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Online MBA Rankings - GMAT Club Online MBA Vault


With the digital revolution, online MBA programs are definitely on the rise. Few of them are top ranked and established in themselves and few of them are new players in the market, including some questionable for profit B Schools which offers MBA degrees exclusively online. Lets dive into why you might consider getting your MBA online and why you might politely decline.

Pros of the Online MBA


  • Flexibility
  • Return of Investment
  • Reduced or Zero opportunity cost
  • Mostly Employer sponsored

Cons of the Online MBA


  • Reduced opportunities
  • Practically zero networking
  • Career switch - uncommon

What Should You Look for in an Online MBA?


1. Reputation - online MBA programs tend to have a weak reputation due to some of the first few programs lacking quality control and relaxed admission policy. Thus if you are getting an online degree, you want to get it from a very reputable school, ESP. From one that has a strong name recognition. Fro example UNC, Duke, or Tepper. Thus your first priority should be addressing the perceived reputation.

2. Admission standards. Review the admissions requirements; if the school does not require you to take the GMAT or any other admissions test, that could be a red flag. Remember that low standards and widespread admission was the issue that got the online programs into trouble. Low barriers to entry result into a lower perceived value by the students, lower effort, less aunity, and finally, lower quality of students.

3. Class Profile. You want to check the student profile and see how an average student and your future classmate looks like. If you see that they have no work experience, lack leadership experience, grades or test scores, that's a red flag.

Featured online MBA program: MBA@UNC


UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MBA@UNC is an innovative online MBA program that gives high-potential professionals the opportunity to earn an MBA degree online from a top-ranked U.S. business school from anywhere in the world. MBA@UNC continues UNC Kenan-Flagler’s tradition of excellence embodied by each of our top MBA programs offered on-campus. What’s different is how we deliver it. Through the use of innovative technologies and real-world immersion experiences, MBA@UNC blends the flexibility of online learning with the rigor and quality of an on-campus experience. As you earn your business degree online, you will learn along with other global managers, developing the strategic insight and leadership ability to lead top organizations around the world.


AACSB Accredited Online MBA Programs


If you’re interested in looking at online MBA programs, beware. While there are a few high quality MBA experiences online, they are few and far between. At the very least, you need to insure that the program you’re considering has been accredited by the AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. For business schools, it’s pretty much the only accreditation that matters. It is the oldest and largest global accrediting body for business schools. Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, Wharton, all the big guys are accredited by the AACSB. Everything else is beside the point.

And even AACSB accreditation does not insure a quality experience. It’s a bare minimum level of approval. Nothing more. There are many AACSB-schools that fail to measure up and provide a top flight MBA education. Again, it’s extremely important to go to the best possible school you can get into. That’s not always possible, and it’s also not always possible that you can afford to take off two years of your life and get into a top-ranked business school.

If you can’t and still want an MBA education, online alternatives are becoming more viable. The fact that Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is in the game, and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business is about to get into it, speaks volumes for this alternative way to get an MBA. There’s also IE Business School in Spain, which offers a global online degree in both English and Spanish.

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US News Ranking methodology


Student engagement (28% of ranking)


Ranking indicatorCategory weight (percent)Scoring process
Graduation rate27A school’s graduation rate relative to its program length, divided by the highest rate among all schools.
Best practices24Up to 1.6 points each for 15 different factors: policies of instructors tracking, reviewing, and providing feedback on student participation; frequencies of instructors tracking, reviewing, and providing feedback on student participation; school tracks students after graduation; collaborative coursework; formal copyright policy; anti-plagiarism policy; American Disabilities Act policy; certified instructional designers; students sign ethics statement; instructor response timeframe; instructor office hours.
Program level accreditation20AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation receives full credit; ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) or IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education) accreditation receives half credit.
Class size11A school’s mean class size and maximum class size, relative to the 20th percentile values among all schools.
One year retention rates9A school’s mean one year re-enrollment rate of new entrants divided by the highest value among all schools.
Time to degree deadline9A school that requires students to complete their degree within 1.5 times the program length receives the full score. Other schools score progressively lower the longer their time to degree deadlines.


Admissions selectivity (25% of ranking)


Ranking indicatorCategory weight (percent)Scoring process
GMAT scores30A school’s mean GMAT score of new entrants is divided by the largest mean GMAT score among all schools; this is then multiplied by its percent of new entrants who submitted GMAT scores.
GPA scores30A school’s mean GPA score of new entrants is divided by the largest mean GPA score among all schools; this is then multiplied by its percent of new entrants who submitted GPA scores.
Acceptance rate10A school’s admitted students divided by applicants, subtracted from 1 to determine a rejection rate; this is then divided by the highest rejection rate among all schools.
Employee sponsorship10The percentage of new entrants whose tuition was at least partially financed by employers.
Experience10The extent to which the following are required of new entrants: work experience in business, undergraduate business coursework, and/or undergraduate business degree. A school does not need to require all three to receive the full score.
Letters of recommendation (general)5Schools with three or more required letters receive the full value; schools that require 2 receive 0.7 value, and those that require 1 receive 0.4 value.
Letters of recommendation (professional)5Schools with one or more required letters receive full value.


Peer reputation (25% of ranking)


Ranking indicatorCategory weight (percent)Scoring process
Score100A school’s weighted mean of scores on a 1-5 scale from marginal to outstanding as submitted by peer institutions, multiplied by 20.


Faculty credentials and training (11% of ranking)


Ranking indicatorCategory weight (percent)Scoring process
Ph.D. faculty40Schools employing at least 50 percent of faculty with terminal degrees receive full score; schools with below 50 percent receive a score based on their percents of faculty with terminal degrees multiplied by 2.
Tenured faculty20Percentage of Ph.D. faculty who are tenured or are tenure-track faculty.
Financed training13A school receives full score if it supplies or fully finances formal training for new instructors in distance education teaching practices.
Hours of faculty training13The number of hours a school requires training for instructors to teach distance education courses, divided by the 80th percentile largest value among all schools. All schools with values above the 80th percentile receive the full score.
Continuing faculty education7School receives full score if it requires continuing formal education on online teaching practices for instructors.
Peer review7School receives full score if there is a formal system of peer review for instructors.


Student services and technology (11% of ranking)


Ranking indicatorCategory weight (percent)Scoring process
Student indebtedness50Half of the weight is a school’s mean student debt at graduation compared with the median such value among other schools; the other half is the percentage of a school’s graduates with debt compared with the median such value among other schools. Only schools with below median debt levels for either were awarded scores.
Technologies accessible to students28Two points each for the following: PC compliant; Apple compliant; application for tablet computer; application for smartphone; remote access to the following: live streaming audio, live streaming video, recorded audio, recorded video, software-based readers, bulletin boards, simulations, online chat rooms, visual software.
Services available to students22Two points each for remote access to the following: academic advising, bookstore, 24-7 tech support, financial aid services, digitized library, live librarian, local area network, mentoring, live tutoring, writing workshops, business school-specific career center.


2013 US News Online MBA Rankings


RankSchoolFaculty Credentials & TrainingStudent Services & TechnologyStudent EngagementAdmissions Selectivity
#1Washington State University84.24487.180
#2Arizona State University (Carey)71.74481.874
#3Indiana University--Bloomington (Kelley)75.64074.471.4
#4University of Florida (Hough)79.446.766.675
#5California State University--Fullerton (Mihaylo)834884.867
#6Central Michigan University88.74478.268.2
#7Auburn University86.63479.358.7
#8University of Connecticut80.5347664.2
#9University of Texas--Dallas75.64680.374.6
#10University of Tennessee--Martin81.737.979.373.5
#11Arkansas State University--Jonesboro1004284.659
#12Clarkson University79.446.784.662.8
#13Marist College82.647.172.773
#14Worcester Polytechnic Institute67.94474.669
#15Georgia College & State University (Bunting)95.742.77551.2
#16University of Illinois--Springfield934674.948.4
#17University of Nebraska--Lincoln733465.773.2
#18St. Joseph's University (Haub)83.53486.752.5
#19Pennsylvania State University--World Campus83.34081.246
#20University of North Texas82.64271.960.9
#21University of Michigan--Dearborn68.32281.661.7
#22University of Massachusetts--Amherst (Isenberg)71.145.375.144.9
#23University of San Diego56.93885.347
#24Quinnipiac University80.153.659.160.6
#25Thunderbird School of Global Management55.83670.845.3


US News 2013 full Online MBA Rankings

FT 2013 Online MBA Ranking


Business schoolPrincipal countryAACSB / Equis accreditationProgramme nameNumber of students enrolled
Arizona State University: CareyUSYesW.P. Carey Online MBA395
Aston Business SchoolUKYesOnline MBA29
Babson College: OlinUSYesFast Track MBA380
Bradford University School of ManagementUKYesDistance Learning MBA370
Centrum CatólicaPeruYesVirtual Managerial MBA208
Drexel University: LeBowUSYesMBA Anywhere137
Durham University Business SchoolUKYesGlobal MBA607
Durham University Business SchoolUKYesGlobal MBA (Finance)12
Euro*MBA ConsortiumNetherlandsYes*Euro*MBA58
Florida International University: ChapmanUSYesCorporate MBA404
George Washington UniversityUSYesHealthcare MBA Program338
George Washington UniversityUSYesProfessional Online MBA Programn/a
Henley Business SchoolUKYesHenley MBA by Flexible Learning1823
IE Business SchoolSpainYesGlobal MBA+ Blended196
IE Business SchoolSpainYesExecutive MBA+ Blended34
IE Business SchoolSpainYesIE Brown Executive MBA30
Indiana University: KelleyUSYesKelley Direct Programs - MBA669
Northeastern University: D'Amore-McKimUSYesD'Amore-McKim Online MBA1432
Open University Business SchoolUKYesMBA (Technology Management)180
Open University Business SchoolUKYesMBA3500
Syracuse University: WhitmanUSYesiMBA216
Tecnológico de MonterreyMexicoYesGlobal MBA404
Temple University: FoxUSYesFox Online MBA41
Thunderbird School of Global ManagementUSYesGlobal MBA On Demand212
University of Florida: HoughUSYesInternet One-Year MBA86
University of Florida: HoughUSYesInternet Two-Year MBA98
University of LiverpoolUKYesMBA1520
University of Nebraska-LincolnUSYesDistance MBA236
University of North Carolina: Kenan-FlaglerUSYesMBA@UNC203
University of Strathclyde Business SchoolUKYesStrathclyde Flexible Learning MBA160
University of Texas at Dallas: JindalUSYesOnline MBA241
University of Texas at Dallas: JindalUSYesGlobal Leadership Executive MBA67
Warwick Business SchoolUKYesThe Warwick MBA by Distance Learning1548
Warwick Business SchoolUKYesThe Warwick Global Energy MBA103
Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon UniversityUKNoMBA Oil and Gas Management272
Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon UniversityUKNoMBA85
Athabasca UniversityCanadaNoExecutive MBA809
Colorado Technical UniversityUSNoMBA in Project Management39
Colorado Technical UniversityUSNoMBA in Human Resource Management211
Colorado Technical UniversityUSNoMBA in Technology Management71
Colorado Technical UniversityUSNoMBA in Logistics Management56
Colorado Technical UniversityUSNoMBA in Global Leadershipn/a
Curtin Graduate School of BusinessAustraliaNoMBA594
Deakin UniversityAustraliaNoMBA828
Deakin UniversityAustraliaNoMBA (International)158
Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt UniversityUKNoMBA10945
EducatisSwitzerlandNoMBA International Management35
EducatisSwitzerlandNoMBA Sustainable Managementn/a
EudeSpainNoMBA3072
Instituto Europeo de PosgradoSpainNoMBA551
Isead Business SchoolSpainNoExecutive MBA150
Isead Business SchoolSpainNoMBA84
OBS Online Business SchoolSpainNoExecutive MBA115
OBS Online Business SchoolSpainNoGlobal MBA65
Oxford Brookes UniversityUKNoGlobal MBA316
RDI - Resource Development InternationalUKNoMBA (Anglia Ruskin University) at RDI166
Robert Kennedy CollegeSwitzerlandNoUniversity of Cumbria MBA (Leadership and Sustainability) at Robert Kennedy College1016
Robert Kennedy CollegeSwitzerlandNoUniversity of Cumbria MBA at Robert Kennedy College80
Royal Holloway, University of LondonUKNoMBA International Management by Distance Learning416
SBS Swiss Business SchoolSwitzerlandNoGlobal Distance MBA307
University of DerbyUKNoMBA90
University of LeicesterUKNoMBA3945
University of Maryland University CollegeUSNoMBA1737
University of Maryland University CollegeUSNoOne Year MBA35
Walden UniversityUSNoMBA2457
Walden UniversityUSANoExecutive MBA18

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