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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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: 220.57

Online MBA Part-Time Student Enrollment

  • Lowest Part-Time MBA Enrollment: 30.00
  • Highest Part-Time MBA Enrollment: 1,643.00
  • Average Part-Time MBA Enrollment: 425.13

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.
0 The University of Georgia -0 73 75.00%
2 Berry College 5 39-0
3 The University of Akron 6 220-0
4 University of Nebraska at Kearney 10 81-0
5 Valdosta State University 11-0-0
6 Radford University 13-0-0
6 Oklahoma City University 13 95-0
7 Columbus State University 13-0-0
9 University of Hartford 14-0-0
9 State University of New York College at Brockport 14 61-0
10 South Carolina State University 14-0-0
12 Old Dominion University 15-0-0
12 Morehead State University 15 41-0
14 University of Central Missouri 16-0-0
14 Kutztown University 16 26-0
15 Henderson State University 16 37-0
17 Northeastern Illinois University 17-0-0
17 Minnesota State University, Mankato 17 67-0
18 Manhattan College 17-0-0
20 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 18-0-0
21 Emporia State University 19 400-0
22 The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg 21-0-0
22 Minnesota State University Moorhead 21 39-0
23 Midwestern State University 21-0-0
25 Western Carolina University 22 231-0
26 University of Southern Mississippi 23 201-0
27 Marquette University 24-0-0
28 University of Wyoming 25-0-0
28 Saginaw Valley State University 25 37-0
30 Rider University 26 199 88.96%
30 Ohio Northern University 26-0-0
32 University of Tennessee at Martin 27 103-0
32 University of Alabama in Huntsville 27 247-0
33 Montclair State University 27 519-0
35 Texas Wesleyan University 28 81-0
35 Southeast Missouri State University 28-0-0
36 Salisbury University 28 30-0
37 New Jersey Institute of Technology 28 154-0
39 Drexel University 29 509-0
40 Shippensburg University 30 182-0
41 University of North Texas 31 814-0
41 Southern Arkansas University 31-0-0
42 Longwood University 31-0-0
43 Eastern Kentucky University 31 15-0
45 The Citadel 32 193-0
46 Xavier University 33-0-0
47 University of New Hampshire 34 259-0
47 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 34 117-0
48 Saint Xavier University 34 161-0
50 Florida Atlantic University 35-0-0
51 University of Louisiana at Monroe 36 68-0
51 University of Colorado Denver 36 1,396-0
52 Tennessee Technological University 36-0-0
53 Syracuse University 36-0-0
54 Pittsburg State University 36 253-0
55 Louisiana Tech University 36-0-0
56 Canisius College 36-0-0
58 Yeshiva University 37 11-0
58 Alfred University 37-0-0
60 The University of Michigan-Flint 38 253-0
60 University of Dayton 38-0-0
61 Auburn University at Montgomery 38 154-0
63 West Virginia University 39 155-0
64 University of Denver 40-0-0
64 Frostburg State University 40 114-0
66 Kennesaw State University 41 660-0
67 University of South Dakota 42-0-0
68 University of Missouri-Kansas City 43-0-0
68 Ohio University 43 1,023-0
70 Francis Marion University 45-0-0
71 American University 46-0-0
72 The University of Tulsa 47 104-0
72 Florida Southern College 47-0-0
74 University of South Carolina 48-0-0
74 Rowan University 48 157-0
76 University of South Florida St. Petersburg 50 161 96.68%
76 College of Charleston 50-0-0
78 The University of Mississippi 52 91-0
78 University of Detroit Mercy 52-0-0
79 State University of New York at Oswego 52 180-0
80 McNeese State University 52 33-0
81 Florida International University 52-0-0
83 University of South Florida 53-0-0
83 The University of Iowa 53-0-0
85 James Madison University 54 160-0
86 Southern Illinois University Carbondale 55-0-0
87 Temple University 56-0-0
87 Florida State University 56 831-0
88 Arkansas State University 56 92-0
90 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 57-0-0
90 Johns Hopkins University 57 1,553 51.33%
91 Clarkson University 57 84-0
93 University of Maine 58 242-0
93 Southern Utah University 58 289-0
95 University of Southern Indiana 59 1,032-0
95 Prairie View A&M University 59 43 95.88%
96 Eastern Illinois University 59 49-0
98 Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne 60 22 92.68%
99 University of Massachusetts Amherst 61-0-0
100 Bradley University 62 29-0
101 University of St. Thomas-Minnesota 63-0-0
101 California State University, Stanislaus 63 139-0
103 East Carolina University 64-0-0
103 Clark University 64 23-0
104 Boise State University 64 421-0
106 Bellarmine University 65-0-0
107 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 66 710-0
107 Iowa State University 66 151-0
109 Oklahoma State University 68-0-0
110 Western Kentucky University 69 32-0
111 Saint Joseph's University 70 238-0
111 Ramapo College of New Jersey 70 58-0
113 Woodbury University 71 5-0
114 University of Toledo 72-0-0
114 University of Cincinnati 72 994-0
115 Coastal Carolina University 72 65-0
117 West Texas A&M University 75-0 89.36%
118 Georgia Southern University 76 309-0
119 University of North Carolina Wilmington 77-0-0
120 University of Connecticut 79-0-0
120 Fairleigh Dickinson University 79-0-0
122 University of West Georgia 80 120-0
122 University of Delaware 80-0-0
123 The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute 80 168-0
125 California State University, Fullerton 82 543-0
125 Arkansas Tech University 82-0-0
127 Texas Christian University 83-0-0
128 William Paterson University 84 270-0
129 University of Baltimore 91 362-0
129 Florida Gulf Coast University 91 228-0
130 North Carolina State University 91-0-0
132 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 92-0-0
133 Baylor University 93 295-0
134 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick 95 1,643-0
134 Bentley University 95 586-0
135 The George Washington University 95-0-0
137 New Mexico State University 96 149-0
138 Iona College 98 174-0
139 The University of Texas at Dallas 1,986 1,315 66.00%
140 Texas Tech University 102-0-0
140 Sam Houston State University 102 269-0
142 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Camden 106 314-0
143 The University of Michigan-Dearborn 107 430-0
144 The Pennsylvania State University 113-0 69.00%
145 California State University, Sacramento 117 191-0
146 University of Miami 123-0 73.00%
147 Marshall University 124-0-0
148 Rochester Institute of Technology 125-0-0
149 East Tennessee State University 128 65-0
150 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 131-0-0
150 Pepperdine University 131 913 56.00%
151 Eastern Michigan University 131 261-0
153 Lamar University 136 784-0
154 Suffolk University 137 674-0
155 University of Central Arkansas 141-0-0
156 Youngstown State University 144-0-0
157 Murray State University 150 56-0
158 Quinnipiac University 152-0-0
159 University of Massachusetts Lowell 153 938-0
159 Texas A&M University-Kingsville 153-0-0
161 University of Alabama at Birmingham 155 624-0
162 The Pennsylvania State University at Erie The Behrend College 156 740-0
163 Arizona State University 162-0 62.00%
164 Indiana University of Pennsylvania 176-0-0
165 Villanova University 184 1,099-0
166 College of William and Mary 196 598 60.00%
167 Missouri State University 199-0-0
168 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 215 154-0
169 Adelphi University 228 87-0
170 Hofstra University 236 382-0
171 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 241 255-0
172 The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 243 701-0
173 University of New Orleans 245 95-0
174 Thunderbird School of Global Management 255 400-0
175 The University of Alabama 312-0 99.00%
176 Indiana University Bloomington 319-0-0
177 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 326 565-0
178 The University of Arizona 327 710-0
179 University of Houston-Victoria 347 538-0
180 Carnegie Mellon University 378 296 66.00%
181 Indiana University Bloomington/Indianapolis 402-0-0
182 Utah State University 407-0-0
183 Northeastern University 414 728-0
184 Middle Tennessee State University 447 335-0
185 Texas A&M University-Commerce 468 795-0
186 University of South Carolina Aiken 516 98-0
187 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 523-0 78.00%
188 Michigan State University 559 738 71.00%
189 Georgetown University 577 573 71.00%
190 Stevens Institute of Technology 617-0-0
191 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 637-0 96.18%
192 University of Virginia-Darden 671-0 75.00%
193 University of Maryland 828 973 63.00%
194 Central Michigan University 870-0-0
195 University of Florida 1,067 716-0
196 Washington State University 1,198-0-0
197 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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