Carnegie Mellon University is always near the top of any ranking, and this one is no different. It is home to the Tepper School of Business, which is where the school’s most online popular program, the Master of Business Administration, can be found. This small business school is currently ranked in the top 15 by U.S. News and World Report, the Princeton Review, and the Financial Times. The university is regionally accredited by the MSCHE. The M.B.A. program is independently accredited by the AACSB International.
Tepper’s M.B.A. program is different for a variety of reasons, but it’s perhaps best known for its variety of concentrations and tracks. This is different from any other program on this list, because Tepper is the only school to offer both online tracks and concentrations in the same degree.
Concentrations and tracks differ in that concentrations are a group of electives in a specific field, while tracks can influence a student’s M.B.A. degree map because it changes the requirements and capstone projects depending on the field chosen. While at least one concentration is required, most students choose to pursue at least two, or do a specialized track.
It is important to remember that this degree, which requires a minimum of 42 credit hours for graduation, is a hybrid program. This means that some required courses or an internship needs to take place in or around the campus. Generally, the on-campus residencies are two days and must be completed six times a year. Also, not all tracks and concentrations are available online, so students must speak with an advisor prior to applying to ensure the online business courses and concentrations they need are supported online.
Degrees and Specialities offered at this school include:
- Ethics and Social Responsibility
- Organizational Behavior
- Business Technologies
- Operations Research