Online MBA Programs at Business Schools in Nevada (NV)


Nevada, home to “America’s Playground,” Las Vegas, is a large state predominantly covered in desert. Over 86 percent of the land in Nevada is owned by the government. Despite the sparse population of only 25 people per square mile, this state boasts a robust infrastructure and growing economy.

Silver was discovered in Nevada in 1859 leading to a population boom that helped it establish statehood in 1864. Mining still remains a critical part of the economy as its largest export. Nevada is the leading producer in the US of gold, silver, and mercury.

Nevada’s other main industries include aerospace and defense, information technology, healthcare, energy, and agriculture. Nicknamed the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” Nevada’s economy also relies heavily on tourism and gambling. Las Vegas is considered the gold standard of the hospitality and gaming sectors and the state is home to many of the thought leaders of this industry.

An MBA can make all the difference when it comes time for promotions and career changes; however, many professionals can’t take two or more years off from their jobs to get one. Many universities in Nevada now offer online MBAs that allow students to complete their studies while continuing to work. Students are able to immediately apply what they are learning in the workplace.

Coursework for online MBA programs is completed at the student’s own pace without ever having to set foot on a campus. These programs are excellent for self-motivated students who need flexibility. Professors are available to help students and often students collaborate using online tools to complete projects collaboratively.

Below is a list of featured MBA programs in Nevada and profiles on some of the faculty that make these programs unique.

Featured Online MBA Programs in Nevada

Mid-career working professionals or those wanting to balance their work and family lives may find the flexible online executive MBA at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Business to be an excellent fit. The program is specifically designed for students who intend to keep working while furthering their education and advancing their careers. US News and World Report has ranked this program as number 33 out of more than 300 schools nationwide.

This program emphasizes the use of managerial skills to identify and analyze problems. There are 13 faculty members leading the executive MBA program and they have extensive experience supporting online students.

Courses begin each fall and students study as a cohort. This allows them to network and build community. Students are required to complete their degree in two years by taking two courses per semester for three semesters each year.

Since this program is geared towards working professionals, five years of work experience are required for admission. Students also must have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA and submit GMAT or GRE scores. Students who have a graduate degree, a professional degree, or CPA, CFP, CMA or PE license may have the test score requirement waived.

Location: Reno, Nevada
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Expected Time to Completion: Two years
Estimated Tuition: $5,000 per semester

The Western Governors University College of Business has designed their MBA program with experienced professionals in mind. Students who wish to advance their careers can find an MBA from this well-regarded institution to be an asset to their resumes. With an emphasis on leadership and effective management techniques, students learn to become top performers and improve the bottom line of whatever organization they work for.

One unique feature of this program is competency-based education. In other words, graduation does not depend on a certain number of hours studying but rather on the ability to demonstrate competency in core subject areas. This knowledge could have come from previous experiences or from the student’s current studies, saving students time and frustration by getting to breeze through topics they are already familiar with.

Graduation is dependent on completing all 11 courses in the program. Students can work through each course as quickly as they would like and take an assessment when they feel they have mastered the material. The culminating experience is a capstone course during which the student works with an actual business to develop a solution to a problem they are currently facing.

Admissions requirements are fairly simple. Students need to submit official transcripts and a resume with at least three years of professional work experience. If the student hasn’t completed an undergraduate degree, there is a required readiness assessment. GMAT or GRE scores are not required.

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Expected Time to Completion: 13 to 24 months
Estimated Tuition: $3,800 per six-month term

Professors to Know in Online MBA Programs in Nevada

  • SONJA PIPPIN, PhD, CPA University of Nevada, Reno

    Dr. Sonja Pippin is an associate professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at the University of Nevada’s College of Business. Her PhD in business administration was completed at Texas Tech University. Her dissertation was on how taxation affects income, poverty, and well-being. She also holds two master’s of science degrees.

    Classes taught by Professor Pippin include financial reporting and analysis, taxation of business entities, and estate and gift tax, among others. She also is the director of the master of accountancy program. When not teaching, she is a tax consultant for Excelsis Accounting Group.

    Dr. Pippin’s research is largely focused on taxes and tax policy. Her work has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Legal Tax Research, as well as in trade publications such as the CPA Journal.

  • RASHMI PRASAD, PhD Western Governors University

    Dr. Rashmi Prasad is the dean of the College of Business at Western Governors University. He received his PhD in business administration from the University of Kentucky and his MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Prasad has over 20 years of experience working in the academic arena.

    Students and faculty frequently honor Professor Prasad’s passion for teaching. He is also a dedicated researcher and prolific author. His most recent publications have been featured in Business and Politics, Governance, and the Journal of Business Ethics. Most recently, he has also been an advocate for affordable and accessible higher education.

    Since WGU is a completely online university, Dr. Prasad is based in Salt Lake City, Utah but interacts with students all over the country as they complete their online degrees.

  • YVONNE STEDHAM, PhD, MBA University of Nevada, Reno

    Dr. Yvonne Stedham is a professor of management and co-director of the Center for Corporate Governance and Business Ethics in the college of business. She received her PhD and MBA from the University of Kansas and has been teaching for more than 30 years.

    Dr. Stedham leads courses in managing an organization in a global economy and mindful leadership. When not teaching, Dr. Stedham consults in the business community for well known organizations such as Microsoft Licensing and the Reno Police Department.

    Professor Stedham began her journey into mindfulness in 2010 and has integrated it into her curriculum and research. Her most recent piece on the integration of mindfulness practices in MBA programs was published in the Journal of Management Education. She also is a Center for Mindfulness Qualified MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher. She instructs mindfulness practices across the university, as well as in government agencies and businesses.

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