Accredited Online Management Schools and Degree Programs

Aspiring leaders and company executives can use the following resources to search for accredited schools with management programs. You’ll find school listings for some of the most highly sought-after online management degree programs in the nation. Additionally, this guide will direct you toward career options for this major.

  • Accreditation Agencies
  • Career Options
  • Notable Schools

Accreditation Agencies

Business departments at most schools generally lead management programs. These agencies oversee the quality of management and other business studies at a program level. School departments must adhere to rigorous administrative and academic standards to maintain accreditation.

Career Options

Management degrees open up a number of leadership and administrative opportunities. Graduates can explore the following career options in a variety of settings, such as non-profit organizations, enterprise corporations, and small businesses.

Job Title National Employment Mean Hourly Wage Mean Annual Wage
Administrative Services Manager 264,090 $42.63 $88,660
Management Analyst 540,440 $42.34 $88,070
Financial Manager 484,910 $59.26 $123,260
Sales Manager 344,730 $57.68 $119,980
Marketing Manager 171,430 $62.44 $129,870

Figures from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012

Notable Schools

Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.


The following listed schools offer management degree programs that can be taken completely online. Keep in mind that some of these schools also offer campus-based courses if you wish to change your learning format or take a blended classroom approach.

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado / Online

CSU is distinguished as a top national university by the U.S. News and World Report. Undergraduate applicants who intend to continue into graduate school can participate in the accelerated dual enroll program, which allows students to begin their master’s degree requirements early, as they complete their bachelor’s degree program.

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah / Online

The U.S. News and World Report recognizes WGU for offering some of the best online bachelor’s degree programs. Enrolled management students explore and develop their skills in subjects like business foundations, finance, and business law. WSU students are expected to complete a capstone project before graduation to demonstrate their cumulative knowledge and understanding of management practices.

Linfield College

McMinnville, Oregon / Online

This small, Oregon-based private college is listed on the U.S. News and World Report for being a top performer amongst other national liberal arts college, and for leading some of the best online bachelor’s degree programs. The same high-quality attention to instruction applies to the school’s business programs as well. Prospective students can use the Year Long Plan resource to see what their course schedule might look like after enrolling at Linfield College.

Campus Only

The following colleges are some of the most highly competitive, brick-and-mortar management programs in the United States. These schools appear on the U.S. News and World Report with highly ranked undergraduate and graduate-level programs for this field of study.

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This college has an extremely prestigious reputation in the management field, earning the highest ranking for best undergraduate business programs, and the No. 3 place nationwide for its management program. The Wharton Management Department collaborates with leads four different academic research centers, including the Sol C. Snider Entrepreneurial Research Center and the Center for Human Resources.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

This college is another heavy hitter, No. 2 amongst the nation’s top undergraduate business programs and eighth for their management program. The Sloan School of Management at MIT sets itself apart from other programs by offering degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Prospective students can apply for study in various specializations, such as system design, operations management, and management or management studies.

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

There is no doubt that Harvard leads the way in graduate management studies, receiving the No. 1 rank for both overall business school performance and for its management program. Harvard’s Executive Education department offers courses in diverse specialties, such as corporate governance, service management, and managing in China.