Ottawa University


Founded in 1865, Ottawa University (OU) is one of the oldest Universities in the State of Kansas.  OU is an accredited not-for-profit educational institution, affiliated with the American Baptist Churches that supported the establishment of Hong Kong Baptist University with both operating and construction funds and personnel to the school in its early years.

Throughout its 150 years, the University has endeavored to educate its students for lifetimes of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership and personal growth and significance.
Ottawa’s educational mission brings together the beautiful residential campus in Ottawa, Kansas; Surprise, Arizona; Wisconsin and Online.

Accreditation Status

Ottawa University was Chartered in 1865 and celebrates the 148 years on 17 April 2013.

Ottawa University is fully accredited since 1914, by US Department of Education recognized accrediting body – Higher Learning Commission .

The Angell Snyder School of Business, Ottawa University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools (ACBSP).

Ottawa University was selected as College of Distinction for its continued commitment to four distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.


Best Regional University
Ranked as Best College for Midwest Regional Colleges, 2022 Best Colleges Report, US News & World Report
Best Online Education
Ranked amount the Top 15 “Best Online Universities” with Golden Gate University and Colorado State University-Global Campus, by the Online Education Database
Best Online Colleges and Universities
Listed amount the top 25 best online schools by SuperScholar 2013
– Ranked No.10: Education Administration and Leadership Degrees
– Ranked No.14: Psychology Degrees
– Ranked No.14: Counseling and Human Services Degrees
– Ranked No.20: Communication and Public Relations Degrees
– Ranked No.20: Healthcare Administration Degrees


Proven Track Record
Ottawa University offers Bachelor Degree in Business Administration degree completion program since 1986.  Up to now, the University has successfully offered over 30 Intakes to Hong Kong with 2,000 graduates.

Attract a Wide Span of Talent
Candidates with prior learning from any discipline (e.g., Business, Communication, Beauty, Logistics, Engineering) are welcome to apply for study the program, in order to achieve for an accredited Bachelor degree

Statement of Graduates and Students

Ottawa University provides me the kind of education beyond just a diploma and good GPAs. My experience at OU expanded my vision of who and what I could be professionallyand personally. The liberal arts education I received at OU helped me become an effective manager and problem solver at Hallmark Cards, Inc.  It truly was a life changing experience for me and my family.
     Joel Ma, BABA OU, Global Procurement Manager, Hallmark

Ottawa University opened many doors for me.  After I have achieved my Bachelor degree, I completed a MA in Accounting of the Hong Kong City University.  Now, I am a qualified Accountant of HKICPA.  I’d recommend Ottawa University to anyone who wishes to study for a recognized US Bachelor Degree.    
OU, MA International Accounting CityU HK, HKICPA

OU BA in Business Administration degree provided me with solid foundation in business, finance, marketing and strategies.  Together with knowledge that I learnt from my Master of International Business at Macquarie University, they contribute to my success in doing international business today.
Lee, BABA OU, Master of International Business Macquarie University

I am currently in my second class with Ottawa University. I am very impressed with the staff and the support they provide. I have had professors who are always available for questions and willing to help.  It is much easier to learn the format of college life than I thought it would be.  To my surprise I have quickly adapted to the learning experience.  I would recommend this school to others who are thinking of going back to school.    
Mellissa, Student of Ottawa University Online

Ottawa University is a great way to complete a degree quickly.  Having all courses be 4 credits and 8 weeks long is great!
Steven, Student of Ottawa University Online

Programs Offering

Bachelor Degree (Top up / Degree Completion Programs)
學士學位 (銜接課程)

in Accounting
in Business Administration
in Communication
in Elementary Education
in English
in Health Care Management (Clincial / Non-clincial)
in Human Resources
in Management of Information Systems

Master Degree Programs 碩士學位
MA in Human Resources
MBA (Finance Concentration)
MBA (Marketing Concentration)
MBA (Human Resources Concentration)
MBA (Health Care Management Concentration)
MBA (Leadership Development Concentration)
MBA (Strategic Inovation Concentration)

Delivery Mode


On-Campus study opportunities is also available for interested candidates.

Language Medium
Mainly assessed by coursework (e.g., assignments, reports, discussions, etc.)
No on-campus examination requirement.
Entry Requirements
General entry requirements are specified below.  Applicants should refer to the University program webpage for detailed requirements of respective programs.

1.     Bachelor degree (Degree Completion Programs)

–     Proficiency in English, e.g., TOEFL score 500 or equivalent

–     Have a minimum of 80 to a maximum of 94 credit hours

– from any disciplines
e.g., Accounting, Beauty, Business Administration, Communications, Engineering, HR, Logistics, Marketing, Translation, etc.; and
– from completed or in-completed prior learning
e.g., Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Higher Diploma, Professional Diploma, Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, Master Degree, etc.; and/or
– from professional examinations.
* Applicants with non-US credentials must have their credentials evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  A minimum of 48 credit hours must be transcribed at the upper division level.

2.     Master degree

–     Proficiency in English, e.g., TOEFL score 530 or equivalent

–     Have an accredited four-year US Bachelor degree or equivalent

* Applicants with non-US credentials must have their credentials evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Online Course Demo – Sample a Class

Ottawa University’s  online courses are taught via the Blackboard learning management system, which provides an easy to use virtual classroom space, low student to faculty ratios and dynamic discussion and connections with your professor and classmates.  Plus, your professor is always accessible when you have a question.  Courses typically feature a variety of assignments and discussions.  Each course lasts 8 weeks and is entirely online – no outside study groups required.

Login here: Blackboard
username = ouguest
password = welcome

OU News Update

The goal of this cooperation is to eventually allow courses to be simultaneously taught “live” to in-class students AND remote students via video conferencing.  All course sessions will be recorded to give students 24/7 access to class lectures and they’ll be able to collaborate with faculty and staff through virtual office hours, video conferencing, and instant messaging capabilities.

OU on Fox News

Former Sundan ‘Lost Bosy’ Earns Ottawa University MBA 2012-5-18

Fox 4’s Rob Low reported an inspiring story of survival and perseverance.
It has been an incredible journey for 30-year-old Jakoma Machok, who has survived an apartment fire and genocide as a child in his native Sudan to earn his MBA from Ottawa University.
Cyrus Oliver, OU communications major, documented his graduation day to give you a first hand look at what graduating is like.
Watch Elizabeth, a graduate from OU Online program, walk across the stage to get her undergraduate degree.
OU went to John Ferguson’s work and interviewed him about MBA life. John is a software engineer for Garmin. In the video, he talks about his hardest class, when he studies and his favorite business guru .

Notable Alumni

Kevin Eichner, President, Ottawa University

BA, Ottawa University, 1973; MBA, Harvard Business School, 1977; LLD, Ottawa University, 2008.

Tony Chu, Visiting Lecturer, School of Hotel & Tourism Management, HKPolyU

BA, Ottawa University, 1996.

Joel Ma, Global Procurement Manager, Hallmark Cards (HK) Ltd

BA, Ottawa University, 1988; MBA, University of Kansas, 1990.

Leonard Erickson, Notable DNA researcher

BA, Ottawa University, 1968; Master (1972) and Doctorate Degree (1974), Florida State University.

Wayne Angell

Former Federal Reserve Governor, Kansas State Prepersentative and Bear Stearns Chief Economist.
BA, Ottawa University, 1952; Master (1953) and PhD (1957) University of Kansas.


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