AACSB Online Master's in Business Administration - MBA
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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 18,000+ 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).
Feel confident about choosing Xavier University’s online MBA program, ranked among the top best online MBA programs in the nation. Accolades and honors for the online degree program include:
- #5 in Ohio for Highest Starting Salaries of MBA Graduates (Columbus Business First)
- #8 in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges — Regional Universities (Midwest) (USN&WR)
- #19 Best Online MBA (Finance Specialty) in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
- #35 Best Value Online MBA Program (Online MBA Today)
- #47 Best Online MBA for Veterans in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
- #67 Best Online MBA in the nation (U.S. News & World Report)
If you’d like to learn more about the on-campus version of Xavier’s award-winning MBA program, click here.
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. Some examples of our accolades include:
- #5 in Ohio for Highest Starting Salaries of MBA Graduates (Columbus Business First)
- #4 Best Colleges for Veterans in 2017 rankings (USN&WR, Regional Midwest Colleges)
- #8 in the 2019 edition of Best Colleges — Regional Universities (Midwest) (USN&WR)
- #19 in Graduate Marketing in the nation (USN&WR)
- #23 in Graduate Accounting in the nation (USN&WR)
- #60 in Part-Time MBA in the nation (USN&WR)
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The tuition rate for the MBA online degree program is $860 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, 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.
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).
This course focuses on the basic concepts, standards and principles of financial accounting.
This course focuses on descriptive statistics, statistical inference, linear regression, autocorrelation analysis and forecasting models.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Prerequisites: ACCT550 and FINC550 and ECON550 and ( INFO550 or BAIS550) and MGMT550 and MKTG550 and BLAW550 and ( MGMT551 or ACCT600) and ACCT601 and FINC600 and ECON600 and ( INFO600 or BAIS600) and MGMT600 and MKTG600 and MGMT601 and BUAD600
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, submit the following:
Xavier University's free online application.
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.
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Current résumé of work and volunteer experiences.
Letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references who are able to assess your potential for success in this program (optional).
Personal essay (optional).
Official test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (If you already have a master’s degree, you do not need to take either test.) The GMAT is our preferred exam, but we will accept the GRE if you have already taken it or plan to take it for admission into another program. If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 888 GRE-SCORE. GMAT info: http://www.mba.com/us/the-gmat-exam.aspx
MBA GMAT Waiver Policy
Though standardized test scores play a significant role in determining an MBA student’s potential, we at Xavier’s Williams College of Business also recognize the value of professional work experience and certifications. Because of this, a request for GMAT/GRE waiver can be made by candidates who have five or more years of professional or military experience.
Why We Value Standardized Test Scores
Applicants to our online MBA programs come from a wide range of professional and academic institutions. Because each of these universities and organizations imparts a unique set of skills to our applicants, reviewing common factors such as standardized test scores can be extremely useful for our admissions committee. The traditional graduate school exams of GMAT and GRE are the tests that often provide this information.
The Value of Professional Experience
Creating a diverse community of students is an essential element of Xavier’s MBA programs. Our students bring unique experiences and perspectives to our classrooms, facilitating a rich, collaborative learning environment. Forgoing the GMAT/GRE permits established, mid-career individuals, to focus on their graduate studies – tapping their experience, skills, and ideas – and not having to divert time, energy, and funding to a standardized test.
Military and the GMAT Waiver
Although we do not offer military members or veterans course credit for their service, we do value the leadership and decision-making skills developed during military service. For this reason, we also allow military members and veterans with five or more years of military experience to apply to our programs and request a waiver of the GMAT/GRE.
Securing a GMAT/GRE Waiver
If you believe your professional experience qualifies you for a GMAT/GRE waiver when applying to Xavier’s online MBA program, please contact an admissions counselor (855-815-3054 or firstname.lastname@example.org) who can walk you through the process of applying without submitting test scores.
Applicants may petition for a GMAT/GRE waiver based on a variety of criteria, including:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- High academic achievement (note the average Xavier MBA student cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.2).
- Professional business certifications such as CPA, CFA, etc.
- Progressive work experience of 5 years or more with demonstrated career growth.
- Completion of master’s or terminal degrees or post-graduate certificates from degree-granting institutions.
Note: Applicants must submit all other required application documents before a waiver will be officially granted.
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to request a standardized test score (GMAT or GRE) from any applicant. In rare cases during the review process, the Committee may not be able to make an informed decision solely on the information provided. In these cases, an admissions counselor will request a test score on the Committee’s behalf.
Applications are processed immediately upon receiving all of the necessary materials, and applicants are notified of their status as soon as possible. The Admissions Committee considers all of the information contained in the admission application, including prior grades, test scores, and evidence of potential for success in graduate study. Decisions are usually made within 2-3 business days.
Questions regarding the application process may be emailed directly to email@example.com.
International student requirements
Xavier welcomes students from outside the United States to enroll in its online programs. However, some countries do not formally recognize foreign online degrees. This may have implications for enrolling in subsequent degree programs or for securing employment requiring these credentials. It is students’ responsibility to determine whether the online degree will be recognized in their country of residence or in any country in which they plan to work. Additionally, students should inquire in their country of residence how the collection of student data may be used and whether they will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the cost of tuition.
- All international students are strongly encouraged to submit an official third-party course-by-course evaluation of their high school and/or college transcripts from an international credential evaluation service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
- International students must pass either the TOEFL or IELTS exam if English is your second language.
- International students may have additional application requirements. Click here for more information.
Note: International students in the U.S. cannot enroll in an online degree program to fulfill the legal requirement for an F-1 or J-1 visa.
Xavier University is authorized to offer this fully online degree program in most states. View the complete list of approved states on the State Authorization page.