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

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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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