As many full-time MBA programmes moved online, students who may not have considered a virtual degree suddenly saw the benefits. Source: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Online MBA programmes were popular even before the COVID-19 crisis. Since the pandemic, the Online MBA has become even more appealing. As many full-time MBA programmes moved online, students who may not have considered studying online suddenly saw the benefits. A survey found that just over a fifth of students was more likely to consider online learning as a result of COVID-19.

“The fear factor is gone. More people know from their own experiences that they work, learn, and collaborate online, and that it’s possible to create, build relationships and network online,” says Amy Foster, programme director of the Online MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

You may want or require new hard talents, such as digital marketing, as well as softer talents, such as leadership or management. You might want to expand your professional network, signal your qualifications for the rest of your career, learn about and possibly switch careers, or advance in your existing position. Maybe you want to start a business or experiment with it. All of this may be accomplished through an online MBA programme.

Here are three business schools offering 100% online MBA programmes in the US: 


Since the pandemic, the Online MBA has become even more appealing. Source: Oli Scarff/AFP

USC Marshall: School of Business

USC Marshall’s Online Master of Business Administration prepares students for a long and successful career as an agile leader in a world driven by innovation and technological advancements. Here, students learn through engaging video content produced at the USC Marshall in-house studio, and weekly, live class sessions conducted via webcam. 

Students graduate and become forward-thinking business leaders who can analyse a situation from diverse perspectives and create effective, practical solutions. How is this achieved? Through pairing virtual tools with a comprehensive curriculum. The programme uses a “flipped classroom” approach. Each week students complete content such as pre-recorded videos, team projects, assignments, and discussion boards at their own pace. Then, they meet as a class in two weekly live online class sessions.

University of North Carolina: Kenan-Flagler Business School

Offering four annual start dates in January, April, July and October, the Kenan-Flagler Business School gives you the flexibility to start your online MBA journey at the time that suits you best. That too, at your own pace — in as few as 18 months or up to 36 months — without leaving your job or relocating.

The school’s online MBA is a STEM-designated degree that prepares you to make strategic, analytical decisions in today’s data-driven workplaces. Students can choose from more than 25 electives and five concentrations: Entrepreneurship; Finance; Marketing; Strategy and Consulting; and Data Analytics and Decision Making. 

Indiana University: Kelley School of Business 

Centred on the challenges of responsible business, Kelley School of Business’s Online MBA will enhance your ability to perform at the highest level in global business management. Thanks to the highly transferable, practical and contemporary programme content, you will graduate with the real-life skills and confidence you need to make a greater impact in the world of business.

With seven majors, 50% electives, and a business fundamentals core, the programme’s innovative curriculum enables you to customise your experience and specialise in a field of your choice. It can take two to four years to complete this programme. Students gain expert knowledge in areas including: Business Analytics; Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Finance; Global Supply Chain Management; and Information Technology Management. Build the confidence to lead, expand your network, and advance your career — all on your terms.