Master of Business Administration – Online

Master of Business Administration – Online

Flexible, Accessible. Efficient. 

In the fast-paced world of business, it's important to be one step ahead. Ambitious professionals understand that being forward-thinking, motivated and innovative can set them apart in the job market. With Clarkson University's 100-percent Online MBA, you can hone those leadership skills on your own terms. Advance your career in a flexible program that fits your schedule and your own goals. 

Why Earn an Online MBA?

The Online MBA at Clarkson University has been designed for working professionals like you. You receive the same rigorous preparation, taught by our faculty, as our residential program. Our virtual courses, however, give students the power to complete their degree in a way that adjusts to their life. You can start during any term and choose to attend full or part time. We pride ourselves on offering a degree that is flexible, efficient and accessible.

Students also have the opportunity to customize their studies to fulfill their professional goals. In addition to the core courses, you can use your electives to explore other competencies or complete an advanced certificate in a specific topic.

Clarkson University's Online MBA has been at the forefront of virtual education, and its stellar reputation is a draw for employers. U.S. News & World Report and Fortune named our Online MBA program as one of the best in the country. 

What You'll Learn

Some of the skills you'll develop in the Online MBA include:

  • Analytical abilities and decision-making
  • Business and management principles
  • Effective strategy and operations
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Ethics and social responsibility
  • Finance, accounting, and health economics
  • Leadership and teamwork

The Online Master of Business Administration consists of 14 courses, for a total of 42 credit hours. The average completion time for this program is 20 months by taking two classes per quarter. Faster and slower program plans are developed based on advising around the student's goals. The program is 100-percent online, with no residency requirements.

All students must complete the 10 following required courses, though you can transfer up to nine credit hours (with approval):

  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior*
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • Decision Analysis and Supply Chain Modeling
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Business Information Systems
  • Corporate Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Strategic Management/Capstone

*The required Leadership and Organizational Behavior course is typically offered in an on-site intensive weekend format at either the Capital Region or Potsdam campuses. The course will be offered in person during the summer and fall semesters and offered online in the spring semester.

You can choose to use your electives to earn an advanced certificate in an area of interest or pursue a local concentration. The options include:

  • Data Analytics (Local Concentration)
  • Global Supply Chain Management (Advanced Certificate)
  • Human Resource Management (Advanced Certificate)
  • Management and Leadership (Advanced Certificate)

Capstone Project

To round out your training, there is a capstone project at the end of your studies. This valuable résumé booster is an opportunity to apply your expertise to real-world scenarios. 

The program is 100-percent online to offer maximum flexibility to our students. Virtual classes are live and encourage interaction among attendees. There are plenty of remote teamwork opportunities, and our coursework is designed to be hands-on. What you learn in the classroom can be immediately applied to your own professional role.

Order your copy of the whitepaper What to Expect in an Online MBA.

A complete application includes the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Résumé or CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • GRE Test Scores: the GRE requirement will be waived for spring and fall 2024 applicants.
  • For international applicants, an English proficiency test is required.
    • Minimum test score requirements: TOEFL (80) and TOEFL Essentials (8.5), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) or Duolingo English Test (115).
    • The English language-testing requirement is not waived based on language of instruction, nor do we accept university certificates. English testing is waived if an applicant has a degree from a country where English is the Native Language. Click here to see the list of these countries.

Automatic admission: If you satisfy one of the below criteria, you are eligible for automatic admission into our graduate business programs:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher from a regionally accredited college.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND a GMAT score of 500 or higher.
  • A master's degree or above from a regionally accredited college.

These criteria are for admissions purposes only. Full scholarship considerations should include a complete application. This applies only to regionally accredited institutions in the United States. All other applicants will follow the prescribed requirements.

Learn more about admission requirements for graduate students. 

You are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship when applying for a graduate degree program at the Reh School of Business. You do not need to fill out a separate scholarship application. Scholarships are based on academic achievement (GPA), standardized tests (GMAT or equivalent), work experience and other notable accomplishments.

I had a fantastic experience in the Clarkson MBA program. I knew I wanted to take another step in my academic career, but I did not want to make any sacrifices to my full-time job as the director of a clinical research department; Clarkson's program was the perfect fit, not only because of its positive reputation and rigor but because classes were remote and took place in the evenings. Despite the virtual nature of the classes, most had a synchronous portion, which truly had an in-person feel to them. The professors all came with their own relevant personal experience and were dedicated to the students' success and engagement. Furthermore, I was able to apply what I was learning to my job immediately, aiding in the business development and strategic planning for my department. I highly recommend this program.

Carly Lovelett '21 Online MBA

Career Possibilities

Of Reh School alumni surveyed, 87 percent said their degree increased their earnings power, and 84 percent said their degree led to faster career advancement, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council’s "2021 Alumni Perspectives Survey Report."

Clarkson University students are well-respected by employers, as well. Ninety-six percent of our students find a job within three months of graduation.

Possible job titles include:

  • Business intelligence consultant
  • Business process manager
  • Engineering manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial analyst
  • Planning and logistics manager
  • Program operations manager
  • Relationship manager

Employers

Our Online MBA students have recently secured positions in many organizations, including:

  • BAE Systems, Inc.
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Deloitte
  • General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • MVP Health Care
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Naval Nuclear Laboratory
  • Office of the NYS Comptroller
  • Raymond Corporation
  • Tobyhanna Army Depot

Video Overview of the Online MBA

Flexible. Efficient. Accessible. Join Director Joshua LaFave as he discusses the Online MBA program at Clarkson University, including its structure and benefits.

What to Expect

Learn more about what to expect in terms of online learning, from discussions to case studies, research and growing your leadership potential.

Online MBA with Professor John Dejoy

Professor John Dejoy discusses the online format and how classes and assignments will unfold for students enrolled in the Online MBA program.

Certificate Pathway to the Online MBA

Clarkson University's certificate in business fundamentals gives working professionals a strong foundation in accounting, finance, operations, marketing, management and IT. It also offers an alternative pathway to admission into the Online MBA for those who are weighing their options or would prefer admission to be based on criteria other than the traditional application process.

This pathway might be right for you if:

  • You want to get started right away without taking an admission test.
  • You want to be considered for admission into the MBA program based on your performance in core MBA courses.
  • You're not sure if you want to obtain an MBA but would like to learn core business principles in a short time and still be able to apply the coursework to an MBA program.
  • You want to try out the MBA program by taking courses that you can use for a valuable and recognized credential, even if you decide not to obtain the degree.

Certificate in Business Fundamentals

Contact Us 

Graduate Admissions Team
Email: graduate@clarkson.edu
Phone: 518-631-9831

Interested in learning more about the Online MBA? Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions today with your questions.

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Accelerate Your Career

Chart your path in the business world with a master's degree from Clarkson. To take the next step: