Frequently Asked Questions About the Online MBA

Is this program accredited?

This program is accredited by AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Fewer than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB accreditation. To learn more about AACSB accreditation, go here.

Xavier University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

Will my degree say ‘online’?

No. The degree is from Xavier University and is awarded on meeting coursework standards that are independent of course delivery mode.

Do online courses charge a different rate?

No, online courses charge the same rate as all other courses.

How will I interact with my instructor and other students?

Students may find that they can get to know their professor/instructor and other students better in an online course than in a traditional face-to-face course. There are many options for interacting with your instructors and classmates in your online program, including discussion boards, video or audio files from your instructor, email and video conferencing; these are only some of the options available for interaction.

How long are the classes?

8 weeks — Courses are offered in an 8-week time period. However, summer courses may be offered as 6-week courses.

How many classes can students take at one time?

Two classes in an 8-week block (appropriate for full-time students), while part-time students will likely take one class in an 8-week block.

Will students be expected to participate at a specific time during this course?

Participation expectations vary by professor. Most courses will be asynchronous with no set meeting times; however, professors have the option of including mandatory or optional synchronous online sessions in their courses.

How are the classes structured?

Online courses include components such as readings, activities, video lectures, discussion boards and other peer interaction, tests/quizzes and group projects. Most courses do not include mandatory synchronous meeting times; however, they are synchronously paced —¬†students progress through the course together according to the scheduled course content and activities.

Xavier prides itself on upholding the value of cura personalis, or —care of the whole person–¬†in its classes. Faculty maintain those values in our online courses by constructing activities that build a sense of community among participants and by making themselves available for questions and instructional support.

Is this a nationally recognized program?

Yes! Xavier University and the Williams College of Business have been consistently nationally recognized. Some examples of our accolades include:

  • #21 in Graduate Marketing in the nation (USN&WR)
  • #28 in Graduate Accounting in the nation (USN&WR)
  • #33 in Part-Time MBA in the nation (USN&WR)
  • One of the Best Business Schools in the Nation by Princeton Review
  • #6 in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges — Regional Universities (Midwest) (USN&WR)
  • #4 Best Colleges for Veterans in 2017 rankings (USN&WR, Regional Midwest Colleges)
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