Why This Matters

  • U.S. ADDING 807,300 NEW MANAGER POSITIONS

    Individuals with MBA degrees typically go on to fulfill leadership and management roles within their organizations. Demand for these types of jobs is expected to continue at a steady pace through 2026.

  • BUSINESS, FINANCE JOBS INCREASING BY 10%

    The business and financial sectors are expected to grow at a faster than average pace. The best job prospects are in accounting and auditing, financial management and planning, and market research and analysis.

  • AN MBA INCREASES EARNING POTENTIAL BY 16K

    According to Payscale.com, individuals with an MBA earn an average annual salary of $79,000, compared to $63,000 per year for individuals who have only a bachelor’s degree in business.

Our Research

An Online Master’s in Business Administration opens a wide range of opportunities to enter or level up your career in almost every industry – whether you have a background in business or not. In addition to offering a generalist online MBA, most programs also offer concentrations like IT systems and entrepreneurship to customize your online MBA.

To find the best Online Master’s in Business Administration, we evaluated each program based on three criteria: the strength of its generalist curriculum; the ability to customize each degree to a particular industry or skill set; and its return-on-investment. Together, these metrics create our Intelligent Score, which ranks each university on a scale from 0 to 100.

Our top picks for the best online MBA will solidify your general business skills while giving you the opportunity to specialize, without breaking the bank. For complete details, see Our Ranking Methodology.

  • 55 Hours of Research
  • 116 Programs Evaluated
  • 356 Education Programs We Compared

The Top 52 Online MBA Programs

Best Online MBA Degree Programs
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What You Should Know About This Degree

We’re confident that our Top 50 Online Master’s in Business Administration degrees are the right fit for many people. That said, if you want to rely on your school to organize the bulk of your networking, they won’t be the right fit for you. Some of them might offer networking events if you make the trek out to campus, but none of them have mandatory on-campus events for online students. Instead, you’ll want to track down your own networking opportunities to make connections.

You should also be aware that almost all of our programs require a background in business — whether professional or educational. If you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree in business, it’s likely they’ll ask you to take some foundational courses to catch up before you can begin the program itself. How programs handle prerequisites varies by school, so you’ll need to check in with your admissions or degree advisor to see how many credit hours you’ll need to take.

What’s Next?

Check out our list of the best online MBAs and take a closer look into what specializations, concentrations, and electives they offer. Depending on your preferences, you might like the straightforward route some programs offer with direct concentrations, or you might prefer building your own online MBA degree with a number of free electives.

Keep in mind that if you already know the industry you’d like to work in — no matter how niche — there’s probably an online MBA program tailored to help you in that field. In our research, we found the expected concentrations — accounting, marketing, etc. — but also some more particular ones, like cybersecurity, sports management, and aviation.

Finally, you’ll need to keep an eye on state authorizations. Like every online degree, if you apply to a university that’s out-of-state, you’ll need to make sure that your home state has an agreement to accept online degrees from your university’s state. Each school should have a “state authorization” page, but since authorizations can vary by program, check in with an admissions counselor to make sure your state will recognize your online MBA degree as valid.

 

Rankings Outcome

Group A

Either AACSB or ACBSP Accreditation, then in order of Intelligent Score

  1. The University of Baltimore
  2. Mercer University
  3. West Texas A&M University
  4. Texas A&M University Kingsville
  5. The University of Scranton
  6. Washington State University
  7. University of Wisconsin Whitewater
  8. University of Wisconsin MBA Consortium
  9. Lamar University
  10. University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  11. University of South Florida St. Petersburg
  12. Missouri State University
  13. Oklahoma State University
  14. Ball State University
  15. University of Delaware
  16. University of Alaska Fairbanks
  17. Maryville University
  18. Colorado State University
  19. University of South Dakota
  20. Frostburg State University
  21. Emporia State University
  22. The University of Louisiana Monroe
  23. Minnesota State University Moorhead
  24. University of North Alabama
  25. The University of Kansas
  26. The University of Tennessee – Martin
  27. Florida Atlantic University
  28. Quinnipiac University
  29. University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  30. University of North Dakota
  31. Arkansas State University
  32. Louisiana State University Shreveport
  33. Southern New Hampshire University
  34. University of St. Francis
  35. Park University
  36. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  37. The University of Arizona
  38. Murray State University
  39. Liberty University
  40. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  41. King University
  42. Widener University
  43. Midwestern State University
  44. Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  45. Jacksonville State University
  46. Rowan University
  47. University of Houston Victoria
  48. Montclair State University
  49. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  50. University of Bridgeport
  51. University of North Carolina Wilmington
  52. Georgia Southwestern State University
  53. University of New Hampshire
  54. City University of Seattle
  55. Northeastern University
  56. Ferris State University
  57. The University of Mississippi
  58. Drexel University
  59. Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge
  60. Baylor University
  61. Rider University
  62. University of Florida
  63. Temple University
  64. University of Colorado Denver
  65. Rochester Institute of Technology
  66. New Jersey Institute of Technology
  67. Cleveland State University
  68. University of Dallas
  69. Alvernia University
  70. Kettering University
  71. Rutgers University
  72. Youngstown State University
  73. Marquette University

Group B

IACBE Accreditation, then ranked by Intelligent Score

  1. (74) Lynn University
  2. (75) Campbellsville University
  3. (76) Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  4. (77) University of Mary
  5. (78) University of Saint Mary
  6. (79) Hope International University
  7. (80) Belhaven University
  8. (81) Fitchburg State University
  9. (82) Bemidji State University

Group C

Other Accreditation, then ranked by Intelligent Score

  1. (83) Walsh University
  2. (84) Cornerstone University
  3. (85) Spring Arbor University
  4. (86) Averett University
  5. (87) Benedictine University
  6. (88) Regis University
  7. (89) California State University Monterey Bay