Minnesota is home to around 113 recognized colleges and universities and many of these schools house some of America’s best business schools and programs. Just a few include the College of Business and Innovation at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University, Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota, and Labovitz School of Business and Economics at University of Minnesota Duluth. These schools have been awarded accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which has accredited less than less than 5% of the more than 16,000 schools worldwide granting business degrees.
Besides having AACSB accreditation, many of Minnesota’s top business schools offer top ranked Online MBA Programs. Most of these schools made our list of Best Online MBA Programs in Minnesota. Let’s take a look at what these and other accredited business schools in the state have to offer.
Concordia University, St. Paul
Concordia University St. Paul (CSP) offers a 42 credit hour Online MBA Program with a unique component known as the Concordia Mentor and Managerial Application Portfolio (MAP) Program. This program assigns a designated MBA faculty mentor to support and guide students through graduate school. The faculty mentor acts as a personal business coach and to help students develop networking strategies, polish interpersonal skills, and enhance their resume. Courses for the program are seven weeks and include Global Economics, Legal Environment for Managers, Strategic HR Management, Operations & Technology Management, Strategic Leadership, and Topics in Global Management, to name a few. An MBA in Health Care Management is also available.
The CSP Online MBA ranked #131 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and as part of Concordia University St. Paul, the program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA).
Minnesota State University, Moorhead
Minnesota State University Moorehead (MSUM) is home to the College of Business & Innovation, which houses Paseka School of Business. Paseka offers two online options including a 37 credit hour MBA, which covers Quantitative Methods, Entrepreneurship, International Marketing, Project Management, and Investments, and an MBA with an Emphasis in Healthcare Management. According to the school, this program is designed for “those working in the healthcare industry who aspire to assume or augment leadership roles in the healthcare industry.” The curriculum for the 37 credit hour program “draws courses and faculty expertise from the Paseka School of Business, the Department of Economics, and the Department of Health Services Administration.” Both MBA programs are also offered in hybrid format.
MSUM College of Business & Innovation is AACSB accredited and the Paseka Online MBA ranked #139 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
The College of St. Scholastica offers a Healthcare MBA for Rural Administrators that may be completed in less than 2.5 years, part-time (one course at a time). The 40 credit hour program is available online, with accelerated eight-week terms. Per the school, “the curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the unique challenges faced by hospitals and clinics in rural areas.” The Core Management Curriculum is 24 credits, the Core Healthcare Curriculum is 12 credits, and the Capstone program is four credits. Just a few courses include Organizational Behavior, Strategic Leadership for Change, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Finance, and Performance Improvement in Healthcare. The College of St. Scholastica is HLC accredited and is a member of the NCA.
Capella University, Minneapolis
The School of Business & Technology at Capella University offers 12 MBA programs that may be completed entirely online. Programs include the General Business Administration MBA, Accounting MBA, Accounting CPA Pathway MBA, Business Intelligence MBA, Entrepreneurship MBA, Finance MBA, Global Operations and Supply Chain Management MBA, Health Care Management MBA, Human Resource Management MBA, Marketing MBA, Project Management MBA, and an MSN-to-MBA Option. Most programs consist of 48 total quarter credits, with six-week courses. Most programs qualify for FlexPath, which means that once a course has been completed, students may move on to the next course without having to wait for a new term to begin—whether it takes two weeks or 12 to complete a course.
The Online MBA at Capella University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP). The MBA in Project Management is also accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management (PMI-GAC).
Metropolitan State University, St. Paul
The College of Management (COM) at Metropolitan State University St. Paul (Metro State) offers an MBA Program that may be completed online, on campus, or a combination of both. The 40 credit hour program is divided into three phases: Phase I focuses on the functional disciplines of business and organizations and provides a solid grounding in the core theories, processes and skills needed by managers in today's rapidly-changing environment; Phase II consists of electives, which students may choose to best meet individual career needs and interests, and Phase III of the MBA program is the synthesis and capstone phase. A 44 credit hour MBA with a Concentration is also available. Current options include Project Management, Management Information Systems, and Finance.
Metro State is HLC accredited and College of Management was granted candidacy status by ACBSP on March 1, 2016.
University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis
Opus College of Business at University of St. Thomas offers an MBA Program that combines online and in-class learning. This Blended Online MBA Program is accelerated, so it may be completed in 30 to 36 months with two classed per semester plus some Summer and J-term classes. The 45 credit hour program, which consists of half required core coursework and half elective coursework, has a global study requirement that allows students to study either short-term abroad or on-campus. Evening, Saturday and blended class options are offered year-round and terms range from four to 14 weeks. This AACSB accredited Blended Program limits the number of weeks on campus during the term.
Walden University, Minneapolis
The School of Management at Walden University offers an ACBSP accredited MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. Per the school, the program offers access to video mini-lectures “by industry leaders and business icons such as Patrick Lencioni, Marcus Buckingham, Tony Hsieh, and Ursula Burns.” It also offers an Embedded Graduate-Level Certificate. After successfully completing the first four courses in Online MBA Program, students receive a Graduate-Level Certificate, giving them “a valuable credential” while working toward completing their degree. In addition, eleven broad Specializations are available and include Accounting, Communication, Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurship Small Business, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Project Management, and Self Designed. The Walden Online MBA is ACBSP accredited.
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud
Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) offers an MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. The 33-credit hour, cohort program may be completed in as few as 28 months. Being part of a cohort means students will go through the program with the same small core group of 20 to 25 students. Students in the program may also participate in a full-time, paid position (internship) with an approved cooperating business, governmental, or civic organization. Internship opportunities are offered during all semesters.
One of the most affordable Minnesota MBA Programs, the SCSU MBA is AACSB accredited, so it “offers the same quality as the St. Cloud or Maple Grove programs” says the school.
Crown College, Saint Bonifacius
Crown College offers an accredited Online Christian MBA that uniquely positions students “to grow professionally and lead others from a faith-based perspective, while in school and after.” The 42 credit hour program, which prepares students to work in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors, consists of 27 credit hours (core) and 15 concentration credits. Options include the General MBA and the Non-Profit Management MBA. Students in both areas can expect to take required courses such as Theoretical and Spiritual Foundations of Leadership, Organizational Behavior in the Corporate Sector, Strategic Planning in the Corporate Sector 3 Credits, Information Technology Management, Managerial Economics, and Strategic Management.
Crown College is HLC accredited and it is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), and Council for Independent Colleges (CIC), to name a few.
Looking for even more Online MBA options? Consider the following programs in the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin:
Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield
Upper Iowa University, Fayette
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
University of Mary, Bismarck
University of South Dakota, Vermillion
Dakota State University, Madison
University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls
National American University, Rapid City
Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee
Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon
Edgewood College, Madison
Herzing University, Kenosha
Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin (MBA Consortium - UW-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside)
University of Wisconsin Whitewater, Whitewater