AACSB-Accredited Online MBA Programs

A master’s degree in business administration (MBA) can revolutionize the career of an aspiring entrepreneur or executive, and the benefits of obtaining an MBA are vast.

MBA holders can acquire transferable skills, additional business specializations, and have access to higher employment rates and valuable networking opportunities, according to an article in U.S. News & World Report (April 2016).

Of course, obtaining an MBA requires an immense amount of work and a significant time commitment. Fortunately, many highly respected business schools nationwide have begun offering flexible online and traditional MBA programs, many of which allow students to study where they choose—rarely or never requiring them to set foot on campus. In light of this, those searching for an MBA to fit into their busy schedule may wish to consider the various online programs available. However, with so many options, it can be difficult to know which school is offering a first-rate education.

Aspiring applicants are encouraged to search for a program that has received accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), one of the major accrediting organizations in the United States. Accreditation from the AACSB shows that a school has met specific standards regarding education, management of finances, the provision of student services, and much more. In short, accreditation from an established organization such as the AACSB is synonymous with quality.

Aspiring business graduate students are advised to examine the wealth of programs available. However, this guide explores schools nationwide that offer AACSB-accredited online and flexible MBA programs, as well as three renowned professors from schools providing these programs.

Professors to Know in AACSB-Accredited Online MBA Programs

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    Sandra Richtermeyer, PhD University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Dr. Sandra Richtermeyer has more than 25 years of higher education experience, including more than 12 years in academic leadership roles. She is currently the dean of the Robert J. Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where her teaching and research interests are in corporate governance, accounting information systems, and nonprofit and governmental accounting. Notably, Dr. Richtermeyer has spent more than 20 years serving on boards as well as technology- and accounting-related advisory committees. She was awarded the 2013-14 “Ohio Accounting Educator of the Year” and the 2011 American Women’s Society of CPAs “Educator of the Year.”

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    Sushil Sharma, PhD, Ball State University PhD

    Dr. Sushil Sharma has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. He holds two doctoral degrees and is currently an associate dean of the Miller College of Business at Ball State University, where he also serves as a professor of computer information systems. Dr. Sharma has co-authored and edited 12 books and published more than 90 research papers in reputable journals in the MIS (management of information systems) field, such as Decision Support Systems, the European Journal of Information Systems, the Journal of Information Privacy & Security (JIPS), and Information Management and Computer Security. Dr. Sharma’s research interests focus on computer information systems security, e-government, human-computer interaction (HCI), and community and social informatics, among many others.

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    Ronald L. Coulter, PhD, Missouri State University

    Dr. Ronald L. Coulter is the head of the marketing department at the Missouri State University College of Business, where he has taught courses on marketing research and research issues and problems, among others. His research and professional interests include marketing segmentation applications and travel, tourism, and leisure market analysis. His published work has appeared in the Journal of Transportation Management and the Journal of Business Research. Dr. Coulter has also received many awards, includingthe Journal of Business Research “Outstanding Reviewer Award” in 2012 and the “Outstanding Reviewer Award” for the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science in 1993.

Featured AACSB-Accredited Online MBA Programs