA Programs to help prospective students understand the determine “what to expect, how it works, and if it will fit your schedule.” There is no GMAT or GRE exam requirement for admission. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
In 1965 the Florida Senate passed Senate Bill 711 to establish a public state university for the Miami, Florida area. A team of four men, Chuck Perry, Butler Waugh, Donald McDowell and Nick Sileo, secured the funding and land to get the school going. There was an opening ceremony in 1969 for the 5,667 newly enrolled students, and Perry, who would go on to be Florida International University’s (FIU) founding president, noted the historic nature of the first day of classes as the largest-scale single opening enrollment of any university in the history of the U.S. The campus was located on the abandoned Tamiami Airport—the air traffic control tower is still there today as a symbol of the school’s tenacity. The main campus remains in Miami, but multiple campuses also operate across the state. Over 54,000 students are enrolled in the 23 schools and colleges of FIU, and this research-intense school is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: A 42-credit hour program that students can start at four different times a year, the online Corporate MBA (CMBA) at FIU is provided through the Chapman Graduate School of Business. Beginning with a required, three-day, complementary residency, the online coursework can be completed in an accelerated eighteen months, or in two slower paced predetermined track options (a twenty-month track option and a 33-month option). Core courses cover topics like “Marketing Management in the Global Environment,” “Business Analysis for Decision Making,” and “Corporate Simulation.” Specialization options are available in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, International Business, Marketing Channel Strategy, Strategic Negotiations, and Business Analytics. Three Professional Development Seminars are required within the student’s first quarter and provide guidance through offerings such as seminars in Career Services and Presentation Skills. There is no GRE/GMAT requirement for admission with four years of professional work experience. Accredited by AACSB
#10. Brenau University
The non-sectarian, not-for-profit, private liberal arts Brenau University began as the Georgia Baptist Female Seminary, a misleading name since the school was never affiliated with the Baptist church. Established in Gainesville, Georgia in 1878, the institution was a school for women to engage in “a lifetime of intellectual accomplishment and appreciation of artistic expression through a curriculum enriched by the liberal arts, scientific inquiry and global awareness.” The Women’s College holds the tradition of being only for females, but the other schools and colleges and campus locations have been open to male students since 1972. More than 3,500 students are enrolled currently through the online programs, the main Gainesville campus, and in branch campuses in Georgia and Florida. Brenau University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: The General Business MBA degree program through the College of Business & Mass Communication at Brenau University is offered entirely online or at several on-campus locations. In addition, the 36-credit hour program is joined by eleven specialization degree options that are also offered completely online. Students can pursue an MBA in Business Analytics, Human Resources Management, or Public Accounting, just to name a few of the focus areas. Choosing a specialization beyond the general business track increases the number of required credit hours, and it varies by specialization. All coursework is online, and prospective applicants can examine the wide variety of online services that Brenau offers students through the Online Student Center. Acknowledging that the “compressed nature of online learning increases the rigor” of coursework and the expectation placed upon students, Brenau strives to make sure that students are supported throughout their educational experience. Neither the GMAT nor the GRE is listed as a requirement for admission. Accredited by ACBSP
#11. Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia College was established in 1881 and was the beginning of Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW). Located in downtown Milwaukee for over a hundred years, thirteen students met for the first classes in a Lutheran church. The school originally served as a junior college to prepare future Lutheran ministers, but in 1978 The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) authorized the school to be a full four-year degree-granting institution. In 1982, the LCMS purchased a campus site Mequon, Wisconsin that had belonged to the School Sisters of Notre Dame and Concordia moved to its permanent location. Becoming a university in 1989, CUW also became the first of ten schools in the Concordia University System. Over 100 academic degree programs are offered through the six schools of CUW, and almost 9,000 students are currently enrolled. This private liberal arts college operated by the Lutheran church is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: The Online MBA degree program at CUW offers flexibility and customization through thirteen predetermined concentration options. Students can choose focus areas such as Strategic Marketing, Communications and Public Relations, Environmental Studies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Sports and Entertainment Business, just to name a few, or they can create an individualized specialization based on their elective choices. The 39-credit hour program offers asynchronous delivery for the core coursework, which includes classes such as “Ethics and Organizational Leadership” and “Management Science and Analytics,” and all electives, and concludes with a final Capstone. To assist with all aspects of the distance learning process, Concordia provides Online Student Success Advisors (OSSA) to support students and help provide guidance and program navigation assistance. These distinctive and dedicated OSSAs are in addition to the many other services and resources that are provided by CUW to online students. There is no GMAT, GRE, or thesis requirement for admission. Accredited by IACBE
#12. Liberty University
Evangelist and religious-right pastor Jerry Falwell created an institution of higher education in 1971 with the intention of influencing “the moral and ethical course of America.” Liberty University (originally named “Lynchburg Baptist College”) was established in Lynchburg, Virginia by Reverend Falwell and the congregation of the Thomas Road Baptist Church—the church he pastored. The school sits on a large campus in the mountains of Virginia and became a full university in 1985. That was also the year that Liberty began offering distance education, which has grown into one of the largest-reaching online education programs as Liberty Online. Serving 110,000 students online and 15,000 residential students, Liberty is the largest Christian-affiliated university across the globe. Over 600 academic degree programs are provided through the seventeen schools and colleges at Liberty and Liberty Online, and regional accreditation is granted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Offered within the Liberty School of Business, the Liberty Online MBA degree is a completely online program that can be completed in about two years. Eight different start dates a year allow for flexibility in this 45-credit hour program, and sixteen specializations are offered for customization (for students who desire a general MBA degree, the 100% online MBA general track requires only 36 credit hours). The specialization options are varied and include focus areas such as Criminal Justice Administration, Human Resources, Non-Profit Leadership and Management, and Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Core courses provide a solid foundation with required classes like “Business Research Methods,” “Organizational Design & Structure,” and “Policy & Strategy in Global Competition.” A host of tutorials, webinars, services, and other resources are available to assist online students advance successfully through the MBA program. Liberty does not require a GMAT or GRE test score for admissions. Accredited by ACBSP
#13. Auburn University
Auburn University began as the private liberal arts institution known as the East Alabama Male College, which was chartered in 1856. Located in Auburn, Alabama, the school was initially affiliated with the Methodist Church but came under the control of the State of Alabama in 1872 when it became a land-grant university (the first in the South) to participate in the federal funding provided through the Morrill Act of 1862. The school officially became Auburn University in 1962 and holds the distinction of being a sea- and space-grant institution in addition to its land-grant designation. With a campus of nearly 1,900 acres, Auburn houses twelve schools and colleges within its walls and online and offers nearly 30,000 currently enrolled students more than 140 academic degree programs. A public research university, Auburn is provided with regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Through the Harbert College of Business, Auburn’s online MBA degree can be completed in just over two years. All courses are delivered online in a lock-step format—the program starts with an optional on-campus New MBA Student Orientation. One required residency occurs at the finalization of the capstone course (“Integrated Business Project & Case Analysis”), and students have up to six years to complete the entire program. Online MBA students can participate in a Finance concentration or in Information Systems, and there are several dual degree options. Core courses cover topics such as “Strategic Analysis & the Competitive Environment” and “Marketing and Consumer Theory” and are taken sequentially, but electives focus on the specialization chosen and cover many different subjects (all electives are not offered each semester, so students will need to plan accordingly). The GMAT is required for all applicants except those with an advanced degree. Accredited by AACSB
#14. National University
National University caters to adult professionals, particularly military services members. Founded in 1971 by a retired Navy lieutenant commander, classes first began in 1972 to an enrollment of 27 students. Offering classes that would lead to relevant, professional-oriented degrees at night and on the weekends, the school grew to gain accreditation in 1977. Corporate headquarters are located in La Jolla, California and there are multiple campus sites across California and Nevada. Also providing over 70 programs that are completely online, National is the flagship institution in the National University System. Nearly 25,000 students are enrolled in the six colleges and schools: School of Business and Management, Sanford College of Education, School of Engineering and Computing, School of Health and Human Services, School of Professional Studies, and the College of Letters and Sciences. Regional accreditation is provided by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Program Details: Students admitted to the National University online MBA are assigned a Faculty Advisor to successfully begin the 63-quarter unit program. Advisors help students assess their career goals, choose classes and specialization area, and navigate the program. Depending upon specialization chosen, more units may be required, and the nine options include areas such as a Specialization in Mobile Marketing and Social Media, Specialization in Supply Chain Management, and Specialization in Human Resources Management. Offered through the Department of Finance and Economics in the School of Business and Management, students take foundation courses (Accounting Fundamentals, Finance Fundamentals), core requirements (such as Statistics for Business and Managerial Support Systems), general electives (ranging from International Experience to Business Simulation), and electives specific to specialization chosen. GRE and GMAT test scores are not required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA over 2.5. Accredited by IACBE
Dr. Donald E. Ross was the founder and initial president of Wilmington University, known as Wilmington College when it was established in 1968. Ross welcomed the first student enrollment of almost 200 degree-seekers in the late 1960s and led the school for almost a decade. The original (and still main) campus is located near historic New Castle, Delaware, and there are fourteen other locations statewide and in Maryland and New Jersey. Also offering online programming, Wilmington University (WilmU) has seven colleges to provide nearly 100 academic degree programs to the more than 20,000 students currently enrolled. A private coeducational non-sectarian institution of higher education, WilmU is a doctoral research level university with a low student to faculty ratio of seventeen to one. Regional accreditation has been awarded to WilmU continuously since 1975 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: The College of Business at WilmU offers an entirely online MBA degree program with ten specialization options. Students can choose from Accounting, Business Technology Management, Environmental Sustainability, Finance, Health Care Administration, Homeland Security, Management Information Systems, Marketing Management, Nonprofit Management, or Organizational Leadership to customize their degree. Students can also opt for a general business track—whichever path is chosen, students take core courses such as “Economic and Financial Environment of Business,” “Global Marketing Management,” and “Managerial Accounting.” Online student support is equal to the support offered on-campus students, with services covering advising, tutoring, and resources such as an Online Student Navigator. For prospective students who would like to experience online learning before making a commitment, WilmU provides a free online course for individuals to test out the distance education waters. Neither the GMAT nor the GRE are listed as a requirement for admission. Accredited by IACBE
#16. Belhaven University
Originally named the Belhaven College for Young Ladies, Belhaven University of Jackson, Mississippi was formed by the merger of two schools in 1883. The Mississippi Synodical College and The McComb Female Institute would combine to open for students as Belhaven and find its permanent campus in the historic Belhaven neighborhood in 1894. Now Belhaven University (as it became in 2010) has a nearly 50-acre main campus and multiple branch campuses in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. A Christian-affiliated, coeducational private liberal arts institution, Belhaven currently enrolls more than 4,000 students (both male and female since 1954). Providing education through a Christian worldview, Belhaven takes pride in preparing students “academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” Belhaven’s regional accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Program Details: The Online MBA degree program at Belhaven University is “an intense program that both advocates high academic standards and validates the Christian values” integral to the school’s mission. Available completely online through the School of Business Administration, the degree program requires 42 credit hours with a curriculum constructed of classes such as “Ethical Problems in Business,” “The Legal Environment of Business,” and “Principles of Executive Leadership.” Classes are presented in eight-week terms, and four business concentrations are available entirely online: Leadership, Human Resources, Health Administration or Sports Administration. All students are assigned a Student Services Representative as a resource to help them throughout the program, and a required new student online Orientation begins the academic journey and answers many questions that beginning students may have. The GRE is not required as part of the application process. Accredited by IACBE and aligned with the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Curriculum Guidebook and Templates
Colorado Technical University (CTU) began in 1965 as the for-profit institution of higher education known as the Colorado Electronic Training Center. The school was created by military men Colonel Richard Davis and Major Robert Turkisher to provide academic opportunities and assistance to other members of the military who were returning to civilian life and desired to go to school. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, classes were first offered in an old roller-skating rink. Now the school has grown to offer mostly online coursework and has an alumni network of more than 70,000 individuals. CTU became a full university in 1995 and has approximately 30,000 currently enrolled students in the thriving Virtual Campus and six colleges using the trademarked “Intellipath” learning system developed exclusively for CTU. Intellipath™ utilizes a student’s learning style to create the most fitting and individualized program for that student. Regional accreditation comes from the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: With a strong focus “on industry-tested strategies for planning, organizing and controlling work in organizations, and for directing, coaching and motivating people for effective performance,” the CTU online MBA can be completed entirely online. Requiring 48 credit hours, the MBA degree provides a good business groundwork with core classes such as “Strategic Human Capital Management” and Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making.” Students who do not have an undergraduate business degree will be required to also complete several foundational MBA courses that focus on “accounting; economics; finance; marketing; statistics; management; business law; ethics; business policy; business strategy; information technology; operations management; and global leadership.” There are eleven concentration options in addition to the general MBA track, and students have a range of focus area choices including Global Leadership, Marketing, and Technology Management. The GMAT/GRE is not a requirement of the admissions acceptance process. Accredited by ACBSP
Originally the female-only Saint Mary College, the University of Saint Mary (USM) was established in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Located in Leavenworth, Kansas, the main campus is now 200 acres and has been joined by a graduate campus in Overland Park, Kansas since 2000. The 1,400 currently enrolled coeducational students enjoy a low student to faculty ratio of eleven to one and nearly 40 academic degree programs. With programs both on-campus and online, USM is a private Catholic liberal arts university that welcomes students of any and all faith traditions. Stating the belief that promoting “a deep appreciation for diversity fosters spiritual growth for all,” USM maintains a membership in the Council of Independent Colleges and both honors the Catholic religious tradition and also celebrates diversity of all kinds. Regional accreditation is granted by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Program Details: With classes offered in eight-week terms, students are able to complete the University of Saint Mary online MBA in as little as one year. Six start dates a year and an entirely online format promise flexibility and convenience, and the six concentration options allow for degree customization. Students of this 36-credit hour degree program can choose to follow the General Management Concentration track, or choose from Leadership and Organizational Health, Finance, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, or Marketing and Advertising Management. All tracks take core courses such as “Business, Policy, and Ethics” and “Global Management,” and they all end with a capstone and final exam. As a dedicated resource, a specialized Master of Business Administration Resource Center provides all the support an online MBA student could need through business articles, learning tools, infographics, and student services. USM does not require the GRE or the GMAT for admission. Accredited by IACBE
Begun as a for-profit school of business called the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Science, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) now has a massive online presence in addition to being a residential institution of higher education. The school was opened by a husband and wife team in 1932 in in Manchester, New Hampshire and would become a non-profit university in 1968. Several different name changes occurred through the years, with the final name being bestowed on the school in 2001. The current campus was inhabited in 1971 and sits on 300 acres near both the cities of Manchester and Hooksett. Approximately 5,000 residential students join the 75,000 online students in SNHU’s six schools and colleges (College for America, College of Engineering, Technology & Aeronautics, College of Online & Continuing Education, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education), and this private nonsectarian institution is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Program Details: The entirely-online MBA degree program offered through the SNHU School of Business offers no less than 20 “career-focused” and widely varied concentrations such as Entrepreneurship, Forensic Accounting, Music Business, and Sustainability and Environmental Compliance. Foundation courses are required for students who do not have sufficient undergraduate business work, for all others the program requires 36-credit hours. Core course topics like “Ethics, Corporate Culture, and Social Responsibility,” “Government Impact on Business,” and “Human Behavior in Organizations” are offered in ten-week terms and can be accessed asynchronously at any time. As a leader in online learning, SNHU has perfected the student support aspect of the online student experience. Additionally, as a business school originally, SNHU has been offering business degrees for decades and can provide “a nationwide network that includes thousands of successful alumni.” No GMAT or GRE scores are required for admission. Accredited by ACBSP
#20. Excelsior College
Located in Albany, New York, Excelsior College was founded as the Regents External Degree Program (REX) in 1971. Providing outreach and education to working adults and nontraditional students was the goal of the school from the beginning as it had a priority of reaching “those historically underrepresented in higher education.” With significant grant funding from both the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation, the New York State Board of Regents was able to establish the school in the 1970s and then allow it to become its own independent institution in 1998. Upon its independence, the name “Excelsior College” was chosen to refer to the Latin word for “higher” or “ever upward.” Over 32,000 students are currently enrolled in the five schools housed within Excelsior, and this private institution of higher education is a designated military-friendly school. Excelsior is provided with regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: Students of the online MBA degree program at the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College can choose from five concentration focus areas to customize their degree. The MBA general track requires between 36 and 45 credit hours to graduate depending upon a student’s prior undergraduate coursework, and students have the potential to transfer in up to 24-credit hours (upon approval). Other tracks provide concentrations in Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resources Management, and Leadership. Foundational courses for students without sufficient upper-level undergraduate business coursework covers Economics, Organizational Behavior, and Quantitative Analysis. Regardless of the concentration track chosen, all students engage in a core curriculum with required classes such as “Information Technology,” “Managerial Finance,” and “Global Business Environment” and finish with a final Capstone course. Online students have access to resources such as an Orientation to the Online Classroom, Online Writing Lab, and Success Coaching. The GMAT/GRE is not required for admission. Accredited by IACBE
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) began in 1925 to train aviators. Originally called the Embry-Riddle Company (after the two founders, John Paul Riddle and T. Higbee Embry), the training school was located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The school survived at this campus site for five years, but reopened in Miami, Florida in 1939. Almost 30 years later, the school moved to a permanent site in Daytona Beach and was given its current name in 1970. That was also the year that a worldwide program was initiated, and in 1978 the scope of the school increased again when the Prescott, Arizona campus opened. Over 31,000 students are currently in rolled in more than 80 offered academic degree programs, which have grown from just aviation-focused degrees to cover a more diverse set of disciplines. A private university, ERAU has achieved regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Embry-Riddle’s Master of Business Administration in Aviation (MBAA) degree program is offered completely online through the College of Business Worldwide campus. Offering “specialized insight into the global business environment,” the program prepares graduates for careers in both aviation and non-aviation industry settings. Six specializations are available in the 33-credit hour program; students can specialize in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, International Business, or Public Administration. The dual goals of preparing “graduates for leadership and management roles in the business industry” and teaching “critical analytic skills in accounting, economics, international business, marketing, finance, operations research, and statistics” are met through the required coursework with classes such as “Business Policy and Decision Making,” “Managerial Finance,” and “Advanced Aviation Economics.” A final exam is required in the final Business Capstone Course to prove the mastery of knowledge gained. Admissions requirements do not include the GRE or GMAT. Accredited by ACBSP
#22. University of Kansas
The impetus for the University of Kansas began when Abolitionists moved to the Kansas Territory. They inhabited the region in the mid-1800s to live in an area untarnished by the evil of slavery and wanted to further their ideals through a university. The Territory officially became a state in 1861, and a few years later a bill was passed to make way to establish a state university. Lawrence, Kansas would be the location of the school, and in 1864 the University of Kansas (KU) was officially chartered. Preparatory classes for just over 50 coeducational students were first offered in 1866; 1869 was the year the school began offering college-level programming. A major public research institution, KU’s main campus in Lawrence is joined by additional branch campuses and extension centers around the state. More than 345 academic degree programs are offered through thirteen schools, and over 30,000 students are currently enrolled. Regional accreditation for KU comes from the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: Requiring no on-campus residency, the online MBA degree program at KU School of Business can be completed entirely online in just 27 months. Three start dates a year are available for convenience, and there are three focus areas offered for degree customization. The 42-credit hour curriculum devotes 30 credits to core coursework and twelve credits goes towards the student’s focus area choice (Finance, Management and Leadership, and Marketing.) The program is “delivered in an immersive and collaborative online environment” ideal for a diverse group of individuals, including working professionals and those who cannot uproot from their family obligations and move to attend. A Video Gallery on the KU Business School webpage provides resources and information for prospective students. Applicants who meet certain requirements (already possessing an advanced degree, seven or more years of leadership experience, etc.) may request a GRE/GMAT waiver. Accredited by AACSB
In the 1950s in Florida, a time known as “the space race” led to the establishment of the school that would become Florida Tech. The Brevard Engineering College was founded by Physicist Jerome P. Keuper, who worked at Cape Canaveral, as an institution to provide classes in science and technology as part of America’s space program. Located on a 130-acre campus in Melbourne, Florida, Florida Tech (officially named “Florida Institute of Technology”) provides “high-quality education to a culturally diverse student body in order to prepare students for entering the global workforce, seeking higher-education opportunities, and serving within their communities.” A private, coeducational research-intensive university, Florida Tech has five colleges offering both on-campus and online academic degree programs to about 6,500 currently enrolled students. Florida Tech has been granted regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: The Florida Tech completely online MBA degree program combines “academic principles with real-world applications to create a well-rounded business foundation” that can help professionals succeed in their careers. Through the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business, the program offers twelve concentrations in addition to a general track, and students can customize their education to find the perfect fit with their vocational goals. Core coursework and both directed and free-choice electives comprise the 36-credit hour program, and students participate in asynchronously delivered required classes like “Essentials of Business Development,” “Strategic Management,” and “Organizational Behavior.” Even though there is no on-campus residency requirement, students in the Florida Tech Online MBA program work collaboratively with their peers on group projects and are provided with personal attention from dedicated faculty members. Florida Tech is committed to supporting online students through their educational journey by providing many services and resources. There is no GRE or GMAT requirement. Accredited by IACBE
The two precursors to Louisiana State University (LSU) included the military academy known as the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana and the land-grant institution named the Louisiana State University Agricultural & Mechanical College. The Seminary was established in Pineville, Louisiana in 1853 (classes began in 1860) with federal grant funding, and the A&M College opened in New Orleans in 1874. The two schools merged in 1877 to become Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College (LSU’s official name). The campus for this land-, sea-, and space-grant designated institution is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and fourteen schools and colleges offer programs both on-campus and online to over 30,000students who are currently enrolled. The flagship institution of the state of Louisiana as well as the flagship of the Louisiana State University System, LSU is a public coeducational university with regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: The LSU Online MBA degree is a program that “strengthens students’ core competencies . . . skills and abilities across all business areas” and can be completed in as little as eighteen months. Presented entirely online through the E.J. Ourso College of Business, the MBA program provides 42 hours of coursework comprised of 33-credit hours of core courses and nine elective hours. Classes are available in seven week-long terms, and cover topics like “Understanding Financial Information,” “Managerial Statistics,” and “Legal Environment of Business.” Dedicated Enrollment Specialists, the Center for Academic Success Learning Strategies, and a specialized MBA Career Services center are just a few of the stellar services offered to online LSU students. Unlike the on-campus MBA admission requirements, entrance exam test scores are not required for the online program, but applicants with less than four years of professional work experience may be encouraged to submit GMAT or GRE test scores to strengthen the application. Accredited by AACSB
#25. Baylor University
A 1841 Union Baptist Association meeting in the state of Texas heard the petition for a Baptist university to be established for the state. The two most vocal supporters of the movement were Reverend William Milton Tryon and District Judge R.E.B. Baylor. They were successful in their petition, which led the Texas Baptist Education Society to seek a charter in 1844 from the Congress of the Republic of Texas. The school was formally established as Baylor University in 1845, and it began offering classes in Independence, Texas in 1846. Moving to the town of Waco in 1885 to merge with Waco University, the permanent campus location encompasses 1,000 acres. Designated as a higher-level research institution by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, Baylor enrolls over 17,000 students currently in the 250-plus academic degree programs in the twelve schools, colleges and seminary. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools provides Baylor with its regional accreditation.
Program Details: The Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University gives students the option of progressing through the online MBA degree program at an accelerated pace (with proper prior coursework) or a standard pace. Students who have an undergraduate degree in business can progress quickly through the 48-credit hours, finishing the degree in twelve months. Those who do not have a bachelor’s in business will be required to take five foundation courses in addition to the 48 credits. Classes such as “Negotiation,” “Managing Information Technology in the Business Enterprise,” and “Strategic Management and Public Policy” provide an ethical and “principled leadership” focus in line with Baylor’s religious roots. An alumni business network of over 25,000 members serves as an excellent resource to current students and future graduates in addition to the Office of Career Management, which provides specialized vocational guidance to all online students. Applicants with less than four years of relevant post-graduate experience are required to submit entrance exam scores—all others are exempt. Accredited by AACSB
Chartered in 1856 as Maryland Agricultural College, the University of Maryland secured over 400 acres of farmland to be the campus and began offering classes in 1859. Students were initially just men, and over 30 were the first to enroll. The school became a land-grant university after the passage of the Morrill Act of 1862 but struggled during the Civil War years. The state took over aspects of ownership in 1866 to help the school survive, and 50 years later the school officially became a fully-public, coeducational institution of higher education. The name was soon changed to University of Maryland (UMD), and now the school is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland with over 220 academic degree programs across fourteen schools and colleges. Almost 40,000 students are currently enrolled in this land-, space-, and sea-grant school located in College Park, Maryland, and regional accreditation comes from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Program Details: Offering an alumni network of over 60,000 business graduates, the online MBA degree program through the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park provides both a well-connected and a rigorous program. Requiring 54-credit hours, the program offers a general track as well as specializations in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Analytics, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Utilizing a “dynamic combination of asynchronous learning, live online classes and on-campus residencies,” the UMD online MBA imparts the skills that will help each student in their “pursuit of career success.” The program can be completed in just two years, and experiential learning is a hallmark of the program. Additionally, all support services are available to online students. A waiver for the GMAT/GRE requirement may be considered if the applicant has certain skills and demonstrated success in prior academic pursuits and/or sufficient and relevant professional leadership work experience. Accredited by AACSB
#27. American University
Methodist Bishop John Fletcher Hurst established American University (AU) with the support of a Congressional charter in 1893. Located in Washington, D.C., the school was meant to embody the entrepreneurial spirit of adventure and growth characteristic of the young United States. Welcoming women and students of color before most other schools would even consider doing so proved the progressive nature of the school, and 28 students were the first to enroll. That 28 has grown to a student enrollment of over 13,000 students from all 50 of the states, and there are more than 160 academic degree programs offered through the eight schools and colleges of AU. A private, coeducational doctoral-research institution, the AU campus is situated in a residential neighborhood of Washington and still enjoys a strong affiliation with the United Methodist Church and recognition from the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. Regional accreditation comes from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Program Details: Four start dates a year allow students great flexibility in beginning the online MBA degree program offered through AU’s Kogod School of Business, which is the oldest accredited business school in D.C. Concentrations in Marketing, Finance, International Business, Business Analytics, or Consulting offer customization options in the 48-credit hour program, and core courses covers topics like “Management Accounting and Operations Management,” “Business Law, Ethics and Governance,” and “Strategic Decision Making.” The MBA@American program requires two immersion experiences through the courses “Business in Capitals immersions.” One of the immersions will be at the D.C. campus and one at another location; immersions offered in the past have been both domestic and international, and have included locations in Brussels, New York City, and San Francisco. Priding themselves on the intentionally small classes and collaborative environment, MBA@American students are “supported by dedicated staff and engaged faculty.” GRE and GMAT scores are not a requirement for admission. Accredited by AACSB
Fitchburg State University began in 1894 as the State Normal School in Fitchburg in order to train teachers for the Fitchburg, Massachusetts area. Initially a two-year program, 46 women enrolled and were provided classes in a former high school. The school was successful and grew and offered a “practical arts teacher-training” program for male students—the first of it’s kind in 1911. The school expanded to become a full four-year degree-granting institution in 1932 and began offering degrees in other disciplines. Several name changes occurred before the school became Fitchburg State University in 2010. The multi-location institution encompasses a 60-acre residential campus, a 122-acre ecological and nature research area, and a 42-acre recreation area. Over 75 academic degree programs are now offered, and student enrollment has almost reached 8,000. As a public university, Fitchburg State is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Program Details: Offering three online MBA degree programs and multiple start dates (nine to be exact), Fitchburg State provides both flexibility and specialization. The MBA in Management, MBA in Accounting, and MBA in Human Resources Management all require 30 credit hours to graduate, and the core curriculum of each shares classes such as “Accounting Practices for Managers,” “Organizational Behavior and Development,” and “Management Information Systems.” The online program is taught by a caring and experienced faculty who encourage online students to be “prepared to work hard and communicate effectively.” Students can complete the program in as little as twelve months, and Fitchburg MBA graduates have high praise for the program. Student services are available to the online student with resources such as 24-hour technical support, an online library, and school-wide designation as a 2018-19 Military Friendly® School. GMAT/GRE scores are not required for admission. Accredited by IACBE
#29. Drexel University
The Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, which was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1891, would eventually become the private research institution known today as Drexel University. Established by local banker Anthony Drexel, who as an entrepreneur and altruist wanted to create a school for both men and women in his beloved city in order to encourage “each new generation of students for productive professional and civic lives while also focusing our collective expertise on solving society’s greatest problems.” Though established in 1891, classes did not begin until 1919, and the school still invokes Anthony Drexel’s original intent by allowing students to participate in an eighteen-month paid experience focused on their major. Located in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, Drexel’s fifteen schools and colleges provide more than 200 academic degree programs to a student enrollment of almost 25,000. Drexel has regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: The Drexel LeBow Online MBA gives students the flexibility to finish the degree program in as few as eighteen months or up to as many as five years. Requiring 49-credit hours, the program offers classes in topics like “Leading in Dynamic Environments,” “Essentials of Financial Reporting,” and “Legal Options in Decision Making” annually in four ten-week quarters to allow students to complete the program more quickly. Additionally, four dedicated online concentrations in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Finance, and Marketing join the General Business Track/Customized Concentration option. The online program provides the same curriculum as the on-campus program, with the added benefit of asynchronous coursework. An online “midpoint residency/consulting project” is part of the degree requirements but can also be completed online. The GMAT requirement is automatically waived for those with a terminal degree; applicants may petition for a waiver if they have three or more years of relevant, progressive work experience. Accredited by AACSB
When Northeastern University ceased its New Haven, Connecticut program during the beginning of the Great Depression, the Connecticut College of Commerce filled the educational gap for the town in 1929. The Connecticut College of Commerce would change names several times before becoming Quinnipiac University (in honor of the Quinnipiac nation that used to inhabit the area) in 2000. Quinnipiac outgrew the New Haven campus before settling in Hamden, Connecticut in 1966 and now the school has eight schools and colleges (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Engineering, School of Communication, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Education) to offer about 80 academic programs to more than 10,000 students currently enrolled. A private, nonsectarian university, Quinnipiac is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Program Details: The online MBA degree at Quinnipiac’s School of Business and Engineering provides a curriculum with rich core coursework that promises a “focus on one of the most critical qualities for a successful career as a business leader – decision-making.” Classes in this 46-credit hour program include “Foundations for Decision Making,” “Organizational Behavior and Leadership for Decision Makers,” and “Decision Making in a Global Economy.” Three MBA tracks are available to help students focus on the area of business in which they most want to engage: Finance, Healthcare Management, or Supply Chain Management. With the “easy access to helpful tools and resources along with highly responsive administrative and technical support,” students of the online MBA program will find the assistance they need to be successful. GMAT test scores are required unless a waiver is approved by the School of Business, which “takes a holistic approach to admissions and GMAT waivers.” Accredited by AACSB
Established originally as the Charlotte Female Institute, Queens University of Charlotte opened as an institution of higher education in 1857 solely for women. Located in the “Queen City” (as Charlotte, North Carolina is affectionately known), the school would go through several different names before becoming Queens College in 1912, and the campus also moved to the current location in the Myers Park neighborhood. The 1940s saw big changes as men were allowed to take classes—the school would become coeducational in 1987, allowing men to become residential students for the first time in the institution’s history. In 2002, the name was changed to Queens University of Charlotte as the school gained university status, and now more than 2,500 students are currently enrolled in nearly 50 academic degree programs that are offered through the six schools and colleges. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, this private university has regional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: The online MBA at Queens offers several unique opportunities to bolster the student’s knowledge, skills and educational experience. With coursework for the 36-credit hour program presented entirely online through the McColl School of Business, the program kicks off with an immersive on-campus residency. During the residency students will be assigned to a team of fellow students in order to “enhance the online learning experience and enable students to draw on each other’s unique perspectives” in a team-based learning approach. Students receive unparalleled support and mentorship through the Executive Coaching initiative in which they are paired with “with well-respected members of the business and professional community in order to develop advanced leadership skills that classroom experiences alone cannot provide.” There are several ways a GMAT waiver can be permitted: applicants with more than three years of professional experience who possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.00; seven or more years of work experience; a previous advanced degree; a professional certification. Accredited by AACSB
#32. Grantham University
The Grantham Radio Licensing School, which was established in 1951 in Los Angeles, California, would grow to become the online-only Grantham University. Other campus locations were established, and within a decade the U.S. Department of Education recognized the school officially. Several name changes occurred before the school became Grantham University, and now there are four colleges housed within the solely-online school. The College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Mark Skousen School of Business, the College of Nursing and Allied Health, and the College of Arts and Sciences provide over 50 online academic degree programs to more than 17,000 students around the globe. Headquartered in in Lenexa, Kansas, this for-profit institution has been provided national accreditation through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) continually since 1961.
Program Details: The MBA offered through Grantham University is an entirely online program that provides the option of pursuing the degree at an accelerated or at a standard pace. The accelerated option can be completed in just twelve months (even less if students transfer in credits) but provides the same degree coursework as the two-year standard program. Both options require 37 credit hours, and students can follow the general MBA track or choose from an MBA in Project Management or an MBA in Information Management. With weekly start dates, students can begin the program at their convenience and engage in classes such as “Strategies for Change,” “Business Ethics,” and “Managerial Economics.” Having perfected online learning as their only method of delivery, Grantham offers varied unique student resources to assist the online students, such as Student Advisors, a Teaching and Learning Center, and a Career Center. There are no GRE, GMAT or other standardized test requirements for admission. Accredited by IACBE
#33. Pfeiffer University
Begun as the Oberlin Home and School by Miss Emily Prudden in 1885 on Lick Mountain in Caldwell County, North Carolina, Pfeiffer University is strongly affiliated with United Methodist Church and would go through several changes before settling into its current embodiment. Originally started to offer high school academics, the school would first become a junior college before gaining college (1954) and then university status (1996). The name was changed to reflect the generosity of benefactors Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer and their family’s continued support, and Pfeiffer moved several times before finding its permanent campus in Misenheimer, NC. Now a branch campus in Charlotte, NC and online programs help to serve the over 1,500 currently enrolled coeducational students, and this private institution is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Program Details: Pfeiffer’s MBA degree program can be completed entirely online in about two years. The 36-credit hour program offers cores courses in topics such as “Organizational Communications,” “Economics for Leadership,” and “Legal and Ethical Environment of Business.” Four concentrations allow students to pursue a focus in the areas of Human Resources Management, Leadership, International Studies, or Financial Fraud Investigations. Additionally, for students who would like to also pursue a degree in Healthcare Administration or a Master of Science in Leadership, two joint MBA options are available entirely online: the MBA/MHA Joint Degree Program and the MBA/MSL Joint Degree Program. Both joint programs require 54 credit hours and take about three years to complete. Pfeiffer’s Waiver Policy: Waived for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 and at least 5 years of relevant work experiences as documented with a professional resume. Also waived for applicants with a graduate degree from an accredited institution. Accredited by ACBSP
#34. Webster University
Founded as Loretto College in 1915 by the Sisters of Loretto religious order in St. Louis, Missouri, Webster University holds distinction as one of the oldest Catholic women’s colleges to be opened west of the Mississippi River. The school began with five students but has grown to over 20,000 currently enrolled students. In 1967 the school set precedent as it came under the control of a lay Board of Directors. Main campus is located in Webster Groves (a suburb of St. Louis), and Webster has branch campuses to help house five schools and colleges: The College of Arts & Sciences, the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology, the School of Communications, and the School of Education. The name “Webster” was bestowed on the university in 1983, and regional accreditation has been granted by the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: The Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology MBA degree program can be taken entirely online, and offers many specialization emphasis areas to customize the degree. Concentrations range from Business and Organizational Security Management to Gerontology to International Relations to Media Communications, just to name a few of the areas. The credit hour requirements vary based on specialization chosen—the general MBA requires 36 credit hours. The 27-credit core MBA curriculum is the same for all focus areas and provides a solid business foundation with classes such as “Strategy and Competition,” “Applied Business Statistics,” and “Operations and Project Management.” Specific Walker School of Business resources are available and provide support through services such as the Graduate Career Management center. There is no admission requirement for entrance exam scores such as the GRE or the GMAT. Accredited by ACBSP
A school that had its earliest beginnings in 1743, the University of Delaware was actually begun in Pennsylvania. Presbyterian Reverend Dr. Francis Alison established the school after the Presbytery of Lewes put out a petition to create a school to educate clergy. In 1765, the school moved to Newark, Delaware. Becoming the degree-granting NewArk College in 1834, the school again changed names to Delaware College in 1843. In 1921 the institution would merge with the Women’s College of Delaware to form the coeducational University of Delaware (UD). Seven colleges offer more than 400 academic degree programs and certificates to over 23,000 currently enrolled students. The largest university in the state (with a campus of over 2,000 acres), UD is designated as a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution with very high research activity as classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Regional accreditation comes from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: The entirely online UD MBA through the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics can be completed in just sixteen months. Five concentrations offer a choice of emphasis in Business Analytics, Healthcare, Finance, Strategic Leadership, or International Business, and students can choose just one or a combination for broader focus. The program requires 44 credits for one concentration; students choosing a dual concentration must complete 47 credits, and students who desire three concentration areas take 53 credits. Core coursework covers topics like “Managing People, Teams and Organizations,” “Economic Analysis for Business Policy,” and “Corporate Strategy.” A personal Career Coach, Graduate Executive Mentors, and many other resources are available for the MBA student through the Lerner Career Services Center, and prospective students who cannot make it to Newark to tour the campus are invited to take a virtual tour. A waiver for the GMAT/GRE exam score requirement is available based on and applicant’s undergraduate GPA, relevant work experience, and previous math education history. Accredited by AACSB
Rochester Institute of Technology began as a group of individuals coming together to cultivate and engage in the promotion of the arts and sciences. Called the Athenæum, it was established as an organization in Rochester, New York in 1829. Merging with other associations and building a collection of over 8,000 books, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was officially born as a university in 1944. Growing in scope and size, the school moved to its current campus on 1,300 acres in Henrietta, NY in the 1960’s. A private doctoral research institution within the Rochester metropolitan, RIT provides over 18,000 currently enrolled students with more than 200 academic degree programs in nine colleges (including the National Technical Institute for the Deaf) and three smaller entities (RIT Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, Golisano Institute for Sustainability, and University Studies). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education provides RIT with regional accreditation.
Program Details: The Online Executive MBA degree program (EMBA) at RIT’s Saunders College of Business is ideal for professionals who are already well-entrenched in the business world but desire to sharpen and further develop their current skills and techniques. A seventeen-month program, two start dates are offered each year. All students begin the program with an on-campus three-day orientation residency before engaging in the 100% online coursework. Another residency requirement is the International Seminar, which is a week to ten-day long “business and cultural educational trip” (expenses and travel arrangements are handled by RIT). Past seminars have traveled to Prague, Ho Chi Minh City, Budapest, Dubai, Milan and Munich. During this trip, students participate in a real-world client consultation project. The 47-credit hour curriculum is delivered synchronously and includes classes such as “Managing Technology, Innovation and Research,” “Managing New Product Commercialization,” and “Valuation and Capital Budgeting.” There is no GMAT/GRE score requirement. Accredited by AACSB
#37. Syracuse University
In 1870, the State of New York issued a charter to establish an institution of higher education in Syracuse. Classes began the following year for 41 individuals, and both male and female students were admitted from the beginning. Within the first decade, classes went from beginning offered in downtown Syracuse to the construction of a permanent campus. Currently sitting on nearly 700 acres, Syracuse University is a private nonsectarian research university with the highest level of research activity (as designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education). Desiring to “support student success,” Syracuse has a vision to “be a pre-eminent and inclusive student-focused research university, preparing engaged citizens, scholars, and leaders for participation in a changing global society.” Almost 23,000 students are currently enrolled in Syracuse’s thirteen schools and colleges, and the school is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Program Details: Offered by the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, the MBA@Syracuse (as the online MBA degree program is called) is the same highly-regarded Syracuse MBA just with the added benefits of online convenience. Start dates are offered at four different semester beginnings, allowing students to complete the degree in just two years. The coursework is online, and three in-person residencies—either at the Syracuse campus or at another major city (national or international)—are required. Six specializations are offered in this 54-credit hour program, and classes are offered in subjects such as “Legal and Ethical Environment of Business” and “Operations & Supply Chain Management.” Online MBA students “have access to high-level career services” such as a Virtual Career Center, individualized Career Coaching, Networking opportunities, and other resources. A GRE/GMAT waiver is an option for applicants who possess at least five years of professional work experience. Accredited by AACSB
#38. University of Denver
The University of Denver was begun by Methodists in 1864 as the Colorado Seminary in the hopes of providing a calming and civilizing presence in the area. The school was opened in the Rocky Mountains region in Denver, Colorado, which had only been a city for six years and in which the wild west attitude very much still prevailed. The city was predominately a mining camp at that point in time, within less than 20 years the school would move outside of the city and to an old potato farm on the outskirts of town. Even though the name of the school is still officially “Colorado Seminary” (as evidenced by the institution’s W-9 form), the name was changed to the University of Denver (DU) in 1880. Ten schools and colleges make up the university and offer over 300 academic degree programs to 12,000 students both on-campus and online. DU is a coeducational private research university with regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.
Program Details: The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver provides the MBA@Denver online degree program. With face-to-face synchronous classes that allows students to interact as if they are in the classroom together and the flexibility to complete coursework at one’s own pace, the 60-credit hour program is a comprehensive experience that can be completed in just 21 months. To reinforce the relational aspect of online learning, all students participate in two in-person immersions—one of which is in Denver. Current upcoming destinations for the second immersion include New York, South Africa, and Italy. Students can opt to pursue an online concentration in either Marketing or Finance; adding a concentration increases the degree requirements to 68 credit hours. A dedicated business career resource, Daniels Career Services, provides 24/7 support to online MBA students. There are multiple ways to receive a GMAT/GRE waiver—check the DU online MBA admissions requirements webpage for details. Accredited by AACSB
#39. Norwich University
The American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy—the precursor to Norwich University—opened in 1819 in Norwich, Vermont. Captain Alden Partridge, a retired West Point Academy instructor, developed the school to create an academic program combining liberal arts with civil engineering and military sciences. Terming it an “American System of Education,” this programmatic vision of Partridge’s would develop through the years and lead to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. The school moved a few times before becoming permanently situated on a campus in Northfield, Vermont. By 1898 the school was a full university and recognized as “The Military College of the State of Vermont.” The oldest private military institution of higher education in America, Norwich is a coeducational university with nearly 3,500 student, five schools and colleges, and over 50 academic degree programs. Norwich has regional accreditation through the New England Association of Schools.
Program Details: Offering six concentration options and a general MBA track, the online MBA degree program at Norwich University “is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to become an effective business leader within all areas of business enterprise.” Concentrations are “industry-relevant” and focus on Project Management (this concentration is also accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs), Construction Management, Energy Management, Finance, Organizational Leadership, and Supply Chain Management & Logistics. The career-driven curriculum provides “a strong foundation of knowledge and context” upon which a student can build their skills and business savvy. Students take one course at a time, and Norwich provides a great deal of resources and services to help them succeed. All Norwich online master’s programs culminate in a week long on-campus residency capstone. There is no GRE/GMAT requirement. Accredited by ACBSP
The College of William & Mary was established by royal charter from English King William III and Queen Mary II in 1693, making it the oldest institution of higher education in the United States behind Harvard University. The school was located in the Virginia colony in a village that would become Williamsburg in 1696. The oldest United States college building still in use, the Wren Building, is on the campus of William & Mary and was constructed in 1695 to provide classes to the first students. The school became ceased to be private in 1906, and now this public coeducational research university has two campus locations on over 1,200 acres, more than 60 academic degree programs, and a current student body enrollment of more than 8,500. Through “small classes, close interaction between professors and students, and the intense experience of discovery through research and service,” students thrive in this Public Ivy school with regional accreditation though the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Program Details: The Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary presents a 49-credit hour Online MBA for “passionate business-minded individuals.” The twelve-course program can be completed in as little as 24 months, and all classes are offered online asynchronously. The Online MBA residency is held twice a year—online students are only required to attend the Friday through Sunday on-campus residency once, but are invited to participate in as many as they like. Unique to the William & Mary MBA is the idea of the “Wicked Problem,” in which “a problem with an unknowable set of potential solutions” is identified, explored, and ultimately grappled with to help students “think critically in order to tackle the complex issues that exist in modern business.” For applicants with sufficient work experience, an advanced degree, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and “demonstrated preparedness,” a GMAT/GRE waiver may be available. Accredited by AACSB