Professor Hamed Qahri-Saremi leads an online MBA class in the Mosaic room
Professor Hamed Qahri-Saremi leads an online MBA class in the Mosaic room

No. 9 Online MBA for Employability
Colorado State University | College of Business

The skills employers want, the choice & flexibility you need

A purpose-driven Online MBA

The business skills and practices employers demand most are at the heart of our 21-month Online MBA: innovation, financial, leadership, data analytics and using business for a better world. Mastering these five areas will prepare you for what's next in your career.

Our 42-credit MBA, with 18 elective and 24 core credits, provides both the strong foundations you expect from a business school and the ability to customize your learning. You choose the path that aligns with your goals.

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A research-focused faculty delivers uncompromising value

You'll earn the same degree from the same world-class faculty teaching our Evening MBA on campus. Our faculty are award-winning researchers leading their fields. Their discoveries, experience and expertise are part of discussions in class and add to the relevance and richness of your MBA. 

You’ll find our faculty lectures and discussions just as immersive and enriching online as in person. You're never alone. In the MBA, you'll join a network of more than 35,000 faculty, students and alumni to guide and support you.

#9 Online MBA for Employability Nationwide - 2024 QS

A recognized and enduring quality

Our program, taught from Colorado State University’s flagship campus in Fort Collins, is recognized as the No. 9 Online MBA for employability nationwide by QS, has earned the top Online MBA in Colorado for six consecutive years, and is ranked the top 25 best Online MBA for veterans by U.S. News and World Report for faculty credentials, technology and student experience. 

Our Online MBA reaches a high standard of quality and the tuition rate is the same value no matter where you live in Colorado, in the U.S. or around the world.

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A roadmap that fits your lifestyle

Courses are available in 8-week schedules – bite-size learning you can handle. You choose from five annual start dates (January, March, May, August or October) and graduate in 21 months or take up to five years.

You also have the choice of three formats for our top-ranked MBA – evening in-person, 100% online on-demand or online real-time through our Mosaic MBA.

Dedicated CSU College of Business enrollment counsellors and academic advisors will help you determine the best fit.

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A time-tested online experience that matters

CSU’s College of Business is a leader in online learning. We began pioneering distance learning by mail back in the 1970s, and have been innovating ever since. Not all online MBAs are the same, and nowhere is that more apparent than in our virtual classroom. We’ve mastered the way we use technology to deliver an immersive student experience beyond voice-over PowerPoint.

Our in-house video production team captures faculty lectures and dynamic discussions to deliver on-demand recordings and live video experiences. Our collaborative, 360-degree classroom includes 5 professional broadcast cameras and studio-quality audio. You'll feel like you're in the room, even if you're a world away.

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A supportive experience from start to finish

Your success is central to everything we do. From expert, in-house advising and faculty support at CSU to comprehensive career services through our College of Business Career Management Center, to our vast network of alumni and the technology to connect it all.

In class, you'll have dedicated instructional coordinators to answer questions, facilitate discussions and reinforce your course learning. They, and the rest of our CSU Fort Collins team, are your partners in success.

Our student-centric benefits, customizations and flexibility add value to your experience beyond the typical MBA.

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An MBA that works even harder

As you build the practical business skills you need to reach the next stage of your career in the MBA, consider one of our 14 online graduate certificates. Certificates add to your credentials and expertise or prepare you for industry exams such as the PMP® (Project Management Professional) exam and others.

Our advisors can guide you through MBA credits that will also apply toward graduate certificates.

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A high standard of excellence

In addition to our rankings, our College is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – which is earned by less than five percent of the world's 16,000 business schools. Achieving and maintaining the accreditation for nearly our entire history is a testament to the long-standing quality of our institution.

Every five years, we submit an accountability report and are evaluated on the high standards of the accreditation including: our mission, student outcomes, strategic management, innovation, staff and student support, societal impact, thought leadership, and faculty's teaching and research.

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"I gained a holistic understanding of the business world and accelerated my professional growth. The MBA program also contributed to a 60 percent salary increase within a year of graduating. I now work at a fast-paced company in a high-profile role that would have only been a dream if I didn’t get my MBA from CSU’s College of Business."

- Lindsay Neff, Online MBA Graduate