Our 2015 list of the Top 10 "Catholic" Online MBA Programs. For an explanation of ranking criteria, click here.
1. Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
The Villanova School of Business at Villanova University offers a 21-course MBA that can be completed over six 14-week semesters. The program requires “one intensive residency” in the first or second semester of the program. The “Leadership Challenge” is a three-day, campus-based residency that “provides an environment for students to engage in group work and begin to develop a learning community with their classmates.”
An optional second residency is on the menu as well. The “Global Practicum” features an elective immersion in Dubai, United Emirates; Sydney, Australia; Milan Italy; Belgium and Poland, The European Union, or Shanghai and Beijing, The People’s Republic of China. A domestic option is available for students who are unable to travel. While students are required to visit the campus once, all coursework for the AACSB International-accredited MBA program is delivered online.
2. Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph’s University is home to the Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The School offers a 33-credit-hour MBA that allows students to complete foundation, gateway, core, and elective courses entirely online. The program may be completed over eight or 15-week semesters. Students can expect to take courses such as Accounting Concepts, Business Analytics, Ethical Practices in Business, Marketing Strategy, and Shareholder Value Management. The online MBA also offers a focus in Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Marketing.
The online MBA at the Erivan K. Haub School of Business is AACSB International-accredited.
3. University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania
The Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton offers an online MBA with four optional specialization areas including Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Management, International Business or Operations Management. A General Management MBA is available for students that do not wish to specialize in one area. The 36-credit-hour, AACSB International-accredited program features one-on-one interaction with professors and classmates via email, online discussion, and virtual meetings. There are no required residencies, so the program and all of its components may be completed 100% online.
Students can expect to complete the online MBA program in two years “at a comfortable pace of one course per term.” Students also have the option to complete the program sooner by taking more than one course per term—with advisor approval. In addition, online MBA students may earn an Online Certificate in Supply Chain Management.
4. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
The Heider College of Business at Creighton University offers a 33-credit-hour MBA that may be completed 100% online, on campus, or a combination of the two. The program offers six unique dual degree programs and two are available 100% online. They include the MBA/Master of Security Analysis and Portfolio Management (MSAPM) or MBA/MSAPM, and the Master of Science in Business Intelligence and Analytics (MS-BIA) or MBA/MS-BIA. Both programs require 48-credit-hours of study to graduate and they may be completed in just over two years.
As part of the Heider College of Business, all online MBA programs are AACSB International-accredited.
5. Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
The School of Business at Saint Leo University offers an online MBA program with eight specializations. Options include Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Security Management, Marketing, Market Research and Social Media Analytics, Project Management, and Sport Business. The Sport Business concentration is the first MBA sport business program in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).
The 36-credit-hour program MBA program allows students to pursue up to two MBA concentrations concurrently. In addition, students may start the program “at any of the six terms each year” and all students may participate in the business internship. The online MBA program at Saint Leo University is IACBE-accredited.
6. Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois
Benedictine University is home to the College of Business, which offers an online MBA program with seven optional concentrations. Options include Accounting, Entrepreneurship and Managing Innovation, Financial Management, Health Administration, International Business, Internet Marketing, and Marketing Management. Students may build their own concentration, or choose dual MBA degree option such as a Master of Business Administration/Master of Public Health (MBA/MPH) or the Master of Business Administration (MBA)/Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior (MSMOB). While all courses for the dual degree programs are available online, they require some residency experience.
Students may begin the online MBA program at the beginning of any of six sessions per year. The program may be completed through a traditional one-course-at-a-time track or an accelerated two-courses-at-a-time track. The traditional track may be completed in two years (possibly more) and the accelerated track may be completed in as little as one year. The full MBA program (without waivers) consists of 64 credits. Students with an educational background in business may be eligible to waive up to four foundation courses (or 16 credit hours). Dual MBA programs take three years to complete.
Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
7. University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois
The College of Business and Health Administration at the University of St. Francis (USF) offers a 33-credit-hour online MBA program that may be completed in as few as 12 to 18 months. According to USF, the program has “been redesigned to respond to the increasingly competitive, technological and global world of management.” Students have seven MBA concentrations to choose from including Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, Logistics, and Training and Development. The flexible curriculum features courses that run three semesters each year (fall, spring, and summer), and students may enter the program during any semester.
The online MBA program at the University of St. Francis is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).
8. Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island
Salve Regina University offers a 36-credit-hour MBA that may be completed entirely online. The program offers concentrations in Cybersecurity Issues in Business, Entrepreneurial Enterprise, Health Care Administration and Management, and Social Ventures. The program, which may be completed in three years or less, is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
9. Regis University, Denver, Colorado
The College of Professional Studies at Regis University offers a 36-credit-hour online MBA program. Students may choose the General MBA curriculum or a career-specific specialization such as Finance and Accounting, Health Industry Leadership, Marketing, Operations Management or Strategic Management. The College of Professional Studies at Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and it is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).
10. Walsh University, North Canton, Ohio
The DeVille School of Business at Walsh University offers an MBA program with four specialties including Entrepreneurship, Healthcare Management, Marketing and Management. Classes for the 36-credit-hour program may be completed online, in-class or a combination of the two. Highlights include small classes, an accelerated (8-week) course format for several courses, and the option to complete any specialty area in as little as 12 months.
The online MBA program at Walsh is accredited by the North Central Association and the International Association of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).