Best Part-Time MBA Programs

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Part-time MBA programs are now offered in colleges and universities across the country to benefit working professionals who want to balance a career with earning their degree.

Part-time programs are formatted to be flexible yet meet the high standards required by a traditional MBA program. Classes are typically available at night, on weekends, online or a combination of any of the three depending on the university.

Rankings

All part-time MBA programs considered for this ranking were originally ranked by U.S. News and then assessed further by EDsmart’s methodology.

U.S. News part-time MBA rankings are based on five factors.

  • Average peer assessment score (50 percent of the school’s overall score).
  • Average GMAT score and average GRE quantitative, verbal and analytical writing scores of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2018 (15 percent).
  • Average undergraduate GPA of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2018 (12.5 percent).
  • Number of years of work experience of part-time MBA students entering in fall 2018, with more experience scoring higher in the rankings (10 percent).
  • Percentage of the business school’s fall 2018 total full-time and part-time MBA enrollment that is in the part-time MBA program, with a higher percentage that is part-time scoring higher in the rankings (12.5 percent).

EDsmart assesses the best part-time MBA programs based on data that covers four main areas.

  • Cost (average net price)
  • Academic quality (graduation rate)
  • Student satisfaction (retention rate)
  • Salary After Attending (the median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid, at 10 years after entering the school)

All data was gathered from the U.S. Dept of Education websites College Scorecard and College Navigator.

This ranking aims to help students assess the affordability and value of top colleges in Oregon so they can make informed decisions about which college to attend.

Best Part-Time MBA Programs for 2019-2020

1. Georgia Institute of Technology

Score: 100

Salary After Attending: $79,100
Average Net Price: $13,291
Retention Rate: 97%
Graduation Rate: 86%

The Georgia Institute of Technology is more commonly known as Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech is located in Atlanta, Georgia. Ranked number 17 among the Best Part Time MBA Programs by U.S. News, Georgia Tech offers a self-paced program in the evenings through their Scheller School of Business The program is designed to be a flexible solution for working professionals seeking their MBA. Classes are offered in the evenings on Monday through Thursday. In 2018, Georgia Tech added online courses as well as accelerated weekend courses to the program. Most students find it possible to finish the complete program in 24-36 months while attending part-time. Applicants can enroll in the Evening MBA Program two times a year, in August or January. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in business or any academic discipline are welcome to apply. The admissions process for this program includes a completes application as well as an admission interview. Tuition for the part-time MBA programs at Georgia Tech is $1,121 per credit hour for in-state students and $1,524 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

2. Northwestern University

Score: 99.4

Salary After Attending: $69,000
Average Net Price: $24,047
Retention Rate: 98%
Graduation Rate: 94%

Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern offers a part-time MBA program through the Kellogg School of Management. U.S. News has ranked Northwestern number 6 in Best Business Schools and number 3 for their Part-time MBA program. Tuition for the part-time program is $6,950 per credit. The part-time MBA program offers classes on Saturdays and in the evenings. Students may choose to begin their program in any of the fours quarters, spring, summer, fall or winter. Potential students must submit an online application, two essays on specific topics, official test scores from the GMAT or the GRE as well as official transcripts from colleges, universities and other programs that have been attended. After submitting a completed application, applicants will be invited to an interview with admissions personnel of Kellogg School of Management. Additionally, applicants should submit two letters of recommendation, one from a current manager or supervisor and one from a former supervisor, client or employer.

3. University of Chicago

Score: 99.2

Salary After Attending: $68,100
Average Net Price: $25,455
Retention Rate: 99%
Graduation Rate: 94%

Founded in 1890, the University of Chicago is a private research university that is located in Chicago, Illinois. The part-time MBA program run through the Booth School of Business has been ranked number 1 for Part-time MBA by U.S. News. The Booth School of Business is ranked number 3 in Best Business Schools. Tuition for the part-time program is $7,130 per credit. Students in the Evening and Weekend Program at the University of Chicago are representatives of over 370 companies in more than 35 industries. The curriculum and pace of the program are both flexible. Students can choose from more than 130 courses and typically the program takes two and a half to three years to complete with some students taking as long as five years to finish. The part-time program has the same faculty and the same courses as the traditional program offered at the university. Approximately 70 percent of students enrolled in the Weekend MBA program travel to Chicago from out of state each weekend for class.

4. University of California–Los Angeles

Score: 98.8

Salary After Attending: $60,700
Average Net Price: $14,309
Retention Rate: 97%
Graduation Rate: 91%

The part-time MBA program at the University of California, Los Angeles operates through the Anderson School of Management. For the part-time MBA program, the school is ranked number 5 by U.S. News. The school is ranked number 16 in the U.S News ranking of Best Business Schools. A part-time student can expect tuition costs of $42,420 per year at UCLA. Weekend and evening classes are offered to students as part of the Fully Employed MBA program or as part of the Executive MBA program. The Fully Employed MBA program at UCLA has approximately 915 students representing more than 40 industries and over 600 companies. The diverse population of students is representative of 46 countries and includes 52 active duty military or veterans. Twenty-one percent of the FEMBA students at UCLA hold advanced degrees with a mix of doctors, lawyers and Ph.Ds. The program is designed to be completed in two and a half to three years and includes 44 core classes and 36 elective courses.

5. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

Score: 98.8

Salary After Attending: $63,400
Average Net Price: $14,860
Retention Rate: 97%
Graduation Rate: 91%

Ranked number 6 in Part-time MBA programs by U.S. News, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor operates their MBA offerings through the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Part-time tuition for in-state students is $63,126 per year, and out-of-state tuition is $68,106 per year for part-time classes. Part-time classes are offered in the evening and on weekends. Action-based learning is the driving idea behind the curriculum at the Ross School of Business. Students are encouraged to ask questions, identify problems and exhibit leadership skills. The Ross School utilizes what they call the cohort model which allows students to complete their program with the same group of students thereby forging contacts and friendships within the business community. Part-time students are afforded the opportunity to participate in campus life as much as they choose. Multidisciplinary Action Projects and a C-Level Thinking course give students the opportunity to work on projects for a real-world company. Classes taken on campus every other weekend allow students to complete their coursework in two years’ time.

6. University of California–Berkeley

Score: 98.8

Salary After Attending: $64,700
Average Net Price: $15,859
Retention Rate: 97%
Graduation Rate: 91%

Ranked number 2 in part-time MBA programs and tied for the number 6 ranking for Best Business Schools by U.S. News, the University of California-Berkeley offers business programs at their Haas School of Business. The school is located near San Francisco giving graduate students the opportunity to vie for internships and other positions at large companies such as Google or Visa. Part-time MBA students can expect to complete the program in three years. Electives for the program can be chosen form offerings at Haas or from other areas at UC-Berkeley. For business professionals seeking their MBA, UC-Berkeley offers an MBA for Executives program that allows students to complete the program in approximately 19 months. Many of the UC-Berkeley courses are designed with a focus on global business. International students comprise approximately 33 percent of the students in the MBA program. Both in=state and out-of-state students can expect a tuition rate of $3,363 per credit for the part-time program.

7. Georgetown University

Score: 98.6

Salary After Attending: $93,500
Average Net Price: $30,107
Retention Rate: 96%
Graduation Rate: 94%

Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business was started in 1936 as part of the School of Foreign Service. Students at the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University enjoy opportunities of global proportions afforded to them by the school’s location in Washington D.C. Georgetown offers a full-time MBA program and an Evening MBA program. Beginning in fall of 2019, Georgetown will offer a new Flex MBA program which they call an “innovative evolution” of their Evening MBA. Regardless of the program chosen by students, they have access to the same faculty and curriculum. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities that are designed as a supplement to their coursework. Over 30 MBA-related organizations are available to students. The school holds a Global Diversity Day annually to highlight the variety of backgrounds represented within their MBA program. Georgetown has been ranked number 12 in part-time MBA by U.S. News. The tuition for the part-time program is $1,930 per credit.

8. Rice University

Score: 97.8

Salary After Attending: $65,400
Average Net Price: $20,237
Retention Rate: 96%
Graduation Rate: 92%

Rice University is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest U.S. city. Students at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University experience small class sizes with a 9 to 1 student to faculty ratio. Electives are field project oriented to give students experience with issues faced in daily real world business operations. Students enrolled in the full-time MBA program experience immersive learning after their first year of study through the Action Learning Project. In addition to the full-time program, Rice University offers a professional MBA, and Executive MBA and Ph.D programs through the Jones School of Business. Students can choose to participate in MBA-related clubs and organizations while working toward their degree. The university has over 25 such organizations available to students. Part-time students can expect the complete program at Rice to cost $104,500. For part-time MBA programs Rice University has been ranked 17th by U.S. News.

9. University of Southern California

Score: 97.2

Salary After Attending: $74,000
Average Net Price: $30,232
Retention Rate: 96%
Graduation Rate: 92%

The University of Southern California is more commonly referred to as USC. At USC, MBA candidates pursue their degree through the Marshall School of Business. Students in the part-time MBA program can choose to attend classes on Monday and Wednesday or on Saturday at the school’s Los Angeles campus or on Tuesday and Thursday at the Orange County campus for the first year in the program. All of the second year classes are offered at the Los Angeles campus. Students can earn their MBA in 2 to 5 years through the part-time program. The average completion time is 3 years. Regardless of pace, students in the part-time MBA program at USC have access to the same faculty, career and recruiting services and network of contacts as full-time students. The part-time MBA program is tied for 14th in rankings by U.S. News. Tuition cost for the part-time program is $1,912 per credit.

10. Carnegie Mellon University

Score: 96.2

Salary After Attending: $83,600
Average Net Price: $31,102
Retention Rate: 96%
Graduation Rate: 89%

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University offers MBA programs through the Tepper School of Business. Carnegie Mellon offers three MBA programs to students: Full-Time, Part-Time Flex and Part-Time Online Hybrid. Students in either of the part-time programs receive the same career support and academic experiences as students in the full-time program. Standards set for all three programs are the same. All three MBA programs through Carnegie Mellon begin in September. The Part-time Online Hybrid program offers weekly classes int he evening as well as online. Additionally, students would attend weekend classes six times per year in various campus locations. The Part-time Flex program offers a combination of daytime, evening and online classes weekly as well as six on campus weekend classes per year at the Pittsburgh campus. Both programs reach completion in 32 months. Tuition for the part-time programs is $49,500 per year. U.S. News ranks Carnegie Mellon 9th in part-time MBA programs.

11. University of Washington–Seattle

Score: 95.8

Salary After Attending: $57,700
Average Net Price: $12,899
Retention Rate: 94%
Graduation Rate: 84%

The University of Washington in Seattle offers four programs for working professionals seeking to earn their MBA through the Foster School of Business. While these programs vary in location, time on campus, schedule and length of program, they all adhere to the standards of a traditional Foster MBA. The options for working professionals seeking their MBA through Foster are an Evening MBA, and Executive MBA, a Hybrid MBA and a Technology Management MBA. Program lengths vary from 18 months up to 4 years depending on the program and the pace of the student. The Evening MBA program offers a two day a week schedule for core classes and a flexible schedule for elective courses. The Executive MBA offers a weekly or monthly schedule of full day classes. The Hybrid MBA is mostly online with 5 percent of classes being on campus. The Technology Management MBA program meets one evening each week and for Saturday classes. Tuition for the part-time offerings at the University of Washington-Seattle is $26,016 per year for both in-state and out-of-state students. The University of Washington-Seattle part-time MBA programs are ranked 12th by U.S. News.

12. Emory University

Score: 95.6

Salary After Attending: $66,000
Average Net Price: $26,760
Retention Rate: 94%
Graduation Rate: 91%

Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia offers a part-time MBA program through the Goizueta Business School. U.S. News ranks the part-time MBA program at Emory as 9th in the nation. Tuition for the part-time MBA program is $76,000 for the complete program. At the core of the Evening MBA program at Emory is the development of leadership skills. Students go through Fort Benning’s Leader’s Reaction Course and participate in Leadership Academy for a hands-on application of leadership experiences. The Evening MBA includes an international study module that gives students a one week immersive global learning experience. The IMPACT portion of the program allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real world business situations. IMPACT helps to hone the communication skills of the student. Typically, students complete the part-time MBA program at Emory University within 32 months of beginning. Students can shorten the time for completion by choosing to accelerate their program. Students can tailor curriculum to their schedule and goals. All part-time MBA options include a travel experience that lasts at least two weeks.

13. University of Texas–Austin

Score: 94

Salary After Attending: $58,200
Average Net Price: $16,960
Retention Rate: 95%
Graduation Rate: 82%

The McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas-Austin offers multiple opportunities for students to earn an MBA. In addition to a full-time MBA program, students at UT-Austin can choose an Evening MBA program, MBA programs at Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth campuses as well as an Executive MBA program. Students who choose the Evening MBA program will attend classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings while still continuing with their work life during the day. The part-time MBA program utilizes cohort-focused curriculum that emphasizes a wide spectrum of business management skills. A typical Evening MBA program is completed within two and a half years. U.S. News ranks the part-time MBA program at UT-Austin number 8 in the nation, and the school is ranked number 19 in Best Business Schools. Tuition for the UT-Austin part-time MBA program is $110,460 for the total program for in-state students.

14. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Score: 93.8

Salary After Attending: $62,500
Average Net Price: $20,343
Retention Rate: 93%
Graduation Rate: 84%

There are three MBA programs offered by the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. The options allow business professionals in the Metro D.C. area and in other areas of Virginia to pursue an MBA while still pursuing their career path. Students may choose an Evening MBA, an Executive MBA, or a Professional MBA. The Evening MBA program offers both full-time and part-time schedules. The Executive and Professional programs are both part-time in nature. The Evening MBA program holds classes in the evening two to four times a week. The Executive MBA offers classes every other weekend. The Professional MBA classes meet once a month on Friday and Saturday. All programs have a fall entry term in August, and students can enter the Evening MBA program in January for the spring term as well. Completion of the MBA programs is accomplished between 18 months and 5 years depending upon the program. Tuition for the program, ranked 14th in part-time MBA by U.S. News, is $1025 per credit for either in-state or out-of-state students.

15. Ohio State University–Main Campus

Score: 92.4

Salary After Attending: $46,100
Average Net Price: $17,726
Retention Rate: 94%
Graduation Rate: 83%

The main campus of Ohio State University is located in Columbus, Ohio. Business professionals can pursue an MBA through the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State. The MBA for Working Professionals program allows students to choose evening classes, weekend classes or a combination of the two. The program gives students the flexibility to customize how many credits they take each session as well as when they take the classes. Typically, it takes eight semesters to complete the MBA for Working Professionals. The Executive MBA program is a 17 month program with classes that meet three consecutive days once a month. The Fisher College of Business at Ohio State strives to keep program size small by only accepting about 150 students to the MBA program each year. The part-time programs at Ohio State are rated number 14 by U.S. News. In-state students can expect tuition for the part-time program to be $1698 per credit and $25,000 for the total executive program. Out-of-state students can expect tuition to be $2948 for the part-time program and $25,000 for the total executive program.

16. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Score: 92.2

Salary After Attending: $51,900
Average Net Price: $17,396
Retention Rate: 93%
Graduation Rate: 79%

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The business programs at the school are offered through the Carlson School of Management. Experiential learning is the core of the program at the Carlson School of Management. Students are offered hands-on learning experiences that allow them practice with real-world issues as well as global business applications. Students are expected to solve issues for real clients through Enterprise programs. The Carlson School requires all graduate students to participate in the Global Discovery Program which follows classroom learning regarding global topics with an international experience that lasts two weeks. Tuition for part-time programs are $1,400 per credit for both in-state and out-of-state students. The total program considered the executive program is $117,936 regardless of residency. U.S. News has ranked the programs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as number 7 for part-time MBA programs.

17. Indiana University–Bloomington

Score: 92

Salary After Attending: $47,700
Average Net Price: $14,351
Retention Rate: 91%
Graduation Rate: 77%

Indiana University is a public research university that has been in operation since 1820. Hoosiers who wish to pursue a degree in business do so through the Kelley School of Business. Integration and leadership are two themes that are woven throughout the MBA programs at the Kelley School beginning with the first semester of study. In addition to a full-time MBA program the Bloomington campus of Indiana University offers an online MBA program. This online program offers courses that are taught by the same professors as the full-time program. The online MBA program offers students the ability to tailor their program to fit their needs while allowing them to participate in career coaching that is personalized for them. Tuition for an in-state student attending part-time is $16,387 per year while an out-of-state student can expect tuition costs of $29,131 per year. The part-time MBA program at Indiana University has received a U.S. News ranking of 9th in the nation.

18. New York University

Score: 92

Salary After Attending: $61,900
Average Net Price: $40,336
Retention Rate: 93%
Graduation Rate: 84%

New York University is a private research university founded in 1831. The original campus of NYU is in Greenwich village in New York City, but the university now has campuses worldwide. Business courses are offered through the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The Stern School has earned a number 4 ranking in Part-time MBA from U.S. News. Tuition for part-time programs is $2,228 per credit. The Stern School groups students into groups of about 60 students who will experience their two years of graduate school together. An MBA from Stern is an MBA in general management and allows students to choose a specialty from up to three areas. Classes are offered weeknights, Saturdays or within a two-year accelerated program. Langone Lab is the starting point for the part-time MBA from NYU The Langone Lab is where students make connections with other students and professors through collaboration within study groups and clubs.

19. University of Texas–Dallas

Score: 91.6

Salary After Attending: $53,100
Average Net Price: $14,763
Retention Rate: 87%
Graduation Rate: 68%

Operating out of Richardson, Texas, the University of Texas-Dallas is a public research university that was founded in 1969. UT-Dallas offers business programs through the Naveen Jindal School of Management. The Jindal School offers MBA programs in five flexible formats. There offerings include Full-Time Cohort, Professional Evening Cohort, Professional Online, Professional Flex and Executive MBA programs. The programs are completed in 16 to up to 72 months depending on which program is followed. The Professional MBA Flex and the Professional MBA Online programs are self-paced with the Flex program meeting in the evenings. Concentrations offered for the MBA programs include finance, managerial economics and healthcare management. Students can also choose to combine their MBA and a master of science in electrical engineering. Tuition for a part-time student with in-state residence is $15,083 while out-of-state students can expect to spend $28,073 per year on tuition. UT-Dallas has been ranked number 17 in Part-Time MBA by U.S. News.

20. University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Score: 90.4

Salary After Attending: $51,400
Average Net Price: $20,926
Retention Rate: 91%
Graduation Rate: 77%

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is a public research university located in rural Amherst, Massachusetts. The Isenberg School of Management at UMass-Amherst offers students pursuing an MBA a flexible part-time option. Students who choose to utilize the school’s part-time option can choose to earn their degree wholly online or using a combination of online courses and in-person classroom experiences. In-person lecture experiences can be completed at the satellite locations in Boston, Shrewsbury or Springfield. Online coursework is facilitated by the same faculty as traditional onsite offerings. UMass-Amherst offers students access to an Advising Center throughout the program’s duration. Additionally, students can pursue specialized degrees in their chosen focus areas as they work to complete the MBA program. Students have four years to complete the self-paced part-time MBA program. Tuition for the part-time program is %900 per credit regardless of whether a student is in-state or out-of-state. The part-time MBA program at UMass-Amherst is ranked 17th by U.S. News.

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