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Hough Graduate School of Business – University of Florida - Online MBA

Hough Graduate School of Business Online MBA Structure

The University of Florida Hough Graduate School of Business offers two Online MBA options through its Hough Graduate School of Business. The One-Year Online MBA program is designed for students who have earned a business undergraduate degree in the past seven years. The Two-Year Online MBA is offered to candidates from any academic background or those who earned a bachelor’s in business more than seven years ago. The two-year program includes more core business requirements since its students will not necessarily have covered fundamentals in their earlier education or will benefit from a refresher.


The One Year Online MBA is comprised of 32 credits. Candidates can start in early January, September, or April. The year begins with a required orientation in Gainesville on the University of Florida campus. This is followed by a required week-long Foundations Review—a refresher on core business concepts. While lectures and coursework are completed online, students are required to attend weekend residencies every four months. The school notes that exams will likely be administered on Saturdays, while Sundays are dedicated to meeting with new faculty for the upcoming term. With regard to class structure, the one-year online MBA is cohort-based. Students work with the same cohort in the first five terms of their studies. The time to complete the program is 16 months (12 months for accelerated students)

After completing the first five terms, One Year Online MBA students choose four electives for their sixth term. These electives can be selected from four areas of focus: entrepreneurship, finance, marketing, and international. Students also have flexibility in how they take these electives. They can continue to take the courses online over the course of four months, as they did in the first five terms. Alternatively, they can choose to complete their elective courses on campus in Gainesville over the course of an intensive week. Finally, an international trip, called a Global Immersion Experience, lets students fulfill an elective requirement for the International Focus Area. Recent destinations for the Global Immersion Experience have included Argentina, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Ireland, and China. Time needed to complete the program is 27 months.

The Two Year Online MBA is comprised of 48 credits. The 16 additional credits beyond the one-year online MBA allow students to complete additional core requirements in finance, marketing, management, and more. After core requirements are met, the two-year online MBA mirrors the one-year online program in the sixth term. Participants in the two-year program can select from the same four focus areas for their electives as the one-year program and can choose to complete them in the same ways—either online or in an intensive week-long session on campus. Students can start the two-year online MBA in late January, May or late August.

The recently-added 24-month traditional Online MBA is comprised of six total terms, each taught in five-week modules. The total number of credits needed to complete the program is 48. After the initial three terms, students in the program are given the option to substitute courses with “residency elective course or Global Immersion Experience (GIE)” and A “Global Business Concepts (online module).”

Online MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 3

• Financial Times: 4

Class Profile

Students, on average, enroll with a 600 GMAT score, a 3.3 undergraduate GPA, and roughly 6 years of previous work experience. The average age is 28. Approximately 65 of the 456 students (about 14 percent) of the class is comprised of active military members and veterans. Around 27 percent of students in the programs are of minority status, with 7 percent international students. The average individual class size is 47 students.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The Florida One-Year Online MBA currently costs $49,205 including fees, while the Two-Year Online  MBA costs $59,807.20. In addition to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and private loans, graduate students can also seek Federal Direct PLUS Loans to cover the expense of their education. Those not eligible for Federal loans may also consider loans directly from the University of Florida. All candidates are considered for merit-based scholarships when their applications are reviewed. Scholarships may be based on work experience, academic performance, leadership, and other accomplishments.


The Hough Admissions Committee reviews online MBA applications on a rolling basis. Those interested in pursuing an Online MBA from the University of Florida must complete the online application. Interviews are not required for the online MBA programs, but candidates may request one. There are seven steps to the process of applying for an online MBA at the University of Florida: register to apply, complete an Office of Admissions application, complete an MBA Supplemental application, email résumé, send official transcripts, submit two letters of recommendation, and send relevant test scores. The University of Florida prefers GMAT scores but will accept the GRE. Applicants with a doctoral/professional/terminal degree may be exempt from the GMAT requirement. International applicants must submit GMAT scores, not GRE scores, and depending on their English skills, they may also be required to provide a TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB score.

2021-2022 Florida Online MBA Deadlines

Admission Term Apply By Orientation* Classes Start
Fall Jun 1, 2022 Aug 12-13, 2022 Aug 14, 2022
Spring Dec 1, 2021 Jan 28-29, 2022 Jan 28, 2022
Summer Mar 1, 2022 May 13-14, 2022 May 15, 2022

Florida Online MBA FAQ’s

How has the university handled the pandemic?

All classes and gatherings are virtual.

What MS programs are offered at UF?

There are several MS programs (including online options) in management, entrepreneurship, and international business.

How many hours a week can students expect to be spending on schoolwork?

With asynchronous as well as synchronous class formats students can expect flexibility while working their MBA into their schedules. In fact, MBA candidates in the two-year program should expect only about 15 hours/week to complete coursework.

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