The Citadel Online Master of Business Administration

Why The Citadel? 

The Citadel is a small public college in Charleston, South Carolina. Best known for its undergraduate cadets program, this senior military college also offers a range of online programs to both military and civilian students, including this online Master of Business Administration. The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business administers the program

Applications are reviewed on the basis of professional experience, educational background and business potential. Applications do not need to include standardized test results. While educational potential will be considered, a minimum undergraduate GPA is not a requirement for admission. 

Program Snapshot

University Name The Citadel
Location Charleston
State SC Grade B+
Name of Degree Master of Business Administration
School or Department Administering Program Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business
Credits 36
Cost per credit 695
Tuition for Entire Program $25,020.00
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA none
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 2-3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? August, October, January, March, May, June/July
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes no
Required Courses Decision Analysis   ;
Does the Program Include a Capstone? yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? no
Other Features that Make the Program Unique online courses reviewed for quality; apply what you learn immediately in your current job; build a strong network; Baker Coaching program; MBA Association; all students required to take no-cost seminar in Principled Leadership during first semester; available certificates in Technical Project Management and Leadership – courses from these certificates can be used towards the MBA
Program Description Courses in this 36-credit program are reviewed for quality, with a curriculum designed to improve job prospects. No internship or practicum is offered. Asynchronous courses offer flexibility to career-driven students. 


What will I Learn?

This is a generalist curriculum that covers basic and advanced topics in business. While the Citadel may attract a student cohort with military experience or connections, the courses in the MBA do not have a particular military influence or outlook. All students must take a no-cost seminar in Principled Leadership during their first semester.

Core courses include two courses of MBA Essentials, a course in Accounting for Executives and a course in Managing Innovation. Students learn the roles and responsibilities of the managerial role in Corporate Financial Management, Ethical Leadership and Organization Behavior and Information Technology Management. They gain top-level functional aptitude in Strategic Marketing and Quantitative Methods for Operations Management.

Students may take six credits of electives. No concentrations are offered.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2-3 years and pay $$ 695 per credit for a total of 36 credits, or just over $25,000.00 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

The program is built on an accelerated model and students should expect to work intensively throughout their MBA. All courses are asynchronous, meaning that students complete activities on their own schedule. This structure also helps students to fit MBA studies into busy work and home lives.

The program generally takes 2-3 years to complete. Students can begin at one of six entry points through the course of the year. 


With an affordable cost-to-degree and a flexible curriculum offering multiple start dates per year and all-asynchronous coursework, this program will be attractive to the driven and focused applicant, particularly if he or she has a military background. Courses are reviewed regularly for quality and the program revolves around the goal of helping students build strong networks and apply what they learn on the job. Students can combine their MBA coursework with coursework for certificates in Technical Project Management and Leadership.