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Online/Part-Time Master's in Business Administration (MBA)

Take your career to new heights with a MBA online from Xavier University Williams College of Business.

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Ranked #1 Online MBA Program in the state of Ohio for the 2nd year in a row (U.S. News & World Report, 2022 & 2023)

Take your career to new heights with an online MBA from Xavier University Williams College of Business. Accredited by the AACSB, our dynamic online MBA program is recognized for its academic rigor, quality and value, and preparation of graduates to make an immediate impact in the evolving business world.

Taught by respected faculty with extensive professional experience, our 100% online MBA degree program educates present and future leaders in the latest business trends, enabling them to confidently take the next step in their careers and improve organizations – and society as a whole – within the Jesuit tradition. The MBA online curriculum provides a flexible learning experience, giving students the option to start the program at multiple times throughout the year. By attending classes online, full-time students can finish the online MBA degree program in just over one and a half years full-time or in two to three years studying part-time.

An MBA from Xavier University gives you lifelong dividends. Masters Program graduates enjoy access to a professional network of 17,000+ alumni, including national business leaders and global innovators. Plus, our nationally ranked MBA online degree program offers graduates an excellent return on investment: When it comes to the highest starting salaries for MBA-holders in Ohio, Xavier University ranks in the top five, with Xavier University graduates earning an average starting salary of more than $81,000 (Columbus Business First, 2019 Report).

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Why Xavier Online?

You’ll get more from your online education, from the personal attention of faculty to rigorous courses taught in the Jesuit Catholic tradition.

Personalized Experience

You’ll get the personal attention and flexibility needed to reach your goals at your pace. Our invested professors and small class sizes will set you up for success.

Jesuit Values

Our Jesuit Catholic values are based on a vision of a world changed for the better, emphasizing service and community engagement in addition to academics.


We offer exceptional online programs at an affordable cost. Numerous financial aid resources are available for our online students, making education more affordable.


See How Xavier University’s Online MBA Program Has Been Recognized


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in 'Best Online General Management MBA Programs in the Nation'
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in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans
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Online MBA Course Requirements

39-45 credits

Through applied learning, Xavier University’s rigorous online MBA curriculum equips students with the skills to solve complex business problems, think strategically and communicate effectively – all important qualities for success in today’s ever-changing business environment. To gain a broader understanding of the business world or to earn a specialized online degree, MBA students have the option to choose their own electives from a variety of offerings from a variety of departments. New electives are commonly added based on current topics and trends in business. The total number of credit hours required to complete the online degree program varies from a minimum of 39 hours (all foundation skills waived) to a maximum of 45 hours (all foundation skills needed). Concentrations are available in both the Online MBA and the Part-Time MBA. The 8 concentrations are: 

  • General Business
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Finance
  • Innovation, Change and Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Values Based Leadership

View more information about the concentrations

Online MBA Foundation Courses 6 credits

This course examines the use of accounting information to enhance value across a supply chain. In addition, the role of accounting information in support of the evaluation of business units and management is considered.

This course focuses on descriptive statistics, statistical inference, linear regression, autocorrelation analysis and forecasting models.

Online MBA Core Courses 27 credits

This course examines the use of accounting information to enhance value across a supply chain. In addition, the role of accounting information in support of the evaluation of business units and management is considered.
This course examines the study of issues, methods, information and technology involved in the creation and use of information systems in a corporate environment. The focus is on the manager’s influence on the design, operation, control and communication ability. Current organizational systems and technology are evaluated. Case studies are used extensively as the content for individual and team activities. The course explores the implications created by technology as we continue to move into an information-based economy.

The purpose of this introductory course is to provide MBA students with a thorough introduction to the concepts and analytical skills of operations management needed to understand and improve the business of various organizations. The course aims to expand their managerial (soft) skills as well as hands-on analytical (hard) skills so that they understand how to deliver superior organizational performance in practical business settings. In particular, the focus will be on developing student strategic thinking and critical thinking capabilities, in terms of how and when to implement tools of operations analysis, ensuring that enterprise resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Prerequisites: STAT500 or Statistics 500

The course is structured around an organization’s core values (i.e. leadership, integrity, honesty, etc.) The course explores the relationship between ethics and law by discussing legal concepts (i.e. compliance, governance, discrimination, products and liability), then analyzing the ethical implications of these same topics. The class format will include lecture, case analysis, discussion using the Socratic method and groups and student team projects. Students take weekly quizzes and research and write a paper exploring an approved business legal and ethics topic they select.
This course examines issues in international business including globalization, differences in political and economic systems as well as cultural differences across countries, comparative advantage and trade policy, exchange rates, international capital markets and global finance, strategy and regional economic integration agreements.
Managerial economics analyzes consumer and firm behavior in order to provide a strong, theoretical understanding of how consumer and firm behavior in order to provide a strong, theoretical understanding of how consumers make decisions and firms maximize profit. With this foundation, the second part of the course examines how firms are organized and their behavior in a variety of market situations. The course concludes with an analysis of how to make effective decisions regarding hiring, managing and motivating workers.

Fundamentals of Finance will help students understand the basic principles and techniques used in the financial management of a business. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamentals of finance, with special emphasis on financial decisions within the context of the corporation.

Prerequisites: ( ACCT500 or Accounting 500) and ( STAT500 or Statistics 500)

This is a survey course introducing students to the principles of managerial behavior (managing people and leading organizations), strategic management (setting and implementing strategic direction for the company) and strategic human resource management (employee recruitment, selection and performance evaluation). Students will learn about relevant management theories, concepts and frameworks as well as how to apply them to actual business situations.
The objective of this course is to inculcate in you the ability to develop, implement and critically evaluate the marketing strategy for a product or service. It will provide the conceptual frameworks and help you develop the analytical, quantitative and creative skills that are necessary to define and develop superior value, persuasively communicate that value, profitably deliver it to a carefully selected target market, sustain both the value and the profitability in the face of ever-changing customer needs and competitive offerings.

Online MBA Electives 9 credits

Elective courses give MBA students an opportunity to tailor the MBA program in fields that are applicable to a student’s professional goals and personal interests. Elective options vary by semester, and new electives are often added based on current topics in business. 

View MBA Concentrations 

Online MBA Capstone Course (Choose One) 3 credits

This course creates a common frame of reference for theories, skills, and processes to be used for analyzing case situations. Course emphasis will be on presentations of theories, discussions, presentations of current business issues, problem-solving activities and case analyses.

All other required MBA courses must be completed before the Capstone course can be taken.

This course provides and introduction to corporate governance that applies to publicly held corporations, privately owned corporations and nonprofit organizations. The course emphasizes the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of effective governance strategies.

This course is a portfolio management experience for student members of the Xavier Students Bond Investment Fund (XSBIF). Prerequisite of FINC 550 or permission of the instructor.


Our Admission Process is Easy, on Your Phone or Computer!

Our online MBA program offers a flexible student experience, giving learners the option to start the program at multiple times throughout the year.

To apply for official acceptance as a degree-seeking student of the MBA program, submit the following:

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One official transcript directly from all colleges or universities that you have attended for any undergraduate and graduate course work. Applicants must have a degree from a regionally accredited university. Send transcripts to:

Xavier University
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Letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references who are able to assess your potential for success in this program (optional).

Current résumé of work and volunteer experiences and a personal essay (optional).

The MBA programs at Xavier University do not require the GMAT or GRE test scores of its applicants. If you have taken either exam in the past, you are welcome to submit your scores by self-reporting them in the drop-down menu within your application. No official test scores are required to be submitted.

*Please note, that the MBA Admissions Committee reserves the right to ask applicants for the submission of test scores should it be deemed important to the other required application materials. Notification of such a request will be made directly to the applicant via email.

State Authorization

Xavier University is authorized to offer this fully online degree program in all states. 

View the complete list of approved states on the State Authorization page.

For International Online Inquiries and Applicants

Regulations related to international students enrolling in U.S. online education programs are complex. It is the student’s responsibility to understand these regulations before enrolling at Xavier University. Please consult the Information for International Applicants to Online Programs webpage for more information before submitting your application. In addition, Xavier is not accepting applications from students in countries and regions that are currently under economic and trade sanctions from the United States as identified by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.


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At Xavier, we understand that no two degree programs and no two students are alike. Therefore, we structure every online degree program to address the unique needs of individual students and have created unique fee structures for each degree program, as well.

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Students enrolled in Xavier’s online programs take classes with the same world-class faculty as our traditional students.

Xavier’s MBA program features a wide variety of experienced faculty. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites. 

Dr. Elaine A. Crable is a Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics as well as the co-director for the Center for International Business. She teaches MIS Strategy in the MBA program and has taught undergraduate MIS courses such as Database Management, Data Mining, Networking and Programming. She also has taught international business at the undergraduate level. She held the position of Assistant Graduate Dean for 5 years, was founder and Chair of the Dept. of Information Systems for 12 years, and International Director.  She has been consulting in the area of pedagogical design for online learning for the past 25 years.  Elaine was part of the start of online teaching at Xavier at the Graduate and Undergraduate level and focused on integrating Jesuit Pedagogical Values into online teaching.

Her research focuses on behavioral and pedagogical issues as well as organizational enterprise systems, business intelligence and entrepreneurship efforts of women in developing countries. 

Dr. Timothy Jones received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University, his MBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Ph.D. from Florida State University. His teaching and research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, residential and commercial real estate, and real estate investment trusts. His research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics and the Journal of Real Estate Literature.

Dawn M. Tolonen is a 35-year veteran of the pet industry with management and marketing experience in retail, distribution, mail order catalog, online sales, and consumer goods manufacturing. If you own a pet, you may be familiar with some of the brands she has recently directed such as Tetra, Instant Ocean, Nature’s Miracle, and Pro-Sense.

Dawn’s career has allowed her to experience all facets of business from the ground up in both start-up companies and public corporations, and given her the opportunity to collaborate with fascinating people around the world.

Dawn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration (management and marketing majors) from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Business Administration (international concentration) from Xavier University, and she is completing a Doctorate of Business Administration at Creighton University. In 2015 Dawn join the Xavier family as a full time teaching professor. The energy and enthusiasm of the students keeps her coming back for more!


This online MBA 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. Data shows that fewer than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business school programs have earned AACSB accreditation. To learn more about AACSB accreditation, visit the AACSB site. Xavier University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.

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

Yes! Xavier University and the Williams College of Business have been consistently recognized at the national level for being one of the best business schools in the nation. See a list of all of our awards by program on our Rankings page.

The tuition rate for the MBA online degree program is $897 per credit hour. The total cost of the online degree program will vary, depending upon transfer credits awarded, additional fees, and the cost of textbooks/materials. See the Tuition page for more information.

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

No, online courses charge the same rate as all other courses.
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. Today,there are many options for interacting with your instructors and classmates in your online degree program, including discussion boards, video or audio files from your instructor, email and video conferencing. There may be additional opportunities for interaction available based on the course and instructor.
Master’s courses are offered in an 8-week time period. However, summer courses may be offered as 6-week courses.
Full-time students usually take 2 classes in an 8-week block, while part-time students will likely take 1 class in an 8-week block.
Participation expectations vary by professor. Most master’s 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.

Online degree courses today include components such as readings, activities, video lectures, discussion boards and other peer interaction, tests/quizzes and group projects. Most masters 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 University prides itself on upholding the value of “cura personalis,” or “care of the whole person,” in its classes. University 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.

A Master of Business Administration is a graduate degree designed to educate students in understanding general business and management functions. The MBA is the next level up from a bachelor’s degree in business. Today, most top schools have an MBA program that an undergraduate can advance to. The length of time it takes to complete an MBA online varies based on if the student attends full-time or part-time. Today, a full-time online MBA program will be completed in just over one and a half years and in two to three years studying part-time.

While studying for an online MBA degree program through Xavier University will take time and hard work, the final outcome for many business professionals is very positive. MBA graduates from Xavier University find that they have more opportunities to obtain top paying job in fields such as:

  • Business Consulting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Medical and Health Services Management
  • Financial Management
  • Database Administration
  • Business Operations Management

Accreditation is basically a voluntary, non governmental process that includes a high end review of a schools ability to provide the highest quality programs. During the review, the accreditation process looks at a variety of areas including the schools mission, faculty qualifications, curriculum, peer reviews and committee evaluations. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that students are learning the most relevant material to their field of study while preparing them to be leaders in the business world.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation is the largest and most widely recognized business accreditation globally. In order to earn the AACSB stamp of approval, schools must go through a rigorous process that can take anywhere from 3-5 years. Once a school has earned the AACSB accreditation, it is reviewed every 5 years by a team of peers schools who are also AASCB accredited. The 5 year process ensures that business schools are continuing to provide relevant courses and challenging students to develop the skills required to be successful in business.

In this day and age, more business schools are offering online MBA courses. However, not all online master programs are created equally. Before committing to a specific online MBA program, you should look at a few key indicators to make sure they meet the criteria you want.

AACSB Accreditation

Online MBA programs are a big commitment for business schools to offer, and having experience as well as an established presence in the online MBA marketplace will tell you a lot about the quality of education you will receive. An AACSB online MBA will prepare you to make an immediate impact upon graduation.

Faculty and Teaching methods

During the masters program you will get to know your Professors and other classmates. How much time the professors are able to dedicate to the students in terms of office hours, responsiveness, and even knowledge base is important. The method of how you will be interacting and meeting with your peers and professors should also come into play.

Student Support Services

The best online business school programs provide student services such as financial aid resources and mentoring. When comparing online business school degree programs, be sure to ask each business school about their relationship with companies in your target industry, job fairs, career counseling and networking opportunities they provide. Also be sure to take note of graduation rates and alumni employment data.

Class Experience

Class size, class structure and the dynamics of interaction are all factors that set a good online MBA program above the rest. Make sure that the school you choose is a good cultural fit, and that you will be working and learning with students who have solid grounding in business and are prepared to enrich your online MBA experience.

Regulations related to international students enrolling in U.S. online education programs are complex. It is the student’s responsibility to understand these regulations before enrolling at Xavier University. Please consult the Information for International Applicants to Online Programs webpage for more information before submitting your application. In addition, Xavier is not accepting applications from students in countries and regions that are currently under economic and trade sanctions from the United States as identified by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.