Online Master of Business Administration programs include professionals from various backgrounds and careers, including recent grads, experienced corporate leaders, medical students, military veterans, those without a business or management undergrad degree, business owners, and more.

The Virginia Tech OMBA Class of 2024 is also diverse in other ways, with over a third of the cohort being women and a quarter being from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds. The diverse second OMBA cohort demonstrates that an MBA provides valuable, business-related skills and knowledge to help you progress in your career — no matter your professional or personal background.

Let's explore the Virginia Tech OMBA and see how students benefit from the variety of professional experiences represented in a diverse cohort.


There are a variety of reasons to choose an online MBA program instead of a traditional, in-person program:

  • Flexibility — The Virginia Tech 100% online MBA is designed for working professionals. With a mix of both asynchronous and synchronous online components, it's easy for busy professionals to fit coursework around other obligations.
  • Specialization Tracks — With several specialization tracks available in the OMBA curriculum, including an optional study abroad experience, students can focus on an area of particular interest.
  • Networking — OMBA students have opportunities to collaborate closely with classmates and connect with alums, building their professional network.

The Virginia Tech OMBA was launched in 2021 in response to the changing needs of modern professionals. The fully remote format makes an MBA degree more accessible to a more diverse group of people.


Connecting with others with a different professional background than you is a great way to learn and grow as a leader. The second OMBA cohort consists of professionals from various backgrounds — from engineers and public servants to those with backgrounds in health and medicine, education, and the arts.

No matter where your professional journey has taken you so far, Virginia Tech's OMBA program will give you the foundational business knowledge to take you where you want to go next.


While remote learning can be perceived as being somewhat solitary, the Virginia Tech Online MBA program offers a variety of opportunities to connect with classmates. For example, OMBA students have frequent opportunities to engage with their cohort during online discussions, group projects, and in-person events. OMBA students also have opportunities to connect with other Virginia Tech community members and alums through networking opportunities and membership in local alumni chapters.


An MBA degree is for anyone who wants to learn business-related skills and advance their career — not just those with traditional backgrounds in management and business. At Virginia Tech, Online MBA cohorts benefit from a diverse range of professional experiences. Find out more about the Virginia Tech OMBA or request information today.