What sets Columbia College apart from other schools offering an online MBA program?
- We are accredited.
Columbia College began offering the MBA in 1997. Our online MBA program meets the same accreditation standards as our on-campus MBA. It's just the method of teaching and learning that's different.
Every school may say it is accredited, but not all accreditations are created equal.
Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, a federally approved organization that accredits 8,500 public and private schools in 19 states.
To learn more about accreditation, visit www.ed.gov.
- We accept nine transfer credit hours.
Columbia College admissions allows students to transfer nine of the 36 credit hours needed to graduate, which means you could earn an MBA degree online or through our on-campus program in less than one year.
- We are affordable.
Many schools charge $30,000 to $50,000 or more for their online MBA program. Even though many companies provide some tuition reimbursement, that's still a shocking number.
You'll be pleased to know Columbia College offers one of the most affordable accredited MBA online programs in the country, especially for a private institution. That's because we are a not-for-profit college and our stakeholders are our students. Our tuition for the online MBA is $340 per credit hour.
- We are flexible.
At Columbia College, you can complete your master business administration degree online or on campus at your own pace. Unlike some academic programs, you don't have to attend classes in lockstep with a student group or cohort.
Classes are just eight weeks. Sessions start in January, March, June, August and October. You can attend all five sessions a year or just one. It's up to you.
- We are a quality institution.
The Princeton Review named Columbia College a "Best Midwestern College" based on academic quality and anonymous student surveys. Columbia College is also one of only 250 higher educational institutions in the U.S. to be named a "College of Distinction".
About the Online Campus
—Jeffrey W. Bennett, '08
Columbia College launched the Online Campus in 2000 with 10 classes and 180 students. Today, the Online Campus offers more than 800 classes and 23 degrees with more than 12,000 students taking online classes each year, including MBA degree online classes. Columbia College was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College. In 1970, the college changed its name to Columbia College when it opened its doors to both women and men. In 1973, Columbia College was among the first schools in the country to provide educational opportunities geared specifically for working adults and military students.