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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

10 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.

10 Online MBA Programs with the Lowest Student / Faculty Ratios

  1. Marist College - 0.06%
  2. Longwood University - 0.08%
  3. University of Nebraska-Lincoln - 0.08%
  4. California State University, Fullerton - 0.17%
  5. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse - 0.19%
  6. Radford University - 0.25%
  7. Villanova University - 0.27%
  8. The University of Akron - 0.30%
  9. Robert Morris University - 0.30%
  10. Western Kentucky University - 0.35%

10 Online MBA Programs with the Highest Student / Faculty Ratios

  1. The University of Mississippi - 49.80%
  2. The University of Alabama - 47.25%
  3. University of Florida - 44.57%
  4. California State University, San Bernardino - 42.36%
  5. Arizona State University - 38.99%
  6. West Chester University - 37.49%
  7. State University of New York at Oswego - 37.34%
  8. University of North Texas - 36.52%
  9. Florida Gulf Coast University - 34.46%
  10. The University of Arizona - 34.46%

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 Carnegie Mellon University 4.19% 5.47% 94.10%
3 University of Dallas 4.94% 18.88% 85.70%
5 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 5.67% 4.45% 93.50%
5 Stevens Institute of Technology 5.97% 6.86% 95.70%
6 Pepperdine University 5.99% 6.77% 79.70%
8 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 6.27% 6.42% 78.60%
8 College of William and Mary 6.97% 5.37% 87.90%
10 Governors State University 8.74% 1.82% 85.70%
11 Georgetown University 9.05% 3.57% 92.50%
11 Queens University of Charlotte 9.38%-0 66.70%
12 Dominican University 9.50% 2.64% 80.80%
13 University of Denver 9.75% 3.29% 68.90%
14 American University 9.85% 4.36% 80.30%
16 New Jersey Institute of Technology 10.03% 2.57% 100.00%
16 Southeastern Oklahoma State University 10.08% 0.55% 64.30%
17 University of Houston-Victoria 10.23% 3.62% 100.00%
18 University of Houston-Clear Lake 10.38%-0 96.80%
20 Clarkson University 11.04% 2.62% 89.10%
20 Texas A & M University-Commerce 11.51% 6.81% 71.20%
21 University of Illinois at Springfield 11.59% 11.46% 97.20%
23 University of Baltimore 12.21% 2.22% 89.10%
23 Western Illinois University 12.40% 1.44% 61.90%
24 The University of Texas at Dallas 12.46% 10.95% 78.70%
25 The Pennsylvania State University at Erie, The Behrend College 12.50% 0.66% 72.90%
26 Michigan State University 12.70% 2.60% 83.60%
28 Rochester Institute of Technology 13.15% 3.22% 83.30%
28 State University of New York Polytechnic Institute 13.48% 1.77% 69.20%
29 Murray State University 13.68% 2.44% 86.50%
30 The George Washington University 13.70% 9.00% 88.50%
31 Fayetteville State University 13.77%-0 81.30%
32 University of Miami 13.88% 4.83% 100.00%
33 The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg 13.90% 0.83% 94.40%
35 Frostburg State University 14.05% 0.82% 85.00%
35 University of Colorado Denver 14.20% 12.84% 80.30%
36 University of Maryland 14.24% 6.11% 88.10%
37 Ohio Northern University 14.28% 1.02% 77.80%
38 West Texas A & M University 14.34% 19.64% 74.10%
39 Villanova University 14.35% 0.27% 84.50%
40 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Camden 14.42% 2.10% 97.80%
41 Rider University 14.66% 0.97% 98.40%
42 University of Scranton 14.82% 1.95% 88.10%
43 Washington State University 14.83% 6.53% 81.70%
45 Bellarmine University 15.08% 2.75% 90.50%
45 Widener University 15.10% 1.53% 81.50%
46 Creighton University 15.26%-0 78.90%
47 University of Wyoming 15.63% 0.92% 85.50%
48 The University of Michigan-Dearborn 15.84% 1.79% 80.00%
50 The University of Tulsa 16.44% 1.99% 86.00%
50 University of Connecticut 16.80% 5.34% 87.00%
51 University of West Florida 16.93% 0.42% 85.20%
53 Eastern Michigan University 17.22% 1.67% 94.30%
53 Xavier University 17.27% 2.30% 76.10%
54 Middle Tennessee State University 17.52% 1.35% 87.30%
55 University of Southern California 17.57% 5.69% 80.60%
56 New Mexico State University 17.60% 2.77% 82.60%
57 Northeastern University 17.61% 1.78% 87.90%
58 The University of Michigan-Flint 17.68% 0.46% 85.70%
59 University of Delaware 17.90% 3.71% 89.50%
60 University of Alaska Fairbanks 17.94% 2.42% 65.40%
62 University of New Orleans 18.14% 3.35% 92.20%
62 Marshall University 18.20% 4.77%-0
63 West Virginia University 18.25% 2.45% 78.90%
64 Western New England University 18.28%-0 82.40%
65 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 18.43% 2.40% 97.60%
66 The University of Texas at Tyler 18.59% 4.69% 82.50%
67 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 18.72% 2.09% 86.70%
68 Suffolk University 18.77% 1.69% 82.60%
69 Bentley University 18.78% 3.36% 76.70%
70 Robert Morris University 18.83% 0.30% 79.00%
71 Stetson University 18.92% 2.06% 93.60%
72 Southern Arkansas University 18.98% 3.27% 63.20%
74 University of St. Thomas-Minnesota 19.03% 0.69% 85.70%
74 University of Alabama at Birmingham 19.13%-0 73.80%
75 Prairie View A & M University 19.13% 5.84% 72.20%
76 University of Alabama in Huntsville 19.31% 2.67% 93.90%
77 Southern University and A & M College 19.32%-0 79.20%
78 University of Colorado Colorado Springs 19.34% 1.01% 81.80%
79 Indiana University, Bloomington/Indianapolis 19.35% 4.13% 66.30%
80 Lamar University 19.37% 2.67% 76.70%
81 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 19.49% 5.27% 85.40%
82 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey-Newark/New Brunswick 19.50% 2.10% 76.90%
83 Colorado State University 19.58% 2.01% 89.10%
84 Old Dominion University 19.75% 0.45% 76.80%
86 Syracuse University 20.22% 4.72% 71.10%
86 Morehead State University 20.53% 0.64% 75.80%
87 East Tennessee State University 20.55% 2.07% 85.50%
88 University of Tennessee at Martin 20.59% 2.87% 91.20%
89 Drexel University 20.60% 4.00% 83.00%
90 University of Louisiana at Monroe 20.75% 1.14% 70.00%
91 Louisiana Tech University 20.84% 2.21% 80.00%
92 Western Carolina University 20.85% 0.70% 86.00%
93 Arkansas State University 20.86% 1.43% 83.00%
95 University of Central Arkansas 21.11% 0.84% 86.30%
95 University of South Dakota 21.24% 1.05% 80.60%
96 Columbus State University 21.29% 1.57% 90.60%
97 University of Cincinnati 21.33% 3.21% 85.90%
98 University of Massachusetts Lowell 21.90% 1.35% 75.40%
99 Longwood University 21.96% 0.08% 90.50%
101 Baylor University 22.46% 2.62% 76.00%
101 Southern Utah University 22.77% 6.88% 88.90%
102 Florida Atlantic University 22.89% 2.73% 78.90%
103 University of North Alabama 22.98% 2.88% 82.90%
105 Midwestern State University 23.13% 0.52% 93.10%
105 Kennesaw State University 23.48% 0.52% 78.60%
106 Southeast Missouri State University 23.80% 2.42% 89.40%
107 Emporia State University 23.83% 4.07% 92.90%
108 University of New Hampshire 23.96% 0.80% 78.70%
109 East Carolina University 23.98% 1.73% 70.10%
111 Youngstown State University 24.00% 0.76% 81.10%
111 Salisbury University 24.05% 0.54% 79.60%
112 Rowan University 24.22% 0.54% 85.00%
113 The University of Akron 24.53% 0.30% 75.80%
114 University of Toledo 24.62% 4.50% 70.10%
115 Saint Joseph's University 24.81% 2.75%-0
117 Ohio University 25.24% 6.18% 68.40%
117 Quinnipiac University 25.30% 1.92% 83.90%
118 Iowa State University 25.48% 1.48% 77.50%
119 Valdosta State University 25.62% 1.53% 86.00%
120 Oklahoma State University 25.76% 2.32% 92.10%
121 University of Southern Mississippi 25.97% 1.62% 83.60%
123 Marist College 26.02% 0.06% 66.70%
124 The University of Georgia 27.03% 2.02% 94.00%
124 Abilene Christian University 27.08% 1.21% 84.00%
125 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 27.11% 0.19% 76.60%
126 Western Kentucky University 27.12% 0.35% 82.60%
127 Missouri State University 27.33% 3.07%-0
128 Florida International University 27.33% 0.52% 84.60%
129 The University of North Dakota 27.52% 1.53% 82.70%
130 Clarion University of Pennsylvania 27.63% 0.41% 83.30%
131 Jacksonville State University 27.75%-0 78.60%
132 Sam Houston State University 27.80% 0.92% 81.40%
133 Arkansas Tech University 27.81% 0.57% 85.70%
134 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 27.95%-0 85.10%
136 Radford University 28.36% 0.25% 89.60%
136 North Carolina State University 28.51% 3.27% 75.60%
137 Georgia College & State University 28.51%-0 86.00%
139 James Madison University 29.22% 0.54% 71.10%
139 Jackson State University 29.39% 1.64% 100.00%
140 California State University, Stanislaus 29.77% 1.36% 100.00%
141 University of South Carolina 29.87% 1.76% 79.30%
142 University of West Georgia 29.90% 0.90% 82.10%
143 Georgia Southern University 29.93% 0.93% 88.30%
145 Saginaw Valley State University 30.29% 1.25% 85.70%
145 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 30.38% 0.08% 86.30%
146 University of Massachusetts Amherst 30.52% 0.94% 87.80%
148 Boise State University 31.06% 1.83% 76.00%
148 Shippensburg University 31.15% 0.94% 92.50%
149 Georgia Southwestern State University 31.44% 1.63% 78.90%
150 Tennessee Technological University 31.95% 5.38% 88.90%
152 The Pennsylvania State University 32.21% 5.57% 84.60%
152 California State University, Fullerton 32.66% 0.17% 90.70%
154 University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 33.58% 0.69% 84.60%
155 Florida State University 34.14% 1.26% 80.80%
155 The University of Arizona 34.46% 2.35% 87.60%
156 Florida Gulf Coast University 34.46% 1.83% 89.10%
158 University of North Texas 36.52% 2.58% 82.10%
159 State University of New York at Oswego 37.34% 1.85% 73.00%
159 West Chester University 37.49%-0 87.20%
161 Arizona State University 38.99% 1.96% 89.90%
162 California State University, San Bernardino 42.36% 1.08% 80.90%
163 University of Florida 44.57% 8.35% 96.90%
164 The University of Alabama 47.25% 3.78% 79.50%
165 The University of Mississippi 49.80% 1.29% 98.20%

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