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%
3Carnegie Mellon University 4.19% 5.47% 94.10%
3University of Dallas 4.94% 18.88% 85.70%
5Worcester Polytechnic Institute 5.67% 4.45% 93.50%
5Stevens Institute of Technology 5.97% 6.86% 95.70%
6Pepperdine University 5.99% 6.77% 79.70%
8The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 6.27% 6.42% 78.60%
8College of William and Mary 6.97% 5.37% 87.90%
10Governors State University 8.74% 1.82% 85.70%
11Georgetown University 9.05% 3.57% 92.50%
11Queens University of Charlotte 9.38%-0 66.70%
12Dominican University 9.50% 2.64% 80.80%
13University of Denver 9.75% 3.29% 68.90%
14American University 9.85% 4.36% 80.30%
16New Jersey Institute of Technology 10.03% 2.57% 100.00%
16Southeastern Oklahoma State University 10.08% 0.55% 64.30%
17University of Houston-Victoria 10.23% 3.62% 100.00%
18University of Houston-Clear Lake 10.38%-0 96.80%
20Clarkson University 11.04% 2.62% 89.10%
20Texas A & M University-Commerce 11.51% 6.81% 71.20%
21University of Illinois at Springfield 11.59% 11.46% 97.20%
23University of Baltimore 12.21% 2.22% 89.10%
23Western Illinois University 12.40% 1.44% 61.90%
24The University of Texas at Dallas 12.46% 10.95% 78.70%
25The Pennsylvania State University at Erie The Behrend College 12.50% 0.66% 72.90%
26Michigan State University 12.70% 2.60% 83.60%
28Rochester Institute of Technology 13.15% 3.22% 83.30%
28State University of New York 13.48% 1.77% 69.20%
29Murray State University 13.68% 2.44% 86.50%
30The George Washington University 13.70% 9.00% 88.50%
31Fayetteville State University 13.77%-0 81.30%
32University of Miami 13.88% 4.83% 100.00%
33The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg 13.90% 0.83% 94.40%
35Frostburg State University 14.05% 0.82% 85.00%
35University of Colorado Denver 14.20% 12.84% 80.30%
36University of Maryland 14.24% 6.11% 88.10%
37Ohio Northern University 14.28% 1.02% 77.80%
38West Texas A & M University 14.34% 19.64% 74.10%
39Villanova University 14.35% 0.27% 84.50%
40Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Camden 14.42% 2.10% 97.80%
41Rider University 14.66% 0.97% 98.40%
42University of Scranton 14.82% 1.95% 88.10%
43Washington State University 14.83% 6.53% 81.70%
45Bellarmine University 15.08% 2.75% 90.50%
45Widener University 15.10% 1.53% 81.50%
46Creighton University 15.26%-0 78.90%
47University of Wyoming 15.63% 0.92% 85.50%
48The University of Michigan-Dearborn 15.84% 1.79% 80.00%
50The University of Tulsa 16.44% 1.99% 86.00%
50University of Connecticut 16.80% 5.34% 87.00%
51University of West Florida 16.93% 0.42% 85.20%
53Eastern Michigan University 17.22% 1.67% 94.30%
53Xavier University 17.27% 2.30% 76.10%
54Middle Tennessee State University 17.52% 1.35% 87.30%
55University of Southern California 17.57% 5.69% 80.60%
56New Mexico State University 17.60% 2.77% 82.60%
57Northeastern University 17.61% 1.78% 87.90%
58The University of Michigan-Flint 17.68% 0.46% 85.70%
59University of Delaware 17.90% 3.71% 89.50%
60University of Alaska Fairbanks 17.94% 2.42% 65.40%
62University of New Orleans 18.14% 3.35% 92.20%
62Marshall University 18.20% 4.77%-0
63West Virginia University 18.25% 2.45% 78.90%
64Western New England University 18.28%-0 82.40%
65University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 18.43% 2.40% 97.60%
66The University of Texas at Tyler 18.59% 4.69% 82.50%
67The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 18.72% 2.09% 86.70%
68Suffolk University 18.77% 1.69% 82.60%
69Bentley University 18.78% 3.36% 76.70%
70Robert Morris University 18.83% 0.30% 79.00%
71Stetson University 18.92% 2.06% 93.60%
72Southern Arkansas University 18.98% 3.27% 63.20%
74University of St. Thomas-Minnesota 19.03% 0.69% 85.70%
74University of Alabama at Birmingham 19.13%-0 73.80%
75Prairie View A & M University 19.13% 5.84% 72.20%
76University of Alabama in Huntsville 19.31% 2.67% 93.90%
77Southern University and A & M College 19.32%-0 79.20%
78University of Colorado Colorado Springs 19.34% 1.01% 81.80%
79Indiana University Bloomington/Indianapolis 19.35% 4.13% 66.30%
80Lamar University 19.37% 2.67% 76.70%
81University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 19.49% 5.27% 85.40%
82Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick 19.50% 2.10% 76.90%
83Colorado State University 19.58% 2.01% 89.10%
84Old Dominion University 19.75% 0.45% 76.80%
86Syracuse University 20.22% 4.72% 71.10%
86Morehead State University 20.53% 0.64% 75.80%
87East Tennessee State University 20.55% 2.07% 85.50%
88University of Tennessee at Martin 20.59% 2.87% 91.20%
89Drexel University 20.60% 4.00% 83.00%
90University of Louisiana at Monroe 20.75% 1.14% 70.00%
91Louisiana Tech University 20.84% 2.21% 80.00%
92Western Carolina University 20.85% 0.70% 86.00%
93Arkansas State University 20.86% 1.43% 83.00%
95University of Central Arkansas 21.11% 0.84% 86.30%
95University of South Dakota 21.24% 1.05% 80.60%
96Columbus State University 21.29% 1.57% 90.60%
97University of Cincinnati 21.33% 3.21% 85.90%
98University of Massachusetts Lowell 21.90% 1.35% 75.40%
99Longwood University 21.96% 0.08% 90.50%
101Baylor University 22.46% 2.62% 76.00%
101Southern Utah University 22.77% 6.88% 88.90%
102Florida Atlantic University 22.89% 2.73% 78.90%
103University of North Alabama 22.98% 2.88% 82.90%
105Midwestern State University 23.13% 0.52% 93.10%
105Kennesaw State University 23.48% 0.52% 78.60%
106Southeast Missouri State University 23.80% 2.42% 89.40%
107Emporia State University 23.83% 4.07% 92.90%
108University of New Hampshire 23.96% 0.80% 78.70%
109East Carolina University 23.98% 1.73% 70.10%
111Youngstown State University 24.00% 0.76% 81.10%
111Salisbury University 24.05% 0.54% 79.60%
112Rowan University 24.22% 0.54% 85.00%
113The University of Akron 24.53% 0.30% 75.80%
114University of Toledo 24.62% 4.50% 70.10%
115Saint Joseph's University 24.81% 2.75%-0
117Ohio University 25.24% 6.18% 68.40%
117Quinnipiac University 25.30% 1.92% 83.90%
118Iowa State University 25.48% 1.48% 77.50%
119Valdosta State University 25.62% 1.53% 86.00%
120Oklahoma State University 25.76% 2.32% 92.10%
121University of Southern Mississippi 25.97% 1.62% 83.60%
123Marist College 26.02% 0.06% 66.70%
124The University of Georgia 27.03% 2.02% 94.00%
124Abilene Christian University 27.08% 1.21% 84.00%
125University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 27.11% 0.19% 76.60%
126Western Kentucky University 27.12% 0.35% 82.60%
127Missouri State University 27.33% 3.07%-0
128Florida International University 27.33% 0.52% 84.60%
129The University of North Dakota 27.52% 1.53% 82.70%
130Clarion University of Pennsylvania 27.63% 0.41% 83.30%
131Jacksonville State University 27.75%-0 78.60%
132Sam Houston State University 27.80% 0.92% 81.40%
133Arkansas Tech University 27.81% 0.57% 85.70%
134University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 27.95%-0 85.10%
136Radford University 28.36% 0.25% 89.60%
136North Carolina State University 28.51% 3.27% 75.60%
137Georgia College & State University 28.51%-0 86.00%
139James Madison University 29.22% 0.54% 71.10%
139Jackson State University 29.39% 1.64% 100.00%
140California State University, Stanislaus 29.77% 1.36% 100.00%
141University of South Carolina 29.87% 1.76% 79.30%
142University of West Georgia 29.90% 0.90% 82.10%
143Georgia Southern University 29.93% 0.93% 88.30%
145Saginaw Valley State University 30.29% 1.25% 85.70%
145University of Nebraska-Lincoln 30.38% 0.08% 86.30%
146University of Massachusetts Amherst 30.52% 0.94% 87.80%
148Boise State University 31.06% 1.83% 76.00%
148Shippensburg University 31.15% 0.94% 92.50%
149Georgia Southwestern State University 31.44% 1.63% 78.90%
150Tennessee Technological University 31.95% 5.38% 88.90%
152The Pennsylvania State University 32.21% 5.57% 84.60%
152California State University, Fullerton 32.66% 0.17% 90.70%
154University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 33.58% 0.69% 84.60%
155Florida State University 34.14% 1.26% 80.80%
155The University of Arizona 34.46% 2.35% 87.60%
156Florida Gulf Coast University 34.46% 1.83% 89.10%
158University of North Texas 36.52% 2.58% 82.10%
159State University of New York at Oswego 37.34% 1.85% 73.00%
159West Chester University 37.49%-0 87.20%
161Arizona State University 38.99% 1.96% 89.90%
162California State University, San Bernardino 42.36% 1.08% 80.90%
163University of Florida 44.57% 8.35% 96.90%
164The University of Alabama 47.25% 3.78% 79.50%
165The 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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