Just because you’re currently employed full-time, doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from an online MBA program, which allows you to work while still taking classes in an attempt to boost your career and increase your salary.
If you’re interested in pursuing this option, there are many options available to you, but not all of them will help you as much as others, so it’s important to choose one wisely. Here are 10 online MBA programs that will help you with that goal.
1. Harvard Business School
Founded in 1908, Harvard Business School is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in North America and around the world.
The school offers more than 40 full-time programs for students, which are divided into three categories: two-year, four-year and Executive MBAs.
In addition to online classes, Harvard Business School also offers a low residency program that brings students to campus three times a year for just one week at a time.
2. University of California, Davis
UC Davis offers an online Executive MBA (EMBA) program that emphasizes real-world leadership skills, professional networking and project management.
Students can earn their degree in as little as 15 months by taking classes two to three days a week. Tuition is approximately $35,000; financial aid is available.
The EMBA program at UC Davis requires applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree and either have a minimum of five years of work experience or have worked for five years post-graduation.
3. Rice University
Rice University’s online MBA program is designed for working professionals, with classes beginning each week. All coursework can be completed entirely online and comes with a 21-day satisfaction guarantee.
Classes include accounting, business communications, economics, finance and managerial statistics. Graduates can expect to receive an internationally recognized degree from a top tier school. The program is non-experiential—you won’t need any prior work experience in your field of study to qualify for admission.
4. Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University’s top-ranked online program is for real: The 2014 U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 2 in its annual assessment of online programs, behind only MIT, and Businessweek ranked it at No. 5.
5. University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
The University at Buffalo, State University of New York is a public research university located in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York.
It is commonly referred to as UB. UB offers more than 190 undergraduate degree programs on its two traditional campuses and four affiliated institutions across Western New York.
The university‘s health sciences center has a campus in Downtown Buffalo that houses the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. it also has an annual research budget of $146 million.
The university offers degrees through five colleges: Engineering & Applied Sciences, Health Sciences, Arts & Sciences, Management & Graduate Studies, and Law. Students may also pursue programs offered by UB’s graduate school, UB Academy.
6. Indiana University Kelley School of Business
The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University offers a part-time MBA program that combines both on-campus and online learning opportunities.
The school strives to take students beyond traditional classroom learning by including Practice Experience courses that allow students to practice their newly learned skills in an experiential way. In total, seven out of ten courses are delivered online.
7. Purdue University
Purdue University’s online MBA program is designed to accommodate working professionals in a convenient, flexible format. It allows students to earn their degree at a pace that suits them and develop skills that could potentially boost their career prospects.
The program can be completed in as little as 12 months and includes 15 core courses, seven electives and an internship opportunity with an international business consulting firm, among other opportunities.
8. Georgetown University
The online master of business administration (MBA) program at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business covers core areas including accounting, economics, finance, marketing and operations management.
There are a number of concentrations available to tailor your degree plan for your specific career goals. Coursework is accessible 24/7 through Blackboard Collaborate LMS. The 100-percent online program is offered in eight 10-week terms, from September to May.
9. Harvard Extension School
As an online Harvard student, you’ll learn with a diverse and talented group of students from around the world. The school’s popular business programs, including its acclaimed master’s degree in business administration, focus on a wide range of topics such as leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship.
And it will cost you far less than you might think: every course is offered for free to students who qualify. When you do decide to enroll, tuition is based on your family income and starts at zero dollars per year.
10. Loyola Marymount University
Loyola Marymount University offers an online Master of Business Administration program with an optional concentration in entrepreneurship and new product development. LMU’s program can be completed entirely online and includes two, two-week residencies (one in Los Angeles, one in Chicago).
The courses offered through LMU’s program cover a variety of topics including operations management, marketing management, organizational behavior and leadership as well as specific business fundamentals such as accounting principles.