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Self-Reliance in the Age of Obamacare

What can you do to lower skyrocketing healthcare costs?

Posted Oct 14, 2013

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As we face another week of government shutdowns — and the debate over Obamacare (which goes into effect on January 1, 2014) rages on in Washington — what can we as Americans do to keep our healthcare costs down and stay self-reliant as individuals and a nation? I believe some answers can be found in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay, “ Self-Reliance .”

According to a  report  published in October 2013, health care financed by federal, state, and local governments is projected to account for 49% of total national health expenditures and reach a total of $2.4 trillion by 2022. The federal government will account for more than 63% of this total, or about $1.5 trillion. This number reflects expanded Medicaid eligibility, premium and cost-sharing subsidies through the Health Insurance Marketplaces (exchanges), and exponential growth in Medicare enrollment as more and more baby boomers continue to enter the program.

The same study predicts that health care costs will rise at an annual rate of 5.8% over the next decade. This is 1% faster than the expected growth in the gross domestic product (GDP). The healthcare costs as a share of GDP are projected to rise to almost 20% percent by 2022 from a 2011 level of 18%. There is a good chance that rising healthcare costs could sink the American economy. I think in many ways the most patriotic thing each American citizen can do for our country is to begin taking care of your well-being through healthier daily  lifestyle choices .

Transcendentalism in the 21st Century

Self-Reliance was the culmination of a lifetime of work that summed up the Transcendentalist philosophies. Around 1830, people like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson began a religious and philosophical movement in Massachusetts called  Transcendentalism . Their movement began as a protest against the general state of politics and society. In particular they were retaliating against the state of intellectualism at Harvard University and the doctrine of the Unitarian church taught at Harvard Divinity School. Among the core beliefs of the transcendentalists’ was the inherent virtue of human beings and nature .

Transcendentalists believed that society and its institutions—particularly organized religion and political parties—had the ability to corrupt the purity of the individual. They had faith that human beings are most likely to achieve their maximum potential when they are truly “self-reliant” and independent. Their belief was that it takes authentic individuals who are living wholeheartedly to form a strong sense of community. Throughout the Self-Reliance essay Emerson refers back to his famous catchphrase: “Trust thyself: Every heart vibrates to that iron string”.

The foundation of Self-Reliance is that each individual is inherently “genius” but must strive to build his or her self-worth by not conforming to the world but remaining a part of it. To follow Emerson’s self-reliance credo, one must learn to understand what is most true within your heart, and learn to think and act independent of popular opinion and social pressure. I believe that one simple way to fortify being a  trailblazer  and not a lemming is to make physical activity a part of your daily routine. Regular  exercise  gives you  resilience ,  brainpower  and the self-confidence to be a free thinker.

The Self-Reliance  essay  begins with the Latin phrase “Ne te quaesiveris extra” which means ‘do not seek outside yourself, look within.’ Emerson’s philosophy is based on a belief that humans are wired to have a herd mentality and will inherently conform to fit into the mainstream and social norms.

What does it mean to conform in a modern digital age? I believe that the forces of information technology and excessive screen time have made us a more sedentary society, and in many ways this has made us more  complacent . As we eat more and more processed and genetically engineered foods — without the need to actually move our bodies or do manual labor for survival — our minds become weaker and our brains literally  shrink . Luckily, each of us has the individual power to rally against the forces of modern life in small ways every day.

Staying Healthy Is Key to Self-Reliance

Achieving self-reliance is always going to be a tightrope walk. We need  family , friends and community more than anything else. But we also need to stay independent and not fall into a learned helplessness mindset of depending on the ‘system’ to take care of us. Staying healthy is key to self-reliance. Also, taking care of yourself through healthier daily habits increases feelings of self-worth. 

Clearly, many illnesses or accidents are unavoidable and are destined to blindside us at some period during each of our lives. But, most of the illnesses that are causing healthcare costs to skyrocket are based on daily lifestyle choices. My mission with The Athlete’s Way is to communicate the most current medical and psychological research on how to maintain a sound mind in a sound body. My aim is to give you practical advice on ways to translate  cutting edge  scientific data into simple healthier daily habits.

Conclusion: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

There is one important caveat about self-reliance. Although each individual must strive to be self-reliant, we must simultaneously fortify social connectivity and close knit bonds. Having healthy, intimate, loving relationships is probably the most important ingredient for our well-being, which in turn allows each of us to remain self-reliant.

As Emerson said, “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide ; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact, makes much impression on him, and another none. This sculpture in the memory is not without pre-established harmony.”

As individuals and a nation we are only as strong as our weakest link. We need to come together and support each other. All ships rise in a rising tide. You can change the tides by setting an example of self-reliance, loving-kindness, and optimism that will rub off on your friends, your family, your neighbors and so on, and so on. Make it happen by making healthier lifestyle choices a part of your daily routine. Start today!

For 5 simple tips on how-to become more self-reliant please check out my previous Psychology Today blog: “ The Importance of Self-Reliance ”

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People like you and Malala

Submitted by xoleuess on October 14, 2013 – 10:48am

People like you and Malala will save the world. The others only want to seize absolute power, at any cost. Wolves dressed up as sheep. Just dont go stupid(fantastical). Logic and reason are what is needed, not some fantastical promises.

Stay humble.

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What right wingers refuse to acknowledge

Submitted by Carolyn Kay on October 15, 2013 – 7:05am

>>we must simultaneously fortify social connectivity and close knit bonds

We have more power when acting together than singly and alone. So we need a balance between self reliance and collective action.

But “low effort thinkers” (http://bit.ly/19OR0F8) don’t want to do the work it takes to fine tune a balance. They want to believe that single and lone action is all that anyone should be permitted.

They say they believe in freedom, but they want to restrict rhw freedom of those of us who want to join together and work collectively.

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Low Effort Thinkers are Liberals

Submitted by PRM on October 17, 2013 – 12:59am

” They say they believe in freedom, but they want to restrict rhw freedom of those of us who want to join together and work collectively.”

Join together collectively and steal others money? If you are using your own money and not suppressing other natural rights not many will try to stop you or even care about what you are doing. Stay out of others wallets and rightful business!

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Not feeding the troll

Submitted by Carolyn Kay on October 17, 2013 – 5:47am

Not ever.

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Based on their budget, timeline and current broadband infrastructure, I have chosen to partner with local telecom provider Lightpath to put together a total solution to meet these goals. The project will entail the rationale necessary to determine which configurations to use with Optical Transport Network (OTS) and Managed WI-FI services. The deliverables for this project will include high-speed, gigabit connection with transmission between 5GB-10GB, and a 10GB burst available on-demand during peak data hours. The aforementioned burst will be most beneficial to the client while their customer’s access video streaming as well as WI-FI services. The Marriot chains of hotels are among the first hotel chains to reach an agreement with Netflix to offer streaming video services to their guests. This Netflix package will allow for instant logon privileges on up to 50 television units and single-session logon to over 100 mobile devices.

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Wireless Routers

For Managed Wi-Fi, the Cisco Dual Gigabit WAN VPN Router (RV042G-NA) will be provided by Lightpath, but thankfully we will have the option of choosing either the Cisco WAP321 or Ubiquiti Networks UniFi access points. The amount of access points necessary will be decided later on.

Multimedia Streaming Video Access:

– We will decide whether to go with either the Roku or Apple TV multimedia streaming devices.

– By and large my main objective is to provide a comprehensive Internet/Streaming Video solution that will exceed expectations, provide scalability for future growth while remaining cost effective. I am fully prepared to give my opinion on all matters relative to the project, albeit unpopular, as long as the suggested solution makes sense in the long run. The Proof of Concept (POC) testing was completed on July 15th, 2015. The Marriot’s stakeholders were briefed on outcomes and recommendations on July 24th and all sides are in agreement with the recommendation to proceed with the project. The stakeholders have also requested a project completion date of October 1st, 2015.

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At the recommendation of Lightpath, we will go with the Cisco RV042G-NA Gigabit Router. Although I would have preferred to go with a unit of my choosing, I was pleased to find that after extensive research, the selected RV unit comes highly regarded due to its secure VPN – which provides access to over 100 simultaneous connections and it includes world-class security features such as advanced encryption, and authentication, which will placate our stakeholders (Cisco). The fact that it is Managed Wi-Fi also offers the benefit of outsourcing the complexities and costs associated with a wireless data network without the expense of up-front capital, training and ongoing support, thus eliminating the risk of technology obsolescence.

Five strategically placed access points will complement the managed Wi-Fi solution. At the behest of the Marriot’s Director of IT, we will consider the Cisco WAP321 access point due to its guaranteed, direct compatibility with Lightpath’s selected router as well as the fact that Ligthpath has used this AP in a few of their previous projects. Although the Cisco unit offers less risk of compatibility issues, I have suggested that the stakeholders also consider the Ubiquiti Networks UniFi AP due to its affordability – at almost half the price of the Cisco unit with a total range of up to 400 feet.

The UniFi AP can be purchased for less than $100 each and it provides exceptional range and reliability. Perhaps most importantly for the Marriot is the fact that the UniFi AP has a much different design from that of the Cisco WAP321. The UniFI AP is a sleek AP that actually looks a lot like a smoke detector. Because of this, the device can be placed on any wall or ceiling in the hotel room and not arouse the slightest bit of suspicion from the guests. It is possible that even more of these access points could be placed throughout the hotel in an effort to make the signal even more reliable, since it is far more nondescript than a traditional device. A comparison of the two devices can be seen below:

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– The UniFi AP

Though there are several advantages to the UniFi AP as can be seen from the photos. But there is another, even more pertinent reason for the Marriot to consider using UniFi access points. In 2011 Gartner, a technology research firm, issued a report that condemned the use of single-vendor networks (Duffy, 2011). Gartner insisted that a multi-vendor approach could significantly reduce customer costs and simplify their operations, in direct contrast to the end-to-end architectural approach advocated by Cisco (Duffy, 2011). These cost savings can be significant for enterprise customers and the additional simplicity of design can make the system much easier to maintain over the long run.

Cisco, however, insists that their approach to networking with a strategic vendor relationship is more business critical (Duffy, 2011). Many companies apparently agree with the way Cisco approaches networking. Prior to engaging Cisco as their network provider, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority used equipment from both 3Com and HP (Duffy, 2011). With three airports and 350 employees this system proved to unmanageable for their team of twenty IT employees (Duffy, 2011). Additionally as they look to install passenger kiosks, high-definition cameras and video analytics for security, a single vendor makes more sense (Duffy, 2011).

Tesco, a company with 5,000 locations and over 500,000 employees has had a single vendor for their networking needs for several years (Duffy, 2011).. Tesco uses Cisco TelePresence for its intra-company collaboration and is currently seeking to outfit many of its stores with Wi-Fi so its customers will have in-store internet access (Duffy, 2011). None of this, they insist, would be possible with a multi-vendor network and, in fact, the current setup gives them a tremendous advantage over their competitors.

For simplicity sake it may be best to go with the Cisco WAP321 for the time being. This device has been proven reliable with Lightpath in the past and also works well with the system that is being installed. Management prefers to keep everything as simple as possible for future maintenance and upgrades. It is possible that a UniFi AP could be installed at some later date so that it could be monitored for performance and compatibility. If it proves to be a capable device in the system, it could become permanent.

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One major concern of the stakeholders was that the available speeds may not be sufficient for multiple video streaming at one time. This could conceivably prove problematic in the evening when most of the guests are in their rooms and watching TV before going to sleep for the night. The issue could certainly be exacerbated on busy holidays or weekends when the hotel is fully booked. The staff was concerned that their already sluggish connections would be inundated with requests and everyone would experience only spotty results, at best, with their streaming connections. Another solution was required.

Netflix recommends that its users have at least 3Mbps available in order to view high definition video streams (Komando, 2014). While that is not a problem for one room watching one movie, it could present issues if ten rooms are all trying to stream a movie at once. In such a scenario, the usage would then increase to over 30 Mbps. Twenty rooms at once would take you up to 60 Mbps and so on. That’s fine as long as only one person in the room is using the connection, but often there are multiple devices in each room all connected simultaneously. It is easy to see the need for faster, more reliable connections in excess of 100 Mbps.

The only solution that appeared to consistently offer such speeds was an Optical Transport Network over fiber optic lines. Lightpath offered just such a service with speeds from 1 Gb to 10 Gb with 10 Gb bursts. This will provide more than adequate speed at all times for the multiple users to access the Internet at once, even if they are all streaming video at the same time. There should be no issues with video lag or other Internet-related problems due to the ISP.

Another potential bottleneck with the service is the wireless speed that the routers are capable of attaining. The Cisco 321WAP is rated for 802.11n Wi-Fi speeds. 802.11m is capable of achieving 300 Mbps for each device, though they rarely reach such lofty speeds. Even so, by positioning five of these devices throughout the hotel, the speeds achieved should be adequate In the event that the devices only reach about half their speed, it would still allow for about fifty streaming videos on each one at any given time.

Though several options were available for streaming services, it was felt that Netflix offered the best name recognition and most reliable services. It also has a well-known and extensive library of videos from which to choose. The cost of the service is also in line with other similar offerings. The decision to use Apple TV or Roku may simply come down to cost, as there seems to be little advantage to one over the other. The decision to go with Lightpath as ISP for the hotel was an easy choice, considering they offer the best plan for the money in regards to speed and they have an excellent reputation in their industry.

Systems Analysis and Methodology

In order to ensure that the design is suitable to the needs of the end-users, a proper design analysis method must be used. Since this is a Cisco-based system, it only makes sense to employ their PPDIOO method of analysis. The first part of this analysis is Prepare, which involves establishing organizational requirements and developing the strategy. Next is to Plan by identifying initial network requirements based on goals, facilities and user needs. From those steps the initial requirements drive the activity of Design. This is a comprehensive detailed design that meets current business and technical requirements. That allows the next step of Implementing the design to occur. Operation is the final test of the appropriateness of the design and it involve maintaining network health through day-to-day operations. Finally the system can be Optimized over time through proactive management of the network.

Currently there is a shared bandwidth DSL service that must be replaced by the Optical Transport network. This will not require a major renovation since the basic infrastructure for the new system is virtually unchanged. All that will be required is to install the new equipment.

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Gateway IT Resources
AD/File/Exchange Server(Setup as individual Virtual Servers)
BDR Server(onsite backup)
Offsite Backup/Disaster Recovery Server
Cisco c7200 Router(3)
Cisco 2960S Switch(3)
Google Nexus10 Tablets(9)
Cisco 525G2 VOIP Phones(9)
Sever Rack
Questions?
Cost Breakdown
Hardware:
Bailey & Southwell Co.
Hardware
In Conclusion
Project Requirements:
Network Security
Site to Site VPN
Firewall(STL) All other traffic via STL
Unified Messaging System that integrates with Vtiger CRM
9 Tablets with Vtiger Application
Color Printer capable of binding/Photo quality Color
Network Security/Firewall Solution
Tablets Solution
Network Infrastructure Project
Labor:
Total Project Cost:
Backup/Disaster Recovery
VPN/Unified Messaging Solution
Cisco ASA Firewall
Access Control Lists
Port Blocking
Site-to-Site VPN
PBX Onsite(STL)
-Integrates with vTigerCRM
Google Nexus 10 Tablets
All Servers will have multiple RAID configurations
Full Backups each Monday
Differential Backups throught the week at 9 P.M
Weekly Backups transported each Monday to ofsite storage facility
Yearly Backups on last day of each Fiscal Year
-Compatible with vTigerCRM via Android vTiger App
$54,754.35
$48,200.00
$102,954.35
Solutions that fit company needs
Integrate with current business applications
Reasonable Budget

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    Consultants run America. During the 2016 election cycle, the Democratic National Committee was severely in debt, in part because it had been paying consultants millions for years. This is just one of the many ways that consultants impact every level of society, from government to business, education, healthcare, virtually every sector uses consultants to eliminate inefficiencies, install better practices, and generally improve their organization. Consultants get paid lots of money to do this, and the consulting industry continues to grow rapidly. There were over 806,000 consultants in 2016. Their median annual salary was $81,330. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on both, and also predicted a 12% growth in the industry by 2026, which is far faster tan average. The programs below will give you an advanced understanding of business practices, the factors that influence efficiency, leadership, organizational evolution and much more. These MBA programs were specifically chosen because they have concentrations in consulting or strategy, which will give you a competitive advantage in the consulting world.

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    • Average indebtedness of program graduates in the last calendar year.
    • Percentage of graduates who needed to take on student loan debt
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    1) University of Wisconsin

    This public research university is the flagship University for one of the oldest and largest systems in the country. It was founded in 1848, and has grown to 20 schools and colleges, offering tens of thousands of enrollees access to 136 undergraduate majors, 148 master’s degree programs and 120 doctoral programs. Less than 300 people are enrolled in its prestigious, highly ranked MBA consortium program. U.S. News  World Report puts it at 12 in their Best Online MBA Programs. 99% of enrollees have a job when they begin the program, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the most reliable business school accreditation. Admissions are rolling, and there’s an 80% acceptance rate (due in part to mostly highly qualified applicants). The MBA Consortium has been noted for its faculty credentials and student engagement.

    Wisconsin’s online MBA program was created with entrepreneurs, business people, engineers, health care providers, and anyone looking to advance a career in business in mind. All of its curriculum also pertains to consulting. It’s known for its unique construction, and offers four core modules scheduled around the business cycle. Each module is taught by multiple instructors with a variety of backgrounds. Students can also choose to take individual classes in the MBA program, to build towards degrees elsewhere, or just for general experience. Students take a leadership course, and choose 13 elective credits focusing on topics relevant to their experience and career goals. Outcomes of the program include increased awareness of customer, employee, and stockholder needs, communication and evaluation skills, and much more. Graduates will be taught to improve their organizations’ competitive advantages through innovation and technological savvy, and grow as managers and team members, no matter their chosen field. Sample courses relating directly to consulting include Organizational Leadership and Change, Project Management, and Employee Training and Development.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 2nd ($31,715)

    2) New England College

    NEC is a private, non-profit college based out of Henniker, New Hampshire. Currently over 2,700 students attend the school, and enjoy a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. New England offers 37 bachelor’s degree programs, 12 master’s degree programs, and one doctoral degree program through schools of Arts  Sciences, Education, Management, and Natural  Social Sciences. USNR ranked New England #146-#187 in its “Regional Universities – North, Tier 2” in 2018. The school puts an emphasis on experiential learning. Its business degree programs have earned “Candidate for Accreditation” Status by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

    NEC offers an MBA in Strategic Leadership online. It consists of seven 4-credit core courses and three 4-credit curriculum courses. The program can be finished in 20 months. Core courses include Managerial Accounting, Finance for Leaders, Strategic Marketing and more, all building towards a Capstone project. The Strategic Leadership curriculum is made up of 12 credits, and the following courses: Organizational Communication, Negotiation, and Conflict Resolution, Relationship Selling Strategies, and Project Management. Students will learn to add value to their organization. The program covers topics like long and short-term business decisions, supply chain management, contract management, and quality analysis.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 1st ($24,261)

    3) University of Michigan-Dearborn

    The University of Michigan-Dearborn is a public university based in Dearborn, Michigan. It is one of the two regional campuses operated by the University of Michigan. UM-D was founded in 1959. It offers over 90 academic majors, 28 masters degree programs, and 3 doctoral degree programs in a broad variety of disciplines. Currently, over 9,100 students attend UM-D, which has a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Its business school has been cited as a standout in the region, and repeatedly praised by the Princeton Review. Of its MBA program, the Princeton Review described it as, “serving busy professionals looking for a leg up in their careers. Students don’t have to live in, or even near, Dearborn to benefit from the program, however, because the school also offers an online degree featuring the same courses taught on the Dearborn campus with no on-campus residency making it beneficial to out-of-state students and allowing local students more flexibility between school, work, and social life.”

    UM-D offers an online MBA with courses in Applied Integrated Management. It can be completed in 36-48 credit hours. It’s open to students who have earned any undergraduate major, and all levels of work experience. Students may attend on a full or part-time basis, and can be started in September, January or May, although it’s recommended to go for fall and winter semesters for course availability. Students will begin with a Business core, and progress to the AIM portion of the major, which is extremely pertinent to consultant work. Courses include Managing Strategic Innovation and Change, Managerial Decision Making, and Corporate Actions and Reactions. This program culminates in a Strategic Planning and Decision Making Capstone project.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 4th ($45,551)

    4) Liberty University

    Liberty is a private, non-profit Christian doctoral research university based out of Lynchburg, Virginia. The school was founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell. It now serves over 75,000 students worldwide. Liberty offers 290 bachelors, 315 masters, and 32 doctoral degrees through 17 distinct colleges. Over 85% of Liberty students take classes online. It has been classified as a doctoral research university by the Carnegie Classification. According to LU, it’s the nation’s largest nonprofit online university, and has pioneered distance learning since 1985. There are over 300 different degrees and certifications offered through Liberty’s online wing. Liberty’s online programs were ranked 5th on BestColleges.com’s “Top 50 Online Colleges of 2018.” It has consistently been ranked highly for its Online Bachelor’s Programs, MBA program and other graduate business programs, graduate Criminal Justice programs, graduate Education programs and graduate Nursing programs.

    Liberty offers an MBA in Strategic Management, which can be completed entirely online and requires 45 credit hours. The program aims to prepare students to analyze operations, address competition, evade volatile markets and evolve operations in the current business climate. The program offers 8-week courses, and eight different start dates each year (no set login times). Up to 50% of the credit hours can be transferred in from other programs. This business program is taught from a Christian worldview, unlike most. Sample courses include Ethical Leadership, Executive Leadership  Management, Organizational Design and Structure, and Strategic Management Marketing. Students will be prepared to work as mediators, consultants, recruitment specialists, training managers, and many other positions. Online Liberty students get the chance to network with leaders and experts in the Business and Management across the country.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 3rd ($39,027)

    5) University of North Carolina

    UNC is a multi-campus public university that was founded in 1789. It is comprised of 17 public universities, and headed by its original campus in Chapel Hill. Almost 225,000 students are enrolled in the system. Its Kenan-Flagler Business School was founded in 1919. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), MBA for Executives, Master of Accounting, Ph.D., a business certificate program, as well as many executive education programs. In 2015, USNR ranked its online MBA program #1 in the nation.

    Kenna-Flagler offers an online MBA Specializing in Management Consulting. It aims to give students foundational business, management and consulting skills in an experiential environment. Graduates will have advanced problem-solving skills that are instantly applicable to a number of organizations, and be prepared to work as consultants for them. Through carefully prepared courses and real-world client engagements, the Management Consulting concentration builds analytical and strategic thinking, team leadership and client management skills. Suggested electives include Project Management, Consulting, Corporate Strategy, Managing Innovation, Modeling, and more.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 9th ($72,225)

    6) Indiana University

    Kelley is Indiana University’s Business school, based out of Bloomington, Indiana. The school’s student body is broken down into approximately 1,750 at its Indianapolis campus, 5,500 students at its Bloomington Campus, and around 1,300 online students through Kelley Direct. It began in 1920, when it was founded as the “School of Commerce and Finance.” In 2007, the Wall Street Journal ranked it fifth among regional MBA programs, and in 2014, its MBA program as ranked 16th by “Business Week.” Poets  Quants has noted that Kelley’s MBA program is 5th in the nation in producing Fortune 500 CEOs. Kelley is accredited by the AACSB. It offers MBA’s to students in 31 countries, five continents and all 50 states. This advanced network allows graduates to leave with a degree and a potential network of global contacts, all from the comfort of home. Kelley ranked highly in USNR’s latest rankings in admissions selectivity, student engagement and faculty training and credentials.

    Kelley’s MBA program focuses on economics, business law/ethics, finance, operations, marketing, information technology and project management. Students can choose to earn an MBA and a dual MS with a concentration in Strategic Management, along with five other MS concentration choices. The Strategic Management concentration covers organizational development and change, operations management, entrepreneurship, competitive analysis and more. Students can complete the program in between 15 months and 5 years at their own pace. Kelley offers a program called AGILE—Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education each quarter as an elective. Current opportunities within AGILE take students to emerging economies in Gaborone, Botswana, Sao Paolo, Brazil, Beijing, China, New Delhi, India, Myanmar and Johannesburg, South Africa to apply theoretical knowledge and gain practical experience.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 7th ($56,046)

    7) Pepperdine University

    Pepperdine is a private, non-profit research university based in Malibu, California. The school has over 7,800 students, and a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. It’s affiliated with the Churches of Christ, and was established in 1937. Pepperdine is ranked 46th among “National Universities”, 35th among Best Value Schools, and 65th among Business Schools in U.S. News  World Report’s 2018 rankings. It was also ranked 130th in America’s Best Colleges by Forbes in 2016. Pepperdine is comprised of its main campus, six graduate campuses in southern California, and at international campuses in Germany, England, Italy, China, Switzerland and Argentina, in addition to its comprehensive online wing. In 2018, USNR ranked Pepperdine’s business school 65th out of 437 business programs in the country.

    Pepperdine’s Online MBA comes in four concentrations: General Management, Marketing, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Finance. Each requires 12 credits. The MBA program at Pepperdine can be taken in many different delivery formats, depending on whether students want to attend part-time, full-time, in accelerated courses, and based on their work experience. While all the concentrations contain the business foundation and complex concepts that could spur a consulting career, the Leadership and Managing Organizational Change concentration most closely aligns with consulting career goals. Sample courses include Leadership Theory and Practice, Advanced Principles of Organizations and Leadership, Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change, and Managing Creativity and Innovation. Forbes magazine has ranked its MBA programs in the world’s Top 20 based on return on investment.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 5th ($54,000)

    8) Regis University

    Regis University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1877 and located in Denver, Colorado. Regis is just one of the 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities The university is highly regarded by many, including the U.S. News  World Report, which has ranked it 23rd among regional universities in the western United States. In 2013, its placement on that ranking became its 22nd consecutive appearance on it. Currently, Regis serves over 8,300 students while maintaining a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. Annual tuition for the 2017-18 academic calendar totaled $34,450, though 67 percent of full-time undergraduates received financial aid, with the average scholarship coming out to $17,582. Regis University is used to accommodating distance learners, as 48% of its undergraduates and 51% of its graduate students are enrolled in online courses. The university offers 42 different online graduate degrees including a masters of Information Assurance, a masters of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

    Regis offers an online MBA with a specialization in Strategic Management. It helps students understand what it takes to set up an organization for success. You’ll learn to “analyze operations, address competition, survive volatile markets and evolve operations in a fast-paced business environment.” You’ll learn how to do these things within the framework of an organization’s vision, goals and policies. Courses are conveyed over 8 week terms, and there are start dates every 8 weeks. Required courses include Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Managerial Economics, Strategy Formulation, Logistics Management, Market Opportunity Assessment, among many others.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 6th ($55,187)

    9) Carnegie Mellon University

    CMU is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1900 by the famous businessman Andrew Carnegie. Currently, over 13,200 students attend the school, which has a very low 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio Carnegie Mellon has been ranked 20th in the United States and 24th in the World by Times Higher Education. It also ranked CMU 6th in Computer Science, 12th in Engineering  Technology and 15th in Business  Economics in the world. Additionally, Carnegie Mellon is ranked 25th in the United States and 77th in the world by USNR. Its business school offers undergraduate programs in Business Administration and Economics (the latter jointly with the Dietrich College), master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and joint degrees in Computational Finance (MSCF) with the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Mellon College of Science, the Heinz College, and the School of Computer Science.

    Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business offers an online MBA. The program has been ranked as the #1 online MBA by Poets  Quants, and #2 by USNR. The program is part-time and hybrid, coupling online classes with in-person experiences. Students will need to attend online live classes twice a week, while also attending asynchronous courses as well. What sets apart Carnegie’s MBA is its dedication to analytics and leadership skills. In between semesters, there are Access Weekends in which students attend in-person classes to connect with faculty, classmates and alumni. These weekends also let students, “visit top companies to learn about their strategies and hiring practices, interact with speakers related to the industries you are studying, and network with alumni and full-time MBAs when you are on campus.” Carnegie lets students sit in on a live class to get a sense for the program.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 10th ($90,445)

    10) University of Southern California

    USC is California’s oldest research university and was founded in 1880. It’s one of the most popular schools in the country, currently serving over 43,800 students and offering a 9:1 student-to-faculty ratio. 95 undergraduate majors and 147 academic and professional minors are offered. Its graduate programs are classified as “comprehensive” and include 134 master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees through 17 professional schools. USC’s graduates are known for their ridiculous successes in business, and have started companies like having founded companies such as Lucasfilm, Myspace, Salesforce.com, Intuit, Qualcomm, Box, Tinder, and Riot Games, among many others. They’ve also been on the cutting edge of digital and Internet technology for decades, and were one of the first nodes on ARPANET, in addition to being the birthplace of the Domain Name System.

    USC offers an online MBA. It was constructed specifically to address issues in the digital business world. Students will become intimately acquainted with analytics, virtual communications, and remote team management, among many other topics covered. USC strives to keep its cohort groups in this program small, maximizing student and faculty interaction. The program begins with a one-week intensive residential session, in which students meet faculty and each other and take the first class of the program, The Role of a Manager. Students will then take five semesters, each one containing a course. Courses are as follows: Fundamentals of Business, Managing Outside the Firm, Managing Inside the Firm, Opportunity Recognition and Development, and Business Environment and Leadership. This simplified format contains exactly what students need to begin or continue careers as consultants, but in a concise program featuring wide-reaching, sequential classwork.

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    • Average Indebtedness After Program: 8th ($66,780)

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    Whether you are seeking a new career in business or are simply eager to climb the ladder in an already established career, earning an MBA may make good career and financial sense. According to a 2013 research survey by The Graduate Management Admission Council , the median base starting salary for an MBA graduate is $95,000. Nearly 9 in 10 (88%) of 2016 MBA graduates had jobs immediately upon graduation, with hiring prospects expected to improve even more in coming years. This is good news for those starting their online MBA programs in 2018.

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    Capella University

    Minneapolis, MN

    At Capella University, students can take part in a number of MBA online programs that are specifically suited to professionals. Students may choose between pursuing a degree in any of 13 emphases in the traditional program, or enrolling in the FlexPath program, which is available with the following concentrations: accounting, business intelligence, general business administration, entrepreneurship, global operations and supply chain management, human resource management, project management, or healthcare management. The FlexPath program allows students to work at their own pace, and they can complete their MBAs in as little as 18 months. The Flexpath option requires students to complete specific assignments by the end of the academic quarter, while the traditional program requires submission of work on a weekly basis. Both MBA programs require the completion of 39 credit hours, including 12 credit hours in one of the specific concentrations described above.

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    Xavier University

    Cincinnati, OH

    Xavier is committed to offering its award-winning educational offerings online with the same academic rigor, Jesuit values, and personal attention found on Xavier’s campus. These same characteristics that led U.S. News & World Report to name Xavier the #4 college for veterans, #17 for Graduate Entrepreneurship, #24 for Graduate Accounting, and #109 for Part-Time MBAs. Xavier’s online MBA program can be completed entirely online in the comfort and convenience of your home, and with six start dates each year, you can get started right away. So get started, get caught up, or get ahead. Your degree is just a click away.

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    Liberty University

    Lynchburg, VA

    Liberty offers a well-rounded, significantly more affordable online MBA program, which emphasizes ethical business practices and group work. Completing an online MBA program at Liberty typically takes 24 months, and the school offers two options: a general MBA program requiring 36 credit hours or a specialized program requiring 45 credit hours. Students can transfer in up to 18 credit hours in either the general MBA or the specialized programs. Specialization areas include, but are not limited to: accounting, criminal justice and healthcare management. The tuition for the general online MBA is around $20,340, while tuition for specialized programs is around $27,225.

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    Walden University

    Minneapolis, MN

    Walden University offers an online MBA program with 11 choices of specializations, as well as an option for creating a self-designed program. These concentrations include accounting, international business, and project management. Online students complete 36 semester credits to graduate, with 24 in the foundation and core courses, 9 in specialization courses, and 3 from capstone courses. These courses are delivered in a sequence set by Walden so that everything learned can be built upon with each subsequent course, beginning with instruction in dynamic leadership and ending with a capstone in sustainable business practices and strategies. Each course is eight weeks long, making the program about two to three years long, though an accelerated option is also available. Online students can take advantage of Walden’s CareerBoost to interact with the school’s career management office more closely, and take advantage of exclusive video guest lectures from professionals such as Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and Xerox Corporation CEO Ursula Burns.

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    Herzing University

    Milwaukee, WI

    In today’s increasingly challenging business environment, organizations are constantly searching for well-educated individuals to fill critical roles. Whether you’re ready for an MBA with a concentration in accounting, a bachelor’s in business management or an associate’s degree; Herzing University offers a variety of nine degree programs in leading business areas to give you the management skills, practical knowledge, and organizational competencies necessary to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.

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    Advantages of Online MBA Programs

    If you choose to attend a traditional, full-time MBA program, remember that the costs are greater than the sticker price of tuition. While you are working toward your degree, you lose at least two years of income, experience, visibility, and possible promotions in your industry ― not to mention the obvious compromises you might make in your personal and family life. Since it is such a costly commitment, more people are choosing to complete their MBAs online, and a number of accredited online MBA programs are now meeting a more diverse set of student needs.

    The Variety of Online MBA Programs

    The quality, status, and popularity of online MBAs continues to rise, with more highly ranked business schools offering online degrees every year. However, not all online business degrees are the same. Not only do online MBAs come in a variety of formats, but their quality and prestige vary widely as well. That is why it is important to make a thorough investigation of the different online MBA programs available before choosing one.

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    Our list of the top online MBA programs for 2018 is the place to begin your investigation. While no ranking is able to substitute for personal judgment about what is best for an individual student, we offer a well-researched and up-to-date listing of the best online MBA offerings. We’ve analyzed and ranked programs according to their perceived prestige (awards, online MBA rankings, reputation), academic quality, and affordability. You can find out more about each program’s costs and specialized offerings by filling out the contact forms in the links below.

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    Generally speaking, graduate degrees increase your earning and job prospects. Earning your MBA online should open many opportunities to you.

    Salaries in Business Management

    On average, MBAs earn between $45,000 and $150,000 annually, depending on specialization. Earnings vary greatly based on company and job location, with large companies representing the best earnings opportunities. Commonly held jobs and salaries include:

    • Financial analyst: $81,760 annually
    • Human resources specialist: $59,180 annually
    • Market research analyst: $62,560 annually

    Careers in Business Management

    A career in business and MBA opens many career options to you within a growing field of study and work. While some jobs are more advanced variants of general business-related positions, such as IT project manager or senior financial analyst, other positions would be otherwise unattainable, such as CFO. Job outlooks for commonly held positions for MBA graduates are as follows:

    • Marketing research analyst: 19% growth through 2024, which is much faster than average
    • Human resources specialist: 5% growth through 2024, which is about average
    • Financial analyst: 12% growth through 2024, which is significantly faster than average

    Advanced Degrees and Certification

    After you earn your MBA, there are further opportunities to specialize within your field of study. Certifications offer a declaration of dedication to your specialty as well as an opportunity to boost your qualifications. Of the available certifications for MBAs, 6-Sigma and SAP modules are probably the most well known for general business management. If you are interested in a job in finance, depending on what country you plan to work in, there are a number of required certifications specifically for securities .

    As with any certification, post-graduate certifications generally have a positive impact on your job outlook and earnings potential; however, how much of an impact they make greatly varies from company to company and from specialization to specialization.

    Professional Associations for MBA Holders

    While many MBA graduates join professional associations based upon their specialization, there are MBA societies throughout the world. These groups primarily offer networking and continuing education to those with MBAs:

    • Association of MBAs
    • National Association of Women MBAs
    • National Black MBA Association

     


     

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    Each factor is weighted evenly in order to give an objective view and determine our best online MBA programs. To calculate our rankings, we looked at a school’s ranking when organized by a single factor, and then averaged each category’s ranking to find an overall score: Admissions Rate (20%) + Default Rate (20%) + Retention Rate (20%) + Graduation Rate (20%) + Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes (20%) = Final score.

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    IS AN ONLINE MBA WORTH IT?

    Many online MBA programs are highly regarded and allow students to earn their degree while working full time. To impress employers, be sure to enroll in an accredited program. Read more here.

    HOW MUCH DOES AN ONLINE MBA COST?

    While tuition depends on a variety of factors such as residency status, online MBA programs usually cost somewhere between $35,000 and $50,000. Read more here.

    HOW TO GET AN MBA DEGREE ONLINE

    For admission to an online MBA program, students must usually have a bachelor’s degree and professional experience. Many programs also have prerequisite course requirements. Read more here.

    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET YOUR MBA ONLINE?

    Most online MBA programs can be completed in 18 months to two years of full-time study. Read more here.

    WHY GET AN MBA ONLINE?

    Online MBA students enjoy greater flexibility and can complete coursework at any time of day. Online MBA programs also tend to be cheaper than residential programs. Read more here.

    Job prospects for students holding MBAs are strong and continue to grow; according to a recent report from the Graduate Management Admission Council, around 88% of corporate recruiters said they planned on hiring recent MBA grads in the year 2016 — up 8% from the year before.

    While many follow a traditional track and earn their MBA from a brick-and-mortar business school, a growing number of students are choosing to enroll in online MBA programs. This convenient, cost-effective alternative is ideal for learners who wish to pursue an advanced degree but are forced to juggle their education with other major commitments, such as employment or childcare.

    Learn more about what you can do with an online MBA and what kind of career opportunities you can look forward to with this comprehensive guide.

    Choosing a Program

    WILL AN ONLINE MBA PROGRAM PROVIDE ME WITH THE SKILLS I NEED TO ADVANCE MY CAREER?

    The best online MBA programs build on the foundational knowledge of undergraduate studies and introduce more advanced concepts related to business management and administration. In order to earn a degree specialization, students must complete entire course sequences in the niche area of business that most interests them. Many programs also culminate in a master’s thesis or capstone course; these final projects allow students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired over the course of their MBA studies. Internships are widely available to MBA students, as well.

    WILL AN ONLINE MBA WORK WITH MY SCHEDULE?

    MBA online programs are designed to be flexible and easy to access. Students can download course materials, submit written assignments, take exams, and communicate with their professors any time of day from the comfort of their personal computer. Additionally, they will be able to study away from home using a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or other device with Wi-Fi capabilities. Course faculty will also offer consultations for students who are composing a master’s thesis or capstone project.

    WHAT JOBS CAN I GET WITH MY MBA?

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that a bachelor’s is considered the minimum education requirement for many management titles. These include high-salary roles like top executives, financial managers, and human resources managers. MBA graduates are often considered top candidates for these positions, as well as top-level jobs reserved for applicants with an advanced degree. On the other hand, those who earn an MBA with a specialization in entrepreneurship will be qualified to launch businesses of their own or provide their services to a startup enterprise.

    WHAT ARE THE BEST ONLINE MBA PROGRAMS?

    Choosing a program is an incredibly personal decision, and only you can properly evaluate whether a target school’s strengths match your educational needs. The following ranked list of schools should serve as a helpful starting point in your search for the best online MBA programs in the United States. If you are considering an online MBA, be sure to contact admissions specialists at different colleges and universities to learn more their about specific requirements and offerings.

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    RankSchool NameRanking ScoreRelative Cost% Enrolled OnlineLocationDescription
    1 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill RANKING SCORE
    87.41
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    15%
    LOCATION
    Chapel Hill, NC

    UNC, established in 1789, ranks as one of the oldest public colleges in the country, and the school is a major part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, a center of education and innovation in the region. The school’s online MBA degree offers courses in a flexible and personal manner. The program offers four start dates per year, and online courses have an interactive component that brings students face-to-face for weekly discussions. Classes are capped at 15 students per professor to offer individualized attention and encourage networking between students and faculty.

    The online MBA curriculum consists of 66 credits, and students typically complete the program in 18-36 months, depending on scheduling and course load. UNC’s MBA program offers eight concentrations, including corporate finance, data analytics, entrepreneurship, and global supply chain management. Students can tailor their degree to fit their academic pursuits and career goals, allowing them to gain specialized skills and pursue wider employment opportunities after graduation. Each MBA concentration includes one to two required courses that introduce foundational information for a subject, along with suggested elective courses to help students gain deeper knowledge in the field. All students take a selection of core courses, covering important business concepts such as management and leadership, economics, financial accounting, and operations management.

    Online students can pursue a wide selection of cross-university courses, offered online through partnerships with other prestigious colleges around the country, including George Washington University, American University, and the University of Southern California. Using the school’s cross-university program, MBA students can take relevant courses offered in areas such as public administration, international relations, public health, and law.


    Program Overview
    Department: Kenan-Flagler Business School
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Corporate finance, data analytics & decision-making, entrepreneurship, global supply chain management, investment management, management consulting, marketing, sustainable enterprise
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,728/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 66 credits
    Field education requirements: Quarterly 3-day immersion weekends on campus

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time only
    Program length: 18-36 months
    Program start dates: January, April, July, October

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    GPA: 3.0 minimum
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT (only if fewer than 7 years of full-time work experience)
    Work experience: 2 years

    Contact
    Department phone: (888) 986-2622
    Department email: [email protected]
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    2 University of Florida RANKING SCORE
    85.58
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    41%
    LOCATION
    Gainesville, FL

    UF’s online MBA , offered through the school’s Warrington College of Business Administration , offers four concentration options: entrepreneurship, international business, finance, and marketing. The program takes two years to complete for students entering with any bachelor’s degree, and only one year for students with a business bachelor’s. This online MBA program is an affordable option for students who already hold an undergraduate degree in the field.

    The one-year option requires 32 credits, while the two-year options requires 48 credits. Students with another graduate business degree or an undergraduate business minor may also be eligible for the one-year program, and UF can review student transcripts to determine credit equivalencies. Students must have earned their degree in the past seven years to qualify for admission to the one-year program. UF also offers an accelerated MBA pathway for students who first earn an engineering master’s degree through the school’s Outreach Engineering Management Program. Students can complete the engineering program in 20 months and then enroll in the one-year online MBA program, reducing the amount of required coursework to complete both degrees.

    All courses are offered completely online, but students must attend campus for an orientation session at the beginning of the program and for weekend campus residencies every four months. UF holds proctored exams in Gainesville once each semester, typically concurrent with campus residency sessions. For students able to attend campus more regularly, UF offers a special immersive campus format, allowing students to complete courses through one week of intensive study, rather than four months over a full online term. Students can also participate in a one-week global immersion experience as part of the MBA curriculum, allowing them to gain business experience by studying abroad.


    Program Overview
    Department: Hough Graduate School of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, international
    Accrediting body: SACSCOC
    Tuition: $48,000

    Delivery
    Format: Hybrid (online with proctored exams on campus each semester)
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Program Requirements
    Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree in business
    Credit requirements: 32 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time only
    Program length: 1 year
    Program start dates: Fall, spring

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Fall – July 1; spring – December 1
    GPA: 3.4 minimum
    Standardized tests: GMAT
    Work experience: 2 years of full-time, post-baccalaureate experience

    Contact
    Department phone: (352) 273-1836
    Department email: [email protected] (Naz Erenguc, Admissions Contact)
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    3 University of Virginia RANKING SCORE
    82.28
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    10%
    LOCATION
    Charlottesville, VA

    The University of Virginia, established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, is a historic public college that serves more than 22,000 students from its main campus in Charlottesville and through distance education programs. For students looking to develop their leadership skills, UV’s online MBA degree trains managers to act analytically, ethically, and decisively in the business world. The program emphasizes general management, helping students develop skills in decision-making, communication, and leadership. Rather than lectures, business courses at UV utilize case studies that demonstrate relevant, real-world business problems and solutions to students. These case studies vary in topic, including entrepreneurship and business sustainability, and students examine more than 500 throughout the course of the program. Students work with a learning team of five to six peers, giving them the communication skills necessary to reconcile different perspectives and increase organizational efficiency.

    The MBA online requires 60 credits for graduation and is typically completed in two years. During the first year, students gain an overview of business management concepts, such as accounting, marketing, and finance. The curriculum for the first year features mostly required core courses, though students do have some elective options during the final quarter. The first-year course sequence forms a cohesive program that gives students an integrated perspective on business concepts and prepares them for the freedom of the second year of study. The second year consists mainly of elective courses, giving students the chance to focus their studies to match personal and professional aspirations. Students also choose one leadership class from an approved group of courses. Distance learners also have the option to take continuing education classes outside of the MBA program, and those able to travel can participate in numerous business study abroad programs.


    Program Overview
    Department: Darden School of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Accrediting body: SACSCOC
    Tuition: $155,000

    Delivery
    Format: Hybrid (online with monthly residencies in Charlottesville or D.C. area, at least 1 international residency)
    Instruction style: Synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 60 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time only
    Program length: 2 years
    Program start dates: Fall

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE

    Contact
    Department phone: (434) 924-7281
    Department email: [email protected]
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    4 North Carolina State University at Raleigh RANKING SCORE
    82.04
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    30%
    LOCATION
    Raleigh, NC

    NCSU, a member of the North Carolina Research Triangle, is a major public institution with an annual enrollment of more than 34,000. The school offers 85 online degrees, including an accelerated online MBA program that can be completed in 21 months. The program is delivered in a primarily asynchronous format that offers flexibility for working students. There are two start dates per year. While the accelerated program is completed through intensive full-time courses, NCSU allows part-time students up to six years to complete their MBA. Students must complete a pair of three-day residencies on campus in Raleigh. Active duty military students can waive the campus requirements in favor of additional elective courses.

    The 40-credit online MBA degree offers an integrated curriculum that combines studies in business process, technology, and practical applications. The degree includes 35 credits in core business courses, building advanced knowledge in topics such as data-driven management, managerial accounting, and people management. Online students can concentrate in a depth area, gaining specialized knowledge through six credits of study in subjects such as marketing management, innovation management, biosciences management, and entrepreneurship. Students can further customize their degree through nine elective credits, with options such as planning and control systems, consumer behavior, international finance, and fraud management.

    Students in the 21-month accelerated program are typically unable to choose a depth concentration area and, depending on availability, may be required to complete some courses on campus. Accelerated students often choose to earn credit through NCSU’s Global Experiences program, which allows MBA students to gain hands-on experience by studying abroad. Available during the spring and summer semesters, these immersion experiences give students the opportunity to learn in international cities such as London, Shanghai, or Munich.


    Program Overview
    Department: Poole College of Management
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,124/credit in-state; $1,864/credit out-of-state

    Delivery
    Format: Hybrid (online with two 3-day residencies on campus)
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 40 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time or part-time
    Program length: 21 months full-time; up to 6 years part-time
    Program start dates: Fall, spring

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    Standardized tests: GRE, GMAT, or MAT
    Work experience: 2 years of full-time, post-baccalaureate experience

    Contact
    Department phone: (919) 515-5584
    Department email: [email protected]
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    5 Johns Hopkins University RANKING SCORE
    80.75
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    46%
    LOCATION
    Baltimore, MD

    Johns Hopkins, founded in 1876 in Baltimore, Maryland, made strides in education by combining teaching and research, creating the model for the modern research institution. The school has translated this focus on educational innovation into a strong selection of distance education programs, including an online MBA degree . Online students receive strong support from the college, with access to library resources, student services, academic advising, and technology support.

    Johns Hopkins students earning their MBA online can choose from three concentrations: financial businesses, health care management, and leading organizations. The degree, which requires students to earn at least 54 credits, offers self-paced courses in an eight-week format that combines synchronous and asynchronous learning. Students take 30 credits of business foundation courses, covering topics in negotiation, business law, corporate finance, and operations management. The remaining 24 credits are dedicated to electives and concentration courses, allowing student to customize their program.

    Although offered primarily online, MBA students must attend a three-day residency component on campus. The residency includes in-person classes, institutional activities, and meeting and networking opportunities with current students, alumni, faculty, and other business leaders. Students with more flexible schedules can earn their degree in a hybrid format that includes online and campus courses. Regardless of course format, most students complete the program in about two and a half years; the school allows students to take up to six years.

    Johns Hopkins also offers several dual degree options, allowing students to combine their MBA with master’s programs in related fields, such as design leadership, applied economics, government, and environmental engineering.


    Program Overview
    Department: Carey Business School
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,330/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 54 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time or part-time
    Program length: 2.5 years
    Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    GPA: 3.0 minimum
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE

    Contact
    Department phone: (410) 234-9200
    Admissions email: [email protected]
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    6 Babson College RANKING SCORE
    79.20
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    24%
    LOCATION
    Wellesley, MA

    Babson College, based in Boston, Massachusetts, emphasizes the individualization of student degrees, offering an online MBA program that combines students’ professional and academic goals with flexible curriculum options. Learners can choose from five concentrations: business analytics, global management, marketing, entrepreneurship, or finance. Babson offers one-year and two-year program options, ideal for students of varying schedule requirements. Students who choose to complete the MBA degree through online courses typically enroll as part-time students and complete the program within 21 months.

    Babson is unique for its emphasis on experiential learning, and the MBA offers a range of innovative course options unavailable in most business programs. The program’s intensity tracks are a series of courses combined with learning experiences that allow students to gain deeper knowledge in a specific area. The entrepreneurship intensity track is a two-course series that offers mentorship, resources, and leadership training for aspiring entrepreneurs who plan to pursue business ventures after graduation. The managing the technology-intensive enterprise track draws students from the campus and online MBA programs into a semester-long cohort that explores topics in technology, biotechnology, marketing, and tech management. Not all intensive tracks may be available to online students.

    Babson also offers signature learning experiences: courses that apply class learning to real business situations. In the managing talent: your own and others course, students learn to assess their own professional strengths and skills while also building the ability to better assess and develop the skills of others. The signature learning experience courses allow students to practice entrepreneurship and decision making while also drawing connections between business theory and practice.


    Program Overview
    Department: F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, global finance, marketing
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $90,025

    Delivery
    Format: Hybrid (online with residencies every 7 weeks)
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 46 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Part-time only
    Program length: 21 months
    Program start dates: March, September

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
    Work experience: Extensive work experience

    Contact
    Department phone: (781) 239-4317
    Admissions email: [email protected]
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    7 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign RANKING SCORE
    76.98
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    15%
    LOCATION
    Champaign, IL

    UI is the flagship school of the University of Illinois System and has an annual enrollment of more than 44,000 students. As one of the largest colleges in the Midwest, UI is a major provider of online education. Known as the iMBA program, UI’s online MBA uses “virtual study teams,” which allow students to learn about various business-related topics in a collaborative environment. The online MBA curriculum focuses on the managerial and leadership components of business, making this master’s degree relevant to students looking to obtain and grow in a leadership role. Online MBA students pay the same tuition regardless of residency, and the program draws business students from all over the world, creating unique opportunities for cross-cultural interaction. Depending on course load, students can complete the degree in 23-36 months.

    The program requires students to earn at least 72 credits, with core courses covering areas such as microeconomics, macroeconomics, process management, and investments. The program includes four required core specialization areas in strategic leadership and management, managerial economics and business analysis, value chain management, and financial management. Students also complete work in two of three advanced focus areas: global challenges in business, innovation: from creativity to entrepreneurship, and digital marketing. Each specialization course includes two parts: the foundational level, which consists of self-paced courses in an asynchronous format, and the advanced level, which is more interactive and includes live online class meetings, team projects, and synchronous interactions with faculty. All specializations culminate in a capstone project that has students synthesize their learning and different aspects of the program.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Strategic leadership & management, managerial economics & business analysis, value chain management, financial management, digital marketing, entrepreneurship & strategic innovation, global challenges in business
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $250/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 72 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time only
    Program length: 23-36 months
    Program start dates: August, January

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    GPA: 2.75 minimum
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT

    Contact
    Department phone: (217) 300-2481
    Department email: [email protected]
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    8 Carnegie Mellon University RANKING SCORE
    76.41
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    9%
    LOCATION
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Carnegie Mellon, founded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1900, has always focused on technical and professional education, so it’s appropriate that the school is home to one of the top MBA online programs in the country. CMU’s MBA is a hybrid program that mixes primarily online coursework with required weekend campus meetings that are held six times each year. Online courses also require one synchronous virtual classroom meeting each week, which allows students and faculty to interact through a live video format. All other coursework is available in a synchronous format that includes readings, recorded lectures, group work, and research.

    CMU’s online curriculum is arranged into modules or “mini-semesters,” which consist of two courses each. Campus meetings occur at the end of each mini-semester, serving as a bridge between academic terms. These intensive weekend sessions allow faculty to provide an overview of the previous semester’s work while introducing students to new concepts for the coming semester. Students engage in group work and team-building exercises throughout the sessions, allowing for closer connections between peers and faculty members. Campus sessions also provide opportunities for students to take advantage of CMU’s prestigious global alumni network, which offers professional development sessions and workshops.

    Students earning their MBA can choose from five professional tracks: business analytics, energy business, entrepreneurship, management of innovation and product development, and technology leadership. These tracks provide professional preparation for different industry sectors, requiring a selection of core courses and relevant electives. Students can also choose from a dozen concentrations, which build deeper knowledge in widely applicable areas, such as communications, economics, ethics and social responsibility, operations research, and organizational behavior. All students are required to choose at least one concentration; most choose three to four.


    Program Overview
    Department: Tepper School of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Accounting, communications, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics & social responsibility, finance, business technologies, marketing, operations management, operations research, organizational behavior, strategy
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $16,000/semester

    Delivery
    Format: Hybrid (online with 6 weekends on campus each year)
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 96 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Part-time only
    Program length: 32 months
    Program start dates: September

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
    Work experience: 2 years (recommended)

    Contact
    Department phone: (412) 268-2268
    Admissions email: [email protected]
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    9 New York University RANKING SCORE
    75.97
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    5%
    LOCATION
    New York, NY

    As the largest private university in the U.S., NYU operates 11 academic centers in more than 25 countries around the world. The school’s Washington Square Park locations hosts nearly 60,000 students alone. NYU’s size allows it to provide technology-enhanced education programs in seven areas of study in online, blended, and low-residency formats.

    NYU’s Stern School of Business offers the TRIUM global executive MBA, an online MBA in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science and the HEC Paris School of Management. Among the nation’s top ranked executive MBAs for international and work experience, the TRIUM MBA encompasses six course modules that emphasize strategic thinking, innovative enterprise, and a global worldview. Modules are held in London, California, Paris, New York, Shanghai, and online. The sixth and final module of the TRIUM MBA includes leadership development speakers, workshops, and a capstone project. TRIUM MBA candidates are typically 40 years old with 16 years of industry experience. With roughly 65 students from as many as 28 different nations in each cohort group, the learning environment promotes multi-directional learning through group collaboration.

    Students complete modules at various locations around the world and complete 15-20 hours of asynchronous coursework online in between travel. This blended format allows students to complete the program in just 17 months. As a degree tailored to experienced, working adults, the program offers more than 500 live classroom hours while only requiring 10 weeks total “out of office.” TRIUM provides digital course materials to supplement on-site instruction, and students accepted into the program receive a TRIUM-branded iPad.


    Program Overview
    Program name: TRIUM Global Executive MBA
    Tuition: $178,000
    Credit requirements: 500 classroom hours
    Program length: 17 months

    Delivery
    Format: Blended
    Instruction style: Six on-site modules at multiple global locations, along with online independent study

    Admission Requirements
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE (for applicants with fewer than 15 years experience)
    Work experience: 10 years

    Contact
    Phone: (212) 998-0442
    Email: [email protected]
    Social media accounts: LinkedIn ; Twitter

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    10 University of Maryland-College Park RANKING SCORE
    75.88
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    9%
    LOCATION
    College Park, MD

    UM is a public college that ranks as the largest in the D.C. metro area, enrolling more than 38,000 students annually. UM Is committed to the entrepreneurial spirit, and the school’s Dingman Center is one of the country’s largest angel investment networks and one of the few investment centers housed in a business school. Students earning their MBA online can select from concentrations including accounting, finance, information systems and business analytics, marketing, supply chain management, and a generalist track. The program begins with several foundation courses that explore advanced concepts in business, which includes financial management, leadership, managerial accounting, and strategic information systems. Students also take elective courses (referred to as “selectives” at UM) that allow them to further concentrate their studies.

    The school emphasizes experiential learning, and students have several opportunities to apply classroom concepts to real-world scenarios, including two campus residencies and multiple action learning projects. The residencies occur at the beginning and end of the program and require three days of attendance at the College Park campus. The opening residency introduces the program and gives students the chance to meet with peers and faculty members. It also includes introductory coursework and teambuilding exercises. The closing residency takes the form of a capstone course, stressing the interconnectedness of course material and challenging students to synthesize their overall learning. In between these two residency experiences, students complete several action learning projects, which builds skills and knowledge through professional experiences outside of their current jobs. Students complete their action learning projects in the D.C. area or within their own communities, and UM can help arrange projects at businesses in the region.


    Program Overview
    Department: Robert H. Smith School of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Finance, accounting, marketing, information systems & business analytics, supply chain management
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,555/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Hybrid (online with two 3-day residencies)
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 54 credits
    Field education requirements: Two 3-day residencies

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time only
    Program length: 2 years
    Program start dates: January, April, July, September

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: January – November 1; April – February 1; July – May 1; September – August 1
    GPA: 3.0 minimum
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
    Work experience: 2 years (recommended)

    Contact
    Department phone: (877) 807-8741
    Admissions email: [email protected]
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    11 Lehigh University RANKING SCORE
    75.35
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    20%
    LOCATION
    Bethlehem, PA

    Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics (CBE), located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is committed to preparing graduates to be outstanding citizens and well educated business leaders. The CBE offers a flex MBA  program that focuses primarily on part-time & online students and offers a rigorous and innovative MBA experience centered on an integrated core that not only delivers immediate application for our students in their roles within their companies, but also develops a global perspective to position them to move forward towards continued career success.

    The Flex MBA program provides the flexibility for students to attend any given class in person or live online. Online courses are offered through Classroom LIVE that delivers programs in real-time from classrooms on campus to distance students.

    The Lehigh University Flex MBA is a 36-credit program comprising a core curriculum of 21 credits and 15 elective credits. The core courses are Introduction to the Organization and Its Environment, Managing Financial and Physical Resources, Managing Information, Managing Products and Services, Managing People, and Integrative Experience. This last course serves as the capstone for the core and entails a team-oriented business simulation.

    Students may use their elective courses to pursue a concentration in one of six fields: Corporate Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Project Management and Supply Chain Management. However, students are not required to pursue a concentration, and Lehigh notes that many MBA students select their electives simply to broaden the scope of their MBA coursework.


    Program Overview
    Department: College of Business & Economics
    Program name: Flex MBA
    Available concentrations: Corporate Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Project Management, Supply Chain Management
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,075/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Students can attend any given class in person or live online
    Instruction style: Synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Prerequisites: Undergraduate coursework in financial accounting, statistics, principles of economics

    Credit requirements: 36 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Part-time or accelerated, online or on campus
    Program length: 24-72 months
    Program start dates: August, January, May

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Flex MBA admissions are done on a rolling basis. Summer I deadline-May 1; Fall- July 15; Spring- December 1
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
    Work experience: 2 years

    Contact
    Department phone: (610) 758-4450
    Department email: [email protected]
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    12 George Washington University RANKING SCORE
    75.17
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    27%
    LOCATION
    Washington, DC

    GWU is the second-oldest college in the District of Columbia, with a history that dates back to 1821, when it was founded in accordance with President George Washington’s will. The school ranks as the largest in the D.C. area, with an annual enrollment of more than 27,000 students served by three campuses and online programs. Offering start dates in the fall, spring, or summer, the school’s online MBA requires 55 credits and is only available in a part-time format. The coursework is entirely online, and the school also offers a hybrid option. GWU’s online courses use synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods, offering live lectures and class meeting sessions along with digital assignments that students complete at their own pace. Live class meetings require one hour of commitment each week. Students can also meet with faculty during office hours through the school’s virtual learning platform, allowing students to ask questions about courses, receive academic support, and develop informal relationships with teachers. GWU’s accredited online MBA offers six concentration options, including consulting, finance, global management, and government contracts. Students can choose up to two concentrations or none at all.

    GWU also offers an MBA in healthcare management , which trains students to serve as leaders in healthcare organizations. The degree is available completely online and offers students the opportunity to complete one of six graduate certificates along with the degree, with options including clinical research, regulatory affairs, health sciences, and healthcare quality. For students with the ability to travel, the healthcare MBA also offers several options for studying abroad, allowing students to gain professional experience and an international perspective on the healthcare field.


    Program Overview
    Department: School of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,765/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Online or hybrid
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 55.5 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Part-time only
    Program length: Varies
    Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE

    Contact
    Department phone: (202) 994-1212
    Department email: [email protected]
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    13 Webster University RANKING SCORE
    73.03
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    41%
    LOCATION
    Saint Louis, MO

    Founded in 1915 in St. Louis, Missouri, Webster University’s focus on a globalized and online curriculum distinguishes it from other institutions. The school’s MBA is the largest of its kind in the greater St. Louis region.

    Webster’s online MBA curriculum includes a foundation in MBA core courses as well as elective classes that cater to student needs. While not required, an emphasis area typically increases the credit hours needed to earn the MBA. Webster’s MBA online offers 15 concentrations, including cybersecurity, environmental management, and gerontology. In keeping with the school’s commitment to global learning, the program also offers both an international relations and an international business concentration.

    Students must complete between 39 and 65 total credit hours to earn the degree, depending on their concentration. Most concentrations include an integrated studies course, final project, or capstone experience in the area of emphasis. Dual degrees are also available that combine the online MBA with a master of health administration, an MS in finance, or an MS in science management and leadership. The school awards graduates diplomas for each course of study they complete.

    Webster’s online MBA is an accelerated one-year, full-time program. Students complete coursework online as part of a cohort group and follow a course structure beginning in the fall. Though requirements vary, international business is the only emphasis area that requires either a hybrid or study-abroad course in addition to online coursework.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Business and Organizational Security Management, Environmental Management, Health Administration, Human Resources Development, Human Resources Management, International Business, Management and Leadership, Media Communications, Procurement and Acquisitions Management, Cybersecurity, Gerontology, Information Technology Management, International Relations, Marketing or Project Management.
    Tuition: $780/credit
    Credit requirements: 36 credits (additional credits for specializations)
    Program length: 12-24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online and hybrid options
    Instruction style: Asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.5

    Contact
    Phone: (800) 981-9801
    Email: [email protected]
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    14 Brandman University RANKING SCORE
    72.71
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    78%
    LOCATION
    Irvine, CA

    Since 1958, Brandman has made a mission of catering to the unique learning needs of nontraditional learners. The university serves more than 10,000 students each year through online, hybrid, and on-site programs at more than 25 locations worldwide. Flexibility and affordability are crucial to enhancing Brandman’s “student-centric philosophy.” The school offers more than 80 degrees, including a comprehensive online MBA .

    Brandman’s 36- to 48-credit online MBA curriculum has several areas of emphasis, including accounting, ebusiness strategic management, entrepreneurship, finance, health administration, human resources, international business marketing, and organizational leadership. The core curriculum explores topics like economic analysis, financial management, leadership and innovation, and a business strategy and competitive advantage capstone course. Brandman MBA applicants are not required to submit standardized test scores for admission. Brandman also offers an accelerated BBA to MBA program both online and on-campus.

    Brandman offers its online MBA both entirely online or through hybrid study at one of its 15 campus locations in California and Washington. Conveniently for distance learners, Brandman offers year-round start dates for the program. Online MBA students may take advantage of personal coaching services, a generous credit transfer policy, and financial aid tailored specifically to distance learners. Applicants and prospective online MBA students may contact the admissions office 24/7 with questions regarding tuition, transfer policies, and financial aid. Distance learners are also invited to participate in commencement exercises on campus in May.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resources, International Business, Organizational Leadership, Marketing, e-Business Strategic Management
    Tuition: $640/credit
    Credit requirements: 36-48 credits (depending on specialization)
    Program length: 12-36 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online and hybrid
    Instruction style: Asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT, if GPA is between 2.5 and 3.0

    Contact
    Phone: (800) 746-0082
    Email: [email protected]
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    15 The University of Texas at Dallas RANKING SCORE
    72.63
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    18%
    LOCATION
    Richardson, TX

    UTD offers several flexible MBA options. The Naveen Jindal School of Management arranges its MBA programs around working professionals and gives students the freedom to complete the degree on their own terms. Students interested in learning in a part-time, online environment can choose between two online MBA formats: the PMBA flex or the PMBA online. The PMBA flex program allows students to decide which semester they start, how many courses they’ll take each semester, and whether they’ll complete their studies online or on campus. The online PMBA’s approach is essentially the same, except that students take all courses online, whereas flex students can switch between online and campus courses as it suits their availability. Students typically work full time and take classes on a part-time basis—normally two courses per semester. Students can complete the degree with two years of full-time study, while part-time students can take up to six years.

    The MBA is a 53-credit degree that includes 30 credits of core business courses, which include risk and uncertainty management, organizational behavior, and global business. Students fulfill the remaining 23-credit requirement with elective courses, which are selected from any graduate level courses offered through the School of Management. MBA students are encouraged (but not required) to choose one or two concentration areas, which help them develop deeper knowledge of specific business subjects. Concentrations include healthcare leadership, real estate, supply chain management, and internal auditing. Students typically are not allowed to take more than 12 credits in one concentration, though some exceptions do apply. Not all elective courses for concentrations are available online.


    Program Overview
    Department: Naveen Jindal School of Management
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Accounting; finance & management; operations management; information systems; organizations, strategy, & international management
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $47,953 in-state; $80,719 out-of-state

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 53 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Part-time only
    Program length: Varies
    Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT

    Contact
    Department phone: (972) 883-4235
    Department email: [email protected]
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    16 Villanova University RANKING SCORE
    72.60
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    40%
    LOCATION
    Villanova, PA

    Villanova, based in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, is the oldest Catholic college in the state, with a history that dates back to 1842. The university maintains a respected School of Business that offers a range of online and campus degrees. The school’s online MBA curriculum is constantly being revised based on feedback from students, alumni, business leaders, and subject experts. Villanova’s program has notable community-building aspects, and students must attend a residency and two practicum experiences in addition to their online classes. They also are required to visit the Villanova campus for networking opportunities with faculty, students, and alumni.

    The degree consists of 48 credits and typically take two years to complete. Students take three credits of fundamentals, 15 credits of core courses, 15 credits of elective courses, a nine-credit capstone course, and six credits of business “pillar” courses. The pillar courses focus on ethical business practices, the global political economy, information technology, and innovation management. The program offers four optional specialization in finance, marketing, analytics, and strategic management.

    Villanova’s capstone courses are a program highlight, allowing students to apply their learning to real-life business situations. A three-credit social enterprise consulting practicum has students use their business skills to assist a nonprofit, offering expert advice on issues such as branding, marketing, logistics, and member retention. Students also complete a three-credit course in global strategic management and a three-credit global practicum, which explores solutions to global market issues. For students who are able to travel, the global practicum includes an optional study-abroad component, which takes the form of a seven-day immersion experience in another country.


    Program Overview
    Department: School of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Finance, marketing, analytics, strategic management
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,350/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Online (1 residency)
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 48 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time only
    Program length: 2 years
    Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Fall – June 30; spring – November 15; summer – March 15
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT

    Contact
    Department phone: (610) 519-4500
    Department email: [email protected]
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    17 Purdue University RANKING SCORE
    72.20
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    19%
    LOCATION
    West Lafayette, IN

    Purdue, based in West Lafayette, Indiana, is the second-largest college in the state, providing traditional and online degrees to a student body of more than 40,000. The school’s robust online offerings include two unique dual degree options: an MS-MBA in food and agribusiness management and a master of science in engineering-MBA . Both degrees teach advanced business knowledge and prepare students for leadership positions in the respective fields.

    The agribusiness degree is offered through a partnership between Purdue and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business , with students earning their MS through Purdue and their MBA through IU. This industry-focused program is one of the few in the country that allows students to earn two degrees simultaneously while maintaining full-time employment. The degree takes takes 27 months to complete, and about 85% of the coursework is online in an asynchronous format. Students meet in person for five, weeklong residency sessions throughout the duration of the program. Learners also complete a weeklong international residency that allows them to explore global business and apply class learning to a real business environment.

    The MSE-MBA is also offered through partnership with IU, preparing engineers to develop the technical and leadership skills necessary for upper level management positions in the field. The degree requires students to earn at least 60 credits. Coursework is split evenly between engineering and business, and courses are offered primarily online in an asynchronous format. Students begin with 30 credits of engineering work, which allows them to specialize in an area of expertise. The second half of the program focuses on general business courses, and students are required to attend one immersive experience at IU’s Kelley School of Business, allowing for group work and networking opportunities.


    Program Overview
    Department: Kelley School of Business – Center for Food & Agricultural Business
    Program name: Dual Degree Master’s of Science in Engineering – Master’s of Business Administration (MSE-MBA) or Dual Degree Master’s of Science – Master’s of Business Administration (MS-MBA)
    Accrediting body: HLC
    Tuition: $3,254/3 credits in-state; $3,594/3 credits out-of-state

    Delivery
    Format: MSE-MBA – online; MS-MBA – hybrid (online with residencies)
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 57 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time only
    Program length: 27 months
    Program start dates: August

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Late spring
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
    Work experience: 3 years

    Contact
    Department phone: (765) 494-4247
    Department email: [email protected]
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    18 American University RANKING SCORE
    71.57
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    14%
    LOCATION
    Washington, DC

    Located in residential Washington, D.C., American University is a Methodist-affiliated research university specializing in student-centered liberal arts programs and online graduate degrees. AU is home to eight esteemed schools and colleges, including the nationally recognized Kogod School of Business, which has served aspiring business professionals in the Washington, D.C. area for 60 years. Kogod’s programs cater to business-minded students in topics such as international relations, social enterprise, and public administration and policy.

    The online MBA degree offered at AU’s Kogod School of Business focuses on practice-based, experiential learning. The program accommodates aspiring and experienced business professionals in both domestic and global markets. Students may choose a concentration in marketing, finance, cybersecurity, international business, business analytics, or consulting. The program encompasses 48 credits of core and elective courses and incorporates two business capital immersion experiences. Curriculum emphasizes a career-centered approach to key concepts of professional business such as accounting, finance, marketing, international commerce, and analytics.

    The AU online MBA offers four start dates throughout the year: October, January, April, and July. The degree recommends an accelerated course sequence that can be completed online in just 15 months, though a 24-month online format is also available. While the format is tailored to online learning, students are afforded the same support and resources as on-campus students. The online program requires on-site attendance at two three-day immersions before degree completion; immersions are offered every two months at various national and international locations. Applicants are not required to submit GRE or GMAT scores for admission into the online MBA.


    Program Overview
    Program name: [email protected]
    Available concentrations: Marketing, Finance, Cybersecurity, International Business, Business Analytics, and Consulting
    Tuition: $1,642/credit
    Credit requirements: 48 credits
    Program length: 15-24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Synchronous and asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: A “high undergraduate GPA” is part of a holistic admissions process

    Contact
    Phone: (855) 572-2800
    Email: [email protected]
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    19 East Carolina University RANKING SCORE
    71.25
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    58%
    LOCATION
    Greenville, NC

    East Carolina University, located in Greenville, is one of the largest colleges in the state, with more than 28,000 students enrolled annually. For North Carolina residents, ECU’s tuition ranks among the lowest in the state, and the school’s graduate programs are among the cheapest in the region. ECU’s online MBA program is entirely self-contained, meaning no prerequisite business experience or coursework is needed. The fully online program offers start dates in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The MBA can be pursued entirely online or in a hybrid format. Students set their own pace and are free to take a semester off if needed. Applicants must have a minimum 2.7 GPA and a minimum GMAT score of 500.

    The 54-semester-hour program is made up of two main components: business foundation and business body of knowledge courses. Foundation courses cover major topics such as financial and managerial accounting, comparative management, and marketing management. Some foundation courses may be waived if students can show recent work of equivalent depth (such as professional experience or certificate programs). Body of knowledge courses cover more specialized information, including strategic management, marketing strategy, and operations and supply chain management. Students must also complete three required electives, which are divided into analytical and behavioral categories. Students take at least one elective from each category, unless a program adviser determines that more work is needed in one area. With the approval of the director of graduate programs, students may take some elective courses outside of the College of Business.


    Program Overview
    Department: College of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,109/3 credits in-state; $3,005/3 credits out-of-state

    Delivery
    Format: Online or hybrid
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 33-54 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time or part-time
    Program length: 2 years
    Program start dates: Fall, spring

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Fall – August 15; spring – December 20
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT

    Contact
    Department phone: (252) 328-6012
    Graduate programs email: [email protected]
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    20 Florida State University RANKING SCORE
    70.73
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    21%
    LOCATION
    Tallahassee, FL

    Founded in 1851 in Tallahassee, Florida, FSU claims to be the oldest site of higher education in Florida. In addition to being named a preeminent research university by Florida legislature, FSU has earned a Carnegie Commission classification for its research activity among doctoral universities. The Office of Distance Learning at FSU offers more than 40 degrees, certificates, and specialist programs across a broad range of academic areas, including a nationally renowned online MBA .

    Students in the online MBA at FSU take either a general set of courses or specialize in real estate. The curriculum emphasizes both global business and skill development in order to prepare students to meet the ever-changing needs of the business market. The program encompasses 39 course credit hours developed around courses like the legal and ethical environment of business, operations management, and marketing strategy in the global environment. Students pursuing the real estate specialization may customize their online MBA with the addition of nine flex hours focused on real estate valuation, real estate and finance, and real estate investment. The MBA culminates in a global business seminar during an overseas travel experience.

    FSU’s online MBA admits students in the fall, spring, and summer terms. The degree can be completed online in just 28 months of full-time study. Applicants to the accredited online MBA should have a bachelor’s degree and adequate GMAT (preferred) or GRE scores. Five years of work experience is preferred. Online coursework follows FSU’s regular semester schedule and may be delivered asynchronously or synchronously through the Blackboard platform. FSU charges the same tuition for all students.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Management Information Systems, Risk Management and Insurance, and Real Estate
    Tuition: $780.10/credit in-state; $810.24/credit out-of-state
    Credit requirements: 39 credits
    Program length: 27 months (part-time)

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE

    Contact
    Phone: (850) 644-6458
    Email: [email protected]
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    21 Stevens Institute of Technology RANKING SCORE
    70.46
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    38%
    LOCATION
    Hoboken, NJ

    Stevens Institute, based in Hoboken, New Jersey, is one of the oldest technological colleges in the country, with a history that dates back to 1870. Most of the college’s programs focus on technology skills and the role of technology in various industries, including business. SIT offers an MBA online program that emphasizes engineering, analytics, and other quantitative approaches to business problems, giving students the skills to exercise problem solving and effective leadership. The program, based around the latest research in management, analytics, innovation studies, and marketing, is focused on group work and projects, helping students develop business knowledge, communication skills, and creative thinking.

    The 48-credit curriculum includes 36 credits of core business courses, focusing on management from financial, economic, strategic, marketing, and operational perspectives. Students complete an additional 12 credits in one of five concentrations, with options in business intelligence and analytics, finance, information systems, marketing, and project management. These concentrations emphasize the role of technology in business, exploring current and projected developments in each area. Students also examine the ethical questions and strategic concerns inherent to each concentration subject.

    SIT is a proponent of experiential learning, and another important program component is the field consulting experience, which matches students with a partner company to examine and solve a real-life business problem. The field consulting program gives students the chance to apply class learning to professional scenarios, gaining hands-on experience at local businesses. Students gain direct access to partner companies, where they communicate with executives, observe company culture and operational practices, build teamwork skills in a professional environment, and use their MBA learning to analyze and solve a problem within the organization. The field consulting experience ends with a presentation to company managers, in which students offer a formal recommendation of business strategies.


    Program Overview
    Department: School of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration or Executive Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Business intelligence & analytics, finance, information systems, marketing, project management
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,554/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 48 credits
    Field education requirements: Field Consulting Program

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time or part-time
    Program length: 2 years
    Program start dates: Fall, spring

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Fall – June 1; spring – November 1
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT

    Contact
    Department phone: (201) 216-5000
    Graduate programs email: [email protected]
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    22 Florida International University RANKING SCORE
    69.98
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    29%
    LOCATION
    Miami, FL

    FIU is among the ten largest public universities in the United States. Having earned both a Carnegie Classification and worldwide esteem for its international business programs, it is not surprising that FIU offers one of the top online MBA programs in the country. Considered among the most affordable and best value MBAs by top MBA rankings sources, the online corporate MBA was created to maximize flexibility for distance learners aspiring to be business execs and entrepreneurs.

    The online CMBA at FIU offers three tracks—accelerated, non-accelerated, and flexible—each tailored to student preference. The curriculum encompasses a total of 42 credits in foundational business concepts including financial management, teamwork, business ethics, and problem-solving. Students may choose from six specializations: entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, international business, marketing channel strategy, strategic negotiations, and business analytics. Core requirements include professional development seminars that must be completed in the first quarter of the program and a culminating corporate simulation course.

    Students enrolled in the accelerated online MBA can graduate in little as 18 months. Flexible and non-accelerated tracks offer graduation times of 21 months and 33 months, respectively. The program offers start dates in the fall, spring, and summer, and the degree can be completed entirely online. Subject to availability and student preferences, FIU offers a scholarship of up to $10,000 for eligible online MBA applicants.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Corporate Master of Business Administration
    Tuition: $1,000/credit
    Credit requirements: 42 credits
    Program length: 18-33 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0 (flexible)
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE
    Work experience: Four years without GMAT/GRE; two years with GMAT/GRE

    Contact
    Phone: (855) 348-6654
    Email: [email protected]
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    23 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities RANKING SCORE
    69.78
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    11%
    LOCATION
    Minneapolis, MN

    UMN, a public research college that spans two campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, is the oldest and largest member of the University of Minnesota System, serving a student body of more than 48,000. The school offers an accredited online MBA that’s ideal for students based outside of the Twin Cities area or those who need the flexibility of an online program.

    The 57-credit program includes 29 credits in core courses, introducing students to important concepts such as marketing management, data analysis for managers, IT solutions, and business ethics. Students fill the remaining 28 credits with elective courses, allowing them to gain deeper knowledge in areas such as corporate venturing, business writing, team management, healthcare, and international marketing. The degree can be completed in two and a half years of part-time study, which equates to eight semesters. Students with previous relevant business coursework may be able to apply up to nine credits toward their MBA, allowing them to complete the degree even faster.

    The MBA degree is offered primarily online, but students must complete two campus experiences before graduation. An orientation session at the beginning of the program fulfills one of the requirements, and students have several options to complete the remaining experience. This includes an intensive campus course, a regular evening or weekend campus course, or one of UMN’s many student development events. Events include professional conferences, career workshops, and case competitions. Students who choose to complete a campus course have several unique elective options that are unavailable online, including business of social media, cross-cultural negotiations, harnessing consumer irrationality, and management of innovation. Eligible students may also use a study abroad program to fulfill the campus requirement.


    Program Overview
    Department: Carlson School of Management
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $37,100/year in-state; $47,500/year out-of-state

    Delivery
    Format: Online or hybrid
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 48-65 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time or part-time
    Program length: 2 years
    Program start dates: Fall full-time; spring part-time

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    GPA: 2.8 minimum
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
    Work experience: 2 years (recommended)

    Contact
    Department phone: (612) 625-5555
    Department email: [email protected]
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    24 Pepperdine University RANKING SCORE
    68.56
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    22%
    LOCATION
    Malibu, CA

    Pepperdine, located in Malibu, California, is a Christian college that offers an MBA degree online. The program is designed for working professionals and has flexible online course offerings that allow students to continue working full time as they complete their degree. The program has a global perspective and focuses on the challenges that characterize modern business, including globalization, technological innovation, competition, and workplace ethics. Students can typically complete the degree in around two years.

    The program offers four concentration options: finance, leadership and managing organizational change, marketing, and general management. The finance track emphasizes topics in global markets, investment banking, risk management, and financing entrepreneurial ventures. The leadership track prepares students for management positions, with a focus on company dynamics, business ethics, and value-centered leadership. In the marketing track, students examine the tools, techniques, and concepts for developing and implementing marketing strategies and programs, studying consumer groups, promotions, pricing, and distribution. The general management track allows students to pursue their own customized course of study, creating a degree that suits their professional interests. The general track can be completed in six trimesters, while the other tracks typically take seven trimesters, unless students take additional courses during one term.

    Students can engage in relevant, hands-on experience with executives from a company, observing a “live” case study taken directly from the business world. The case study allows students to learn by communicating with business experts and by applying their learning to realistic business problems in a professional environment. The connections that come from this interactive learning experience also help students to develop their professional network for career success upon graduation.


    Program Overview
    Department: Graziadio School of Business & Management
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Finance, leadership & managing organizational change, marketing, general management
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,715/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Hybrid (online with weekend residency)
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 52 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Part-time only
    Program length: 2-7 years
    Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
    Work experience: 2 years

    Contact
    Department phone: (877) 615-0148
    Department email: [email protected]
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    25 Colorado State University-Fort Collins RANKING SCORE
    68.57
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    40%
    LOCATION
    Fort Collins, CO

    CSU offers nontraditional learners a wide selection of online degrees. All students pay the same tuition regardless of their mode of study or where they live. Both online and on-campus students are offered identical degree and certificate options and taught by world-renowned faculty.

    CSU offers the only online program of its kind in the state of Colorado and has one of the top ranked online MBA programs in the U.S. The online MBA at CSU uses live-streaming video to bring the campus classroom into a digital learning environment. As a professional degree, the online MBA does not require a thesis, final project, or comprehensive final examination to complete the program. The focus lies with practical results over traditional learning tools. The curriculum consists of core and elective coursework and requires students to take at least two courses concurrently. This lock-step curriculum format is semester-based and designed around two eight-week sessions per semester. Students may choose electives from specializations including professional enrichment, marketing, finance, and computer information systems. The program culminates in a capstone course.

    The professional online MBA at CSU comprises 42 credits and can be completed in as little as two years. Applicants are not required to submit GMAT scores for admission into the program; a typical CSU MBA applicant has a minimum of several years of work experience in the field. Online students are invited to attend a graduation lunch and/or the commencement ceremony at CSU’s Fort Collins campus each spring.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Marketing, Finance, and Computer Information Systems
    Tuition: $946/credit
    Credit requirements: 42 credits
    Program length: 2-5 years

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Synchronous and asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: No minimum (admitted students generally have a 3.0 GPA or higher)
    Work experience: No minimum (admitted students generally have two years of experience)

    Contact
    Phone: (877) 491-4336
    Email: [email protected]
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    26 New Jersey Institute of Technology RANKING SCORE
    68.54
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    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    37%
    LOCATION
    Newark, NJ

    With more than 11,000 students, NJIT has emerged as one of the nation’s leading polytechnical universities. The school has ramped up its online programs in recent years by incorporating technological know-how into its more than 30 acclaimed online graduate degrees and certificates. One such degree is the school’s master of business administration. Because NJIT provides a focus in technology, their online MBA is considered one of the best in the U.S.

    The online MBA at NJIT incorporates one of three specializations into a 48-credit program: management information systems, marketing, or finance. Curriculum emphasizes core skills in decision-making, problem-solving, and engaged leadership. MBA coursework also offers a unique, distinctively NJIT perspective, focusing on the integral relationship between business and technology in the marketplace. Courses explore topics such as corporate finance, decision analysis, new venture management, information systems principles, and competing in global markets. Corporate governance and strategic management capstones are required. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, a minimum 2.8 GPA, and GMAT or GRE scores.

    MBA students complete 16 courses over eight 15-week semesters of online study. Most students take two courses per semester to maintain this pace. The online MBA also offers students the opportunity to earn graduate certificates in management essentials or in management of technology. NJIT’s online programs have the same fee structure and financial opportunities, including scholarships, available to on-campus students.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Marketing, Finance, Management Information Systems
    Tuition: $1,073/credit in-state; $1,248/credit out-of-state
    Credit requirements: 48 credits
    Program length: 2-3 years

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.8
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE

    Contact
    Phone: (877) 615-9842
    Email: [email protected]
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    27 University of South Carolina-Columbia RANKING SCORE
    67.42
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    24%
    LOCATION
    Columbia, SC

    The University of South Carolina is home to more than 33,000 students. The school has a reputation for strong business programs, including a flexible professional MBA for students who want to earn their degree while continuing to work. The online MBA degree creates learning options for graduate students by offering classes online and through video conferencing at regional classroom locations. Students complete much of the coursework online, which is available through an on-demand course capture system. This allows them to view lectures in a real-time or delayed format. USC’s Darla Moore School of Business is known for focusing on international business, and as such, students can choose an optional concentration in the field, along with other options in finance, entrepreneurship/innovation, or marketing. Students can also earn a graduate certificate in business analytics, which counts towards elective credit.

    The program offers start dates in the fall and spring, following a set course sequence that’s designed to guide students through program material efficiently. Students take 16 courses, offered in a series of six, seven-week terms, along with some immersive courses. Students can meet in real time one night per week, either through the school’s online learning platform or at one of the school’s many physical locations, including the main campus in Columbia and satellite learning centers in Aiken, Bluffton, Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg. Students must also visit the Columbia campus for some daylong intensive courses, which always take place on Saturdays. The MBA program offers several study abroad opportunities for students, offering the chance to observe global business practices firsthand.


    Program Overview
    Department: Darla Moore School of Business
    Program name: Accelerated Master’s of Business Administration or Professional Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: International business, finance, entrepreneurship/innovation, marketing
    Accrediting body: SACSCOC
    Tuition: $705/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Hybrid (online with residencies)
    Instruction style: Synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 48 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Part-time only
    Program length: 2.5 years
    Program start dates: January, August

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT
    Work experience: 2 years

    Contact
    Department phone: (803) 777-6845
    Department email: [email protected] (Libby Hendley, Associate Director)
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    28 Nova Southeastern University RANKING SCORE
    67.28
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    54%
    LOCATION
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    NSU is home to more than 1,200 international students and offers more than 60 master’s degrees through a variety of flexible formats, including online study. Along with other great programs in business, science, education and digital media, NSU offers an online MBA .

    The MBA at NSU offers select concentrations online, including business intelligence/analytics, finance, human resources, international business, management, marketing, process improvement, and supply chain management. Dual degrees in unique disciplines including law, psychology, pharmacy, and dental medicine are also available in conjunction with the MBA program. Foundational courses emphasize business acumen and professional skills while incorporating a focus on entrepreneurship. The majority of MBA coursework consists of core concepts, such as organizational behavior, financial management, and applying strategy. The remaining requirements, bringing the total number of course credits to 39, are in the student’s concentration of choice. Most programs culminate in a capstone experience or business simulation project.

    Online MBA students may enter the program at one of five start dates throughout the year: August, October, January, March, and May. Full-time students complete the degree in as little as 21 months, and coursework can be completed entirely online. Sessions typically consist of two eight-week terms per semester. The program allows for up to six transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution to be applied to the online MBA at NSU. Applicants may be required to submit GMAT or equivalent GRE scores if they earned a 2.50 GPA or lower during the last 60 hours of their undergraduate program.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Business Intelligence/Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Complex Health Systems, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, International Business, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Sport Revenue Generation, Process Improvement, and Supply Chain Management
    Tuition: $895/credit
    Credit requirements: 39 credits
    Program length: 21-36 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.5
    Standardized tests: GMAT/GRE required if GPA is between 2.25 and 2.49

    Contact
    Phone: (800) 541-6682
    Email: [email protected]
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    29 Indiana University-Bloomington RANKING SCORE
    67.23
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    23%
    LOCATION
    Bloomington, IN

    Founded in 1820, IU’s main campus in Bloomington provides high-quality liberal arts programs to its 50,000 students. Bloomington offers more than 550 programs in more than 16 academic areas of study, including several of the nation’s top ranked graduate programs in business and education. Among these is Bloomington’s flexible and award-winning online MBA .

    Bloomington’s Kelley School of Business offers its online MBA degree as a 51-credit program, with only 39 credits required for core courses. Core course include business law and ethics, finance, operations, and project management. Students can select elective courses for the remaining credits in an area of interest or career focus. The program is designed for students to be as selective about their courses as possible. Coursework also emphasizes preparation for the workplace in decision-making, leadership, career planning, and professional development skills. Dual MS degrees in business topics are available in concert with the online MBA; the program offers study-abroad opportunities each quarter through its Accelerating Global Immersion Leadership Education (AGILE) course.

    The MBA takes two years full-time and includes fall, winter, spring, and summer terms. Students may begin the program in the fall or spring semester. Though most coursework is completed online, MBA students are required to attend a one-week, face-to-face session on the Bloomington campus during each of their first two years of the program. They may also supplement their online learning experience with optional immersion courses at national locations or through global experience.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online Master of Business Administration
    Tuition: $1,330/credit
    Credit requirements: 51 credits
    Program length: 24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online (two weeks of residency required)
    Instruction style: Synchronous and asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: No minimum (average of 3.3)
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE
    Work experience: No minimum (average of two years)

    Contact
    Phone: (812) 855-8100
    Email: [email protected]
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    30 Syracuse University RANKING SCORE
    67.04
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    17%
    LOCATION
    Syracuse, NY

    Syracuse University promises a “quintessential” college experience focused on globalized perspectives. The private research university located in New York is home to more than 15,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 foreign countries. Among its more than 200 majors and 100 minor study options, Syracuse offers one of the nation’s best online MBA programs.

    Emphasizing both a theoretical foundation in business and practical experience, the online MBA at Syracuse offers concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and supply chain management. The curriculum encompasses 54 credits over two years of full-time study. The MBA focuses on courses in economics, financial management, corporate strategy, project management, and other fundamental business administration skills. The remaining credits are free electives; students must complete six approved experiential elective credits by taking at least two internship, consulting, community engagement, or other practical experience courses. The program also offers a business analytics track leading to nine credits of interdisciplinary study in accounting, finance, marketing, and supply chain management. Applicants are required to take the GMAT and provide previous academic and work experience, professional references, and personal statements for consideration.

    Online classes follow the same schedule and are taught by the same faculty as on-campus courses. The program incorporates a combination of synchronous and asynchronous courses delivered across four 12-week quarter semesters. Collectively, there are 11 weeks of live, online courses included in the degree.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing Management, and Supply Chain Management
    Tuition: $1,500/credit
    Credit requirements: 54 credits
    Program length: 24-36 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Synchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE
    Work experience: 1 year

    Contact
    Phone: (844) 797-4622
    Email: [email protected]
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    31 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College RANKING SCORE
    65.39
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    10%
    LOCATION
    Baton Rouge, LA

    LSU, based in Baton Rouge, is the flagship school of the Louisiana State University System, serving more than 31,000 students from around the state through one of the largest online programs in the South. LSU’s Flores online MBA program can be completed entirely online in 18 months, and students taking just one course at a time can graduate in 27 months. The degree is designed for professionals who have been in the business world for a minimum of five years since earning their bachelor’s degree. Students who meet this qualification and who cannot physically meet on campus are eligible to partake in this online program on a part-time basis. The degree requires students to earn at least 42 credits, with 33 credits of core courses that cover topics such as marketing administration, elements of cost management, and understanding behavior in organizations. The curriculum includes nine credits of electives, with courses in business analytics, supply chain management, international management challenges, and project management.

    LSU provides a range of online resources to help students throughout their education. Enrollment specialists maintain extended hours to accommodate the schedules of working students, and they can help with applications, registration, financial aid, and strategies for balancing work and study schedules. Dedicated online advisors work to ensure that students make appropriate course selections and complete regular progress toward their degree. The Center for Academic Success Learning Strategies offers comprehensive resources for academic support, including tutoring and study strategies. Online students can participate in individual consultations, learning workshops, and a virtual learning center. Before and after graduation, career services can help students understand how to make the best use of their degree to help determine employment options.


    Program Overview
    Department: E. J. Ourso College of Business
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Accrediting body: AACSB
    Tuition: $1,080/credit

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous & synchronous

    Program Requirements
    Credit requirements: 42 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Part-time only
    Program length: 18+ months
    Program start dates: January, March, May, July, August, October

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    GPA: 3.0 minimum
    Standardized tests: GRE or GMAT (only if GPA requirement not met)
    Work experience: 5 years

    Contact
    Department phone: (225) 578-8867
    Department email: [email protected]
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    32 Mississippi College RANKING SCORE
    65.29
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    20%
    LOCATION
    Clinton, MS

    Founded in 1826, MC is the oldest higher learning institution in Mississippi. The private, coeducational university offers liberal arts and science programs that are both academically rigorous and consistent with Christian values. MC serves more than 5,000 students across 100 academic areas of study. The school’s department of graduate studies offers 25 degrees online, including an online MBA .

    The MBA at MC is the only program in the state of Mississippi with the flexibility to be offered online, on-site, or through hybrid study. The university offers a general MBA, as well as optional concentrations in finance, accounting, and management information systems. A dual juris doctor/MBA is also available. The program is offered by MC’s School of Business with coursework emphasizing ethical management practices. The plan of study for the online MBA encompasses 30 credit hours in core and concentration courses. MBA candidates must meet general prerequisites in financial accounting, business finance, and marketing, and pass a spreadsheet proficiency exam. Additional prerequisites are required depending on the student’s concentration of choice.

    The MBA offers an accelerated schedule consisting of 10 eight-week courses and an orientation for distance learners through virtual video modules. Applicants to the online MBA who have a GPA of 3.0 or above may waive the GMAT admissions requirement; those with a GPA of 2.25-2.99 must submit a resume to demonstrate three to five years of relevant professional experience in addition to their most recent GMAT score.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Finance, General Business Administration, Accounting, JD/MBA, and Management Information Systems
    Tuition: $588/credit hour
    Credit requirements: 30 credits
    Program length: 12-24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.5
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE
    Work experience: Applicants with more than five years experience can waive GMAT/GRE requirement

    Contact
    Phone: (601) 925-7367
    Email: [email protected]
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    33 Dallas Baptist University RANKING SCORE
    65.24
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    45%
    LOCATION
    Dallas, TX

    A Christian institution founded in 1898, Dallas Baptist University strives to empower learners through quality education programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Dallas, Texas, the campus is situated near arts and cultural centers, athletic venues, corporations, and an international airport. Dallas Baptist University has been offering online classes for almost 20 years.

    The university’s online MBA prepares students to serve in leadership roles in their organizations. The program offers concentrations in management, finance, project management, marketing, and managing nonprofits. The online MBA degree—the most popular program at Dallas Baptist University—requires 36 credit hours to complete, comprised of 24 credits of foundational topics and 12 credits of concentration courses. This online MBA offers unique courses, including employee negotiations and collective bargaining, a health services management capstone initiative, and international marketing. All online classes at Dallas Baptist University are asynchronous, meaning learners never need to attend scheduled course meetings and can complete work on their own time. Unlike other self-guided MBA programs, Dallas Baptist University encourages online learners to engage with other degree candidates and instructors each week.

    Distance learners interested in applying to the online MBA program must send a formal graduate school application , official transcripts, two letters of recommendation from non-family members, and a 150-word statement of purpose. In order to transfer credits from another school, students must have earned a minimum grade of B in the course. Transfer students must also prove the transferred class parallels a Dallas Baptist University course. The university only accepts credit from coursework completed within the past six years.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Accounting, Business Communication, Conflict Resolution Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Health Care Management, Leading the Nonprofit Organization, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Project Management, and Technology and Engineering Management
    Tuition: $906/credit hour
    Credit requirements: 36 credits
    Program length: 12-24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0
    Standardized tests: GMAT
    Work experience: Five years

    Contact
    Phone: (214) 333-7100
    Email: [email protected]
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    34 University of Dallas RANKING SCORE
    65.15
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    45%
    LOCATION
    Irving, TX

    The University of Dallas , a Catholic college established in 1956, offers a wide-ranging list of academic programs. The university’s online master of business administration program prepares distance learners for advancement in the corporate world. Degree candidates can coursework for the 30-credit-hour program completely online or on the campus in Irving, Texas only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas. The university’s online MBA degree focuses on the development of workplace skills, including leadership and management.

    One of the best accredited online MBA programs in the nation, this degree requires a capstone project, in which students spend 12 weeks researching and solving a problem for a local, national, or international organization. Distance learners can complete a concentration in one of the following areas: accounting, business analytics, finance, cybersecurity, information and technology management, or global business. Each concentration requires an additional 12 credits or four classes. Students must also complete prerequisite courses for concentrations.

    To be eligible for admissions, applicants must show proof of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from a regionally accredited educational institution. The university also requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 for any previously completed graduate-level coursework. Visa holders without U.S. degrees must meet test score requirements. Before entering the online MBA program, learners must complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade B- or higher: foundations of management and strategy, foundations of marketing, and foundations of business economics. In-state and out-of-state students pay the same per credit hour tuition. The University of Dallas also charges additional fees for internships.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Accounting, Cybersecurity, Business Analytics, Finance, Global Business, and Information and Technology Management
    Tuition: $1,250/credit
    Credit requirements: 30 credits
    Program length: 12-18 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous and synchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.0

    Contact
    Phone: (972) 721-5000
    Email: [email protected]
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    35 University of Arkansas RANKING SCORE
    64.51
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    37%
    LOCATION
    Fayetteville, AR

    Located in Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas ’ main campus features three miles of sidewalks engraved with the names of all graduates, dating back more than 140 years. Founded as a land-grant university in 1871, the University of Arkansas offers low student-to-faculty ratios and promotes individualized learning for all programs, including the online executive master of business administration degree .

    Offered by the Sam M. Walton College of Business, named after the founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club, the university’s executive MBA degree features focus study areas in retail, supply chain, finance, business analytics, and innovation and entrepreneurship. Distance learners can graduate from the 38-credit hour accredited online MBA in two years by taking courses online and attending one Saturday class per month on campus. Offered in partnership with the school of medical science, the online MBA also offers an optional concentration in healthcare administration, which requires an additional six credit hours. Designed for students currently employed as managers or executives, the online MBA provides networking opportunities with 30 different companies.

    To be eligible for the online MBA, interested applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. The University of Arkansas prefers applicants who possess two years of full-time work experience. To apply, each degree candidate must submit an online application, a current resume, an official transcript, three professional letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and official GMAT or GRE scores. Applicants with five years of work experience and excellent academic records may receive a waiver for the GMAT or GRE test requirement. In-state and out-of-state students pay the same tuition. The concentration in healthcare administration costs more overall due to additional credit hours.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online Executive Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Supply Chain, Finance, Retail, Business Analytics, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    Tuition: $573.14/credit hour
    Credit requirements: 38 credit hours
    Program length: 24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online (requires on-campus participation one Saturday per month)
    Instruction style: Synchronous and asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE
    Work experience: Two years

    Contact
    Phone: (479) 575-2851
    Email: [email protected]
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    36 University of Delaware RANKING SCORE
    64.46
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    12%
    LOCATION
    Newark, DE

    Founded as a private university in 1743, the University of Delaware features an impressive history. The university’s alumni includes U.S. vice presidents, three signers of the Declaration of Independence, and a signer of the U.S. Constitution. Today, the University of Delaware is a research-intensive institution that focuses on technological advancements. Offered through the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, the online MBA provides skills-based coursework aligned with business industry practices. The accredited online MBA features completely online, asynchronous courses so students can study and finish assignments on a flexible schedule.

    Distance learners can choose a concentration in finance, healthcare, strategic leadership, or international business. Unlike many other MBA online programs, learners may combine two or more concentrations, or customize the program by selecting electives relevant to their career goals. The University of Delaware aims to make this top online MBA program affordable for all learners by waiving GMAT requirements and fees for eligible participants. Distance learners may also apply for scholarships and financial aid. Full-time students can complete this career-focused, online MBA in as little as 16 months. Each accelerated course lasts only seven weeks.

    Distance learners gain access to a job coach and other student services, including a popular study-abroad program and more than 300 student organizations. The university welcomes applicants with any type of undergraduate background. Program eligibility requirements include a GPA of at least 2.8 and two previous years of work experience. When applying, candidates must submit official GRE or GMAT scores. The University of Delaware offers exam waivers for students with high GPAs, work experience, or completed coursework in math. Degree candidates may contact an admissions counselor for an exam waiver.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Strategic Leadership, Healthcare, Finance, and International Business
    Tuition: $812.50/credit
    Credit requirements: 44 credits
    Program length: 16-24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.8
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE
    Work experience: Two years

    Contact
    Phone: (844) 237-1338
    Email: [email protected]
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    37 George Mason University RANKING SCORE
    64.34
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    19%
    LOCATION
    Fairfax, VA

    George Mason University , located in Fairfax, Virginia, is the largest public research university in the state. Founded in 1957, the university offers two different tracks for an MBA: an accelerated, evening MBA and an executive MBA . Degree candidates can complete either track in just 20 months by taking courses online or on campus in Fairfax or Arlington. The university also provides a dual juris doctor and MBA degree option for learners seeking a career in both law and business.

    The accelerated, evening MBA program requires 48 credit hours. Students in this track can also pursue a graduate certificate in business analytics while completing the MBA. The executive MBA program gives learners the option of attending courses online or in-person on Saturdays in the Washington, DC, area. This program features three different specializations: global business, national security, or critical infrastructure.

    George Mason University offers in-state tuition for residents of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC. To apply for the accelerated, evening MBA, students must hold a bachelor’s degree and have two years of professional work experience. The university recommends all applicants complete at least one college-level course in calculus before enrolling in the program. When applying, degree candidates must submit an online application, official transcripts, GMAT or GRE scores, two letters of recommendation, and fill out the university’s “one goals” statement. The university offers GMAT or GRE waivers for applicants with advanced degrees or work experience.

    The executive MBA features different eligibility requirements. Degree candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree; have seven years of full-time professional work experience, including time within a management role; currently hold a position of authority; and receive employer support for the program. Admission requirements include an online application, transcripts, a current resume, two letters of recommendation, a 750-word personal statement, and an interview with the executive MBA director. Applicants for either MBA program may submit an optional video introduction.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Executive MBA
    Available concentrations: National Security, Global, and Critical Infrastructure Protection
    Tuition: $1,645.84/credit
    Credit requirements: 48 credits
    Program length: 20 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Synchronous and asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    Standardized tests: GMAT can be waived with academic and professional experience
    Work experience: Seven years

    Contact
    Phone: (703) 993-8161
    Email: [email protected]
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    38 Golden Gate University-San Francisco RANKING SCORE
    64.21
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    46%
    LOCATION
    San Francisco, CA

    Golden Gate University strives to make education more accessible for working professionals balancing both coursework and a career. The university was founded more than 115 years ago and operates campuses in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Seattle, Washington. The university’s MBA program , offered both online and in San Francisco, uses an activity-learning approach to teach students skills necessary to be successful in the business world. This top online MBA offers an impressive 14 concentrations, including human resource management, international business, and information technology management. Each concentration requires 12 units of study. Distance learners may also combine two or more concentrations. Classes are seminar-style. Limited class sizes ensure that each student receives individual attention. Many courses require at least one proctored exam per term either online or in person at the San Francisco campus.

    For degree candidates with a bachelor’s degree and five or more years of professional experience, Golden Gate University does not require GMAT or GRE test scores. The university also waives GMAT or GRE test scores for applicants with an advanced degree, a certified public accountant license, or a dean-approved professional license acquired by passing an exam, such as the certified management accountant test (CMA). All other applicants must show GMAT or GRE scores. Potential students must also send an admissions form and official transcripts. Applicants may submit an optional personal statement. The university requires a certification of finances for all international students.

    Distance learners may transfer up to six graduate-level units to a graduate program as long as they completed the credits with a grade B or higher. Online courses at Golden Gate University are currently unavailable for residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Project Management, Public Administration, and Public Relations
    Tuition: $1,015/unit
    Credit requirements: 54 units
    Program length: 18-36 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE
    Work experience: Two years

    Contact Phone: (800) 448-4968 Email: [email protected] Social media accounts: Facebook ; Twitter

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    39 The University of West Florida RANKING SCORE
    64.20
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    78%
    LOCATION
    Pensacola, FL

    A 50-year-old educational institution in Pensacola, Florida, the University of West Florida offers a career-focused curriculum that blends academic programs with professional training. The university’s master of business administration online gives distance learners the opportunity to develop a diverse set of leadership, teamwork, and business skills. At least half of the required courses include an experiential, applied learning element, allowing degree candidates the opportunity to learn from real-world examples. Distance learners can complete the online MBA in as little as 14 months with each term lasting only seven weeks. This online MBA degree requires a total of 33 credit hours, including two introductory courses and 10 core courses.

    Students interested in the program must possess an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or, with at least eight years of relevant professional experience, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75. Applicants must submit official transcripts, a current resume, two recommendation letters, and GMAT or GRE test scores. Degree candidates must also show proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and write an essay as part of the application. The university waives the GMAT or GRE requirement for certain applicants, including degree candidates with a GPA of at least 3.25; a GPA of at least 2.75 and eight years of relevant work experience; a master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or math; a doctorate degree; or a master of accountancy degree. Students who successfully complete all four parts of a certified public accountant exam also receive a test score waiver.

    The university works to make the online MBA program affordable for all learners; in-state and out-of-state residents pay the same tuition rate. The University of West Florida offers tuition discounts for military spouses and dependents, active duty servicemen and women, veterans, and students employed by partner school districts or organizations.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration Online
    Available concentrations: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management
    Tuition: $456.50/credit hour
    Credit requirements: 33 credit hours
    Program length: 14 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0 (or 2.75 with eight years of professional experience)
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE (waivable with combined academic/professional experience)

    Contact
    Phone: (877) 588-2502
    Email: [email protected]
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    40 Lincoln Memorial University RANKING SCORE
    63.99
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    N/A
    LOCATION
    Harrogate, TN

    Named after the nation’s 16th president, Lincoln Memorial University is home to a close-knit educational community with small class sizes and personal attention. Founded 140 years ago, the university’s main campus lies in Harrogate, Tennessee, which is located in the Appalachian mountain range about 55 miles north of Knoxville. Lincoln Memorial University provides programs at 11 extended sites and online.

    The university presents four different ways in which a degree candidate can obtain an MBA . Distance learners can complete the evening program, which combines online and in-person classes in Harrogate or Knoxville. Another option is the entirely online MBA program. Both of these programs require 36 credit hours to complete. Degree candidates seeking to finish the degree early may enroll in the executive track, a 30-credit hour program. The executive track program counts professional work experience in the place of two elective courses. To qualify for the executive track program, students must hold three years of managerial experience and receive approval from the MBA review committee. The fourth option for an online MBA is the dual degree in doctor of osteopathic medicine or doctor of veterinary medicine. Dual degree candidates attend an intensive 10-week summer session. Students in the MBA programs can choose an optional concentration in one of five fields.

    Unlike other online MBA degree programs, Lincoln Memorial University does not require GRE or GMAT test scores to apply. However, students must complete a Peregrine Entrance Exam during their first semester. Applicants to the MBA online program must submit the following documents: a 500-word essay answering a university-provided question, a resume, official transcripts, proof of a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, and three letters of recommendation. International applicants must participate in an interview on Skype and meet a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 71. All degree candidates pay the same per semester hour tuition regardless of residency.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: General Business
    Tuition: $485/credit
    Credit requirements: 36 credits
    Program length: 18-24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Synchronous and asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.75

    Contact
    Phone: (800) 325-0900
    Email: [email protected]
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    41 Azusa Pacific University RANKING SCORE
    63.96
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    23%
    LOCATION
    Azusa, CA
    Azusa Pacific University , a Christian institution located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, offers more than 100 programs on campus and online. The university’s online MBA features a flexible schedule and comprehensive curriculum, requiring a total of 42 program units to complete. Classes are structured in eight-week sessions. Degree candidates taking one to two courses each session can complete the online MBA in 15 to 30 months. Once enrolled, degree candidates must complete the program within five years.

    Classes are asynchronous, meaning students may watch lectures and complete coursework anytime. Online students can choose from the following concentrations: finance, accounting, international business, entrepreneurship, organizational science, marketing, and sport management. All distance programs include a two-week online orientation. Distance learners receive access to an academic advisor and program coordinator.

    Azusa Pacific University accepts new degree candidates anytime throughout the year. Applicants must submit all required documentation no later than three weeks before the start of a session. Interested students must already hold a bachelor’s degree and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. To apply, students must submit official transcripts, a one to two page essay, a resume or curriculum vitae, and a GMAT score. The university waives the GMAT score requirement for applicants with a minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher. Azusa Pacific University accepts GRE scores in place of GMAT scores if needed. The school charges the same per credit tuition for all students regardless of where they live. The university also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides financial aid for students enlisted in the military.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online MBA
    Available concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Organizational Science, Marketing, and Sports Management
    Tuition: $640/unit
    Credit requirements: 42 units
    Program length: 15-30 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.5
    Standardized tests: GMAT (waivable with GPA of 3.25 or higher)

    Contact
    Phone: (626) 815-4570
    Email: [email protected]
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    42 University of Houston-Clear Lake RANKING SCORE
    63.86
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    37%
    LOCATION
    Houston, TX

    Located within a 524-acre wildlife preserve just 10 minutes from downtown Houston, Texas, the University of Houston-Clear Lake has one of the top rated online MBA programs in the western United States, according to a 2018 list by U.S. News & World Report . The university offers more than 80 programs on campus and online, including the business administration MBA .

    The university’s accredited online MBA, a 36 credit-hour program, helps students develop interpersonal skills for careers in the business world. The online MBA offers concentrations in environmental management , finance , human resource management , and technology leadership . Degree candidates may complete courses either completely online or participate in a hybrid program, blending online courses and face-to-face classes. Each accelerated course lasts only eight weeks. By completing two courses every term in the fall, spring, and summer, a full-time student can complete this top online MBA in only 14 months. Part-time students who take one class each term can graduate in 28 months.

    A unique feature not found at other online MBA schools, the University of Houston-Clear Lake lowers tuition and fees when distant learners take more courses per semester. Texas residents pay a lower tuition rate than out-of-state students. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework must submit a GMAT score. The university waives the test score requirement for degree candidates with a prior bachelor’s degree and cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a graduate or professional degree also receive the GMAT waiver. Interested candidates must also submit three letters of recommendation, a current resume, and statement of career goals when applying to the online MBA.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Environmental Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Leadership, Management Information Systems, Management of Technology Leadership, and Sustainability
    Tuition: $580/credit hour
    Credit requirements: 36 credit hours
    Program length: 14-28 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    Standardized tests: GMAT (with GPA lower than 3.0)

    Contact
    Phone: (281) 283-2500
    Email: [email protected]
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    43 California Lutheran University RANKING SCORE
    63.61
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    13%
    LOCATION
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    With a focus on core business skills, California Lutheran University’s master of business administration features specializations in entrepreneurship, finance, human capital management, international business, information technology management, and marketing. Degree candidates can graduate from this top online MBA in one to three years, but must finish within a seven-year period. The program includes eight required courses, two emphasis classes, four electives, and a capstone course.

    The online MBA requires a total of 45 units. Distance learners can enroll part-time or full-time. Students can courses completely online or mix online coursework with in-person classes at campuses throughout California in Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, Westlake Village, and Woodland Hills, a neighborhood in Los Angeles. The online MBA includes an accelerated five-term schedule with each term lasting only eight weeks.

    Distance learners receive access to student services, including: career services, which provides internship opportunities at local companies; networking events at the school of management; and the study abroad program, which allows learners to gain international experience. The university also offers the full MBA program in Vienna, Graz, and Linz, Austria. Distance learners receive access to the Westlake Center, a space for networking and studying.

    In-state and out-of-state students pay the same per credit hour tuition and fees. Interested candidates must provide a complete application form, along with GMAT scores, official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree and GPA, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement. Applicants must also complete an interview with an admissions counselor. The university waives the GMAT score requirement for applicants with a master’s degree, previously completed graduate work and a GPA of 3.5, a combined GPA of 3.0 for the most recent 60 hours of coursework, or an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Capital Management, International Business, IT Management, Marketing
    Tuition: $820 per unit
    Credit requirements: 45 units
    Program length: 12-36 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0
    Standardized tests: GMAT

    Contact
    Phone: (805) 493-3325
    Email: [email protected]
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    44 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide RANKING SCORE
    63.57
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    89%
    LOCATION
    Daytona Beach, FL

    Embry-Riddle operates main campus locations in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. The school is a private college that specializes in aviation and aerospace technology. While most of its degrees are centered around engineering and sciences, the school also offers an online MBA in aviation that’s ideal for working professionals looking to specialize in the field of business aviation. The degree emphasizes fundamental business concepts in relation to the aviation industry, preparing graduates to serve as leaders in an increasingly globalized and competitive field. Online classes are taught through the College of Business Worldwide , a globally-accessible college associated with ERAU. This online workplace gives students an array of academic and professional resources, such as a library of aviation-specific reading materials.

    This fully-online program allows students to choose from concentration options in accounting, finance, leadership, information technology, marketing, international business, and public administration. The degree requires students to earn at least 33 credits, with 21 dedicated to business core courses. General business topics include managerial finance and business research methods. Aviation topics include advanced aviation economics and strategic marketing management in aviation. Students also take 12 credits of concentration courses, which typically include a mixture of required courses and some electives. A concentration is not required; students can instead take 12 elective credits in any area that interests them. Learners may complete more than one subject concentration, though this typically requires taking an additional 12 credits. The program ends with a capstone course, which includes a comprehensive exam that tests student’s knowledge of the business core curriculum.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master’s of Business Administration in Business Administration in Aviation
    Available concentrations: Accounting, finance, information technology, marketing, international business, public administration
    Accrediting body: SACSCOC
    Tuition: $640/credit ($540/credit for military)

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Program Requirements
    Prerequisites: Knowledge of management, accounting methods, finance, quantitative methods, marketing, economics
    Credit requirements: 33 credits

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time only
    Program length: 2 years
    Program start dates: 10/year

    Admission Requirements
    Application deadline: Rolling
    GPA: 2.5 minimum

    Contact
    Department phone: (386) 226-6100
    Online programs email: [email protected]
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    45 University of Nebraska-Lincoln RANKING SCORE
    63.54
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    31%
    LOCATION
    Lincoln, NE

    Providing education for more than 148 years, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln remains home to the world’s first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The university offers programs on campus and online, including the master of business administration . Considered one of the nation’s best online MBA programs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s online MBA is the 21st top ranked online MBA program in the country according to a U.S. News & World Report 2018 list. The online MBA requires 48 credit hours to complete. After initial enrollment, distance learners work with an advisor to select one of the following specializations: business analytics, supply chain management, international business, finance, or marketing. The economics, finance, and business analytics courses require prerequisites.

    Distance learners may begin courses in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Each semester comprises two terms. Degree candidates can take up to 12 credit hours before being admitted to the online MBA program. The university accepts graduate-level transfer credits, allowing up to 12 credits from an accredited business program.

    While the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recommends applicants hold two years of managerial experience, a GPA of 3.0, and a minimum GMAT score of 600, the school encourages anyone to apply to the online MBA. Admission requirements include a resume, proof of one year of work experience, a bachelor’s degree, GMAT or GRE score, three references, and a personal statement. The MBA online program also requires the completion of prerequisites in statistics and calculus. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln waives the GMAT or GRE score requirement for applicants who already possess a graduate degree, medical students, and applicants admitted to the Nebraska College of Law. The university may also waive the test requirement for degree candidates with seven or more years of managerial work and a qualifying GPA. The university charges the same tuition regardless of where a student lives, and provides a discount for military students.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, International Business, Finance, and Marketing
    Tuition: $387.50/credit in-state; $1,108.25/credit out-of-state
    Credit requirements: 48 credits
    Program length: 18-48 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0 (recommended)
    Standardized tests: GMAT (waivable with previous degree or work experience)
    Work experience: Two years (recommended)

    Contact
    Phone: (402) 472-2338
    Email: [email protected]
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    46 Johnson & Wales University RANKING SCORE
    63.46
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    100%
    LOCATION
    Providence, RI

    Operating out of the university’s Providence, Rhode Island, campus, Johnson & Wales University offers small class sizes and personal advising for distance learners. Founded more than 100 years ago, Johnson & Wales University provides professionally focused programs, including the university’s master of business administration .

    With a career-centered curriculum, the online MBA trains future professionals to critically analyze information and develop leadership and strategic skills for the workplace. This top online MBA features unique courses, including ethics, corporate social responsibility, and law; global economic environments; and business information and decision making. The program requires two foundation courses, eight core courses, a capstone course, and 13.5 elective credits for a total minimum of 54 credits. Johnson & Wales University-Online also offers MBA degrees in finance , hospitality , human resources management , nonprofit management , and operations and supply chain management . Distance learners can complete any of the online MBA degrees in just 18 months. Each course, taught by an industry leader, lasts only 11 weeks. Instructors deliver asynchronous course material—including weekly assignments, video lectures, and study material—through the online platform uLearn.

    The university charges the same tuition for all online degree candidates regardless of where they live. Johnson & Wales University applies a discount for active duty members of the military. Applicants must submit transcripts, two recommendation letters, a 500-word purpose statement, and GMAT scores. The university waives the GMAT score requirement for degree candidates with a GPA of 2.85 or higher. Degree candidates transferring from another educational institution may request the transfer of credits for any course with a grade of C or higher. Johnson & Wales University accepts credits from the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). The university also awards a prior learning assessment credit, in which learners can receive credit for portfolio work or professional skills.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Finance, Hospitality, Human Resource Management, Nonprofit Management, and Operations and Supply Chain Management
    Tuition: $482/credit
    Credit requirements: 54 credits
    Program length: 18-36 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 2.85
    Standardized tests: GMAT

    Contact
    Phone: (855) 598-1881
    Email: [email protected]
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    47 Oklahoma State University RANKING SCORE
    63.42
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    28%
    LOCATION
    Stillwater, OK

    Oklahoma State University offers programs from the main campus in Stillwater and additional campuses in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The university’s master of business administration is designed for full-time working professionals who require a flexible, convenient schedule. Unlike other online MBA programs, Oklahoma State University’s online MBA uses a team-focused approach in order for students to develop group communication skills required for the business world.

    The online MBA degree guides distance learners through a self-paced, asynchronous program using the online platform Brightspace. Degree candidates can complete the online MBA, which only allows part-time enrollment, in three and a half years. The program offers nine different concentrations for distance learners, including business sustainability and global marketing. Degree candidates enrolled in the online MBA degree can also pursue a graduate certificate in marketing analytics by completing additional classes. The school also offers a dual MBA and doctor of osteopathic medicine.

    To apply for the 42-credit hour online MBA, degree candidates must possess a four-year degree from an accredited educational institution, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a competitive GMAT score. The university recommends applicants hold work experience and possess prior skills in calculus and quantitative analysis. Admission requirements include official GMAT or GRE test scores, three letters of recommendation, a resume, and a statement of purpose. Oklahoma residents pay a lower tuition cost than non-residents. The university provides tuition discounts for non-residents currently on active duty in the military. Distance learners may also apply for an MBA scholarship. The university accepts graduate-level transfer credits from accredited colleges or universities.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Online Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Business Sustainability, Data Science, Energy Business, Entrepreneurship, Global Marketing, Human Resource Management, Information Assurance, Marketing Analytics, Nonprofit Management
    Tuition: $474.35/credit hour in-state; $580.00/credit hour out-of-state
    Credit requirements: 42 credit hours
    Program length: 18-36 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0
    Standardized tests: GMAT
    Work experience: No requirement (some work experience preferred)

    Contact
    Phone: (405) 744-2951
    Email: [email protected]
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    48 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus RANKING SCORE
    63.12
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    24%
    LOCATION
    Denver, CO

    Located in Aurora, CO, the Anschutz medical campus is one of three University of Colorado sites and the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountains. The school is also home to more than 140 degree programs spanning 13 academic schools and colleges. UC offers 20 degrees and more than a hundred courses that can be completed entirely online, including its online MBA . The degree is among the nation’s top ranking online MBAs and online graduate programs.

    UC Anschutz’ accredited MBA is available online or through a convenient on-campus format. The 48-hour program combines core, elective, and international business courses with a focus on experiential learning through a variety of internship and practical options. Students may choose a concentration in finance, enterprise technology management, information systems, or managing for sustainability. The core curriculum emphasizes leadership, teamwork, accounting, economics, and strategic management. The program has evolved to incorporate the specific skills most in-demand among corporate recruiters in the field, including thinking analytically and strategically, advanced communication abilities, and refined diplomacy techniques. MBA candidates are not required to complete a final thesis or a comprehensive exam to complete the degree.

    The MBA offers students the option of online and/or hybrid study to fully customize their degree. Students work closely with an experiential learning team who assists them in finding the right internship, study abroad, or other creative or professional work experience needed to complete the program.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Finance, Enterprise Technology Management, Information Systems, Managing for Sustainability
    Tuition: $621/credit hour in-state; $725/credit hour out-of-state
    Credit requirements: 48 credit hours
    Program length: 11-36 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous

    Admission Requirements
    Standardized tests: GMAT

    Contact
    Phone: (303) 315-8200
    Email: [email protected]
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    49 Mississippi State University RANKING SCORE
    63.06
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    36%
    LOCATION
    Mississippi State, MS

    MSU, established in 1878, is among the nation’s leading land-grant universities. The school is classified as a Carnegie research university, which helps promote its mission to engage all faculty and students in learning, research, and service. MSU offers more than 175 academic programs through eight colleges, all of which are designed to positively impact Mississippi’s local workforce and produce graduates with a global perspective. The school’s distance education program offers more than 30 graduate degrees, including an online MBA , which is ranked among the nation’s best for flexibility and affordability.

    Students may choose a general MBA or an MBA with a concentration in project management. The MBA curriculum comprises 30 credits. The MBA with a concentration in project management consists of 27 general MBA credits and nine credits in industrial engineering. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in business will be required to take foundation courses. Core requirements explore topics like strategic marketing management, corporate finance, and economics. A capstone project is required to complete the degree.

    Online courses follow the same syllabus and learning objectives as the on-campus courses. Applicants are required to hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited, four-year institution and have a competitive GPA and GMAT or GRE scores. Online applications are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer terms. Graduates of the online MBA may participate in commencement activities on campus with peers in the traditional program. The MBA degree is also available at MSU’s Starkville campus.


    Program Overview
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Project Management
    Tuition: $456/credit hour
    Credit requirements: 30-36 credit hours
    Program length: 12-24 months

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Synchronous and asynchronous online offerings

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.0
    Standardized tests: GMAT or GRE

    Contact
    Phone: (662) 325-1891
    Email: [email protected]
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    50 Harding University RANKING SCORE
    63.04
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    49%
    LOCATION
    Searcy, AR

    A Christian institution located in Searcy, Arkansas, Harding University offers a fully online MBA program with live lectures, ongoing class discussions, and one-on-one advising for distance learners. Degree candidates can complete the online MBA in as little as 18 months or continue studies up to seven years.

    The university offers accelerated courses which last only eight weeks. Students enrolled at Harding University may complete up to nine credits while enrolled in an undergraduate program. Course formats vary, with some synchronous classes requiring learners to log-in online during specific times. Most courses require a distance learners to sign into the online course five to seven times per week. Degree candidates complete a total of 12 600-level courses, including 10 required classes.

    Distance learners pay the same tuition for the online MBA regardless of state residence. The university charges a technology fee for the first 10 credit hours. Harding University encourages distance learners to join a cohort, in which teams of learners complete the program at the same pace. If eight students complete a cohort track together, the university awards a tuition discount for all team members.

    To apply, degree candidates must submit an application, two professional or academic recommendation forms, a writing sample (three essays), official transcripts, a resume, and official GMAT or GRE scores. Harding University requires a GMAT score of 500 or a GRE score of 300. Exceptions are made for students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and less than five years of work experience or a minimum GPA of 3.0 and five years of work experience. The university may accept distance learners with a GPA of less than 3.0 as provisional students.


    Program Overview
    Department: Graduate School of Business
    Program name: Master of Business Administration
    Available concentrations: Management and Business Ethics
    Tuition: $595/credit hour

    Program Requirements
    Prerequisites: Accounting, Finance and Business Statistics
    Credit requirements: 36 credit hours

    Program Length
    Program options: Full-time or part-time
    Program length: 18-24 months (up to 7 years)
    Program start dates: Fall, spring, summer

    Delivery
    Format: Online
    Instruction style: Asynchronous and synchronous

    Admission Requirements
    GPA: 3.5 with fewer than five years work experience; 3.0 with more than five years work experience
    Standardized tests: GMAT
    Work experience: Not required, but preferred

    Contact
    Phone: (501) 279-5789
    Email: [email protected]
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    What Else Can I Expect From an Online MBA Program?

    Online MBA degree programs have grown in popularity in the past few years, and each provide the skills and knowledge you need to obtain a leadership position in the business world. While certain details are dependent on the particular school and program you choose, this guide provides a clear framework to work with as you do research and decide which option is best for you.

    CONCENTRATIONS OFFERED FOR AN ONLINE MBA

    ConcentrationDescriptionCareers This Concentration Prepares For
    EntrepreneurshipStudents learn to create and present business plans, plan venture capital, and learn about the economy of the startup market. This prepares them to build their own business from the ground up or work as consultants to help other people and even companies create and sustain their own projects.Small business owner, startup creator, venture capitalist, business consultant
    MarketingThis is one of the most popular specialization areas. Students learn about buyer behavior, data mining, product design and development, and the fundamental practices of marketing management. Graduates are prepared to work in brand management and lead teams as social media specialists for pharmaceuticals, retail, and other industries.Brand manager, social media specialist, product developer, marketing manager
    LeadershipStudents pursuing the leadership track learn to manage individuals, teams, and organizations. Coursework includes executive leadership, creative decision making, team building, and human resource management. These courses provide students with the tools they need to motivate and incentivize employees as well as improve efficiency and the bottom line in order to become successful organizational leaders.Business operations manager, compliance officers, sales manager, management consultant

    CURRICULUM FOR AN ONLINE MBA

    Online MBA programs build upon undergraduate business topics and tend to be similar in order to meet accreditation guidelines. Certain courses depend on the history and focus of the school you choose as well as the interests and expertise of the faculty. Below are some classes you can expect to take in your MBA curriculum.

    • Information Technology: This course provides students with an in-depth look at information systems management issues, including support applications, systems acquisition, best practices in implementation, and other topics needed to thrive in a global economy as a team leader and social media analyst. Students usually analyze case studies to come up with solutions for new or existing business initiatives in order to improve consumer, enterprise, and social technologies.
    • Financial Accounting: A fundamental course in the online MBA curriculum that prepares students to be managers and accountants, among other positions. This course emphasizes contemporary practices in financial accounting and reporting systems, including the evaluation and interpretation of a company’s external fiscal reports. Students also focus on the accounting cycle, profitability analysis, the structure of financial statements, and changes to the field.
    • Strategic Management: In this course, students study the fundamental practices of integrating decisions into functional areas of business, including the formulation of strategy and policy within the organization. Students also learn to develop and implement a specific management plan, using case studies as examples. This course prepares students to be effective team leaders in a variety of business environments and is usually a prerequisite to more advanced management classes.

    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN ONLINE MBA?

    The total number of credits needed to earn the degree vary depending on the program. The majority of online MBA programs require 48 to 62 credits. Students usually finish their degree in approximately two years if they take classes full-time. Part-time students take about three years, and most schools allow students to take as long as five. The length depends on certain degree requirements, including prerequisites and capstone projects.

    For online degrees, it’s important to look at what kind of on-campus requirements, if any, are required. This may depend on whether an MBA program subscribes to a cohort learning model, where students work in teams with their peers and progress through the degree together, or if they value the increased flexibility of asynchronous learning.

    CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES AN MBA PREPARES FOR

    • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Certification: The SHRM is a globally recognized measure of expertise in the human resources field. The exam is divided into two levels: the certified professional or the senior certified professional. The levels are based on the education an applicant has as well as the amount of work experience they wield. The SHRM exams are competency-based, universally-relevant, and backed by the premier professional organization in the field, which means those who earn the credential can use it to pursue a variety of HR positions worldwide.
    • Certified Public Accountant Certification: The CPA license is the oldest and one of the top credentials in the accounting and finance industry. This certification validates your expertise in forensic accounting, compliance, risk management, taxes, and others. A minimum of 150 education hours are needed to sit for the exam, and the cost ranges from $2,000 to $3,000.

    Do All MBA Programs Require the GMAT?

    While the General Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a standard requirement of many online MBA programs, many schools are offering applicants ways around taking it. While the GMAT is a good indicator of a student’s capability in a business school, it is not an accurate representation of talent, drive, or success after graduation. Applicants with an exceptionally high GPA, another graduate level degree, and/or a long history of work experience, may find that they are automatically exempt from taking the GMAT or that they can apply for exemption based on a case-by-case basis.

    Top scorers of the GMAT clock approximately 120 hours of study, and sometimes more. How you divide up those hours is up to you, but you should proceed with a detailed plan for studying, spending the appropriate amount of time on each area. Test areas include verbal competence, sentence correction, statistics, economics, and data sufficiency. The test also measures overall critical reasoning and problem solving skills. Perhaps the best advice is to practice as often as possible in order to get used to the materials and to the computerized test environment. Success may also entail taking the GMAT multiple times, so plan for that as you research MBA program applications.

    Best Online MBA Programs With No GMAT

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    RankSchool NameRanking ScoreRelative Cost% Enrolled OnlineLocationDescription
    1 Babson College RANKING SCORE
    78.62
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    24%
    LOCATION
    Wellesley, MA

    Founded in 1919 in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Babson offers a world-class business education with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. The school features a blended learning online MBA with no GMAT requirement that is part of its working professionals program. In lieu of GMAT scores, applicants are considered based on previous work experience. They must also submit an online application, an essay, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a resume to be considered.

    Babson’s online MBA emphasizes business concepts such as value creation, organizational effectiveness, and entrepreneurial thinking and prepares students for management roles in a variety of industries. This program is ideal for working professionals, allowing them to earn their degree in just under two years of part-time study. Online classes are delivered in both asynchronous and synchronous instructional formats, and students can also attend on-campus sessions every seven weeks.

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    2 Walsh College RANKING SCORE
    77.51
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    52%
    LOCATION
    Troy, MI

    Walsh offers an online MBA with no GMAT requirement that includes 14 courses on topics like managerial accounting, marketing fundamentals, and business analytics. This degree prepares students for upper-management positions and includes a curriculum that familiarizes students with global economics and the use of information technology in business. Students must complete a leadership communication courses and take a graduate communication assessment prior to enrolling in the course. This can be completed locally at an approved testing center or on-campus.

    Distance learners have the option of earning a dual MS degree in areas such as finance or marketing by completing up to six additional courses. This online MBA considers applications based on previous academic and work experience. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and two years of relevant work experience to be considered.

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    3 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign RANKING SCORE
    76.68
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    15%
    LOCATION
    Champaign, IL

    Illinois boasts more than 425,000 global alumni and 23 Nobel Prize winning graduates. The school offers one of the leading online MBA programs with no GMAT requirements, although they are recommended. This online program can be completed in two to three years and includes core specializations which each include three classes and a capstone project.

    This online MBA delivers courses through global classrooms that feature weekly live sessions for students from around the world. The program is organized using a cohort model, although students have the option of enrolling in stand-alone courses prior to admission. Applications are considered based on a student’s undergraduate performance, professional experience, letters of recommendation, and essay responses. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a minimum of three years of work experience in operations or management to be considered.

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    4 Touro University Worldwide RANKING SCORE
    76.15
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    93%
    LOCATION
    Los Alamitos, CA

    A Jewish-sponsored university system founded in 1970, TUW currently serves more than 19,000 students each year and offers flexible professional programs that are ideal for working adults. The school offers an online MBA with no GMAT option that includes six start dates throughout the year. Students can pursue one of eight concentrations on topics such as accounting, cybersecurity management, or marketing.

    This 36-credit curriculum consists of nine core classes and three courses in a student’s chosen concentration. The core curriculum includes courses on a variety of topics, such as contemporary marketing, ethics for business professionals, and management across cultures. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 to be considered. Transfer students may apply up to 25% of their previously earned credits towards their degree, as long as they were earned with a minimum GPA of 2.75.

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    5 The University of Texas at Dallas RANKING SCORE
    73.28
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    18%
    LOCATION
    Richardson, TX

    UT Dallas offers a variety of programs that are ideal for working professionals, including an online MBA with no GMAT requirements . This 53-credit MBA program includes 30 credits of core coursework and 23 credits of electives. These courses cover a variety of topics, such as financial management, statistics and data analysis, and managerial accounting.

    The program includes a global business course that examines factors that influence international business, providing students with an understanding of the global monetary system and international trade. This program features three start dates throughout the year and allows students to enroll on a full- or part-time basis. Student may receive a GMAT waiver if they have earned a degree from an AACSB accredited business school with a minimum GPA of 3.6 during their last 60 credits of coursework.

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    6 Webster University RANKING SCORE
    72.50
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    41%
    LOCATION
    Saint Louis, MO

    Webster is headquartered in Stl. Louis, Missouri, and offers a wide variety of distance learning programs, including an online MBA with no GMAT requirements . Students must choose one of several concentrations, including environmental management, media communications, or a generalist option. Prospective students must complete prerequisite coursework on the following topics before entering the program: business, accounting theory and practices, and current economic analysis.

    The generalist program’s 36-credit curriculum includes core courses on topics like organizational behavior and advanced corporate finance. Students enrolled in the international business concentration must complete a total of 65 credits of coursework, while those pursuing a concentration in project management only need to complete 39 credits. Webster also offers a one-year MBA for those who have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Those enrolled in this one-year program have the opportunity to form international networks with other students and to enroll in leadership development and communication courses.

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    7 Florida International University RANKING SCORE
    70.23
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    29%
    LOCATION
    Miami, FL

    FIU is Miami’s exclusive public research institution and one of the largest universities in the U.S. with a student body of approximately 54,000. The school offers an online MBA in healthcare that is one of the best online MBAs programs with no GMAT requirement. The program’s online format promotes peer engagement in an interactive distance learning atmosphere. It also boasts a 100% employment rate among graduates.

    The 120-credit curriculum includes courses on a variety of topics, such as health policy and economics, corporate finance, and operations management. Students must complete two residencies in Miami, as well as a third online residency that emphasizes Lean Six Sigma. Applicants must have at least two years of work experience and a minimum GPA of 3.0 during their last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework to be considered.

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    8 Amberton University RANKING SCORE
    69.59
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    58%
    LOCATION
    Garland, TX

    Amberton offers flexible program that emphasize professional training and individualized support that are ideal for working adults. The school offers a 36-credit online MBA with no GMAT requirement that consists of two graduate studies courses in ethics and research, as well as 30 credits of major coursework on topics like economics, finance, and strategic management. Students can enroll in electives that reflect their professional interest, with courses available on topics such as social media in business, global economic issues, and teams and technology.

    Graduates are able to apply business concepts and strategies that promote efficient operations, preparing them to pursue management positions in a variety of organizations. Applicants must complete four prerequisite courses in areas such as statistical analysis and managerial accounting and finance to be considered. Amberton is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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    9 American University RANKING SCORE
    69.44
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    14%
    LOCATION
    Washington, DC

    Founded in 1893 in Washington, D.C., American was one of the few schools to welcome women and African Americans from its beginning. Its diverse roots are evident today, with students who hail from more than 150 countries. The school offers a variety of fully online graduate programs, including a 48-credit MBA that can be completed in just 15 months. It is one of the best online MBA programs with no GMAT requirements and is ideal for both emerging and established professionals.

    The curriculum emphasizes an integrative approach to learning and includes courses on topics like business law, managerial statistics, and management information systems. Student must complete 12 core courses and three electives and have the option to concentrate in one of five areas, such as business analytics or consulting. The program includes two required immersion experiences, which involves attending training events in Washington D.C. and other business capitals around the world.

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    10 Northeastern University RANKING SCORE
    69.00
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    9%
    LOCATION
    Boston, MA

    NU is a private research university that was founded in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts. The school offers a variety of distance learning programs, including an online MBA with no GMAT requirement . This 50-credit online program includes 13 core courses and five electives. Electives can be completed in any area of business, such as finance, international management, or high technology management. They also have the option of choosing one of the program’s eight concentrations, which cover topics like innovation entrepreneurship and sustainability.

    Applicants must have at least five years of managerial experience and an undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered. While GMAT scores are not required for admissions, prospective students must provide official transcripts, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and an essay.

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    11 Bellevue University RANKING SCORE
    68.08
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    92%
    LOCATION
    Bellevue, NE

    Bellevue is a private, nonprofit university that was founded in 1966. The school serves more than 10,000 students each year and offers a variety of distance learning programs, including one of the top online MBA programs with no GMAT requirements . Students learn how to become ethically-minded professionals who possess crucial communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

    The 36-credit curriculum includes several foundation courses on topics such as business performance management, marketing and new media strategy, and operations and logistics. Students must complete at least 30 credits at Bellevue to graduate. All online students pay the same tuition rate, regardless of residency. The school offers more than 15 concentrations, allowing students to customize their degree to fit their career goals. Bellevue is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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    12 Lincoln Memorial University RANKING SCORE
    67.22
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    0%
    LOCATION
    Harrogate, TN

    LMU was founded in 1897 in the scenic Cumberland Gap of northeastern Tennessee. The school offers one of the region’s best online MBA programs with no GMAT requirement . This 36-credit program can be completed entirely online and includes coursework on human resource management, business strategy, and organizational leadership. Students can pursue one of the following concentrations: accounting, finance, management, marketing, or sports management.

    LMU faculty provide a student-centered learning environment that promotes inclusion and teamwork. In place of the GMAT, students must complete the peregrine entrance exam during their first semester of the program. Other admissions criteria include three letters of recommendation, a 500-word essay, resume, and an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75. LMU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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    13 University of Dallas RANKING SCORE
    66.05
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    45%
    LOCATION
    Irving, TX

    UD is a private Catholic university that was founded in 1956 in Dallas, Texas. The school offers a 30-credit online MBA that is one of few online MBA programs with no GMAT requirement. This program emphasizes skills training and is ideal for those seeking managerial positions. Students can pursue one of six concentrations, each of which includes four additional courses. These concentrations cover topics such as cybersecurity, information and technology management, and finance.

    The curriculum includes courses on a variety of topics, such as business analytics, managerial finance, and global strategy. This program includes a capstone experience that allows students to enhance their consulting skills by working with an organization to address a strategic problem. UD is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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    14 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus RANKING SCORE
    65.64
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    24%
    LOCATION
    Denver, CO

    CU Anschutz offers an online MBA with no GMAT requirement that is the largest in the state, offering several innovative teaching strategies that are ideal for distance learners. This program includes internship opportunities that promote experiential learning, equipping students with real work experience. The program can be completed as a generalist degree or with a specialization in a specific field of study, such as finance, enterprise technology management, information systems, or managing for sustainability.

    This 48-credit program includes 30 credits of core coursework and 15 credits of electives. The curriculum emphasizes the development of leadership skills and includes courses on a variety of topics, such as data analysis, economics, operations, and international business. Students are not required to complete a thesis or comprehensive exam to graduate. CU Anschutz is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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    15 George Mason University RANKING SCORE
    65.45
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    19%
    LOCATION
    Fairfax, VA

    GMU is the largest public research institution in Virginia with a student body of over 34,000. The university offers more than 50 hybrid and online programs, including a MBA program that can be completed in 20 months. This 48-credit program includes core coursework on a variety of topics, such as managerial economics, organizational behavior, and operations management. Beyond foundational courses, the program features a variety of electives ranging from investment analysis to data mining for business analytics.

    Students can also complete an optional global residency, which allows them to spend a week abroad working with various companies and collaborating on a team project. This online MBA includes no GMAT requirements and instead has three eligibility criteria: a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, a minimum of two years of relevant full-time work experience, and completion of a prerequisite course in college-level calculus.

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    16 The University of West Florida RANKING SCORE
    64.77
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    78%
    LOCATION
    Pensacola, FL

    UWF is located in Pensacola, Florida, and offers 18 online graduate degrees, including an online MBA with no GMAT requirements. This 33-credit program includes coursework on a variety of topics, such as business and policy, business analytics, and financial management. Prospective students who have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25, or those a GPA of 3.0 and eight or more years of professional experience, are not required to submit GMAT scores. The GMAT is also waived for applicants who pass all four components of the CPA exam or those with a doctorate or master’s degree in accountancy or a STEM field. Other eligibility criteria include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.0, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. Those with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 may be admitted if they have at least eight years of professional work experience.

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    17 Syracuse University RANKING SCORE
    64.75
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    17%
    LOCATION
    Syracuse, NY

    Syracuse is a private research university that was founded in 1831 in Lima, New York. Today, the school offers an online MBA with no GMAT requirement that is ideal for working adults. Applicants who are business and military professional with at least five years of relevant work experience are not required to submit GMAT scores.

    This 54-credit program includes 36 credits of core coursework on topics such as data analysis and decision making, marketing management, and microeconomics. They must also complete 15 credits of electives in areas like brand management and project management. Students may also pursue one of the programs six concentrations: accounting, business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, marketing management, or supply chain management. Syracuse is accredited by the Middle States Commission on HIgher Education and the program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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    18 Maharishi University of Management RANKING SCORE
    63.98
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    80%
    LOCATION
    Fairfield, IA

    MUM emphasizes consciousness-based education in all of their degree programs, each of which employs transcendental meditation techniques. The school features a one-of-a-kind online MBA in sustainable business with no GMAT requirements. The curriculum includes coursework in meditation for dispute resolution and creative intelligence modules, which familiarize students with consciousness-based education. Distance learners are expected to practice transcendental meditation daily.

    This 58-credit program can be completed in three years, with courses delivered in conjunction with an on-campus evening MBA program. Students watch live online lectures or participate asynchronously by viewing the recorded lectures at a later time. While the GMAT is not required for admission, it is recommended. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered. Those with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted if they provide strong GMAT scores.

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    19 Thomas Edison State University RANKING SCORE
    63.75
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    100%
    LOCATION
    Trenton, NJ

    TESU is the premier public institution of higher education in Trenton, New Jersey, that offers a variety of distance learning programs that are perfect for working adults. The school offers one of the top accelerated online MBA programs with no GMAT requirements in the country. While prospective students are not required to submit GMAT scores, they must complete prerequisite courses in financial accounting, microeconomics, and statistics before entering the program. The curriculum includes core coursework on a variety of topics, such as ethics for managers, financial management, and global strategic management.

    Applicants must submit official transcripts, a resume, and an essay outlining leadership goals. They must also have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least two years of professional experience in a management position or related area to be considered. Those with a bachelor’s degree in business may be admitted with less work experience.

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    20 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University RANKING SCORE
    63.38
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    89%
    LOCATION
    Daytona Beach, FL

    Embry-Riddle is a leader in distance learning and launched is worldwide campus in 1971. Its online learning platform features flexible start dates, including 10 graduate terms throughout the year and nine-week sessions. The university offers one of the only online MBA programs with no GMAT requirement that emphasizes the aviation industry. The GMAT is waived for applicants who have a master’s degree or significant work experience relevant to the field.

    This 33-credit program prepares graduates for managerial positions and features six concentrations: accounting, finance, leadership, information technology, marketing, and international business. The curriculum includes courses on a variety of topics, such as economics, international business, and operations research. This program integrates core business theories with aviation concepts, such as airline marketing and aviation systems analysis, concluding with a comprehensive exam that assesses a student’s knowledge of core program theories.

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    21 Texas A & M University – Commerce RANKING SCORE
    63.37
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    81%
    LOCATION
    Commerce, TX

    TAMUC features an inclusive online learning environment that promotes creativity, innovation, and professional advancement. The school offers an online MBA with no GMAT requirements that has both a 30-credit and 48-credit format. The 30-credit program is ideal for students with an academic background in business and consists of six management courses, two information analysis courses, and two electives. Students who do not meet program prerequisites must enroll in the 48-credit program. These prerequisites include several business courses in areas such as accounting and finance. Students can also complete four additional courses in one of the program’s 13 areas of emphasis, which cover topics like business analytics, digital marketing, and health economics.

    Applicants must have an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0, or 3.25 in their last 60 credits of coursework, to avoid the GMAT score requirement. Other admissions requirements include submitting an application, official transcripts, and one letter of recommendation.

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    22 University of La Verne RANKING SCORE
    62.95
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    19%
    LOCATION
    La Verne, CA

    La Verne is a private nonprofit university that was founded in 1891. The university emphasizes social responsibility and includes programs that encourage peace, social justice, and ethical reasoning. The school offers a variety of distance learners, including one of the West Coast’s top online MBA programs with no GMAT requirement .

    This fully online program is ideal for professionals with at least three years of full-time work experience. The 33-credit curriculum includes 18 credits of core coursework and 12 credits of electives or concentration classes. Core courses cover a variety of topics, such as technology management, strategic marketing management, and global business management. Students can customize their degree with a concentration in areas such as accounting, management and leadership, or marketing. While an undergraduate degree in business is not required, students must complete foundation courses prior to pursuing this degree.

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    23 California State University – San Bernardino RANKING SCORE
    62.29
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    24%
    LOCATION
    San Bernardino, CA

    CSUSB offers an online MBA that includes no GMAT requirement . This program can be completed in just 18 months and includes two foundational courses in data-driven decision making and advanced managerial communications. These courses prepare students for the essential components of the program, which include seven core courses, two electives, and a culminating experience.

    Applicants must have a minimum of five years of work experience in a business field and an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their final 90 credits of coursework to be considered. CSUSB is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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    24 University of Missouri RANKING SCORE
    62.21
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    25%
    LOCATION
    Columbia, MO

    Mizzou serves 75,000 students each year and promotes lifelong learning, professional growth, and societal wellbeing in all of its academic programs. The school offers an online MBA with no GMAT requirements that mirrors the school’s mission to generate economic development. Graduates are prepared to pursue careers as chief executive officers, sales directors, and operations managers.

    This 48-credit program can be completed in just under two years and covers topics like business analytics, leadership development, and strategy and innovation. Students enroll in four eight-week courses per semester that are delivered entirely online. However, the program includes four campus visits per year, as well as an international residency where students travel to two global location over the course of nine days. Applicants must have at least five years of relevant work and leadership experience to be considered. They must also submit an application, official transcripts, a resume, and a 500-word personal statement.

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    25 Wilmington University RANKING SCORE
    61.56
    COST
    % ENROLLED ONLINE
    75%
    LOCATION
    New Castle, DE

    Located along the Delaware River, Wilmington offers a variety of distance learning programs that are ideal for working professionals who want to advance their careers. The school offers one of the best online MBA programs with no GMAT requirements in the Northeast. This flexible program features an accelerated format where students complete a series of seven-week courses.

    The 36-credit curriculum is divided into seven core courses and five concentration courses. Students can choose from the program’s numerous concentrations, which includes options like business technology management, environmental sustainability, and homeland security. Students also have the opportunity to replace concentration courses with electives and receive a generalist degree. Applicants must submit official transcripts and schedule a meeting with the program director to develop their plan of study. They do not become candidates for the MBA program until they complete four business courses, including classes on organizational behavior and ethical leadership.

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    Accreditation for Online MBA Degrees

    National recognition is the baseline standard all nonprofit, accredited online MBA programs must achieve in order to have any validity. This designation is conferred by the United States Department of Education (DOE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The next form of accreditation comes at the regional level and is the most important. It means the particular college or university adheres to specific standards set forth by the state or consortium of state in which it operates, a necessary stamp of approval for most employers. There are seven regional accreditation bodies.

    The best online MBA programs will have national, regional, and industry-specific accreditation. Business students should look for programs recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the oldest and most well-respected organization in the field. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is another professional organization of this kind. Though newer, the ACBSP is growing in popularity and prominence among the top online MBA programs.

    National accreditation is the standard form of recognition for all online MBA programs and is conferred by the DOE and the CHEA. Both organizations work to establish and ensure academic and professional quality that nonprofit colleges and universities must gain, and reobtain every three to five years. The DOE and CHEA are also in charge of establishing the legitimacy of regional accreditation organizations, such as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Higher Learning Commission. For more information of DOE and CHEA recognized schools, visit their websites.

    EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK FOR MBA GRADUATES

    Job Placement: MBA vs Bachelor of Business Administration

    According to the BLS, the management sector is expected to grow by 6% — or roughly 505,000 jobs — between 2014 and 2024. This growth rate is slower than the projected rate for all industries, and those who earn an online MBA enjoy a more favorable employment rate than their counterparts with lesser degrees. A recent survey by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce revealed a significant difference in job placement rates between recent bachelor’s graduates, experienced bachelor’s graduates, and candidates with advanced degrees. Using data from this survey, the table below looks at these differences in five niche areas of business.

    Professional FieldUnemployment Rate for Recent Bachelor’s GraduatesUnemployment Rate for Experienced Bachelor’s GraduatesUnemployment Rate for Graduate Degree- Holders
    General Business7.0%4.8%4.2%
    Accounting6.8%4.8%3.8%
    Business Management and Administration8.1%5.4%4.4%
    Marketing and Marketing Research7.3%6.0%5.4%
    Finance6.6%5.2%4.6%

    Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

    As shown in the table above, the average unemployment rate was 4.5% for MBA-holders all five fields, compared to 7.2% for recent bachelor’s graduates and 5.2% for experienced bachelor’s graduates. The low unemployment rate for candidates with an MBA is partially due to the relatively low number of business professionals who earn a master’s compared to those who complete their studies with an undergraduate degree. According to the BLS, masters-holding employees make up 17% to 23% of MBA-friendly occupations such as marketing and sales managers, financial managers and marketing research analysts, and marketing specialists.

    Earning a Living

    In addition to better employment rates, MBA graduates also enjoy higher earning potential than their bachelor’s-holding colleagues. The CEW survey found that business professionals stand to earn an annual salary of roughly $84,000; by comparison, recent bachelor’s graduates make $39,000 per year and experienced bachelor’s graduates pull in $63,000 on a yearly basis. However, the wage premium for an MBA salary will vary by their specific business field. The following table uses data from the 2015-16 PayScale College Salary Report to compare the average entry-level salaries of these two groups in different areas of business and management.

    Degree/Professional FieldMedian Entry-Level Salary for Bachelor’s GraduatesMedian Entry-Level Salary for Master’s/ MBA GraduatesWage Premium for Master’s/MBA Graduates
    General Business$44,900$52,50017%
    Business Administration$45,800$55,60021%
    Finance$51,900$63,20022%
    Human Resources$41,300$50,40022%
    Supply Chain Management$53,900$62,30016%
    International Business$47,200$54,60016%
    Marketing and Management$44,100$53,10020%
    Project Management$52,400$64,10022%

    Source: 2015-16 PayScale College Salary Report

    The table above reveals a 19.5% average wage premium for master’s graduates in all eight professional fields. However, it’s important to note that these numbers only reflect entry-level wages — and that an MBA-holder’s salary will increase incrementally over the course of their career. The next table features expected annual salaries for these eight MBA concentrations at five different career benchmarks.

    MBA ConcentrationsMedian Salary (1 year or less)Median Salary (1 to 4 years)Median Salary (5 to 9 years)Median Salary (10 to 20 years)Median Salary (20+ years)
    General Business $53,030$58,010$76,171$100,208$120,095
    Business Administration $47,364$56,024$70,789$88,105$103,292
    Finance $53,640$64,055$82,673$102,197$130,948
    Human Resources $43,848$50,569$61,453$74,654$93,057
    Supply Chain Management $62,212$68,008$81,091$98,413$105,404
    International Business $54,496$58,798$78,276$99,047$129,169
    Marketing and Management $50,000$57,323$79,185$102,467$138,754
    Project Management $50,251$58,026$77,343$87,660$95,964

    Source: PayScale

    MBA-holders with a concentration in marketing and management enjoyed a career salary increase of 178% between the entry-level and late-career marks — the highest wage premium of all eight concentrations listed in the table above. Other MBA concentrations with high salary increases include finance (144%), international business (137%), general business (126%), business administration (118%), and human resources (112%).

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates from accredited online MBA programs will qualify for dozens of jobs after leaving school, although individual eligibility will depend on their degree specialization. Some of the most common career pathways for MBA-holders are listed below.

    Financial Managers : These managers oversee all of the financial activities of a company or organization. They develop short- and long-term budget plans, and often provide guidance to top executives about asset management and investment opportunities. Specific organizational roles for financial managers include chief financial officers (CFOs), controllers, treasurers, and insurance managers.

    Human Resources Managers : Human resources managers (HR managers for short) are responsible for their company’s administrative activities. They often lead HR personnel teams in the recruiting, screening, interviewing, hiring, and training of new employees. HR managers also meet with executives to discuss strategies for pursuing top talent.

    Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers : These managers work with other personnel — including creative directors, financial officers, and salespeople — to help companies generate public interest in the products they sell. They often take the lead in major advertising campaigns, and conduct post-project evaluations to determine areas of potential improvement.

    Top Executives : Executives oversee all operational activities of their firm, from finances and budget planning to marketing campaigns. Their day-to-day duties depend on the size of their company or organization. Specific executive roles include the chief executive officer (CEO), the chief operating officer (COO), and operational manager.

    ProfessionMedian Annual SalaryProjected Growth (2014-24)
    Financial Managers$117,9907%
    Human Resources Managers$104,4409%
    Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Managers$124,8509%
    Top Executives$102,6906%

    Professional Organizations

    Making professional connections and learning about different approaches to business administration is crucial to your success. Professional organizations offer a great entry point for students who want to learn more about their chosen career path. Below you’ll find three of the country’s most prominent organizations established for business professionals. These organizations host networking events, provide online trainings, maintain active job boards, and offer other services for career-ready college graduates. Resources like these often prove invaluable as you complete your degree requirements and prepare to enter the job market.

    • Association of MBAs : Based in London, AMBA is the only international organization specifically dedicated to educating, supporting, and connecting MBA graduates across different industries. Members are given a platform to network with fellow MBA-holders from more than 200 accredited business schools. Other benefits include continuing ed opportunities through the AMBA career center and access to online webinars.
    • National Association of Women MBAs : This not-for-profit organization is aimed at female business students, established professionals, and entrepreneurs who have earned an MBA. The NAWM specializes in four core areas: education and professional development; mentorship; networking; and collaboration. Members are invited to attend the organization’s annual conference, and local chapter meetings are held throughout the year.
    • National Black MBA Association, Inc. : Founded in 1970, the NBMBAA represents more than 30,000 members in 74 professional and collegiate chapters. With the aim of empowering minorities in the business world, the organization has awarded more than $5 million in scholarship aid to minority high school and college students.

    Financing Your Online MBA

    Despite the relative affordability of online MBA programs, most students still need financial assistance. Students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to learn more about loans, grants, and other opportunities offered through the U.S. government. Additionally, private grants and scholarships are widely available through nonprofit organizations, companies, and other sources. Check out our collection of resources below to learn more about financial aid options.

    AN OVERVIEW OF FINANCIAL AID

    Approximately two-thirds of today’s college students rely on loans to fund their education, but there are plenty of overlooked financing options you can use to reduce your overall student debt.

    UNDERSTANDING THE FAFSA

    Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a crucial first step for any student with financial needs. Our FAFSA guide features a step-by-step rundown on the process and answers to several frequently asked questions.

    FINANCIAL AID FOR ONLINE COLLEGE STUDENTS

    Financial aid for online learning is equivalent to what you’ll find for campus-based learning, but that hasn’t always been the case. Learn about the changes that have taken place, as well as the different funding opportunities available to online students.

    SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WOMEN

    Online programs can provide an affordable and flexible option for women trying to balance the demands of work, family, and earning their degree. We’ve curated a list of valuable scholarships specifically for women.

    SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINGLE PARENTS

    Online college programs can be a flexible, affordable option for single parents who are interested in earning a degree and securing their family’s financial future. We’ve compiled a list of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid options geared toward single moms and dads.

    FINANCIAL AID FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY

    Millions of dollars in free money is available to U.S. military personnel, but much of it goes unused. Learn more about grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities available to veterans, active-duty service members, and reservists.

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    5Babson CollegeWellesley, MA
    6Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimore, MD
    7George Washington UniversityWashington, DC
    8University of Maryland-College ParkCollege Park, MD
    9University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMinneapolis, MN
    10Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh, PA
    11University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaign, IL
    12Stevens Institute of TechnologyHoboken, NJ
    13Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, PA
    14The University of Texas at DallasRichardson, TX
    15Purdue University-Main CampusWest Lafayette, IN
    16University of South Carolina-ColumbiaColumbia, SC
    17Villanova UniversityVillanova, PA
    18Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA
    19Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeBaton Rouge, LA
    20Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-WorldwideDaytona Beach, FL
    21East Carolina UniversityGreenville, NC
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    2Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZ
    3University of FloridaGainseville, FL
    4University of Texas at DallasRichardson, TX
    5University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NC
    6University of Wisconsin at Eau ClaireEau Claire, WI
    7North Carolina State UniversityRaleigh, NC
    8Temple UniversityPhiladelphia, PA
    9Auburn UniversityAuburn University, AL
    10Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity Park, PA
    11The University of ArizonaTuscon, AZ
    12University of Michigan – DearbornDearborn, MI
    13Arkansas State UniversityJonesboro, AR
    14Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, PA
    15Ball State UniversityMuncie, IN
    16University of MississippiUniversity, MS
    17Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, GA
    18Mississippi State UniversityMississippi State, MS
    19University of Tennessee – MartinMartin, TN
    20University of Nebraska – LincolnLincoln, NE
    21Washington State UniversityPullman, WA
    22Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA
    23Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant, MI
    24Rochester Institute of TechnologyRochester, NY
    25University of Maryland – College ParkCollege Park, MD

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    Canada is quickly becoming a top destination for international students to earn their MBA. There are a variety of programs for an MBA online in Canada that can provide students with a solid business foundation, preparing them to enter the workforce as qualified business professionals.

    MBA online in Canada provides students who work and must juggle school and family, with the flexibility to obtain an MBA within their own schedule. Students can advance in their career by taking a multi-disciplinary approach to business that is offered in courses for MBA online in Canada. Students will learn the essentials of business practice, such as accounting, e-commerce, technology and marketing, within the context of ethical awareness. With and MBA online in Canada, students also have the option to specialize in such areas as Health Management, Information Technology and Entrepreneurship and many more.

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    Royal Roads University

    Master of Business Administration in Executive Management

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    To be successful in today’s globally-focused commercial landscape, you need to understand everything about the business. Our MBA in Executive Management addresses the real-world needs of today’s business world, developing flexible minds with the ability to analyze a situation, synthesize a strategic plan, and implement an effective solution.
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    The MBA in Executive Management at Royal Roads University is designed for working professionals, by working professionals. We’ve used our experience in the industry to create a program that gives you the solid foundation required of today’s business leaders, as well as the opportunity to put your learning to work through hands-on practice. No matter what your career aspirations are, you’ll be able to use the tools and techniques found in your program to move your organization forward. You can choose to complete your MBA in Executive Management or with a specialization in Leadership, Management Consulting, International Business – Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Specialization, or International Business and Innovation – Europe Specialization….
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    The Northampton Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification in management that is designed to offer in-depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions.
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    About the Programme
    The Northampton Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification in management that is designed to offer in-depth knowledge of all critical business areas and functions.
    Each module is started by optional weekend workshops in the UAE conducted by university professors. These workshops take place once every 10 weeks and have been branded as extremely beneficial by our students.
    The Programme builds on students experiences to provide a thorough grounding in management and leadership: strategic competencies, leadership capability, functional knowledge and management tools and skills.
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    University of Leicester MBA

    University of Leicester MBA

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    30 months
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    The Leicester MBA provides students with the skills necessary to become an adept manager in today’s global business environment. The course will equip you with a thorough understanding of current and emerging theories, techniques, and practices of business management.
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    Online Masters in Business Administration in Canada 2018/2019. About the Programme
    The Leicester MBA provides students with the skills necessary to become an adept manager in today’s global business environment. The course will equip you with a thorough understanding of current and emerging theories, techniques, and practices of business management.
    Upon partaking the Leicester MBA, you will be able to combine online and face-to-face learning to suit your needs. The online learning environment lets you study anytime, anywhere, whilst the annual Leicester Masterclass and regular residential workshops held at the Global Centres help you hone the skills that are best-practised face-to-face, giving you unparalleled opportunities to gain cross-cultural experiences and expand global interconnectedness related abilities and knowledge. The Global Centres are located in the UK, the Middle East, Southern Europe, and East & West Africa, so you can stay close to home or travel the world to broaden your horizons.
    You will efficiently develop the skills needed to think creatively, critically and strategically about a wide range of business issues, in addition to excelling the awareness of cultural sensitivity, as well as the ability to work in a cross-cultural, multinational, team-based environment.
    The course will allow you to integrate and apply the knowledge, approaches and methods that you have learnt to a variety of case studies and your own managerial and work experiences.
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    Earn leadership to accelerate your career or launch your business project, with an Executive MBA focused on innovation and business-tech.
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    This Online MBA is for managers and future managers who wish to consolidate their skills, assert their leadership or propel their own entrepreneurial project. Fully accessible online, it was created to meet your expectations of evolution, ambition, freedom and flexibility.

    His program condenses the best of the Epitech School’s Executive MBA, rehabilitated to allow you to follow it at your own pace, whether you’re traveling, working or at home, from your computer, tablet and smartphone .

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    Master the strategic challenges of the digital and global transformation of the economy, and develop a 360 ° vision of the company to gain height.
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    Earn leadership to accelerate your career or launch your business project, with an Executive MBA focused on innovation and business-tech.

    WHY IS THIS MBA ISG EPITA ONLINE?

    This Online MBA is for managers and future managers who wish to consolidate their skills, assert their leadership or propel their own entrepreneurial project. Fully accessible online, it was created to meet your expectations of evolution, ambition, freedom and flexibility.

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    MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership

    Sandermoen School of Business
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    42 months
    September 2018
    Canada
    Saint John

    A Social Enterprise (SE) is generally understood to be a business operated or owned by a non-profit organization, established at least partly to supplement its public funding and charitable
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    MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership

    Upcoming Start Dates: November 25, January 6

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    A Social Enterprise (SE) is generally understood to be a business operated or owned by a non-profit organization, established at least partly to supplement its public funding and charitable donations. The growth of the Social Enterprise sector is strong, and the need for capable and seasoned leaders even stronger. But leading such businesses is arguably more complex than leading a for-profit business – rather than having a single focus on profitability, Social Enterprise executives must achieve a “blended value” return on investment, balancing sustainable profitability with a social mission. Thus, in response to the growing demand for SE leaders, and the complexity of SE leadership, this program has been developed with the advice of some of Canada’s leading practitioners to meet the sector’s specific needs….
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    MBA in Global Leadership

    Sandermoen School of Business
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    42 months
    September 2018
    Canada
    Saint John

    It is imperative that the leadership teams of virtually every company collectively recognize that they are managing their organization in a complex global network of suppliers, competitors
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    Upcoming Start Dates: November 25, January 6

    Why this program is needed

    It is imperative that the leadership teams of virtually every company collectively recognize that they are managing their organization in a complex global network of suppliers, competitors, partners, and customers – with all of the threats and opportunities entailed. In our view, this global context is not to be feared. Rather, it must be embraced, and our leadership and management teams must be educated and prepared accordingly.

    For whom this program is designed

    Our online MBA with a focus on Global Leadership is designed for early-career professionals and managers of medium to large sized companies who aspire to lead their companies towards much higher performance in their global networks. It begins with coverage of fundamental management essentials such as financial, analytical and decision-making skills, and knowledge of an organization’s core functions and interactions. The program goes much further than that. Its core focus is on leadership techniques, especially collaborative leadership in the complex cross-boundary global context, both within the company and between companies….
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    MBA in Innovation Leadership

    Sandermoen School of Business
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    42 months
    September 2018
    Canada
    Saint John

    In today’s global business environment, every part of an organization must run in perfect alignment and at peak efficiency in order to meet the demands imposed by relentless global
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    MBA in Innovation Leadership

    Upcoming Start Dates: November 25, January 6

    Why This Program Is Needed

    In today’s global business environment, every part of an organization must run in perfect alignment and at peak efficiency in order to meet the demands imposed by relentless global competitors. However, the same organization must also be able to regenerate itself to seek bold new directions that offer new opportunities for motivation and growth, be they new product categories, new markets, new partnerships, new processes, or new organizational structures. Think of Apple’s foray into portable MP3 music players with their famous iPod, which represented a substantial departure from their main lines of computer hardware and software; yet which, successfully done, garnered over 90% share of the MP3 market within three years of its launch, at premium prices….
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      Many consider the Master of Business Administration (MBA) one of the most valuable degrees available to students and professionals today. In addition to serving as an advanced academic credential, the MBA gives graduates a wider range of career options and much greater earning potential. Graduates of MBA programs enjoy a higher level of job security, and the degree can help fast track already-working professionals into upper management positions in their fields. Read on to explore online MBA basics, see which colleges offer stand-out programs and discover which advanced degree option is the right fit for you.

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      Earning an MBA online has become an increasingly popular option for those looking to advance their careers, and with good reason: online degree programs offer the flexibility needed to maintain busy work and home lives while still balancing a full class schedule. Schools have seen this increased need for such programs, and have answered; there are now hundreds of online MBA programs in which prospective students may enroll. To help narrow the field, we’ve analyzed every online MBA program in the nation by cost, supportive services, student teacher ratio and accreditation to determine which schools stand on top. Discover the Best Online MBA Programs for 2016-2017 below.

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      1 North Carolina State University at Raleigh 99.77$$$$$6393.57316:1

      There are three MBA programs available at NC State University. Students can complete the full-time MBA, which is AACSB-accredited, in two years at the downtown Raleigh campus. The professional evening MBA is available at Research Triangle Park or the Raleigh main campus. Students can choose a flexible path, which allows them up to six years to complete the program, or an accelerated path, which can be completed in as few as 21 months, including limited weekend courses. The third option is a professional online MBA, which is an international accredited program. Students can log in on their own schedule and work at their own pace.

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      2 University of Arkansas 99.42$$$$$6303.58219:1

      The university’s Sam M. Walton College of Business offers both a full-time MBA and an executive MBA. The full-time MBA is a 16-month program that begins in January and requires 48 hours of coursework to complete. It offers students four possible career track options: retail marketing management, entrepreneurship and education, financial management and supply chain management. The executive MBA, which prepares professionals for advancement in the value chain and consumer packaged goods industry, can be finished in roughly two years. Part-time students are expected to take classes one Saturday every month, or about six hours every semester.

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      3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 99.40$$$$$7013.41313:1

      Students can pursue a full-time MBA, which is designed to be finished in two years. The first semester is front-loaded with core courses, and students are free to pursue electives later in the year. It is available in 10 concentrations and two focus areas. There is also an executive MBA option, which is designed for professionals who are already at the mid-to-senior level of their careers. Professional and career development is part of the executive MBA framework. A third option is the online MBA, which allows students to pursue their degrees from anywhere. No matter which option students choose, they will receive personalized career counseling.

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      4 New York University 98.81$$$$$7203.511110:1

      There are a wide range of MBAs available, including dual degrees that allow students to pursue advanced graduate degrees and MBAs simultaneously. Among the available dual degrees are MD/MBA, JD/MBA, MBA/MFA, MS in Mathematics/MBA, MBA/MPA, MBA/MA in French studies, biology MS/MBA and MBA/HEC School of Management. For those pursuing a singular MBA, there is a full-time option, which offers several areas of interest, and an executive program, which can be tailored with up to three specializations. Part-time MBAs can be pursued in New York City and Westchester.

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      5 Temple University 98.72$$$$$6323.59414:1

      The first of four MBAs, the executive MBA is designed for mid-level professionals and requires a commitment of one weekend per month for 16 months. Web conferencing sessions complement face-to-face coursework in Center City Philadelphia. The global MBA is a full-time program that lasts two years and includes two global immersion trips. The online MBA can be completed in as little as 20 months. Since it’s offered in a “carousel” structure, students can pursue coursework at their own pace. Each course lasts only four weeks. Finally, there is a part-time MBA, which can be earned in two years through face-to-face and online interaction.

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      6 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 98.48$$$$$6513.59118:1

      The Lindner College of Business MBA offers students more degree specialization options than any other college or university in the area — more than 20 possible customizations in total. No matter which specialization a student chooses, the program will include special presentations from business thought leaders, as well as case studies from the real world. Students will have the opportunity to participate in community service programs and leverage the university’s connections with businesses both in the region and around the world. Programs can be completed in the traditional, face-to-face format or online as a distance learning program.

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      7 Columbus State University 97.76$$$$$6003.37117:1

      An MBA is offered in both the traditional format, or it can be taken completely online through Georgia WebMBA, which is a consortium of schools accredited by the AACSB. Since it is a general-purpose management degree, graduates can go on to careers in government, industry or business. The program consists of 10 graduate courses and requires students to complete 30 credit hours. One-year completion is possible for full-time students, who can complete 12 hours in both the fall and spring, and finish the remaining six hours over the summer. For students who opt for the traditional program, all courses will be taken in the evening.

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      8 Iowa State University 97.24$$$$$6133.48219:1

      Iowa State University offers a full-time MBA and a professional MBA. The full-time MBA, which is offered in Ames, requires students to complete 10 core courses (30 credits) and six electives (18 credits) as part of an intensive, two-year program. The program provides a broad management foundation while allowing each student to tailor it to his or her needs and goals. The professional MBA is offered in Des Moines. It is designed for working professionals and requires students to attend two night classes per week. The program can be finished in two-and-a-half years or less, or two years with a year-round fast-track option.

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      9 The University of Texas at Dallas 97.09$$$$$6783.47522:1

      There are five tracks for students pursuing MBAs, each of which have different requirements and are designed for different goals. Courses for the full-time program can be taken in the day or evening. The degree takes about 16 months to complete and is designed for students with roughly five years of work experience. There are three options for the professional MBA. The evening cohort can be completed in just 24 months. Both the online and flex professional MBAs can take up to 72 months to complete, and allow students to self pace throughout the program. Executive tracks take roughly 21 months to complete.

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      10 University of Florida 96.67$$$$$6813.46221:1

      There are two kinds of MBAs available at the University of Florida: full-time MBAs and an MBAs for professionals. The full-time MBA has an immersive, two-year option and two one-year options: one for business majors and one for all majors. The all-majors MBA follows a 12-month accelerated format, and the business-major MBA is a fast-track program that begins in June and takes just 10 months to finish. The MBA for professionals has an executive option designed for students with eight or more years of career experience. There are also professional and online options, both of which have one-year and two-year tracks.

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      11 Mississippi State University 96.49$$$$$5543.48219:1

      Students who are emerging leaders can pursue an MBA through two formats at Mississippi State University. The on-campus program is offered in an accelerated format that groups students into cohorts, or teams that students remain in from start to finish. The program also includes consulting projects for an actively operating enterprise, as well as professional development workshops. There is also a distance MBA, which is fully accredited and offers working students a flexible schedule. Both programs are designed for students who already possess business acumen, but who are seeking leadership positions in their fields.

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      12 Arkansas State University-Main Campus 96.34$$$$$5463.38117:1

      The Arkansas State University College of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, offers an MBA designed to prepare students for management positions in a wide range of organizations. There are five possible concentrations: healthcare administration, finance, management information systems, international business and supply chain management. No matter the concentration, coursework will stress problem solving, analytical thinking and decision making. Students can complete the MBA in the traditional, on-campus format, or they can complete the degree completely online. Since courses are offered in the afternoon and evening, even on-campus students enjoy wide flexibility in scheduling.

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      13 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 96.28$$$$$5603.53215:1

      MBAs from the SIU College of Business prepare students for managerial positions in both government and the private sector. There are two possible concentrations, finance and marketing. No matter the focus area, all MBA students are required to take four electives. Students who do not want to pursue a specialization can take general business electives. All MBAs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, including the online MBA, which includes specially designed courses taught by many of the same faculty member who teach full-time, residential masters programs on campus.

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      14 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 96.09$$$$$6803.41617:1

      There are three traditional MBA options: part time, full time and part-time distance. The full-time MBA, which is designed for students with an average of four years work experience, is a fully immersive, two-year program. The part-time MBA is available through condensed, online and weekend classes. The part-time distance MBA is taken online, but gives students the opportunity to engage with traditional part-time students. There is also an executive MBA, which is a 20-month program designed for students with an average of 14 years of career experience. Dual degree MBAs allow students to pursue two degrees at once, and the industry MBA is for current or former congressional staffers.

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      15 Syracuse University 96.04$$$$$6313.53116:1

      Students can pursue an MBA at the Whitman School of Management completely online without interrupting their careers. There are six possible specializations, each of which requires 36 core credits, 15 specialization credits and three credits of U.S. and global residency, for 54 credits in total. Graduate students receive personalized career coaching and have access to the virtual career center. Students meet and interact through live online classes. Although the program is completed online, students meet face to face during residency weekends. These meetings may be held on campus, or in cities that are known for international business.

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      16 University of Wyoming 96.03$$$$$5603.35815:1

      Several of the eight available MBA programs can be taken online, while others require on-campus instruction. The university, as well as all MBA programs and the School of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. No matter which program a student chooses, coursework will integrate ethics, globalization, entrepreneurship and sustainability into decision making. The primary objective is for all students to emerge from their chosen program with a full grasp on advanced business concepts. Students will also learn leadership and teamwork skills, while developing solutions to complicated and unstructured business problems.

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      17 Arizona State University-Tempe 95.70$$$$$6723.37522:1

      There are several possible concurrent degrees and specializations available for the W.P. Carey School of Business MBA. All of them stress teamwork and offer students personalized career coaching and networking opportunities. The full-time degree program requires three to five years of work experience. There is a part-time option that holds classes two nights a week and offers supplementary online work. The online program is designed for busy professionals who need the freedom to self pace. The executive program is designed for professionals who have 10-20 years of work experience. All programs take 21 months to complete.

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      18 University of Memphis 95.22$$$$$5443.38514:1

      Five different MBAs offer different students different educational pursuits. The professional MBA is a part-time program with a flexible schedule that requires two to three years to complete and doesn’t require any work experience. There is a fully online version with roughly the same requirements. Both are designed for students seeking to enhance career prospects. The international MBA (IMBA), executive MBA (EMBA) and the customer-driven MBA (CDMBA) all take 17 months to complete, although the IMBA does not require work experience, where the EMBA and CDMBA require five years and 2.5 years, respectively.

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      19 Carnegie Mellon University 95.09$$$$$6903.33110:1

      The Tepper School of Business offers one MBA in three different formats: full-time MBA, part-time on-campus MBA and part-time online hybrid MBA. The full-time program takes 21 months to complete, and both of the part-time options are completed in 32 months. Students in all three tracks are entitled to the full range of career services. Full-time students typically have between two and eight years of work experience, while part-time students may have as much as a decade of career experience. One of the smallest top business schools, Carnegie Mellon boasts a 5:1 faculty/student ratio.

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      20 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 95.08$$$$$6393.36317:1

      The Isenberg School of Management MBA can be taken in an online/part time format or a full-time format. Students interested in achieving two graduate degrees at the same time can choose a dual degree track. The full-time offering is a two-year residential program that is offered at the main campus. The part-time MBA is completed in a hybrid format, with both traditional and online courses. The online program is 100 percent web-based. Alternate dual degrees include concentrations in sports management, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering. All programs are accredited by the AACSB.

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      21 Penn State World Campus 95.05$$$$$6363.37317:1

      The Penn State Smeal MBA is a residential program that takes two years to complete. Primary concentrations include supply chain management, marketing and finance. Secondary concentration options are innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social innovation, and healthcare. The school maintains several partnerships, including Teach for America, Fulfillment Fund and WNISEF. The Smeal MBA stresses teamwork, and when students begin in August, they join a team with which they remain until the spring. Graduate students have several options for joint degrees, including MD/MBA and JD/MBA. Undergraduate students can pursue a BS/MBA, which is a dual bachelor/graduate degree.

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      22 Florida International University 94.73$$$$$5903.42826:1

      There are eight different MBAs available to graduate students. Among them are two executive MBAs. The traditional executive MBA takes 22 months to complete, while the global executive MBA can be completed in 20 months. The healthcare MBA is an 18-month program designed for experienced professionals. The international MBA, which teaches students to be effective global business leaders, holds classes Monday through Friday and can be completed in as few as 12 months. Students can also pursue a corporate online MBA and three different professional MBAs: a flex program, a downtown program and a weekend program.

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      23 Boston University 94.66$$$$$6823.33313:1

      Students have eight different options for concentrations in the full-time MBA. They can choose one concentration, multiple concentrations or no concentration at all. Students will be part of a cohort, each of which contains 50-55 people who work on projects and complete assignments together. The part-time program is called PEMBA (professional evening MBA). PEMBA can also choose one or more of eight concentrations. The executive MBA is a cohort-based program that takes 18 months to complete. Everyone in the cohort will be senior leaders or executives. There are also several options to earn joint graduate degrees.

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      24 Sam Houston State University 94.63$$$$$4963.55121:1

      Students who pursue an MBA in business administration at Sam Houston State University can do so entirely through face-to-face coursework, completely online, or with any combination of distance learning and traditional instruction that they choose. Qualified students from any academic discipline can enter the program. The 36-hour program includes 24 core hours and 12 hours of electives. This does not change whether classes are taken online or in person. Although the program can be finished online in as little as four semesters, this is not recommended for working professionals. Instead, working students should consider taking six hours at most per semester for a two-year completion timeline.

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      25 Ohio University-Main Campus 94.45$$$$$5103.5118:1

      The one-year MBA from the Ohio University School of Business is meant to be taken full time by students from a wide range of academic backgrounds. The program follows a cohort structure, which encourages students to work together in teams. Student are required to complete 42 credit hours beginning in August. Participants will expand their cohort-based collaboration skills through team-building exercises and career development seminars. Faculty are leaders in the fields that they teach, and students gain real-world global experience through an international study program. The program is highly competitive, and students should examine the strict requirements before applying.

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      26 Washington State University 94.38$$$$$5593.43515:1

      The one-year data analytics MBA, which is offered exclusively on the Pullman campus, starts in August. Students finish in May, embark on a trip abroad and then complete their final project by the middle of July. Students can earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in just five years if they enroll as freshman. The online MBA offers concentrations in hospitality business management, international business, finance or marketing, or students may simply pursue a general MBA. An executive MBA is also offered as a distance program, and face-to-face programs can be taken at the Tri Cities and Vancouver locations.

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      27 University of Massachusetts-Lowell 94.36$$$$$5803.41118:1

      Designed primarily as a part-time evening program, the MBA is designed mostly for mid-level working professionals. Only fully matriculated degree candidates from the Manning School of Business may apply. Students can pursue the degree on a part-time or full-time basis, with most physical campus courses only available in the evening. Many courses, however, can be taken online. Participants who take nine credits per semester are considered full-time students. With a handful of exceptions, all applicants must first complete at least 10 courses, or 30 credits, beyond the University of Massachusetts Lowell MBA program’s foundation core.

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      28 University of Hawaii at Manoa 94.14$$$$$5873.35713:1

      Two of the seven MBAs available at University of Hawaii at Manoa are joint degrees. The MBA/juris doctor degree doubles elective credits to 10. There is also an MBA/civil engineering MS. In that program, students take engineering courses during the day and MBA courses at night. The other five MBAs are a full-time global MBA, which focuses on Asia-Pacific. The part-time MBA is designed for working professionals, and is the only AACSB International accredited program of its kind in Hawaii. The executive MBA is designed for current managers, and offers an online counterpart, as well. Finally, students can pursue a Vietnam executive MBA.

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      29 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 94.11$$$$$5733.38119:1

      100 percent of the faculty who teach the MBA program, like all graduate faculty at the university, teach full time and have doctorates. A limited number of students may qualify for graduate assistantships, which are open only to students in good standing who have been admitted into the MBA program. These positions are not teaching assistantships, and are for the purpose of instructional support and research assistance. The MBA program is the only one of its kind in the region that is accredited by the AACSB. Among the academic resources available to graduate students are a public speaking center and a writing center.

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      30 St John’s University-New York 93.89$$$$$5373.621217:1

      With the accounting MBA offered at St. John’s University in New York, graduate students will receive valuable knowledge applicable to a career in either public accountancy or corporate management accounting. Continuing an education isn’t always easy, but St. John’s University lends aid to all eligible students seeking financial help. St. John’s University is spread out over four locations in New York, and is also proud to offer educational institutions in both Rome and Paris. Undergraduate students who are looking for an accelerated program of study have the opportunity to complete either a bachelor’s degree in three years or a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five.

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      31 Baylor University 93.70$$$$$6343.32415:1

      Students can choose between a traditional MBA, which takes 21 months to complete, or an accelerated, 16-month program. Through the MBA Focus Firm class, students will have the opportunity to work directly with company executives to research, analyze and provide solutions for real-world problems. The Baylor Business Network maintains relationships with influential speakers who are available to support both students and alumni. Students will have the opportunity to put their knowledge to work through community-based initiatives that pair them with actual executives for volunteer and outreach programs. The career management team helps students develop a personalized career path after graduation.

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      32 University of South Dakota 93.70$$$$$5223.37517:1

      The MBA program at the University of South Dakota comes in several specializations. The main MBA can be taken as a general MBA, or place a focus on health services administration or business analytics. Students can also choose an MBA with a marketing specialization or an operations and supply chain management specialization. For those who seek a dual degree, there are two options: a juris doctor/MBA combination and a BBA/MBA, the latter of which is a fast-track program. Students can earn their MBA at the Sioux Falls location, or they can complete the program online.

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      33 Auburn University 93.28$$$$$5783.28417:1

      The university offers four options: an on-campus MBA, an online MBA, an executive MBA and a physicians executive MBA. The concentrations available for on-campus students include supply chain management, information systems, finance, human resources, and business analytics. Distance learning concentrations include business analytics, information systems, marketing and finance. Those interested in multiple degrees have several choices of dual graduate programs. MBA students work closely with the director of Graduate Career Services through the Office of Professional and Career Development. On-campus students take part in a 10-day international business trip. Auburn MBA programs are partnered with the Center for Creative Leadership to form the iLead program.

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      34 University of Colorado Denver 93.27$$$$$6013.16616:1

      One of the six possible MBAs is a dual degree that lets students pursue an MBA and a specialized master’s degree at the same time. The professional MBA is highly flexible, and can be taken on either a full-time or part-time basis. It can be completed in anywhere from 16 months to five years. In the 11-month MBA program, students remain in the same cohort from start to finish. The fully immersive format results in a full, 48 semester-hour MBA in just under a year. The executive MBA is can be completed in less than two years, and there are two health administration options: executive and traditional.

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      35 University of South Carolina-Columbia 93.25$$$$$6693.23318:1

      The Moore School MBA, which can be completed in just 11 months, focuses on global business and management functions. The international MBA provides in-country language instruction as part of an international marketplace immersion. The professional MBA is designed for working professionals who need the flexibility required not to interrupt their careers. Courses can be taken across South Carolina and in Charlotte, North Carolina. Graduate students can customize career management services to their professional goals, and have access to on-campus recruiting, career management coaching and professional development workshops and seminars. The Handshake program is a network that pairs thousands of working alumni with current students.

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      36 Southeast Missouri State University 93.24$$$$$4953.48322:1

      Prospective graduate students can choose from a traditional MBA, an online MBA or an accelerated MBA. All three programs have the same common core requirements, and nine hours per semester is considered full time, or equivalent to 15 hours at the undergraduate level. All applicants must have an AACSB accredited undergraduate business degree, or the equivalent from an accredited institution. The online MBA follows identical curricula, and students communicate with instructors and peers through bulletin boards, chat, email, drop boxes and forums. Students with at least 75 semester hours are eligible to pursue the accelerated MBA.

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      37 Colorado State University-Fort Collins 92.98$$$$$5453.38516:1

      Students can customize their MBA coursework and choose from five different programs. Students who are pursuing a professional MBA will meet on campus two nights a week for 21 months. The program also offers a distance-learning counterpart, the online professional MBA. The executive MBA is for working professionals. Class meets every other Saturday, and students pursue supplemental online instruction between classes at their own pace. There is also an early career MBA, which welcomes students with little or no professional experience. Finally, the global social and sustainable enterprise MBA is designed for international entrepreneurs who are concerned with sustainability and global responsibility.

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      38 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus 92.57$$$$$5603.24120:1

      The OSU MBA can be pursued as either a part time program or a full-time program. The part-time option allows busy students to self pace through a minimized number of classes per year. Generally, it takes between three and five years to complete the program on a part-time basis. Full-time students will complete 45 credit hours, divided up between 33 core courses and 12 electives, and usually complete the program in two years. Students can choose a general MBA, or choose between six concentrations: entrepreneurship, information assurance, marketing analytics, nonprofit management, business sustainability and human resource management.

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      39 Tennessee Technological University 92.36$$$$$5163.38120:1

      The MBA, which can be pursued by students from a wide range of academic backgrounds, can be taken completely online, completely on campus or through any combination of the two. There is no difference in either curriculum or credentials no matter the path. Both full-time and part-time students are able to self pace. All programs require students to complete a total of 30 hours, broken up into 10, three-hour courses. In all, the program requires students to finish nine hours of electives and 21 hours of core courses. There are six possible concentrations.

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      40 Pepperdine University 91.83$$$$$6313.23412:1

      There are four MBAs at Pepperdine University. The part-time option is for working professionals who require extra flexibility. There is a flex option, a fast-track option and part-time joint bachelor’s and MBA, which allows students to earn their MBA immediately after completing their undergraduate degree with just 30 credits instead of the traditional 52. The full-time MBA is offered in Malibu, and comes with the options of an accelerated format, a two-year MBA, an international MBA and a SEER certificate. There are also a selection of both graduate and undergraduate joint MBA options. Some students may also pursue a president’s or executive MBA.

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      41 Missouri University of Science and Technology 91.72$$$$$5553.33118:1

      All graduate courses that count toward the school’s MBA program can be taken completely online. Students can view lectures live and interact with instructors and their peers, or they can watch recorded versions of the classes after the fact. The program’s unique 4+1 option lets students earn their bachelor’s degree in business while dual enrolling in the graduate program in their final semester. This format sets them up to complete their MBA in just one year. Students must complete 36 graduate credits in two parts: 21 core credits and 15 elective credits.

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      42 Florida Gulf Coast University 91.61$$$$$5103.41N/A22:1

      Graduates from the MBA program offered at Florida Gulf Coast University will have received a vast range of applicable knowledge necessary in addressing and resolving business workplace problems. A broad range of programs of study are accessible at Florida Gulf Coast University, including 53 undergraduate programs, 10 certificates, and 23 graduate programs. Florida Gulf Coast University produces scholars capable of great academic achievements; the average freshman GPA is approximated at 3.8. Positions on any of FGCU’s competitive sporting teams, including baseball, basketball, and cross country, are attainable for all qualifying students.

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      43 East Carolina University 91.49$$$$$4983.32118:1

      Continuously AACSB accredited since 1967, the MBA program at East Carolina University focuses on the theory and practice of business management. The program is open to both business and non-business undergraduates. The self-contained program requires no prerequisite business classes or career experience. The 18-course, 54-credit program is divided into common body and foundation components. Foundation courses give MBA students the academic knowledge they would have received as business undergrads. Students who already took these courses and passed with an A or B may choose to waive foundational classes. All students must complete the common body coursework.

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      44 University of North Texas 91.38$$$$$5203.31023:1

      Two of the 10 available MBAs can be taken completely online. All MBA programs require students to complete 36 hours of coursework split evenly, with 18 core hours and 18 concentration hours. Although the average amount of work experience is between two and 10 years, with five years being the most common, there is no career experience requirement to enter the program. Beginning in 2017, the school will also offer a one-year full-time intensive MBA in business management, which is designed as a fifth year of study following a four-year bachelor’s degree in any discipline at UNT.

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      45 Missouri State University-Springfield 90.41$$$$$5423.1420:1

      There are four different options for students pursuing an MBA at Missouri State University-Springfield: traditional, online, evening and accelerated. The traditional program allows students to schedule courses according to their own schedules, in either the day or evening, or online. The MBA can be completed in 33 hours, and students can enhance their degrees with graduate certificates. Undergraduate juniors and seniors can take as many as six credits toward their future MBA through the accelerated format. About one-fourth of all students take the MBA as a distance-learning program, which can be completed 100 percent online. The evening program can be completed with 33 credit hours at night or online.

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      46 Western Kentucky University 90.30$$$$$5123.26N/A18:1

      Many students begin their college careers with concerns regarding class times and scheduling. These worries can be set aside by enrolling in any of Western Kentucky University’s online programs, including their 100 percent scheduling-flexible master of business administration program. Students will be able to work with the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning to find destinations around the world to fulfill their learning and traveling goals. The WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships will provide students with the means to collaborate with local organizations for the betterment of their community, as well as opportunities to facilitate the development of their education.

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      47 Lehigh University 90.27$$$$$6013310:1

      The College of Business and Economics offers three different MBAs. 1-MBA is a full-time program that takes one year to complete. Courses are taken on campus, and three years of work experience are required. The Flex MBA blends online classes and evening on-campus classes, and comes with a two-year work requirement. There are also two joint MBA options, an MBA/Engineering and MBA/educational leadership. Faculty are constantly conducting research and bringing the results of their research into the classroom. Advanced career services are available for all MBA students both before and after graduation.

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      48 Hofstra University 90.20$$$$$5773.171414:1

      The faculty at Hofstra University understands that graduate students have responsibilities outside of their academic program. That’s why many of the graduate degrees offered at Hofstra—including the master in business administration—are provided in a 100 percent online format. Student’s studying online will receive the same rigorous education as a student attending class on campus, and have the luxury of working from wherever they are most comfortable. Between the undergraduate, graduate, and combined programs available at Hofstra, students have over 300 academic programs to select from. Hofstra university is a thriving community, complete with over 200 student organizations, 35 residence halls, and 28 fraternities and sororities.

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      49 University of Delaware 90.17$$$$$6103.2315:1

      The MBA program available at the University of Delaware—which offers concentrations in finance, healthcare, and international business—condenses a detailed education into the span of 16 months. Students can complete the entirety of their schoolwork online, each course shortened to 7 weeks. Not only did the University of Delaware offer America’s first study abroad program, but today over 80 study abroad programs are offered to any qualifying student, giving them the chance to expand their world view in more than 40 countries. With its numerous engagement programs, the University of Delaware and its students are dedicated to the community they are a part of.

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      Earning an MBA is a large investment in time and money. Finding the best online program matching your career-building goals is worth the due diligence. The range of degree types and options is extensive. But you can save time by using the search tool below to target schools by their kind of online MBA program, tuition, and curriculum. Make a wise and informed choice.

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      MBA programs require significant time, energy, and commitment. Traditional MBA candidates can spend up to 24 months learning management communication, strategic thinking, decision analysis, and other foundational business skills. But what about non-traditional students? The single parent with two kids and a mortgage, or the young professional who wants an MBA but also an advanced degree in engineering? The good news is, business schools across the U.S. continue to expand program options to meet these diverse needs. Let’s take a look at some of today’s up-and-coming online MBA programs, and then see which one might work best for you.

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      • Accelerated Online MBA Programs

        Accelerated programs often run 12 months and involve larger course loads and shorter times between semesters. Group projects and other assignments may also have tighter deadlines to help squeeze more coursework into the shorter program.

        Great for… Young professionals looking for a flexible way to fast track their degree.

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      • Dual MBA Programs Online

        Dual MBAs give professionals the chance to increase knowledge and skills in a specific field while learning key management techniques. Graduates have deeper understanding of their subjects (e.g. marketing) and the ability to turn that understanding into a leadership role.

        Great for… Those looking for in-depth knowledge and a leadership track in a specific field.

      • Executive Online MBA

        Executive MBAs cater to more experienced professionals who need to earn their degree while they work. EMBA programs tend to have flexible timeframes (between 12 and 24 months) and may require candidates to have a minimum of five years of work experience.

        Great for… Professionals who want (or need) flexibility to pursue a degree while raising a family or focusing on work.

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      • Online MBAs for Veterans

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      Specializations for Online MBAs

      Many MBA students already have work experience in a specific industry sector. For example, someone with five years working in health care may want an MBA to facilitate a move into management. Yet for that student, a general MBA may not be the best choice. An MBA program focused on health care teaches leadership, management and processes both in general and focused on the field. The latter gives students specialized knowledge they can take back to their jobs and put to immediate use. See which career goals mesh with some of today’s most popular MBA concentrations.

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      • MBA in Healthcare

        Students working towards their online MBA in healthcare are usually looking to build on their experience in fields such as nursing, medicine, biotechnology and health information systems. Students should expect to gain skills in branding, information systems management, entrepreneurship and more.

        Online MBA in HEALTHCARE

      • MBA in Finance

        An online MBA in finance typically takes between two and five years to complete, depending on the type of program. Common careers for those with an MBA in finance are financial manager, broker, financial analyst or chief financial officer (CFO).

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      • MBA in Marketing

        An online MBA in marketing typically takes between one and three years to complete and students can expect to take courses on topics like marketing management, consumer behavior, and digital marketing and advertising. Graduates often find success in manager-level positions, such as marketing manager, advertising manager or public relations manager.

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      • Online MBA in ACCOUNTING
      • Online MBA in ENTREPRENEURSHIP
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      • Online MBA in INFORMATION SYSTEMS
      • Online MBA in INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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      • Online MBA in PROJECT MANAGEMENT
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      Other Factors to Consider

      Understanding the various types of online MBA and the numerous specializations available is a great place to start. It establishes basic wants and needs and provides initial direction. However, for the students who may already have first steps down, the researching programs against the following categories should help filter choices down to a relatively short list.

      Accreditation

      The bottom-line value of an online MBA degree depends on whether the school and its MBA program have proper accreditation. Most schools earn accreditation from one of the six regional organizations recognized by the Department of Education. In addition, MBA programs should also be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) , the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) or the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

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      Program Assets

      Another key consideration is whether the online MBA program includes opportunities for internships, a critical consideration for students who wish to integrate learning and create life-long business contacts and mentors. MBA students typically complete internships with organizations in the corporate, governmental or non-profit sectors where they intend to hold managerial roles after graduation. Business leaders may also plan on obtaining professional certifications to benchmark their abilities in fields such as project management, consulting or as a Certified MBA. When evaluating a program, students should think about whether courses lead to knowledge necessary for obtaining certifications.

      Career Certifications

      A master’s in business administration degree is often sufficient for managers to take on leadership roles at top companies and organizations. However, in addition to completing an MBA, business management professionals may also prepare and test for certifications that benchmark their skills, mainly for career advancement or specialization. Work experience can be a principal requirement for earning certifications. While certifications and tests are evolving all the time, it’s vital for students to seek certifications from organizations that offer reputable programs. Here are a few types of certifications to consider:

      The Certified Business Manager (CBM): The Association of Professionals in Business Management (APBM) offers this credential, which validates business management knowledge based on practices worldwide. The CBM examination may be taken by professionals with three years of full-time work experience (for those with existing master’s degrees) or four years’ experience for applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree.

      Project Management Professional (PMP): The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers this certificate, which evaluates each manager’s education, experience and competency in directing projects from inception to completion. It is one of the most highly sought certifications for professional managers. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree and have accrued 4,000 hours of professional project management experience.

      Certified Management Consultant (CMC): Applicants must be a member of the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) to qualify for a CMC certification. To sit for the examination, professionals must have accrued at least three years of consulting experience and either work for, or own, a consulting firm.

      Other certifications sought by management professionals can be industry specific and include:

      • Certified Benefits Professional (CBP)
      • Certified Compensation Professional (CCP)
      • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS)
      • Certified Energy Manager (CEM)
      • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
      • Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
      • Certified Marketing Executive (CME)
      • Certified MBA (CMBA)
      • Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM)
      • Certified Treasury Professional (CTP)
      • Financial Risk Manager (FRM)
      • Global Remuneration Professional (GRP)
      • Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

      Courses and Curriculum

      Online MBA programs typically surround a core curriculum and a series of elective courses that match the educational niche or career goals for each student. Core curriculum focuses on leadership, human resources, strategic planning, information systems, process management and change management. Examples include:

      • Accounting for Managers: Students explore accounting concepts, principles and audits relating to economic measurement and management choices.
      • Entrepreneurship: A study of factors contributing to the success of new business ventures with a focus on venture capital, human assets, business regulations and competitive analysis.
      • Information Systems: A comprehensive overview of essential business software, data security practices, database management and enterprise-wide systems development.
      • Supply Chain Management: A detailed examination of key concepts and processes in strategic planning operations, project management, logistics, production, delivery methods and quantitative assessments.

      The Online MBA Timeline

      Everyone learns differently, and the variety of programs out there makes establishing a concrete, tried-and-true MBA timeline a tough task. However, it is possible to map out a common pathway from test prep to degree completion so aspiring management professionals can visualize what many students experience.

      • Year 0: Application
      • Year One: Acclimation
      • Year Two: Completion
      Prepare for and Take the GMAT

      The year before school starts should be chalk full of organized preparation, and this begins with the GMAT. A typically study period lasts for 6 – 10 weeks, and can be done through an official prep course, with a private tutor or with good old fashioned self-study and determination. Regardless, the earlier a candidate gets ready, the better. Some people opt to take the test more than once. Read our GMAT prep guide to learn more about how you can prepare for and perform your best on the exam.

      Visit Schools

      Even students planning to enroll in an online MBA program should visit their target schools in-person. Why? To meet professors, talk to current students and get a general lay of the tech and resource land. Many online programs require periodic visits to campus anyway, so this will be good practice. The goal here should be to pinpoint what you like, what you don’t and then to start narrowing down to a short list.

      Community Service and Leadership

      When vetting applicants, business schools look for more than just good grades, solid test scores and work experience. They also want to see what each person has done from a leadership perspective, whether professionally or unofficially in the community.

      Get Your References Ready

      B-school admissions may want to contact past supervisors, professors or other mentors to ask about your work ethic, abilities and intangibles. Make sure to reach out to these people, discuss your desired educational choice and anything else that might be helpful. Connecting with them early also gives them time to think about what they might say, or what they need to write should you require a formal letter of recommendation.

      Identify Target Schools

      With the GMAT on the horizon and schools releasing essay questions, it’s time to narrow your choices. There’s no minimum or maximum to the number of programs you can target, but the more you consider, the options you have – but also the more materials you’ll need to submit. This is also a great time to think about which type of MBA you’re interested in, including part-time, full-time and specialization.

      Polish Your Resume

      Many business schools require submission of a resume with the application packet. This includes work history, prior education, experience, references and more. Make sure to highlight achievements, goals accomplished, and other endeavors that stand to make you shine.

      Start Writing Your Essays

      Most business schools release unique topics for applicants to reflect on and address in writing. These essays allow potential students to show admissions representatives what they’ve accomplished and/or give them a taste of their problem-solving prowess. In other words, it’s a chance to show them how you stand out from the crowd. Keep in mind that these are not essays that can (or should) be completed in a day or a week. Research, brainstorm, revise and edit until you have a product you’re proud of. Also note that some schools require a second round of essays.

      Submit All Application Materials

      This includes your full packet of materials, final drafts of essays, answer to the short question portion of the application, and letters of recommendation. Different schools may have different submission schedules for all these materials, so make sure you research the requirements thoroughly. The last thing you want to do is miss a deadline…

      Schedule Interviews

      If the application process goes well, schools may want to interview you for candidacy. Some interviews take place at a campus, others closer to home with a local rep, and others via Skype (especially for online programs). Make sure you know your resume and your essays inside and out.

      Accept an Offer

      If the interview process goes well, one or more schools will offer you a place in their program. Hopefully you’ve narrowed down the list to two or three schools and can soon get down to the final choice. You may want to visit the campus again or speak with faculty one more time to be sure.

      Secure Funding

      Some companies sponsor employees and pay for their stint in business school. For students without this luxury, it’s time to secure funding either by scholarship or financial aid. The latter comes in the form of federal loans, private loans or even loans from the institution itself. For detailed information on financial aid options, including for online college opportunities.

      The first year means getting your feet wet, meeting fellow students and taking many of your core courses. There’s also building relationships with your “pod” or “cluster”, the students you’ll work with on group projects and case studies. For online students this may begin with a remote “meet up” via Skype, or, take place in-person with subsequent meetings online. Although every school is different, here’s a list of activities online MBA students may face in year one:

      • Building relationships with your team or pod
      • Taking the first courses that make up the core curriculum
      • Participating in program-sponsored community service
      • Attending conferences or forums
      • Going to social events with fellow students
      • Joining various clubs or advisory boards
      • Applying for summer internships

      The second year of a standard online MBA program includes finishing up core classes, diving deeper into electives and establishing an areas of expertise. It’s also a time to hone leadership skills by taking charge of conferences, presentations, networking and other career-focused sessions. Here’s a list of things you might encounter during your second year:

      • Finishing up required coursework
      • Carving out a niche/specialization
      • Networking, networking, networking
      • Visiting target companies to learn and meet
      • Finish up advanced student projects
      • Graduate

      Online MBA programs may tackle these things a bit differently considering their remote nature. For example, networking and expos can take place or be attending locally instead of near a campus. And, students can visit companies nearby to really get a handle of what’s available in their area. To see how an online MBA student navigated such a program, let’s turn to Doug Jones, a graduate of Arizona State’s online master’s of business administration program in 2004.

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      Degree:  Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with emphasis in entrepreneurship.

      College:  Arizona State University Online (2002 – 2004)

      To MBA or not to MBA… That’s a decision thousands of potential graduate students make each year after pondering certain questions: Is an MBA worth the money? Can I earn my degree online? Will I be able to juggle work and family at the same time?

      It’s easy for an outsider to do a little research and answer these questions, but nothing beats the inside scoop from someone whose been there and done that. Meet Doug Jones, the founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Online, who used distance learning to earn his MBA, build a successful career in tech, and eventually become a web entrepreneur.

      What’s the best thing about your online MBA program? The toughest?

      A couple things stand out. First, the ability to pursue my MBA while working full-time was huge. I can’t emphasize that enough. Quitting work to earn a degree would’ve meant tremendous opportunity cost in the form of lost salary.

      Second, working with classmates globally made case studies more interesting (and more valuable). And because I worked for Intel at the time, an international company, I could apply what I learned to my job rather easily.

      The toughest? School + work + family can be challenging. My wife and I didn’t have children yet, but we still had other things to think about that demanded time and effort. However, there’s no way I could’ve juggled everything if I had been in a campus program.

      Many MBA programs rely on tight collaboration with fellow students, especially for group projects. How did the online nature of the program help or hinder communication with peers?

      It helped significantly. Online forums, email, video conferencing – both lectures and meetings – kept us connected. It also helped that we met in-person at the ASU campus one week per semester. Here we met each other and the professors to establish a rapport, and then worked virtually for the remainder of the session.

      You completed your undergraduate degree on campus. How did your online MBA program compare to your campus-based bachelor’s degree?

      They differed in a lot of ways. Obviously, my online MBA had much less face time (although we had plenty of video chats). Also, in MBA programs, most students are professionals already, so the maturity level was higher. Lots of fellow students with a tremendous amount of experience to tap into and learn from.

      Did you have much interaction with your professors? Did you find it tough to communicate with no face-to-face office hours?

      In addition to the week on campus, each professor had weekly office hours where we could email, IM, talk on the phone or video chat. We also had daily forum discussions about course materials and projects. I actually interacted with my professors a lot – far more than I anticipated.

      Did ASU have a support system in place to help you as you worked toward your degree?

      ASU Online had career placement services and guidance counselors, all very accessible. I was also able to bounce ideas off some of my professors because many had significant work experience in the field.

      Did you receive any form of financial assistance? If so, was it easy to get for an online program?

      I was really fortunate when it came to paying for the program. Intel paid for my online MBA. But if you don’t work for Intel, many companies out there have tuition assistance and tuition reimbursement programs to help employees further their education. One thing I’ve learned during my current job is that financial assistance – whether from the government or a company – almost always requires that the target college has the proper accreditation. When applying to MBA programs, make sure it’s accredited by an agency like the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

      Anything that really surprised you as you earned your online MBA?

      The caliber of the students and the professors. I knew there would be smart people in the program, but many of the students and profs I worked with blew me away. Probably the most surprising thing, however, was the value of the online experience. ASU’s program challenged me academically and professionally, but also offered tremendous flexibility. The online programs – whether MBA or otherwise – that strike such as balance stand to change the face of higher education.

      Any words of advice for future online MBA students?

      If you can’t afford going to school on campus, don’t be afraid to embrace online learning. This new model comes with so many benefits, and the technology improves year after year. And if you can’t study full-time, explore part-time programs. My program at ASU had more of a real-time schedule, but others can be more self-paced for the super busy.

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      North America’s business schools top the global rankings time and time again, and while Canada’s institutions might not have the same reputability as some of their US counterparts, they’re still among the best in the industry.

      Here are the top 10 business schools in Canada this year: 

      1. The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

      Number one on our top 10 Canadian business school list is Rotman , part of the University of Toronto. This competitive school is highly selective and regularly ranks among the best in the world. This year, it’s in the top 50 institutions worldwide (43rd). Within Canada, Rotman is ranked first for thought leadership, second for return on investment and for diversity, third for employability, and fifth for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes.

       2. Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario

      In second place is Ivey , one of the most prominent business schools in Canada, and North America in general. The institution ranks 48th globally, making it the second Canadian institution to secure a place in the global top 50. In terms of specific criteria, it ranks first for both entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, and employability in the country, third for return on investment, fourth for thought leadership and seventh for diversity.

      3. The Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

      In bronze position is the Desautels Faculty of Management , part of McGill University. The institution is ranked 66th in the QS Global MBA Rankings 2018 . In Canada itself, it ranks second for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, third for thought leadership, fourth for return on investment, fifth for employability, and sixth for diversity.

      4. Schulich School of Business, York University

      The Schulich School of Business is the second institution in the top 10 located in Toronto and is regularly ranked among the best institutions in the nation. Schulich is ranked joint 82nd in the world for its MBA program. In Canada, it tops the rankings for both diversity and return on investment. It also ranks fifth for thought leadership, and seventh for both employability, and entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes.

      5. The Smith School of Business, Queen’s University

      The Smith School of Business is ranked 88th in the Global MBA Rankings 2018, and within Canada itself it’s ranked fifth. For individual criteria, the institution is ranked second for employability, sixth for thought leadership, eighth for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, 10th for return on investment and 12th for diversity.

      6. HEC Montréal

      Modelled on the style of the French Grandes Ecoles, HEC Montréal was founded over 100 years ago and has trained over 70,000 students. The institution ranks joint 94th globally – making it the last Canadian business school to rank in the top 100. Within Canada, it ranks third for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, fourth for employability, fifth for return on investment, ninth for thought leadership and 10th for diversity.

      7. The UBC Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

      After a US$20 million endowment from Dr. William Sauder, the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration was renamed the UBC Sauder School of Business . The institution ranks in the 121-130th bracket globally and is seventh in Canada. For individual criteria, it comes second for thought leadership, sixth for employability, ninth for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, 11th for diversity and 12th for return on investment.

      8. Alberta School of Business

      The Alberta School of Business recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and it was the first school in Canada to be accredited by the AACSB. The institution is ranked in the 141-150th bracket for this year’s ranking and is eighth in Canada. It ranks seventh in the country for thought leadership, eighth for employability and diversity, ninth for return on investment and12th for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes.

       9. DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University

      DeGroote ’s MBA is differentiated from those of other Canadian business schools by its focus on experiential learning, and the possibility to specialize in health services management. The institution is ranked in the top 200 institutions in the world, within the 151-200th bracket, and ninth in Canada. It ranks sixth for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, eighth for thought leadership and ninth for diversity.

      10. Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University

      Sobey ’s was one of the earliest business programs in Canada and remains highly coveted. It’s ranked among the 151-200th bracket of institutions globally and is 10th in our Canadian roundup. It ranks fifth in the country for diversity, sixth for return on investment, 10th for entrepreneurship and alumni outcomes, 11th for employability and 12th for thought leadership.

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      I have seen many people asking for help in data mining forums and on other websites about how to choose a good thesis topic in data mining.  Therefore, in this this post, I will address this question.

      The first thing to consider is whether you want to design/improve data mining techniques, apply data mining techniques or do both.  Personally, I think that designing or improving data mining techniques is more challenging than using already existing techniques.  Moreover, you can make a more fundamental contribution if you work on improving data mining techniques instead of applying them. However, you need to be aware that improving data mining techniques may require better algorithmic and/or mathematics skills.

      The second thing to consider is what kind of techniques you want to apply or design/improve? Data mining is a broad field consisting of many techniques such as neural networks, association rule mining algorithms, clustering and outlier detection. You should try to get some overview of the different techniques to see what you are more interested in. To get a rough overview of the field, you could read some introduction books on data mining such as the book by Tan, Steinbach & Kumar (Introduction to data mining) or read websites and articles related to data mining. If your goal is just to apply data mining techniques to achieve some other purpose (e.g. analysing cancer data) but you don’t know which one yet, you could skip this question.

      The third thing to consider is  which problems you want to solve or what you want to improve.  This requires more thoughts.  A good way is to look at recent good data mining conferences  (KDD, ICDM, PKDD, PAKDD, ADMA, DAWAK, etc.) and journals (TKDE, TKDD, KAIS, etc.), or to attend conferences, if possible, and talk with other researchers.  This helps to see what are the current popular topics and what kind of problems researchers are currently trying to solve.  It does not mean that you need to work on the most popular topic. Working on a popular topic (e.g. social network mining) has several advantages. It is easier to get grants or in some case to get your papers accepted in special issues, workshops, etc. However, there are  also some “older” topics that are also interesting even if they are not the current flavor of the day. Actually, the most important is that you find a topic that you like and will enjoy working on it for perhaps a few years of your life. Finding a good problem to work on can require to read several articles to understand what are the limitations of current techniques and decide what can be improved.  So don’t worry. It is normal that it takes time to find a more specific topic.

      Fourth,  one should not forget that helping to choose a thesis topic is also the job of the professor that supervise the Master or Ph.D Students. Therefore, if you are looking for a thesis topic, it is good to talk with your supervisor and ask for suggestions. He should help you.  If you don’t have a supervisor yet, then  try to get a rough idea of what you like, and try to meet/discuss with professors that could become your supervisors. Some of them will perhaps have some research projects and ideas that they could give  you if you work with them. Choosing a supervisor is a very important and strategic decision that every graduate student has to make.  For more information about choosing a supervisor, you can read this post : How to choose a research advisor for M.Sc. / Ph.D ?

      Lastly, I would like to discuss the common question   “please give me a Ph.D. topic in data mining“, that I read on websites and that I sometimes receive in my e-mails. There are two problems with this question. The first problem is that it is too general. As mentioned, data mining is a very broad field. For example, I could suggest you some very specific topics such as detecting outliers in imbalanced stock market data or to optimize the memory efficiency of subgraph mining algorithms for community detection in social networks. But will you like it? It is best to choose something by yourself that you like. The second problem with the above question is that choosing a topic is the work that a researcher should do or learn to do. In fact, in research, it is equally important to be able to find a good research problem as it is to find a good solution. Therefore, I highly recommend to try to find a research topic by yourself, as it is important to develop this skill to become a successful researcher. If you are a student, when searching for a topic, you can ask your research advisor to guide you.

      Also, just for fun, here is a Ph.D thesis title generator .

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      545 Responses to How to choose a good thesis topic in Data Mining?

      1. John Stan says:
        2013-03-16 at 2:46 PM

        Good article.

        Reply

        • asma mukhtar says:
          2014-02-14 at 1:38 PM

          i need your guidence to select a topic for research in data mining area????

          Reply

          • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
            2014-02-14 at 6:04 PM

            Then, I suggest to read the blog post on top of this page. It provides guidance about how to search a topic.

            Reply

          • ravi kumar kuchipudi says:
            2014-09-23 at 3:55 AM

            thank you for your guidelines

            Reply

        • Vasumathi says:
          2018-02-04 at 9:39 PM

          i need good topic in data mining related to association rule mining

          Reply

      2. Dvijesh says:
        2013-03-27 at 12:56 AM

        Really good one….

        Reply

        • Mohd Shahid Khan says:
          2013-06-15 at 3:10 PM

          Sir, i want to do Ph.D on data mining but i am not a good programmer so please tell me the topic of research on data mining or any other area which need no programming skills.

          plz take it urgent.
          Hoping for your reply at the earliest.

          Reply

          • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
            2013-08-18 at 1:48 PM

            If you want absolutely NO programming and still do some data mining, then I think that you would have to go toward mathematics and statistics. Or you could do some applied data mining. For example, you use some already made data mining tools or software such as Matlab or R to analyze some data. The contribution would be to do something new with the data instead of proposing new algorithms.

            For finding a specific topic, you can read the blog post above which explain the steps for finding a good topic.

            Reply

            • neha says:
              2014-02-05 at 5:36 AM

              i am interested in page ranking topic for my mtech thesis in data mining. Can you suggest me some sources from where i can get good information about the topic?

              Reply

              • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
                2014-02-08 at 10:59 AM

                I don’t work on this topic. So just using Google Scholar could be a good idea.

              • nidhi dadhich says:
                2015-07-08 at 8:15 AM

                Hiee mam can I get ur mail I’d I want to discuss for thesis

            • durgesh says:
              2014-06-18 at 4:28 AM

              Yes Sir, Mr. Mohd Shahid Khan said right for those who can not do programming and the same problem with me also so please suggest those topics through which I can do my project in data mining in M-Tech as you said in his reply that “use some already made data mining tools or software such as Matlab or R to analyze some data. ” So please suggest me on this type of topic.

              Reply

              • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
                2014-06-18 at 9:30 AM

                The goal of this blog post is to explain how to search for a topic, rather than give topic. It takes time to find a good topic, so I cannot do it for you. But you can read the blog post to understand how to search.

      3. Paolo says:
        2013-03-30 at 2:17 PM

        HI. I want to do a Ph.D. in statistical data mining. But it is difficult to choose a topic. There are too many data mining topics. I’m thinking of improving decision tree mining algorithms with statistical validity tests. Is it a good idea?

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-06-15 at 5:10 PM

          I’m not working with decision trees, but it seems like an interesting topic. What is important is that you will propose something new that has not done before and that is useful. I think that it could meet these criteria. I would recommend to read about what has been done on statistical validity tests with decision tree, to try to see what can be done. Note that, even if you choose this as your project, it is possible to change the orientation of your research later on.

          Hope this helps,

          Philippe

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          • Uday Kiran Rage says:
            2015-08-07 at 2:54 AM

            Many people have already worked on extending statistics to various types of classifiers. Try to do research on Ensemble classifiers and other types. As you are interested in decision trees, I suggest you to look at the usage of emerging patterns.

            Reply

      4. Murthy says:
        2013-07-12 at 6:57 AM

        Sir, i want to do Ph.D on data mining but i am unable to find any problem in data mining so please tell me the problems on data mining or any other areas.
        plz take it urgent.
        Hoping for your reply at the earliest

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-07-22 at 10:46 AM

          Data mining is very broad. I could give you some topics, for example, what about applying neural networks to recognize music, using association rules to classify medical data, improving the memory efficiency of clustering algorithms, sequential pattern mining algorithms, etc. I mean, I could suggest you a lot of topics like that. But data mining is a very broad field. It would be better that you like. Do you have any specific interests in data mining?

          Reply

          • Jyoti Nandrajog says:
            2013-07-23 at 7:07 AM

            Hi ,

            I am looking for a research topic within data mining. I read your this reply and I am interested in neural Networks.
            Please suggest me a topic and where to start looking for it ?

            Thanks & Best Regards,
            Jyoti

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2013-07-23 at 9:26 AM

              If you are interested in neural networks, then I see two possibilities: improving neural networks or using the neural networks in new ways…

              I’m not an expert on neural networks so i don’t know what are the current research issues on this topic. I would recommend to read the titles and abstract of articles from conferences and journals on neural networks such as http://www.ijcnn2013.org/ and http://www.icann2013.org/
              http://delab.csd.auth.gr/eann2013/about%20eann%202013.php
              You could also search on google scholar for recent articles to get some pdf.

              This will give you some ideas about what is the current popular topics related to neural networks. Then you need to find one that you like.

              If you have chosen your supervisor already, I think that you should also discuss that with your supervisor.

              Best,

              Philippe

              Reply

            • amir rezaei says:
              2013-10-17 at 7:29 AM

              Hi Jyoti
              I am interested in this topic
              Maybe we can help each other
              [email protected]

              Reply

          • rajkamal says:
            2014-10-24 at 10:49 AM

            hello sir ,

            Am willing to do research in data mining, can you suggest a good topics in data mining

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2014-10-24 at 11:48 AM

              I have answered this question in the blog post at the top of this page.

              Reply

            • ayesha nawaz says:
              2015-12-06 at 6:22 PM

              sir i m interested in data mining .but i feel troublin choosing my research topic kindly suggest me topik
              i shal b grate ful to u thanks

              Reply

              • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
                2015-12-06 at 9:25 PM

                You should read the blog post on top of this page. It explains how to find a topic.

          • surabhi says:
            2015-10-22 at 6:32 AM

            my area of interest is medical data mining
            can you please suggest some topic on it ?

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2015-10-27 at 10:12 AM

              No. I don’t work on medical data mining.

              Reply

      5. arvind says:
        2013-07-26 at 6:26 AM

        Hi ,

        I am looking for a research topic within data mining in Big data.
        Please suggest me a topic and where to start looking for it ?

        Thanks & Best Regards,
        arvind

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-07-26 at 9:41 AM

          Did you read the blog post?

          Reply

          • anonymous says:
            2014-05-22 at 8:29 AM

            lol

            Reply

      6. vinodkumar says:
        2013-07-29 at 7:55 AM

        sir, i would like to work on the concpt of audio and video streaming in dataminig. which topic will suitable for me for resarch. Please suggest the topic,

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-07-29 at 3:30 PM

          I’m not familiar with the topic of audio and video streams. You would need to do some literature review to know what people have done on this topic.

          Philippe

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          • aa says:
            2014-11-25 at 12:48 PM

            “Philippe Fournier-Viger”u r saying iam not familiar in this and that plzz mention in post in which area you are familiar

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2014-11-25 at 12:50 PM

              If you want to know about my areas of research you can have a look at my webpage:
              http://www.philippe-fournier-viger.com

              Reply

      7. Azaim says:
        2013-07-31 at 11:18 AM

        Sir, iam seraching for a thesis topic in Data Mining for my M.Tech course. I select Cloud Mining but in this topic what i have to do i dont know. Please suggest me.

        Thanks & Regards

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-07-31 at 11:50 AM

          In cloud mining, you could write some parallel data mining algorithms that can run on the Map Reduce framework. This is just an idea. There is certainly many other topics on cloud mining.

          Reply

      8. AP says:
        2013-08-01 at 7:06 AM

        Thanks for the good articles.
        I want to do research on Data Mining Applications to Agricultural Field topic( I feel this interesting topic as of now).
        What would be the best topics on this.
        How to approach to these? Is that could be a good idea or not?

        Thanks

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-01 at 9:03 AM

          Yes, i think it can be good idea. I’m not familiar with agricultural field so I cannot tell you what are the best topics related to this. But you can find this out by doing a literature review. What you could do is to find a problem that people in the agricultural field have and then to see what data mining technique can be applied and what are the limitations. Then, if you could extend the data mining technique to address the limitation, it would be great.

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          • AP says:
            2013-08-01 at 9:57 AM

            Thanks Philippe for quick reply.
            I am reading all your articles and will follow them.
            Mean while understand the data mining algorithms using your suggestions(books,from open source software, etc). Try to implement small algorithms and get confidence….
            Will contact you If I need a suggestions.
            Thanks

            Reply

      9. Anju says:
        2013-08-04 at 5:45 AM

        Hello Sir,
        I am Student of M Tech(CSE) and i want to do research on data mining and mine area of
        Interest in “Web Usage Mining and Social Network Mining”.Can u suggest me Certain topic regarding this Mining Area……

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-04 at 8:28 AM

          It is a good area, especially social network mining, because it is popular, right now. But to find a specific topic in this area, I cannot help you. You need to do a literature review.

          Reply

        • nidhi dadhich says:
          2015-07-08 at 8:20 AM

          Hello sir can I get ur mail I’d . sir I want to discuss in this

          Reply

      10. Deepa says:
        2013-08-04 at 11:37 AM

        Hello sir,
        I like to do research in data mining sir but I do no what to do? And how to do? Please help me.. my guide is asking me research topic. I do no anything.. pls help me to find good topic sir in data mining or please tel me any nice topic. I do no what current process is going on data mining sir…

        Its very ugent sir please help me pls..

        thank u sir…

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-04 at 1:34 PM

          If you had read the blog post, I wrote that the question “please give me a topic in data mining” is too general. You should first learn about what is data mining and what are your interests in data mining because data mining is a very broad field. If you just ask for a topic in data mining, then I could suggest you any random topic such as: improving the memory efficiency of frequent subgraph mining algorithms for the case of uncertain data with applications in social networks. But will you like it? I think that it is better that yo u find a topic that you like. In the blog post, I gave the information about how to find a good topic.

          Reply

      11. Anju says:
        2013-08-04 at 1:42 PM

        Thanks sir,

        And suppose i am selecting the Social Network Mining as a My Research Topic can u tell me for the Implementation purpose which Programming lang. or the tool is required?
        is there any specific Web Site from which i can get the Source Code

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-04 at 1:55 PM

          I do not work on social network analysis so I cannot help you too much. I know that some social network datasets are available on the web such as the DBLP dataset. There is some datasets here for example:
          http://snap.stanford.edu/data/
          You can also find more by searching on Google.

          I know that there is a conference called ASONAM about social network mining. You could check what is published there to get some ideas of what researchers do on this topic and there is some journals about social network mining such as this : http://www.journals.elsevier.com/social-networks/

          For the programming language, I think that you can use anything you like. However speed is sometimes important in data mining. So I would not choose a language like PHP that is considered slow. Personally, I would use a language like C++, Java of C#, because they have good performance. But it may depends on what you do…

          For source code, I don’t know. You would need to search.

          Reply

      12. deepa says:
        2013-08-07 at 4:34 AM

        hello sir.,

        In ‘improving the memory efficiency of frequent subgraph mining algorithms for the case of uncertain data with applications in social networks’ its already researched sir you can see in this website…
        http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1646028

        thany u…

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-07 at 8:48 AM

          It is not a problem if someone has already worked on a topic. You can do something differently or better.

          By the way, I just gave this topic as an example.

          Reply

      13. M. Satari says:
        2013-08-11 at 7:15 AM

        Very helpful post. I’ve somehow managed to choose a topic but I don’t know weather it’s a good topic to continue on my Ph.D or not. I’m masters student and I’m working on “online microbloging/social networks’ stream mining”. I want to know your opinion on this topic as an expert in data mining domain.

        Thank you

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-11 at 9:29 AM

          I think that it is a good topic. Social network and micro-blogging are popular research areas, right now, and it is good to choose something that is popular. Stream mining is also an interesting topic because it is more difficult than mining a static database.

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      14. Ankita says:
        2013-08-13 at 3:44 PM

        Hi Philippe ,
        A very Big thank for this article , It helps me lot .
        I m interested in “using association rules to classify medical data” , will you please give me more specific idea , in which way I could do research for this topic . how can I improve already exist research work in this topic.

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-13 at 5:48 PM

          I think it can be a good topic. In my opinion, for this kind of topic, you can have two contributions: (1) a contribution is mining the medical data to do something useful and (2) the second contribution is maybe improve some association rule mining algorithm so that it work better with your data.

          It would be important to find some medical dataset for your project. Would it be patient record? datasets about drugs ? datasets about genetic data? datasets about diseases? etc. I don’t know. You would need to search for some data. You could have a look at what is available on internet. Or you could also see with your supervisor if you can obtain some medical data at your university if there is a medicine department. Ideally, you could collaborate with some people working in the medicine department that could help you about understanding medical data in your project and tell you what is important..

          After you got your data and you know what is the goal that you want to do with your data, you could apply association rule mining and see what are the problems that you have with the current algorithms. Then, you could find some way to improve them so that they better suit your data and what you want to do with the data. For example, maybe you find that current algorithm cannot do X. Then you find a way to modify it to do X, whatever X is. Or if you find that association rule is not the best solution, then you can use something else.

          For improving algorithms, you would need to understand the current algorithm and see what they cannot do for your medical data.

          Hope this helps,

          Philippe

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          • Ankita says:
            2013-08-17 at 3:06 AM

            Thanks Philippe

            Reply

      15. Anju says:
        2013-08-18 at 1:13 PM

        hello sir can u suggest me some topic regarding “Frequent Pattern Mining”

        Reply

      16. Theva says:
        2013-08-19 at 6:31 AM

        hello sir,

        I like to do research in healthcare using data mining.

        please give me more specific idea about this topic.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-19 at 10:32 AM

          You can make two kinds of contributions:
          – contribution about doing news things with the healthcare data by applying data mining algorithms
          – creating some new data mining algorithms or techniques that are better than existing techniques or deal with specific problems in healthcare data.

          For more specific topics, I cannot help you because i’m not a specialist in healthcare. Furthermore, I gave the steps in the blog post about how to search for a good thesis topic in data mining.

          Reply

      17. dhivya says:
        2013-08-20 at 6:02 AM

        hello sir, i am searching for the m.phil thesis topic in datamining and give some idea about the thesis paper.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-20 at 9:40 AM

          You could start by reading the blog post above. In the last paragraph, I mention that the question “give me a topic in data mining” is too general.

          Reply

      18. M DOORVASULU NAIDU says:
        2013-08-23 at 6:00 AM

        sir i want to do research in data mining in the field of clustering please mention any new suggestions on this topic

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-23 at 9:19 AM

          Clustering is good. But you need to find something more specific. For example: improve the speed or memory usage of some clustering algorithms? modify the algorithms to handle new types of data? use the algorithms to perform something better? propose some new ways to detect outliers in clusters? …. I just say that as examples. You would need to do a literature review to know what is a good topic and what has been done in clustering (I don’t work in this sub area of data mining).

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          • MANU says:
            2015-04-22 at 9:43 AM

            Sir, i want to prepare a journal on data mining.its a part of our syllabus.so could you please suggest one topic on data mining. take it urgent.
            Hoping for your reply at the earliest
            Thanku

            Reply

      19. subeg says:
        2013-08-24 at 1:07 PM

        Respected sir, I am Mtech student and m going for resarch in data mining…my guide says for selecting a particular field like data mining or cloud mining .sir plz suggest me which is best..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-24 at 1:26 PM

          Data mining or cloud computing? I think that both are ok and popular in the industry. So to choose one depends on what you like.

          Reply

          • subeg says:
            2013-08-24 at 11:23 PM

            sir if i select one from both data mining and cloud mining plz give your idea…….

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2013-08-24 at 11:36 PM

              You could design a new data mining algorithms that can run on the Hadoop technology for cloud computing. It could be a clustering algorithm, a pattern mining algorithm, a classification algorithm… or something else. Then when you design an algorithm, you need to show that it is faster, more memory efficient or that it performs new things that no other algorithm can do, or be used to do something new. If you do a literature review, you should be able to find a good topic.

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              • subeg says:
                2013-08-24 at 11:59 PM

                sir what can i say to guide data mining or cloud mining………

              • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
                2013-08-25 at 8:57 AM

                As I said in the blog post, you should do a literature review so see what has been done and what can be done. This, you need to do it by yourself.

      20. sara says:
        2013-08-29 at 6:18 AM

        hi
        what about opinion mining? is it good topic for master thesis?

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-08-29 at 8:37 AM

          It is a good topic. I think that there should be many interesting challenges related to opinion mining. It could be challenges specific to a language (e.g. French, Spanish, etc.) or a specific type of opinions (political, etc.), or some technical challenges (improving the accuracy), etc.

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          • sara says:
            2013-08-29 at 9:19 AM

            thanks.
            is there a software for opinion mining? for example i know clementaine for data mining.

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            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2013-08-29 at 10:00 AM

              Maybe. But I don’t work on this topic so I’m not aware of this.

              Reply

      21. sara says:
        2013-09-01 at 9:49 AM

        what about data mining in cancer, diabets and heart disease data? are they good? or they are old?

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-01 at 12:58 PM

          There are certainly some things to do on these topics (you would need to do a literature review to see what has been done recently). For medical topic,s a challenge is to obtain medical data and find a specialist that could guide you about what the data means and what would be important to do with this data. If you can have access to medical data (maybe that there are some on the web too), it could be great.

          Reply

      22. priyanka says:
        2013-09-06 at 11:12 PM

        sir i want to start mtech thesis in cloud mining or web mining sir plz suggest me any suggestion………..

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-15 at 9:06 PM

          I suggest to read articles from recent conferences on these topics to see what has been done recently. This will help you to choose a topic.

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      23. suzanne says:
        2013-09-11 at 6:38 AM

        Hello sir, the subject of my thesis is the prediction of links in social networks. What is your opinion and do you can help me with some ideas.

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-15 at 9:05 PM

          I don’t know much about social network mining. If you want to know what is the latest research on this topic, you would need to do a literature review (search for articles on this topic in recent conferences/journals).

          Reply

      24. jyoti upadhyay says:
        2013-09-13 at 10:27 AM

        first of all i would like to give my thanks for the article. It is really vry helpful for new researchers . I want to do Phd in “Data Mining on e-learning ” plz suggest me some research topic on it.

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-15 at 9:04 PM

          You should look at recent conferences about data mining & e-learning to see what are the current topics and see if there is something that you like. For example: EDM, AIED, ITS, ICALT, EC-TEL etc.

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      25. G.M.Sha says:
        2013-09-13 at 4:52 PM

        Thanks for excellent support to researchers, my topic is privacy preservation in data mining. Is topic is good to work on? can u pls. suggest some problems on this topic.
        I am interested in consumer behavior and dental field.
        thanks in advance..

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-17 at 2:11 PM

          Privacy preservation is definitely an important topic, since more and more data are collected about individuals or other sensitive topics and it is important to protect it. For the challenges, and finding a good specific topic, the only way to find out is to do a literature review (read recent recent articles on privacy preservation to see what other researchers have done on this topic recently). Me, I don’t work on this topic, so I don’t know what is the latest research on this topic.

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      26. Hemant Palivela says:
        2013-09-14 at 4:53 PM

        Thanks for your help sir..

        Its great that science doesn’t require any boundary..

        Thanks for your expertise.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-15 at 9:03 PM

          You are welcome! 😉

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      27. Prakash Saket says:
        2013-09-15 at 8:57 AM

        Hi Philippe ,
        A very Big thank for this article , It helps me lot .
        I m interested in “using association rules to classify medical data” , will you please give me more specific idea , in which way I could do research for this topic . how can I improve already exist research work in this topic.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-15 at 9:01 PM

          You could:
          (1) improve association rule mining algorithms
          (2) apply them in novel ways on medical data or to perform something better by using association rules
          (3) do both (1) and (2).

          But you need to define more precisely what you want to do with medical data and what kind of medical data. Personally, I have no knowledge about medical data. The only way to find out is to read articles on this topic or to find some expert from the medical domain who could guide you about what is challenging in the medical domain. Also, maybe you can check if someone has done a similar topic before and identifies what are the limitations of their work. This could be a starting point.

          You could also start by searching for medical data because you need data if you want to do data mining! Depending on the data that you can get and what you want to do with the data, it may gives you some hint about what are the problems with the current association rule mining algorithm for this task and what could be improved.

          Reply

      28. Prakash Saket says:
        2013-09-15 at 9:00 AM

        Hello sir,
        I like to do research in data mining sir but I do no what to do? And how to do? Please help me..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-15 at 8:54 PM

          As I said in the blog post, data mining is a very broad field. If you don’t know what you like in data mining, then perhaps that you need to read about data mining first (e.g. an introductory book), or read articles from recent data mining conferences and see if there is a topic that you like.

          Reply

      29. adnan says:
        2013-09-16 at 6:07 AM

        sir i have to choose a topic in data mining for thesis in mtech
        having to read this blog i got topic which i like are using association rules to classify medical data
        so suggest me how initiate work on this

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-16 at 9:51 AM

          I have answered this question already. You can read my answer, two messages above this one.

          Reply

      30. neha says:
        2013-09-19 at 3:26 AM

        Hello sir,
        I like to do research in data mining sir but I do no what to do? And how to do? Please help me.. my guide is asking me research topic. I do no anything.. pls help me to find good topic sir in data mining or please tel me any nice topic. I do no what current process is going on data mining sir…i hv no knowledge of programming more.

        Its very ugent sir please help me pls..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-19 at 8:43 AM

          As I said in the blog post, I will not answer the general question of “give me a topic in data mining”, as data mining is a very broad field and I will not do a literature review for you to find a good up-to-date topic. I suggest first reading about what is data mining and then to look at recent papers published in data mining conferences and choose something that look interesting .

          Reply

      31. amir rezaei says:
        2013-09-19 at 5:23 AM

        Hi
          If I want to do data mining using fuzzy logic, can you help me

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-19 at 8:30 AM

          You need to define your topic more clearly. Fuzzy logic is a technique for representing fuzzy things. But then, what you want to do with fuzzy logic? You want to apply this to what kind of data? Why you want to apply fuzzy logic to this data? What is your goal?

          Reply

      32. priyanka says:
        2013-09-20 at 12:10 AM

        sir i m doing research in cloud plz suggest me any area or artical or topic.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-20 at 12:33 AM

          You need to read articles from recent conferences to see what people have done on this topic recently, as I explained in the blog post. This will give you ideas about what is interesting for this topic.

          Reply

      33. amir rezaei says:
        2013-09-20 at 3:18 AM

        Hi
        I have great interest in data mining. but my professor field is not data mining.
        but I want work on data mining.
        Will you please help me in this regard. or suggest me person that work on data mining.
        I’ll give you the final results.
        I hope you can help me

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-23 at 1:03 PM

          Maybe try to find another professor at your university that is working on data mining?

          Reply

      34. ankita says:
        2013-09-23 at 10:09 AM

        hi
        i am M.tech student
        i want to do dissertation in data mining
        my interest to do research in security in cloud computing with data mining
        can you pls suggest better topic or any idea about data mining in cloud computing
        pls give me quick reply
        its very urgent!!!!!!! pls……..
        thanx

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-23 at 1:01 PM

          As I said in the blog post, I suggest reading recent articles related to your topic in recent data mining conferences/journals to see what is popular right now and find a topic that you like.

          Reply

        • Firas M.Awaysheh says:
          2014-06-14 at 9:16 AM

          Hi ankita ,
          I see that you post this almost a year ago and i have the same interests in my research. So how was it!? and what suggestions you may kindly offer to enhance my proposal.

          many thanks dear.
          Firas M.A

          Reply

      35. Colm says:
        2013-09-24 at 5:50 AM

        Hi Philippe,

        Fantastic website, Recently I’ve started my 4th year of college and have chosen data mining as an elective. Im looking into the major challenges faces in adopting data mining techniques within the public and private sectors. Just wondering could you steer me in the right direction.

        Many thanks,
        Colm

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-24 at 12:09 PM

          Hi Colm,

          Thanks. I’m glad that you appreciate the website.

          I’m into the technical aspect of data mining. I’m a professor in Computer Science. What I do is that I design some data mining algorithms and we apply them in some research projects. I don’t work closely with the public/private sectors since I’m working on the fundamental aspects of data mining (algorithms). So I cannot give you a lot of information about the challenges for adoption of data mining techniques.

          Some challenges that come to my mind are:
          – you need some trained people to understand what is data mining and how to analyze the data (e.g. data scientist)
          – data mining techniques offered in data mining software are not always well-suited to all domains. All data mining software offers a limited choice of data mining techniques. If they don’t fit with what the company wants then you perhaps need to hire some data mining specialist to design something custom.
          -….
          Philippe

          Reply

          • Colm says:
            2013-11-03 at 1:18 PM

            Hi Philippe,

            Fantastic, That’s a great start none the less. I appreciate your reply. Thank you again.

            Colm

            Reply

      36. kiran says:
        2013-09-25 at 12:53 AM

        sir m doin a research on Research issues on web data mining is this a good topic… i have read the introductory part nd some pdf also what else i can do in that in order to make my research better.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-25 at 8:42 AM

          Yes, web data mining should be a good topic. Then, I think that you need to continue reading on this topic. By reading on the topic, you will see what people have done recently and get some ideas about what you can improve or do differently. It is important to know what other people have done before starting to do a research project.

          Reply

      37. Mesfin Alemu Wotere says:
        2013-09-27 at 1:30 AM

        I’m MSc student interested in data mining for my thesis. I have got a good approach how to do my thesis. Your suggestion is valuable. My thematic area is weather forecasting, what do you help me in identifying specific title.
        It is urgent!
        Thank you very much

        Reply

      38. lap dat camera says:
        2013-09-27 at 4:31 AM

        This is great information, thanks’ for share!

        Reply

      39. P s raju says:
        2013-09-30 at 9:17 AM

        Dear Sir/Madam

        I am pursuing M.Tech(CSE), I want do project in data mining, and also same project need to PhD thesis after MTech. Shall you give me good research topic on data mining?
        Please reply me
        Thank you

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-09-30 at 9:22 AM

          You can read the last paragraph of the blog post starting with “Lastly…”. It answers this question.

          Philippe

          Reply

      40. Ahmed Mohammed says:
        2013-09-30 at 10:58 AM

        i need to make my thesis in data mining using cluster algorithm for web pages to make semantic web

        Reply

      41. Nishant Bhatt says:
        2013-10-04 at 3:42 AM

        hi sir,

        I have choosen mood identification from music data as my topic.its a part of multimedia data mining.so i want to research using data mining algorithm.so can you give me suggestion on this topic.

        thank you sir.

        Reply

      42. shakthi says:
        2013-10-18 at 9:44 PM

        sir,
        i want to do research in data mining for my m.phil. how can i find a topic for my research or give some topics for suggesstion. or any website/book i can refer pls give that address/bookname

        thnks in advance

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-10-18 at 10:09 PM

          You can start by reading the blog post.

          Reply

      43. parminder singh says:
        2013-10-31 at 5:36 AM

        hi sir,
        i want to do my mtech theisis on clustering or classification. can u suggest any new topic in this field???????????? thank you sir

        Reply

      44. agboola martins says:
        2013-11-02 at 5:11 PM

        your type of article should be encouraged in research development. the article has directed my path on how I can come up with a researchable topics. I will still call on you after following your laid down approach to data mining. thank you Sir

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-11-12 at 11:07 AM

          Glad that you like the article and that it is helpful.

          Reply

      45. GAURAV AMETA says:
        2013-11-12 at 6:01 AM

        Hello Sir

        I want to do my PhD work for privacy preserving in data mining for various transactions.Suppose I purchased items among a b c d e f g h
        1 0 1 0 1 1 01 . 1 means I purchased that particular item and 0 means not purchased.Which kind of technique I can apply in to protect binary data.I think the Privacy can be protected by using some cryptography algorithm.I am little bit confused how I can implement my idea with these binary transactions. please help.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-11-12 at 11:11 AM

          Yes, I think that you can encrypt your data using an encryption algorithm.

          The fact that the transaction is binary or text should not make any problem for an encryption algorithm. In any case, you will give data to the algorithm who will generate encrypted data.

          To know how to do it in a particular language such as Java, etc. you would need to see what are the encryption algorithms available and search for some tutorials, I think.

          Reply

      46. subeg singh says:
        2013-11-12 at 6:13 AM

        i m doing thesis in cloud mining secuirty,sir plz suggest me any important topic………

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-11-12 at 11:12 AM

          I think that you need to define your topic more clearly. Cloud mining is a too broad topic. You need to make a literature review to see what is interesting in this area or discuss with your research advisor. Me, I don’t work in this area of data mining and I will not do the literature review for you 😉

          Reply

      47. Alex says:
        2013-11-14 at 10:56 AM

        Hello. I’m a Business Analytics (M.Sc.) student. I would like to write my thesis about a specific problem on business data which can be solved by a data mining algorithm. I like the kind of problems from the Data Mining Cup. I can not decide on any specific algorithm right now but I know that the problem should be business oriented. I would be thankful for any advice.

        Reply

      48. Abdul rasak says:
        2013-11-25 at 11:38 AM

        sir
        i am an assistant professor in comp. aplications. i am interested to do a research in agricultural field especially in cardamom cultivation. it would be helpful if you suggest some related topics to the starting of the work

        Reply

      49. amir rezaei says:
        2013-11-29 at 5:27 AM

        Hi
        Your opinion do we work on the subject ‘ data mining based constraint’

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-11-29 at 11:30 AM

          What is “data mining based constraint”? Data mining with constraints? This seems too broad. I think you need to define topic more clearly.

          Reply

      50. Animesh says:
        2013-11-30 at 8:00 AM

        Sir,
        I m interested in “using association rules to classify medical data”, but i am not so good in programming.Is it possible for me to continue this topics without programming or is the source code available in the web site? if source code is needed , will you able to provide me some links for source code?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-11-30 at 9:51 AM

          Hi,

          There are some source code for association rule mining such as my own data mining library: http://www.philippe-fournier-viger.com/spmf/

          However, if you want to make a Ph.D. in Computer Science you will most likely need to do programming because doing a Ph.D. or Master degree in Computer Science without doing programming does not make sense, I think.

          Another possibility is to do a thesis from a mathematic perspective if you don’t want to do programming.

          Philippe

          Reply

      51. FA says:
        2013-12-04 at 6:00 PM

        hello sir
        special thanks for the article.
        sorry if it is also includes in the “can’t be answered ” questions.
        I would like to do my Ms thesis regarding Social network analysis, I do some research but I can’t decide yet ,which filed: could you suggest me some more conference or journals regarding this topic despite from http://asonam.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/ and http://www.journals.elsevier.com/social-networks/ which you already mentioned
        or any other way to extract open areas in this field.

        thank you so much
        regards,

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-12-25 at 7:29 AM

          I don’t work on this topic so I cannot help you much. To answer this question, I would need to search just like you would do.

          Reply

      52. Jagrut says:
        2013-12-07 at 1:37 AM

        Sir, i have to work on “finding closed frequent patterns and their association rules”
        on data mining, i’ve tried but cant find better approach to work with, so please tell me some parameters and approaches that can improve the efficiency.
        thanks

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-12-07 at 11:12 AM

          Hello,

          If I had a very good idea about this I would keep it for myself as I also work on pattern mining 😉 There are certainly some ideas but it takes time to find a good idea and when you got a good idea is better to keep it for your own research. If you cannot find one, then you can consider variations of the problem of association rule or itemset mining. For exampple, if you consider uncertain itemsets, fuzzy association rules, etc. etc., then maybe these topics are less explored and it is easier to find some ideas. This is just some thoughts. In my opinion, it is easier to create a new problem or a new algorithm for a variations of the problem of association rule mining than to try to make something faster than the best algorithms for association rule mining.

          Best,

          Philippe

          Reply

      53. Gajanan says:
        2013-12-11 at 5:32 AM

        can you please tell me few research topics on fuzzy multimedia data mining related topics

        Reply

      54. vaitheeswaran says:
        2013-12-17 at 2:30 AM

        Hello Sir,
        I’m interested in Big data.
        1.
        How does data mining and Big data are related ?
        2.
        I scanned the internet for Big data architecture, i cant get clear picture of it. Can u suggest me a standard article or book for understanding Big data ?
        3.
        how to develop a own architecture for large data handling ?

        Reply

      55. Divdeep Singh says:
        2013-12-20 at 12:46 PM

        Sir, can you please tell me the research topics in data mining for m.tech thesis. i am not good at programming.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-12-23 at 11:15 AM

          Did you read the blog post? It explains how to search for a topic.

          Reply

      56. Rohith says:
        2013-12-20 at 5:00 PM

        Sir,I need some topics which have less programming to do as a project.please suggest me some ideas.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-12-23 at 11:14 AM

          Please read the blog post carefully. It explains how to search for a topic.

          Reply

      57. Fatima says:
        2013-12-22 at 2:43 PM

        sir! give me some idea that what new can i do for “feature subset selection” in data mining….

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2013-12-23 at 11:16 AM

          I don’t work on this topic.

          Reply

      58. Meenu says:
        2014-01-04 at 10:57 AM

        Sir,
        Im dng Mtech my research area is datacube Materialization & MapReducing..
        can you gve some suggessions for me..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-04 at 11:23 AM

          I would simply suggest to apply the advices that I gave in the blog post.

          Reply

      59. Ravi Kumar says:
        2014-01-13 at 8:00 AM

        Really good. Many thanks to Mr.Philippe for his replies.

        Reply

      60. Devendra Vashi says:
        2014-01-13 at 8:28 AM

        i am searching Ph.D research topic in privacy preserving data mining

        Reply

        • tharun kumar says:
          2016-04-24 at 2:25 PM

          Did you found your topic

          Reply

      61. vilas says:
        2014-01-15 at 9:45 AM

        Sir, May I get data set for doing my research on “data mining for elearning” pl repy.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-15 at 10:47 AM

          You may find some by searching on the web or you may record your own data if you have some e-learning system at your university. There also exist some educational data repository like PSLC datashop: https://pslcdatashop.web.cmu.edu/
          But personnally I would prefer to generate my own data than to use the data from someone else.

          Reply

      62. Neeta H. Jadhav says:
        2014-01-16 at 2:31 AM

        Sir, I am doing M.Tech in Computer science and technology. i want to do final project on data mining but i am unable to find any problem in data mining so please tell me the problems on data mining or any other areas.
        please take it urgent. I look forward for hearing good response.
        Thank you.
        Neeta Jadhav

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-16 at 10:24 AM

          This blog post explains how to choose a topic in data mining. That is the point of this blog post. Have you read it?

          Reply

      63. maheep gupta says:
        2014-01-16 at 10:09 AM

        sir, I m student of Mtech and I am not able to find topic for my thesis can you suggest me some interesting topics.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-16 at 10:32 AM

          The whole point of this blog post is to explain how to search for a topic. I suggest to read it. Moreover, as I wrote in the blog post, I will not answer this question.

          Reply

      64. maheep gupta says:
        2014-01-18 at 9:06 AM

        Sir, I am seraching for a thesis topic in Data Mining for my M.Tech course.

        can you suggest me some recent topics, I m not able to find any topic.
        just suggest me some topic so that I can start reading about it.

        memory efficiency of clustering algorithms, is this topic is good.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-18 at 9:43 AM

          I think it can be a good topic.

          But you would still need to search a little bit to see what has been done already.

          Reply

      65. Tich Chigidhani says:
        2014-01-22 at 6:02 AM

        I am doing an undergrad research on multimedia mining can you suggest a topic?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-22 at 10:12 AM

          No sorry. Looking for a topic takes time. You need to do a literature review to see what has been done before. I cannot do this for you.

          Reply

      66. Jagrut says:
        2014-01-25 at 12:17 AM

        Hello sir,
        I’m doing my thesis on closed frequent patterns and association rules, i am trying to find it by combining “n-list” and “charm” , So, how can i use any frequent pattern finding structure to find closed patterns, or is it possible. Any guidance plz…..
        Thanks,

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-25 at 10:41 AM

          There are many ways to solve the problem of closed itemset mining. Several algorithms have been published. To my knowledge, LCM should be one of the fastest according to the last FIMI competition in 2004. Other fast algorithms are DCI_Closed, FPClose, Charm etc. So, yes there are certainly still possibilities to improve these algorithms.

          How to do it ? I would say to read recent articles to see advances or ideas in that could be transposed to closed itemset mining. Or to try to find new ideas. However many research have been done on this topic. To make a significant contribution on this topic one would preferably need to compare his new algorithm with the fastest closed itemset mining algorithm.

          About nList, I have briefly read about it and it seems to be another variation of the FP-Tree. Therefore, perhaps that it would be easier to use it with FPClose than Charm…. I don’t know. Besides, I have noticed that the author of nlist seems to be posting links to his own article on many internet forums including on my own forum several times. I had checked the paper but I was personally not convinced by the experiments.

          Reply

      67. balvinder taneja says:
        2014-01-28 at 6:04 AM

        sir,
        i want to work on data mining in cloud computing? can u suggest me any appropriate topics related to this field.
        balvinder taneja

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-28 at 10:08 AM

          I would suggest to apply the recommendations that I wrote in the blog post on top of this page.

          Reply

      68. malini joshi says:
        2014-01-29 at 2:12 PM

        Sir, I am seraching for a thesis topic for my M.Tech course.
        can you suggest me some recent topics, I m not able to find any topic.
        just suggest me some topic so that I can start reading about it.
        n my area of interest is network security or data mining

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-01-29 at 3:18 PM

          As I said in the blog post, I will not suggest any topics. Looking for a topic takes time and I don’t have time to search for topics for other people. Moreover, as I explained in the blog post, you should choose a topic that you like, not a topic that someone else has chosen for you.

          If you have no idea what to do about data mining and network security, then a good start is to search for papers about data mining and network security in Google Scholar to see what other people have been doing on this topic.

          Reply

      69. Kalpana says:
        2014-02-03 at 7:37 AM

        Really nice article , I just want some research topics using clustering

        Reply

      70. Umar Hayat says:
        2014-02-03 at 3:31 PM

        Hello Sir,
        I am very glad to know that someone is guiding the humanity in some way, like you through such a honestly interesting page.
        Sir i am searching for my thesis topic ……..but after studing your kind blog and following your steps I am going to do my research in obtaining a data about earth properties and their environment and materials condition and based on that data i am going to know that to some extent that in this place there is occuring that ratio of iron , gold water etc..
        Is this will be good for me .
        Need your kind reply.
        thanks in advance.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-08 at 11:01 AM

          Hello,
          Thanks. Seems like a good topic to me. But you would still need to see what other people have done before to see what you can do differently or improve.

          Reply

          • Umar Hayat says:
            2014-02-11 at 2:57 PM

            thanks sir plz help me in this i will inform you daily…

            Reply

      71. Jhosat says:
        2014-02-05 at 12:06 AM

        sir,
        what possible topics can i do if i like to work on text mining
        i want to do a research that can be use to our school
        can you suggest some ideas ?

        plz reply
        thanks mr.phillipe

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-05 at 12:55 AM

          As explained in the blog post, to find a good topic, you should do a literature review. It takes time and I cannot do this for you.

          Reply

      72. Hossam says:
        2014-02-06 at 5:40 AM

        I want researches about applying Data Mining techniques on master and PHD thesis and dissertations database. Thanks.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-06 at 10:46 AM

          You can use tools like Google Scholar to search for articles.

          Reply

      73. neha says:
        2014-02-06 at 7:56 AM

        Sir
        i want to do my mtech thesis on page ranking algorithm in data mining. Please suggest me some good topic in this for my thesis.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-06 at 10:45 AM

          The blog post explains how to search for a topic. Did you read it ?

          Reply

      74. ehsan says:
        2014-02-08 at 1:39 AM

        Dear Sir,

        Firstly, I would thank you for useful article, then I am interested in clustering techniques for Data mining. Please guide me a topic for my PhD dissertation.
        My email is [email protected]
        thank you.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-08 at 2:30 AM

          Hi,
          As explained in the blog post, I would suggest you to do a literature review on this topic to find out what has been done recently on clustering. You can start by searching on Google Scholar to find some recent articles on clustering and to see what are the current challenges.

          Best regards,

          Reply

      75. Anitha says:
        2014-02-08 at 6:09 AM

        I am doing my research work in recommender systems (Data mining area) and concentrating attack concept. Now i am seeking classification, clustering algorithm. which one is the best and how to proceed?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-08 at 10:55 AM

          I have no idea what is “concentrating attack”. I think it depends on what you want to do. Classification is generally to classify instances in a set of predefined categories. Clustering is generally to automatically create categories. So they don’t exactly do the same thing.

          Reply

      76. riya says:
        2014-02-08 at 10:48 AM

        hii

        i have decided to do my thesis on focused web crawlers for gathering educational material on the web. i just wanted to know if this topic is relevant in today’s time , i hope it not a very old topic?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-08 at 10:58 AM

          I think it is ok. It depends on how you do it. You need to read articles on this topic to see what has been done already on this topic. I personally don’t know what has been done on this topic. Depending on what has been done, to make a good research work you need to improve or bring some new ideas. If you can do that on that topic, than the topic should be good.

          Reply

      77. Sam says:
        2014-02-10 at 8:59 PM

        Hi,
        I am looking for a research topic within data mining. I am interested in multimedia data mining in social media with social event detection as an application. My problem is to find a gap and a topic for my thesis.
        Please suggest me a topic and where to start looking for it?
        Best Regards,
        Sam

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-10 at 10:11 PM

          As I said in the blog post, looking for a topic takes time. You need to look for it by yourself or ask help from your research advisor. If you have no idea where to start, then I suggest to just search the keywords that you know in Google Scholar to find some articles or look for some general survey articles perhaps to get an idea about the whole domain first. Then when you find something interesting, look deeper.

          Reply

      78. sam says:
        2014-02-12 at 9:56 AM

        Hi
        I am a Phd student of medical datamining but Im still trying to identify my research questions … I am looking on applying datamining algorithms on clinical datasets as i dont have strong programming skills…could you please suggest any new applicable methods that is yet to be explored as my possible reseach questions?

        Thanks, Hope to hear from u soonest!

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-12 at 10:50 AM

          I don’t have time to search for you.

          Reply

      79. eli says:
        2014-02-20 at 1:59 PM

        hello
        I like to do datamining on blood transfusion data plz guide me how I can define subject about it

        Reply

      80. Francois says:
        2014-02-27 at 3:00 PM

        Hi Philippe

        It is truly astonishing to see how many ‘graduate’ students completely misread your post! I stumbled on this post during my own search for masters ideas, and I guess I got my night’s entertainment too.

        Good post, and I applaud your patience.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-02-27 at 3:07 PM

          Hi Francois,

          Thanks. 🙂 I now have the proof that someone has read the whole blog post 😉

          Philippe

          Reply

          • Mahsa says:
            2014-03-07 at 8:16 PM

            I read your blog too and I also translate and put it on my website to help thousands of students who are concerning about their topics!

            Great job. Thank you very much!

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2014-03-10 at 10:17 AM

              Hi,

              That is great. If you translate the content word by word, then please cite the original website as the source of the text.

              Thanks!

              Philippe

              Reply

      81. nastaran says:
        2014-03-10 at 4:57 AM

        Hi, thanks about your recommendations they are so help full.
        can you plz recommend some topics about outliers in data mining. I read all of the comments but i could not find any related things . is it some topic that common or it was old and have not any new thing for research.
        thanks alote philip.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-03-10 at 10:20 AM

          Hi,

          If a research area become less popular, it does not mean that there is nothing interesting to do. There are always some research problems. You just need to find one.

          For specific topics, I recommend to follow the steps in the blog post, which starts by doing a litterature review.

          Reply

      82. kutty says:
        2014-03-13 at 1:51 PM

        hi sir
        can you please tell me related topics on Analytical hierarchy process in data mining for Ph.D. Please give me more specific idea about this topic. Plz reply s soon as possible

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-03-13 at 2:19 PM

          Hello,
          I don’t work on this topic. You would need to do a litterature review as explained in the blog post.

          Reply

      83. Aadil Hussain says:
        2014-03-18 at 9:11 AM

        Hello sir, I have to give a research proposal for M.phil in computer science. can you please suggest me some brief review type of research topic in neural networks(extensible).

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-03-18 at 9:52 AM

          No. I don’t have time to do it.

          Reply

      84. Kuldeep says:
        2014-03-26 at 10:28 AM

        Sir i want to relate data mining in agriculture.. but i’m unable to find any specific thing. plz guide me for my PhD topic selection

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-03-26 at 10:42 AM

          As said in the blog post, you need to do a literature review and/or ask your supervisor to help you.

          Reply

      85. Muhammad Asadullah says:
        2014-03-28 at 1:34 PM

        I want to do my research in data mining…

        please sir can I apply any data mining technique on DIP..

        or to develop any data mining technique for image processing…

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-03-28 at 1:40 PM

          I don’t work on image processing but there are certainly some way to apply data mining on images.

          For example, there are some works on spatial association rule mining to find patterns in geographical data. This geographical data could be extracted from satellite image before applying the data mining algorithm. This is just an example. You would need to search to find more information about the possibilities.

          Reply

        • dev says:
          2014-03-29 at 2:33 AM

          data mining have different technique like svm ,ANN , PCA, decision Tree ,rough set theory, clustering that are mostly used for DIP

          Reply

      86. sara says:
        2014-03-29 at 1:46 AM

        Hi
        If i can use current method of text mining for another language, for example English method for Arabic, would it be a new challenge for my thesis and write a new article?
        Arabic language is different from English, so by using current method in different langue i can achieve new result.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-03-29 at 8:20 AM

          From a data mining perspective, it is a new challenge, if the method do not work well with Arabic and you need to modify the method to make it work for Arabic. If the method just work for arabic without modifying it, it would seem too simple, perhaps. But text mining is not my specialty. You may have a look at papers about text mining for other languages to see how they have presented their work.

          Reply

          • sara says:
            2014-12-13 at 12:37 PM

            Hi
            It is about a year that a write a comment here :). On that time I choose opinion mining as my thesis topic. I work hard to fine a new approach in opinion mining. But you know, I was not so successful in this way. I make a new sentiwordnet for a new language from existing wordnet. but I couldn’t suggest a new method. some one told me, that by combing existing method I can introduce new one. but how can i do that ? for example by combing svm and naive bayes how can i create a new method?
            really I need your help. how can I continue my thesis in a way to find a new idea?
            thanks

            Reply

      87. pankaj says:
        2014-03-31 at 1:34 AM

        hi hello , im student of MTECH 1st year and want to do reseach in data mining , by which i can easily take admission in phd programe .. so tell me topic which have wide scope of research ?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-03-31 at 9:54 AM

          Did you read the blog post?

          Reply

      88. crystal says:
        2014-04-01 at 6:23 AM

        I really need more help into the research of mining and what questions I should research more on it is due tomorrow and I do not know anything

        Reply

      89. crystal says:
        2014-04-01 at 6:24 AM

        I need help to answer the questions I am a year 12 pa student from international overseas

        Reply

      90. Deepali says:
        2014-04-07 at 6:55 AM

        Sir, can you please help me, i am searching for PHD research topic, i am thinking for context aware computing in mobile computing.is it a good topic to move on?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-04-07 at 8:26 AM

          I don’t work on this topic. It sounds ok but you need to do a literature review and maybe make it more specific.

          Reply

      91. zeynab says:
        2014-04-07 at 12:40 PM

        hi,i need help i must impelementation this paper with c# but i dont know how do ?plz help me

        A Novel Method for Privacy Preserving in
        Association Rule Mining Based on Genetic
        Algorithms
        Mohammad Naderi Dehkordi
        Ph.D Student, Science & Research Branch, Islamic Azad University (IAU)
        Department of Computer Engineering, Tehran, Iran

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-04-07 at 12:56 PM

          I cannot help you.

          Reply

      92. vrushali says:
        2014-04-11 at 8:54 AM

        Yes good article
        i really like it
        i will find out how we can improve better library services though data mining
        i will also try to learn it

        Thanks

        Reply

      93. nasrin says:
        2014-04-20 at 1:27 AM

        Any management related data mining topic for MSc thesis? I don’t have much algorithm related knowledge , got programming knowledge in c/c++/sql.Please provide me some recent topic relatd to management related .

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-04-20 at 10:11 AM

          To find a recent topic, you need to do a litterature review or talk to your supervisor. There is no way around it.

          Reply

      94. Rafi ullah says:
        2014-05-05 at 2:14 AM

        dear sir i am too much confused that what topic for thesis should i select. if you have any good topic so plz guide me thanx .

        Reply

      95. salina says:
        2014-05-07 at 12:39 PM

        if i want to do thesis in datamining first thing i need is the data sampel. but in our country people donot give any data.. then can you give me solution for findind the data samples for datamining thesis.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-05-07 at 12:59 PM

          Then, you may have to collect your own data or to use public data from another country if there is some available. There are many websites that you can find using Google that offers public datasets that you can download. If you are lucky, there will be some public datasets.

          Otherwise, depending on your topic, you could consider generating some artificial datasets but it may not be a good idea depending on your project. In general, it is recommended to use public data.

          Reply

      96. salina says:
        2014-05-07 at 1:32 PM

        can you say me how can i collect the data sets required for datamining because it is impossible in the country like nepal..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-05-07 at 2:52 PM

          How to collect the data depends on what kind of data you want to collect.

          For example, if you are doing data mining on network data, then if you have access to a webserver or router, you could just use the logs from the server or router to perform data mining. Another example is if you are doing data mining on source code from software. You could just download any open-source project and perform data mining on the source code.

          On the other hand, for some types of data, it may be very difficult to collect data. For example, if you want to do data mining on medical records, it may be very difficult to get access to that kind of data from the government, unless some public data is already available.

          Reply

      97. Msharifi says:
        2014-05-08 at 9:56 AM

        it was very usefull article. thanks so much:-)

        Reply

      98. niku says:
        2014-05-22 at 2:53 PM

        Thanks yr bog provides very important guidelines.
        sir
        I want to do Ph D in Data Mining. I read yr blog & from that i decided to do work in Data Mining on Medical Data(gynec or orthopedic). I can get database of patient, diseases etc as one of the my family members is a doctor. so pls could you tell me what can i do after getting a database.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-05-22 at 10:25 PM

          It is good that you have data, but what is your goal ? what do you want to do with the data? Do you want to perform early prediction of who will get a particular disease? do you want to predict what will be the reactioon of a patient to some drug prescription? etc. You need to decide what you will do with the data. To do that, you should have a look at what other people have done by reading some articles on this topic.

          Reply

          • niku says:
            2014-05-30 at 3:24 AM

            Thanks for reply
            Sir i wanted to predict the baby born date and prediction of premature delivery.
            so can do , how to do

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2014-05-31 at 8:53 AM

              You would need to have some training data. Then you could train a neural network to do the task of prediction. Similar techniques to neural networks may also be used like SVM…

              Reply

              • niku says:
                2014-06-04 at 6:02 AM

                after selecting data how to select algorithm or method

              • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
                2014-06-04 at 6:19 AM

                In general, it is recommended to try the popular methods first. To know what is the popular methods for your topic, sometimes it is necessary to read articles on the topic. In your case, you could try neural networks directly I think. If it does not work well, then you would need to find something else by reading. Or sometimes in data mining, we even need to modify the algorithms to achieve what we want if there is no algorithms that are appropriate for what we want to do.

      99. Nidhi says:
        2014-06-10 at 3:11 AM

        Hello sir, I am pursuing mtech. I have chosen opinion mining under data mining. Can you suggest some topics in it? Can you suggest which tool I should learn? I am free for 2 months. I want to utilize this free time in doing something productive in topic. So can u please help me ?? Thank you

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-06-11 at 8:45 AM

          As said in the blog post, you should do a litterature review, which means to read articles on your topic (opinion mining). This will allows you to find some topics. I cannot do that for you.

          Reply

      100. Raghav says:
        2014-06-20 at 1:16 PM

        hello sir, i am willing to do research on data mining field, i have decided some topics like data mining techiniqs for online social networks and analysis, web mining for predicting user behaviours , topic detection and tracking .. out of them which one is suitable or how can i combine all these issues..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-06-20 at 1:22 PM

          These topics are are quite general, so any of them would be ok. But in any case, you will need to define your project more precisely. And to do that, the only way is by reading papers on these topics and try to get some new ideas about what could be done better or differently, or what has not been done yet. To do this takes time, and you need to do it by yourself or with your the help of your supervisor.

          Reply

      101. satish nathu bhadane says:
        2014-07-05 at 3:48 AM

        I will be try for Phd in Psychological data & Data mining concept but my work that analysis of mind traffic.
        Psychological or spiritual concept & data mining Concept combined for research work &Is it contribution of Computer Engineering?
        suppose yes then please tell me right way……………….

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-07-09 at 5:31 PM

          Yes, it can be. It is definitely possible and interesting to combine Computer Science with other disciplines such as Psychology. Now, whether it deserves a Ph.D in computer engineering depends on whether you will be solely a user of the software of someone else or you will develop your own software program that solves non trivial computer science problems with respect to your application. You may also want to check previous thesis published at your university to see examples of Ph.D thesis subjects that have been accepted as PhD thesis.

          Reply

          • satish nathu bhadane says:
            2014-07-11 at 6:44 AM

            Thanks for guideline…………….

            Reply

      102. devendiran says:
        2014-07-07 at 11:52 PM

        dear sir i am completed mphil too much confused that what topic for thesis should i select. if you have any good topic so plz guide me thanx .

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-07-09 at 5:32 PM

          As I said in the blog post, I will not provide topics. But I explain how to search for a topic.

          Reply

      103. krina says:
        2014-07-18 at 3:35 AM

        sir i am interested in data mining in educational or learning field for my m.tech dissertation can u give me some specific ideas abt it???

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-07-18 at 2:16 PM

          Data mining in educational or learning field is still a very broad topic. You need to define something more precise.

          You could search papers in Educational Data Mining (EDM) and Learning Analytics communities (LAK) for papers on these topics. Or also in some e-learning related journals and conferences.

          Reply

      104. krina says:
        2014-07-22 at 8:29 AM

        sir for decision support in dental disease prediction which kind of further research i can do for masters can u give me some idea about this ?

        Reply

      105. jalpa says:
        2014-07-23 at 5:22 AM

        i need your guidence .. to choose my thesis topic on data mining

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-07-23 at 8:45 AM

          The blog post on this page explains how to choose a topic.

          Reply

      106. Makisna says:
        2014-07-25 at 7:11 AM

        Sir, I was choose datamining for my phd. 2 years over.but still i did not choose proble. but my dataset is medical imbalanced liver data dataset. It’s correct or not .how to choose problem based on this things and how. please help me.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-07-25 at 9:48 AM

          I think you should discuss with your research advisor to ask for some help in choosing your problem. I cannot give you any ideas since I don’t work on medical data and choosing a problem takes time. Actually, what you probably need is a medical expert that can tell you what are the important problems in the medical field that you could solve. Otherwise, you could have a look at related papers and see what other people have published on this type of data.

          Reply

      107. D Rajakumari says:
        2014-07-28 at 3:19 PM

        Sir, I was choose datamining for my phd. 2 years over.but still i did not choose proble. but., my minor project topic is TECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT IN THE CLASSROOM. i think continue this topic . pls help related to data mining or big data. It’s correct or not .how to choose problem based on this things and how. please help me.

        another question
        big data is new one. to choose related to the topic in TECHNOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT IN THE CLASSROOM. pls help

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-07-28 at 3:36 PM

          Hi, technology  impact in the classroom looks like an important topic for the society.

          If you want to do data mining related to this, as I have described in this blog post, you will need to read research papers on this topic and to find something that has not been done before or that you think you can do better. I cannot help you to do this because it takes time to read papers. But you can ask your research advisor for help.

          Another important point in data mining is that you will need data for your research, either by downloading it or by collecting your own data. Since the availability of data may have an influence on what you can do for your topic, you could also search on the web or ask authors of papers if they can provide their data, if you plan to use the data of someone else rather than collecting your own data.

          Reply

      108. Ananda says:
        2014-08-21 at 2:43 AM

        Sir,
        i would like to do a Masters dissertation on the topic data mining in Automotive Diagnostics. Could you please suggest me some topics

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-08-21 at 9:46 AM

          For data mining, you need some data to do the mining. Can you obtain a database of automative diagnostics. If yes, then you could try to build a system that may automatically diagnose what is the problem of a car based on what he learned from the database. That is just an idea. I don’t work on this topic and I did not do a literature review. So it does not mean it is a good idea. As I said in the blog post, what you should do first is a literature review.

          Reply

      109. Namita Garg says:
        2014-09-02 at 4:22 AM

        Sir I want to do Ph.d in Database. I have knowledge of Batch programming. But i am unable to find that how can i choose topic for research and how i use database and batch programming combination in research area?

        Please help me.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-09-02 at 9:07 AM

          In my opinion, if you want to do a Ph.D in computer science, you need to know some programming language like C++ or Java. If you only know batch programming (such as .bat files), it seems hard to do a Ph.D. in computer science.

          Reply

          • Namita Garg says:
            2014-09-03 at 12:51 AM

            Sir i have good knowledge of database also. i have done my internship in oracle. and i am very interested to do ph.d in database. but i am confused to choose a topic for research.

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2014-09-03 at 7:00 AM

              As explained in the blog post on top of this page, choosing a topic takes time, and you need to do it by yourself or with the help of your PhD supervisor. Basically, it requires to read recent papers to find what is popular topics now and think about some ideas or something that has not been done.

              Reply

              • Namita Garg says:
                2014-09-05 at 2:38 PM

                Sir can i choose “Data Mining Automation Process” topic for research area in Ph.d?

              • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
                2014-09-05 at 3:18 PM

                Yes.

      110. devipriya says:
        2014-09-23 at 6:06 AM

        Helo sir, now i’m doing my m.phil computer scince, please give idea to select the topic in data mining area,

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-09-23 at 7:19 AM

          You can start by reading the blog post on top of this page. It gives you the steps to find a good topic rather than giving you a topic because finding a topic takes time and thus I cannot do it for other people.

          Reply

      111. devipriya says:
        2014-09-23 at 6:11 AM

        And also need some research paper using clustering, now I’m interested to do my project in mat lab so give topic to related to using mat lab

        Reply

      112. soumya says:
        2014-09-29 at 8:03 AM

        hello sir,
        i have chosen “stock price prediction using machine learning algorithms” as my project topic…and i got information from my senior that we need to consider the stocks of america or London as Indian stock market is not so strong and we can’t get much data..but i don’t know from where i can get stock data for mining..and how can i access data and make use of it for mining in my project…please guide me from where can i get stock details of these countries stock market and how to mine that data??

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-10-01 at 8:53 AM

          I have not worked with stock data before. But usually, here are the ways to get data for a data mining project:
          Find some data that have been collected by other researchers. If you read some papers that have used stocked data, they may indiciate that the data is available on their webpage. In that case, you can download it directly. If its not, you may contact the authors of the paper directly by e-mail and ask them for their data. You may tell them that you will cite their paper if you use their data.
          Collect your own data. You could write a small program such as a web crawler to browse some website that offers stock data and collect it by yourself.
          Check some dataset repository. There also may be some webpages that are datasets repository such as the UCI repository that offer many datasets. You may check them. But I don’t think that there are stock data on UCI, for example.

          If you collect your down data, the advantage is that you will have all the data that you want. But you will spend more time to collect the data.

          If you use the dataset of someone else, then, you may not have all the information that you want, because the other researchers may just have collected the information that he needed for their research.

          Reply

      113. HIMA says:
        2014-10-01 at 3:58 AM

        hi…..
        really good one. this page especially helped me a lot as i am in my initial days for selecting my research topics this helped me alot like how to start? where to start?
        i am really thankfull to the advisor.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-10-01 at 8:47 AM

          Hi,

          You are welcome!

          Reply

      114. Thaddeus Ogwoka says:
        2014-10-10 at 8:28 AM

        Dear
        Philippe Fournier-Viger
        I have real benefitted from your blog. Most appreciated, it has real enlightened me on choosing my MSc research proposal.

        Nevertheless, how do i write aproposal to be approved by the panel.
        Kind regards,
        Thaddeus

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-10-10 at 8:39 AM

          Hi,

          I’m glad that the blog has been interesting for you. Thanks for your feedback!

          Philippe

          Reply

      115. nao says:
        2014-10-14 at 4:09 AM

        Hi Philippe Fournier-Viger
        I am a beginner in data mining. As i am going to carried out my Ph.D in data mining applied in bioinformatics. I am really confused how to start my work.

        Reply

      116. abuasba says:
        2014-10-16 at 9:30 AM

        I really thank prof.Philippe Fournier-Viger for replies and help .

        Reply

      117. fayaz ahmad says:
        2014-10-25 at 7:54 AM

        sir i want to choose a research topic in data mining sir what can i do for choosing a research sir i need those topic which are so sample and are not complex sir plz say me today

        Reply

      118. Abdulrauf says:
        2014-10-30 at 1:36 PM

        hello sir, i did my M.Sc research on enhanced data mining algorithm on online Electronic shopping please i want to some topics related to this for my PhD research works.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-10-30 at 6:07 PM

          I cannot search a topic for you because it takes time to find a good topic. But you may read the blog post on top of this page which explains how to search.

          Reply

      119. R.Siva says:
        2014-11-03 at 4:20 AM

        Hello sir,
        I need your guidance to choose topic in conferrence,So sir please give ideas about some recent problems in data mining, and how to solve it?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-11-03 at 12:59 PM

          I only have time to search topics for my own students. The goal of this blog post is to explain how to search so that you can do it by yourself.

          Reply

      120. soumya says:
        2014-11-06 at 8:42 AM

        sir,my topic is “stock market prediction using machine learning algorithm”, first thanks for your idea regarding collecting data from the different sources, sir now i am planning to use any machine learning algorithm in prediction and not understanding among SVM,ANN and K-Nearest Neighbour techniques which will be more suitable for stock prediction?? please do help

        Reply

      121. galag says:
        2014-11-19 at 9:41 AM

        hello sir,
        i have chosen “opinion mining” as my project topic, my question is what is new”hot” areas.
        i know some topic like:
        1. opinion mining classification
        2. opinion extraction
        3. opinion search and retrieved
        4. opinion spam detection
        5. quality of reviews
        6. lexicon generation
        i am interesting on recommendation system based on opinion mining . how about that and please suggest me new areas .
        my 2 ed q is how to find a real problem ???

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-11-19 at 11:20 AM

          Since I don’t work on opinion mining, I’m not aware of the recent topics in this area. You could find some ideas by reading the recent papers in conferences on data mining, AI or recommendation system (e.g. RecSys), or journals. I see that you have done some litterature review already. Then, you should continue reading 😉

          Reply

      122. galag says:
        2014-11-24 at 1:02 PM

        thank you prof Philippe Fournier for your guidelines, my second question is how to find a real problem ?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-11-24 at 4:45 PM

          I’m not sure what you mean by “real”. I guess that you mean important problem with real world applications. If this is what you mean, then well, there is different way to find interesting problems to solve. One way is to read papers and see what are the problem solved by other people. Then you may define the problem slightly differently than what they are doing. Or you can use their problem and propose a better solution to their problem. Or if you want to find some ideas of problems that are more applied, you may talk with expert in the industry, etc.

          Reply

      123. Raj says:
        2014-12-10 at 5:10 PM

        I really have to commend you Philippe for continuing to respond to comments over a year and a half later! This blog post was very helpful. I have already been reading quite a bit of literature and I am running into the problem of having too many interests. I just have to focus on one and go with it. Thanks!

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-12-10 at 6:30 PM

          Hi, Thanks. Glad it is helpful.

          Reply

      124. sara says:
        2014-12-15 at 3:41 AM

        Hi
        I wrote a comment but there was no answer 🙂 I write it again.
        Hi
        It is about a year that a write a comment here :). On that time I choose opinion mining as my thesis topic. I work hard to fine a new approach in opinion mining. But you know, I was not so successful in this way. I make a new sentiwordnet for a new language from existing wordnet. but I couldn’t suggest a new method. some one told me, that by combing existing method I can introduce new one. but how can i do that ? for example by combing svm and naive bayes how can i create a new method?
        really I need your help. how can I continue my thesis in a way to find a new idea?
        thanks

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-12-15 at 4:29 AM

          Hi, sorry for not answering you the first time. I have been a little bit busy recently. First, thank you for coming back to this website! Doing research is hard… it is not always easy to find new ideas. That is true. Sometimes, it may takes times to find something interesting. Or sometimes, we may have a new idea but if may fails or provide bad results. This is normal. The more you do research, the easier it will get. Yes, it is possible to combine two methods to get a new method. But it should make sense to combine the two methods. We should not just combine two methods for combining two methods. For example, combining naive bayes and SVM may not make sense depending on what you are doing. Also, combining two methods does not mean that you will get better results. Moreover, if you combine two methods, but the combination is straightforward, then maybe that it is not a significant contribution because it may be too simple.

          If you are working on a new language, then you may try to find what challenges are specific to this language. If you can identify some new challenges for your target language than you may find a way to adress these specific challenges and it could be your contribution.

          I just talk in general because i don’t work on opinion mining. But don’t worry. If you work hard enough you should find some new ideas.

          Reply

          • sara says:
            2014-12-15 at 9:41 AM

            thanks. But sometimes I become hopeless. I think maybe opinion mining a research area that there I cant continue it because the are so many research about it and is not possible to find a new method.

            Reply

      125. AMIT KUMAR says:
        2014-12-20 at 4:28 AM

        Dear sir,

        kindly suggest me the topic for research on data mining so i can start my theses on data mining.

        thanks & regards
        amit kumar

        Reply

      126. Nishat Raihana says:
        2014-12-29 at 1:09 PM

        Hello Professor Philippe

        I am Nishat Undergraduate Final Year Student. I would like to do my undergraduate thesis on Data Mining. I have read several article on it still I am little bit confused about it. However, I would like to do my thesis on Data Mining specifically on Social Networking site like – facebook or twitter. However, I need your suggestions how to start working on them. It would be really great if you could provide me some suggestions. I am looking forward to hear from you.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2014-12-29 at 1:18 PM

          Hi,
          Thanks for commenting on this blog post. My suggestions:
          – read papers about social network mining to know what other researchers are doing. In your thesis, you need to do something that other people did not do yet or do something better (faster, more accurate) than what they are doing. So you need to know what they are doing.
          – you will also need to find data. Either you try to collect your own data. Then you should try to work with the API provided b;y twitter etc. to see what you can collect. or you can try to find some public datasets or contact authors of other papers to get their data. This s important because you need data to do your research and dependng on what your data contains you may or may not be able to do some research project related to social network mining.
          Best,

          Reply

          • Nishat Raihana says:
            2015-01-05 at 10:24 AM

            Dear Professor Philippe

            Thank You for your Kind Suggestions.It shows me a way to start work on my thesis.

            Thank you

            Reply

      127. Vayn says:
        2015-01-03 at 3:08 AM

        So to start with, im helping my friend to find good reference in finding the thesis topic. she kind interested in school related topic sir. can you suggest me anything or give me a little hint as milestone maybe, i would really appreciate it. thanks

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-01-03 at 3:31 AM

          Then she may like e-learning topics. If she is interested in data mining, she could check “educational data mining” and choose some specific topics in that area.

          Reply

      128. salmooz says:
        2015-01-21 at 5:41 AM

        Hello Professor Philippe

        I am student in computer scince . I would like to do my undergraduate thesis on Data Mining , I want to use wireshark to collect data from intranet (small lan (univercity))and track the movement about ip and protocols and use data mining tools to know types of protocols and IPs and content of massages, I need your suggestions how to start working on them. It would be really great if you could provide me some suggestions. I am looking forward to hear from you.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-01-21 at 2:51 PM

          Hi,

          Thanks for message. I cannot help you too much since i’m not working on this topic. But the most important in a data mining project is always to have data. You may try to collect some data to see the feasability. Besides, what is even most important is to read what other people have done about applying data mining or machine learning techniques to analyse network data. There are some people who have work on this topic before. You need to read at least briefly their paper to see what they have done. This is important because in research, it is expected that you will do something new that other people did not do, or something better than what other people did.

          Best,

          Reply

      129. salmooz says:
        2015-01-21 at 5:45 AM

        I am student in computer scince . I would like to do my undergraduate thesis on Data Mining , I want to use wireshark to collect data from intranet (small lan (univercity))and track the movement about ip and protocols and use data mining tools to know types of protocols and IPs and content of massages, I need your suggestions how to start working on them. It would be really great if you could provide me some suggestions. I am looking forward to hear from you.

        Reply

      130. sara says:
        2015-01-22 at 3:30 AM

        Hi,
        I have a data-set of 1000 feature. I use svm and naive bayes for classification. I use present-absent and TFIDF for them. but the result is different. how can I find the reason of this difference? I want to know why svm and NB got different result and why using different feature cause different too.

        there are 1000 feature and I cant examine them one by one its correlation. is there a method for that?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-01-22 at 9:41 AM

          Hi,

          Different techniques gives different results. Why is a difficult question to answer. You may need to make several experiments with your data to find out why. And as you said, with 1000 features, it may be complicated. But have you tried to use some techniques to reduce the number of dimensions like PCA? Or you could just do some pre-processing to remove some attributes and perform some tests to see the results. Just some ideas.

          Best,

          Reply

          • sara says:
            2015-01-23 at 3:34 AM

            thanks, but by using PCA only the number of feature decreased, but I cant understand which features have more effect on the performance of classification.
            can you you guide me which experiment should I do to understand the reason?

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2015-01-23 at 8:20 PM

              Ok. If you have a target attribute X and you want to know which attributes A1, A2… Am is more important with respect to X, then what about just calculating the Pearson colleration between each attribute and X?

              Reply

      131. sara says:
        2015-01-24 at 12:50 PM

        yes, but I think calculation is not logical and it is time consuming.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-01-24 at 4:19 PM

          If you want to know if two attributes are corelated, calculating the correlation or covariance are very good ways to get an answer.

          You can write a short program that make a loop over all your attributes and calculate the correlation of each of them to the target attribute. Then you just run it and you will see which attributes are more correlated to the target attribute.

          Reply

          • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
            2015-01-24 at 4:19 PM

            This is not time consuming. And why it would not be “logical”?

            Reply

            • sara says:
              2015-01-25 at 8:25 AM

              OK, thanks. I should write a program to calculate it.

              Reply

      132. Kittu says:
        2015-01-30 at 8:34 AM

        Sir,
        I am doing M.tech( CSE)..
        I want to do my research on Proactive risk management on banking delivery channels (i.e ATM , net-banking , mobile- banking etc)
        can i use Data Mining for this??
        or plz suggest me sm data mining technique or tool, which i can use to analyze banking data

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-01-30 at 9:23 AM

          I’m not much familiar with banking. But data mining can be used on any kind of data. So there should not be any problem.

          Maybe classifications algorithms like neural networks, SVM etc. could be a good technique if you want for example to classify the customers as at risk or low risk.

          Reply

      133. asmi says:
        2015-02-09 at 5:57 AM

        Hello prof Philippe,

        I’ll be starting my PhD.
        Topic which i have selected is “Improving existing data mining algo for big data on mapreduce ” what do you think about this topic? Can you give me any suggestions?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-02-09 at 9:15 AM

          Hi,

          It looks like a good general topic since big data is popular and map reduce is a popular technology. But it is still a little bit too general maybe. What kind of algorithms? What do you want to improve? Maybe you could be more specific. If you want to improve clustering algorihtms, then you could say that in your topic. Or if you want to improve something else, then you could say it.

          Best,

          Reply

      134. AJ says:
        2015-02-12 at 6:52 AM

        Hi, I came across your blog while I was searching for articles to refine my area of research which is data mining. The post is very helpful.
        Since data mining is sort of a new area for me and I am reading on data mining in Manufacturing and Operations Management. My aim is to optimize the production process to keep one of the the raw material (fuel) cost at minimum. I have collected 10 years of daily records and I would be pleased if you could suggest on how I can approach this from your expertise.

        Regards

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-02-12 at 10:29 AM

          I am not familiar with this kind of problem. It seems like an optimization problem. In artificial intelligence, genetic algorithm, ant colony algorithm etc, may be used for optimizations problems, but i’m not sure that it would fit your problem.

          Reply

      135. Neema says:
        2015-02-25 at 6:29 AM

        Thanks Philippe your blog is very helpful. I did Msc computer sc and I want my PHD Topic to focus on improving data mining techniques for Big data. I am apply for PHD and I dont have a supervisor yet. So far I have been familiarizing myself with several data mining algorithms but because of time can you guide me somehow on data mining techniques whose improvement can be good for big data analysis.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-02-25 at 12:55 PM

          Thanks for your comment on the blog. I cannot recommend much about that because data mining is very broad. With respect to big data, you could improve any kind of algorithms: clustering, pattern mining, classification, stream mining, outlier detection, etc. etc. In other words, most topics in data mining can be combined with big data. So you should choose something that you like. I would just recommend to continue reading and try to focus on a topic that you like.

          Reply

          • Neema says:
            2015-03-04 at 2:21 PM

            ok. Thanks.

            Reply

        • Fatima says:
          2015-05-24 at 4:19 PM

          Hi sir,
          I came across your blog while I was searching for articles on data mining. This is really a kind contribution..
          I have planned to do work on Educational data mining, i will get students data including social and economic attributes and then find their effects on grades, finally suggest some ways of improving grades.
          I want to know is this enough for an MS thesis or some thing more should be done???? I have also seen some other researchers done same work but mine data set and attributes will be different. Please give me some kind suggestion..

          Reply

      136. soheila mirzaei says:
        2015-02-26 at 10:54 AM

        Hi,I am searching about topic for thesis of phd
        on the other hand, I love datamining with .may you help me how can these fields combine together , many professors said to me that not can define the topic in level of phd about datamining please guide me

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-02-26 at 11:31 AM

          It takes time to find a topic. I cannot do it for you. You can read the blog post on top of this page that explain how to do it.

          Reply

      137. mitali says:
        2015-03-07 at 12:52 AM

        hello sir..really a nice article..
        i am doing my masters in computer science and for my thesis i am interested in data mining and specially in web mining….. as i was starting from a scratch this helped me a lot…
        thank you…..

        Reply

      138. Hiteshree Lad says:
        2015-03-19 at 12:17 PM

        truly helpful article for beginners …starting from the scratch

        Reply

      139. shashika says:
        2015-04-02 at 2:29 PM

        Hi Sir,

        I’m an undergraduate.I hope to do my final year research in data mining.I think to do identify hidden purchase pattern of hotels customers through the data mining.sir,can you give some advices to successful my research?

        Reply

      140. Ali Mohammed says:
        2015-04-05 at 1:51 AM

        Hi
        Sir please tell me what is the missing on text mining topics related to Arabic language.
        I’m really confused about selecting my master topic.
        I have read about Ontology and summarization topics but until now the idea or the topic title is now clear for me.
        So, kindly please guide me on my research topic with respect of Arabic language text mining and NLP techniques.
        Thanks,,,

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-04-05 at 2:34 AM

          Hi. Sorry, I cannot find a topic for you.

          Reply

      141. Dipak Kawade says:
        2015-04-08 at 5:59 AM

        Your Blog is very good for young researcher. I am working on frequent pattern mining. Can you suggest from where I got quality work related to this topic.
        Thanking you

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-04-08 at 8:13 AM

          Hi, thanks. I would recommend to look at the papers published in top conferences: KDD, PKDD, PAKDD, ICDM, CIKM, ADMA, etc. and also published in top journals: TKDE, TKDD, DMKDD, etc. You may find many papers on Google Scholar. I would say try to look at what the people have been doing recently to find something that you can do.

          Reply

      142. MANU says:
        2015-04-22 at 9:54 AM

        Sir i want prepare one journal on data mining..its a part of our syllabus..so could u please
        suggest one topic on data mining..and also the procedure for preparing a journal.
        Thank you

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-04-22 at 3:26 PM

          I don’t know what you want. You can take any topic if you don’t care…. classification, clustering, pattern mining. Whatever you like.

          Reply

          • MANU says:
            2015-05-14 at 3:34 AM

            I have to prepare one research paper.I had gone through some research papers related to data mining in health domain. Sir I was wondering if you could possibly suggest one topic on data mining in health domain.

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2015-05-14 at 6:35 AM

              Sorry but I don’t work in the health domain. Moreover, as said in the blog post, finding a good topic takes time.

              Reply

      143. vishnu murthy says:
        2015-04-23 at 5:33 AM

        Thank you sir for your replies.Please continue the same in future also.
        I am doing ph.d and want to do research in clustering.
        Kindly guide me.I want to do on medical data.

        Reply

      144. kamal says:
        2015-05-02 at 12:43 PM

        Hi sir,

        My area has ben changed now as my Guide is changed. he told me to look for “Big data and web mining”.
        I have only one month to prepare the synopsis… Should I go in Content web mining or usage web mining. Which one is easier to work with? I want to take social networking sites for this. Will it be fine?

        Kindly Guide me..
        Regards

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-05-02 at 1:18 PM

          Don’t know which one is easier. Web mining is a popular topic, so it should be fine. But to do data mining you need to get some data. For social networks, there a website call SNAP that gives some datasets. https://snap.stanford.edu/data/

          Good luck

          Reply

      145. Farhad Alam says:
        2015-05-03 at 11:04 AM

        Hi Philip,

        I m Farhad and working as a DWH Engg and my skill set is ETL, Oracle SQL,PL/SQL, Teradata and Unix.

        so can you please suggest the topic in DWH, I know ETL very well.

        current working in eBay for e-commerce project.

        thanks

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-05-03 at 11:49 AM

          Hi,

          No, I cannot suggest any topic. It takes time to find a good research topic. You may follow the step in the blog post.

          Reply

      146. p.praveen says:
        2015-05-22 at 7:13 AM

        Hi,I am searching about topic for thesis of phd
        on the other hand, I love datamining with .may you help me how can these fields combine together ,memory efficiency of frequent subgraph mining algorithms for the case of uncertain data with applications in social network is it correct or not.if it is corrctet how to get the information about the problem tell me suggestion .thanq.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-05-22 at 9:03 AM

          You need to read the papers on topic to know if someone has already done that or not and to know if you like the topic or not. I did not read much on this topic so I cannot tell you. But if you like subgraph mining, then, you can find some problems in this area. To find papers, just search on Google or Google Scholar and read it.

          Reply

      147. Fatima says:
        2015-05-24 at 4:22 PM

        Hi sir,
        I came across your blog while I was searching for articles on data mining. This is really a kind contribution..
        I have planned to do work on Educational data mining, i will get students data including social and economic attributes and then find their effects on grades, finally suggest some ways of improving grades.
        I want to know is this enough for an MS thesis or some thing more should be done???? I have also seen some other researchers done same work but mine data set and attributes will be different. Please give me some kind suggestion..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-05-24 at 7:05 PM

          For a MS thesis, the requirements depends on the university. Some university may have lower or higher requirements. The topic looks interesting but you may discuss with your supervisor to know if it is enough. If someone has done it before it is not so original but if you can show something new in it, it would be better.

          Reply

          • Fatima says:
            2015-05-26 at 1:24 AM

            Thanks sir..

            Reply

      148. Ronesh says:
        2015-05-28 at 8:00 AM

        Hello Sir,

        Greetings of the Day!

        Was searching for topic for my thesis on Data Mining and came across this site.
        Very useful indeed. 🙂

        I have been able to get transnational data of ATM of a bank which I got with recommendation from my college for the sole thesis purpose only.

        Basically, I want my Thesis report could suggest bank’s manager to predict how much Money is necessary to be kept in ATM Vault for a particular day as more money kept is no good.

        Now I want your suggestion whether I should stick to only One Algorithm and find the solution Or Should I analyze various Prediction Algorithms and find the best one among them?

        As being an Average Joe, I have to research and get into with numerous algorithms and techniques for comparative analysis of algorithms and afraid i miss my thesis deadline as well.

        Lastly, if anything else can be done with this transaction data apart from vault cash
        prediction, please suggest me so that I can think other aspects as well for my thesis.

        Looking forward for positive response.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-05-28 at 9:47 AM

          Hi,

          I would suggest to first start with an algorithm to get a first solution. Then, after that you can see if you can improve the work by using different algorithms. But before starting with a first algorithm you still need to read a little bit to choose that algorithm well.

          Other topic? Yes certainly. You could for example, try to find the optimal moment for refilling the ATM with more cash. Should we fill it everyday in the morning ? or … ? I think that you may find other variations of this problem.

          Best,

          Reply

      149. Ronesh says:
        2015-05-31 at 12:35 AM

        Thank you for your valuable suggestion.

        Good Day!

        Reply

      150. kaveri says:
        2015-05-31 at 1:30 PM

        Hello sir…Thank you for this blog post. I am new in data mining and and i find this field very interesting and want to do my thesis in this but unfortunately i am not getting any support from anywhere.I have learnt about all algorithms in theory and now i am planning to work on missing value imputation but i am not sure about is it a good field to proceed. I am not getting help from anywhere. Any of your suggestion would be of great help to me.
        Thank you.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-05-31 at 4:43 PM

          My advice: try to look at recent research on this topic. If there are recent research on this topic in good conferences/journals, then it is a good topic. Otherwise, it may be an older topic. But there are certainly some challenges to solve. My final advice: work hard. The topic is important but how hard you work is also important to do good research.

          Reply

          • kaveri says:
            2015-05-31 at 10:51 PM

            Thank you sir.

            Reply

      151. Kasthuri says:
        2015-06-19 at 4:20 AM

        sir,

        i am kasthuri. How will i select a research topic in data mining?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-06-19 at 7:54 AM

          You can read the blog post on top of this page.

          Reply

      152. Kasthuri says:
        2015-06-19 at 4:20 AM

        sir,

        i am kasthuri. How will i select a good research topic in data mining?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-06-19 at 7:54 AM

          What about reading the blog post on top of this page?

          Reply

      153. Kasthuri says:
        2015-06-19 at 4:21 AM

        I wish to my part time time ph.d in data mining. give some ideas about how to choose research topics

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-06-19 at 7:53 AM

          Did you read the blog post on top of this page?

          Reply

      154. vikas says:
        2015-06-23 at 3:45 AM

        Hello Sir ,
        i need your help I am doing master of computer Engineering i want list of topic in data mining for dissertation.Please help me as soon as possible .
        Thank You
        Vikas

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-06-23 at 7:46 AM

          No. I won’t do that. Searching for a topics takes a time. You need to do it by yourself.

          Reply

      155. RSP says:
        2015-06-30 at 6:51 AM

        hello sir..
        good afternoon…
        i have some confusion about selecting area of data mining.
        i like data mining but some people told me that data mining is very common to do research ..so give me some positive response.

        thank you

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-06-30 at 7:55 AM

          Yes, data mining is popular and it is good to work in a popular field. It means that you may eventually find a job in this field and that more people may read your research. It is much better to work on something popular than on something that is not.

          Reply

      156. RSP says:
        2015-07-01 at 2:40 AM

        thank you sir..
        sir give me some current research topic in data mining..
        i mean i read many paper but i am very confused to select some topic.
        give me some proper topic from current research.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-07-01 at 7:46 AM

          It’s better that you choose a topic that you like. But if you really want some topics, I can give you some random topics: fuzzy sequential rules mining, incremental sequential rule mining etc.

          Reply

      157. vaishnavi says:
        2015-07-02 at 2:57 AM

        Sir,,, i m in last year so i want to project on data mining so plz suggesst me sutaible topic in this area.

        Reply

      158. Preeti says:
        2015-07-06 at 3:11 PM

        Hello Sir,

        I want to do Phd. I cleared written exam for Phd and my interview schedule on 14th of July. In Interview,I have to represent my broad area of research interest.

        After go through lots of Research Papers, I decide my broad area of research interest is Mining Web Log Files to improve the performance of website. Sir I want to use existing technique and make some modification in it and obtain better results.

        But Sir, I am really confuse in how to justify my research methodology in interview. What should i say when they ask question like “what kind of techniques you want to use?”
        Because I have no Idea. Please Sir Help.
        Reply ASAP.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-07-06 at 10:19 PM

          Hi,

          Congratulations for your interview. I think you need to read a few paper on weblog mining to find what are the main techniques. It is better if you can talk about a few techniques even if you just know the basic idea. For example, one technique that may be used is sequential pattern mining (discovering sequences frequently appearing in a set of sequences). It could be used to find what occurs often in the weblog to understand the behavior. Another technique is clustering if you want to find similar web users. Or if you want to predict what will be clicked next, you may use something like our CPT+ model: http://www.philippe-fournier-viger.com/PAKDD2015_sequence_prediction.pdf
          Those are just some example. There are many techniques that could be applied on weblog data. Actually choosing a technique depends on WHAT you want to do (what is your goal). Saying that your interest is “mining log files” does not mean much. What is your goal? Do you want to find patterns? Do you want to cluster the users? Do you want to predict what people will click on next? … etc. etc. I think that you need to define more clearly what is your goal. It may be more important than talking about the techniques.

          Reply

      159. nidhi dadhich says:
        2015-07-08 at 8:02 AM

        Hello to everyone , sir I want to do mtech thesis in data mining . sir can u suggest some topics for thesis / project

        Reply

      160. nidhi dadhich says:
        2015-07-08 at 9:36 AM

        Superb work sir really appreciating while reading .

        Reply

      161. V.INDHUMATHI says:
        2015-07-09 at 11:45 AM

        Sir, now i am final year MCA..i can choose my project in Research area..But i cant no idea about that..But,still i have learned data mining i like to doing in my project also data mining technique in Clustering also..So,If i want to one Topic for my project..Pls,Say sir….

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-07-09 at 2:30 PM

          You can choose any recent paper published about clustering in a good conference and journal and improve their work.

          Reply

      162. jyoti sharma says:
        2015-07-27 at 3:42 AM

        Hello sir ,
        I read all your suggestions about research topics i am an m.tech student i have studies grid clustering in minor thesis now i have to work on major thesis can u kindly suggest related topic plz plz plz i want to discuss it with you how can i discuss. i will be very thankfull.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-07-27 at 6:56 AM

          Hi,
          I don’t work on grid clustering so I don’t know much about which topics are good related to grid clustering. Moreover, it takes times to find a topic. I cannot suggest topics.

          Best,

          Reply

      163. jyoti sharma says:
        2015-07-27 at 3:57 AM

        Respected Prof.Phillippe,

        I really appreciated your suggestion, you are guiding all of the needy people you did a great work sir. I also need your help in my research i will be very thankful. I have some topic in my mind but want to discuss for proceeding further.

        Reply

      164. jyoti sharma says:
        2015-07-28 at 2:41 AM

        Thank you so much for replying sir i just want suggestion about any open source tool of clustering which can perform grid clustering also, if you can help only any tool name i will work on it myself. i will be very thankful.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-07-28 at 7:52 AM

          I don’t know about open-source tool for grid clustering.

          But in my SPMF library, there are a few clustering algorithms : K-Means, DBScan, … Perhaps that some may be useful

          Reply

      165. jyoti sharma says:
        2015-07-29 at 4:44 AM

        thank you sir
        i have studied comparison of some algorithms ,what can i further do in clustering or few of its algorithms .Is there any other option in clustering for my research.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-07-29 at 7:37 AM

          There is a lot of thing that one can do in clustering: make faster algorithm, make better clustering algorithm, apply clustering algorithm in new ways, combine clustering with some other techniques, etc. As I said in the blog post, to find a good topic, one need to read several papers, and then you may get some ideas about what other people have been doing recently.

          Reply

      166. Amuthavalli SathishKumar says:
        2015-08-01 at 12:34 PM

        Thank u for your tips to start our Phd. Sir can suggest some topics related to
        data mining in biological data .

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-08-01 at 10:29 PM

          In the blog post on top of this page, I explain how to find a topic. I cannot do it for you.

          Reply

      167. jyoti sharma says:
        2015-08-03 at 4:06 AM

        Ok sir thank you

        Reply

      168. M.Durga says:
        2015-08-04 at 2:07 PM

        Hello sir,
        I am studying M.sc 2yr,i have one research paper(project) for this sem sir…i don’t know that which area i select but i like to do in data mining..i know only little bit of knowledge in data mining sir…could u help me sir for which topic that iwill select in data mining..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-08-05 at 9:53 AM

          The blog post on top of this page explains how to choose a topic.

          Reply

      169. Anum says:
        2015-08-04 at 2:20 PM

        Sir I want to start my thesis.. i want to work on data Mining specificly on clustering can u suggest me where to start or reach to find best problem?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-08-05 at 9:52 AM

          Look at recent papers published in top data mining conferences and papers published in top data mining journals.

          Reply

      170. Sindhu says:
        2015-08-05 at 7:18 AM

        Sir,
        I am working in a telecom company for the last 10+ years and mainly in the IT wing. Now I wish to do a Phd in large data analysis for which I am having the required data. I am not having a correct idea regarding the way I have to proceed. Can you guide me in this regard.
        Thanking you

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-08-05 at 9:51 AM

          Your research supervisor should be able to help you.

          Reply

      171. ROJ says:
        2015-08-12 at 8:04 PM

        HI. I want to do a M.Sc. in data mining security . But it is difficult to choose a topic. There are too many data mining topics. Is it a good idea?

        thanks

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-08-12 at 8:33 PM

          Yes, it is a good area. Too many topics is good, it means that you can choose. You just need one topic.

          Reply

      172. Rachana says:
        2015-08-18 at 1:26 AM

        hey Philippe,

        i wanted to know whether it is necessary to have a good knowledge in statistics and maths to pursue research work in data mining? am interested in data mining but i don’t have good hold on stats and maths.. could you please suggest me?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-08-18 at 7:19 AM

          Hi, It certainly helps. But it is not a requirement. You can choose a topic that is more algorithmic oriented for example and where there is less math and statistics. For example, if you work on designing algorithms for “clustering” or “pattern mining”, you can do something with not much math.

          Reply

          • Rachana says:
            2015-08-18 at 9:42 AM

            Thank you…that helped a lot

            Reply

      173. Leopord says:
        2015-09-07 at 2:47 PM

        Hey Philippe,
        i wanted to know whether it is possible to combine classification and regression as hybrid model if i want to have to enhance classification prediction or regression models ,could you please suggest me some knowledge needed and tools .

        Thx

        Reply

      174. Leopord says:
        2015-09-07 at 2:50 PM

        Hey Philippe,
        i wanted to know whether it is possible to combine classification and regression as hybrid model if i want to enhance classification or regression prediction models ,could you please suggest me some knowledge needed and tools .

        Thx

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-09-07 at 4:34 PM

          Hi,
          It is certainly possible. Actually, regression can be used to performed classification. For example, you may want to guess what is the salary of some employee and you have the salary of other employees from the same area. You may do some regression to get that information, and it could be seen as classification. This is just a simple example, but there are certainly more complex ways. Since I don’t do research on that topic, I cannot say too much about that. You would need to search a little bit and read recent papers to know more about what has been done recently.

          Reply

      175. Chintan Bhatt says:
        2015-09-11 at 12:37 AM

        I’m doing phd in big data mining.
        I wan to work on any real time scenario for research.
        Can you suggest me specific dataset/problem for it?

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-09-11 at 12:56 AM

          This is very broad. You could do for example stream mining to detect security attacks by analyzing network traffic. I think that there are such datasets available about network trafic. Besides, I think that whatever the topic that you choose, something important is to find some datasets whether from some companies, make your own datasets or download some public datasets.

          Reply

      176. Divya says:
        2015-09-11 at 2:34 PM

        hello sir,
        can u suggest any topic for research even other then data mining i needed it for my final year thesis…im really confused since last few days unable to find any topic..

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-09-11 at 11:04 PM

          If you don’t care about the topic, you can choose a data mining topic such as fuzzy sequential rule mining. This topic has probably not been done.

          Reply

          • Divya says:
            2015-09-13 at 12:36 AM

            thnx a lot sir….. 🙂

            Reply

      177. Selva says:
        2015-09-22 at 7:07 AM

        Hi,

        I’m Selva from India,I’m interested in doing my Ph.D work in Natural Disaster Management using spatial data mining.Since the natural disaster management is a vast area I’m struggling to drill down into the exact area and also I’m worried about getting the proper data-sets on this area. Could you please suggest your ideas on this.

        Thanks,
        Selva

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-09-22 at 9:06 AM

          Hi, I’m not familiar with this area. Maybe you should try to talk with some special about natural disaster. If there is some at your university, you may try to contact them and perhaps that they can provide some data. Also, maybe look at some government websites. Some places like Japan or Taiwan have many earquakes. I think you should be able to get data from these governement websites about the location and time of each earthquakes if you search carefully for example.

          Reply

          • Selva says:
            2015-09-23 at 1:43 AM

            Hi Philippe,

            Thanks for the suggestion.

            Regards,
            Selva

            Reply

      178. Md. Zakir Hossain says:
        2015-10-08 at 2:31 PM

        Dear Sir
        Thanks a lot for your such helps. A lot of students are facing these types of problems and you are helping in a very effective way. We are grateful to you. Could you tell me which are the latest research areas of data mining? In which conferences or journals I can find what people have been doing recently on data mining so that I can choose an area or topic on data mining for my PhD program?

        I will be grateful if you help me in this regard.

        Thanks………

        Zakir

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-10-08 at 4:10 PM

          Hi You are welcome. You may look at the data mining conferences : KDD, PAKDD, ICDM, PKDD, ICDE, CIKM, DAWAK, DASFAA, DEXA, ADMA, etc. also the data mining journals: TKDE, DMKD, TKDD, KAIS, etc.

          There is a lot of possible topics. Some current trends are big data, social networks, etc. But you can also choose something else.

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      179. Md. Zakir Hossain says:
        2015-10-09 at 12:10 AM

        Thank you again sir…………

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      180. Shivani says:
        2015-10-09 at 1:20 PM

        Sir..i want to do some work in data mining for my phd…sir my programming skill is weak .sir plz suggest me topic to research purpose which has less programming

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-10-09 at 2:55 PM

          If you are doing a PhD in computer science, you will certainly need to do some programming and need to improve your programming skills if they are not so good. Data mining in general requires to be good at programming especially if you want to design some algorithms, because you will want to make algorithms that are fast, since data mining algorithms are generally applied on large amount of data.
          If you are not good at programming, perhaps that you should choose a topic that invovle less programming such as research on e-learning, or you could still do data mining but more toward the applications of data mining rather than working on algorithms. For example, you could work on applying data mining to biomedical data, biology, e-learning etc. If you are good at math, another option is to take more of a math approach and use software such as Mathlab, etc.

          Reply

          • Shivani says:
            2015-10-13 at 12:42 PM

            Thanks a lot sir

            Reply

      181. Shivani says:
        2015-10-09 at 3:16 PM

        Thanks a lot sir

        Reply

      182. Shivani says:
        2015-10-09 at 3:21 PM

        Sir which language is used in data mining algorithm…can i learn this language at home?if i want to learn language for data mining ..which language i should learn..which book prefer to leraning that language…

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      183. Md. Zakir Hossain says:
        2015-10-10 at 12:50 PM

        Dear Sir
        I studied different papers from difference conferences and journals given by you. Thanks a lot for your suggestions. Actually I have very limited knowledge on data mining but I am interested too much to do my research in this area. I am ready to study a lot. But I have to prepare a PhD proposal within very short time. Now I guess I can work on “Spammer Detection Methods/mechanisms/techniques in social media systems or something related this”. But I can not be enough confident what should/might be the proper topic. Could you please help me in proper direction for choosing a topic in this regard.

        Thanks

        Zakir

        Reply

      184. shivani says:
        2015-10-19 at 4:09 AM

        Sir which language is used in data mining algorithm…can i learn this language at home?if i want to learn language for data mining ..which language i should learn..which book prefer to leraning that language…

        Reply

      185. omsad says:
        2015-11-21 at 12:17 AM

        I need PhD spicific topic in healthcare data mining, please

        Reply

      186. bakry says:
        2015-11-27 at 2:15 AM

        Hello sir,
        I am studying M.s.c and decision to do my research in data mining direction particular in revenue accounting fraud statement detection please sir i want to determine the algorithm that achieve my word correctly and display acceptance result
        thanks

        Reply

      187. ELMLK says:
        2015-12-06 at 4:01 PM

        Dear sir,
        I want to do some work for my phd in data mining especially sequential pattern mining on Big Data but i could not find any new specific problem in this area.
        would you please help me and suggest your idea to find a specific problem on this ?

        Thanks you.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-12-06 at 5:04 PM

          Hello, there are a lot of possibilities. You can combine any two topics to obtain a new topic. For example, I did not see any algorithms for sequential rule mining in big data. Designing a sequential rule mining algorithm running on big data framework such as Hadoop or Spark is a good topic. Besides, that there are many other possibilities. For example, you could combine : incremental mining + sequential pattern mining + big data, or any other combinations of topics.

          Reply

          • ELMLK says:
            2015-12-07 at 3:58 AM

            Thanks a lot Sir.

            Reply

            • ELMLK says:
              2015-12-07 at 4:00 AM

              It helps me a lot.

              Reply

      188. saeed bahrami says:
        2015-12-11 at 2:59 PM

        i interested in work on data mining . Also i have many years experience in fields of education. please introduce some topics about data mining in education.
        thank you.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-12-11 at 3:36 PM

          You may read papers from the Educational Data Mining conference (EDM), or related conferences such as Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED), Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), and others to see what are the current problem related to data mining and education.

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      189. Sheenu says:
        2015-12-28 at 3:30 PM

        Sir, I want to do research in Parallelisation of Data Mining Algorithms. I am also good in Optimization techniques like Genetic algorithms. Please suggest me topic related to this.
        Thanks in advance…

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2015-12-28 at 3:42 PM

          I suggest to read recent papers in data mining conferences/journals to find a good topic. It takes time to find a good topic.

          Reply

          • Sheenu says:
            2015-12-28 at 6:24 PM

            Actually I want to work on Distributed framework or shared frame work of Data mining algorithms like clustering and classification algorithms either on Hadoop Mapreduce or using OpenMP/MPI, but which application I choose to apply data mining clustering or classification algorithm, I am little bit confused. I do not want to go towards Semantic web mining … Please suggest…..

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2015-12-28 at 8:32 PM

              Data mining can be applied in almost any domains: bioinformatics, medecine, psychology, education, etc. In my opinion, you should choose a domain (1) that you like, and (2) where you can easily collect data to be used by your data mining algorithms.

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      190. prem kumar cahndrakar says:
        2016-01-03 at 10:28 PM

        Sir , I want to work on agricultural data.please suggest current topic.
        am are work “study of agricultural land soil using classification techniques”
        in M.Phil. program. I am look a P.Hd Topic in data mining .

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-01-03 at 10:48 PM

          You need to find a topic by yourself. I cannot help you.

          Reply

      191. latheefa says:
        2016-01-11 at 11:08 PM

        Sir, I want to do P.hd in data mining.Please suggest me title for my work

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-01-11 at 11:12 PM

          Algorithms for sequential rule mining in data streams

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      192. ELMLK says:
        2016-01-24 at 3:47 AM

        Hi Sir ,
        would you please suggest me a problem in high utility sequential pattern mining ?

        Thanks alot

        Reply

        • Phil says:
          2016-01-24 at 11:31 AM

          You can combine high utility seq. pattern mining with any other topic such as fuzzy pattern mining, incremental pattern mining, stream mining, etc. You may read other papers and try to combine two ideas to get a problem.

          Reply

      193. stefany says:
        2016-02-05 at 3:13 PM

        Hi Sir,

        would you please suggest me a topics for thesis in information technology major in business analytics.

        thanks a lot.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-02-05 at 4:06 PM

          I don’t really have time to find topics for other people than my own students. Sorry. You should read papers in recent conferences and journals and choose a topic that you like and try do to better or do something that other people did not do.

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      194. Sai says:
        2016-02-18 at 10:49 PM

        Hello sir,
        I have bit knowledge in Data Mining techniques.
        If i apply DM techniqes and do some analysis on any real time problem, does it consider for PhD.
        because i am not doing anything new,just applying DM techniques and getting some reslut.
        Please help me in this regard

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-02-19 at 10:24 AM

          It can be. The goal of a Ph.D. is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in some field. You may either work on more fundamental problems or working on some more applied problems. For example, one may design a new data mining algorithm (a more fundamental problem), but one may also use existing data mining techniques do something new or better in some fields (for example, use existing algorithms in a new way to identify the authors of texts, or to discover communities in social networks). What is important is that a PhD need bring something novel. So if you work on an applied problem, you still need to bring some novelty but at the application level. Personally, I prefer topics at a fundamental level (design of algorithms) but there many people who work on a more applied level (for example, you may check any conference on e-learning, there is a lot of applied research).

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      195. Abdul says:
        2016-03-03 at 8:23 PM

        Hi
        how are you?i hope u are doing well
        actually im really interested in data mining topics such as clustring ,data mining in big data
        ive read many articles but the problem is i could’t find something interesting
        what sub-topics in “data mining in big dat”a that can i work on ?

        could you help me with

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        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-03-03 at 9:30 PM

          I cannot find a topic for you. You may ask help from your supervisor. He should be able to help you. Otherwise, you may look at recen data mining conferences to look for some topics.
          “data mining” and “big data” is very broad. It can mean basically anything in data mining.

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      196. Abdul says:
        2016-03-05 at 12:03 PM

        im afraid that i would spend more time looking for topic,and after that ill find that the topic is already solved.

        i wan work on something likes this in general :processing big data and finding the relations and interesting pattern is difficult ,So ,what kind of challenges theta we maybe face when processing big date and how can we provide efficient data mining techniques to overcomes the issues?
        would be a good PhD topic? or i have to look to something different?
        thank in advance.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-03-05 at 1:24 PM

          Before doing any research project, one should read enough papers about the topic to know what already exist, and make sure that the problem has not been solved. If you want to become a researcher, this is something that you need to learn to do. Even if it takes a lot of time, you still need to do it, and it is important that you do it.

          Ok, so you want to find patterns or relationships in big data… But that is still not a topic because it is too general. Finding patterns in big data could mean almost any data mining algorithms applied to big data. So you still did not define a topic. To define a topic, you would need to 1) define what kind of patterns you want to find: Clusters, outliers, frequent patterns, subgraphs, communities, etc., 2) and define in what kind of data: graphs, transaction databases, multimedia data, spatial data, data streams, etc. and 3) perhaps also what kind of approach you want to use to find these patterns.

          So I cannot say whether it is a good topic because your topic is still too general. Finding a good topic takes time. There are an infinite amount of “good topics” that one could find. But as I said before, I cannot do the litterature review for you. You need to do it by yourself and evaluate by yourself if it is a good topic. Even in data mining, I’m not familiar with all the topics, and I will not read the papers for you to tell you if it is a good topic or not, unless your ask me about something that is directly related to what i’m doing.

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      197. Abdul says:
        2016-03-05 at 8:21 PM

        that’s really helpful .thank you very much.

        Reply

      198. Hemant says:
        2016-03-07 at 11:10 AM

        Please suggest me application of confabulation association rule mining for multidimensional association rule generation.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-03-07 at 11:37 AM

          I did not read about “confabulation association rules” so I cannot say much about it. You may ask the authors of that paper.

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      199. Ahmed says:
        2016-03-09 at 2:48 PM

        hi Philippe when i am reading your answer to the comments , now i am sure about the topic must be specific and not general .

        what i want is i need to do classification on cloud data can you help in this way

        preparing a paper of applying classification techniques on cloud data

        thanks a lot

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-03-09 at 8:54 PM

          Good that you know more about how to look for a topic. But I cannot help further than that. I am very busy and I need to take care of my own research.

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      200. Rashid says:
        2016-03-10 at 5:12 PM

        i am very much interest to purse my PhD degree in Data Mining field. i need your guild lines to select my PhD topic in opinion mining and sentiment analysis. please share some recent research areas in this field.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-03-10 at 6:14 PM

          I don’t work on this topic.

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      201. Amlan says:
        2016-04-04 at 5:56 PM

        I am very interested to pursue research in Data Mining in Healthcare Science Applications, Please suggest me some recent popular topics where I can explore to start my research.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-04-04 at 10:05 PM

          i dont work on this topic. You may look at recent research papers.

          Reply

      202. Ananya Sethi says:
        2016-04-10 at 1:44 PM

        Hello Sir,
        I am a computer science student, entering into research for the first time. I have been searching for topics in data mining.
        I wanted to ask what are the topics related to stocks that I can research on or write a thesis on.
        There is a lot of research going in this field. I m really confused on which direction to go- something less explored and with a lot of scope of research.
        It will be great if you could suggest an approach on this topic.

        P.S. If you have any suggestion on a ‘popular topic’ -as you suggested, that would make my way easier to some conferences, would be of great help.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-04-10 at 2:11 PM

          Hi,

          It would be hard to suggest topics about stocks since I don’t work on that. But some typical problems that have previously seen are to predict the stock market, detect fraud on the stock market, find correlations or patterns indicating that some stocks are related and behave the same way on the stock market…. I think you could find more ideas by searching a little bit on Google Scholar

          Best regards

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          • Ananya Sethi says:
            2016-04-10 at 3:42 PM

            Thanks for your helpful suggestion.

            Do you know anybody who is currently working on this topic who i can ask questions from?
            I wish to get more insight on this.

            Reply

            • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
              2016-04-10 at 4:08 PM

              No. I don’t personally know anybody working on that. But if you find some papers about stock markets on Google Scholar, you can always send e-mail to the authors to ask them questions or ask for their dataset. Sometimes they will give you some advice or maybe even their datasets.

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              • Ananya Sethi says:
                2016-04-10 at 5:49 PM

                Thank You once again 🙂

      203. shaik says:
        2016-04-18 at 6:32 PM

        Hi Philippe,
        Iiam looking forward my PhD in DataMining. Iam interested in Social Newtwork Mining. How and where can we apply datamining algorithms ( clustering, classification algorithms, etc.) on Social Network Analysis.
        And also how can we apply Neural Networks on datamining applications.

        Best regards.

        Reply

        • Philippe Fournier-Viger says:
          2016-04-18 at 8:09 PM

          Hi,
          Wish you good luck for you Ph.D. This is some very broad questions. For applications of data mining on social networks, you could have a look at the papers published at the ASONAM conference ( international conference on Advances in Social Network Analysis and Mining ) which is about data mining and social networks. You will see that there are many topics. It would be too long to list all of them here. You could also check journals related to that topic and papers on Goog