ASU W. P. Carey School of Business Online MBA - Arizona State University

Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business offers an online master of business administration (MBA). The online degree carries the same high rank as the on-campus MBA and is taught by the same faculty. Although ASU is a large university, the W. P. Carey School of Business strives to create a personal learning environment by using team-based learning, keeping classes small, and giving MBA students individualized attention. An online MBA can offer the flexibility needed for busy working professionals, while still fostering a close-knit community during the program.

An MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business can prepare professionals to manage more effectively in areas of uncertainty, complexity, and rapid change. Students also learn to think more creatively and have a deeper understanding of business management, ethics, and global business in all areas. Employers may seek candidates with an MBA for positions such as chief executive, marketing manager, business operations manager, and financial manager, among others.

The ASU MBA is ranked in the top 10 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is AACSB accredited. Arizona State University has four campuses located in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area and an undergraduate campus in Lake Havasu City. The W. P. Carey School of Business faculty seek to create a global thinking environment and have members from six continents around the world.

In addition to the MBA, students have the option to earn dual or concurrent degrees with their MBA. Note that dual degree students must begin in August. The online MBA/master of legal studies (MLS) includes a total of 64 credits and consists of one campus visit for orientation. The first three semesters consist of only business courses. The fourth semester includes one business course and two law courses, and the final semester is only law courses. One law course is required the first summer of the program. Special admissions requirements apply.

The online MBA/master of science (MSE) in electrical engineering consists of at least 57 credits, taking eight courses from the MBA and eight from the MSE program. This program is designed for those with a BS in electrical engineering and at least one year of professional work experience, preferably two. Possible focus concentrations in electrical engineering include electric power and energy systems; electromagnetics, antennas, and microwave circuits; signal processing and communications; electronic and mixed-signal circuit design; and solid-state electronics. The MBA portion includes a capstone course and the MSE portion includes a comprehensive exam. Special admissions requirements apply.

The online MBA/MS in industrial engineering consists of at least 57 credits over three years, taking 11 courses from the MBA and eight from the MS program. Students can pursue one of four focus tracks in the industrial engineering degree portion: quality and reliability engineering, information systems and management systems engineering, operations research and production systems, and logistics/supply chain engineering. Special admissions requirements apply.

What to Expect from the Online Master of Business Administration

Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit GMAT/GRE test scores, official transcripts, a graduate admission application and application fee, two letters of recommendation, a current resume, short answer questions, and proof of English language proficiency. TOEFL test scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English. Letters of recommendation should focus on the applicant’s commitment, achievements, motivation, work experience and opportunity for success through the program. Students applying for concurrent degrees must meet the requirements of both schools involved.

Study Plan: Students begin the program by attending an orientation on campus. The online MBA consists of classes lasting 7.5 weeks each and courses are taken two at a time. The degree consists of 17 courses for a total of 57 credits. Students should expect to spend 15-30 hours per week on coursework, in addition to team meetings and other collaboration. Electives may be taken during the summer to lighten the course load during the quarters. Each course has a final exam or final project during the final week. Students can choose to attend full-time and take up to 18 credits in the spring and fall and up to seven credits in the summer. Start dates are offered in January and August.

Coursework: There are 10 core MBA courses including a required capstone course in strategic management. Core courses include leading people, teams, and organizations: organizational theory; statistics for managers; financial performance reporting; operations and supply management; decisions, market structure and games: managerial economics; create and deliver customer value: marketing management; finance: the art of managing resources; ethical issues for managers; and managerial accounting.

Electives are designed to allow students to focus on areas of interest and group classes together toward a goal. Electives consist of six courses and include advanced corporate finance; supply chain cost/design issues; strategic procurement; sustainability and social responsibility; global business environment; and several others. Some courses may have a different schedule, depending on the course, as well as travel fees if applicable.

Students have the option of earning an area of emphasis in finance, marketing, international business, or supply chain management by taking a minimum of 3 electives in one subject area. However, completing the area of emphasis may require a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Online Experience: The W. P. Carey School of Business MBA begins with a mandatory on-campus orientation. The university offers in-house technical support staff to help with any tech problems students may encounter. Courses and assignments are planned well in advance to help busy professionals plan their time wisely. With a mostly asynchronous model, students can watch classes at their convenience and complete assignments as necessary. Note that some lectures or meetings may be at a scheduled time, and some tests or assignments may have a limited time frame for completion. ASU Online uses Blackboard for online communication and courses. In addition, the university provides a career services team specifically dedicated to the needs of working professionals.

On-Site Requirements: The online MBA program begins with a mandatory orientation on campus in Tempe, Arizona. During this orientation, students will meet their peers who will move through the program together, as well as faculty and staff. Students can petition to attend virtually if extenuating circumstances prevent on-campus attendance. The rest of the program is online. Students are welcome to visit campus and are encouraged to participate in graduation on campus.

Paying for the Online Master of Business Administration

ASU Online charges $512 per credit plus fees for both residents of Arizona and non-residents for the MBA program. Additional fees (e.g., technology, financial aid) bring the per-credit cost to $586, and may include other fees. Tuition figures can be calculated in the ASU Tuition Estimator. Certain courses such as international electives may have additional program fees such as travel, food, and room and board. With the frequency of changing tuition rates, online students should contact the admissions department of the MBA program for exact costs.

The ASU W. P. Carey Business School offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, federal work study, and on-campus jobs. Applicants are also encouraged to seek outside resources for help paying for their MBA degree. Some companies may offer tuition reimbursement programs for employees seeking an MBA. ASU offers a “custom corporate MBA” in which students graduate with strong skills in strategic thinking and decision-making focused on an employer’s specific business. Students participating in a custom corporate MBA can gain a better understanding of their specific company, its competitive environment, and production processes. Additionally, students can take advantage of the network of colleagues who also participate in the custom MBA. Professionals can speak to their employer about participating in such a program, which usually includes an on-site orientation and a midpoint on-campus intensive.

Arizona State University Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)

  • Ranked Top 10 Online MBA by U.S. News and World Report
  • Courses include Financial Performance Reporting; Operations and Supply Management; Ethical Issues for Managers; and more
  • Two-courses-at-a-time curriculum
Program Essentials
Degree Level Master's Degree
Program Start Dates January, August
Credits Needed to Graduate 57
Time to Complete? Graduate in as little as 21 months.
100% Online? No, one campus visit required
Program Accreditation AACSB
Areas of Concentration MBA Concentrations: Finance, International Business, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Bachelor's Degree
GPA Required? 3.0 or Greater
GRE or GMAT Required? Yes
Work Experience Required? No
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 57
Cost Per Credit Hour $1,236
Estimated Program Tuition * $70,452

Arizona State University Online MBA/MS - Industrial Engineering

  • Designed for working professionals who have 1 year of experience and an appropriate BS degree
  • Choose from 4 industrial engineering tracks such as operations research and production systems, quality and reliability engineering, information systems and management systems engineering, and logistics/supply chain engineering
  • Dual degrees can be completed in less time and for less cost than pursuing the two degrees separately
Program Essentials
Degree Level Master's Degree
Program Start Dates August
Credits Needed to Graduate 57
Time to Complete? Graduate in 3 years.
100% Online? No, one campus visit required
Program Accreditation AACSB, ABET
Areas of Concentration MBA Concentrations: Finance, International Business, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Bachelor's Degree
GPA Required? 3.2 or Greater
GRE or GMAT Required? Yes
Work Experience Required? Yes, 1 year.
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 57
Cost Per Credit Hour $934
Estimated Program Tuition * $53,238

Arizona State University Online MBA/MSE - Electrical Engineering

  • Designed for working professionals who have 1-2 years of relevant experience and a BS in electrical engineering
  • Choose from 5 electrical engineering tracks such as signal processing and communications, solid-state electronics, and others
  • Dual degrees can be completed in less time and for less cost than pursuing the two degrees separately
Program Essentials
Degree Level Master's Degree
Program Start Dates August
Credits Needed to Graduate 64
Time to Complete? Graduate in 3 years.
100% Online? No, one campus visit required
Program Accreditation AACSB, ABET
Areas of Concentration MBA Concentrations: Finance, International Business, Marketing, Supply Chain Management
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Bachelor's Degree
GPA Required? 3.0 or Greater
GRE or GMAT Required? Yes
Work Experience Required? Yes, 1 year, with 2 years preferred.
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 64
Cost Per Credit Hour $934
Estimated Program Tuition * $59,776

Arizona State University Online MBA/MLS - Legal Services

  • Designed for working professionals who have at least 2-3 years of relevant experience and an appropriate BS
  • Dual degrees can be completed in less time and may have a cost-saving component; contact each college to determine respective cost breakdowns
Program Essentials
Degree Level Master's Degree
Program Start Dates August
Credits Needed to Graduate 64
Time to Complete? Graduate in 3 years.
100% Online? No, one campus visit required
Program Accreditation AACSB
Areas of Concentration MBA Concentrations (see above); MLS Concentrations: Criminal Law, HR and Employment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Sports Law and Business, Sustainability Law
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Bachelor's Degree
GPA Required? 3.0 or Greater; refer to class profile for competitive GPA
GRE or GMAT Required? Yes
Work Experience Required? Yes, at least 2-3 years of relevant work experience required.
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 64
Cost Per Credit Hour $934
Estimated Program Tuition * $59,776

* Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the currently published tuition rate. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the out of state, part-time student rate. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Total cost of tuition does not include additional fees. Please see the school website for the most up-to-date tuition costs.