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The 16 Best Affordable DBA Online Programs

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Graduates of a DBA online program that go on to become business executives earn impressive salaries; Payscale reports an average salary of $120,000 per year! Even with such a handsome salary, there is an almost $70,000 difference in cost between the most expensive and least expensive programs. It pays to Get Educated before you enroll!

GetEducated compared 134 business administration doctorate degrees from 27 regionally accredited online schools to create this ‘Best Buy’ list. Our rankings reveal the most affordable options in the United States—16 DBA online programs for under $52,500.

Average Cost (In-state): $52,625.98
Least Expensive: Valdosta State University ~$17,892.00
Most Expensive: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology ~$86,891.00

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest accredited online schools. The online business administration degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable DBA Online Programs

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Valdosta State University
(GA)
$17,982.00
All Students
2
Trident University International
(CA)
$26,250.00
$22,650.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
3
Wayland Baptist University
(TX)
$27,050.00
All Students
4
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$28,844.25
$29,274.25
In-State
Out-of-State
5
Troy University
(AL)
$29,700.00
All Students
6
Wilmington University
(DE)
$33,568.00
All Students
7
Liberty University
(VA)
$35,800.00
$16,600.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
8
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$41,050.00
$39,130.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
9
University of the Incarnate Word
(TX)
$42,390.00
All Students
10
Clemson University
(SC)
$43,260.00
All Students
11
Hampton University
(VA)
$43,970.00
All Students
12
Johnson & Wales University
(RI)
$45,900.00
All Students
13
California Baptist University
(CA)
$46,980.00
All Students
14
George Fox University
(OR)
$48,997.00
All Students
15
Saint Leo University
(FL)
$51,365.00
All Students
16
Regent University
(VA)
$52,020.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
University of Maryland Global Campus
(MD)
$52,896.00
All Students
Trident University International
(CA)
$54,750.00
$44,950.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Baker College
(MI)
$54,900.00
$22,020.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Kansas State University
(KS)
$55,647.00
All Students
Argosy University
Doctor of Business Administration
$55,675.00
All Students
Northcentral University
(CA)
$56,232.00
$39,528.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Capella University
(MN)
$58,740.00
All Students
Eastern University
(PA)
$59,255.00
All Students
Capella University
(MN)
$61,398.20
All Students
Colorado Technical University
(CO)
$61,608.00
$55,840.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Regent University
(VA)
$62,160.00
All Students
Walden University
(MN)
$63,350.00
$54,530.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Walden University
(MN)
$69,670.00
$60,317.50
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Northcentral University
(CA)
$72,150.00
$57,660.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Northcentral University
(CA)
$74,070.00
$59,280.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Capella University
(MN)
$77,625.00
All Students
City University of Seattle
(WA)
$78,624.00
All Students
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
(CA)
$86,891.00
All Students

14 Program is no longer accepting new students.

Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

16 International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
17 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2017 review of regionally accredited DBA online programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online doctorate degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a doctorate degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion.

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