15 Most Affordable Online MBAs

College site takes U.S. News' top 100 online business graduate programs and finds the 15 with the lowest tuition

For graduate students juggling work and family obligations, an online business graduate degree can open numerous career doors. All the better if it doesn’t break the bank.

A free web guide to online degree programs called Top 10 Online Colleges published a ranking of the most affordable online business master's degrees.

To arrive at its ranking, the site's researchers examined the 100 top-ranked online MBA programs according to U.S. News and World Report, and found the average in-state graduate school yearly tuition rate at each school with the College Navigator of the National Center for Education Statistics. It then sorted the list from high tuition to low tuition, and chose the most affordable online business graduate degrees from those with the lowest overall graduate tuition.

Following are the 15 most affordable online business graduate degrees, including their U.S. News Online Business Graduate Degrees Rank.

University of Nevada-Reno campus. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

15. University of Nevada – Reno: Reno, Nev.

College of Business

Graduate students have the opportunity to pursue a master of accountancy, an MA in economics, an MBA and an MS in finance or in information systems as well as an online Executive MBA.   

U.S. News Rank: #75

Tuition: $4,878

 

14. University of South Dakota: Vermillion, S.D.

Beacom School of Business

Along with a slew of undergraduate business degree programs, the school offers an MBA and a master of professional accountancy program fully on campus or online for developing high-quality executive business leaders.

U.S. News Rank: #27

Tuition: $4,723

Oklahoma State University, Student Union Building.  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

13. University of Louisiana–Monroe: Monroe, La.

College of Business and Social Sciences

For qualified graduate students seeking a flexible delivery format, the college hosts an online MBA program with concentrations available in accounting, economics, finance, management or marketing.

U.S. News Rank: #87

Tuition: $4,466

 

12. Oklahoma State University: Stillwater, Okla.

Spears School or Business

Graduate students can pursue an MBA, a dental MBA and an MS in management information systems, telecommunications management or entrepreneurship completely online.

U.S. News Rank: #91

Tuition: $4,272

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11. Sam Houston State University: Huntsville, Texas

College of Business Administration

Although the main focus is on undergraduate education, there is the option of pursuing an MBA, an MS in accounting or project management and an online Executive MBA in banking and financial information.

U.S. News Rank: #43                                                                    

Tuition: $4,266

 

10. Arkansas State University–Jonesboro: Jonesboro, Ark.

College of Business

Graduate students have the opportunity to earn a master of accountancy, an MBA, an online MBA and a master of science in education for business technology.

U.S. News Rank: #14

Tuition: $4,140

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9. East Carolina University: Greenville, N.C.

College of Business

For both business and non-business graduates, the college offers an online or hybrid MBA program and an on-campus MS in accountancy program.

U.S. News Rank: #58

Tuition: $4,009

 

8. West Texas A&M University: Canyon, Tex.

College of Business

The college awards master of professional accountancy, MS in finance and economics and MBA degrees online.

U.S. News Rank: #27

Tuition: $3,914

Home side of University of West Georgia Stadium.

7. Western Carolina University: Cullowhee, N.C.

College of Business

For graduate students, the college offers a master of project management and a master of entrepreneurship fully online for completion anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

U.S. News Rank: #82

Tuition: $3,794

 

6. University of West Georgia: Carrollton, Ga.

Richards College of Business

Along with the master of professional accountancy, master of education in business education, and MBA offered in the traditional on-campus format, the college also provides an exclusively online MBA program.

U.S. News Rank: #4

Tuition: $3,366

Fayetteville State University campus in Fayetteville, N.C. (Photo: AP)

5. University of Texas–Brownsville: Brownsville, Texas

School of Business

The school provides the chance to pursue an MBA fully online for nontraditional students seeking positions in mid- or upper-level management, business consulting and small-business management.

U.S. News Rank: #75

Tuition: $3,347

 

4. Fayetteville State University: Fayetteville, N.C.

School of Business and Economics

Graduate students can pursue an MBA fully online with a focus area in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, marketing or international business.

U.S. News Rank: #82

Tuition: $3,008

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3. Fort Hays State University: Hays, Kansas

College of Business and Entrepreneurship

The college provides the opportunity for graduate students to earn an MBA fully online with a concentration in finance, health care management, human resource management, information assurance, international business, leadership studies, management information systems, marketing, sports management or tourism and hospitality management.

U.S. News Rank: #64

Tuition: $2,913

 

2. University of Massachusetts–Amherst: Amherst, Mass.

Isenberg School of Management

The school offers a flexible online learning format for earning an MBA in entrepreneurship, finance, health care administration or marketing.

U.S. News Rank: #64

Tuition: $2,913

Texas Southern University in Houston. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

1. Texas Southern University: Houston

Jesse H. Jones School of Business

For graduate students seeking an online business education, the school hosts an online Executive MBA in energy finance or general business, a dual MBA/Juris Doctorate and an MS in management information systems.

U.S. News Rank: #80

Tuition: $1,836

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