The MBA has been the flagship degree of management education since its introduction by Harvard Business School over a century ago. Most schools deliver their education on campus, but that is rapidly changing with the proliferation of online MBAs.
“Students benefit from the flexibility of distance learning, choosing how and when they study,” says Vikki Abusidualghoul, assistant dean for blended programs at Warwick Business School in the UK. Online MBAs also cheaper, and help prepare students for the travails of global management in the digital age.
For anyone hoping to boost their career prospects without leaving the workforce, US News' 2018 Best Online Programs rankings, are a useful resource.
Each year the publication ranks America’s top digital MBA degrees. Temple University’s Fox School of Business stayed at No 1 in 2018 for the fourth year in a row. Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business again ranked No 2, tying with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, which rose from No 3 last year.
“What makes our Online MBA program truly special is the ability to tailor it to students’ needs and interests,” says Darin Kapanjie, academic director of the Fox Online MBA. “We are listening to the market and developing a diverse group of concentrations, dual-degree options, and international immersion opportunities for our online population.”
The Fox School admits around 550 students and has a rolling application deadline. Tuition is $1,245 per credit.
US News scored programs based on multiple criteria: student engagement; peer reputation; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and admissions selectivity.
The Fox School scored particularly highly for its admissions selectivity, with students frequently citing peer learning as a key benefit of the degree, along with engagement between students, who connect via the web from a distance. The program incorporates a face-to-face component: a weeklong residency at Temple University’s campus.
But it’s not the only course. Below are the top-20 US online MBAs: