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Top Picks: Best Business Schools With Reasonable MBA Program GMAT Waiver Policies

January 15, 2019 8:23 pm0 commentsViews: 1366

MBA Badge GMAT Reasonable PoliciesWhether you’re a working professional looking to go back to school for an MBA to advance your career prospects or a recent graduate looking to start at a higher rung on the corporate ladder, you will find there are a lot of hoops to jump through just to get admitted to a quality program – let alone complete one.

There are some 1000 MBA programs in the United States, and none of them are particularly easy to get into. And that’s a good thing: high standards make for a strong education and a better all around student experience.

You’ll always get the best results from surrounding yourself with the best people. If you were training for a 5K mud run, you’d want the most ambitious athletes by your side in the gym. Going back to school to earn your MBA is no different. You want to be surrounded by the best and the brightest – people who will both support and challenge you to get to the top of your game.

Are Testing Requirements For MBA Programs Really Necessary?

You’ve probably never heard anybody profess their love for standardized testing requirements – me neither. Nobody likes them, and as it turns out, they’re not nearly as effective as once believed.

Still, business schools have been slow to give up the GMAT, a computerized, adaptive test that has been the gold standard for business program admissions since the 1950s. Few things remain relevant after 70 years, so even in the most stalwart institutes of business education, things are starting to change.

It’s an intimidating test that costs more than $200 and takes more than 3 hours to complete. Your score is good for only five years, after which you will have to re-take the exam if you’re exploring further graduate study. Not only is it expensive and inconvenient, recent research suggests it’s not even a good tool for predicting the best MBA candidates.

The good news is that plenty of top-ranked schools recognize that there are many other more relevant things to consider when vetting program applicants, and reserve the GMAT requirement only for applicants they believe to be promising, but who may not have the professional background and academic track record to prove it. These schools are offering GMAT waivers qualifications that are easy to meet for anybody with a little professional experience and a decent undergrad GPA under their belt.

Nuts and Bolts of GMAT Waivers: Undergrad GPA and Professional Work Experience

These schools have figured out what a lot of students already know: a single one-time test score doesn’t really sum up your potential as either a student or a businessperson. Diversity is a watchword in modern academia, and diversity requires looking at individual’s and their experiences holistically.

These top-ranked MBA programs have actually come to realize that just letting in everyone with a 500 GMAT or better is causing them to miss out on some of the best candidates. Similarly, we want to make sure prospective MBA students looking to get into a program without having to take the GMAT are aware of all their options, and aren’t just looking at the schools that advertise no entrance exam requirements.

The schools we feature here still list the test on their application requirements, but also publish a set of requirements that can qualify you for a GMAT waiver. These requirements aren’t a new set of hoops you’ll need to jump through; instead these are qualifications you’ve likely already met by simply being someone who took their undergrad studies and first years in the workforce seriously.

These requirements vary widely, with some schools only dropping the GMAT requirement if you’ve already earned a master’s degree, or if you have a decade of business experience under your belt. Although those are great reasons to waive the test, we’ve restricted our list to schools with waiver options that are a little easier to meet.

Most of the schools on our list will offer a waiver option to applicants with a certain minimum undergraduate GPA earned through a bachelor’s program at a qualified institution. The exact GPA varies somewhat by school, but the idea is the same: if an applicant was committed to performing well as an undergrad, there’s very good reason to believe they’d do the same as a graduate student.

Along with your undergrad GPA, other significant points these business schools may consider include the accreditation of the institution you earned your bachelor’s through, how recently you earned the credits used to calculate your GPA, and the types of courses you took.

And, of course, these schools are also willing to look at your professional experience or other graduate work if you happen to have that as well.

It’s About The Whole Package, Not Just One Aspect Of Your Application

Just because a waiver is available doesn’t mean it’s automatic, however. You can think of these conditions as a way to get your foot in the door. Every school reserves the right to consider your application in its entirety. The GMAT waiver factors cited here will be weighed in consideration with the other elements of your application and you may or may not be required to take the test regardless of whether or not you technically meet the waiver requirements.

Accreditation Is Key At Every Stage

Just because you’d like to get the GMAT waived doesn’t mean you want a school with low standards, of course. You still want qualified instructors, cutting-edge curriculum, and whip-smart classmates. So that means you want an MBA program that still has a specialty business accreditation to validate all those educational aspects and more.

We only considered schools accredited by one of the three major international specialty business accreditation agencies:

  • AACSB – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (accredits the entire business school)
  • IACBE – International Accreditation Council for Business Education (accredits individual MBAs and other business programs)
  • ACBSP – Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (accredits individual MBAs and other business programs)

You’ll find that accreditation is also an important consideration when applying for a waiver. Almost every school that uses undergrad GPA and other academic requirements to establish waiver qualifications also requires that you have met those qualifications at an accredited institution.

In most cases, that’s pretty much a given since any four-year school operating in the U.S. would be shuttered quick if they didn’t hold general regional accreditation offered by one of the six regional agencies recognized by the U.S, Department of Education (USDE), or in the case of schools that primarily offer their programs online, national accreditation through a USDE-recognized agency.

In some cases, the GMAT waiver might depend on whether or not your undergraduate degree was accredited by a specialty accreditor, not just whether the school holds basic regional or national accreditation.

In most of these cases, that means one of the three specialty business accreditation agencies named above, though some schools consider qualifying credits or degrees accredited by other specialty agencies such as ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), in the case of an applied science degree, for example.

Top Picks for the Best MBA Programs with Easy GMAT Waiver Policies

By restricting our list to only specialty accredited business schools and MBA programs, you can be sure that all the options shown here meet all the high-level qualifications that American businesses demand from MBA-educated professionals.

If you have a solid record of performance in your bachelor’s program, and don’t want to spend your time studying for and taking a standardized test, then you can apply to any of these schools with a good chance of getting in and realizing your dream, but with a lot less hassle.

This list features programs that our editorial staff hand selected to present as top recommendations. We believe the many aspects of a program that come together to create an exceptional student experience can’t be reduced to numbers alone, so no formula was used to attempt to score or rank these programs. Instead, they represent our top picks based on a thoughtful review of the things we know mean the most to students. Each one of these programs offers something unique, and all come equally highly recommended. We stand behind the principal of editorial integrity and make these recommendations independently and without compensation.


Alaska

 

University of Alaska – Anchorage
College of Business and Public Policy
Anchorage, Alaska
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Business Intelligence and Business Analytics
  • Leadership
  • Public Sector and Non-Profit Management
  • Health Administration
  • Global Supply Chain Management

Waiver Requirements: Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher; OR hold a master’s or terminal degree from an accredited university.

Estimated Program Cost: $12,492 ($24,600 out-of-state)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, Saturdays and evenings
  • 36 semester credits
  • Full or part-time allowed
  • Admissions allowed during any semester of study

Although UAA offers five areas of emphasis for a specialized approach to business skills study, make no mistake: this program is most heavily focused on the core skills of general business management, the well-rounded education in finance, accounting, strategic analysis, marketing, and other traditional elements of practice that give every MBA student a grounding in what makes business tick. But traditional doesn’t mean old-school: some of the emphasis areas are cutting edge, drilling down into very modern business considerations like the global supply chain and business analytics. In fact, with one additional class and completion of a special project, you can be eligible to receive the SAS Data Mining certificate if you selected the Business Intelligence and Business Analytics emphasis. No matter what your choice of emphasis, you will graduate from UAA with a deep understanding of the key elements and tools used to assess and manage organizations and how to lead and communicate in the modern business environment.

Arizona

 

Grand Canyon University
Colangelo College of Business
Phoenix, Arizona
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: GMAT not required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher.

Estimated Program Cost: $26,450

  • ACBSP-Accredited
  • On-campus or hybrid, or online synchronous or asynchronous delivery
  • 46 credits

Grand Canyon University’s MBA is a robust course of study that seamlessly incorporates leadership development, organizational growth, and operations management for future leaders like you. As a business student here you’ll grow to become an effective leader, either through a fully online course of study or an on-campus evening schedule that will put you face to face with classmates and instructors. Want the best of both worlds? Combine evening classes with online classes with a blended program that provides all the convenience and flexibility you’re looking for, while still retaining some of that traditional on-campus experience. Choose Grand Canyon University for your MBA and you’ll benefit from the school’s recent upgrades and investments, which have included new classrooms, laboratories, student support centers, recreational facilities and more.

Arkansas

 

Harding University
Graduate School of Business
Searcy, Arkansas
Website

MBA in Management and Business Ethics

Concentrations:

  • Health Care Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership and Organizational Management

Waiver Requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher; or 3.0 GPA with if you have more than 5 years of professional experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $24,300

Dual Degree Option: MBA/PharmD

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • Online, both synchronous and asynchronous class types
  • 36 semester credits
  • Flexible progression can allow completion in as few as 4 semesters
  • Fall, spring, or summer admissions allowed

Academic business classes at Harding are taught from a biblical and value-oriented foundation that offers a maximum in ethical and legal standard compliance without taking any attention off the imperative for profit. Some students will find this program a much more balanced approach to the often cutthroat business world, as Harding works to prepare students for service as well as leadership. Faculty and staff view these as life lessons as much as business lessons. The one-on-one academic advising you will receive is head and shoulders above the usual, giving you masterful counsel on career progression as well as coursework. The deeply personal character of the instruction combined with the modern, rigorous business curriculum and flexible instruction offerings helped Harding earn a place on our list for 2019.

 

University of Central Arkansas
College of Business
Conway, Arkansas
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Health Care Administration (online)
  • Information Management

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with suitable coursework and a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher; OR hold a terminal or master’s degree from an accredited institution; OR have a passing score on the national CPA exam.

Estimated Program Cost: $13,822 ($20,345 out-of-state)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus or hybrid with on-site classes in the afternoon and evening, or online
  • 30 semester credits
  • Online and hybrid delivery tracks offer a one-year completion option
  • Fall, spring, and summer admissions dates

The UCA MBA is widely recognized as one of the most affordable online MBA programs out there. Other than noticing you don’t owe as much money when you finish, you won’t even be thinking about that perk while going through this flexible and comprehensive top-quality business program. Instead, you’ll be appreciating the close connections you make with other students and faculty as you tackle the intricacies of modern business challenges together. You’ll be absorbed in courses like information technology for managers and accounting for management decisions that give you all the technical detail you need to assess and evaluate business problems and create and implement solutions. Experiential education is the watchword at UCA, so you won’t just be learning about these subjects through dry lectures in classrooms or streamed online. You’ll be putting them into practice through a variety of real-world projects that give you the perspectives you need to succeed after graduation.

California

 

California State University – Channel Islands
Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics
Camarillo, California
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; OR have 5 years of professional experience with increasing responsibility; OR complete Certificate of Business at CSUCI with 3.0 GPA; OR hold a master’s degree from an accredited university.

Estimated Program Cost: $19,800

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • On-campus, evenings
  • 33 semester units
  • Fall admissions only

CSUCI offers an MBA program oriented directly at the needs of Southern California’s working professionals. Offering a cohort-based learning experience, you’ll get plenty of support from fellow students and professional instructors with real-world experience to match. Although the program does not offer concentrations, it has a focus on international business and entrepreneurial innovation that will set you up for running your own company in a global business environment. An international study tour option backs up that focus with on-the-ground learning in a foreign country to bolster your credentials.

 

Pacific Union College
Business Administration & Economics
Angwin, California
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Management

Waiver Requirements: Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25.

Estimated Program Cost: $22,896

  • IACBE-accredited
  • Online, asynchronous delivery
  • 54 quarter credits
  • Choice of a 12- or 24-month completion schedule
  • Fall, spring, and summer start dates available

The PUC MBA program is offered in collaboration with another Christian school, Southern Adventist University, for double the expertise and additional support from faculty with rich, real-world business experience. Available only to residents of California and Hawaii, the PUC program is tailored to meet the demands of your personal and professional lives. Small classes sizes and an asynchronous delivery format allow you to get individual attention from instructors when necessary. And you’ll take all the support you can get as you dive into rigorous courses in topics like management in a changing world, strategic decision making, and integrating faith and business. An international study tour is even available to students in the management emphasis concentration.

 

California State Polytechnic University – Pomona
College of Business Administration
Pomona, California
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate GPA 3.25 or higher; OR 4-years or more of relevant work experience; OR previous post-graduate degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $26,000

Also offers: MSBA in Information Assurance (on-campus, evening/weekend)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus and hybrid, evenings and weekends
  • 45 quarter units
  • Fall start date

The Cal-Poly MBA program is designed for working professionals, so it has a maximum degree of flexibility built in from the start… courses are scheduled in the evenings and on weekends with some hybrid options available. Because most students are already in business and looking to build on their skillset, the curriculum is broad-based, with a focus on core business skills like accounting, marketing, leadership, and operations in the first year, with a broad swath of elective options available in the second year. Listed in U.S. News & World Reports Best Colleges list, Cal Poly is a serious option for serious professionals expanding their business education.

 

California State University – Sacramento
College of Business Administration
Sacramento, California
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Business Analytics in Healthcare
  • Entrepreneurship and Global Business

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited school with a 3.25 GPA; OR be credentialed as a CFA or CPA; OR hold a graduate degree or be currently enrolled in a doctoral program; OR have 10 years of documented professional experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $29,368

Also offers:

  • Executive (on-campus, evening and weekend)
  • International (Singapore or on-campus)

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, evenings
  • 33-44 semester units
  • Program starts available in spring and fall terms

With three different concentrations available and a low price tag, Sacramento State is a college that deserves a serious look for any professional seeking a flexible, affordable, effective MBA program in the Valley. Sacramento itself is the fastest growing city in the state of California and a burgeoning center for finance, which makes it a great location to make connections and uncover future opportunities as a highly trained business executive. A special emphasis on career services will make it a snap to find a lucrative position after graduation. The school’s dedicated MBAFocus platform functions as a sort of Facebook for job-seekers and networkers, and it works in tandem with career coaching services provided by Lee Hecht Harrison, one of the most respected career management firms in the world. You’ll graduate with the tools to do well and go far, and you’ll get the help you need to end up in a position to make it happen.

 

California State University, San Bernardino
Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration
San Bernardino, California
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence and Information Technology
  • Cyber Security
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Marketing Management

Waiver Requirements: AACSB-accredited undergraduate degree in business with minimum of 3.5 GPA; OR 5 years of post-graduate professional experience; OR completion of an accredited post-graduate degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $25,000 ($40,500 out-of-state)

Also offers:

  • Online Professional MBA (online, accelerated)
  • Traditional Professional MBA (on-campus)

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 60 quarter units
  • Accelerated 15 month option available
  • Winter, spring, or fall starts available

As a perennial entry on the U.S. News & World report list of Best Business Programs in the country and The Princeton Reviews Best Business Schools, it’s pretty clear that CSUSB has figured out the secret ingredient to turning out effective and well-respected MBA graduates. Their world-class faculty has plenty to do with that, as does their culminating experience requirement that puts you into an active project as a business analyst, allowing you to build your professional portfolio before you even graduate. A strong series of data-driven and quantitative analytics courses in financial theory, decision making, and organizational theory ensure that you’re well prepared to enter a demanding, high-tech, modern business environment with all the skills you need to rise to the top.

 

Claremont Graduate University
Drucker School of Management
Claremont, California
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Leadership
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Technology Management
  • Strategy

Waiver Requirements: Bachelor degree in finance, accounting, business analytics, or a STEM field; OR 4 units of courses in statistics or calculus at an accredited institution with 3.0 GPA; OR 50thpercentile or higher score on a quantitative skills test; OR alumni of a partner institution.

Estimated Program Cost: $117,740

Also Offers: Executive MBA (on-campus, evenings and weekends)

Dual Degree Options:

  • MBA/JD
  • Art Business/MBA
  • MPH/MBA
  • MIS/MBA
  • Political Science/MBA
  • Innovation Systems Design/MBA
  • Bioscience/MBA

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, evening and weekend classes
  • 48 semester units
  • Full-time or part-time options
  • Courses begin in fall or spring terms

Drucker is an important name in the world of business administration, so count yourself among the lucky ones if you end up with a front row seat to the Drucker Signature Platform of leadership skills as a business student at Claremont. You’ll be connected with like-minded faculty and students during your time at the school, examining industries, organizations, and jobs through the prism of Drucker’s principles. With a 10 to 1 student to faculty ratio, you get a lot of face-time with world-class instructors. The Global Immersion courses put you on the road, traveling to a foreign country for a week of intensive business and alumni meetings, onsite corporate visits, and cultural activities, all designed to prepare you to lead and execute strategic innovation in the modern world. Graduates have gone on to top positions in companies like Mattel, TOMS, Lenovo, among other big names of big industry.

Connecticut

 

Sacred Heart University
Jack Welch College of Business
Fairfield, Connecticut
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Management & Marketing (Fairfield only)
  • Finance & Management (Luxembourg only)

Waiver Requirements: Graduate from an accredited institution with 3.2 GPA; OR hold a terminal degree with 3.0 GPA; OR have substantive work experience; OR complete the Graduate Business Program Certificate at Sacred Heart with 3.2 GPA.

Estimated Program Cost: $31,320

Also offers: BS/MBA (on-campus)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On campusin Fairfield or Luxembourg
  • 36 semester credits
  • Full and part-time program scheduling available
  • Fall, summer, and 2 spring start dates available

One thing you don’t have to worry about at Sacred Heart is getting left out of the groundswell of international business overtaking the corporate world today. The school has maintained a European campus in Luxembourg for over two decades and offers the MBA program at both domestic and overseas locations. That forces faculty to build curriculum and select texts that take the international environment fully into account in every course. You don’t need a special class in global business when you’re in a program that is literally engaged in it already!  Like other Jack Welch programs, Sacred Heart’s is founded on the pillars of leadership, ethical responsibility, global awareness, and cutting edge business knowledge. You’ll graduate with skills in communication, decision-making, and leadership that will have future employers sitting up to take notice.

 

Western Connecticut State University
Ancell School of Business
Danbury, Connecticut
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate degree with 3.0 minimum GPA or complete required foundational courses; OR hold a graduate degree; OR have significant professional experience or professional certification.

Estimated Program Cost: $24,995 ($49,681 out-of-state)

Also offers: 4+1 Bachelor to MBA (on-campus evenings, online, hybrid)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus or hybrid with classes in the evenings, or online
  • 37 semester credits
  • Full-time or working professional tracks available for completion in as few as two years or as many as six years
  • Rolling admissions dates

A WCSU MBA means a flexible, personalized learning experience delivered by excellent full-time faculty in small, collegial classes that will maximize your face-time and offer you no shortage of opportunities to collaborate and build team skills that will serve you well your entire career. Networking and career events go even further in that direction, and exciting educational speaker events give you an on-the-ground perspective of current issues and techniques that are in high-demand in the real world. That kind of experience and education has lead previous graduates to senior positions at companies such as GE, GM, IBM, Honeywell, Pepsi, and other heavyweights of modern industry.

Florida

 

University of North Florida
Coggin College of Business
Jacksonville, Florida
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Construction Management
  • e-Business
  • Economics and Geography
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Logistics
  • Management Applications
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree from an AACSB-accredited institution with cumulative GPA of 3.0 over final 60 credit hours; OR hold an advanced degree from an accredited program.

Estimated Program Cost: $17,772 ($37,599 out-of-state)

Also offers: Global MBA (on-campus, worldwide)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 36 semester credits
  • Fall, spring, and summer admissions dates

UNF is a good place to go for a leg up in international business studies. The school has been named as a diversity champion by insighttodiversity.com, which gives you some idea how strong the commitment there is to developing a business leadership community that is reflective of the overall community. Study abroad programs include faculty-led excursions overseas, summer programs, internships abroad, or semester exchange programs, not to mention the GlobalMBA option. The school has a strong research base as well, with institutes such as the Bank of American Institute, the Center for International Business Studies, and the Small Business Development Center each supporting faculty and students with research into their unique areas of study. The university extends its ties to the working business community with a number of advisory councils with active executive membership who provide resources and input on the current curriculum. Unlike many business schools which may have a single overall advisory council, UNF has specialized councils in areas such as International Business and Transportation and Logistics to provide an even more in-depth focus.

 

Florida State University
College of Business
Tallahassee, Florida
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting (on campus)
  • Business Analytics
  • Finance (on campus)
  • Human Resources (on campus)
  • Management Information Systems (online)
  • Risk Management and Insurance (online)
  • Real Estate
  • Supply Chain Management (on campus)

Waiver Requirements: Have earned a 3.4 or better overall GPA and a minimum 3.2 GPA in upper-division courses in a business major from an AACSB accredited school; OR have 8 years significant management experience; OR have completed a masters or terminal degree with 3.0 GPA; OR have an LSAT score of 160 and 3.0 upper-division GPA; OR have passed all 4 parts of the CPA exam, or the PE exam, and have a 3.0 or better upper-division CPA from an accredited school.

Estimated Program Cost: $18,693 or $30,427 for online ($43,318 or $31,599 for online out-of-state)

Dual Degree Options:

  • MBA/JD
  • MBA/MSW

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus daytime or evenings, or online asynchronous
  • 39 semester credits
  • Accelerated, full-time, on-campus track and on campus or online part-time completion tracks available
  • Summer, spring, or fall entry dates may be available depending on completion track selected

The FSU MBA is built for highly motivated individuals seeking a competitive edge in their careers. That means a student body that demands the best in instructors, in curriculum quality, and in delivery, and FSU hits all the marks. The professors here are world-renowned names, with real-world experience and research credentials that turn heads. Three faculty were recognized recently as the most prolific authors published in professional journals, while the real estate faculty ranks #2 in research work globally. A rare specialization in real estate offered by those same professors gives you an insider perspective on one of the most solid industries in the country. The broad selection of concentrations offers additional expertise in hot-button areas of corporate growth today. It’s no surprise that the online MBA has earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report Best Online MBA Programs list for 2018. On top of that, Forbes and Kiplinger both give FSU high marks for value. Graduates have gone on to executive positions at Deutsche Bank, Gartner, and CSX among other global heavyweights.

Georgia

 

University of Georgia
Terry College of Business
Athens, Georgia
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Business Analytics
  • Consulting Emphasis
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • FinTech Emphasis
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management

Waiver Requirements: Waived for U.S. Military personnel.

Estimated Program Cost: $31,340 ($68,756 out-of-state)

Also Offers:

  • Professional MBA (on-campus evenings and weekends and online)
  • Executive MBA(hybrid)
  • STEM MBA(on-campus)

Dual Degree Option: Engineering/MBA

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 36 semester hours
  • August start date

UGA is a business education heavyweight not just in Georgia, where its graduates dominate the business scene in Atlanta and elsewhere, but throughout the South and beyond. An aggressive approach to technology and scientific business management is demonstrated with the school’s commitment to a fast-track STEM MBA for current undergraduates and a dual-degree option with an engineering master’s – and that carries over into the full-time program too. In addition to the typical MBA Advisory Board of business professionals that advise on curriculum development and specializations, UGA also has a Silicon Valley Advisory Council making sure the school stays abreast of the latest technologies and tech-driven business developments. A special FinTech emphasis caters to the hot new field combining technology and finance, while concentrations in all the traditional business focus areas offer options for any specialization. You are allowed to combine emphases and concentrations for exposure in more than one area. An international residency option can earn you credits for a trip to destinations like Shanghai, Beijing, or Buenos Aires, tying your skillset together with internationally savvy business connections. It’s a comprehensive education that can outfit you for a career in any aspect of business you choose to pursue.

Illinois

 

Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
School of Business
Edwardsville, Illinois
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Business Analytics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Project Management 

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate degree from an AACSB or ABET accredited program with 3.2 GPA; OR hold a terminal degree from an accredited U.S. institution; OR have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and 3 years professional work experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $17,268

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Online synchronous or asynchronous, or hybrid with evening classes
  • 36 semester hours
  • Accelerated 100 percent online option can be completed in as few as 12 months
  • Fall, summer, or spring starts available

Princeton Review has been raving about SIUE for over a decade, naming it among the Best Business Schools in the country for 11 consecutive years– and for good reason. The central objectives of the curriculum are to enhance quality and innovation in the analysis and use of information for managerial decision-making in the modern organization, and they don’t fail to hit those targets. Supported by the Cougar Business Resource Center, you’ll get every opportunity to master your projects and assignments using the latest technology and learning resources. The school also sponsors study abroad programs in England, France, Italy, China, and other countries around the world, all designed to help you better understand the global market and the cultural aspects of conducting business internationally. At a very affordable cost, you can get an MBA that can go toe-to-toe with any other business master’s program in the country.

 

Millikin University
Tabor School of Business
Decatur, Illinois
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Healthcare Administration
  • Project Management (Fast-track only)

Waiver Requirements: Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher; OR hold a master’s degree; OR have a professional certification; OR have work experience of more than six years with management responsibility.

Estimated Program Cost: $33,280

Also offers: Executive MBA (on-campus, evenings, and online)

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • On-campus with some asynchronous online courses
  • 40 semester credits
  • Fast-track program offers completion in one year
  • Classes begin in August

Millikin’s Tabor School of Business wants you to learn to think like an executive, starting on day one. An MBA Boot Camp course gets your mind set for the coming challenges, while a unit-based, team-oriented progression of courses addresses aspects of business management holistically, ranking from the foundations of leadership to communication and understanding, to market and financial data. Each unit builds on the last to piece the puzzle together in a way that helps you get the big picture fast. Industry partnerships with major multinational corporations like Caterpillar put students in a unique position to learn their craft on real-world projects with real-world impacts. Under the guidance of both active executives and professors with extensive C-suite business experience, you’ll learn fast and get details you can’t pick up any other way.

 

Dominican University
Brennan School of Business
River Forest, Illinois
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Data Analytics
  • Finance
  • Health Care Administration
  • International Business Administration
  • Leadership
  • Marketing

Waiver Requirements: Degree from a specialty accredited undergrad program with 3.0 GPA or better; OR Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma; OR other graduate degree; OR six or more years relevant work experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $47,064

Dual Degree Options:

  • Dietetics/MBA
  • MSW/MBA
  • JD/MBA
  • MLIS/MBA

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Online, hybrid, or on-campus in the evenings
  • 40 – 46 semester credit hours
  • Full or part-time schedule with accelerated option to complete the program in as few as 18 months
  • Start dates in fall, spring, or two different summer term dates

Dominican University is one of the leading business schools in the Chicago area, but you can still get a highly respected MBA here without paying Chicago prices. The setting affords opportunities for personalized coaching from some of Chicago’s most powerful and successful business leaders through the Brennan Career Development program, which will offer you both networking and insight into how executives at the top of their game conduct business. As a program based heavily on experiential learning, you’ll find that your foundation skill courses are compressed and accelerated to get classroom time out of the way and to get you into hands-on practice on real-world projects as quickly as possible. The program capstone course continues the trend by focusing on an applied strategic development team project that will have you applying the skills you’ve learned in class. You will graduate with hard-earned skills and access to an incredible network of professionals to help jump-start your career.

Indiana

 

Indiana University
Kelley School of Business
Bloomington, Indiana
Website

Online MBA

Concentrations:

  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation
  • Finance
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management

Waiver Requirements: A Kelley undergraduate degree with at least 3.2 GPA; OR bachelor degree and 5 years professional work experience; OR 10 years professional work experience; OR hold an advanced degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $67,830

Also offers:

  • Fulltime MBA 
  • Evening MBA

Dual Degree Options:

  • MBA/MS in Business Analytics
  • MBA/MS in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • MBA/MS in Finance
  • MBA/MS in Global Supply Chain Management
  • MBA/MS in Information Technology Management
  • MBA/MS in Marketing
  • MBA/MS in Strategic Management

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • 51 semester credits
  • Fall admission only

Checking out the Indiana University Kelley Direct Online MBA you’ll immediately recognize all the curriculum components there: quantitative analysis, management accounting, business law and ethics. But the innovative, hard-charging delivery of all those core business subjects will blow your socks off compared to any other MBA in the country. The program kicks off with an on-campus appearance for Kelly Connect Week, a seven-day intensive where you’ll meet your peers and professors in-person on the Bloomington campus, offering an unprecedented opportunity to begin building your network of connections. Then you launch into a selection of industry-focused intensive courses rooted in experiential learning, giving you a unique level of preparation right in your first year. The Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education (AGILE) option will have you studying abroad and working with real businesses in emerging economies around the globe, from Havana to Sao Paulo to Beijing to New Delhi to Bangkok. Or you can study at the school’s Washington campus for a first-hand perspective on how public policy shapes the business environment. This unique experience has not gone un-noticed. The one-on-one career coaching and mentorship at IU led the Financial Times to pick the school as #2 in the world for Career Services. Princeton Review places IU at #10 for Best Professors, and the school ranks high on both U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek’s business school lists.

 

Indiana University Southeast
School of Business
New Albany, Indiana
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate degree with 3.2 GPA from a regionally accredited university, or 3.0 GPA if 40% of courses for the degree were in quantitative subjects.

Estimated Program Cost: $20,058 ($36,787 out-of-state)

Dual Degree Option: MBA/Master of Science in Strategic Finance

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campusin New Albany or Jeffersonville
  • 37 semester credits
  • Accelerated option can be completed in just 17 months
  • Spring, summer, and fall admission dates available

Even thought it’s named among the Best Business Schools in the nation by the Princeton Review, the tuition rate for the MBA at the IU-Southeast School of Business will surprise you. With one of the lowest costs in the region, you’re getting a top-notch education with first-rate instruction from expert professors that covers everything from general business knowledge to innovative ways to respond to the unique challenges of global management and social responsibility in today’s business world. A mandatory community service requirement helps drive home some of those lessons, helping you better understand how businesses can become productive contributors to society. You certainly won’t forget those contributions as you go on to a long and lucrative career.

Kansas

 

Washburn University (PU)
Washburn School of Business
Topeka, Kansas
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: GMAT not required for applicants with a BBA from an AACSB-accredited school with a minimum GPA of 3.3, or a graduate degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $15,120 (30 credits), $28,728 (57 credits); Out-of-state: $26,160 (30 credits), $49,704 (57 credits)

Dual Degree Option: JD/MBA

  • AACSB-Accredited
  • On-campus
  • 30 credits or 57 credits (without a business degree)
  • Features once-weekly evening courses
  • Start dates in spring, summer and fall

As a working professional looking to balance your work and family life, and at the same time go back to school to earn your MBA, Washburn University definitely needs to be on your radar. With each course scheduled just once a week, in the evening, it’s easier than ever to fit earning your MBA in with your busy, professional schedule. Other features of this program include small class sizes, an experienced and highly qualified faculty, and exciting opportunities to learn from professionals from top companies. As a student of the Washburn School of Business, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience and the International Business and Entrepreneurial Experience, a unique international course that combines hands-on business education with a study abroad experience to locations in Asia and Europe.

Kentucky

 

Northern Kentucky University (PU)
Haile/US Bank College of Business
Highland Heights, Kentucky
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Innovation Through Competitive Intelligence 

Waiver Requirements: GMAT not required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA higher than 2.75; 3 years work experience required.

Estimated Program Cost: $20,691 ($33,726 out-of-state)

  • AACSB-Accredited
  • Online program offered in an accelerated format; hybrid program features evening courses supplemented with online courses
  • 33 credits
  • Start dates in the fall and spring

The MBA at Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business is not only going to spare you the hoop-jumping of entrance exams, provided you have a decent undergrad GPA, it’s also going to pave the way for your success as a business leader– and it does it all at a very reasonable price. Thanks to a flexible program structure, your choice of electives that allow you to build a concentration in Finance, Leadership or Innovation Through Competitive Intelligence; the MBA here is as convenient to earn as it is relevant to modern business. With evening and online classes, Northern Kentucky’s MBA allows you to earn your MBA without scheduling conflicts that would interfere with your professional obligations. Want even more flexibility? Northern Kentucky also offers a fully online MBA that delivers the same, robust curriculum in an accelerated, online format that allows you to go from MBA student to graduate in as few as 12 months.

 

Western Kentucky University
Gordon Ford College of Business
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements:

Full-time (on campus) and Online: Hold a bachelor’s degree with a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher from an AACSB-accredited business program; OR hold a doctoral degree or CPA certificate.

Professional MBA (PMBA): Experience-based admission means GMAT is waived for applicants with 5 years of manager and/or professional experience. Qualifying as a manager means you’ve had subordinates, final decision making power, budgeting/financial duties, a record of progressive managerial experience/positions, and were responsible for high-dollar accounts or equipment. Qualifying on the basis of professional experience means you have schooling or certification beyond a bachelor’s, maintained credentials or knowledge through continuing education, and were responsible for high-dollar accounts or equipment.

Estimated Program Cost:

$18,810 ($28,110 out-of-state) (tuition and fees)

Online – $24,410 (in or out-of-state)

Professional MBA – $29,720 (in or out-of-state)

Delivery Options:

  • Full-time (on campus) – Cohort, 1 year program, Fall term start
  • Professional MBA (on-campus, Saturdays) Cohort, 2-year program, Fall term start
  • Online MBA (online)

 

  • Additional Certificates offered (Core Competencies, Business Sustainability)
  • 30 semester credits
  • Same tuition for in-state or out-of-state students for Online and PMBA
  • Innovate MBA Foundation Modules – On-demand preparation for non-business majors

The Gordon Ford College at WKU is all about preparing students to use the concepts learned in the classroom to create workable solutions to the real-world challenges that businesses face. Their unique combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice in a lock-step cohort system delivers a solid, regimented degree that leaves no aspect of business operations and theory unexplored or untested. You will be challenged at every step of this rapid one-year program, ensuring you come away with the confidence and decisiveness the business world demands. The MBA Practicum Business Case courses put you to work for regional organizations and businesses each year as part of a cohort-based team project where you’ll test your ability to adapt to real-world situations. Support from expert faculty and your fellow students will give you the confidence and leadership skills it takes to thrive as an executive in any industry.

Maryland

 

Mount St. Mary’s University
Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business
Frederick, Maryland
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Management 

Waiver Requirements: GMAT not required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher; OR 5 years of full-time work experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $24,050

Also offers: One-Year MBA (on-campus, hybrid)

  • IACBE-Accredited
  • On-campus or hybrid
  • 37 Credits
  • Program offered in a traditional or accelerated format
  • Start Dates: Year-round (MBA), July or August (One-Year MBA)

Mount St. Mary’s MBA was built from the ground up with working professionals in mind. This program features a one-course-at-a-time structure, and convenient eight-week sessions that allow you to better handle your MBA courseload while managing your professional obligations. And the best part is, you can still graduate in just two years. Want to complete your MBA even faster? Take two courses at a time or choose the One-Year MBA. Courses are offered just one night a week at the Frederick campus, or you can simply take them online. The MBA here also allows you to earn a concentration or a graduate certificate by substituting MBA core courses rather than investing the extra time and expense that comes with stacking on additional credits. Choose from a concentration in finance, marketing, or management, or a graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation, Government Contracting, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Project Management, or Organizational Development.

 

Salisbury University
Perdue School of Business
Salisbury, Maryland
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree with 3.5 minimum GPA; OR hold an advanced degree with 3.0 minimum GPA; OR have a Perdue School of Business bachelor of science with 3.3 minimum GPA; OR have a bachelor’s degree with 3.25 minimum GPA plus two years of relevant work experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $22,950

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Hybrid delivery, one campus meeting per week, or 100% online
  • 30 semester hours
  • Accelerated track allows completion in as few as nine months
  • Fall admission only

The Perdue School of Business is a member of the SAP University Alliance Program, a global training program that integrates the latest in SAP technologies. As one of the leading enterprise resource planning and accounting platforms in the corporate world, that’s a powerful skillset you’ll be able to highlight on your resume when it’s time to go job-hunting after graduation. And Salisbury’s technology focus doesn’t stop there, either. You’ll also get trained on some of the latest business intelligence software and analytics tools in the course of earning your MBA here. The experience-based curriculum will have you doing hands-on exercises and real-world projects where you can put those tools to work, and you won’t go it alone. Perdue knows learning by doing takes expert guidance so you can be sure you’ll have lots of one-on-one support from your instructors.

 

Loyola University
Sellinger School of Business
Baltimore, Maryland
Website

Emerging Leader’s MBA

Concentration Option: Accounting

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited school with a 3.4 cumulative GPA.

Estimated Program Cost: $59,450

Also offers:

  • Executive MBA (on-campus, Saturdays)
  • Professional’s MBA (on-campus, online, hybrid, evenings)

With concentrations in:

  • Data Analytics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Investments and Applied Portfolio Management
  • Management
  • Marketing

 

  • AACSB-accredited (dual accreditation in accounting and business)
  • On-campus
  • 48 semester hours
  • Accelerated 12-month program
  • Program starts in the fall

The Loyola cohort-based program has you marching in glorious lockstep with your fellow students in a famously rigorous Jesuit system that will bring out your best academic intensity and focus. In return for the discipline and hard work, you’ll go through an immersive, experiential curriculum that will deliver strong functional knowledge and critical thinking skills. Site visits every week, together with leadership and career development workshops, ensure you keep one foot firmly grounded in the real-word implications of the subjects you study. International field study options can expand your horizons even further, taking you to places like Spain, Chile, Panama, China, and Vietnam. The university’s full alumni network is on tap when you graduate, accessible through the Loyola Career Center, which brings together a global network of alums who can offer you perspectives or contacts in almost any industry.

Massachusetts

 

Boston College
Carroll School of Management
Boston, Massachusetts
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Bachelor’s with minimum GPA of 3.0 or better in two quantitative business courses (math, statistics, economics, finance, accounting); OR 3-5 years professional experience; or professional certification in the field (CFA, CPA, CFP). All requirements waived for the part-time program.

Estimated Program Cost: $102,400

Also offers: Part-time (on-campus, hybrid)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 64 semester hours
  • Part-time program allows 3-4 years for completion
  • Starts in fall semester

As the MBA Bloomberg’s Businessweek ranked third in the nation, you can be sure that at the Carroll School of Management you’ll be learning from a dynamic, market-driven curriculum that closely tracks the ever-evolving needs of today’s businesses. The coursework is fine-tuned to offer the right mix of academic study together with experiential learning designed to give you the best of both worlds when it comes to the theory and practice of modern business. A strong alumni network, one of the signature BC MBA advantages, is something you start building day one through a cohort-driven program that will take you through internships, competitions, real-world projects, study-trips, and other experiences together with a group of high-caliber classmates who are sure to become life-long friends and colleagues.

Michigan

 

Northern Michigan University
College of Business
Marquette, Michigan
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Cumulative 3.0 GPA from a AACSB-accredited institution or 3.2 from a regionally-accredited institution; OR hold an advanced degree from a regionally-accredited institution; OR 5 years of significant leadership or managerial professional experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $22,194

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On campus in the evening
  • 36 semester credits
  • Full or part-time flexible scheduling
  • Fall or winter admission

NMU does everything possible to make life easy for students attending the fully-accredited MBA program at their Marquette campus. Full-time students receive a notebook computer to use in class, fully paid for as part of the tuition costs. Scheduling is flexible, allowing you to take the time you need to absorb the concepts taught in class. Many of those classes are taught by executives from the local business community, giving you an on-the-ground perspective of the challenges and demands facing modern businesses. You’ll get all the knowledge and skills you need to meet those challenges after graduation, with a healthy number of both quantitative and soft-skill classes to hone both your reasoning and managerial skills.

 

Oakland University
School of Business Administration
Rochester, Michigan
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • Production/Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s from an AACSB-accredited program in the past 5 years with an overall GPA of 3.5; OR earned a master’s degree or higher.

Estimated Program Cost: $53,704 ($67,112 out-of-state)

Also Offers: Executive MBA (on-campus, Friday evenings and Saturdays)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, evenings and weekends
  • 48 semester credits
  • Start dates available in Fall, Winter, or Summer

Oakland University School of Business Administration might be a relatively small school, but the MBA program here is big time. In contrast to what you’d typically find at most smaller schools the faculty here is almost entirely made up of full-time professors and leading researchers in their fields. You’ll also find an array of concentration options here well beyond even what you’d find at many of the biggest business schools. Each of them offer a comprehensive education in the kind of problem solving, critical thinking, and strategic planning skills necessary to properly assess and guide the modern enterprise in a technologically-driven business environment. Close cooperation with OU’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and School of Health Sciences gives you a unique perspective on those areas within a management context, something that few other MBA programs can compete with. The Ideas 2 Business program provides assistance to students and regional businesses in early phases of development, allowing you to tap into entrepreneurial expertise as you progress through the program.

 

Lawrence Technological University
College of Business and Information Technology
Southfield, Michigan
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Technology 

Waiver Requirements: GMAT is not required for applicants with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or master’s degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $42,255

Dual Degree Options:

  • MBA/Architecture
  • MBA/Engineering Management
  • MBA/Information Technology

 

  • AACSB-accredited, ACBSP-accredited, IACBE-accredited
  • Asynchronous online and face-to-face
  • 36 semester hours
  • Fall, spring, and summer start dates

The prestigious Brookings Institute ranks Lawrence Tech fifth among all U.S. colleges for boosting graduates’ earning power. That alone is reason enough to give this MBA program a good, hard look, and when you do, you’ll find plenty of other reasons to pick the LTU College of Business and Information Technology for your MBA. The flexibility of hybrid class options is one of them; so is the high-tech, wireless-enabled, commuter-friendly campus. As a student here, you can maximize your exposure to key concepts relevant to modern technology-enabled businesses by going for one of the dual degree options or by choosing a relevant specialization. And as a technology-focused university, it’s no surprise that Information Technology is among those options. The proactive career planning service available to students makes sure you get the most out of your education at LTU. You won’t be here long before it becomes very clear why the Princeton Review named LTU one of the best universities in the Midwest.

Minnesota

 

Minnesota State University – Mankato
College of Business
Mankato, Minnesota
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited program with 3.4 minimum GPA; OR hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution; OR 5 years of progressively responsible professional post-undergraduate experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $46,476

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus/hybrid with on-site classes in the evenings at Mankato or Edina;or asynchronous online courses
  • 34 semester credits
  • Flexible, part-time program
  • Fall and spring start dates

If you’re a busy working professional wondering how you’re going to balance going back to school for your MBA with your work schedule, look no further. You won’t find an MBA program anywhere in Minnesota more flexible than the one at MSU-Mankato. With online and face-to-face courses available at two different campus locations, and flexible completion dates, you can set your own pace for earning your degree. In either the two or three year track, you’ll get valuable instruction in critical strategic thinking and a full download of all the critical managerial skills and planning tools you’ll need to succeed in the global business economy. Executive seminar presentations ensure you get a clear perspective into what active business leaders are paying attention to in today’s technology-driven business environment, while international study opportunities ensure you get exposure to the global perspective on business.

 

Bemidji State University
School of Graduate Studies
Bemidji, Minnesota
Website

Online MBA

Waiver Requirements: At least 80 credit hours of bachelor’s coursework with a 3.5 undergraduate GPA.

Estimated Program Cost: $18,000

  • IACBE-accredited
  • Online, asynchronous classes
  • 30 semester credits
  • Accelerated MBA allows a one-year completion option to current undergraduate students
  • Rolling admissions

A quiet little town beside beautiful little Lake Bemidji in North Central Minnesota has got a little secret: the small state university there has one of the best MBA programs in the state, and anyone in the country can enroll because the program is taught entirely online. It’s also one of the most affordable professionally-accredited MBA programs you’ll find, but that doesn’t mean it’s light on details or rigor: you’ll kick off with an in-depth study of quantitative analysis for business and move on to such heavyweight courses as corporate social responsibility, information systems management, and organizational behavior before you’re through. An online capstone in Strategy and Management takes all of those essential elements and ties them together in a real-world case study that will prepare you to launch a lucrative career in the fast-paced world of business.

Missouri

 

Lindenwood University
Robert W. Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship
Saint Charles, Missouri
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance
  • HR Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Supply Chain Management

Waiver Requirement: GMAT may be required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0.

Estimated Program Cost: $16,900 ($19,500 out-of-state for 39 credits)

Also offers: Online MBA in Accounting, HR Management, or Supply Chain Management (requires GMAT)

  • ACBSP-Accredited
  • On-campus
  • 33 Credits
  • Start Dates: 5 times a year

Lindenwood University’s MBA is a combination of specialized business knowledge and practical, real-world experience, thereby preparing students like you to serve as effective leaders in today’s competitive business environment. While the MBA through Lindenwood is designed as a broad-based graduate degree, your choice of emphasis or electives allow you to custom tailor your MBA to suit your professional goals. Plus, thanks to convenient course scheduling that usually has you attending class in four-hour sessions on weekday evenings or Saturday mornings, you’ll be able to fit earning your MBA in with your already-busy professional schedule. Choose Lindenwood for your MBA and you’ll have the option of participating in one of the university’s many international experience opportunities, including faculty-led tours and semester abroad programs to places like Costa Rica, France, Germany, and Italy.

 

Avila University
School of Business
Kansas City, Missouri
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting*
  • Finance*
  • Health Care Administration*
  • International Business
  • Management*
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing*

*also offered as a graduate certificate

Waiver Requirements:GMAT not required for applicants with a professional degree or bachelor’s or master’s degree with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Estimated Program Cost: $19,680

  • IACBE-Accredited
  • On-campus
  • 30 credits
  • Program also available on a part-time basis
  • Start dates in winter, spring, and summer

The Avila University School of Business is where Kansas City-based professionals turn for a superior MBA that emphasizes integrity in leadership. This traditional, campus-based program features small class sizes, a faculty with extensive business backgrounds and experience in real-world business projects, and a flexible schedule that features three, 11-week trimesters and one, nine-week summer session each year, with classes offered in the evenings and on Saturdays. The trimester system lets you pack in more classes in less time, providing one of the most efficient paths to earning an MBA. This program is also offered in a part-time format to suit your busy life and work schedule.

 

Rockhurst University
Helzberg School of Management
Kansas City, Missouri
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Fundraising Leadership
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Capital
  • Management
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Organizational Development

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited program with a 3.25 cumulative GPA; OR hold a terminal graduate degree; OR have 3 years progressive, professional, full-time work experience involving quantitative and analytical practice; OR complete Rockhurst’s Analytics & Insights Certificate program.

Estimated Program Cost: $26,703

Also Offers: Executive MBA (on-campus, Friday and Saturday once per month)

Dual Degree Options:

  • DO/MBA
  • DPT/MBA
  • MS-BIA/MBA
  • OT/MBA

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, evenings
  • 30 semester hours
  • Accelerated and part-time scheduling available
  • Two spring term dates, summer, and fall admissions available

As the only private college in Kansas City to hold AACSB accreditation, the Helzberg School at Rockhurst should certainly be on your radar. The very reasonable price of the MBA offered here coupled with the fact that it’s backed by industry-leading accreditation means you don’t need to look any further for a top-quality program that won’t break the bank. It doesn’t take too much digging to see why this is the premier program for business students in the Kansas City area: an array of first-rate, highly-specialized concentrations give you options you won’t find even at much larger schools. Dual-degree programs in osteopathy, physical and occupational therapy make the school a winner with medical professionals, while the business intelligence and analytics option speaks to future MBAs looking to master the science of data-driven problem-solving. But the business education on offer at Rockhurst is broad and comprehensive, covering the spectrum between basic financial analysis, managerial communications, leadership, and organizational behavior. A course in professional development gives you insights into the power of contemplation, while your MBA capstone will help you bring together all the information you’ve covered through integrative case studies and real-world class projects.

 

University of Central Missouri
Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies
Warrensburg, Missouri
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Finance (Warrensburg only)
  • International Business (Warrensburg and online only)
  • Marketing (Warrensburg and online only)
  • Sports Business (Warrensburg and online only)
  • Computer Information Systems (Lee’s Summit only)
  • Data Analytics & Business Intelligence (Lee’s Summit only)
  • Healthcare Administration (online only)

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited school with relevant coursework in quantitative subjects and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; OR hold a master’s degree from an AACSB-accredited institution; OR belong to the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.

Estimated Program Cost: $16,000

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Hybrid with on-site classes in Warrensburg or Lee’s Summit;or online asynchronous
  • 33 semester credits
  • Offers six start dates annually

Flexible, affordable, and convenient are the watchwords for the UCM MBA program. You won’t easily find an MBA that gives you more flexibility at a lower cost anywhere in the country. The program offers seven different concentration areas to choose from, including some of the most highly-relevant and urgent areas for today’s corporations. You can take your courses either entirely online or in a mixed hybrid format at either one of two different Missouri locations. No matter which option you choose, you’ll come away able to synthesize core business administration knowledge and critical decision-making and communication skills with niche expertise in your focus area. The school’s minimester system splits up classes in a way that not only offers more start dates each year but also gives you the kind of flexibility you need to get in and complete your courses in less time.

 

Missouri State University
College of Business
Springfield, Missouri
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Be admitted to or graduated from an AACSB-accredited program with a minimum of 80 hours completed coursework and a 3.25 cumulative GPA, while meeting English proficiency requirements.

Estimated Program Cost: $12,488 ($21,794 out of state) or $11,200 online

Also Offers: Executive MBA (on-campus or online)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus or online
  • 33 semester credits
  • Traditional, accelerated, and evening tracks available
  • Rolling admission dates

Missouri State’s MBA program hits all sorts of top lists, so it’s no surprise that it was one of our top selections too– Ingram’s calls it a Top Area MBA program, while U.S. News & World Report puts the school on three different top lists! To us, it is without question one of the very best options in the western U.S., and with a reasonable GMAT waiver policy, it easily made this list. With alumni working at Apple, AT&T, IBM, KPMG, and World Bank, it’s clear that global industry shares our opinion. The school’s Career Center doesn’t hurt your chances of getting into positions like these either, hosting its own career fair each fall with more than 100 employers participating. A strong alumni network rounds out your opportunities to connect with working executives for both career and learning opportunities. A flexible course track policy lets you put together a program that fits your schedule, and nine difference certificate options allow you to customize your coursework in a way that lines up with your career goals.

New Jersey

 

Monmouth University
Leon Hess Business School
West Long Branch, New Jersey
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Real Estate

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0 and 3 years business experience; OR CPA or CFA licensure; OR hold master’s or doctoral degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $65,794

Also Offers: Accelerated MBA (on-campus, cohort-based)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 57 semester hours
  • Summer, spring, or fall admissions (fall only for cohort-based program)

With small class sizes and expert instructors with decades of experience in the field, you won’t have any trouble getting every question answered and every detail locked down during your education at Monmouth. The strong core foundation courses in marketing, economics, ethics, strategic planning, and other fundamental business skills can launch you into a solid career as an MBA generalist, or you can opt for one of five concentration areas for more in-depth study. The general program can be modified further with choices of electives that can range widely from the school’s broad catalog, everything from C+ programming to Public Relations to Project Management… a curriculum that offers you the opportunity to expand your horizons and unlock your potential to be the sort of business leader you want to be.

 

Berkeley College
School of Graduate Studies
Woodland Park, New Jersey
Website

MBA in Management

Waiver Requirement: GMAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0.

Estimated Program Cost: $21,120

Also Offers: BBA/MBA

  • IACBE-Accredited
  • On-campus, or asynchronous online format
  • 54 Credits
  • Start Dates: September, January

The Berkeley College MBA in Management is where business students in New Jersey go to find a robust and innovative graduate program with flexible options designed to accommodate today’s busy working professionals. This means you have the option of attending class at the Woodland Park campus, or you can choose the online option and tackle course content whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you. You can even complete the program in a ‘split’ format, taking classes both on-campus and online. As a student here you’ll be studying under a dedicated and highly qualified faculty of experienced business professionals with a broad range of business experiences and analytical perspectives, so you’ll always feel confident knowing you’re receiving the most contemporary, real-world instruction available.

 

Stockton University
School of Business
Galloway, New Jersey
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: No GMAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Estimated Program Cost: $29,205 ($41,316 out-of-state)

Also Offers: Accelerated BA, BS/MBA (on-campus, evenings)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, evenings
  • 36 semester credits
  • Fall and Spring admissions

With small class sizes, a flexible curriculum, and plenty of elective options to custom tailor your education to fit your specific areas of interest, it’s easy to see the appeal of Stockton University’s MBA program. We’re not alone, either: U.S. News & World Report calls Stockton one of the Top 10 Public Regional Universities in the North for 2019, and the Princeton Review ranks it in their 2019 list of Best Regional Colleges in the Northeast. For you, Stockton is an opportunity to learn from experienced, expert professionals who offer instruction in management, marketing, information technology, and other core business concepts, while offering different perspectives on strategic thinking that will deepen your management acumen. You’ll learn the importance of not just absorbing information in the course of the program, but also of adopting habits of life-long professional learning and development. Those are lessons that will go far beyond the classroom and take you a long way up the corporate ladder.

 

New Jersey City University
School of Business
Jersey City, New Jersey
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Organizational Management and Leadership
  • Finance
  • Marketing

Waiver Requirements: Hold a business undergraduate degree with a GPA above 3.0, or take Graduate Business Essentials courses to the same standard.

Estimated Program Cost: $25,610 ($40,975 out-of-state)

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • Online, or hybrid with on-site classes in Jersey City and Wall Township
  • 36 semester credits
  • Accelerated track offers a one-year degree completion schedule
  • Spring or Fall start dates

There are 63 different languages spoken at NJCU, but the common tongue for everyone there is business. The rigorous MBA program is focused on providing students with the skills and experience to become data-driven leaders in the rapidly evolving global business environment. Hands-on internships and cooperative education programs kick-start that process, while study abroad options with international partner universities can round off your education in Asia, Europe, or South America. Along the way, real-world skills are honed with experiential learning opportunities conducted by industry practitioners. The online components of the program are offered in partnership with the illustrious Harvard Business School. All courses are half face-to-face and half online, with one class meeting per week.

 

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Silberman College of Business
Teaneck, New Jersey
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Pharmaceutical Management

Waiver Requirements: Bachelor degree with 3.5 GPA, or 3.2 if degree from Fairleigh Dickinson; OR hold a terminal or master’s degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $60,042

Also offers:

  • Executive MBA (General Management or Health Sector Management) (on-campus, weekend)
  • Saturday MBA with Online Coursework (hybrid, weekend)
  • 4+1 Combined BA-MBA Degree (on-campus)

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Online (asynchronous) or on campus
  • 42 semester credits

Even though it’s recognized as one of the best universities in the Northern U.S., FDU is a sort of a quiet lion in the business world… you may not have heard of it, but if you have, you understand the quality of the education it offers and the skills that graduates come away with. The on-campus Rothman Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers students an unprecedented opportunity to receive assistance in positioning themselves for meaningful startup opportunities. Combining those opportunities with a solid core of business basics in information systems, organizational behavior and leadership, strategic marketing, and operations and supply chain management will have you well-versed in every aspect of management in modern corporations. The mandatory Global Business Capstone project that winds together all those various threads gives you the global perspective to succeed in an international business environment.

New Mexico

 

University of New Mexico
Anderson School of Management
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • International Management
  • International Management in Latin America
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management
  • Strategic Management and Policy

Waiver Requirements: Hold a BBA from an AACSB-accredited school with a minimum 3.5 GPA and adequate quantitative skills courses, plus attend a writing workshop.

Estimated Program Cost: $22,098 ($49,261 out-of-state)

Also offers:

  • Executive MBA (on-campus, Fridays and Saturday)
  • 3-2 BS,BA/MBA (on-campus)
  • MBA in Educational Leadership (on-campus)

Dual Degree Options:

  • MEME/MBA
  • JD/MBA
  • MA in Latin American Studies/MBA
  • ME/MBA
  • PharmD/MBA

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, some evening classes
  • 43 semester credit hours
  • Accelerated options with 37 credit hours offered; also allowed to take Focused MBA on a part-time basis
  • Spring, Summer, and Fall entries allowed

UNM’s 90 percent MBA graduation rate is even more impressive when you learn that it’s a tough, hardcore program that has twice made CEO  Magazine’s Tier One Global MBA rankings. Graduates are snapped up by local employers like Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratories and by big multinationals like Intel almost as quickly as they walk out the school’s doors. The outcome-focused, team-based, experiential curriculum prepares you for either switching career tracks, boosting your current prospects, or launching into a successful management-track profession in any one of the more than ten specialty concentrations offered at the school. The in-house Career Services Center can both help you make those choices and help line up the ideal entry-level position when you graduate. It’s an effective, affordable program that has the kind of options and flexibility that today’s business students demand.

New York

 

Pace University
Lubin School of Business
New York, New York
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Taxation

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. university with a cumulative GPA of 3.2; OR Hold a business-related master’s or doctoral degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $38,010

Also Offers: Executive MBA (online)

Dual Degree Option: MBA/JD

  • AACSB-accredited (both business and accounting)
  • On-campus (NYC or Westchester), or online (depending on concentration)
  • Approximately 30 semester hours (varies by concentration)
  • Fast track available for some concentrations
  • Fall admissions date

Pace gets full marks for treating every specialization as a unique and distinctive MBA program—there are no afterthoughts or neglected curriculums at the Lubin School of Business. Better yet, you may be able to take as many as two of those concentrations, offering a broader and more unique education than you will find in any other program. That could be why 92 percent of Lubin’s master’s graduates have gone on to work in leadership positions they love. It’s also one reason the school ranks highly, not just with us, but with U.S. News & World Report and others. With class options offered both at the school’s Westchester and New York City campuses, as well as online, there’s also a lot of convenience and flexibility built into the MBA at Pace.

 

Siena College
School of Business
Loudonville, New York
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Management

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate degree with a 3.2 or higher GPA; or hold an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited program with at least a 3.0 GPA. Provisional acceptance may be granted to applicants with a 2.75 to 2.99 GPA in an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited program.

Estimated Program Cost: TBD

Also offers: 4+1 Bachelor/MBA (on-campus and online)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus evenings and weekends, and online
  • Part-time and full-time scheduling options
  • Spring, Summer, and Fall start dates available

At Siena, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a brand new MBA program as it launches in the Spring of 2019. The school already holds AACSB accreditation and offers a well-respected MS in Accounting that will serve as a solid core for launching the MBA. Knowing Siena’s reputation for uncompromising quality, we’re confident recommending this program to New York business students even before it produces its first graduates. Overseen by the School of Business Advisory Council, made up of experienced and active members of the local business community, you can be sure the curriculum will reflect the most up-to-date tools and perspectives in the business world. Your classroom and lab resources will be just as modern. You’ll get hands-on experience in the state-of-the-art facilities on campus, including the Hickey Financial Technology Center, the Raub Trading Room, and the Alonge Accounting Lab. It’s all in keeping with the overall vision of the school to live up to the highest standard of educational excellence for a diverse learning community while working to develop the best business minds of the future.

 

St. John Fisher College
School of Business
Rochester, New York
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Health Services Management
  • Pharmaceutical Industry

Waiver Requirements: Hold a business-related undergraduate degree with overall 3.3 minimum GPA; OR hold an advanced degree in any field.

Estimated Program Cost: $54,960

Also Offers: 4+1 Bachelor / MBA (on-campus, evenings)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus with occasional online, afternoon, or weekend classes offered
  • 48 semester credits
  • Graduate in as little as one year or up to six years with full or part-time scheduling
  • Fall, spring, and summer term entry

Graduates from Fisher are eagerly snapped up by companies like HSBC, Bausch & Lomb, Xerox, and United technologies, among others. You’ll see why after you experience first hand the dedicated work of the team at the Center for Career and Academic Planning in their relentless effort to match the right candidates to the right positions. It’s probably not that hard, actually, considering the high-quality education and preparation that Fisher MBA graduates go through in the course of the program. Everything from Project Management to Marketing Concepts gets a tough, critical presentation as part of the curriculum, giving you a general expertise that serves as a base for the more in-depth concentration courses you’ll take. You have the option of finishing off the program with either an integrative capstone project experience, or a course on accounting theory and research for accounting specialists. Either way, the course brings together the sum of your experiences in a final polishing experience that will have you ready to hit the ground running in any business on day one.

 

State University of New York – Polytechnic Institute
College of Business Management
Utica, New York
Website

MBA Technology Management

Concentrations:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Health Informatics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate business, accounting or health informatics degree from an AACSB or CAHIIM accredited program with a 3.0 GPA; OR hold an undergraduate degree obtained in the past 7 years from an accredited institution with a 3.5 GPA; OR hold a CMA or CPA; OR hold a master’s degree in any field; OR have a 3.0 GPA and earn a B+ in a non-degree graduate course at SUNY Poly; OR have relevant professional experience of 5 or more years.

Estimated Program Cost: $20,500 (in-state) ($619 x 33 credit hours); $24,500 out-of-state fully online ($743 x 33 credit hours)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Online (synchronous and asynchronous course options)
  • 48 semester credit / 33 credits for fast track eligible candidates (Fast track candidates are those who graduated with a 3.0 in business, accounting or HIM. The majority of SUNY MBA candidates qualify for fast-track, where 5 classes are waived, making the program just 33 total credits.
  • Full-time (2-year completion) and part-time scheduling available
  • Fall and spring admissions

The SUNY Poly MBA doesn’t beat around the bush: it’s a dedicated technology management MBA, regardless of the concentration area you might select. That means you get a robust core of technology-centric management courses centered around project management, new product design and development, and intellectual property rights alongside the more traditional management courses in accounting, marketing, and financial management. You can expect a healthy dose of quantitative analysis and technical decision-support training, and the specializations themselves contain tech-oriented courses like health care informatics and human resources information systems. Poly graduates have found high-paying positions at corporations like IBM, ITT, the Bank of New York, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

 

University at Albany – State University of New York
School of Business
Albany, New York
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Cyber Security
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resource Information Systems
  • Information Systems & Business Analytics

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree from an AACSB-accredited university with a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or better.

Estimated Program Cost: $33,636 ($52,716 out-of-state)

Also offers:

  • Evening MBA (on-campus, evenings)
  • Weekend MBA (on-campus, Fridays and Saturdays)

Dual Degree Options: MBA/JD

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 56 semester credits
  • Fall start date

Taking on the full-time MBA program at SUNY’s Albany University means joining a small, tight-knit cohort of fellow students with similar goals. The focus is on teamwork and collaboration as you build a foundation in the essential competencies of business administration. Those ties will serve you well both before and after graduation, when Albany’s global network of alumni and business partners help hook you up with internships and opportunities. Exciting, high-tech concentration options offer the skills that modern businesses are looking for, with a focus on information systems and automation. You’ll also participate in Albany’s unique Going Green Globally capstone experience, and intense one-week experience working collaboratively to solve 21stcentury problems. It’s no surprise this program consistently makes both the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review top MBA program lists

 

Ithaca College
School of Business
Ithaca, New York
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Bachelor degree from AACSB-accredited school with a GPA of 3.3 at the beginning of your final semester.

Estimated Program Cost: $35,136

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • Accelerated and part-time options available
  • 36 semester credits

A straightforward, no-nonsense MBA degree awaits you at Ithaca College. This program keeps the costs down but the quality high, with instruction in traditional business subjects like marketing, corporate finance, organizational structure, and strategic planning. The school’s Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise offers a surprisingly comprehensive introduction to advanced topics in environmental stewardship and sustainability for a small school, part of the extra effort and quality that lead the Princeton Review to name Ithaca College among the nation’s best business schools.

North Carolina

 

Meredith College
School of Business
Raleigh, North Carolina
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Entrepreneurship and Family Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Innovative Management
  • Project Management

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate GPA of 3.5 from AACSB-accredited institution; OR 4+ years professional post-baccalaureate work experience; OR advanced degree; OR prior military service; OR 9 or more credited hours in AACSB-accredited program with 3.3 GPA; OR hold a CPA.

Estimated Program Cost: $32,505

Also offers:

  • Accelerated 4+1 (on-campus, evening)
  • Working Professionals MBA (on-campus, evening)

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On campus, evenings
  • 33 semester hours
  • Part-time, two-year completion

Meredith offers the least expensive MBA program in the Research Triangle, which gives you an opportunity to jump-start your career in one of the hottest business incubation centers in the country for a fraction of the cost of an MBA from other schools. As a top-ranked program, it maintains strong ties to the local business community giving you access to superb networking opportunities with area business leaders. Overseen by a Business Advisory Board that is made up of those same professionals, you also know that you are getting a curriculum that fits in directly with the existing needs of modern American business. The LEAD Strong program that is part of the MBA will help you develop the leadership skills and ethical qualities expected of modern business leaders. A study abroad option can take you as far away as China to get a true international perspective on business and allow you to make even more contacts during your time in the program.

Ohio

 

Capital University
Graduate Programs
Columbus, Ohio
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirement: GMAT may be required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.2.

Estimated Program Cost: $23,400

  • ACBSP-Accredited
  • On-campus at the main campus in Bexley and at the university’s law school in downtown Columbus
  • 36 Credits
  • Program features evening courses
  • Start dates in the fall, spring and summer
  • Work experience required: 3 years

Capital University’s MBA is flexible, customizable, and comprehensive. Choose the MBA here and you’ll have the option of attending classes at the university’s law school in downtown Columbus or at the main campus in Bexley. You’ll also have the option of completing the program on a full- or part-time basis—whatever works best for you based on your professional and personal scheduling needs. The highly qualified faculty delivering a perfect blend of classroom learning and applied projects and simulations along with real-world learning experiences with local business leaders, all come together to make this program one of our favorites. And because all courses are offered during each trimester, you’ll always be able to schedule classes to fit you life, and your timeline for earning an MBA.

 

Ohio Dominican University
Business Administration Department
Columbus, Ohio
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Data Analytics
  • Risk Management
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Leadership
  • Sports Management

Waiver Requirement: GMAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0; alternatively coursework in accounting, finance, economies and statics with at least a B, OR two years of professional experience would be accepted.

Estimated Program Cost: $21,600

  • ACBSP-Accredited
  • On-campus, hybrid and asynchronous online delivery
  • 36 Credits
  • One or two eight-week, accelerated courses can be taken at one time
  • On-campus courses held in the evenings
  • Start dates 5 times throughout the year

Online, on-campus, or a combination of the two, the MBA through Ohio Dominican University is all about convenience and flexibility. Pursue the MBA here and you’ll have the option of a 100% online or on-campus course of study. And if you want the best of both worlds, you can combine the two. The choice is yours! The MBA here is also fully customizable, with concentration options in data analytics, risk management, finance, accounting, leadership, or sports management. On-campus courses meet one evening per week, and online courses are delivered asynchronously for the best in convenience and flexibility. You’ll have the option of taking one or two courses at a time, regardless of the delivery method you choose.

 

Defiance College
Business Administration Department
Defiance, Ohio
Website

MBA

Optional Concentration: Leadership

Waiver Requirements: GMAT required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.75 during their last two academic years.

Estimated Program Cost: $19,600

  • IACBE-Accredited
  • On-campus
  • 36 Credits
  • Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

Defiance College’s MBA is innovative, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive, preparing students like you for immediate success and career advancement in the corporate workplace. In addition to a solid business core that includes study in marketing, leadership, accounting, ethics, and more, you’ll have the option of choosing a concentration in Leadership. If you appreciate the importance of earning your MBA at a business school with a strong reputation in the business community, then the Defiance Business Administration department needs to be on your radar. This school has been recognized for community service and engagement through the President’s Higher Education Community Honor Roll…as a top tier Midwest regional liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” …and as a Military Friendly School by Victoria Media.

Oregon

 

University of Portland
Pamplin School of Business
Portland, Oregon
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Technology
  • Strategy
  • Sustainability

Waiver Requirements: At least 3 years significant and relevant professional experience; OR have completed 9 hours of coursework at an AACSB-accredited graduate business program with 3.0 GPA or better.

Estimated Program Cost: $51,597

Also Offers: MBA in Nonprofit Management (on-campus, evenings)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 39 semester hours
  • Fall, Spring, or Summer start dates

The University of Portland MBA focuses on the contemporary leadership skills required in a cross-functional modern business. The curriculum delivers on this education by putting an emphasis on statistical and quantitative analysis combined with perspective courses that offer high-level introductions to issues of cultural diversity and sustainability that are becoming core to the 21stcentury enterprise. You’ll learn how to apply analytical techniques to solve real business problems, with the option of diving into a concentration component to hone your skills in one of six specialized focus areas. The invaluable international experience that is part of the program here will take you overseas regardless of which of those concentrations you choose. The program closes with an integrative capstone strategy course that will tie everything together and send you off with a comprehensive perspective on leading and managing a business in any industry.

Pennsylvania

 

Wilkes University
Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Global Business
  • Leadership
  • Management

Waiver Requirement: GMAT scores required for applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99.

Estimated Program Cost: $33,480

Also Offers: PharmD/MBA

  • ACBSP-Accredited
  • On-campus, online, hybrid
  • 36 credits
  • Start dates in fall and spring

With more than 1,800 graduates and a long history of excellence, Wilkes University’s MBA is where students advance their business acumen, along with their leadership and organizational skills. With the Wilkes MBA you’ll be able to choose from four program tracks to personalize your graduate course of study. As part of the student community here, you’ll be part of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership, which is housed in the university’s newly renovated, 80,000-square-foot University Center that features seven smart classrooms, collaborative team rooms, and a financial market trading room that simulates the New York Stock Exchange.

 

York College of Pennsylvania
Graham School of Business
York, Pennsylvania
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirement:Candidates with an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.8 must receive permission from the MBA director based on having a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; OR professional certification (e.g., CFP, CPA, SMA); OR work experience (including three professional letters of recommendation and an admissions interview).

Estimated Program Cost: $24,600

  • ACBSP-Accredited
  • 30 Credits
  • Courses offered in the evenings, Monday through Thursday, with hybrid options
  • Start dates in fall, spring and summer

Since 1977, the MBA at York College of Pennsylvania has been producing skilled graduates who go on to become business leaders and community advocates in York, throughout Pennsylvania, and beyond. With an esteemed faculty, convenient, evening classes (Monday-through Thursday), distance learning opportunities when in-class attendance isn’t possible, state-of-the-art classrooms and meeting rooms, and exciting opportunities for collaboration and communication with your peers and instructors, York College’s MBA has everything you need to succeed. Plus, thanks to close ties with York’s business community, you’ll even get to learn from local business professionals with experience and expertise in various industries and areas of business.

 

West Chester University
School of Business & Public Management
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s business degree from an AACSB or ACBSP-accredited program with a minimum 3.0 GPA; OR hold a bachelor’s degree in a business-related discipline (or demonstrate business proficiency) from a regionally accredited college with a 3.3 GPA and 5 years professional business experience; OR hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited college with a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate business skills proficiency.

Estimated Program Cost: $21,090 ($21,790 out-of-state)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Online, asynchronous courses
  • 30 semester credits
  • Flex format allows full or part time completion schedules
  • Five terms per year with rolling admissions

As a U.S. News & World Report top-100 ranked online MBA program, you can expect big things from the West Chester MBA. Forty percent of graduates have incomes over six figures, and about ten percent go on to earn even more advanced degrees. Your own performance will be bolstered by sharing courses with motivated and talented individuals in classes like strategic cost management, financial analysis, and global operations and supply chain management. The business administration core in the Westchester MBA is second to none, providing a by-the-books drill-down into the foundational skills of business, preparing graduates for success in any managerial or leadership role.

 

Lebanon Valley College
Annville, Pennsylvania
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Ethics
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics

Waiver Requirements: Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher; OR hold an advanced degree; OR have a combination of undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and 3 or more years of post-bachelor’s professional experience; OR have 5 or more years of documented managerial experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $24,588

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • Hybrid with on-site classes in the evenings, or asynchronous online
  • 36 semester credits
  • Full or part-time degree pacing available
  • Six start dates available year-round

The LVC MBA program is offered with maximum flexibility to accommodate students in any phase of their career path, from the recent college graduate to professionals looking to burnish their credentials for the next rung up on the career ladder. Fully online or on-campus hybrid courses delivered at your pace make it easy to fit coursework in with the demands of your professional and personal life. The school’s small, seminar-style classes put you in close contact with highly qualified professors and professionals with years of experience behind them. Through the advanced curriculum developed by those professionals, you’ll come away with the analytical and decision-making skills you need to confidently tackle any type of business problem, and you’ll demonstrate your acumen with those new skills through mock negotiation sessions, real-life business case studies, and other team-building projects. Graduates of the program have gone on to work at Blue Cross, Bayer, and Hershey.

 

Mount Aloysius College
Department of Business and Information Technology
Cresson, Pennsylvania
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Health and Human Services Administration
  • Non-Profit Management

Waiver Requirements: Have an overall grade point average above 3.2.

Estimated Program Cost: $30,580

Also Offers: 4+1 Bachelor/MBA (on-campus and online)

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • On-campus evenings,and asynchronous online classes
  • 36 semester credits
  • Rolling admissions

Mount Aloysius grads go on to take on the business world as entrepreneurs, CEOs, HR managers, and PR professionals thanks to the in-depth education they get here in the fundamental aspects of modern business. The MBA program here is designed to teach you how to integrate and apply theoretical concepts in all the various aspects of management with an eye on cultural and situational characteristics when planning strategic and operational solutions. You can be sure you’ll not only come out of the program with the broad-based business knowledge that comprises the core of an education in business administration, but you’ll also be an ace at thinking strategically and communicating effectively, giving you exactly the kind of business acumen expected of today’s leaders.

 

Slippery Rock University
School of Business
Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting/Finance
  • Management/Marketing

Waiver Requirements: Have earned a business-related bachelor’s degree from an accredited school with a minimum 3.0 GPA; OR demonstrate professional work experience; OR have earned a terminal or master’s degree from an accredited school.

Estimated Program Cost: $24,840 ($35,964 out-of-state)

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • On-campus evenings, and asynchronous online classes
  • 36 semester credits
  • Accelerated one year completion available
  • Year-round, rolling admissions

SRU offers an interdisciplinary MBA program that includes not just the business fundamentals that every MBA student needs, but also data analysis and communication courses to help you earn both the hard quantitative skills you need to assess business metrics and the soft people skills to put plans into place to manage them. The program offers maximum flexibility to working students, offering many classes online with others available in the evenings. You can get through the program in as little as one year. The program integrates classroom theory with real-world business practices, giving you the tools you need to make sound strategic decisions with real impact the day you graduate.

 

Kutztown University
College of Business
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree from an AACSB-accredited program with overall GPA 3.2, or 3.0 with 3 years professional experience, or 5 years professional experience; OR hold CFA or CPA certification or a master’s degree; OR have 10 or more years professional experience in a managerial role.

Estimated Program Cost: $18,270 ($27,150 out-of-state)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Asynchronous online and face-to-face classes
  • 30 semester hours
  • Flexible pace options allow for completion in 1-3 years
  • Fall and spring start dates available

Kutztown University offers an affordable MBA option right on Philadelphia’s doorstep at a fraction of the cost of in-city university options. You also have the advantage of small-town living at Kutztown, while enjoying a superb business education delivered by professors who know their stuff. Although the program doesn’t have specializations, it still manages to offer a particular focus to students in the way of small business and innovation studies. The school operates a Small Business Development Center and an Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, both of which can put you directly in touch with central Pennsylvania start-ups and small businesses looking to gain an MBA-edge in their planning and operations. That hands-on experience is pure gold after graduation and will turn your resume into a hot commodity.

 

Bloomsburg University
Zeigler College of Business
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: GMAT waiver granted case by case based on academic or professional experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $25,100

Also Offers: Professional MBA (on-campus, online, hybrid)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 36 semester hours
  • Fast-track offers a one-year degree option
  • Fall, spring, or summer start dates are available
  • Other Locations: Philadelphia Center City (Saturday hybrid)

There are lot of reasons to choose Bloomsburg as your go-to MBA program, whether it’s their astute and proven leadership skills development training or the experiential curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and internships, allowing you to hone your skills where the rubber meets the road. But what really helps the program stand out from the pack is their MBA-level strategic communications course – one of only 16 schools in the nation to offer such a course. It gets to the heart of what makes an MBA a valuable executive investment: the ability to translate and articulate business knowledge from across the spectrum to create actionable strategies for leading companies forward.

 

Duquesne University
Palumbo-Donahue School of Business
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Website

Professional MBA

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree earned within the past 10 years from AACSB or ABET accredited school with 3.25 or better GPA; OR 5 year of professional full-time work experience; OR master’s or terminal degree.

Estimated Program Cost: $53,928

Also Offers: MBA in Sustainable Business Practices (on-campus)

Dual Degree Options:

  • JD/MBA
  • PharmD/MBA
  • MS in Industrial Pharmacy/MBA
  • MA in Communication/MBA
  • MS in Environmental Science/MBA

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus evenings, or online
  • 42 semester credits
  • Full-time and part-time options available
  • Start in fall, spring, or summer

Duquesne’s Professional MBA offers maximum flexibility combined with a level of quality that make it easy to understand why it ranks third in the region in the U.S. News & World Report list of best MBA programs. A curriculum that places an emphasis on experiential learning turns out forward-thinking leaders who have both the knowledge and hands-on expertise to create value and drive corporate growth with innovation, while remaining grounded in sustainable practices. You’ll develop in-depth expertise in all aspects of management, but the program is cutting-edge in terms of its emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovative problem-solving skills and next-generation sustainability principles that bring responsibility and cultural intelligence to the forefront.

Rhode Island

 

Roger Williams University
Gabelli School of Business
Bristol, Rhode Island
Website

4+1 MBA (on-campus)

Waiver Requirements: Applicants may apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver if they have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2.

Estimated Program Cost: $32,600

  • AACSB-Accredited
  • 36 Credits
  • Start dates in the fall, spring and summer
  • Program designed for RWU undergraduates or students with undergraduate business degrees from AACSB-accredited institutions

Housed within the esteemed Mario J. Gabelli School of Business, the Roger Williams University MBA is built on more than 50 years of academic excellence and student success and holds a reputation as one of the area’s top colleges. Just a few of the features of Roger Williams’ MBA, offered at the university’s state-of-the-art Metro campus, includes small class sizes…experienced faculty members…a required international experience to learn about other cultures and global business practices…and access to a variety of hands-on learning experiences through the School of Business’ Center for Advanced Financial Education and the Leadership Institute.

 

Providence College
School of Business
Providence, Rhode Island
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

Waiver Requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree in business from an AACSB-accredited school with a cumulative GPA of 3.5; OR hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited school with a 3.0 GPA and 5 years of increasing professional work experience; OR hold a terminal graduate degree; OR hold CPA or CFA; OR complete 6 semesters of full-time coursework at Providence College with a 3.6 GPA; OR be a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Estimated Program Cost: $24,480

Also offers:

  • 4+1 BS,BA/MBA (on-campus)
  • Accounting Cohort MBA (on-campus)

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • on campus, or hybrid
  • 36 semester credits
  • Full and part-time programs of study offered, allowed to switch tracks between programs
  • Spring, summer and fall start dates

Anchored by the brand new, $5 million Arthur F. and Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies, the Providence College MBA program has a high-tech home for building your essential knowledge base for business. With twelve Bloomberg terminals, two finance and accounting labs, a video conference room, and a career education satellite office, you get all the support you need for your studies. Those studies offer a comprehensive perspective on the modern business world, covering business and accounting ethics, team management, corporate finance, marketing, and decision making skills. You’ll tie together those academic pursuits with a real world business internship and a strategy capstone project that puts your training to good use. And it’s not just domestic training; through a global collaboration initiative with Edinburgh Napier University, Providence students have served as project managers for global data visualization projects, while others have studied in Milan or Paris with other global programs.

 

University of Rhode Island
College of Business
Providence, Rhode Island
Website

MBA in Strategic Innovation

Concentrations:

  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Waiver Requirements: Have graduated from URI or an AACSB-accredited business program with minimum 3.5 GPA; OR hold a master’s or terminal degree; OR be licensed as a CPA or CFA.

Estimated Program Cost: $17,147 ($29,775 out-of-state)

Dual Degree Options:

  • MBA/Master of Oceanography
  • MBA/PharmD
  • MBA/BS Industrial Systems Engineering

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, some evening classes
  • 45 semester credits
  • Full and part-time options for 1 or 2.5 year graduation track
  • Full-time entry in fall each year, part-time admissions in fall, winter, or summer

Named by the Princeton Review as one of the Best Business Schools in the United States, URI lives up to the billing with an immersion-oriented program that drops you into live business environments with real clients to pit your skills against legitimate business problems. At a time when innovation drives business, an MBA that focuses on creative solutions and continuous improvement is pure gold. URI puts you immediately into an environment that challenges conventional thinking and offers you the kind of strategic thinking skills you need to integrate your knowledge and experience into outside-the-box solutions that businesses demand. You’ll put all those tools to use in live case studies working with local companies, both through the course of your general coursework and as part of the culminating capstone consulting project at the end of your program. It’s a tight, cohort-driven curriculum that demands dedication and effort, and rewards you with one of the most respected MBA programs in the mid-Atlantic region.

 

Bryant University
College of Business
Smithfield, Rhode Island
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Global Finance
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • International Business
  • Business Analytics

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate GPA 3.4 or higher from a professional accredited program; OR 5 years work experience and a 2.75 or better undergraduate GPA; OR 3-5 years substantive work experience; OR a certificate of graduate study in business.

Estimated Program Cost: $48,456 (one-year MBA), $41,366 (two-year MBA), $21,995 (Professional MBA Online)

Also Offers:

  • Part-Time 2-year MBA (on-campus, evenings)
  • Professional MBA Online (no GMAT required)

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Online or on campus
  • 40 semester hours
  • Cohorts launch each fall

Your business career will take off like a rocket with the one-year, cohort-based Bryant University MBA program. The program launches with an intensive, no-holds-barred 3-day immersion course to introduce you to your instructors, fellow students, and the basics of a business education that leans into the building winds of global trade. In January, you’ll take part in a Global Immersion Experience that puts you and your classmates on the road to meet senior executives at international firms or government policy makers for insights into their concerns and motivations in the globalized economy. With four specializations available, most of them tilted toward international business considerations, you have the opportunity to fine-tune your program for exactly the type of career you want to build in the business world. Graduates have gone on to important positions at Bank of America, CVS, KPMG, and other major global market players.

South Dakota

 

Black Hills State University
College of Business and Natural Sciences
Rapid City, South Dakota
Website

MBA in Applied Management

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0.

Estimated Program Cost: $11,258

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus; partial hybrid offerings summer quarter only
  • 30 semester hours
  • Start dates available in spring or fall semesters

Although the Black Hills have been famous for their precious metals since the rush of 1870, there’s new wealth being mined around Rapid City these days in the form of the BHSU master’s degree in applied management. With strong ties to the local business community and small cohort sizes that offer relationships with instructors that go beyond the usual teacher-student paradigm, you can turn your time into money by getting your MBA here. The school offers a broad-based MBA program that hits all the high points in finance, law and ethics, marketing, and IT with a special emphasis on practical aspects of running and growing modern businesses.

Tennessee

 

Lipscomb University
College of Business
Nashville, Tennessee
Website

Fast Track MBA

Waiver Requirements: Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Estimated Program Cost: $43,200

Also Offers: Executive MBA (on-campus, evenings)

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • On-campus in the evenings
  • 36 semester credits
  • Summer start date required

Lipscomb is a leader in faith-based business education in the United States. It’s ranked the #2 part-time MBA in Tennessee by Bloomberg Businessweek, no doubt as a result of the school’s “business as a mission” philosophy that puts social enterprise and services on the same level as daily business endeavors. The intersection of faith, career, culture, and entrepreneurial thinking is explored in the one-year program, assisted by the school’s on-site Center for Entrepreneurship. But the program covers far more than just philosophy—you’ll be driven to learn hardcore quantitative and technological skills that can be applied with in-depth business knowledge to implement an overall strategic vision effectively and efficiently. Crucially, the program comes complete with directed work experience built in: a paid position with a local partner company (or, potentially, your own company if you are already in the workforce) where you will put your evening coursework to the test in real-world environments, and examine the results in real time.

Texas

 

Prairie View A&M University
College of Business
Prairie View, Texas
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate GPA greater than 2.75.

Estimated Program Cost: $30,284 ($49,080 out-of-state)

Also offers:

  • Online MBA (online)
  • Executive MBA (on-campus at PVAMU Northwest Houston Center, weekend, and hybrid)

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 36 semester hours
  • Summer, fall, or spring admissions.

The PVAMU MBA program is all about opportunity. The school lines up expert instructors who are professionals in both business and academics. With that combination, they offer the skills and training required to develop any student into a better businessperson, and a more organized and effective individual. The school has put together a curriculum combining statistical methods, marketing concepts, economic principles, and organizational theory that stand up to all the rigors of modern research and practice. It offers electives in international trade and business, investment analysis, data communications, and other hot specialty topics current in the business world today. But all of that is waiting for one critical ingredient: your drive and intensity to take in everything that is on offer and to use it to develop your communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills to become a key figure capable of leading any organization to success.

 

University of the Incarnate Word
H-E-B School of Business and Administration
San Antonio, Texas
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Sport Management

Waiver Requirements: GMAT only required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 2.5.

Estimated Program Cost: $34,500

  • ACBSP-Accredited
  • 36 credits
  • Courses offered on-campus in the evenings (Monday through Thursday) and on Saturdays
  • Start dates throughout the year

University of the Incarnate Word’s MBA features a global emphasis with respect to international and cultural understanding…a focus on improving your proficiency in all aspects of business…optional concentrations in finance, marketing, sport management, and international business…and a format that’s designed to accommodate your busy, professional schedule. Thanks to continuous enrollment throughout the year and evening courses Monday through Thursday, along with some Saturday courses, you’ll graduate in just 2-3 years. As one of the leading universities in Texas, University of the Incarnate Word enjoys a small, private atmosphere with a prime, metropolitan location in San Antonio.

 

Sam Houston State University
College of Business Administration
Huntsville, Texas
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. school with 3.5 GPA; OR hold a graduate degree; OR hold an undergraduate degree from a U.S. school with a 2.5 GPA and have 3 years of significant managerial experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $27,540 ($42,480 out-of-state)

Also offers:

  • Executive MBA (online with 2-week in-residence sessions)
  • Banking and Financial Institutions

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • Online (asynchronous), or on-campus in Huntsville or at The Woodland’s Center
  • 36 semester credits
  • Flexible scheduling allowed
  • Fall, spring, and two summer start dates available

The SHSU MBA program emphasizes the integration and synthesis of the entire spectrum of business disciplines. The contemporary and highly relevant curriculum here keeps up with the constantly evolving technologies and techniques that are now an indispensible part of strategic business management. With campus resources like the Small Business Development Center, the Center for Innovation and Technology, and the Gibson D. Lewis Center for Business and Economic Development, student’s at Sam Houston have access to the latest research as business evolves. Overseen by an Advisory Council of individuals with deep real-world experience, the curriculum at SHSU can be counted on to reflect the conditions you’ll find out in the real world.

 

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nelson Rusche College of Business
Nacogdoches, Texas
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Have a 3.5 GPA from an accredited U.S. institution; OR have more then 3 years professional business experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $16,362 ($31,302 out-of-state)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus in the evenings, with some online classes
  • 36 semester hours
  • Spring, fall, and two summer semester start dates open

An MBA degree from the SFASU Nelson Rusche College of Business is all you need to lead in the business world with the confidence that comes with real expertise. Not only will an SFASU MBA impress your current or future employer, it will add real value to the organization. Every student’s degree plan is customized to their background, which means you get the extra attention you need in the aspects of business you want without wasting time on things you already know. Courses in managerial communication, transnational business law, operations management, and other core concepts integral to the function of the modern corporation will fill in the gaps. You’ll complete this self-contained program in about a year, making it a fast and affordable option for burnishing your business credentials.

 

Texas Tech University
Rawls College of Business
Lubbock, Texas
Website

STEM MBA

Waiver Requirements: Applicants with an undergraduate major in a STEM field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are not required to take the GMAT.

Estimated Program Cost: $26,677 ($45,452 out-of-state)

Also offers:

  • Professional MBA (hybrid)
  • Online MBA (online)

Dual Degree Options:

  • JD/MBA
  • MD/MBA
  • MS or PhD in Biotechnology/MBA
  • PharmD/MBA

 

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 42 semester hours
  • Accelerated program, designed to be completed in one year
  • Admissions in fall, spring, and summer each year

The Rawls MBA program is designed specifically to accommodate students with an undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. Although it’s a full-fledged MBA with all the general business knowledge that implies, the design of the courses is intended to complement your technical background while offering the managerial and leadership skills necessary to become an executive in the modern enterprise. You already have the technical skills to succeed in today’s information-rich, computationally-intensive world; Texas Tech will give you the business side of the package with courses on technology commercialization, marketing concepts and strategies, and strategic and global management. It’s no wonder that Bloomberg Businessweek has put Rawls on their Best Business Schools in the U.S. list for three straight years.

 

University of Texas – El Paso
College of Business Administration
El Paso, Texas
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.75 or better from UTEP or a comparably accredited school.

Estimated Program Cost: $23,879 ($45,556 out-of-state)

Concentrations:

  • Business Informatics for Healthcare
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Also offers:

  • Executive MBA (on-campus, 2 times a month, Friday and Saturday)
  • Accelerated MBA (on-campus, evenings and Saturdays)
  • Fast Track MBA (Bachelor+MBA) (on-campus)

Dual Degree Option: MBA/MPA

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, hybrid, and online course options
  • 48 semester hours
  • Fall admissions date

UTEP has been graduating MBA students since 1973 and their graduates are well-known around Texas and throughout the rest of the country today. It’s a polished program with a large number of degree and concentration options designed to fit genuine market demand. The school has been recognized by Professional Woman’s, Hispanic Network, and Black EOE Journal Magazines for the diversity and quality of education available there. Through the COBA Mentorship Program, you’ll be paired with an executive mentor and get the chance to pick up on decades of real-world business experience. You’ll get some experience of your own through the school’s Corporate Engagement Project, where student teams of 3-5 members tackle projects from corporate sponsors. You’ll build your critical thinking, time and resource management, and presentation skills by working on real-world issues with on-the-ground project teams. The work pays off; UTEP graduates can be found at companies like ADP, Amazon, Boeing, KPMG, Samsung, and Wells Fargo among other enterprises.

 

University of Houston – Clear Lake
College of Business
Clear Lake, Texas
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Business Analytics
  • Environmental Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management of Technology
  • Sustainability

Waiver Requirements: Hold a cumulative 3.0 GPA over the past 60 hours of coursework and a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a country where English is the native language; OR hold a graduate or professional degree from a country where English is the native language.

Estimated Program Cost: $24,699 ($26,889 out-of-state)

Dual Degree Option: MBA/MHA

  • AACSB-accredited (dual accreditation in business and accounting)
  • On-campus and online (asynchronous)
  • 36 semester credits
  • Full and part-time options available
  • Starts in fall, spring, or summer

Clear Lake’s College of Business hits all kinds of top lists, including being named among the Best Regional Universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. As one of the rare schools that holds dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting fields, it has certainly earned those accolades. The MBA program is characterized by a flexible approach to classwork combined with rigorous training and high performance standards that will reward you with a prestigious degree that you can earn on your own terms. UHL has nine different concentrations to dive into, each lead by experienced instructors who have the right kind of real-world experience to teach you the specific skills corporations need to succeed.

 

Angelo State University
Norris-Vincent College of Business
San Angelo, Texas
Website

MBA

Waiver Requirements: Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with 3.0 GPA overall or for last 60 credits earned, or 2.5 GPA with 3 years meaningful business experience; OR hold an advanced degree from an accredited institution.

Estimated Program Cost: $22,445 ($34,895 out-of-state)

Also Offers: BS/MBA (on campus, hybrid, or online)

  • ACBSP-accredited (as of 2017)
  • On-campus, online, or hybrid, with online components in asynchronous format
  • 30 semester credits
  • Admissions made in spring, summer, and fall

Angelo State offers a quick, efficient, straightforward approach to an education in business administration that can get you through the program and out into the working world in as little as one year. The College of Business’ Center for Student Success will help you make that transition, promoting the success of students with personalized advising. The school’s flexible delivery approach allows you to switch your class schedule back and forth between face-to-face, online, or hybrid courses anytime you need to. You’ll find a lot of expertise on tap no matter what method you pick. The school hosts the ASU Small Business Development Center and Center for Economic Education to provide research and advice to students focused on those areas of business education and to offer real-world experience with regional clients in a consulting capacity. Where many universities today put you through an intensive capstone course to round out your MBA education, San Angelo takes a different approach: the MBA Major Field Test, a comprehensive exit exam that every student must pass to graduate, validating once and for all that you have learned everything the program has to offer—and signaling that status to future employers. There’s no question that holding an MBA from San Angelo bolsters your qualifications for any executive role.

Virginia

 

Marymount University
School of Business and Technology
Arlington, Virginia
Website

Integrative MBA

Waiver Requirements: Hold an undergraduate business degree from an ACBSP or AACSB-accredited school, or a non-business degree with sufficient quantitative coursework, with a minimum GPA of 3.0; OR hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution; OR have 3-5 years of increasingly responsible professional post- baccalaureate work experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $40,079

Dual Degree Options:

  • MBA/MA in Human Resource Management
  • MBA/MS in Information Technology
  • MBA/MS in Cybersecurity
  • MHA/MBA
  • MBA/MS in Leadership Management

 

  • ACBSP-accredited
  • On-campus evening and weekend classes, or online
  • Delivered asynchronously
  • 39 semester credits
  • Fall, spring, and summer admissions

Marymount’s flexible integrative MBA program is designed to accommodate either currently working professionals or recent graduates with bachelor’s degrees looking to take their education in business administration to the next level. The school is grounded in the Catholic tradition of higher education, so you’ll find that academic excellence goes hand-in-hand with ethical studies. Working on your degree in the heart of Washington D.C. offers exposure to the ways in which government policy and business intersect, giving you a leg up on the diversity and engagement that companies look for in senior executives. As a designated National Center for Academic Excellence for Cyber Defense as named by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, the school’s IT and cybersecurity courses are at the top of the field. The program’s Strategic Management seminar serves as the final integrative capstone in an already integrative program and revolves around analyzing and preparing a business plan for existing or potential start-up companies. Many students take this opportunity to workshop their own entrepreneurial plans, and their showing in national competitions has demonstrated the strength of their ideas – and the strength of the program.

Washington

 

Seattle Pacific University
School of Business, Government, and Economics
Seattle, Washington
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Social and Sustainable Business
  • Information Systems Management

Waiver Requirements: Have a cumulative 3.7 GPA; OR a cumulative 3.25 GPA and 5 years professional post-baccalaureate work experience; OR cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 10 years professional post-baccalaureate work experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $64,080

Dual Degree Options: MBA/MA Theology

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus, evenings and weekends
  • 72 quarter credits
  • Flexible scheduling with half-time and accelerated full-time options
  • Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer start dates are available

Ethics and responsibility are a major focus at this Christian university, an emphasis that goes hand-in-hand with the personal touch you’ll find in the tight-knit MBA program at Seattle Pacific University. The Center for Integrity in Business investigates real-world ethical challenges and publishes the highly respected Ethix online magazine to distribute stories and solutions. The well-developed Mentor Program actively seeks out the ideal business mentor to advise you through the course of the program, while the school’s cohesive alumni network and robust career and professional development advising makes sure you are on track to get the job you want after graduation. An Executive Advisory Board provides close links with the Seattle business community and ensures that the curriculum is aligned with the current demands of domestic and international companies. Seattle Pacific’s unique Study Abroad program offers a range of global experiences that intersect with this vital Pacific Rim trade hub, setting you up with a global perspective and a level of international expertise that’s hard to come by at other business schools.

 

University of Washington – Tacoma
Milgard School of Business
Tacoma, Washington
Website

MBA

Optional Concentration: Health Care

Waiver Requirements: Have graduated from an AACSB or ABET accredited school with 3.25 GPA or higher in final 90 credits (3.4 for ABET); OR hold a terminal or master’s degree (minimum 3.4 GPA for master’s); OR hold a professional license as CPA, CFA, or CMA; OR have 5-years active duty military service E-5 or above (3 years commissioned) and have graduated from a U.S. accredited university with GPA of 3.0 or better; OR demonstrated 5 years full-time post-baccalaureate professional experience in leadership positions.

Estimated Program Cost: $60,512 ($98,304 out-of-state)

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus and hybrid with on-site classes in the evenings and on Saturdays, online
  • 64 quarter credits
  • Fall and Winter cohort starts available

Like many MBA programs, the Milgard School has an executive advisory board of working professionals to provide input and guidance on curriculum and program decisions. Unlike other schools, the UW-Tacoma advisors are made up entirely of alumni, giving them extra insight and familiarity with not only the outside business world, but also the faculty and nature of the program itself. It’s a winning combination for students, who get the most relevant and up-to-date course content while also gaining valuable professional network contacts during their time at the school. Through cohort-based courses in microeconomics, quantitative methods, financial theory, and business communications, you’ll develop the kinds of skills you need to adapt to the evolving demands of the global marketplace.

 

Eastern Washington University
College of Business and Public Administration
Cheney, Washington
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Global Business

Waiver Requirements: Must have graduated with at least 90 credits and 3.5 GPA from an AACSB-accredited school; OR in a non-business program plus 5 years professional managerial experience; OR

with only 3.0 GPA from an AACSB-accredited school plus 5 years professional managerial experience.

Estimated Program Cost: $19,800 ($38,967 out-of-state)

Dual Degree Options: MBA/MPA

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 44 quarter credits
  • Start dates four times each year, once per quarter

Eastern Eagle MBAs are few in number, but as proud and capable as their mascot in nature. As with most such small university programs, you can expect to get a lot of individualized attention in Eastern’s business degree courses, interacting with instructors who have their finger on the pulse of business in the Inland Empire region and bringing in deep experience from enterprises around the country. Although Eastern graduates can go on to compete for any senior executive position in any business in the world on the strength of their degree, there’s something about the school that seems to foster independent self-starters who want to build their own businesses… two recent graduates got together to start their own winery. With an MBA from Eastern behind you, you’ll be part of a strong alumni network, which combined with your mastery of core business concepts will give you all the tools you need to succeed in almost any endeavor.

Wisconsin

 

University of Wisconsin – Parkside
College of Business, Economics, and Computing
Parkside, Wisconsin
Website

MBA

Concentrations:

  • Data Analytics
  • Finance
  • Global Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

Waiver Requirements: Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Estimated Program Cost: $14,933 ($30,608 out-of-state)

Also Offers: Online MBA

  • AACSB-accredited
  • On-campus
  • 30 semester credits
  • Rolling admissions policy allows entry year-round

The affordability of the UW-Parkside MBA is a huge benefit for any student looking at program options along the strategic Chicago-Milwaukee business corridor. Alumni scattered through the Chicago and southeast Wisconsin area offer valuable networking opportunities for graduates. The school has a number of exchange agreements with schools located as far off as China, India, France, and Russia, giving you a global and multicultural awareness that will pay dividends in the real world. The highly relevant and up-to-date concentration options ensure that you will walk away with skills that are in-demand and cutting-edge, qualifying you for positions with major employers like so many other UW graduates before you. If the corporate grind isn’t your thing, many students with a Parkside MBA have also gone on to successful entrepreneurial ventures, calling their own shots and achieving their own goals with the education and contacts they have gained through the program.

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