Howard University Online Master of Business Administration

Why Howard University?

Howard University is a mid-sized private university located in Washington, D.C. It is a historically black institution with a long record of research and professional preparation. Howard offers an online Master of Business Administration degree program for applicants with at least two years of professional experience, under the direction of the university’s School of Business.

The majority of applications require standardized test scores, such as those from the GMAT or GRE. On the other hand, depending on their previous level of academic achievement and/or professional experience, certain applicants might be exempt from having to meet this requirement. Prospective students should have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher from their undergraduate work, though this is not a requirement.

Program Snapshot

University Name Howard University
Location Washington
State DC Grade B+
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program School of Business
Credits 48
Cost per credit 751
Tuition for Entire Program $36,048.00
Test Requirements waivers available
Minimum GPA 3.0 recommended
Prerequisite Courses and Skills at least 2 years of professional experience
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 2.5
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes both
Required Courses
  • Data Analytics
  • E-Commerce in Supply Chain Management
  • Economics for Global Leaders
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Modeling
  • Global Management Consulting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Management
  • Principles of Information Systems
  • Productions and Operations Research
  • Project Management
  • Statistics and Business Analytics
  • Strategic Management (Capstone)
Does the Program Include a Capstone? yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other features that make the program unique study-abroad opportunities; emphasis on diversity and inclusion; resources from minority students; long history of graduating top professionals; relationships with recruiters and businesses; small class sizes
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) Taught by our award-winning staff, the Online MBA curriculum emphasizes strategic leadership development to prepare you for executive readiness. You’ll explore the ethical management, problem-solving, and decision-making strategies needed to lead, manage, and network in real-world business settings.
Program Description Offering a comprehensive curriculum comprising 48 required credits, this Historically Black University serves the needs of minority students and emphasizes a culture of diversity. Students complete the program within 2.5 years, with a required capstone. The curriculum emphasizes leadership and decision-making skills.


What will I Learn?

Online MBA students at Howard University learn about management theory, critical thinking, and decision making in an ethical context. Graduates are competent in running businesses, supervising teams, and establishing professional networks.

The curriculum follows a generalist model, and students do not choose a concentration. Instead all students are required to take a broad range of courses providing a comprehensive overview of processes, problems and solutions across organizations and functions.

The required core course suite begins with courses such as Data Analytics, E-Commerce in Supply Chain Management, and Economics for Global Leaders. Graduates will have functional expertise through courses in Entrepreneurship, Financial Accounting, Financial Management and Financial Modeling. They are prepared for a range of career choices through courses in Global Management Consulting, Managerial Accounting and Marketing Management. Students become familiar with how business grow and change through courses in Organizational Management, Principles of Information Systems and Productions and Operations Research. They become savvy team leaders and decision makers through courses in Project Management and Statistics and Business Analytics.

All students are required to take a Strategic Management capstone course.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2.5 and pay $751 per credit for a total of 48 credits, or just over $36,000.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

Courses are a blend of learning models. Synchronous online learning occurs when a group of students and their teacher meet at the same time and place in virtual space. Asynchronous online learning allows students to complete course work at their own pace, rather than at a predetermined time each week. Video lectures, online discussion boards, and interactive exercises are all potential components of online learning materials.

No on-campus presence is expected. Students take an average of 2.5 years to finish the program. The program admits new students three times a year, at the beginning of the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.


Howard University’s business school has a long history of serving minority students, helping aspiring professionals to build networks with recruiters and industry leaders, and graduating highly skilled managers. The online MBA program follows in this tradition, combining comprehensive coursework with exemplary student services, flexibility and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Prospective applicants looking for opportunities to specialize deeply in one subject area may find the Howard program less attractive, as it is designed to provide a well-rounded general program of study featuring small class sizes.