MBA and Masters Distance Learning Programs

Distance learning allows instructors and students to interact without being in the same physical space.

The most common distance learning programs are:

  • Video courses: Feature previously recorded lectures that are posted weekly
  • Live web conference courses: Conducted in a virtual classroom at a set time
  • Hybrid courses: Combine in-person courses with video and web conference courses


  • Geographic flexibility
  • Online video courses can be viewed at a student’s convenience
  • Classwork can be scheduled around personal and professional commitments
  • Students can spread cost and time commitment of a graduate business degree over a longer period of time
  • Professionals can gain new knowledge of practices and theories without committing to a full-time MBA program


  • Less interaction with fellow classmates and faculty than in full-time programs
  • In-person networking events may be limited
  • Studying remotely is not ideal for those who thrive in an interactive environment
  • Conventional student services, such as career placement, may be limited or nonexistent
  • Choices in distance-learning programs are still somewhat limited
  • Scholarship support may not be available
  • Some employers do not view distance learning courses favorably