With a part-time MBA, you don’t have to quit your job to study and you can get all the same benefits of a full-time MBA program, including the network, management skills, and career opportunities after graduation.
If you’re making the choice to pursue a part-time MBA, you'll need to compare the different programs on offer.
Here's the best part-time MBA programs in the USA, according to US News.
Best Part-Time MBAs in the USA
=14. Olin Business School at Washington University, St Louis
Cost: $1,860 per credit.
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As one of the three schools making up joint 14th in the US News rankings, Olin Business School offers concentrations in accounting, consulting, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, and more. The WashU Professional MBA hosts two night classes per week. Part-time courses cost $1,860 per credit.
=14. Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Cost: $1,113 per credit.
The Michael G Foster School of Business offers specialized courses focusing on a variety of career tracks such as finance and consulting and has a popular evening MBA class. The current evening MBA class is made up of students aged 22-46, with a median GMAT score of 620.
Part-time courses cost $26,712 for both in and out of state students.
=14. Georgetown McDonough School of Business
Cost: $2,121 per credit.
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With 374 students enrolled in their part-time program, the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business is a popular part-time choice. Part-time courses cost $2,121 per credit and classes are flexible with Saturday electives and more intensive learning experiences as part of their Flex MBA.
13. Emory University Goizueta Business School
Cost: $1,585 per credit.
Home to 269 part-time students, this Atlanta business school has a promising part-time offering with programs costing $1,585 per credit.
Leadership development is a fundamental part of the evening MBA and six to eight years after graduation, students can expect to see an 137% salary increase.
=10. University of Minnesota, Carlson
Cost: $1,581 per credit.
The part-time MBA at Carlson School of Management allows students to participate on campus, online, and through compressed weekend study. There are also opportunities for global experiences, real-life challenges to test business acumen, and specializations.
The Carlson program attracts large cohorts, with 614 students enrolled in 2021. Tuition costs $1,581 per credit.
=10. The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business
Cost: $1,594 per credit.
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The Max M Fisher College of Business in Ohio is the only business school in central Ohio with a part-time MBA offering. For those in-state the part-time course costs $1,594 per credit and out-of-state tuition costs $2,904 per credit.
There are 380 students enrolled with an average GMAT score of 659.
=10. Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
Cost: $855 (per credit hour, in-state)
Based in Bloomington, Indiana, Kelley School of Business has online and evening offerings, allowing students to combine their professional world with structured and flexible study, so you can gain a high-quality degree that leaves room for work and personal commitments.
The part-time MBA at Kelley School of Business is home to 278 enrolled part-time students. Tuition for in-state students is $23,085.
9. University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
Cost: $2,050 per credit.
Lasting 33 months, the part-time MBA program at USC Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles aims to give students a core understanding of business while providing specializations in areas like consulting, finance and entrepreneurship.
Part-time credits cost $2,050 each and there are currently 638 students enrolled in the course.
=7. University of Texas, McCombs School Of Business
Cost: $117,000 total.
The McCombs School of Business in Austin, Texas is home to 453 part-time MBA students. Tuition is high, even for those in-state at $117,000, but the course sets out to give working professionals chances to learn on Monday and Tuesday evenings or on weekends in Dallas, Houston or Austin.
The course also offers students the chance to make direct connections with employers.
=7. Carnegie Mellon, Tepper School Of Business
Tepper School of Business has a small class for its part-time program with only 80 enrolled part-time students. The course provides part-time, online, or flex (blended) learning options and encourages working professionals to jump into academia.
Part-time tuition is a manageable $52,000 for in-state students and candidates are encouraged to participate beyond classes in Access Weekends with leadership workshops, corporate visits, and more.
6. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ross School Of Business
Cost: $2,613 per credit.
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Weekend and evening MBAs at Michigan Ross are popular, with an enrolled part-time cohort of 213. The school places a focus on ‘action-based learning’ and encourages students to seek new professional opportunities.
According to the school, 42% of 2019 graduates ended up working in a new function. Tuition for in-state students is $64,109.
5. University of California, Anderson School Of Management
Cost: $1,607 per credit.
The Fully-Employed MBA—or FEMBA—at Anderson School of Management is the school’s part-time MBA offering. The program offers three flexible schedules and over 20 international study options, in the form of global exchanges and a one week intensive abroad in locations such as Greece, Thailand and Vietnam.
As of 2021, 910 students are enrolled in a part-time MBA at Anderson School of Management and tuition is $1,607 per credit. Six to eight years after graduation, students can expect a 137% salary increase, making UCLA Anderson's one of the best part-time MBA programs in the USA.
4. New York University, Stern School Of Business
Cost: $2,375 per credit.
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Based in the heart of New York City, the part-time program at Stern School of Business hosts classes on weeknights or Saturdays. The program, called the Langone Part-Time MBA, is home to 1,251 students who pay $2,375 per credit.
This huge enrolled class is made up of 34% women and 23% minority students according to Stern, varying from term to term.
3. Northwestern University, Kellogg School Of Management
Cost: $7,273 per credit.
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Illinois institution Kellogg School of Management has an impressive evening and weekend MBA program, promoting a flexible course for working professionals. Classes are held in downtown Chicago and the course can be completed in one to five years.
1,098 students are enrolled in part-time MBA programs at Kellogg as of 2020, and credits cost $7,273 each. The traditional part-time MBA costs $149,097 and the accelerated one costs $112,732.
2. University of California, Berkeley, Haas School Of Business
Cost: $3,464 per credit.
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Haas’ part-time MBA is focused on leadership and global markets. The school is proud of the 36% female cohort its part-time MBA boasts, and 919 students are currently enrolled in part-time courses there which take place on the weekends and evenings.
Tuition costs $3,464 per credit.
1. University of Chicago, Booth
Cost: $7,344 per credit.
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Topping the list of the best part-time MBA programs in the USA, Chicago Booth School of Business offers evening and weekend options. 77% of weekend MBA students travel to Illinois from out of state to learn, and there are 1,267 MBA candidates enrolled in the program as of 2021.
For part-time MBAs at Booth, making a career pivot is a popular route. The school reports that 89% of students made the change they desired for the class of. Part-time tuition at Booth School of Business costs $7,344 per credit.
Carnegie Mellon: Tepper
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CMU is one of the top class universities in Pittsburgh. It is a multi-diverse university with high regard for academic integrity, excellence, and innovation. It consists of different programs and departments that work together to achieve a common goal. I enjoy the convenience of moving from one building to the other. The faculty and staff are super friendly. It is relatively easy to make connections with other students, especially where collaboratory research is necessary. I would definitely recommend CMU to anyone looking for a muti-diverse academic experience.
Stressful yet worthwhile
I've been genuinely impressed with the fusion of creativity and innovation at CMU. The professors are a mixed bag-- some are great and life-changing, but I had a couple (mostly gen eds in freshman year) that were really frustrating. The workload can be intense, and it's no joke. Campus was very lively; clubs, events, etc. – there's something for everyone. Pittsburgh in general has some areas that are great, and others that disappoint-- Oakland is a very nice university town area. Overall, CMU is a hotbed of innovation and learning, but the pace and location do come into play.
Quite demanding here
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