Comparing Ranked MBA Programs in Virginia

June 25, 2013

General

There are numerous part-time ranked MBA programs in Virginia according to U.S. News & World Report. Students who live or work in Virginia can compare programs state-wide when looking for a Virginia MBA program that fits their needs. The top five ranked MBA programs in Virginia (part-time) according to U.S. News & World Report are:

  • George Mason University School of Business
  • Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech
  • Robins School of Business at University of Richmond
  • Mason School of Business at College of William & Mary
  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Below is a brief description of each of the top ranked MBA programs in Virginia.

George Mason University School of Business
Ranked #93 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Fairfax, Virginia
Average GMAT: 550; Average GPA: 3.2
Part-time enrollment: 310
Duration: 23 months
Total Tuition Cost: $39,840 (in-state); $59,856 (out-of-state)
Cost/Credit: 48 credits at $830 (in-state) or $1,486 (out-of-state)

This Virginia MBA program blends theory and practice providing a solid foundation in a broad range of business disciplines. Students connect advanced analytical and conceptual skills to strategic decision-making through the case-study method and small group activities. Students can choose from nine areas of emphasis or create their own specialization and have the opportunity to work alongside faculty as research or teaching assistants. Small class sizes, diverse student body, expert faculty, and a required global residency are staples of the evening Virginia MBA program that can be completed in as few as 23 months. Students have the option of enrolling on the Fairfax or Arlington campuses located a short drive or metro ride from Washington, D.C.

Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech
Ranked #34 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Blacksburg, Virginia
Average GMAT: 609; Average GPA: 3.46
Part-time enrollment: 150

Duration: 36+ months

Total Tuition Cost: $31,536 (in-state); $59,856 (out-of-state)
Cost/Credit: 48 credits at $657 (in-state) or $1,247 (out-of-state)

Students pursuing an MBA from Virginia Tech can do so full-time in Blacksburg, or part-time only in Falls Church. Graduate students in the Pamplin College of Business can also take advantage of the Graduate Life Center on the Blacksburg campus, which has a 24/7 computer lab, café, study room, lounge, and meeting rooms for reservation—all specifically for grad students. Program focuses on entrepreneurial leadership, global business, and technology innovation.

Robins School of Business at University of Richmond
Ranked #64 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Richmond, Virginia
Average GMAT: 604; Average GPA: 3.21
Part-time enrollment: 113

Duration: 24 months

Total Tuition Cost: $55,350
Cost/Credit:  45 credits at $1,230

The Richmond MBA aims to enhance the strategic thinking of experienced individuals through rigorous courses that feature applied learning opportunities. This Virginia MBA program relies on a close collaboration among the student body, faculty, and local business and community leaders. They combine to create rich and relevant discussions both inside and outside of the classroom. The curriculum consists of required pre-course instruction in accounting and statistics, 12 core courses, an Opening Residency, an International Residency, 4 elective courses, and a Capstone project.

Mason School of Business at College of William & Mary
Ranked #69 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Williamsburg, Virginia
Average GMAT: 593; Average GPA: 3.3
Part-time enrollment: 180
Duration: 36 months

Total Tuition Cost: $37,800 (in-state); $59,400 (out-of-state)
Cost/Credit: 54 credits at $700 (in-state) or $1,100 (out-of-state)

The College of William and Mary is the second-oldest institute of higher education in the country. Through the flex MBA program, students take classes weekday evenings for about three years. The Flex MBA combines leadership, hard work, integrity, and innovation that will be the cornerstones of the new economy.

Virginia Commonwealth University
Ranked #112 Best Part-Time MBA Programs in U.S. News & World Report
Richmond, Virginia
Average GMAT: 528; Average GPA: 3.37
Part-time enrollment: 180
Duration: 36 months
Total Tuition Cost: $30,153 (in-state); $62,073 (out-of-state)
Cost/Credit: 57 credits at $529 (in-state) or $1,089 (out-of-state)

Located in downtown Richmond, the Virginia Commonwealth University MBA program offers a combination of business theory, practical application, and a valuable network of career contacts. The MBA program has a total of 19 courses. The first seven are foundation courses and cover the core concepts in business discipline. The advanced program is 12 courses broken out into 9 core courses that all students complete and 3 electives which allow students to concentrate in a particular area. Instruction combines lecture with case study, game theory, and group project activities.

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Other part-time ranked MBA programs in Virginia include Old Dominion University (#117) in Norfolk, Radford University (#136) in Radford, Shenandoah University (Listed But Rank Not Published) in Winchester. In addition, while the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has a ranked full-time MBA program, it does not offer a part-time MBA program.

*Data obtained from U.S. News & World Report and individual university websites.

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About Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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