The  2011 GMAC Application Trends Survey reports overall MBA applications are still on the decline, a trend that began in 2009. Over half of participating full time programs received fewer applications than the previous year. Such declines in full and part-time study are expected throughout a recession, but one interesting finding from the report is the significant increase in foreign applicants. Last year 45% of the applicant pool came from outside the US. India and China in particular dominated the foreign applicant demographic. 61% of programs report India as their top source of international talent and China is now the largest growing source of foreign applicants.

What’s causing this spike in international appeal? Surely not easier admission. One other key finding from the survey is all programs report the quality of applicants and their credentials actually increased from the previous year. Overall applications are down yet those who do apply make up a very competitive field – because the education is still incredibly worthwhile.

The MBA is still worth it

GMAC’s 2012 Alumni Perspectives Survey answered the perpetual question of whether or not the MBA still makes financial sense. 75% of alumni from the class of 2011 said they could not have obtained their job without their MBA, a number much higher than earlier in the decade. Over 90% of the alumni said the job they chose after graduation was exactly what they were looking for and 82% reported their salary met or exceeded expectations. More importantly, alumni 10 years out of school said they nearly doubled their return on investment.

The Online MBA is a unique opportunity

An interesting point in the Alumni Survey is how one specific alumni age group, those 28 to 34, were much more likely to indicate their education essential to finding a job. This age group is often in the midst of starting a real career and even beginning a family as well. Because of the constraints of traditional MBA programs, not everyone is able to compromise their lifestyle and commitments to study for a new degree. With the growth of accredited online MBA institutions, there are now educational possibilities for individuals who were previously unable to devote time necessary for completion of a program. Not only are online programs flexible for all sorts of schedules, they are often more affordable, allowing a whole new demographic to develop business skills and advance in their desired careers.

Ranking methodology

One of the primary factors that determine the success of an online MBA program is careful selection of the right program based on a myriad of criteria. That is where rankings come in. By carefully analyzing data from reliable sources like the National Center for Education statistics and College Results, rankings can be formulated to help prospective students find the best program for their individual needs.

Our rankings include a compilation of data students will find useful as they go through the program selection process. One of the top criteria used to rank schools is the affordability of the education, including tuition rates and financial aid option. Affordability also boils down to how long it takes to complete a program and how many credits are required to earn a degree. The value of the school may also be determined by additional benefits the school provides, such as student perks, program perks and alumni resources.

Reputation and prestige also play a role in ranking scores, which takes into account accreditation and awards the school has received. The quality of the institution is determined by enrollment statistics, as well as retention and graduation rates. Academic quality is of high importance and includes factors like the competitiveness of admission, design and efficiency of the online program and flexibility of coursework. Profiles of the faculty and diversity of the student body are also considered, as well as additional resources available to students beyond the virtual classroom.

1. University of Florida

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, Florida, and boasts 16 different colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes within its network. This large southern college is home to more than 50,000 students each year, with even more now reaping the benefits of their online degree programs. The UF MBA program was established nearly a decade ago, as one of the first to offer a fully accredited online degree.

What Makes it Unique – Students who enroll in the UF MBA program online have a choice of a one-year or two-year program, depending on whether they already have a business degree and practical business work experience. The program has been ranked #1 by The Economist.

Accreditation – The UF MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – the same organization that provided accreditation to the University of Florida Warrington College of Business Administration.

How to Apply – To begin the application process for the UF MBA online program, visit the admissions page at http://floridamba.ufl.edu/admissions/apply.asp. All of the steps in the application process are clearly outlined, and links for all relevant documents are included.

2. Regis University

Department Page Visit here

Quick Data – Regis University strives to teach leadership qualities consistent with Judeo-Christian values, so students can make a positive impact on their communities. The school was founded in 1877 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and moved to Colorado in 1884.

What Makes it Unique – The curriculum for the Regis online MBA program is updated regularly to ensure the material reflects the latest business trends and technology. The program has consistently been ranked in the top 25 online MBA programs by TheBestColleges.org.

Accreditation – Regis University was first accredited in 1922 by the Higher Learning Commission. Accreditation was extended to distance programs in 2006 by the same accrediting agency.

How to Apply – The steps for applying to the Regis online MBA program can be found at http://cps.regis.edu/degrees-mba.php. The page also includes links to the online application form.

3. Indiana University Bloomington

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Indiana University Bloomington is the flagship campus for Indiana University’s eight campuses across the state. Since its founding in 1820, the college’s commitment to academic freedom, innovation and creativity is unsurpassed.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program offered by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University is focused on providing students with a broad background in business law, economics, marketing, finance and other general areas of study for business majors. The program is flexible, allowing students anywhere from two to five years to earn a degree. Unlike other distance learning programs, this one can be completed almost completely online, with just two week-long trips to the campus required.

Accreditation – Kelley School of Business and its online programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Indiana University is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

How to Apply – Those interested in applying to the IU online MBA program through Kelley School of Business will find all the information they need at http://kd.iu.edu/admissions/default.htm. Information includes admission requirements, the admissions process and online forms.

4. Penn State University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Penn State University is located in University Park, Pennsylvania, where it has enjoyed a long-standing reputation as one of the top universities in the country. After humble beginnings as an agricultural school in 1863, the school has come to be known as a world-class learning community.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program through Penn State offers students a wealth of networking opportunities and an integrated curriculum. Classes are taught by faculty experts and the program is committed to the highest quality of customer service for its students.  Virtual teams offer students diverse contact with their peers and 2-year residency experiences provide valuable on-the-job training while still in school.

Accreditation – The online MBA program through Penn State University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – To apply for the online MBA program at Penn State University, visit this web page http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/penn-state-online-mba-degree-program/apply, which will give you the steps in the application process and links to online documents.

5. National University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – National University was first opened in 1971, as a means to improve accessibility of learning programs to a more diverse student population. The school offers campuses throughout California and Nevada, in addition to its online degree programs.

What Makes it Unique – National University offers a Masters of Business Administration, which prepares students for leadership roles within the business community. This school offers the same program, both online and on site, giving students plenty of flexibility and choice when it comes to earning their advanced degree. The school also offers a collection of free, non-credit courses to enhance their learning experience and better prepare them for real-life experiences after their degree is earned.

Accreditation – National University has been accredited since 1971 by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This organization accredits all schools in California, Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Basin.

How to Apply – The application process for National University can easily be completed online by going to this web page: https://ep.soar.cci.nu.edu/psp/nuse9prd/EMPLOYEE/PSFT_NUSS9PRD/c/NU_SELF_ SERVICE.NU_OA_REGISTRATION.GBL. Applicants will be asked to provide a password and receive a unique ID before the process can commence.

6. University of Missouri

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – The execMBA is the online MBA program offered by the University of Missouri. Located in Columbia, Missouri, this university has been providing students with a high quality education since 1839, as the first public university west of the Mississippi River.

What Makes it Unique – The execMBA through the University of Missouri offers a unique combination of online and on site learning. Seventy-five percent of coursework is completed online and the rest is done on campus, in small classrooms where students receive plenty of individual attention from professors. The program provides the same curriculum and faculty as the University of Missouri’s nationally recognized MBA program. An 8 to 10-day international residency improves global exposure for graduates of this program.

Accreditation – The execMBA through the University of Missouri is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – An online application for the execMBA program is provided at http://execmba.missouri.edu/application.php. Students are asked to include a personal statement, resume, transcripts and a letter of endorsement when applying.

7.      Southern Illinois University

Department Page – Visit here

Quick Data – Southern Illinois University has come a long way from its beginnings as a second teachers college for the state in 1869. Since its inaugural class of 143, this school in Carbondale, Illinois, has grown to become one of the most comprehensive public universities in the state. The online MBA is a rigorous program that allows professionals the chance to further their education in a flexible academic environment.

What Makes it Unique – The structured, 24-month cohort-based program allows professional students the needed flexibility to pursue a higher degree in a technologically-advanced format. The program includes professional development services specifically designed to address the needs of current professionals.

Accreditation – The online MBA, like the rest of the Southern Illinois University, College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – The application process for the online MBA at Southern Illinois University is outlined on the school’s website at  http://onlinegrad.business.siuc.edu/Application/Pages/default.aspx. Students will also find a link to the online application here.

8. Georgia Southern University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 and is one of the premier public universities in the state today. The school is located in Statesboro, Georgia, and offers more than 115 degree programs in eight different schools, as well as a variety of online degree programs like the online MBA.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program at Georgia Southern University offers the same rigorous curriculum as their MBA on campus, but with the flexibility professionals require to complete their degree without interruption to their current career track. The Georgia WebMBA is a 30-hour program that appeals to professionals from a broad business background. The school is ranked at the top among regional schools with similar online MBA programs.

Accreditation – Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

How to Apply – The application process for the online MBA program at Georgia Southern University can be completed online at this web page: http://cogs.georgiasouthern.edu/gradadmin/applytogradschool. Applicants are required to set up an account before commencing the application process.

9. University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was chartered in 1869 and recently celebrated its 143rd birthday. The school is located in the heart of Lincoln, Nebraska and is considered a top-rated public university today. The online MBA is just one of many programs in distance education the school currently offers.

What Makes it Unique– The online MBA at the University of Nebraska offers a general MBA or students can choose a specialization in agribusiness, finance, marketing and international business. The program is 100% online and offers students the same MBA curriculum and faculty as the on-campus program.  The flexibility of the modular scheduling allows busy working professional the opportunity to participate in an internationally recognized program without putting your career on hold.

Accreditation – In addition to the University of Nebraska accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, the online MBA program is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply– The application process for the University of Nebraska’s online MBA program is the same as the application process for all of the schools graduate studies, and can be found at  http://mba.unl.edu/distance/prospective/admissionrequirements.aspx. The application can be completed online.

10. Oklahoma State University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Oklahoma State University has enjoyed a long and illustrious history since its humble beginnings in 1890 as an agricultural and mechanical college. The school has three different campus locations throughout the state; Stillwater, Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The primary campus is located in Stillwater. The online MBA program is offered through the Spears School of Business in Stillwater.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program at Oklahoma State University strives to provide students with the same interactive approach to graduate studies that students on campus enjoy. The program incorporates a team-oriented focus that benefits students after graduation in a professional world that emphasizes the need to work well as a member of a larger unit. Unlike other online MBA programs, this school does not require students to have a certain number of years of professional experience before they can apply.

Accreditation – As part of the Spears School of Business, the online MBA program through Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – Students must be accepted into the Oklahoma State University Graduate College before they can apply for the online MBA program. Once that step is complete, students can find information about admission into the online program at http://spears.okstate.edu/distance/graduate/enroll/.

11. Brandman University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – As a part of the Chapman University System, Brandman University started in 1958 as a means of providing professional adults the ability to further their education in a flexible environment. Today, the college offers more than 50 degree programs that combine both online and on site study at 26 locations throughout California and Washington. Students can also find programs that are fully online for added flexibility.

What Makes it Unique – Brandman University understands the needs of working adult students; because that is the demographic it has strived to serve since its inception more than 50 years ago. The school offers a unique focus on sustainability and innovation, as its professors work to keep up with the latest technology and business trends occurring in real-world industries. This program is available fully online or with an integrated approach that combines online course work with on-site studies at one of 17 of Brandman’s campus locations.

Accreditation – Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

How to Apply – The application process for Brandman University’s online MBA program can be completed online at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=brandman. Students are asked to create an account with the school before the application process can commence.

12. Chadron State College

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Chadron State College, located in Chadron, Nebraska, is a member of the Nebraska State College System. Since its inception in 1911, the school has provided students a rich academic experience. Today, Chadron State College offers both 100% online degree programs and integrated programs that combine online studies with on-site coursework. The MBA program is offered fully online.

What Makes it Unique – Courses in the 36-credit hour program are offered in an 8-week format with two 8-week sessions available every semester.  Students can complete the degree in as little as one year or as many as seven years so they can complete courses as their schedule permits. The college designed its graduate program primarily for mid-level managers with coursework focusing on leadership skills and basic business courses that will add to the professional’s current body of knowledge.

Accreditation – Chadron State College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The School of Business, where the online MBA program is located, is also accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

How to Apply – The application process for the online MBA program at Chadron State College can be fully completed online at https://www.csc.edu/apply/now/.  There is no application fee. Students will be asked to create an account with the school before beginning the application process.

13. Charleston Southern University

Department Page – Visit here

Quick Data – Charleston Southern University is a Christian university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The school was founded in 1964 and is located in Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston Southern University offers 57 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate programs, including their online MBA degree.

What Makes it Unique – Charleston Southern University’s online MBA program can be earned in less than two years, with only 10 courses (30 credit hours) required to earn a generalized MBA. The school also allows students to take additional coursework in accounting, management information systems, finance or organizational development if they want to specialize in one of these areas. Unlike many other graduate programs, Charleston Southern University does not require students to take the GMAT in most cases if a student’s undergraduate GPA was 2.75 or higher.

Accreditation – Charleston Southern University is accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

How to Apply – The steps for applying to the online MBA program through Charleston Southern University are available online at https://www.applyweb.com/apply/chsug/index.html. Test scores, transcripts and professional recommendations must be submitted with the online application.

14. Fort Hays State University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Fort Hays State University has a long history of serving students throughout the Midwest and abroad since its founding in 1902. The school, located in Hays, Kansas, prides itself on it forward-thinking philosophies that tend to attract those with an entrepreneur spirit looking for both undergraduate and graduate programs. The school currently offers 28 academic departments with hundreds of different degree programs, including their online MBA.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program at Fort Hays State University is specifically designed with the working professional in mind, with the latest technology to help students stay connected with professors and one another via the Internet. The MBA program includes a wide range of specializations, including accounting and finance, health care management, human resources management, information assurance, international business, leadership studies, management information systems and tourism and hospitality management. The online MBA program requires 34 hours of coursework, with an additional 12 hours for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business.

Accreditation– Fort Hays State University is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

How to Apply – The instructions and online application for Fort Hays State University can be found at http://www.fhsu.edu/academic/gradschl/apply/. Transcripts, a personal statement and a professional recommendation must be submitted with the application.

15. Freed-Hardeman University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – The history of Freed-Hardeman University dates back to 1869, when the school first began operating as a private high school and college for the town of Henderson. It is named for one of the school’s presidents, Arvy Glenn Freed, and vice presidents, N.B. Hardeman. This Christian university eventually grew to become a private institution dedicated to academic excellence, while instilling Christian values into its students. The school is located in Henderson, Tennessee.

What Makes it Unique – Freed-Hardeman University’s MBA program is founded on an ethical, character-driven perspective that instills these principles into all of its students. The program can be completed entirely online or in a combination of online and classroom studies. Degree completion requires 36 hours of study, with an area of specialization chosen by the student. Choices include accounting, corporate responsibility or leadership. The MBA program is broken down into eight-week sessions, beginning in January, March, May, August and October.

Accreditation – Freed-Hardeman University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The business school is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

How to Apply – The application process for the online MBA program at Freed-Hardeman University can be completed online at . Grades, test scores and professional experience must be included on the online application.

16. Hofstra University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Hofstra University is a private institution located in Hempstead, New York on Long Island. The school was founded in 1935 and currently offers approximately 140 undergraduate and 150 graduate programs, including their online MBA program. The online MBA is provided through Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business.

What Makes it Unique – The Zarb School of Business is home to more than 80 full-time faculty members, many of whom contribute to the online MBA program. The university was the first in the state to offer a focus on strategic business management, and small class sizes in a totally digitalized environment. Students can earn their online MBA within two years, although some may take longer to complete the program if their working schedules are particularly demanding. The program has an international focus and students have the opportunity to interact with professionals in New York industries, as well as global corporations.

Accreditation – Hofstra University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Zarb School of Business is also accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – The application for the online MBA program through the Zarb School of Business can be accessed at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=hofstragrd. Students will be asked to create an account when applying, so they can access their application throughout the process.

17. University of North Carolina

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – The University of North Carolina is one of the older institutions of higher education in the United States, dating all the way back to 1789, when it was first chartered. The school is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and prides itself on its diverse student population and an academic environment that is second-to-none. The online MBA program is offered through the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA at the University of North Carolina offers students the opportunity to earn a higher degree even while they are still working in the professional world. The Kenan-Flagler Business School is top-rated nationwide and combines the latest technologies with real-world experience to help online MBA students prepare for their future in business. The program combines three key components; self-paced coursework, live online class sessions and three-day global immersions scheduled for each quarter to broaden students’ perspectives through activities like live simulations and mock interviews.

Accreditation – The University of North Carolina is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Kenan-Flagler Business School is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – Students can apply for the Kenan-Flagler Business School MBA program online at https://apply.onlinemba.unc.edu/start?came_from=https://apply.onlinemba.unc.edu/. To begin the application process, students must provide an email address and name to create an account with the school.

18. Lawrence Tech University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Lawrence Tech University was founded in 1932 by Russell E. Lawrence, right in the midst of the Great Depression. The school survived the economic chaos of the time and went on to thrive as an institution of higher education for the next eight decades in Southfield Michigan. Today, Lawrence Tech University offers nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including its online MBA program.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program at Lawrence Tech University is specifically geared to working professionals who wish to further their position within their business fields. The program is highly flexible and incorporates the university’s “theory and practice” approach to learning. Students earning their degree online can choose between concentrations in project management or nonprofit management. The curriculum consists of 36 hours of coursework, of which 27 are core courses and nine are electives.

Accreditation – Lawrence Tech University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

How to Apply – Students interested in the online MBA program use the same universal application process as all others applying to Lawrence Tech University at http://www.ltu.edu/futurestudents/apply.asp. Prospective students will find a link to the downloadable application for the school’s graduate programs, as well as the steps involved in the application process.

19. McKendree University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – With origins dating all the way back to 1828, McKendree University is the oldest institution of higher education in the state of Illinois. It is also the oldest in the country to have continuous ties with the Methodist Church. This school, located in Lebanon, Illinois, was first called Lebanon Seminary when it opened with two rented sheds. Today, the school boasts 46 majors, 4 graduate programs, including their online MBA, and one doctorate program.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program at McKendree University offers a balance of theory and application, with integrated curriculum that encourages students to interact with faculty and peers throughout their studies. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for success in the modern business world. Although it is primarily designed for students with an undergraduate degree in a business discipline, the program is also available to students who do not have a business background. Students in the online program take one course every eight weeks, and involves a total of 36 credit hours for completion.

AccreditationMcKendree University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The MBA program is also accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

How to Apply – The application for admission to the online MBA program at McKendree University can be found at https://www.mckendree.edu/admission/info/graduate/mba/application-for-admission.php. There is no fee to apply to the school. Transcripts, an essay, a resume, and three professional references are required with the application.

20. University of Phoenix

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Since it was established in 1976 by Dr. John Sperling, the University of Phoenix has been committed to helping working adults pursue higher education in a flexible format. Today, the school has more than 200 locations within the United States, and online programs are available to students around the globe. This school has been in the business of online education for more than two decades.

What Makes it Unique – The University of Phoenix began – and continues to be – a premiere institution for adults to pursue degrees of all kinds in a flexible environment that works with their professional schedules. The college employs a full graduation team to provide support to students from the time they enroll in the university until graduation. The online MBA program through the University of Phoenix offers students the ability to customize their degree, with areas of focus like accounting, energy management, global management, health care management, human resource management, marketing, project management and technology management.

Accreditation – The University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The school is also a member of the North Central Association. In addition, the business school, where the online MBA is offered, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

How to Apply – Interested students can begin the application process for the University of Phoenix at http://rfi.phoenix.edu/?kw=ready_enroll#rc1. Once basic information is provided, applicants gain access to the university’s Phoenix Prep Center, which offers a myriad of information about the school. An advisor also contacts applicants within 24 hours to help them construct the right degree program for their needs.

21. Post University

Department PageVisit here

Quick DataPost University began in 1890 as a traditional institution of higher education with a focus on business located in Waterbury, Connecticut. A century later, the school began offering distance education to its students, as one of the first schools in the New England area to provide accelerated programs completely online. The online MBA is just one of the offerings from Post University.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program at Post University is a fully online program that can be completed in 14 to 20 months. Students have the option of a number of areas of focus with their graduate degree, including corporate innovation, entrepreneurship, finance, leadership, marketing and project management. The program stresses innovation and creativity, and provides ample opportunity for interaction between students and faculty members. The school promises a high ROI, with low tuition rates for a valued credential.

AccreditationPost University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also a candidate for accreditation through the Accreditation Program for Business Schools and Programs. In addition, the school is licensed by the State of Connecticut.

How to Apply – The online application process for Post University’s online MBA program begins at https://go.post.edu/adpapp/index.aspx. Students must set up an account with the school before the application process can begin.

22. Southeastern University

Department Page – Visit here

Quick DataSoutheastern University was founded as a Christian college by the Assemblies of God Churches in 1935 in Alabama. In 1946, the school moved to Lakeland, Florida, where it is still located today. The school offers Christian education for professional careers and a variety of ministries. The MBA program through Southeastern University is a flexible one that allows students to complete their degrees completely online if they prefer.

What Makes it UniqueSoutheastern University is committed to training up a new generation of business leaders with strong moral and ethical values. The MBA program prepares students to analyze and manage contemporary issues common in the business world today. Students enjoy ample flexibility in planning their degree program, with 12, 16, 20 or 24-month tracks available. Students who wish to finish their online MBA in one year will need to take two courses every eight weeks, or four courses a semester to finish on time. The business faculty at Southeastern University boasts extensive experience both in the professional and the academic world, to provide students with the highest possible quality of education.

AccreditationSoutheastern University is a member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

How to Apply – The online application for the MBA program at Southeastern University can be found at . Students are also required to submit samples of written work, test scores, transcripts and recommendation letters.

23.  Sam Houston State University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and named after General Sam Houston. The school is located in Huntsville, Texas, and has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the West” universities. Sam Houston State offers just one online graduate program currently – the online MBA.

What Makes it Unique – The motto at Sam Houston State University, “The measure of a life is its service,” is one that is embraced by the university’s schools, faculty and students. The university currently administers 79 undergraduate degree programs, 54 masters programs and 5 doctorates. The online MBA is the only graduate program currently offered fully online. The program includes a focus on banking and financial institutions. Students with an undergraduate degree in business qualify for the program; others will need to take preparatory courses before enrolling in the online program. The online MBA can be completed in as little as four semesters – 36 credit hours of work.

Accreditation – Sam Houston State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college of Business Administration is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – The application process for Sam Houston State University begins at https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX, which is a general application for any Texas Public University. Students can also find more information about the admissions process to Sam Houston State specifically at http://www.shsu.edu/admissions/.

24.  Saint Joseph’s University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Saint Joseph’s University was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, with the intention of training up students in Jesuit, Catholic principles while providing them with a degree program that help them exceeed their highest expectations. The school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is currently home to approximately 4,200 full-time undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students, including those enrolled in the online MBA program.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program at Saint Joseph’s University offer two distinct concentrations; one in financial services and the other in pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing. Both programs focus on building leadership skills in students to help them take on managerial roles in their industries. The coursework was designed with corporate stakeholders to ensure students receive the latest instruction to prepare them for the global business market. Elective courses included in the online MBA program allow students to customize their degree program to their specific professional needs.

Accreditation – Saint Joseph’s University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Erivan K. Haub School of Business is also accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – Students can apply online for the online MBA at Saint Joseph’s University at http://www.sju.edu/academics/hsb/grad/mba/apply.html. The process requires transcripts from previous institutions and letters of recommendation.

25.  St. Mary’s College of California

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – St. Mary’s College of California, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest colleges in the West. This Catholic school prides itself on its ability to change with the times, providing students with a 21st century education that will prepare them for a wide range of professional fields. Located in Moraga, California, St. Mary’s College offers 40 academic majors and a number of graduate programs, including their hybrid MBA program.

What Makes it Unique – Students who receive their higher education at St. Mary’s College are instilled with the importance of social justice and making relevant contributions to society. Their Executive MBA program focuses on teaching ethical, responsible leadership skills with a global perspective. The hybrid program incorporates online studies with classroom sessions every other Saturday. The 18-month program prepares professional adults to move to the next phase of their career or helps them hone their current management skills with concepts and information relevant to today’s global workforce.

Accreditation – St. Mary’s College of California is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

How to Apply – Students interested in applying for the hybrid MBA program at St. Mary’s College of California may apply online at http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/node/6628. Letters of recommendation, a personal statement and resume can also be downloaded online.

26.  Tennessee Tech University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Tennessee Tech University was established in 1915 in Cookeville, Tennessee, as Tennessee Polytechnic Institute. The school had a faculty of 13 and 19 students during its inaugural year, and today Tennessee Tech University hosts more than 11,000 students. The school now offers more than 40 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs on its Cookeville campus,  including an online option for the Tennessee Tech MBA program.

What Makes it Unique – Tennessee Tech University strives to make their MBA program as flexible as possible, with both full-time and part-time options available. Students have the choice of studying in the classroom or online, with Internet-based class interaction that helps students apply what they learn. The online MBA program offers the following concentrations of study: accounting, finance, human resource management, international business, management information systems and risk management and insurance. Electives within the program allow students to customize their degree program to their specific professional needs.

Accreditation – Tennessee Tech University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the MBA program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – The application process for Tennessee Tech University is outlined at . Students are required to download letters of recommendation, the student health form and test scores as a part of the application process.

27.  University of South Dakota

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Founded in 1862, the University of South Dakota is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state. The school is located in Vermillion, South Dakota, and currently maintains 132 undergraduate degree programs and 65 graduate programs, including their online MBA.

What Makes it Unique – The University of South Dakota offers all the services of a large university, but with a small college feel. The school’s Beacom School of Business offers the only fully accredited business program in the state. The online MBA program prepares students to advance their professional careers at the management level, or to continue in the academic realm by providing a stepping stone to the doctorate required for teaching. The program involves 33 hours of coursework for students who already have at least 18 hours of foundational business courses in their academic portfolio.

Accreditation – The University of South Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the Beacom School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – Prospective students interested in applying for the online MBA through the University of South Dakota will find the application process online at http://www.usd.edu/graduate-school/how-to-apply.cfm. Students are required to submit letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores and a personal statement along with their application.

28.  University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – The University of Wisconsin at Whitewater was established in 1868 and currently offers 48 undergraduate and 12 graduate programs. The school is home to more than 11,000 students, including more than 1,300 professional and graduate students. A portion of that number is enrolled in the University of Wisconsin’s online MBA program.

What Makes it Unique – The University of Wisconsin Whitewater has been offering its online MBA program since 1998. The program is fully online and flexible, allowing students to work their studies around the rest of their professional and family responsibilities. The online MBA includes coursework in core classes, electives and the emphasis of the student’s choice. Some of the options for concentration include finance, human resource management, international business, IT management and operations and supply chain management. Classes are taught by faculty with earned doctorates and interaction occurs through online discussions and team projects.

Accreditation – The University of Wisconsin Whitewater is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, the MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

How to Apply – Students interested in the online MBA program through the University of Wisconsin Whitewater can apply for the program online at . Along with the downloadable application, students must submit transcripts, test scores and personal letters of recommendation.

29.  Walsh College

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – Walsh College was founded in 1922 as an independent, non-profit institution serving the Michigan region. The school offers campus locations throughout the state, including Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, Harper Woods and Port Huron. The school currently provides business and technology degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels, including an option in an online MBA program.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program through Walsh College offers students the opportunity to further their education and professional skills through a completely flexible academic environment. Unlike other MBA program, Walsh College does not require students to submit GMAT scores as criteria for admission. The program also offers one of the widest ranges of specialization, including the following: accounting, business information technology, economics, finance, health services administration, human resources management, information assurance, international business, marketing, project management, strategic leadership and taxation.

Accreditation – Walsh College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The MBA program is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.

How to Apply – Students can apply for the online MBA program at Walsh College at https://recruiter.walshcollege.edu/Datatel.ERecruiting.Web.External/Pages/Welcome.aspx. Those interested in completing the application process online must first create an account with the school before accessing the application and instructions.

30.  Webster University

Department Page – Visit here

Quick Data – Webster University began as a Catholic women’s college in 1915, under the name Loretto College. The school changed its name to Webster University in 1915, but remained an all-women’s school until the 1960s, when it slowly transitioned to a fully co-ed institution. Today, the school teaches to a student population of around 11, 000 on its St. Louis campus, which offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degree programs.

What Makes it Unique – The online MBA program at Webster University puts students on the fast track to degree completion, through 27 hours of required courses and nine hours of electives. The school offers a wide range of possible concentrations through its MBA program, including environmental management, finance, information technology management, international business, marketing and media communications. The program offers a real-world approach to learning that involves flexible scheduling and personal attention from instructors.

Accreditation – Webster University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

How to Apply – Students can apply online for the MBA program through Webster University at http://admissions.webster.edu/admissions/graduate/application/app_login.asp. To begin the process, students must provide their names and email addresses to establish an account with the school.

31.  Wilmington University

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – This relatively new institution of higher education was originally founded as Wilmington College in 2007. The name was changed to Wilmington University a short time later, to better reflect the offerings in undergraduate, graduate and doctorate degrees from the school. This institution, with multiple campuses in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, also offers fully online degree programs for students interested primarily in a distance learning option.

What Makes it Unique – Wilmington University was established at a time when online education was already a common offering by institutions of higher education. While this school does offer traditional classes to interested students, it primarily caters to commuting students, either through on-site or online classrooms. The online MBA program focuses on executive skills development needed for work in the global marketplace of the 21st century. The program allows students to hone their skills in both oral and written communication, information literacy, disciplined inquiry and ethics. The program is organized into seven-week sessions, and includes 12 3-credit courses.

Accreditation – Wilmington University is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association. The MBA program is also accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

How to Apply – The graduate admissions process for Wilmington University can be found at http://www.wilmu.edu/business/mba_admission.aspx. Students are required to submit transcripts and a writing assessment with their application.

32.  Concordia University – Wisconsin

Department Page – Visit here

Quick Data – Concordia University Wisconsin is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and has been since its inception in 1881. It is one of 10 universities associated with the church across the country, and a part of the Concordia University System. The school is located in Mequon, Wisconsin, along the shores of Lake Michigan. The school offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and 14 masters degree programs, including the online MBA program.

What Makes it Unique – The MBA program through Concordia University is flexible and tailored to the adult professional. Students can choose between on-site courses, video-conferencing and independent e-courses. Those who choose to take some course on site can choose from a multitude of campus locations, including nine in Wisconsin and one in Missouri. The MBA program involves 24 hours of core classes and 15 hours in the specialization of the student’s choice. Some of the options include environmental studies, finance, communication, health care management and information systems.

Accreditation – Concordia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The MBA program is also accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

How to Apply – Students can apply for Concordia University online by visiting the website at https://www.cuw.edu/Graduate/studies/apply.html. In addition to the application, students are required to submit an essay, resume, personal recommendations and official transcripts.

33. California College San Diego

Department PageVisit here

Quick Data – California College San Diego has a somewhat diverse history, with beginnings in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1971and moving to California in 1976. In the early years, the school was primarily known for its health sciences offerings, but in 2003, the school was purchased by California College, Inc., and course offerings were then expanded to include business and technology degree programs as well. The online MBA program is a good example of how this West Coast school has evolved.

What Makes it Unique – The MBA program through California College San Diego is available fully online. The program focuses on organization dynamics, statistics, communication and corporate finance. Students take a course load that consists of pre-selected courses totaling 57.5 credit hours. Courses offer an array of subjects relevant to today’s business environment, including international business, business strategy, leadership and economic analysis. Students also complete a capstone project at the end of their program, which involves a project or thesis designed to showcase the principles students learned throughout their graduate studies.

Accreditation – California College San Diego is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

How to Apply – Application to California College must either be initiated by a visit to one of the school’s campuses or by phone. Information about the admission process can be found at http://www.cc-sd.edu/admissions.

34.  Cleary University

Department Page – Visit here

Quick Data – Cleary University was founded in 1883 as the Cleary School of Penmanship by Patrick Roger Cleary. The school has two Michigan campuses; the Livingston Campus in Howell and the Washtenow Campus in Ann Arbor. The school also offers degree programs that are fully online, including their MBA program.

What Makes it Unique – Cleary University is a specialized business university that offers degree programs of all kinds in the business field. The school strives to offer practical education that students can take from the classroom into the professional world through a seamless transition process. The online MBA program through Cleary University offers a number of concentrations, including green business strategy, non-profit management, organizational leadership, financial planning and public accounting. Students can choose between programs that are fully online, and hybrid programs that combine online study with classroom sessions on campus.

Accreditation – Cleary University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

How to Apply – Students interested in applying for the online MBA program through Cleary University will find the information they need at https://students.cleary.edu/apply/default.asp. Students will be required to set up an account with the school and pay an application fee before beginning the application process.

35.  Georgia WebMBA – University System of Georgia

Program Page – Visit here

Note: This last spot is to award an entire program in Georgia.

Quick Data – The Georgia WebMBA is offered by six different institutions in the University System of Georgia; Columbus State University, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, and Valdosta State University. The online MBA program is similar throughout these institutions, although some admission requirements may vary slightly from school to school.

What Makes it Unique – The Georgia WebMBA consists of 10 core courses and no electives, that are designed to help professionals advance in the global marketplace of the 21st century. The program includes coursework in marketing, finance, organizational management, entrepreneurship and human behavior, among other areas of study. Students who graduate from the program will have a strong foundational MBA to help them advance in any area of the business world.

Accreditation – WebMBA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Schools that offer the WebMBA are also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

How to Apply – Students may apply for the Georgia WebMBA online through the website of the college they select, but the general process can be started at http://www.webmbaonline.org/apply-online.phtml. Each school might have slightly different admission requirements, so students should check with the school for more specific information.

This post is from  MBA Online

© Copyright 2011 MBA Online

Thanks

Jappreet Sethi