Top Online Business Schools

Get info on choosing a school with an online business program. Read about three schools in this field that were selected based on their national rankings. Review the online business degree programs offered by each school. Schools offering Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for In An Online Business Program?

Highly regarded business schools now offer degree programs and courses online. Many programs require brief, on-campus residencies, so look for those that will allow you to network with fellow business professionals. You may also be able to take advantage of a business school's affiliated centers and research institutes.

Good schools will also provide effective virtual instruction. Consider programs that provide access to the same faculty and curriculum as their on-campus programs. Also consider programs recognized by ratings and accreditation agencies. The following universities are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This professional accreditation agency grants accreditation to undergraduate and graduate business programs that meet its quality standards.

Three Top Online Business Schools

Emory University in Atlanta, GA

U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory 20th overall among national universities in 2016. Emory's business school is ranked 15th in the nation, according to Bloomberg Businessweek in 2015.

Emory's hybrid executive MBA program program includes nine on-campus residencies spread over a 21-month period. During these 1-week sessions you can network with business researchers at on-campus conferences such as the Atlanta Competitive Advantage Conference. Available degrees include:

  • Modular Master of Business Administration (MBA) for Executives

Indiana University in Bloomington

Indiana University's (IU) Kelley School of Business tied for 22ndamong all graduate business schools in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. The business school's entrepreneurship specialty was ranked eighth while its accounting specialty was ranked eleventh, also by U.S. News & World Report.

Distance learners study with the same professors who teach on campus. Kelley research and networking resources include 13 centers, institutes and initiatives such as the Indiana Business Research Center and the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Its dual degree options and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs are tailored to employees of large corporate partners. You can network with these business professionals during one of the two, 1-week residencies required of all business students. IU offers the following online business degrees:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance
  • M.S. in Global Supply Chain Management
  • M.S. in Strategic Management
  • M.S. in Business Analytics
  • M.S. in Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • MBA
  • MBA/Master of Global Management
  • MBA/M.S. in Finance
  • MBA/M.S. in Global Supply Chain Management
  • MBA/M.S. in Strategic Management
  • MBA/M.S. in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Penn State University in University Park, PA

Penn State University's Smeal College of Business was among U.S. News & World Report's top-50 graduate business programs in 2016. It also boasts a third-ranked supply chain management program.

During the MBA's two, 1-week on-campus residencies you'll be able to observe the operations of successful companies and talk with their executives. This program as well as the bachelor's degree completion program draw upon the collective strengths of Penn State's extensive distance education experience dating back to 1890's correspondence courses. The following online degrees are available:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • MBA

Ten Top Schools That Offer Online Business Degrees

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Temple University4-year, PublicPhiladelphia, PA
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill4-year, PublicChapel Hill, NC
Arizona State University4-year, PublicTempe, AZ
University of Florida4-year, PublicGainesville, FL
University of Texas at Dallas4 year, PublicDallas, TX
Carnegie Mellon University4 year, PrivatePittsburgh, PA
North Carolina State University4 year, PublicRaleigh, NC
Auburn University 4-year, PublicAuburn, AL
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire4-year, PublicEau Claire, WI
Arkansas State University4-year, PublicJonesboro, AR

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