2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Economics Degrees

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This list includes the 25 most affordable online colleges and universities offering degrees in economics. These schools offer a wide variety of degree options all for under $15,000 per year. The most affordable school on this list, Georgia Southern University, offers a master's of science degree in Applied Economics for an annual tuition of only $6,150. Another affordable option, Oregon State University, offers both a B.A/B.S. in Economics and a B.S. in Environmental Economics and Policy at an annual price tag of $12,600.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online economics degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable economics schools below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Economics Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,150 Economics Degrees: Master's
#2 #2 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,424 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $6,961 Economics Degrees: Master's
#4 #4 American Business and Technology University Annual Tuition $7,470 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#5 #5 University of North Alabama Annual Tuition $8,500 Economics Degrees: Master's
#6 #6 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,370 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#7 #7 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $8,535 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#8 #8 Utah State University Annual Tuition $9,300 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#9 #9 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,502 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $9,810 Economics Degrees: Master's
#11 #11 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $10,000 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#12 #12 West Texas A & M University Annual Tuition $10,069 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#13 #13 Eastern Oregon University Annual Tuition $10,282 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Annual Tuition $10,658 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 Assumption College Annual Tuition $10,800 Economics Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#16 #16 Wayland Baptist University Annual Tuition $11,315 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#17 #17 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#18 #18 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#19 #19 University of Detroit Mercy Annual Tuition $12,060 Economics Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 Oregon State University Annual Tuition $12,600 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#21 #21 University of Alaska Fairbanks Annual Tuition $12,690 Economics Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 University of Houston-Victoria Annual Tuition $13,141 Economics Degrees: Master's
#23 #23 Colorado State University-Fort Collins Annual Tuition $13,320 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#24 #24 Grand Canyon University Annual Tuition $14,100 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's
#25 #25 Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $14,258 Economics Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
  • Annual Tuition: $6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Financial Economics; Financial Economics and Risk; Health Economics; History of Economic Thought; Industrial Organization; Regional Economic Development

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,424
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    Bank Management; Business Communication; Business Law; Intermediate Finance; Leadership and Team Dynamics; Quantitative Methods
  • Annual Tuition: $6,961
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Price Theory; Applied Public Economics; Demographic Methods for Economics; Econometrics; Economic Forecasting; International Money and Finance

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $7,470
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Business Organizational Behavior; Business Statistics; Consumer Behavior; Contemporary Financial Management; Entrepreneurship and Small Business; Internet and Social Media Marketing

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    21st Century Economic Development; Collaborative Leadership; Cost for Management Decision Analysis; Decision Theory; Economic Development & Innovation Strategy; Management Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Business Plan Foundations; Business Use Cases; International Finance; Internet Concepts; Quality Management Systems; Virtual Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $8,535
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Economic Models; Development of Economic Thought; Econometrics; International Economics; Labor Economics; Sports Economics

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 97%
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Finance; Industrial Organization-Game Theory; International Trade Theory; Law and Economics; Managerial Economics; Public Finance

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,502
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Law & Ethics; Financial Modeling; Managerial Finance; Principles of Finance; Production and Operations Management; Spreadsheets & Data Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $9,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Business Analysis for Decision Making; Business Performance Management; Human Capital & Organizational Performance; Marketing & New Media Strategy; Operations & Logistics in the Value Chain; Strategy Innovation & Integration
  • Annual Tuition: $10,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Statistics; Economics for Managers; International Trade; Legal Environment of Business; Money and Banking; Survey of Business

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,069
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Accounting Communications; Conflict Resolution and Negotiation; Management Information Systems; Math for Business; Organizational Behavior; Portfolio Management
  • Annual Tuition: $10,282
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    History of Economic Thought; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; Social Science Research Methods; Survey Calculus

Online Bachelor's Degrees (2)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,658
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • Example Classes:
    Asian Economies; Central Banking; Intermediate Macroeconomics; International Business Law; Managerial Accounting; Managerial Economics
  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Finance; Entrepreneurial Finance; Financial Management for Non-Profit Organizations; Investment Theory; Statistics
  • Annual Tuition: $11,315
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Example Classes:
    Elementary Statistics; Industrial Organization; Investments; Labor Economics; Money, Banking, and Financial Markets; Real Estate Finance

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Law; Corporate Finance; International Business; Money & the Financial System; Non-Profit Management; Organizational Ethics

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Communication; Business Statistics; Entrepreneurship, Market Processes and Economic Growth; History of Economic Thought; Political Economy; Strategic Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $12,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Economic Conditions; Economic Analysis of Enterprises; Economics of the Public Sector; Financial Economics; Quantitative Foundations of Economic Analysis; Theory of International Trade
  • Annual Tuition: $12,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Calculus for Management and Social Science; Differential Calculus; Econometrics; Economics of Traditional and Renewable Energy; Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory; Public Policy Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $12,690
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Topics in Accounting; Controllership; Derivative Securities; Financial Statement Analysis; Fixed Income Securities and Markets; Portfolio Theory and Asset Pricing
  • Annual Tuition: $13,141
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Developing the Business Plan; Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Growing the Successful Venture; Methods in Economic Development; Nurturing and Growing the Fledging Venture; Theory & Practice of Regional Economic Development
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Government and Politics; Cultures and the Global System; Economics of Public Finance; Gender and the Economy; International Economics; Money and Banking

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Business Statistics; Ethics and Legal Issues in Business; Financial Accounting; International Trade and Finance; Investment and Portfolio Management; Strategic Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $14,258
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and AACSB
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Economics of Public Expenditures; Labor Economics; Money and Banking; Statistical Foundations for Econometrics
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