2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Economics

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The affordable online economics master's degrees on this list have an average annual tuition around $15,000. The least expensive option, an M.S. in Applied Economics, is offered at Georgia Southern University for only $6,150 a year. Endicott College, ranked ninth, offers a unique MBA in Maritime Economics degree for $19,488 annually and Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online (#13) offers the only behavioral economics degree on the list, available for $21,700 per year.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 rankings of the most affordable online bachelor's in economics degrees. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,150
#2 #2 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $6,961
#3 #3 University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign Annual Tuition $9,000
#4 #4 Youngstown State University Annual Tuition $10,590
#5 #5 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $11,286
#6 #6 University of Detroit Mercy Annual Tuition $12,060
#7 #7 Mercer University Annual Tuition $13,086
#8 #8 Northeastern University Global Network Annual Tuition $14,940
#9 #9 Endicott College Annual Tuition $19,488
#10 #10 Ohio University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $20,350
#11 #11 Purdue University - Main Campus Annual Tuition $20,425
#12 #12 Idaho State University Annual Tuition $21,046
#13 #13 Chicago School of Professional Psychology Online Annual Tuition $21,700
#14 #14 Bentley University Annual Tuition $23,705
#15 #15 American University Annual Tuition $28,422
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,150
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,496
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Financial Economics; Behavioral Economics; Financial Economics and Risk; Health Economics; History of Economic Thought; Industrial Organization

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,961
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,374
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Price Theory; Applied Public Economics; Demographic Methods for Economics; Economic Development: Global, National, and Regional Issues; International Money and Finance; Labor Economics and Labor Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,474
  • Example Classes:
    Country Level Economics: Macroeconomic Variables and Markets; Country Level Economics: Policies, Institutions, and Macroeconomic Performance; Exploring and Producing Data for Business Decision Making; Firm Level Economics: Consumer and Producer Behavior; Inferential and Predictive Statistics for Business; Managerial Economics and Business Analysis Capstone
  • Annual Tuition: $10,590
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,312
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Financial Management; Econometrics; Finance for Decision Making; Securities Analysis; The Economics of Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Annual Tuition: $11,286
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 17,454
  • Example Classes:
    Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; Financial Modeling; Fiscal & Monetary Policies & Practices; Game Theory and Industrial Organization; Managerial Economics; Multinational Corporate Finance
  • Annual Tuition: $12,060
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,248
  • 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: $13,086
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,933
  • Example Classes:
    Capital Budgeting; China’s Economy and Business Environment; Corporate Restructuring via Mergers and Acquisitions; Financial Reporting; International Economics; Managerial Economics
  • Annual Tuition: $14,940
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,988
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Mathematics and Statistics for Economics; Commerce, Institutions, and Innovation; Cultural Economic Development; Economics of Human Capital; Law and Economics; Sustainable Economic Development
  • Annual Tuition: $19,488
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,544
  • Example Classes:
    Maritime Regulatory Environment; Ocean Sciences; Port and Shipping Operations; Waterfront Planning

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,350
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,644
  • Example Classes:
    Financial Derivatives; Financial Statement Analysis; Fixed Income Analysis; Macroeconomics and Business Fluctuations; Quantitative Analysis for Financial Markets; Quantitative Analysis in Equity Markets

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  • Annual Tuition: $20,425
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 9,912
  • Example Classes:
    Accounting and Economics; Economics of Information; Industrial Economics; Law and Economics; Mathematical Analysis for Economists; Personnel Economics

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  • Annual Tuition: $21,046
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,878
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Economics; Game Theory; International Trade; Money and Banking; Political Economy
  • Annual Tuition: $21,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and WASC WSCUC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,246
  • Example Classes:
    Brain and Behavior; Choice Architecture; Consumer Motivation

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  • Annual Tuition: $23,705
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,349
  • Example Classes:
    Business and Economic Forecasting; Corporate Finance: Theories, Tools & Concepts; Economics of Globalization; Global Business Experience; Market Structure & Firm Strategy; The Macroeconomics of Financial Markets
  • Annual Tuition: $28,422
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 5,289
  • Example Classes:
    Development Finance and Banking; Economics of the World Regions; Economics of Transition; Financial Economics; Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Microeconomics; Policy Issues in Financial Economics
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