University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma takes top spot on our list of the best MBA programs in OKC. It ranks so highly because of its affordable tuition and high-quality graduate business program. UCO’s main campus is actually in Edmond, which is a suburb of Oklahoma City. However, UCO’s Downtown campus, which is located in the heart of Oklahoma City, is home to its MBA program.
The in-person MBA program can be taken with a general concentration or a concentration in Healthcare. It is available on two schedules: a 16-month schedule that includes classes two nights a week and a 26-month schedule that includes classes only one night a week. The program includes an international business immersion experience, in which students study in another country as an introduction to the international business world. The coursework also qualifies students for the CPA exam if they wish to go this route.
UCO also offers an online MBA. This program is very similar to the in-person MBA except for the instructional method. It can be completed in 16 months, during which students take eight-week classes.
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is one of the leading public universities in the region, and it is well-known for its graduate business programs. OU’s main campus is in the Oklahoma City suburb of Norman, though its graduate business school is located in Oklahoma City proper. OU offers quite a few MBA options to ensure that there is a program for everyone.
Of course, OU offers a traditional full-time MBA with daytime classes. There is also a Professional MBA option that allows working students to take classes part-time at night. OU even offers Executive MBA programs in Aerospace and Defense and in Energy. These programs are geared toward professionals with several years of experience in their respective fields. OU also offers an online MBA.
OU offers several different concentrations within their MBA programs to ensure that students can pursue their interests. The available concentrations include Digital Technologies, Entrepreneurship, Energy, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Media Management, and Arts Management and Entrepreneurship. As previously mentioned, there is also an Executive MBA concentration in Aerospace and Defense.
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian University is a small private institution with one of the strongest MBA programs in OKC. All classes are offered both at its campus in the heart of Oklahoma City and online. The classes at the OKC campus are offered at night to accommodate working professionals.
OC’s MBA requires students who have bachelor’s degrees in fields other than business to take several preparatory courses. Once these requirements have been met, students can move onto taking core classes and classes in their concentration. There are nine specializations: Accounting, Educational Leadership, Leadership and Organizational Development, Project Management, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, International Business, and Health Services Management. Students can also pursue a general MBA without declaring a concentration.
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Baptist University is another small private university with a Christian affiliation. Its main campus is in Shawnee, which is a suburb of Oklahoma City. Its MBA program integrates a Christian worldview into traditional graduate business education. This is a general MBA that offers students a well-rounded education.
OBU’s MBA can be taken online or on-campus. The on-campus option features classes on nights to accommodate students who work during the day. No matter which option students choose, they can complete this program and receive their degrees in roughly two years.
Southern Nazarene University
Southern Nazarene University is a small private school with a strong MBA program. SNU’s main campus is in Bethany, which is another suburb of Oklahoma City. SNU also offers its MBA program online and at its campuses in Tulsa and Del City. This is a general MBA program that gives students an advanced yet broad education in business.
SNU’s MBA program has a very unique structure. Classes are only six weeks long, and students take only one class at a time. This schedule allows SNU to offer 12 different start dates throughout the year. This 34-credit program can be completed in 18 months.
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma City University has a good MBA program and a convenient location in the heart of OKC. Its MBA program can be taken online or in-person. It is available on both full-time and part-time schedules.
The full-time MBA program can be completed in only one year. The part-time MBA program can be completed in two years whether students take classes online or on-campus. OCU’s MBA program is unique in that it offers students personalized mentorship from a faculty member with extensive experience in the business world.
Our Ranking Methodology
We used a straightforward formula to rank the schools on this list. This formula operates on only two statistics: yearly tuition rate and graduation rate. The public institutions on this list charge different rates for in-state students and non-resident students. We only considered the in-state tuition rate when it came time to rank these institutions. To ascertain each school’s final rating, we took its yearly tuition rate and added a multiplier which was equivalent to the percentage of students who enrolled but did not graduate. Example: School ABC has a yearly tuition rate of $20,000 and a graduation rate of 60%. Its rating would be 28,000 (20,000 x 140%). Schools with lower ratings have better rankings on our list than schools with higher ratings.
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