Business Schools in Idaho (ID) with Online MBA Programs


One of the better states in which to do business, Idaho ranks #19 on Chief Executive’s 2019 list of Best and Worst States for Business, #14 on the Forbes 2018 list of Best States for Business, and #7 on US News and World Report’s Best States for Business Environment. With business-friendly regulations, a growing economic climate, and energy costs that are the fourth lowest in the US at 20 percent of the national average, there is a great deal of opportunity for businesses to thrive in Idaho.

Key industries in Idaho include lumber/wood products, manufacturing, paper, chemicals, aerospace, mining, computer technology and innovation, food processing, recreation technology, and tourism. In addition, Idaho produces one-third of all the potatoes in the US.

Albertson’s and Micron Technology—two Fortune 500 companies—are headquartered in Idaho. Other big players like J.R. Simplot, Lamb Weston, Paylocity, and Winco foods also have presences in the state. Idaho offers tax reimbursements and property tax exemptions for business investing in and adding jobs in the state. Idaho is also offering discretionary funding and property tax exemptions for those investing in infrastructure, commercial, or industrial facilities.

For busy professionals who are interested in entering into the industries that are the heartbeat of Idaho, online MBA programs can provide a schedule-friendly way to improve business acumen and connect to Idaho business networks. Online MBA programs are designed for those that are looking to advance their careers, transition to leadership in their current place of employment, or become more competitive in the job market without relocation or job termination. Held to the same accreditation standards as their on-campus counterparts, online MBAs provide all the quality of on-campus degrees with the added benefit of fitting into a busy life.

Keep reading to learn more about high-quality, accredited online MBA programs in Idaho, and the professors who are the expertise and wisdom behind the education.

Featured Online MBA Programs in Idaho

The online MBAs offered through the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University prepares graduates for innovative leadership in a global and competitive market. Students can choose a general MBA program, or can choose to concentrate in construction management, healthcare leadership, or management.

Coursework in the 49-credit programs includes people and organizations, design thinking and strategic management, global economics: policy and trade, and operations and supply chain management.

Applicants must submit GMAT scores, although waivers may be available to those with three years of management experience and a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, five years management experience, and a 2.75 undergraduate GPA; or those with a master’s or doctorate with a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must also have two years of significant management experience to apply.

Location: Boise, Idaho
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Expected Time To Completion: 12 months or more
Estimated Tuition: $750 per credit-hour

The online MBA offered by the College of Business at Idaho State University provides students with a high quality, affordable way to earn an advanced understanding of the business world. Students can choose a 30-credit general MBA or a 33-credit MBA with an emphasis in accounting, economics, finance, healthcare administration, informatics, marketing, or operations management. Idaho State University also offers dual MBA/MS degrees in accountancy, taxation, healthcare administration, and health informatics.

Coursework in the online MBA program includes managerial decision making and negotiation, marketing management, business policy and strategies, and applied business solutions. GMAT scores are required to apply. For students admitted without a background in business, there may be up to 18 credit-hours of foundational courses required to complete the MBA program.

Location: Pocatello, Idaho
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Expected Time To Completion: One year (full-time)
Estimated Tuition: $769.97 per credit-hour (part-time, non-resident)

A nonprofit Christian university, Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Business offers an online MBA program designed for working adults who can commit to an intensive course of study. Students enrolled in the program can choose a 33-credit general MBA, a 45-credit MBA with an emphasis in accounting, or a 42-credit MBA with an emphasis in healthcare.

Coursework in the program includes management law, organizational dynamics, ethics in management, and managing a global economy. No GMAT scores are required to apply, and applicants from all academic backgrounds are encouraged. Those without a background in business may be required to complete nine credits of foundational coursework.

Location: Nampa, Idaho
Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Expected Time To Completion: 16 to 18 months
Estimated Tuition: $615 per credit-hour

Hybrid MBA Programs in Idaho

Hybrid online/on-campus programs are those that allow for students to earn an MBA in a best-of-both-worlds way. Hybrid or blended programs offer students online coursework with a few in-person learning and networking opportunities. These opportunities may come in the format of residencies, immersions, orientations, or short courses. For those who live close to a university campus, or those who have the flexibility to travel on occasion, hybrid MBA programs can be a great way to capitalize on the flexibility of asynchronous courses with the unique networking opportunity of face-to-face experiences.

At the time of this writing, no universities in Idaho officially offer a hybrid option. Speak with admissions officers at the three programs listed above to see if arrangements can be made.

Professors to Know in Idaho Business Schools

  • Jeffrey Lineman, PhD Northwest Nazarene University

    Dr. Jeffrey Lineman is a professor of management and information systems in the School of Business at Northwest Nazarene University, where he teaches the principles of management, business computer applications, strategic planning, and management information systems. His expertise is in educational and practical technology, with an emphasis in increasing efficacy and efficiency of use.

    Dr. Lineman has been a member of the Digital Media Communications Committee of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Program (ACBSP) for five years and has ten years of experience working in accreditation and assessment. He earned his master of divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, his master of science in management from Baker University, and his PhD in organization and management with a specialization in information technology management from Capella University.

  • Bob Picard, PhD, MBA Idaho State University

    Dr. Bob Picard is a professor of accounting in the College of Business at Idaho State University. In addition to 25 years at Idaho State, his professional experience includes supervisory roles as a senior accountant for a business advisory group and serving as a CFO for a financial services group.

    Dr. Picard is a well-published scholar with works appearing in academic journals, including the Managerial Auditing Journal, Internal Auditing, and Management Decision. He also publishes business case studies focused on fraud.

    In addition to his work at Idaho State, Dr. Picard participates in accreditation visits for AACSB, and served a term on the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee. In 2018, Dr. Picard was named a TIAA Difference Maker 100 honoree for his work with nonprofits in his community. Dr. Picard holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas and a PhD in accountancy from the University of Kentucky.

  • Jim Wanek, PhD Boise State University

    Dr. Jim Wanek is a professor of management and associate chair of his department at Boise State University's College of Business and Economics (COBE), where he's taught since 1996. He started by leading human resource management courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Later, he helped develop the school's nationally renowned online MBA program.

    Prior to joining BSU, Dr. Wanek worked in various retail management positions, rounding out his theoretical business skills with hands-on experience. He has published his research in a wealth of peer-reviewed scholarly journals, including Personnel Psychology, Security Journal, Performance Improvement, and the International Journal of Selection and Assessment. He holds his MA in HR management and his PhD in industrial relations (HR management) from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

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