Accredited Online MBA Programs with the Strongest Alumni Network

The number of students enrolled in an online MBA program varies widely from one school to another. You may wonder why enrollment matters if you’ll be attending class online from the comfort of your own home, not sitting in the back of a huge auditorium. But it does matter.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

Larger programs generally have the breadth of faculty and resources to offer more areas of focus. If you want to take classes specific a certain industry or functional area, you may need a larger program to meet your needs. Schools with a higher student enrollment also have a larger alumni base. When you’re looking for a new job after graduation or an introduction to a new company later in your career, that larger alumni base can help.

On the other hand, smaller online MBA programs can focus their resources and become the best option in their niche. They can be more personal, making sure that no student falls through the cracks. And while they have fewer alumni, students in small programs are often more tightly knit and their alumni more loyal. Both large and small online MBA programs have their benefits. Dig into the data here to find what’s right for you.

Online MBA Student Enrollment

Online MBA programs vary substantially between the percent of students who attend full-time versus part-time. Again, this issue may not seem important if you will not be sitting in a classroom together, but it can make a difference. MBA programs assign group project because anyone graduating with a business degree must be able to collaborate in the workplace. If you are working full-time and taking MBA classes at night but are grouped with classmates studying full-time and who have more free time on their hands, friction may arise. Their preferred meeting times and the amount of time they spend on “camaraderie” rather than focused work may not meet your needs.

Online MBA Full-Time Student Enrollment

  • Lowest Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 5.00
  • Highest Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 2,102.00
  • Average Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 199.01

Online MBA Part-Time Student Enrollment

  • Lowest Part-Time MBA Enrollment: 2.00
  • Highest Part-Time MBA Enrollment: 2,188.00
  • Average Part-Time MBA Enrollment: 386.55

25 Online MBA Programs with the Highest and Lowest Full-Time Student Enrollment

The smallest full-time online MBA program is Lamar University, with only 5 students in the program. (Longwood has a part-time MBA program too, but it’s small as well.) The University of Southern California has a much larger full-time online MBA program with 2,102 students. Between these numbers is a range of program sizes. One will be right for you.

Considering a Campus MBA Option

When researching online MBA enrollments, do take a moment to check out the local campus MBA programs. Whether you’re looking for a large or small program, you may find a campus program near you that will provide flexibility to attend both on campus and online. If you’re interested in learning more about campus MBA program enrollment data, see our campus MBA programs ranked by student enrollment.

MBA Programs with the Strongest Alumni Network

Rank University Full-Time MBAPart-Time MBA% MBA Students from U.S.
1 University of Houston-Clear Lake 5 918-0
1 Lamar University 5 784-0
3 The University of Akron 6 220-0
4 Berry College 7 39-0
5 University of Nebraska at Kearney 10 81-0
6 Valdosta State University 11-0-0
7 Radford University 13-0-0
7 Columbus State University 13-0-0
8 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 13 1,123-0
10 University of Hartford 14-0-0
10 State University of New York College at Brockport 14 61-0
11 South Carolina State University 14-0-0
12 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 14 222-0
14 Johns Hopkins University 15 7 51.33%
15 University of Central Missouri 16-0-0
15 Henderson State University 16 37-0
16 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 16 46-0
18 Northeastern Illinois University 17-0-0
18 Minnesota State University, Mankato 17 67-0
19 Kutztown University 17 26-0
21 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 18-0-0
22 Emporia State University 19 400-0
23 Minnesota State University Moorhead 21 39-0
23 Midwestern State University 21-0-0
24 Northern Kentucky University 21 679-0
26 Southern Arkansas University 24 122-0
26 Marquette University 24-0-0
27 Georgia College & State University 24 182-0
29 University of Wyoming 25-0-0
29 University of St. Thomas-Minnesota 25 952-0
30 Salisbury University 25 30-0
31 Saginaw Valley State University 25 37-0
33 Ohio Northern University 26-0-0
34 Texas Wesleyan University 28 81-0
34 Southeast Missouri State University 28-0-0
36 University of Tennessee at Martin 29 103-0
37 Shippensburg University 30 182-0
37 Alfred University 30 15-0
39 Longwood University 31-0-0
39 Eastern Kentucky University 31 15-0
41 Morehead State University 33 41-0
42 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 34 117-0
42 Saint Xavier University 34 161-0
43 Indiana University Southeast 34 159-0
45 Florida Atlantic University 35-0-0
46 University of Louisiana at Monroe 36 68-0
46 Tennessee Technological University 36-0-0
47 Canisius College 36-0-0
49 Yeshiva University 37 11-0
50 The University of Michigan-Flint 38 253-0
51 University of Colorado Denver 39 1,396-0
51 Drury University 39-0-0
53 Frostburg State University 40 114-0
54 Kennesaw State University 41 660-0
55 University of South Dakota 42-0-0
56 University of Missouri-Kansas City 43-0-0
57 The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg 44 127-0
58 Xavier University 45 515-0
58 Francis Marion University 45-0-0
60 American University 46-0-0
60 University of West Florida 46 469-0
62 Florida Southern College 47-0-0
63 Florida International University 49 2,188-0
64 University of South Florida St. Petersburg 50 161 96.68%
64 The University of Georgia 50 73 75.00%
66 Montclair State University 52 519-0
67 James Madison University 54 160-0
67 Grand Valley State University 54 151-0
68 Governors State University 54 126-0
70 Southern Illinois University Carbondale 55-0-0
70 Old Dominion University 55 173-0
71 McNeese State University 55 33-0
73 Temple University 56-0-0
73 Arkansas State University 56 92-0
74 Santa Clara University 56 820-0
76 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 57-0-0
77 The University of Mississippi 58 91-0
77 University of Maine 58 242-0
79 University of Southern Indiana 59 1,032-0
79 Eastern Illinois University 59 49-0
81 Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne 60 22 92.68%
82 Bradley University 62 29-0
83 California State University, Stanislaus 63 139-0
84 Jackson State University 64 28-0
85 College of Charleston 65-0-0
85 The Citadel 65 193-0
86 Bellarmine University 65-0-0
88 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 66 710-0
88 University of Detroit Mercy 66 82-0
89 Missouri Western State University 66-0-0
91 The University of Tulsa 67 104-0
92 Western Carolina University 68 231-0
92 Oklahoma State University 68-0-0
94 Western Kentucky University 69 32-0
95 Saint Joseph's University 70 238-0
95 Ramapo College of New Jersey 70 58-0
96 University of Northern Colorado 70 148-0
98 Woodbury University 71 5-0
99 University of Toledo 72-0-0
99 Rowan University 72 157-0
100 Coastal Carolina University 72 65-0
102 West Texas A&M University 75-0 89.36%
102 Oklahoma City University 75 95-0
103 Tennessee State University 75 13-0
104 Barry University 75 217-0
106 Georgia Southern University 76 309-0
107 State University of New York at Oswego 78 180-0
107 Western Illinois University 78 139-0
109 Fairleigh Dickinson University 79-0-0
110 University of West Georgia 80 120-0
110 Rider University 80 199 88.96%
111 The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute 80 168-0
113 Virginia Commonwealth University 81 455-0
114 California State University, Fullerton 82 543-0
114 Arkansas Tech University 82-0-0
116 William Paterson University 84 270-0
116 Prairie View A&M University 84 153 95.88%
118 University of New Hampshire 89 259-0
119 University of Baltimore 91 362-0
119 Florida Gulf Coast University 91 228-0
120 North Carolina State University 91-0-0
122 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 92-0-0
123 New Mexico State University 96 149-0
124 New Jersey Institute of Technology 97 154-0
125 Iona College 98 174-0
126 Drake University 99 164-0
127 The University of Texas at Dallas 1,986 1,315 66.00%
128 Clarkson University 101 84-0
129 University of North Carolina Wilmington 102 569-0
129 Texas Tech University 102-0-0
130 Sam Houston State University 102 269-0
132 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Camden 106 314-0
133 The University of Michigan-Dearborn 107 430-0
133 Pittsburg State University 107 253-0
135 Ohio University 109 1,023-0
135 Manhattan College 109 17-0
137 University of Alabama in Huntsville 110 247-0
138 Samford University 111 32-0
139 University of Southern Mississippi 112 201-0
140 Auburn University at Montgomery 116 154-0
141 California State University, Sacramento 117 191-0
142 Marshall University 124-0-0
143 University of Nevada, Reno 125 295-0
144 East Tennessee State University 128 65-0
145 Eastern Michigan University 131 261-0
146 University of Dallas 133 479-0
147 Abilene Christian University 135 39-0
148 Louisiana Tech University 138 68-0
149 University of Central Arkansas 141-0-0
150 Murray State University 150 56-0
151 University of Massachusetts Lowell 153 938-0
151 Texas A&M University-Kingsville 153-0-0
153 University of Alabama at Birmingham 155 624-0
154 The Pennsylvania State University at Erie The Behrend College 156 740-0
155 Arizona State University 162-0 62.00%
156 Youngstown State University 168 42-0
157 Boise State University 174 421-0
158 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 176-0-0
159 Colorado State University 181 1,032-0
160 Villanova University 184 1,099-0
161 Syracuse University 188 1,106-0
162 University of North Alabama 189 1,018-0
163 Southern Utah University 190 289-0
164 The University of Iowa 197 1,475-0
165 Missouri State University 199-0-0
166 Southern University and A&M College 203 2 92.70%
167 Quinnipiac University 207 367-0
168 University of Dayton 213 300-0
169 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 215 154-0
170 University of Cincinnati 226 994-0
171 Adelphi University 228 87-0
172 Wayne State University 231 1,048-0
173 Iowa State University 233 151-0
174 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 241 255-0
175 The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 243 701-0
176 University of New Orleans 245 95-0
177 Drexel University 251 509-0
178 Thunderbird School of Global Management 255 400-0
179 Hofstra University 266 382-0
180 East Carolina University 287 550-0
181 University of Delaware 294 500-0
182 University of Denver 301 581-0
183 Rochester Institute of Technology 302-0-0
184 West Virginia University 304 155-0
185 Indiana University Bloomington 319-0-0
186 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 326 565-0
187 University of Massachusetts Amherst 327 1,651-0
187 The University of Arizona 327 710-0
189 Suffolk University 344 674-0
190 University of Houston-Victoria 347 538-0
191 Florida State University 356 825-0
192 Texas Christian University 371 34-0
193 College of William and Mary 372 598 60.00%
194 Carnegie Mellon University 378 296 66.00%
195 University of Illinois at Chicago 387 326-0
196 Utah State University 407-0-0
197 Baylor University 410 295-0
198 Northeastern University 414 728-0
199 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 430-0-0
200 Middle Tennessee State University 447 335-0
201 Loyola University Chicago 457 122-0
202 Clark University 458 23-0
203 Bentley University 465 586-0
204 Texas A&M University-Commerce 468 795-0
205 University of South Carolina Aiken 516 98-0
206 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 523-0 78.00%
207 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick 528 1,643-0
208 The Pennsylvania State University 529 1,003 69.00%
209 Michigan State University 559 738 71.00%
210 Georgetown University 577 573 71.00%
211 Indiana University Bloomington/Indianapolis 581 1,582-0
212 Stevens Institute of Technology 617-0-0
213 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 637-0 96.18%
214 The George Washington University 642 762-0
215 University of North Texas 645 814-0
216 University of South Carolina 688-0-0
217 University of Connecticut 745 1,053-0
218 The University of Alabama 755 96 99.00%
219 University of Miami 759-0 73.00%
220 University of Maryland 828 973 63.00%
221 Central Michigan University 870-0-0
222 Pepperdine University 907 913 56.00%
223 University of South Florida 915 779-0
224 University of Virginia-Darden 969-0 75.00%
225 University of Florida 1,067 716-0
226 Washington State University 1,198-0-0
227 Nova Southeastern University 1,202-0-0
228 University of Southern California 2,102 715 70.00%

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Data sources: MBA School Websites, IPEDS, National Center of Educational Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (ERIC), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). US News, The Econominst, Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, Financial Times.

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