All the schools on our list boast either a top-rated online MBA program, an innovative online learning platform, highly flexible courses, or a combination of all three.
So what are the 10 best business schools to learn online?
- 10. Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business
The Kelley School of Business has made a name for themselves with the online business degrees offered through Kelley Direct Online. All of these diverse business degree courses - including the online MBA - are offered live in real time.
Regular class sessions on Kelley's online MBA program use Zoom for video conferencing, while discussion forums and virtual team exercises are also included to provide an interactive component of business certifications.
Kelley is also expanding its online production this year through a partnership with online learning platform edX, leveraging Kelley's mastery of online learning to offer new courses and certificate programs to students at this turbulent time.
- 9. Harvard Business School
Although Harvard University does not offer an online equivalent to its prestigious full-time MBA program (as do all Ivy League business schools), the HBS Online platform offers similarly rigorous courses in business, finance, and management for those looking for a degree. Additional from a high quality foundation.
Elsewhere, though, the school is leveraging high-quality teaching to introduce new ways of learning during the coronavirus crisis — the Harvard Teaching and Learning Lab is helping faculty across the university adopt best practices in distance teaching, and understand how best they can To have programs adapt to the "new normal".
- 8. Open University
The Open University has made a name for itself in distance learning, and has been teaching flexible online degrees and courses since 1969 - so you know their online credentials are respected.
Their approach to distance learning is called “assisted open learning,” which means students still benefit from a personal tutor and 24-hour online library, so you can make the most of the university's traditional facilities at home.
The Open University Business School boasts triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS, and the Flexible MBA can take anywhere from 18 months to three years to complete to give students the most freedom.
- 7. University of Birmingham Business School
The Online MBA and International MBA from Birmingham Business School were the first 100% online programs in the world to be awarded accreditation by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), a testament to their innovative approach.
The University of Birmingham uses the Canvas Learning Management platform for all their online learning, which is now used across all courses to make the transition from in-person to online learning seamless.
- 6. Vlerick Business School
The three times accredited Vlerick Business School have already made a name for themselves in Europe with their innovative approach to the MBA curriculum, championing the use of virtual games in the Online MBA.
They have adapted well to the restrictions of the coronavirus, quickly changing the format of their in-person sessions to the Internet and using new software such as virtual side rooms on Zoom.
Going forward, Vlerick takes a hybrid approach to b-school learning, using the tools already in the 100% online MBA degree such as immersive virtual class sessions, online forums and simulations and applying them to other business degrees.
- 5. MIP Politecnico di Milano
Online MIP courses - including the part-time MBA and International Flex EMBA (i-Flex) - are offered through a revolutionary online portal, FLEXA. Developed in partnership with Microsoft, this Continuing Learning Platform is an online learning hub, offering video lessons, networking opportunities, and discussion forums.
The platform also takes advantage of the best in innovative artificial intelligence technology, providing students with personalized course recommendations based on their past educational achievements.
- 4. Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW Business School
AGSM's online MBA program, MBAX, ranks as one of the best online MBA programs in the world, so you can be assured of a smooth transition to online learning over the past few months.
To help transition from in-person to online courses, the school has put together a dedicated website with information including tips on working from home and how to get the most out of online learning.
- 3. Imperial College Business School
Imperial College Business School's online MBA courses are delivered via Imperial's learning platform, The Hub, an innovative program that offers interactive exercises and video content, as well as allowing students to connect with peers and educators.
Applied learning is a strong focus for Imperial, and this also applies to their online programs. Thus, students in their business programs will frequently combine traditional learning with case studies and simulations for an optimal learning experience.
- 2. Warwick Business School
Warwick Business School's Online MBA has topped the Financial Times Online MBA rankings for three consecutive years, taught in the original online learning environment. Here, students can interact with each other and with their teachers, access lectures, and participate in discussions with their peers.
To help transition to mostly online learning this year, Warwick has had a Teaching and Learning Improvement team assisting course leaders in producing equivalent, tailor-made online courses, ensuring that online courses are just as intense as they would in person.
- 1. IE Business School
The online MBA from IE Business School is one of the best distance learning MBA programs in the world, ranked second by FT and first by QS.
The school has over 20 years of experience in blended learning, and when the coronavirus hit Spain, IE was able to seamlessly move the entire learning process online. The school also has its own dedicated online portal called WOW Room, which allows students to actively participate in online discussions using tools such as live class polls and virtual role-plays - meaning that the learning process is as interactive as it will be on a personal level.