Ohio is home to more than 200 recognized colleges and universities. Most of these schools offer programs for aspiring business professionals and many are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Around 16 Ohio business schools have been awarded AACSB accreditation (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and a number of the state’s best business schools offer fully Online MBA Programs that comprise the same curriculum and access to resources as the traditional campus-based program. Just a few of Ohio’s top business schools for Online MBA Programs include Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University, Carl H. Lindner College of Business at University of Cincinnati, and the College of Business at Ohio University. Let’s take a look at what these and other top Ohio business schools have to offer.
Cleveland State University, Cleveland
Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University (CSU) offers an MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. One of the first online, one-year MBA programs to be AACSB accredited, the Accelerated Online MBA (AMBA) highlights courses in International Business, Strategic Entrepreneurship, IT for Competitive Advantage, Product Management, Team Dynamics, and Integrative Business Strategy, to name a few. Tuition for the AMBA Program includes Apple's iPad 4G with access to course materials, so students do not have to purchase textbooks. Students may keep the iPad after the program is completed. Rankings for the CSU Online AMBA are as follows:
- Ranked #5 in the Midwest in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 5% of schools considered)
- Ranked #24 Nationally among Public Schools and Colleges in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 17% of schools considered)
- Ranked #29 Nationally in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 9% of schools)
- Ranked #20 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati
The Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati (UC) launched its new Online MBA Program January 6, 2016. The program has already received recognition by U.S. News & World Report and it has been awarded AACSB accreditation. In addition to covering the areas of Economics, Marketing, Information Technology, Accounting, and Leadership, the Linder Online MBA has seven Concentrations that lead to a Certificate. Options include Corporate Taxation, Health Care Finance, Individual Taxation, Health Care Administration, Health Care Operations, Marketing, and Health Care Policy and Regulation. The 38 credit hour program may be completed at an accelerated pace in as few as 12 months. Rankings for the Linder Online MBA are as follows:
- Ranked #9 in the Midwest in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 9% of schools considered)
- Ranked #38 Nationally in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 11% of schools)
- Ranked #52 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report
Baldwin Wallace University, Berea
The School of Business at Baldwin Wallace University offers a Hybrid (Online) MBA Program that combines online and classroom instruction. For the classroom portion of the program, students must visit the Berea, Ohio campus for seven weekend sessions over a two-year period, typically between academic terms in the months of August, December and April. The rest of the work, around three-quarters, is done online. Per the school, “this fixed two-year cohort program is designed to provide the personalization of a classroom with the flexibility of an online program.” In addition to 13 core courses ranging from Systems Management to Human Capital, students will complete a two-year ongoing applied project.
The School of Business at Baldwin Wallace is an AACSB member and the school’s Hybrid (Online) MBA:
- Ranked #7 among Faith-Based Schools in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings
- Ranked #18 Nationally among Private Schools and Colleges in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings (top 9% of schools considered)
Ohio University, Athens
The College of Business at Ohio University offers a 35 credit hour MBA Program that offers coursework 100% online. All students must complete one on campus, weekend long Professional Development Workshop and they have the option to complete two additional on-campus workshops. The program has four Concentrations including Finance, Health Care, Executive Management, and Business Analytics. Students may take two courses each semester over a total of six semesters. This means the program may be completed in as few as two years.
The Ohio University Online MBA ranked #115 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report and the program is AACSB accredited.
Walsh University, North Canton
The DeVille School of Business (DSoB) at Walsh University offers 36 credit hour Online MBA Program, with four specialties including Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Management, Management, and Marketing. Other program highlights include both North Central Association and International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) accreditation, accelerated (eight-week) course formats in several courses, small classes, individual faculty contact, a flexible class schedule for working adults, and the option to complete the program (any specialty) in as few as 12 months. In addition to flexibility, an accelerated pace, and IACBE accreditation, the DSoB Online MBA Program:
- Ranked #9 among Catholic Schools in our 2016 Online MBA Program Rankings
- Ranked #126 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report
Franklin University, Columbus
The Ross College of Business at Franklin University offers a 36 credit hour Online MBA Program that may be completed in as few as 14 months. Students have the opportunity to craft their own Concentration area by choosing the appropriate number of electives in the areas of Marketing & Communications, Business Psychology, Healthcare Administration, Public Administration, and Human Resource Management. The program, which ranked #148 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report, is IACBE accredited.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mt. Vernon
The Jetter School of Business at Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers an Online MBA that consists of 12 courses includes nine core courses covering the functional areas of business—Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing—along with Ethics, Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Legal Issues, Global Business, and Strategy. The program, which may take two years or more to complete, has four Concentrations including Finance, Human Resource Management, Health Care Administration, or Organizational Management. The Jetter Online MBA Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and it ranked #163 Nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
Wright State University, Dayton
Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University offers an Online MBA Program with eleven Concentrations including Economics, Finance, Healthcare Management, International Business, Interdisciplinary Business, Investments, Management, Innovation, and Change, Marketing, New Venture Creation, and Project Management. Depending on courses already completed as an undergraduate business student, students must completed 11 to 16 courses (33 to 46.5 credit hours) to graduate. The Soin Online MBA is AACSB accredited.
Ashland University, Ashland
The Richard E. & Sandra J. Dauch College of Business & Economics at Ashland University offers a fully online MBA program, which allows students to complete all coursework online via the ANGEL Learning Management System. Students may also choose blended, “hybrid” courses. This allows students to complete the program through a combination of online and face-to-face courses. Specializations for both programs include Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Global Management, Human Resource Management, Project Management, and Supply Chain Management. The 36 credit hour Online MBA Program (with specialization) may be completed in two years by taking two courses or more per semester. The business programs at Ashland University ACBSP accredited.
Ohio Dominican University, Columbus
Ohio Dominican University (ODU) offers an Online MBA with an optional Leadership Concentration. The 36 credit hour program can be completed in as few as 16 months or students may take up to two years (or more) to complete it. According to the school, the program is delivered over five eight-week sessions throughout the year and the non-cohort based format keeps the program flexible to fit students’ schedules. ODU also offers an On Campus & Flex MBA that alternates between in person and online classes on a course-by-course basis throughout the program.
Unlike the fully online program, the Flex MBA offers five Concentrations. Options include Accounting, Finance, Leadership, Public Administration, and Sport Management. Like the fully Online MBA, the Flex MBA may be completed in 16 months. Both programs are ACBSP accredited.
Tiffin University, Tiffin
The School of Business at Tiffin University offers an Online MBA with nine Concentrations including Finance, General Management, Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Marketing, Non-Profit Management and Sports Management. This ACBSP accredited program allows students to access their courses on their own schedule, any time of the day or week. Students may complete the Tiffin Online MBA program in as few as 18 months.
University of Findlay, Findlay
The University of Findlay offers a 33 credit hour Online MBA Program with a CMA Track (Certified Management Accountant), a CPA Track (Certified Public Accountant), and Concentrations in Health Care Management, Hospitality Management, and Business Administration. Optional second Specialized Concentrations include Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, and Operations Management. This ACBSP accredited program highlights an accelerated format, which features “courses in eight-week blocks, with two successive blocks compromising a semester,” SAP practices built into courses (coming soon), ISO 9000 Internal Auditor Certification, and Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Student will also engage in real-world class projects that can be applied to their current job and network with “internationally recognized leaders, high-level business executives, entrepreneurs and alumni.”
University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima
The College of Business at University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) offers an MBA Program that may be completed entirely online. Coursework for the program is 100% asynchronous, meaning that there are no set meeting times. There are 10 modules (and eight modules during summer quarter) with homework, drop boxes, and discussion boards. Many courses have video or audio components and all courses utilize the discussion boards. Students can complete this ACBSP accredited program in as few as 18 months. However, a maximum of five years is allowed to finish the program.
Looking for even more options? Consider the following programs in the neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia:
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ball State University, Muncie
Grace College, Winona Lake
Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion
Oakland City University, Oakland City
University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne
Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville
Fort Hays State University, Hays
Campbellsville University, Campbellsville
Morehead State University, Morehead
Murray State University, Murray
Sullivan University, Louisville
University of the Cumberlands, Williamsburg
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green
Andrews University, Berrien Springs
Baker College, Flint
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
Cleary University, Howell
Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids
Davenport University, Grand Rapids
Ferris State University, Big Rapids
Kettering University, Flint
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield
Madonna University, Livonia
Michigan Technological University, Houghton
Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor
University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn
Wayne State College, Wayne
Alvernia University, Reading
California University of Pennsylvania, California
Carlow University, Pittsburgh
Chatham University, Pittsburgh
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion
DeSales University, Center Valley
Drexel University, Philadelphia
Lehigh University, Bethlehem
Misericordia University, Dallas
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Robert Morris University, Moon Township
Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Shippensburg
Temple University, Philadelphia
University of Scranton, Scranton
Villanova University, Villanova
West Chester University, West Chester
Widener University, Chester
American Public University, Charles Town
Salem International University, Salem
West Virginia University, Morgantown
West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon