See the Top 13 Part-Time MBA Programs

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Part-time MBA programs offer evening and weekend classes, making it easier for students to juggle their studies and outside commitments. These are the business schools with the top part-time MBA programs, as ranked by U.S. News.

13. Emory University (Goizueta) (GA)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 76.2%

Total part-time enrollment: 269

Tuition (part-time): $1,585 per credit

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 26 (tie)

Emory's evening MBA program is designed for working professionals. It includes a daylong leader's reaction course at Fort Benning that is designed to teach students how to handle a crisis and is modeled after U.S. Army officer training methods.

Learn more about the Goizueta Business School at Emory.

10 (tie). Indiana University (Kelley)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 55.4%

Total part-time enrollment: 278

Tuition (part-time): $23,085 per year (in-state); $39,339 per year (out-of-state)

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 23 (tie)

IU's evening MBA program includes required classes in executive skills, including a weekend seminar where students participate in a simulation focused on running an imaginary company. There are also skills-focused elective courses on topics ranging from career management to effective communication.

Learn more about the Kelley School of Business at IU.

10 (tie). Ohio State University (Fisher)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 63.8%

Total part-time enrollment: 380

Tuition (part-time): $1,594 per credit (in-state); $2,904 per credit (out-of-state)

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 33 (tie)

OSU's working professional MBA can be pursued on campus, online or via a mix of in-person and virtual interactions. Students can take 43% of their classes on topics they choose, which allows them to customize their course of study. The curriculum includes case-based learning and hands-on projects.

Learn more about the Max M. Fisher College of Business at OSU.

10 (tie). University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (Carlson)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 88%

Total part-time enrollment: 614

Tuition (part-time): $1,581 per credit

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 28 (tie)

This part-time MBA program can be completed as quickly as 2 1/2 years, or it may be extended to last for four years if students wish to move at a more leisurely pace. Asynchronous online courses are available.

Learn more about the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

9. University of Southern California (Marshall)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 49.9%

Total part-time enrollment: 638

Tuition (part-time): $2,050 per credit

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 16 (tie)

USC's part-time MBA program for professionals and managers is designed to last 33 months. During their first year in the program, students may take classes on weeknights or Saturdays. The average amount of work experience among part-time students that enrolled in fall 2021 was 6 1/2 years.

Learn more about the Marshall School of Business at USC.

7 (tie). Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) (PA)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 33.7%

Total part-time enrollment: 80

Tuition (part-time): $52,500 per year

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 16 (tie)

Carnegie Mellon emphasizes that its part-time MBA program is comparable and equivalent to its full-time MBA program. "Because the learning is equal across all three MBA formats, you can switch to full time for any reason and you won't miss a beat in the transition," the school states on its website.

Learn more about the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon.

7 (tie). University of Texas--Austin (McCombs)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 72.3%

Total part-time enrollment: 453

Tuition (part-time): $117,000 total program (in-state)

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 18 (tie)

UT--Austin offers an evening MBA program on Mondays and Tuesdays in Austin, Texas, and weekend MBA programs in Dallas and Houston. Students in any of these part-time programs will encounter a cohort-based curriculum that is designed to allow them to learn from and bond with their peers.

Learn more about the McCombs School of Business at UT--Austin.

6. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (Ross)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 78.7%

Total part-time enrollment: 213

Tuition (part-time): $64,109 per year (in-state); $69,015 per year (out-of-state)

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 13 (tie)

The Ross School of Business offers an accelerated two-year weekend MBA program. The program includes a Multidisciplinary Actions Projects, or MAP, class where students work together to solve an actual problem faced by a sponsor company.

Learn more about the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

5. University of California--Los Angeles (Anderson)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 68.7%

Total part-time enrollment: 910

Tuition (part-time): $1,607 per credit

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 18 (tie)

UCLA's MBA program for fully employed students permits flexible scheduling so that working students can adjust their course schedule based on their personal time constraints; they may choose a hybrid option that combines in-person and online learning. The program is designed to last 27 months.

Learn more about the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

4. New York University (Stern)

Acceptance rate (part-time): 66%

Total part-time enrollment: 1,251

Tuition (part-time): $2,375 per credit

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 10 (tie)

NYU's part-time MBA students may choose to participate in an accelerated two-year program that requires classes on weeknights, or they can pursue their MBA with a flexible timetable and take classes on either weeknights or Saturdays.

Learn more about the Stern School of Business at NYU.

3. Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)

Acceptance rate (part-time): Not provided

Total part-time enrollment: 1,098

Tuition (part-time): $7,273 per credit

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 4

Students enrolled in Northwestern's evening and weekend MBA program must take core courses on organizational leadership and business strategy. Students who already have a business background can opt for the accelerated version of this program, which requires fewer course credits than the traditional program.

Learn more about the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.

2. University of California--Berkeley (Haas)

Acceptance rate (part-time): Not provided

Total part-time enrollment: 919

Tuition (part-time): $3,464 per credit

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 7 (tie)

Berkeley's evening and weekend MBA program offers its students a "flex" option that permits them to take core courses online with a cohort of classmates who made the same choice. Students in the flex cohort may take their elective classes in person or online.

Learn more about the Haas School of Business at UC--Berkeley.

1. University of Chicago (Booth)

Acceptance rate (part-time): Not provided

Total part-time enrollment: 1,267

Tuition (part-time): $7,344 per credit

Overall U.S. News Best Business Schools rank: 3

Part-time Booth MBA students can choose between its evening MBA program, which is a good fit for Chicago residents, and its weekend MBA program, which enrolls students from all over the U.S. There are school clubs which were created by and designed for part-time MBA students, including career-focused and athletic organizations.

Learn more about the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

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Here is a list of the 13 top part-time MBA programs in the U.S. News rankings.

1. University of Chicago (Booth)2. University of California--Berkeley (Haas)
3. Northwestern University (Kellogg)
4. New York University (Stern)
5. University of California--Los Angeles (Anderson)
6. University of Michigan--Ann Arbor (Ross)
7 (tie). Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
7 (tie). University of Texas--Austin (McCombs)
9. University of Southern California (Marshall)
10 (tie). Indiana University (Kelley)
10 (tie). Ohio State University (Fisher)
10 (tie). University of Minnesota--Twin Cities (Carlson)
13. Emory University (Goizueta)

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