Top 10 AACSB-Accredited Online MBAs

An Online MBA program is an increasingly popular option for business school candidates, who value the flexibility of studying whenever and wherever they like. 

Many AACSB-accredited Online MBA programs now offer the same level of career support as their campus counterparts. This includes on-campus recruiting and job postings from top employers, support from experienced career coaches, as well as access to workshops. 

The technology that enables participants to learn from peers and professors has become much more interactive, too. This has addressed one of the most often cited concerns about Online MBAs: that they are passive. 

And business schools are going to great lengths to provide in-person networking opportunities, which form the bonds that are so crucial to an MBA experience of any kind. Online students are often invited to campus throughout the duration of their course. Others can participate in optional global study trips, while in-person consultancy projects are also now commonplace. 

Many business schools with highly-regarded full-time MBA programs have launched digital degrees.

But how to choose among all the offerings?

An AACSB accreditation is a good way to judge the quality of an Online MBA. The organization assesses, among other things, a school’s mission, operations, faculty qualifications, contributions and programs. The quality stamp can be reassuring. 

But it won’t be enough on its own to make an informed choice. So we’ve gone through the merits of the top ten Online MBA programs with AACSB accreditation, to help you decide. 
 

Madrid, Spain 99 Followers 344 Discussions
IE

The Spanish school has dominated the Financial Times’ respected ranking of Online MBAs for the past several years, and was ranked second place this year. IE’s graduates have the highest salary of all the Online MBA alumni ranked by the FT: $184,000. Given that most people pursue MBA degrees to advance their careers in terms of pay and promotion, IE is a safe bet. IE Business School first received AACSB accreditation in 2001.

View School Profile
Bloomington, Indiana 37 Followers 104 Discussions
Indiana - Kelley

Kelley was ranked number four globally this year by the FT. It was also ranked joint second in America by US News, tied with Carnegie Mellon University’s business school. Kelley offers its Online MBA participants a good deal of flexibility: they can complete the course in between two-five years, which allows many students to continue working full-time jobs. 

View School Profile
Coventry, United Kingdom 73 Followers 525 Discussions
Warwick

Warwick was ranked top in the 2018 FT ranking of the best Online MBA programs for the first time ever. So the school is on the up. Warwick’s alumni had the biggest year-on-year salary bump, up $13,000 in 2018 compared with the previous cohort, to $183,000. Warwick is also ranked top for career progress and is joint first with Indiana’s Kelley School of Business for research. Warwick Business School received AACSB accreditation in 1999, making it the first UK-based business school to receive the honor.

View School Profile
Amherst, Massachusetts 11 Followers 38 Discussions

The Isenberg School of Management in Massachusetts is ranked third globally by the FT for its Online MBA. It scored particularly highly (number three) for its program delivery. Students can take up to two courses before they even apply to the course. When enrolled, they can pursue a specialized curriculum in business analytics, entrepreneurship, sport management and more. The school first received AACSB accreditation in 1991.

View School Profile
Sydney, Australia 36 Followers 85 Discussions
AGSM @ UNSW

AGSM is the highest ranked Australian business school in the FT’s Online MBA Ranking, and it does well in the value for money category, for which it is ranked sixth globally. Three years after graduation they make $124,308 USD, a 28 per cent increase on their pre-MBA pay. The school is also ranked sixth for international mobility. The school first received AACSB accreditation in 2013; its Online MBA—called “MBAx”—was launched in 2015.

View School Profile
Gainesville, Florida 51 Followers 93 Discussions
Florida - Warrington - Hough

University of Florida’s Hough business school was tied for sixth place in the most recent US News Online MBA ranking. One standout feature of the school’s Online MBA program is the “Global Immersion Experiences” component, where students spend up to 10 days studying abroad, learning from a company’s business practices and unique environment. They also network and partake in cultural activities. Recent trips have taken place in Argentina, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Ireland and China.

View School Profile
Washington, District of Columbia 32 Followers 67 Discussions

George Washington University’s AACSB-accredited Online MBA is highly regarded for its career services. Previously, candidates from all schools worried about lacking access to the recruiters and networks that can help them secure a job, or promotion. To help dispel this myth, the school uses Handshake, a career network and recruiting online platform. Students can easily search for jobs and internships, sign up for events and book sessions with a careers coach. All that may go a way to explaining why George Washington’s Online MBAs make serious money: $169,740 annually after three years. 

View School Profile
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 30 Followers 94 Discussions

The one thing that differentiates Tepper’s AACSB-accredited Online MBA from many others is that it is blended — a mixture of online and offline learning. The school’s mixture of online learning technology with immersive weekend sessions on campus means students can network with professors and other students. Little wonder, then, that Tepper scored highly (fourth) in US News’s student engagement category. 

View School Profile
Tempe, Arizona 25 Followers 75 Discussions
ASU - Carey

Arizona State University (Carey) places high emphasis on teamwork — giving it strong student interaction. While many Online MBA programs allow students to study at their own pace, independently, Carey’s online students study a lock-step core curriculum and a variety of electives. However, students can complete coursework and take exams whenever it is convenient for them during each five-week Online MBA course. The Carey School of Business received its initial AACSB accreditation in 1962; it initially launched its Online MBA in 2001.

View School Profile
Los Angeles, California 90 Followers 115 Discussions
USC - Marshall

Marshall’s Online MBA is ranked sixth overall by US News. The school is characterized by its mixture of lock-step and self-taught teaching style. Students study a core curriculum that gives them a solid grounding in all essential business areas — strategy, marketing and the like. Students complete asynchronous content (pre-recorded lecture videos, team projects and discussion boards) at their own pace, but they meet as a class in two weekly live online class sessions. So it has the best of both worlds. USC’s AACSB-accredited Online MBA was launched in 2015.

View School Profile

Related MBA News

Sep 25, 2019

Purdue - Krannert Announces Online MBA

Sep 25, 2019

More MBA News

Related Articles

As MBA Applications Fall, Online and Specialized Master’s Courses Are Booming

Feb 04, 2019

Once considered second-rate, interest in these programs is growing rapidly among cost-conscious and time-starved professionals. Meantime, some full-time two-year MBAs are closing. Are they still viable?

Business School Accreditation: A Differentiating Factor for MBA Applicants?

May 23, 2018

Many of the world’s top business schools have only one accreditation. So, why would a school seek many more? Should prospective MBAs factor accreditation into their decision of where to apply?

More Articles

More Top 10 Lists

More Top 10 Lists

Related Discussions

Online MBA
Oct 23, 2019  586  Duncan
Warwick DL MBA or Illinois iMBA
Oct 10, 2019  233  smartcanad...
Fully online - Isenberg or University of Florida?
Oct 01, 2019  90  Duncan
Coursera MBA career prospects
Sep 12, 2019  404  Larry
Online MBA at UCL School of Management
Sep 09, 2019  161  Duncan
Online MBA at Manchester Metropolitan University
Aug 23, 2019  213  Larry
South Africa Online MBA
Aug 23, 2019  148  Larry
EGADE Online MBA
Aug 09, 2019  199  sert1090
edX and Boston University online MBA new
Jul 24, 2019  233  Rhen Rao
GWU Online MBA
Jul 08, 2019  98  Chloe_tant...
Rice University (Jones) Online MBA - How Is It?
Jul 08, 2019  122  mba hipste...
MBA - Warwick Business School Or Kelly School of Business
Jun 13, 2019  184  syedatifja...
Birmingham vs Strathclyde vs Aston
May 09, 2019  345  mba hipste...
Bradford(DL-MBA) or Illinois (IMBA)
May 07, 2019  459  Larry
Indiana-Kelley or Florida-Warrington Online?
May 02, 2019  169  mba hipste...
Basic MBA questions
Apr 19, 2019  317  Duncan
WashU-Olin EMBA, Florida-Warrington Online, iMBA, or “other”...
Apr 17, 2019  143  RisingSons
Bradford Online MBA / Birmingham/Durham?
Apr 10, 2019  375  napoli91
Online MBA - Suggestions and clarifications needed
Feb 04, 2019  2,630  laurie
Durham or bradford online mba
Jan 28, 2019  1,424  Bincheng J...
On line MBA , Preferably accredited, without GMAT & TOEFL/IE...
Jan 28, 2019  475  laurie
Online MBA help!
Jan 04, 2019  491  jbprimo
Online MBA for transitioning from research to business
Jan 01, 2019  215  Pablo Góme...
Looking for a 100% online MBA degree without any exams and w...
Dec 20, 2018  266  Razors Edg...
Durham online MBA study hours
Dec 18, 2018  431  Billy_Ray_...

Go to FIND MBA Discussion Board

Advanced MBA Program Search
KEYWORDS (optional)
COUNTRY / REGION
SPECIALIZATION
LANGUAGE
PROGRAM TYPE
INTAKE
SHOW ONLY
AVERAGE GMAT
AVERAGE WORK EXPERIENCE
TUITION
DURATION