Online MBA Rankings

There aren’t a lot of reviews for online MBA programs, so most students turn to online MBA rankings. Though online MBA rankings may help you to compare various programs, you should take these ratings with a grain of salt and interpret them with caution. There is no one official ranking list for online MBA rankings. The best way to compare the different programs is to look at various ratings that are published in the national press.

Remember that the different rating systems mark different criteria and use different methods, so there can be a wide variation between results. However, if you interpret them with caution, rankings can be a valuable source of information and can provide you with a good indication of one MBA program’s quality compared to another one.

The list below is based on the Financial Times ranking, which is primarily based on the number of students enrolled in the online MBA program. In addition to the online MBA rankings, you should also look for other indications of quality, such as accreditations.

Financial Times Online MBA Rankings

RankSchoolProgramNumber of enrolled online MBA studentsInternational accreditationPercentage complete in 5 yearsPercentage of teaching materials online
1University of PhoenixMBA67700ACBSP65100
2University of Maryland University CollegeMBA22729350
3Kaplan UniversityMBA1943n/a100
4Walden UniversityMBA1837100100
5Indiana University: KelleyKelley Direct Programs1240AACSB9695
6Ellis UniversityMBA736n/a100
7Northeastern UniversityOnline MBA650AACSBn/a100
8Babson College: OlinFast Track MBA577AACSB, Equis9560
9Arizona State University: CareyMBA - Online365AACSB96100
10Thunderbird School of Global ManagementGlobal MBA for Latin American Managers335AACSB9775
11University of Texas at DallasGlobal MBA On-line293AACSB95100
12Syracuse University: WhitmaniMBA250AACSB7590
13George Washington UniversityHealth Care MBA198AACSB87100
14University of Nebraska-LincolnUNL Distance MBA182AACSB5990
15University of Florida: HoughInternet 2-year MBA180AACSB9095
16Thunderbird School of Global ManagementGlobal MBA - On Demand162AACSBn/a100
17Drexel University: LeBowMBA Anywhere109AACSB8585
18University of Florida: HoughInternet one-year MBA109AACSB9095
19University of Maryland University CollegeExecutive MBA978890
20Drexel University: LeBowMBA in Pharmaceutical Management72AACSB10085
21Thunderbird School of Global ManagementMBA Dual Degree with Indiana University and Thunderbird51AACSB10090
22George Washington UniversityThe World Executive MBAn/a***AACSBn/a76