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The 80 Most Affordable Online MBA Management Programs

Rankings of online MBA management programsOnline MBA management degrees give professionals the full range of knowledge to lead in any industry. Whether your affinity is working with people, projects, numbers, or marketing, the positions available to managers are vast and competitive. As new organizations form and existing businesses expand, so does the need for qualified leaders able to make decisions, solve problems, and drive progress. Earning an accredited online business administration degree is the first step to become successful in a highly competitive marketplace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports annual median earnings for management occupations at $109,760, well above the national average. Plus, online MBA management programs are a popular choice for those working in the field, as they provide flexible scheduling, networking opportunities, and career-centric studies. But with such a great education opportunity comes an overwhelming number of schools offering degrees of various qualities and prices. Here’s where GetEducated comes in.

GetEducated has surveyed 136 schools offering 146 regionally accredited online management and leadership MBA programs to create this “Best Buy” list. Our rankings reveal the most affordable options in the United States, with tuition differences of up to $58,855. Review and compare economically valuable options before making a final decision on this academic and professional pathway.

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Average Cost (In-state): ~$26,000
Least Expensive: Fayetteville State University ~$9,026.24
Most Expensive: Villanova University ~$67,882

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There are 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 online MBA management programs. The online MBA degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2022 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Most Affordable Online MBA Management

RankSchool / DegreeStatePriceNote
1
Fayetteville State University
(NC)
$9,026.24
$21,122.24
In-State
Out-of-State
2
Amberton University
(TX)
$10,525.00
All Students
3
Texas A & M International University
(TX)
$10,991.00
$30,900.00
In-State
Out-of-State
4
University of the Cumberlands
(KY)
$12,055.00
All Students
5
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
(OK)
$12,132.00
All Students
6
Northwest Missouri State University
(MO)
$12,300.00
All Students
7
Florida Gulf Coast University
(FL)
$12,321.54
All Students
8
Fitchburg State University
(MA)
$12,510.00
All Students
9
Rogers State University
(OK)
$12,588.00
$22,776.00
In-State
Out-of-State
10
Lamar University
(TX)
$12,626.00
All Students
11
Northeastern State University
(OK)
$12,670.20
$12,706.20
In-State
Out-of-State
12
Southeast Missouri State University
(MO)
$12,754.50
All Students
13
Lincoln University
(MO)
$13,091.08
$22,721.08
In-State
Out-of-State
14
Mississippi Valley State University
(MS)
$13,143.10
All Students
15
West Liberty University
(WV)
$13,800.00
All Students
16
University of Houston-Victoria
(TX)
$14,084.16
$26,324.16
In-State
Out-of-State
17
North Carolina A & T State University
(NC)
$14,180.24
$36,068.24
In-State
Out-of-State
18
University of West Alabama
(AL)
$14,472.00
All Students
19
Texas A & M University-Central Texas
(TX)
$14,504.04
$29,192.04
In-State
Out-of-State
20
Texas A & M University - Commerce
(TX)
$14,744.00
$26,984.00
In-State
Out-of-State
21
Western Illinois University
(IL)
$14,787.30
All Students
22
University of Sioux Falls
(SD)
$15,045.00
All Students
23
Tennessee Wesleyan University
(TN)
$15,300.00
All Students
24
Indiana Institute of Technology
(IN)
$15,525.00
All Students
25
Eastern Illinois University
(IL)
$16,319.85
$31,124.31
In-State
Out-of-State
26
Frostburg State University
(MD)
$16,632.00
$21,240.00
In-State
Out-of-State
27
Culver-Stockton College
(MO)
$16,650.00
All Students
28
Dakota State University
(SD)
$16,936.20
All Students
29
Trine University
(IN)
$17,250.00
All Students
30
University of North Texas
(TX)
$17,327.20
$19,026.76
In-State
Out-of-State
31
University of the Potomac
(DC)
$17,750.00
All Students
32
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
(IL)
$17,787.24
All Students
33
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
(OH)
$17,928.00
All Students
34
Wheeling University
(WV)
$18,000.00
All Students
35
Governors State University
(IL)
$18,396.00
All Students
36
Lindenwood University
(MO)
$18,440.00
All Students
37
University of Central Missouri
(MO)
$18,540.00
All Students
38
University of Alaska Fairbanks
(AK)
$18,600.00
All Students
39
Lincoln Memorial University
(TN)
$19,320.00
All Students
40
Charleston Southern University
(SC)
$19,615.00
All Students
41
Barry University
(FL)
$19,800.00
All Students
42
University of Saint Mary
(KS)
$19,935.00
All Students
43
Gwynedd Mercy University
(PA)
$19,975.00
All Students
44
West Texas A & M University
(TX)
$20,122.45
$35,887.78
In-State
Out-of-State
45
Huntington University
(IN)
$20,360.00
All Students
46
University of Charleston
(WV)
$20,470.00
All Students
47
Baker University
(KS)
$20,635.00
All Students
48
Johnson University
(TN)
$20,745.00
All Students
49
Claflin University
(SC)
$21,048.00
All Students
50
Husson University
(ME)
$21,127.00
All Students
51
Plymouth State University
(NH)
$21,612.00
$27,732.00
In-State
Out-of-State
52
University of Bridgeport
(CT)
$21,700.00
All Students
53
Bryan College
(TN)
$21,930.00
All Students
54
East Tennessee State University
(TN)
$21,960.00
$27,540.00
In-State
Out-of-State
55
Houston Baptist University
(TX)
$22,060.00
All Students
56
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(IL)
$22,104.00
All Students
57
University of the Southwest
(NM)
$22,500.00
All Students
58
California University of Pennsylvania
(PA)
$22,521.60
$24,429.60
$18,309.60
In-State
Out-of-State
Military
59
Upper Iowa University
(IA)
$22,570.00
$9,070.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
60
Trevecca Nazarene University
(TN)
$22,607.00
All Students
61
Bellevue University
(NE)
$23,060.00
All Students
62
University of Northwestern St. Paul
(MN)
$23,100.00
All Students
63
Rivier University
(NH)
$23,119.00
All Students
64
King University
(TN)
$23,155.00
All Students
65
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
(WI)
$23,472.00
All Students
66
Limestone University
(SC)
$23,550.00
All Students
67
Southern Adventist University
(TN)
$23,760.00
All Students
68
Salem University
(WV)
$23,800.00
$18,220.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
69
Carroll University
(WI)
$23,860.00
All Students
70
SUNY Empire State College
(NY)
$23,995.00
$28,495.00
In-State
Out-of-State
71
Wright State University
(OH)
$24,255.00
$39,600.00
In-State
Out-of-State
72
Hope International University
(CA)
$24,300.00
All Students
73
Eastern University
(PA)
$24,355.00
All Students
74
Westcliff University
(CA)
$24,400.00
All Students
75
Lenoir-Rhyne University
(NC)
$24,840.00
All Students
76
Carlow University
(PA)
$24,876.00
All Students
77
Cambridge College
(MA)
$24,928.00
$19,540.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
78
Florida National University
(FL)
$25,040.00
$9,740.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
79
California Baptist University
(CA)
$25,542.00
All Students
80
Bushnell University
(OR)
$25,560.00
All Students
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
Messiah University
(PA)
$26,100.00
All Students
Liberty University
(VA)
$26,770.00
$12,475.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Elmhurst University
(IL)
$27,150.00
All Students
ECPI University
(VA)
$27,200.00
All Students
Walsh University
(OH)
$27,255.00
All Students
Bethel University - MN
(MN)
$27,300.00
All Students
La Salle University
(PA)
$27,310.00
All Students
Baldwin Wallace University
(OH)
$27,456.00
All Students
Spring Arbor University
(MI)
$27,652.00
All Students
Assumption University
(MA)
$27,712.00
All Students
Lynn University
(FL)
$27,750.00
All Students
Point Park University
(PA)
$28,080.00
All Students
University of Colorado Denver
(CO)
$28,170.00
$32,895.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Concordia University Wisconsin & Ann Arbor
(WI)
$28,373.00
All Students
Champlain College
(VT)
$28,770.00
$14,478.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
(CO)
$28,780.00
$33,968.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Fontbonne University
(MO)
$28,800.00
All Students
University of St Francis
(IL)
$29,348.00
All Students
University of Hartford
(CT)
$29,424.00
All Students
Misericordia University
(PA)
$30,240.00
All Students
American Intercontinental University - Online
(IL)
$30,358.00
$23,398.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Campbell University
(NC)
$30,430.00
All Students
University of La Verne
(CA)
$30,520.00
All Students
Maryville University
(MO)
$31,221.00
All Students
Regent University
(VA)
$31,600.00
$13,750.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
DeSales University
(PA)
$31,800.00
All Students
Seton Hill University
(PA)
$31,968.00
All Students
Northcentral University
(CA)
$32,180.00
All Students
Florida Institute of Technology
(FL)
$32,256.00
$29,030.40
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
University of La Verne
(CA)
$33,280.00
All Students
University of Baltimore
(MD)
$34,480.00
All Students
Endicott College
(MA)
$34,486.00
All Students
Brenau University
(GA)
$35,025.00
All Students
Our Lady of the Lake University
(TX)
$35,156.00
$31,826.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
Mercy College
(NY)
$35,656.00
All Students
Berkeley College
(NJ)
$35,740.00
All Students
The University of Texas at Dallas
(TX)
$35,918.00
$64,939.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Ohio University
(OH)
$36,120.00
$36,785.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Moravian College
(PA)
$36,288.00
All Students
Strayer University - Online
(DC)
$36,360.00
All Students
Davenport University
(MI)
$36,674.00
All Students
Boise State University
(ID)
$36,775.00
All Students
Roosevelt University
(IL)
$37,404.00
All Students
Centenary University
(NJ)
$38,221.00
All Students
Nova Southeastern University
(FL)
$38,952.00
All Students
Loyola University Maryland
(MD)
$40,170.00
All Students
Dallas Baptist University
(TX)
$40,244.00
All Students
St. Thomas Aquinas College
(NY)
$42,240.00
All Students
The University of Texas at Arlington
(TX)
$42,264.00
All Students
Albertus Magnus College
(CT)
$43,776.00
All Students
Molloy College
(NY)
$43,835.00
All Students
Strayer University - Online
(DC)
$46,200.00
All Students
St. John's University
(NY)
$50,660.00
All Students
University of Arizona
(AZ)
$52,315.00
All Students
Pennsylvania State University
(PA)
$59,328.00
All Students
University of Connecticut
(CT)
$59,850.00
All Students
Temple University
(PA)
$62,561.00
All Students
Villanova University
(PA)
$67,882.00
All Students

Accreditation & Program Notes

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

14  Program is no longer accepting new students.
15  AACSB International (AACSB)
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 Winter 2021 review of regionally accredited online MBA management 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 MBA degrees 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 an MBA 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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Career Guide: Online MBA Management

If you are interested in a career that involves leadership and management, but aren’t quite certain on an industry or area where you’d like to work, an MBA with a focus on management could be the perfect choice.

An MBA, which stands for “master’s of business administration” is an all-encompassing degree that helps you become a strong professional in a business setting. Earning your MBA will benefit you in numerous ways, not only by increasing your earning potential, but also by enhancing job options and creating access to interesting and fulfilling positions.

MBAs can be focused on a wide variety of industries or topics. Potential concentrations include human resources, marketing, international business, healthcare, accounting, and even sports management.

But what if you aren’t set on a specific industry or concentration? What if you want to leave your options open for almost any area? Then an MBA in management is a great choice.

An MBA with a concentration in management is a broad, all-encompassing choice, one that can lead to many different careers in numerous industries. Other MBA concentrations, while effective, may be limiting to where and how you can work. An MBA in human resources, for example, is largely for people who want to work in human resources; if you change your mind and want a different career, you may need a new education entirely.

What to Expect from an MBA with a Focus on Management

An MBA, which stands for “master’s of business administration” is one of the most useful degrees available to graduate students. They are usually formatted into two sections: a core section and a concentration or specialization section.

The core section, which applies to all MBAs, generally consists of a variety of important business topics, including accounting, marketing, and leadership principles. Depending on your chosen online MBA management program, your core classes could include strategic management, project design, global economics, and important laws that impact businesses.

The management section of your degree will dive deeper into the fundamentals of business leadership and organization. Classes may include managing teams, managerial and motivational theories, and even public or non-profit management.

Possible Careers After Completing an Online MBA Management Degree

After you complete an online MBA management degree, you’ll be prepared for a wide variety of leadership careers in virtually any sector. No matter what industry you find most interesting, no matter where you want to live, you can likely find a high-paying, rewarding, and engaging careers.

Here are two examples of the many opportunities that are available to graduates of these programs…

Training Manager

  • Salary: $115,640
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience: Over five years

A strong, thriving staff is essential to any business; large companies count on training and development managers to create high-quality team members. Training managers serve many different functions within a company, but they usually oversee courses and orientation, evaluate training progress, and recommend changes to future training efforts.

The need for these professionals is high, so training and development managers are well paid. The median income in May of 2020 was $115,640, but high-level experts can earn even more. The top 10% in this career earn over $200,000 annually. With an online MBA management degree, it seems reasonable that you could, with hard work and dedication, reach this level.

Compensation Manager

  • Salary: $125,130
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience: Over five years

What is a fair and competitive wage for a company’s staff? What are the best benefits for bringing in the nation’s top talent? How can businesses provide incentives that keep employees on the team for years to come? These are a few of the topics that are addressed by compensation managers.

These professionals are also well paid. The top 10% in this profession earn over $208,000 a year, making them some of the top-paid experts in the entire job market.

Requirements for Working in Management Careers

To work in management, you likely won’t need licensing. However, you could complete certification, which will increase your chances of earning a high salary and landing some of the top jobs. Not only that, certification will make you a stronger, more knowledgable expert in your chosen profession.

There are many certifications you could complete. A training and development manager, for example, could complete certification through the Association for Talent Development or the the International Society for Performance Improvement. Compensation managers, on the other hand, could complete training through the Society for Human Resource Management or the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.