Online Business Schools in Washington


With heavy hitters in the business world like Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, and Boeing calling Washington home, the state is ripe for business. In fact, Washington is one of the top ten best states for business according to Forbes. Washington also made it onto the top five in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Business Environment Rankings.

One of the reasons for Washington’s high ranking is the omnipresence of venture capital available—an estimated $4.6 billion flowed into the state between 2014 and 2016. What’s more, rising real estate costs in San Francisco have created a ripple effect where tech firms are moving to the Puget Sound area for its cheaper real-estate.

Tech isn’t the only industry that’s booming in Washington. Other significant industries include aerospace, military and defense, maritime, forestry, biotechnology, clean energy, and agriculture. Washington provides 70 percent of the country’s apples and is a leader in milk, potato, and cattle production.

Responding to the need for a flexible way for busy professionals to advance into management, many high-quality accredited universities in Washington offer MBA programs either completely online or in a hybrid on-campus and online format.

Online coursework is perfect for self-motivated students who wish to have control over the exact place, time, and pace for their learning. Most universities boast online programs with the same quality of their on-campus programs and are taught by the same esteemed faculty.

Keep reading to learn more about online MBA programs offered in Washington state and the inspiring faculty teaching in these programs.

Featured Online MBA Programs in Washington

1Washington State University – Carson College of BusinessView Full Profile

Ranked in the top 5 percent of best online MBA programs by the U.S. News and World Report, WSU offers a 100 percent online MBA designed to help students achieve big-picture goals. Coursework includes strategic formation and organizational design, administrative control, financial management, and business analytics.

Students enrolled in the 36-credit program can choose a general MBA or concentrate in marketing, finance, international business, or hospitality business management. Each concentration is also offered as a nine-credit graduate certificate.

Applicants with seven years of management or more may want to consider the 100 percent online executive MBA, designed to help students develop a C-suite perspective on management. Applicants to the program must submit GMAT or GRE scores. They can qualify for a waiver if they have a graduate degree, five years of work experience and a 3.0 GPA (or higher), a STEM degree with a 3.0 degree, a business degree with a 3.0 GPA, or ten years work experience and a 2.79 GPA.

Location: Pullman, WA
Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
Format: Online
Tuition: $813 per credit
Program length: 22 to 29 months
2Seattle University – Albers School of Business and Economics

The online MBA offered by the SU Albers School of Business and Economics prepares graduates to lead from a people-centered perspective using fair and holistic business practices that utilize the power of communication and collaboration. Coursework in the 54-credit program includes building internal and community stakeholder relationships, professional and interpersonal communications, creating value through marketing and operations, and managerial accounting for organizational leadership.

While all coursework is online, the program does require students to travel to Seattle for one on-campus retreat. Applicants must submit GMAT/GRE scores. Test score waivers may be available for those with a master’s in STEM, accounting, or finance and a 3.0 GPA; a terminal degree in any discipline; a qualifying professional certification (e.g., CPA, CFA, CMA); a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a 3.25 GPA; and other combinations of work experience and schooling.

Location: Seattle, WA
Accreditation: AACSB International
Format: Online with one on-campus retreat
Tuition: $882 per credit
Program length: Two-and-a-half years

Ranked as a top MBA program in Washington by Puget Sound Business, NU offers a relevant, practical, faith-based and schedule-flexible online MBA. Students enrolled in the online MBA program can choose between two concentrations: public safety administration or project management.

Coursework in the 39-credit program includes organizational management, legal and ethical responsibility, intermediate accounting for managers, and business innovation and research. GMAT and GRE scores are not required for students with a 3.2 undergraduate GPA and two years of work experience. Students of all undergraduate backgrounds can apply.

Location: Kirkland, WA
Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Format: Online
Tuition: $780 per credit
Program length: Less than two years

The online WGU College of Business offers affordable MBA tracks designed to help busy professionals advance their careers. The 34-credit general MBA trains students in management, strategy, and leadership of teams. The 35-credit MBA in internet technology management prepares students for higher-level information technology management. The 36-credit MBA in healthcare management helps students lead in private or public healthcare organizations.

Coursework across all of the programs include managing organizations and leading people, ethical leadership, financial management, and marketing. No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission into any of the MBA programs. Students must have three years of significant experience in business, industry, or a nonprofit organization to apply to WGU.

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Accreditation: ACBSP
Format: Online
Tuition: $3,945 per six-month term
Program length: 13 to 24 months for the general MBA; six to 18 months for the IT management MBA; 11 to 24 months for the MBA healthcare management

Hybrid MBA Programs in Washington

For Washington residents who live near a university campus, a hybrid online and on-campus MBA experience can blend the flexibility of online didactic learning with the networking benefits of experiences done on-campus and in-person. With most coursework available online asynchronously, hybrid programs typically have residencies, immersions, or certain courses that are expected to be completed in a face-to-face and real-time format. The University of Washington and the City University of Seattle offer hybrid or mixed-method MBA programs in Washington.

Professors to Know in Online MBA Programs in Washington

  • Christina G. Chi, PhD - Washington State University

    Dr. Christina Chi is a professor in the Carson College of Business at Washington State University (WSU), where she teaches hospitality revenue management and accounting, and a tourism seminar.

    Her research foci include travelers’ behaviors, tourism marketing, and hospitality operations management with a focus on residents’ attitude and well-being, destination loyalty, tourist satisfaction, and tourism sustainability issues. In addition to being published in tourism and hospitality journals, and having her research presented at numerous hospitality and tourism conferences, she is also an editor for scholarly journals and regularly reviews papers for industry publications. Dr. Chi earned her doctorate in hospitality administration and management from Oklahoma State University in 2005.

  • Niranjan Chipalkatti, PhD - Seattle University

    Dr. Ninranjan “Chips” Chipalkatti is a professor, chair of the accounting department, and the MPAC program director at the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University, where he teaches financial reporting, valuation, and capital markets research.

    A prolific scholar, Dr. Chipalkatti has served as the lead investigator and co-investigator for works published in a range of international business, finance, and economic journals, and received two best paper awards at the ABAS International Conference in 2001 and 2005. He currently serves as an accounting consultant to Entomo, a software firm leading in the realm of sell-through revenue recognition solutions. Dr. Chipalkatti earned his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

  • Teresa Gillespie, JD - Northwest University

    Teresa Gillespie is a professor of business and the dean of the College of Business at Northwest University. She teaches courses related to law, leadership, negotiation, and business ethics.

    As an experienced legal professional, Dr. Gillespie has courtroom experience, including addressing disputes regarding real estate, complex commercial bankruptcy, class-action consumer cases, torts, and unemployment discrimination.

    Before joining the faculty at NU in 2006, Dr. Gillespie was a guest lecturer in several Chinese universities, worked as an instructor of paralegal studies at UCLA extension, and was an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Seattle Pacific University. Gillespie is a published scholar and serves as a commissioner on the baccalaureate and graduate board of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). She has a bachelor's degree from California State University and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Washington.

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