2016 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Business Degrees

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All schools listed in our top 25 online colleges for business degrees have annual tuitions of less than $9,000, with the lowest at $4,500 for Aspen University. Degrees covered by these 25 schools cover certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree levels. Business specializations offered by these most affordable schools include entrepreneurial management, business administration, project management, small business management, and more.

To be considered for our ranking, colleges needed to offer fully online business degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Business Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Aspen University Annual Tuition $4,500 Business Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#2 #2 California Coast University Annual Tuition $4,800 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#3 #3 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $5,040 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral
#4 #4 Delta State University Annual Tuition $5,612 Business Degrees: Master's
#5 #5 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Business Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#6 #6 City Vision University Annual Tuition $6,000 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#7 #7 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,018 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#8 #8 Southern Arkansas University Annual Tuition $6,045 Business Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#9 #9 Taft University System Annual Tuition $6,940 Business Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, and Certificate
#10 #10 Valley City State University Annual Tuition $7,178 Business Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#11 #11 Southern University and A & M College Annual Tuition $7,346 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#12 #12 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $7,380 Business Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#13 #13 Brigham Young University-Idaho Annual Tuition $7,660 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Certificate
#14 #14 Youngstown State University Annual Tuition $8,060 Business Degrees: Master's
#15 #15 Black Hills State University Annual Tuition $8,154 Business Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#16 #16 Athens State University Annual Tuition $8,184 Business Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#17 #17 Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,215 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#18 #18 Amberton University Annual Tuition $8,250 Business Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#18 #18 American Business and Technology University Annual Tuition $8,250 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#20 #20 Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,250 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#21 #21 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Annual Tuition $8,280 Business Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#22 #22 Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $8,400 Business Degrees: Bachelor's
#23 #23 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $8,528 Business Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#24 #24 Western International University Annual Tuition $8,571 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's
#25 #25 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,668 Business Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • As business and management continue to evolve so does Aspen University’s bachelor’s program. With a mixture of business and general education, students get a well-rounded education that balances liberal arts courses with those that teach necessary business skills. Required courses include Principles of Accounting, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Quantitative Methods, Business Research, and International Business as well as marketing and management classes. Similarly, their master’s programs offer educational and professional advancement with classes like Advanced Organizational Behavior, Strategies for Change, and Managerial Economics. Aspen University’s tuition will only cost you $4,500 per year, the most affordable option available.
  • Annual Tuition: $4,800
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • The associate program at California Coast University aims to give students a chance to explore the administrative side of business with a two-year, self-paced degree program. It gives students an overview of subjects like business, management, marketing, communications, and psychology. One level up is the bachelor’s program, which takes students’ education more in-depth on topics in accounting, economics, and financial management. To complete the master’s program, students will study the law and ethics of business as well as project management and strategy. They also offer an undergraduate certificate in Business Administration, as well as graduate certificates in Business Administration or Organizational Leadership, all for a rate of $4,800 annually.
  • Annual Tuition: $5,040
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Columbia Southern University offers an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree program. At just over $5,000 per year, it’s an affordable way to get a degree in business. The university develops students’ skills, making sure they have real-world application to practice their newfound knowledge. For an associate degree in business, students learn business math, management, marketing, advertising, and business law. The bachelor’s program builds on the associate foundation, adding in courses on accounting, ethics, and strategy. Required courses for the master’s degree are advanced classes on marketing, research, and organizational theory. For students seeking quicker options, Columbia Southern University offers a variety of certificate programs, ranging from marketing to project management to finance.

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  • Annual Tuition: $5,612
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Delta State University offers an Integrated Master of Business Administration for professionals and managers seeking further education in preparation for career advancement. For just over $5,600 per year, students can complete a program with courses in managerial accounting, economics, financial management, human resource management, and strategic marketing. The curriculum is broken down into three modules: a financial strategy module, an operational strategy module and then an emphasis module of the student’s choice. The five options for the emphasis module range are general business, human resources, health care administration, information systems management and entertainment industry studies.
  • Annual Tuition: $5,780
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • This non-profit university offers both a bachelor’s program and a master’s program for $5,780 each year. With a bachelor’s degree designed to instill confidence and leadership skills, students will learn skills related to the world of business. Courses include Critical Thinking and Logic, Microeconomics, Legal Issues for Business Organizations, Elements of Effective Communication, and Global Business. For those seeking higher education, the master’s degree emphasizes the importance of strategy, teamwork, and management in business. The program focuses on ethical leadership, financial management, data-driven decision making, managing human capital, and accounting for decision makers.
  • Annual Tuition: $6,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, City Vision College offers a variety of degree options. To earn an associate degree, students must complete the core curriculum in business, business communications, principles of accounting, leadership, human resources, and microeconomics, as well as electives of the students’ choice. Elective offerings include nonprofit management, accounting, general management, and technology and entrepreneurship. The bachelor’s degree program is very similar with the addition of non-profit accounting, and macroeconomics. The business certificate is a cross between the two, with more classes than the associate program but fewer than the bachelor’s. Each course lasts for eight weeks and tuition costs an even $6,000 annually. City Vision College boasts a 91% employment or graduate school placement rate.
  • Annual Tuition: $6,018
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • The master’s program at Fort Hays State University encourages critical thinking and leadership through their 34-credit curriculum that has been developed over the past 30 years. Students will learn about business research, strategic management, advanced managerial accounting, and advanced corporate finance. Concentrations offered to students include accounting, finance, healthcare management, human resource management, international business, or a few other options. Fort Hayes State University also offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, which prepares students for management positions in a variety of fields and geographic locations. Finally, Fort Hays State University also offers graduate certificates in business and advanced business, each of which requires four courses or fewer. The university’s tuition is just over $6,000 per year, a great deal for a graduate program.

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,045
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB
  • The College of Business at Southern Arkansas University requires only 30 hours for their online Master of Business Administration. The course schedule consists of a variety of subjects including economics, finance, accounting, organizational theory, marketing, strategic management, information systems, and quantitative analysis. Students must examine and analyze issues that deal with political, social, ethical, global, legal, and technological diversity. The program also offers optional concentrations in Supply Chain Management and Agribusiness. Tuition is affordable for a master’s program, at $6,045 annually.
  • Annual Tuition: $6,940
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • For just under $7,000, you can earn a variety of degrees from William Howard Taft University and the Taft University System: three master’s degrees and a doctorate degree. For those seeking a master’s degree, the school’s online MBA requires courses such as Money and Capital Markets, Entrepreneurship, Financial Planning Principles, Business Research, and Value Investing. Students select between four MBA concentrations: General MBA, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Administration or Professional Practice Management. The school also offers a 60-credit doctorate degree, designed for those seeking a practical, independent study program with an extensive curriculum of the U.S. business environment. Courses include Leadership Theory, Designing Economic Business Strategies, and Organizational Design.
  • Annual Tuition: $7,178
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Valley City State University offers a bachelor’s degree in business for just over $7,000 per year. Students are able to tailor their education to their interests in topics such as accounting, agribusiness, human resources management, business education, and more. A well-rounded degree option, the curriculum requires classes for each specialty including a variety of accounting, business, finance, management, and economics classes in addition to the general education classes often associated with a bachelor’s program. Valley City State University also offers online minor and certificate options in business, for those looking for a quicker option.
  • Annual Tuition: $7,346
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB
  • Southern University and A&M college offers an online Master of Business Administration that is accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Foundation and core courses are a mixture of accounting, economics, finance, management, and marketing classes. Students are able to complete an internship to fulfill elective credit requirements and gain experience. Students will pay $7,346 in tuition each year for this specific master’s program.
  • Annual Tuition: $7,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Based in Nebraska, Chadron State College offers six online bachelor’s degree options and an online master’s degree for business students. Their Bachelor in Business Administration offers concentrations in Management, Business Information Systems, Marketing/Entrepreneurship, Finance, Accounting, or Agri-Business. Students that are looking to obtain a master’s degree will take mostly management classes accompanied with Managerial Accounting, Information Systems for Managers, Managerial Economics, and Corporate Finance. Up to nine credits may be transferred from previous education towards the master’s degree. Tuition will cost $7,380 annually for either program.
  • Annual Tuition: $7,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • The College of Business and Communication at BYU-Idaho offers a variety of degrees for those entering the business field. The first is a two-year associate degree, which requires courses like Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Advanced Writing in Professional Contexts, Business Statistics, and Financial Management. The second is a four-year bachelor’s degree, in which students take many of the same classes as they would for the associate program, but they also take courses on finance, economics, and the Principles of Business Strategy. They also offer certificates in a number of concentrations including business management, entrepreneurship, and accounting. Tuition is only $7,660 per year.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB
  • The Youngstown State University online Master of Business Administration program is targeted at business professionals seeking to advance their careers. For $8,060 each year, students can take courses that will emphasize good decision making skills, leadership, and strategic thinking. Some standout classes include Accounting and Finance for Decision Making, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Consumer and Product Management, and Integrative Business Analysis. Each course is eight weeks or less and designed to be flexible for those who are employed.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,154
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • The Black Hills State University Bachelor of Science in Business Administration offers 10 concentrations in addition to their general business education. Options include Accounting, Economics and Finance, Entrepreneurial Studies, Human Resources, Management, Marketing, and Tourism. Each has a business core with additional classes in the specialization subject. A 36-credit master’s program is also available, which emphasizes ethics, law, strategic planning, business finance, and organizational behavior. Tuition is just over $8,000 for each year.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • At $8,184 per year is Athens State University. Bachelor’s degrees within the College of Business at Athens State each have a specialization: Management, Human Resource Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, or Acquisition and Contract Management. Classes are a mixture of management classes, financial classes, and business classes, depending on the student’s chosen concentration. The school also offers four different online certificates in a variety of topics including marketing, contract management, and supply chain management.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,215
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Grantham University offers several online options for students seeking a business degree: two associate degrees, six bachelor’s degrees and seven master’s degrees. The associate programs in Business Administration and Business Management focus on fundamental theories and principles as well as critical thinking and communication skills. Students must complete just over 60 credits in topics like business law, personal finance, and marketing. The bachelor’s programs are more intense, offering courses like Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior, and Multinational Management. The school also offers a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Project Management and Information Management. After taking classes like Quantitative Analysis and Managerial Economics, students will have to complete a capstone project. Annual tuition for these programs is $8,215.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • At $8,250 a year, the online Bachelor of Business Administration at Amberton University offers concentrations in General Business, Management, Project Management, and Human Relations and Business. Requirements for the business bachelor’s degree in business administration include accounting, economic principles, finance, business law, and statistical analysis. Similarly, the online master’s degree is representative of various fields as well, with courses in economics, finance, management, and marketing, and offers concentrations similar to those of the bachelor’s degree. For a more focused education, students may also complete the school’s 12-credit Business Management Essentials.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • American Business and Technology University offers an online diploma program, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees for students seeking a business education. The Business Administration and Information Technology associate degree includes a mixture of business classes and courses on computer applications, website design, and database management. For those seeking a bachelor’s degree in business, this university offers a program for business management in the global economy. With classes in statistics, economics, global marketing, and consumer behavior, this program has optional emphasis on accounting or marketing. Finally, American Business and Technology University offers a highly customizable Master of Business Administration program. After completing the core business curriculum, master’s students may choose between Financial Management, Project and Operations Management, Public Accounting, Global Business Management, Information Systems Management or Marketing and Social Media concentrations. In order to graduate from this MBA, students must also complete a proctored degree exit exam. Tuition here is set at $8,250 per year.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Like many other school’s, Columbia College offers online business degrees at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree level. The associate degree offers a fundamental overview of everything from business and finance to marketing and management. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree can also find a four-year program here, with additional courses in business communication, ethics, and information systems. Columbia College offers both Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Business, which vary in their general education course requirements and transfer credit limitations. Those desiring a master’s program can choose between a standard MBA or an MBA with an accounting specialty or a human resource management specialty. Columbia College also offers certificates in management, marketing management or human resource management. They have an annual tuition of $8,250.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,280
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB
  • Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s bachelor program in business administration offers eight-week courses in business, ethics, organizational behavior, law, principles of finance and more. Students can choose an optional emphasis in either management or marketing. The university also offers a 48-credit Master of Business Administration program including classes like Strategic Management, Business Research Methods, and Analytical Models for Decision Making. Depending on desired course load, students may complete their master’s in as little as two years or as many as six. At a tuition rate of $8,280, it’s one of the more expensive schools on this list, but is still an affordable option.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,400
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB
  • The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Northwestern State University of Louisiana has been included in the University Honors Program. The $8,400 per year tuition will allow students to learn about the world of business with optional concentrations in finance, management, or marketing. Students may also complete a selection of pre-licensing courses, which will prepare them for Property & Casualty insurance license; Life, Health, and Accident insurance license; and Real Estate license exams.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,528
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB
  • An online business degree from Columbus State University costs $8,528 per year and the university offers both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree option. For those interested in international business, there is a unique international track for the Bachelor of Business Administration. Students will also learn about human resource law, financial analysis, and consumer behavior. The university also offers a master’s program, through the Georgia WebMBA, a consortium of schools accredited through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The curriculum is broken down into five consecutive semesters during which students will take two courses, allowing focus on the real-life application of global business, human behavior, accounting, operations, finance, and decision-making.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,571
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Western International University offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees for $8,571 annually. The associate program is structured to introduce business, accounting, and marketing principles. For students looking to earn a bachelor’s degree, the program highlights the same subjects as well as project management, employment law, organizational change, and digital business strategy. For the master’s program, students can choose between a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting or Management or a Master of Science in Accounting.
  • Annual Tuition: $8,668
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • For $8,668 per year, American Public University System (APUS) offers online students a variety of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree options in business. New undergraduates can earn an Associate of Arts in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, or a Bachelor of Arts in business fields such as Transportation and Logistics, Retail Management, and Government Contracting and Acquisition. APUS has several graduate programs for college graduates ready to take their education and careers to the next level. Accredited graduate programs such as the Master of Business Administration, Reverse Logistics Management and Entrepreneurship teach students how to effectively run businesses. The university also offers a business undergraduate certificate in E-commerce.

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