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Online MBA Programs Ranked by Student / Faculty Ratio

The faculty/student ratio has become an increasingly important criteria for selective MBA candidates. This ratio is important because many schools use the case-discussion approach to business instruction. With this teaching method, students are asked to read a case write-up of a business experiencing a problem, do their own analysis and prepare a solution to the problem. In-class case discussions are often heated, as the solution to the problem is unclear. But students won’t get much time to participate in these discussions if class sizes are enormous.

More broadly, a higher faculty/student ratio indicates a university pays more faculty members to instruct students and to offer additional guidance. This can be seen as a direct reflection of an institution’s attitude towards their students’ success. For aspiring MBA students who want faculty mentorship, a higher faculty/student ratio is important.

MBA Student/Faculty Ratio

Undergrad Student/Faculty Ratio

25 Online MBA Programs with the Lowest and Highest Student / Faculty Ratios

Faculty/student ratios vary dramatically from one online MBA program to another. Western Kentucky University, for instance, has about one professor for every 285 students. The University of Arizona, on the other hand, has about one professor for every 2.9 students. It’s easy to see which program provides students with more faculty interaction.

Explore the online MBA programs by Student / Faculty ratios in our table below.

Related to the student faculty ratio metric is the Faculty Strength metric which measures the number of professors with a doctorate degree, the number of support staff, the number of part-and full-time professors.

Considering a Campus MBA Option

While considering the faculty/student ratios at online MBA programs, don’t forget to take a look at the campus MBA programs near you. Advances in technology have made online instruction much closer to the classroom experience than it has been in the class. Nonetheless, once you have your MBA diploma in hand, you’ll want to use it to advance your career. Faculty with connections in businesses close to where you live will be of more assistance with that.

Online MBA Programs Ranked by Student / Faculty Ratio

Rank University Undergradud RatioMBA RatioFaculty with Ph.D
0 Johns Hopkins University 0.36% 8.74% 86.50%
1 Thunderbird School of Global Management 0.67% 7.97% 100.00%
3 Clark University 3.04% 9.28% 80.80%
4 Carnegie Mellon University 4.19% 0.40% 94.00%
4 University of Dallas 4.94% 18.88% 85.70%
6 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 5.67% 4.45% 93.50%
6 Stevens Institute of Technology 5.97% 6.86% 95.70%
7 Pepperdine University 5.99% 6.77% 79.70%
9 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 6.27% 0.40% 85.00%
9 College of William and Mary 6.97% 5.37% 87.90%
11 Governors State University 8.74% 1.82% 85.70%
12 Georgetown University 9.05% 0.30% 100.00%
12 University of Houston-Downtown 9.30%-0 78.00%
13 Oklahoma City University 9.33% 1.75% 90.00%
14 Queens University of Charlotte 9.38%-0 66.70%
15 Dominican University 9.50% 2.64% 80.80%
16 University of Denver 9.75% 3.29% 68.90%
17 American University 9.85% 4.36% 80.30%
19 New Jersey Institute of Technology 10.03% 2.57% 100.00%
19 Southeastern Oklahoma State University 10.08% 0.55% 64.30%
20 Santa Clara University 10.08% 2.47% 85.40%
21 University of Houston-Victoria 10.23% 3.62% 100.00%
22 University of Houston-Clear Lake 10.38%-0 96.80%
23 University of Detroit Mercy 10.52% 1.97% 88.20%
24 Indiana University Northwest 10.64% 0.94% 87.50%
25 Woodbury University 10.78% 3.51%-0
27 Clarkson University 11.04% 2.62% 89.10%
27 University of Hartford 11.29%-0 75.00%
28 Adelphi University 11.46%-0 81.00%
29 University of Illinois at Springfield 11.59% 11.46% 97.20%
31 The University of New Mexico 12.00% 2.97% 75.80%
31 University of Baltimore 12.21% 2.22% 89.10%
32 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 12.31% 1.62% 83.70%
33 University of Missouri-Kansas City 12.36% 2.81% 74.50%
34 Bradley University 12.37% 1.17% 78.40%
35 Western Illinois University 12.40% 1.44% 61.90%
36 The University of Texas at Dallas 12.46% 10.95% 81.00%
37 The Pennsylvania State University at Erie The Behrend College 12.50% 0.66% 72.90%
38 Drury University 12.69% 1.81% 83.30%
39 Michigan State University 12.70% 0.60% 89.10%
40 Hofstra University 12.87% 1.25% 97.40%
42 Rochester Institute of Technology 13.15% 3.22% 83.30%
42 Murray State University 13.68% 2.44% 86.50%
43 Berry College 13.69% 0.05% 100.00%
44 The George Washington University 13.70% 3.30% 96.00%
45 Fayetteville State University 13.77%-0 81.30%
46 University of Miami 13.88% 1.10% 77.00%
47 The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg 13.90% 0.83% 94.40%
49 Frostburg State University 14.05% 0.82% 85.00%
49 University of Colorado Denver 14.20% 12.84% 80.30%
50 University of Maryland 14.24% 0.60% 87.00%
51 Ohio Northern University 14.28% 1.02% 77.80%
52 West Texas A&M University 14.34% 19.64% 74.10%
53 Villanova University 14.35% 0.27% 84.50%
54 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Camden 14.42% 2.10% 97.80%
55 Rider University 14.66% 0.97% 98.40%
56 University of Scranton 14.82% 1.95% 88.10%
57 Washington State University 14.83% 6.53% 81.70%
58 University of North Carolina Wilmington 14.97% 0.84% 93.80%
60 Saint Xavier University 15.03%-0 88.50%
60 Bellarmine University 15.08% 2.75% 90.50%
61 Widener University 15.10% 1.53% 81.50%
62 Idaho State University 15.23% 3.50% 75.00%
63 Creighton University 15.26%-0 78.90%
64 Indiana University Southeast 15.55% 0.05% 73.50%
65 University of Wyoming 15.63% 0.92% 85.50%
66 The University of Michigan-Dearborn 15.84% 1.79% 80.00%
67 Canisius College 15.97% 2.97% 94.60%
69 Samford University 16.06%-0 88.00%
69 Niagara University 16.26% 5.55% 76.00%
70 University of Nebraska at Kearney 16.36% 0.46% 88.90%
71 The University of Tulsa 16.44% 1.99% 86.00%
72 Francis Marion University 16.61% 1.43% 91.70%
73 Henderson State University 16.67% 1.77% 63.20%
74 University of Connecticut 16.80% 5.34% 83.00%
75 University of West Florida 16.93% 0.42% 85.20%
77 William Paterson University 17.10% 1.98% 86.80%
77 Missouri Western State University 17.21% 1.35% 84.20%
78 Eastern Michigan University 17.22% 1.67% 94.30%
79 Xavier University 17.27% 2.30% 76.10%
80 Auburn University at Montgomery 17.33% 3.31% 87.90%
81 Middle Tennessee State University 17.52% 1.35% 87.30%
82 University of Southern California 17.57% 5.69% 83.00%
83 New Mexico State University 17.60% 2.77% 82.60%
84 Northeastern University 17.61% 1.78% 89.00%
85 The University of Michigan-Flint 17.68% 0.46% 85.70%
86 University of Delaware 17.90% 3.71% 89.50%
87 University of Alaska Fairbanks 17.94% 2.42% 65.40%
89 University of Central Missouri 18.05% 11.90% 69.20%
89 University of New Orleans 18.14% 3.35% 92.20%
90 Marshall University 18.20% 4.77%-0
91 West Virginia University 18.25% 2.45% 78.90%
92 Western New England University 18.28%-0 82.40%
93 University of Montevallo 18.30% 1.05% 64.30%
94 Barry University 18.30% 1.45% 88.20%
95 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 18.43% 2.40% 97.60%
96 St. John's University 18.48% 3.32% 95.90%
97 The Citadel 18.50% 4.97% 83.90%
98 The University of Texas at Tyler 18.59% 4.69% 82.50%
99 Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne 18.68% 1.65% 79.30%
100 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 18.72% 2.09% 86.70%
101 Suffolk University 18.77% 1.69% 82.60%
102 Yeshiva University 18.78% 1.41% 74.10%
103 Bentley University 18.78% 3.36% 76.70%
104 Robert Morris University 18.83% 0.30% 79.00%
105 Stetson University 18.92% 2.06% 93.60%
106 Southern Arkansas University 18.98% 3.27% 63.20%
108 University of St. Thomas-Minnesota 19.03% 0.69% 85.70%
108 University of Alabama at Birmingham 19.13%-0 73.80%
109 Prairie View A&M University 19.13% 5.84% 72.20%
110 Montclair State University 19.27%-0 77.80%
111 Marquette University 19.28% 2.45% 82.40%
112 University of Alabama in Huntsville 19.31% 2.67% 93.90%
113 Southern University and A&M College 19.32%-0 79.20%
114 University of Colorado Colorado Springs 19.34% 1.01% 81.80%
115 Indiana University Bloomington/Indianapolis 19.35% 4.13% 66.30%
116 Lamar University 19.37% 2.67% 76.70%
117 Florida Southern College 19.46% 4.67% 76.20%
118 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 19.49% 5.27% 85.40%
119 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick 19.50% 2.10% 76.90%
120 Iona College 19.56% 3.78% 65.20%
121 Colorado State University 19.58% 2.01% 89.10%
122 Loyola University Chicago 19.67% 5.47% 81.00%
123 Old Dominion University 19.75% 0.45% 76.80%
125 South Carolina State University 20.05% 1.32% 86.70%
125 Syracuse University 20.22% 4.72% 71.10%
126 Drake University 20.24% 2.46% 77.60%
127 Central Michigan University 20.46% 2.04% 70.60%
128 Morehead State University 20.53% 0.64% 75.80%
129 East Tennessee State University 20.55% 2.07% 85.50%
130 University of Tennessee at Martin 20.59% 2.87% 91.20%
131 Drexel University 20.60% 4.00% 83.00%
132 College of Charleston 20.60% 0.94% 91.30%
133 University of Louisiana at Monroe 20.75% 1.14% 70.00%
134 Louisiana Tech University 20.84% 2.21% 80.00%
135 Western Carolina University 20.85% 0.70% 86.00%
136 Arkansas State University 20.86% 1.43% 83.00%
138 University of Nebraska at Omaha 21.01% 1.42% 84.70%
138 University of Central Arkansas 21.11% 0.84% 86.30%
139 Texas Christian University 21.22% 1.40% 95.80%
140 University of South Dakota 21.24% 1.05% 80.60%
141 Columbus State University 21.29% 1.57% 90.60%
142 University of Cincinnati 21.33% 3.21% 85.90%
143 Wayne State University 21.42% 2.37% 79.60%
144 University of Illinois at Chicago 21.64% 5.74% 83.90%
145 University of Massachusetts Lowell 21.90% 1.35% 75.40%
146 Longwood University 21.96% 0.08% 90.50%
148 Baylor University 22.46% 2.62% 76.00%
148 Manhattan College 22.51% 1.39% 94.10%
149 Southern Utah University 22.77% 6.88% 88.90%
150 Eastern Illinois University 22.86% 1.19% 77.50%
151 Pittsburg State University 22.88% 1.02% 76.50%
152 Florida Atlantic University 22.89% 2.73% 78.90%
153 University of South Carolina Aiken 22.97%-0 83.30%
154 University of North Alabama 22.98% 2.88% 82.90%
156 Midwestern State University 23.13% 0.52% 93.10%
156 Texas Wesleyan University 23.19% 1.38% 83.30%
157 Indiana University South Bend 23.27% 1.28% 88.90%
158 Kennesaw State University 23.48% 0.52% 78.60%
159 Gonzaga University 23.54%-0 89.10%
160 Black Hills State University 23.68% 0.23%-0
161 Augusta University 23.70% 2.39% 84.00%
162 Southeast Missouri State University 23.80% 2.42% 89.40%
163 Emporia State University 23.83% 4.07% 92.90%
164 University of New Hampshire 23.96% 0.80% 78.70%
165 East Carolina University 23.98% 1.73% 70.10%
167 Youngstown State University 24.00% 0.76% 81.10%
167 Northern Kentucky University 24.02% 0.39% 78.80%
168 Salisbury University 24.05% 0.54% 79.60%
169 Rowan University 24.22% 0.54% 85.00%
170 Temple University 24.49% 2.65% 83.90%
171 The University of Akron 24.53% 0.30% 75.80%
172 University of Toledo 24.62% 4.50% 70.10%
173 Saint Joseph's University 24.81% 2.75%-0
175 Virginia Commonwealth University 25.05% 6.55% 79.60%
175 Ohio University 25.24% 6.18% 68.40%
176 Quinnipiac University 25.30% 1.92% 83.90%
177 The University of Iowa 25.48% 1.48% 77.50%
178 Iowa State University 25.48% 1.48% 77.50%
179 Eastern Kentucky University 25.49% 0.44% 81.80%
180 Valdosta State University 25.62% 1.53% 86.00%
181 Tennessee State University 25.73% 2.18% 97.00%
182 University of Dayton 25.74%-0 75.80%
183 Oklahoma State University 25.76% 2.32% 92.10%
184 University of Southern Indiana 25.93% 1.73% 74.50%
185 University of Southern Mississippi 25.97% 1.62% 83.60%
187 Marist College 26.02% 0.06% 66.70%
187 Coastal Carolina University 26.18% 0.73%-0
188 University of Northern Colorado 26.49% 0.66%-0
189 Ramapo College of New Jersey 26.68%-0 85.40%
191 The University of Georgia 27.03% 0.80% 83.00%
191 Abilene Christian University 27.08% 1.21% 84.00%
192 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 27.11% 0.19% 76.60%
193 Western Kentucky University 27.12% 0.35% 82.60%
194 Missouri State University 27.33% 3.07%-0
195 Florida International University 27.33% 0.52% 84.60%
196 The University of North Dakota 27.52% 1.53% 82.70%
197 Clarion University of Pennsylvania 27.63% 0.41% 83.30%
198 Texas Tech University 27.66% 4.71% 82.30%
199 Stockton University 27.71% 0.39% 78.60%
200 Jacksonville State University 27.75%-0 78.60%
201 Sam Houston State University 27.80% 0.92% 81.40%
202 Arkansas Tech University 27.81% 0.57% 85.70%
203 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 27.95%-0 85.10%
205 Grand Valley State University 28.20% 0.88% 76.60%
205 Radford University 28.36% 0.25% 89.60%
206 North Carolina State University 28.51% 1.20% 67.90%
207 Georgia College & State University 28.51%-0 86.00%
208 University of Montana 28.63% 3.54% 93.50%
209 Stephen F. Austin State University 28.80% 1.97% 82.60%
211 James Madison University 29.22% 0.54% 71.10%
211 Jackson State University 29.39% 1.64% 100.00%
212 California State University, Stanislaus 29.77% 1.36% 100.00%
213 University of South Carolina 29.87% 1.76% 79.30%
214 University of West Georgia 29.90% 0.90% 82.10%
215 Georgia Southern University 29.93% 0.93% 88.30%
217 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 30.05% 1.31% 82.60%
217 Saginaw Valley State University 30.29% 1.25% 85.70%
218 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 30.38% 0.08% 86.30%
219 University of Massachusetts Amherst 30.52% 0.94% 87.80%
221 Boise State University 31.06% 1.83% 76.00%
221 Shippensburg University 31.15% 0.94% 92.50%
222 Georgia Southwestern State University 31.44% 1.63% 78.90%
223 University of North Carolina at Charlotte 31.73% 5.77% 88.20%
224 State University of New York College at Brockport 31.81% 0.50% 92.90%
225 Tennessee Technological University 31.95% 5.38% 88.90%
227 The Pennsylvania State University 32.21% 0.80% 84.00%
227 The College of New Jersey 32.57%-0 100.00%
228 California State University, Fullerton 32.66% 0.17% 90.70%
229 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 32.81% 0.50% 72.00%
230 University of South Florida 32.96% 0.90% 82.10%
232 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 33.58% 0.69% 84.60%
232 McNeese State University 33.64% 1.25% 91.30%
234 Florida State University 34.14% 1.26% 80.80%
234 The University of Arizona 34.46% 2.20% 83.70%
235 Florida Gulf Coast University 34.46% 1.83% 89.10%
236 Minnesota State University, Mankato 34.80% 0.62% 97.70%
238 University of Nevada, Reno 35.13% 1.62% 82.00%
239 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 36.21% 0.69% 88.90%
239 University of North Texas 36.52% 2.58% 82.10%
241 State University of New York at Oswego 37.34% 1.85% 73.00%
241 West Chester University 37.49%-0 87.20%
242 Kutztown University 37.93% 0.53% 81.80%
243 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 37.95%-0 73.90%
245 Arizona State University 38.99% 0.90% 79.40%
246 University of Maine 40.73% 0.86%-0
247 California State University, San Bernardino 42.36% 1.08% 80.90%
248 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 44.53%-0 81.00%
248 University of Florida 44.57% 1.60% 94.00%
250 The University of Alabama 47.25% 3.78% 79.50%
251 The University of Mississippi 49.80% 1.29% 98.20%

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