Full-Time Online MBA Programs

A master of business administration (MBA) degree is designed for aspiring and working professionals who wish to gain a better understanding of business functions and leadership. Students interested in earning an MBA would be wise to consider whether they would like to enroll in a general MBA degree program or one that allows a specialty area of focus. Common examples of the latter include an MBA in consultancy, finance, information technology, and information management.

Most full-time MBA programs take an average of two years to complete, and more schools than ever before offer the option to complete the entire degree online.

An MBA is a significant investment but graduates more often than not get an excellent return on their investment. Online MBA graduates have an average salary rise of about 30 percent and can expect to almost double their salaries within three years of their degree, according to The Financial Times.

Outside of the opportunity for increased pay and job promotions, earning an MBA also introduces students to a broad learning community as they become part of a thriving alumni network. For some business professionals and students, the personal satisfaction that comes with earning a graduate degree is the most critical aspect of all.

Read on to discover eight online MBA programs which can be completed full-time, including information about coursework and tuition.

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Professors to Know in Full-Time MBA Programs

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    Sara Adams, Southern Oregon University

    Sara Adams is an accounting instructor at Southern Oregon University. She earned her master's degree in taxation at Golden Gate University and her bachelor's degree in public accounting from Southern Oregon University. Previously, Adams worked full-time as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) before making a career change to teaching at her alma mater in 2013. She made this career change because her undergraduate accounting professors positively impacted her career and she wants to have the same impact on current students. She still works part-time as a CPA and has experience in multiple industries, including banking, construction, healthcare, and manufacturing.

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    Lisa Burke-Smalley, PhD, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    Dr. Burke-Smalley is a Guerry professor of business management and human resources. She earned her doctoral degree in organizational behavior and human resources from Indiana State University. She also received her bachelor's degree in public sector management with a business minor from the same college. Some of Dr. Burke-Smalley’s career highlights include obtaining the Guerry Professorship in 2017, being inducted into the University of Tennessee Council of Scholars, and establishing a scholarship in her name from the Society for Human Resource Management. Dr. Burke-Smalley feels that the most pressing concerns for today’s HR professionals include regulatory compliance, technology integration, and efficient sourcing. Students of Dr. Burke-Smalley will benefit from her many years of experience as they learn how to create their unique solutions to these and other career challenges.

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    Benjamin Shao, PhD, Arizona State University

    Dr. Shao teaches information systems at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He earned his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000, and his master's and bachelor's degrees at National Chiao University in Taiwan in 1991 and 1989 respectively. He has many areas of interest, including business analytics, healthcare IT, ICT services, the impact of information technology, IS security, IT supply chain interface, and software project management. Dr. Shao has received numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award for the Department of Information Systems Master’s Programs, and his work has been included in multiple high-level publications. He served as senior and associate editor for Decision Support Systems and Journal for the Association for Information Systems.