Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Build a holistic understanding of business and develop your leadership skillset with an
IACBE accredited MBA from Franklin
– Complete your MBA in as few as 14 months completely online.
– Get started right away. No GMAT required with a GPA above 2.75.
– Benefit from your instructors – experts who bring real world knowledge into the classroom.
About the University
Founded in 1902, the Franklin University (富蘭克林大學) is a private non-profit university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- With nearly 45,000-member alumni network.
- The University headquarter is located on Columbus, Ohio; with more than 25 campus locations throughout the country; as well as a large selection of online courses.
- The University continuously adding various bachelor’s programs, master’s programs, and online courses over time.
- The school introduced its first online class in 1998 and currently offers numerous web-based courses and programs.
- Students can complete Franklin’s programs either on-site or online.
- Online learners can select from a variety of associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees.
- No traveling. You can study at your own pace from anywhere; at work, at home or on the move. Everything is done online.
Accreditation, Recognition, Ranking
You’re investing a lot in your higher education, so make sure it’s of the highest quality. How? Accreditation. Whether you’ve thought about accreditation or not, it matters. Accreditation helps ensure that universities and degree programs (including online programs) are held to rigorous academic standards set by state and regional governing bodies.
- Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Franklin’s online MBA program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business, so you know you’re earning a respected degree with value in the workplace.
- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): accredits BSc in Nursing and MSc in Nursing programs.
- The Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education: accredit the BSc in Health Information Management program.
- Franklin has nearly 45,000-member alumni network and has more than 25 campus locations throughout the Midwest.
- Franklin celebrates the graduation of its 5,000th MBA student in 2012
When choosing an online DBA program, you should check to see that the school is accredited and whether this accreditation is regional or national. Common regional accrediting agencies is the Higher Learning Commission.
Two organizations oversee accreditation: the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The ED is a government agency responsible for overseeing the quality and progress of educational programs in the U.S. CHEA is an independent organization representing more than 3,000 colleges and over 50 accrediting organizations. While neither entity actually grants accreditation to schools, both organizations review accrediting agencies to determine if they meet certain standards of quality. Both organizations also publish a list of accredited programs for the public’s use.
Franklin University Online Teaching Arm is Highly Ranked
- CEO magazine reader survey 2011:
Awarded the Best in Business for Online Education in Columbus, Ohio
- Best College Online Ranking 2019:
Ranked as one of the most affordable DBA programs that can be completed online.
Franklin University’s online DBA programs offers a fast completion time (three years) and accept up to 24 transfer credits. The program is customizable and offers a variety of electives. Classes are delivered fully online to accommodate working professionals.
- GetEducated.com business school rankings:
Franklin ranks as a “Best Value” in regionally accredited online MBAs since 2010
- Best Value Schools:
Franklin ranks No. 3 of the Best Value of Online Schools in Ohio 2019
- The Best Schools Rankings
- 2013 Three Franklin University faculty members named Top Business Professors in Ohio
About the Award
Awarding Body: Franklin University, USA
- Graduates will be issued with the same Franklin University degree award certificate.
- There is no mention of online study on the Franklin University degree certificate.
What is Franklin MBA degree?
Franklin University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a graduate-level degree program designed to advance your professional qualifications and career. This program will prepare you to assume increased responsibilities in the management of business across the major functional areas.
What makes Franklin’s MBA degree unique?
Franklin MBA program follows best-practice standards for business education.
No GMAT or GRE
Bypass expensive, time-consuming tests with a 2.75+ GPA.
Finish your MBA faster.
Learn from experienced business professionals.
Take a class online or on-site — it’s your choice.
Learn from a real-world business simulation competition and hands-on projects.
About the Program
Stand out from the crowd with our globally recognized MBA program
And, Franklin’s online MBA program is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business, so you know you’re earning a respected degree with value in the workplace.
Complete your master’s in business in as few as 14 months
You can complete our transfer-friendly MBA and reap the rewards of your degree in as few as 14 months. If you’re looking to enroll right away, there’s no GMAT or GRE requirement if you meet certain standards.
Our innovative MBA curriculum will help you develop leadership foresight while gaining a management perspective of each functional area. And with our small, interactive classes you will engage in discussions with peers from richly diverse ages and backgrounds, providing a collaborative environment that adds depth to important concepts and helps you grow your personal and professional network.
Grow your leadership skills with hands-on learning
Through our master’s in business program, you’ll experience practical, hands-on curriculum and real-world projects. In one of our projects, you’ll participate in a unique global business simulation competition. Your challenge is to craft and execute a competitive strategy as part of a team, resulting in a respected brand image that keeps your company in contention for global market leadership, and produces good financial performance as measured by earnings-per-share (EPS), return on investment (ROI), stock price appreciation, and credit rating.
This global competition stretches your skills, abilities, and thought leadership potential, and could put you in contention for the next global award. Recently, a Franklin team finished first, winning the World Champions distinction from among 491 teams representing 51 colleges and universities around the globe.
Earn your MBA degree from a university built for busy adults
Earn your MBA on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.
The MBA is made up of the following courses and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 36 Semester Hour.
Franklin’s master’s degree programs are specifically designed for busy, working adults.
Depending on your own study pace, you may finish the program in as few as 14-20 months.
The admission process reflects Franklin University’s efforts to clearly identify the performance standards that can help predict student success in graduate level study. The selection criterion for Franklin’s graduate programs, as determined by faculty, emphasizes academic ability, contributory work experience, and personal qualities and characteristics.
- A completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or equivalent;
- The bachelor’s degree final cumulative GPA must be at least a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
- If your GPA is less than 2.75, a Graduate Management Admittance Test (GMAT) may be required.
- The candidate’s work history, references, and other personal qualities and characteristics will be considered as well if the GPA requirement is not met.
English language proficiency
Prospective students must demonstrate English Language Proficiency. The requirement is met through any of the following:
- The applicant is a citizen of a country where English is the official language.*
- The applicant has received a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an institution located in an English-speaking country in which the courses were taught in English.*
- The applicant has earned appropriate scores on language proficiency exams taken within the last two years, as listed in the Academic Catalog.
*For more information about English proficiency, including a list of English-speaking nations, please visit our International Students section.
Credit Transfer / Exemption
Maximum: 12 hours of previously earned credit
Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.
Credit will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be offered for equivalent level studies.
When can I start a MBA degree?
Franklin makes earning your MBA more convenient with five start dates each year:
February, March, May, September and November.
Program information is correct at time of publish. The University reserves the right to make variations to the program schedules, contents, information and fees without notice.
It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.
DBA or MBA, what stands out in corporate America?
Expert in academic research with consulting interests in leadership development, Wendell Seaborne, PhD, MBA, Lead Faculty and Professor of Management at Franklin University talks about the MBA and the DBA.
What do you see as the top three differentiators between the MBA and DBA?
WS: Research. Writing. Presentation. The MBA is a common and highly accessible degree, but it’s also a very general degree. The DBA is a more specific degree that enables both subject mastery and real-world application. With DBA-honed research, writing and presentation skills, you can set yourself apart from other high-performers, strengthen your professional capabilities, master research-based problem solving, and be prepared to set industry-leading best practice standards.
How can the DBA enhance problem-solving skills – and why is this a major point of distinction between the DBA and an MBA?
WS: Although you can find MBA programs in a particular area such as marketing, the fact is, an MBA is intentionally a very generic degree. It is purposefully designed to give a managerial overview so MBA graduates can talk the proverbial language of the CFO. The DBA, on the other hand, drills down into a single area of interest. The research you do is very focused on your discipline, with the intention of making you the expert in your field.
One of the many outcomes of an online doctor of business administration degree program is enhanced leadership skills. How does acquiring these skills impact career enhancement, advancement or change for the DBA grad?
WS: Leadership is not a “one-size-fits-all” thing. The DBA program should help you better lead in the way you feel most comfortable with, and, more importantly, to do it very well. It also exposes you to other leadership styles, of course. For example, in our program, we help DBA students identify their leadership style and understand that the effective use of their own leadership style is what leads to organizational effectiveness. It’s also empowering to have a grasp of other styles, too, which our program also provides.
What about networking? What’s the difference in how the MBA and the DBA affect professional networking opportunities?
WS: While I can’t speak for other programs, I can tell you that at Franklin, we’ve intentionally designed our program to including a professional community of practice. Our DBA students and graduates are put in touch with each other, with faculty, and with working professionals in the field, giving them a very wide network opportunity. Our professional network goes beyond, “Hey, let’s be friends and find each other jobs.” Instead, our network is designed to be more like, “I have this issue in the workplace and you studied it, let’s talk about your research findings and how they can practically apply to this situation.”
When, in your opinion, should someone choose an MBA and when should they choose a DBA?
WS: The MBA is a good and typical degree to pursue if you want to be recognized for your management skills. If you want to be considered THE expert in some facet of your business, however, that’s when the DBA works best. If you’re a person that really wants to develop all of the skill sets we’ve talked about – research, writing and presentation – choose the DBA. If you like being the generalist, then an MBA works very well for that.
Which MBA Program is Right for Me? 4 Things You Should Consider
Here are some things you should consider when choosing an MBA program to help ensure that you’re enrolling in the one that’s best for you.
1. MBA Program Accreditation
Investing 14 months in an accelerated online program (longer for more traditional programs) is asking a lot, so the payoff better be good.
More importantly, it better net you a respected degree with value in the workplace.
To ensure its value in relation to your career, it is always best to choose a quality MBA program. And the best MBA programs start with the best business schools. The best business schools, of course, have an accredited MBA program.
But what is accreditation and, more importantly, why is it important?
At its most basic, accreditation is a methodology for evaluating the quality of a program. There are two main types of accreditation: institutional accreditation and programmatic accreditation.
Regional and national accrediting organizations review entire institutions, while specialized organizations review programs and/or single-purpose institutions.
For example, Franklin University is accredited regionally by the Higher Learning Commission and the University’s MBA program has received specialized accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), the leader in outcomes-based accreditation in business.
Other well-respected accrediting bodies include the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
But please do not assume that every program is accredited – they are not. To verify accreditation status, visit the college’s or university’s website or speak with an admissions advisor.
2. Academic Rigor & Practical Business Experience
Not all MBA programs are created equal. Some are narrowly focused on a specific functional area; others are broad-based and designed to extend your reach beyond your current area of expertise toward a more competitive skill set.
With most quality MBA programs, a well-rounded curriculum will include:
- Executive Leadership & Business Strategy
- Financial Management
- Financial & Managerial Accounting
- Human Resources Management
- Marketing Management
- Operations & Project Management
Take a very close look at the MBA program you are considering, from the curriculum to the program outcomes. Some MBA programs offer an integrated program that helps reduce or eliminate redundancies across disciplines.
Then choose the program that has the qualities, characteristics and fit you need to achieve your long-term career goals.
3. MBA Program Flexibility
Whether you’re looking to increase your average starting salary, gain insight into international business or move higher up in management, an MBA can help you get there.
But apart from quitting your job and taking a two-year hiatus, the best way to pursue an MBA – if you’re a busy working adult – is through an online MBA degree program.
There are many pros and cons of an online MBA program, but suffice it to say that online MBA programs can be faster, more convenient and help you build an international peer network.
Look for a program that offers flexible course schedules, innovative MBA curriculum and a collaborative online environment, as well as one that can broaden your understanding of business while building upon your experience as a working professional.
4. Is an MBA Worth it?
Most people would agree that earning that important three-letter credential, MBA, can put you on a faster, better career track. Here’s what an MBA can be worth in terms of employment outlook, job growth and career opportunities.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 15 percent increase in Business Administration jobs through the year 2022.
- Expected growth by occupation ranges from 9.2 percent for chief executives, to 19.3 percent for management analysts, to 22.6 percent for cost estimators.
- Job growth should continue with a steady increase.
- Beginning in 2012, there were 4.8 million job openings related to business administration.
- By 2022, there’s expected to be an estimated 5.5 million business administration jobs.
Job titles with six-figure salaries? Here are just a few of the potential ones for MBA grads:
- Business Operations Manager
- Financial Analyst
- General Manager
- Management Consultant
- Marketing VP
- Senior Strategist
- Strategic Innovation Manager
So, which MBA program is right for you?
- The one that helps put you at the forefront of uncertainty.
- The one that helps you achieve your personal and professional goals.
- The one that helps you grow your leadership capabilities.
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