The 25 Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Studies

Do you have an interest in a career related to business?

If so, you’re in good company. According to data published by the U.S. Department of Education, business has been the most popular major at the undergraduate level for over a decade.

Undergraduate students have the option of pursuing a broad general business education, or customizing their business studies by selecting a major from a wide range of related specialization areas. If you’re looking for the added convenience of an online degree so that you can study while working and/or attending to other personal obligations, this college rankings list should be a good starting point for your college search. Here, we look at 25 of the most affordable online bachelor’s degrees in business and closely-related topics (business studies).

Ranking guidelines: Schools listed in this college review article are ranked based on the average yearly net price listed for each in NCES CollegeNavigator. This cost averages all charges that all undergrads at a given school pay, including tuition, fees, books, room and board, but subtracts certain types of financial aid charges. Programs listed here are theoretically fully online, to the best of our knowledge, as far the curriculum plan indicates. However, some on-campus appearances may be required.


Rankings: Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Business Studies


1. Amridge University (Montgomery, Alabama) 


Amridge University (AU) is a private, nonprofit university affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Originally established as Alabama Christian School of Religion, in 1967, the institution is based in Montgomery, Alabama, and offers distance-learning-only programs.

AU’s institutional accreditation is from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered through the College of Business and Leadership (CBL).

AU offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). The program combines courses from several areas of business and prepares graduates to be globally competitive.

Students must complete a total of 128 credits to graduate. This total includes courses in: general education (40 credits including electives); required courses (24 credits); general business concentration (32 credits); electives (28 credits) and a 4-credit capstone.

Sample business and related courses in the curriculum include:

  • Management Intervention
  • Introduction to Business
  • Leadership and Organizational Dynamics
  • Organizational Communication
  • Ethical Character of Business Leadership

Additional data:

  • Net price: $4,613
  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,900
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $6,900

 

2. City Vision University (Kansas City, Missouri) 


City Vision University (CVU) is a private, nonprofit university. Originally established as Rescue College in 1998, the institution is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and offers all programs by distance only.

CVU receives institutional accreditation by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Four online bachelor’s degrees are offered, including a BS in Business Administration (BSBA). CVU bachelor’s degrees require 120 or more credits, with up to 90 eligible transfer credits. Minor options require 15+ credits while second majors require 30+ credits. (Some topics may not be taken together.)

The BSBA program has a choice of three concentrations – nonprofit management, general management or technology and entrepreneurship. An accounting option is in the planning stages. Concentration topics consist of four or more courses. Courses are three credits each and are in an accelerated 8-week format that require about 10-15 hours/week in learning activities, each.

Sample business courses include:

  • Business Communications
  • Human Resources
  • Introduction to Business
  • Management and Leadership
  • Social Entrepreneurship

Additional data:

  • Net price: $6,810
  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,000
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $6,000

 

3. Florida State College at Jacksonville (Jacksonville, Florida) 


Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a member of the public Florida College System. Originally established as Florida Junior College in 1966, the main campus is located in Jacksonville, Florida.

Institutional accreditation for FSCJ is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered by the School of Business, Professional Studies, and Public Safety (SBPSPS), whose bachelor level business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

FSCJ offers fully online bachelor’s degrees and undergrad certificates through the Florida Shines/CompleteFlorida program. There are eight online bachelor’s programs (BAS, BS), including a BS in Business Administration (BSBA).

The BSBA requires 120 credits and can be completed fully online. Most courses in the program run in an accelerated 8-week format. Concentrations (24 credits) include general business administration, human resources, and entrepreneurship. A foreign language study requirement is in place.

Sample business/management courses include:

  • Business Ethics
  • Human Relations in Management
  • Management Theory and Practices
  • Operational Decision Making
  • Selected Topics in Management
  • Strategic Management (Capstone)

Additional data:

  • Net price: $6,935
  • In-state tuition and fees: $2,830
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $9,944

 

4. Louisiana State University-Alexandria (Alexandria, Louisiana) 


Louisiana State University-Alexandria (LSUA) is a member of the public Louisiana State University System. Established in 1961, the campus is located in Alexandria, Louisiana.

LSUA’s institutional accreditation is from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered through LSUA’s Department of Business Administration. The department is currently a candidate for ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs) accreditation.

LSUA has four online bachelor’s degrees (BS, BSN) — with more in the works — and offers an online BS in Business Administration (BSBA). BSBA faculty members have collective work experience in accounting, business administration, economics, management, management information systems, and marketing.

The BSBA requires 120 credits for completion. Students can choose from six concentrations: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, management information systems, or marketing.

Curriculum topics in the foundation and major requirements portions of this BSBA include:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Business Law

Additional data:

  • Net price: $7,218
  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,158
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $13,150

 

5. University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, Louisiana) 


University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is a member of the public University of Louisiana System. Originally established as Ouachita Parish Junior College in 1931, the campus is located in Monroe, Louisiana.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) grants institutional accreditation for ULM. Business programs are offered through the School of Management, which is housed within the College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS). Undergrad business programs are additionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

ULM has 16 online bachelor’s degrees (BA, BBA, BGS, BS, BSHS, BSN), including concentrations, and offers a fully online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with an optional concentration in marketing. Students can also add a non-business minor. Total credit requirement is 120 credits.

According to ULM, common combinations of minors with the BBA degree are foreign language training (for international business), finance, management, and computer information systems. The program allows for a part-time schedule, which in turn allows students to work while completing their BBA entirely online.

Topics covered by the BBA include:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Marketing
Additional data:
  • Net price: $7,912
  • In-state tuition and fees: $7,658
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $19,758

 


6. University of Tennessee-Martin (Martin, Tennessee) 


University of Tennessee-Martin (UTM) is a member of the public University of Tennessee System. Originally established as Hall-Moody Institute in 1900, the 680-acre UTM campus is located in Martin, Tennessee. The university has appeared on a number of college ranking lists, including rankings from U.S. News & World Report (USNWR; Best Regional Universities; MBA), Princeton Review (Best Colleges in the Southeast) and other publishers.

Institutional accreditation for UTM is from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered through UTM’s College of Business and Global Affairs (CBGA). Undergrad business programs are additionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

UTM has six online bachelor’s degrees (one being a degree-completion program) and offers an online BS in Business Administration (BSBA) with management concentration. The BSBA requires a minimum of 120 credits, and UTM accepts up to 60 hours of non-college credit (including military, DANTES, CLEP and others). Note: other concentrations are available on-campus only.

This program includes 38-40 credits of general education, 42-54 credits in area of interest courses, and 28-40 hours of electives.

Business-related topics covered in the curriculum include:

  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Finance

Additional data:

  • Net price: $8,288
  • In-state tuition and fees: $8,326
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $22,270

 

7. Texas A&M University-Commerce (Commerce, Texas) 


Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) is a member of the public Texas A&M University System. Established as East Texas Normal College in Cooper, Texas, in 1889, the main campus is located in Commerce, TX, with additional locations in Dallas and other parts of Texas. The university participates in the NC-SARA program, which in a nutshell, increases access for students to online/distance education across state borders. Students with some disabilities are supported through TAMUC’s eCollege AU eLearning platform, which can be used with Window-Eyes and JAWS Screen Reader software.

TAMUC’s institutional accreditation is provided by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered through the College of Business, and these programs are additionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

TAMUC has six fully online and eight partially online bachelor’s degrees. In business, it offers 100% online degrees for a BS in Business Administration (BSBA) and a BBA with concentrations in (1) general business, (2) finance, or (3) business analytics.

For the general business concentration, core curriculum courses make up 42 credits, business core courses make up 48 credits, major courses make up 12 credits and upper level business electives make up 18 credits, for a total of 120 credits required for completion.

Sample business courses include:

  • Business and Economic Statistics
  • Business Communications
  • Business Computing Systems
  • Business Strategy
  • Introduction to Business Finance
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Math for Business Applications

Additional data:

  • Net price: $8,351
  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,202
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $15,562


8. Bluefield State College (Bluefield, West Virginia) 


Bluefield State College (BSC) is a public Historically Black College/University (HBCU). Founded in 1895, the campus is located in Bluefield, West Virginia.

BSC’s institutional accreditation is granted by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Business programs are offered through the W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business. Undergrad business programs are additionally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

BSC offers three online bachelor’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). Students can choose from three concentrations (majors) in the BSBA program: (1) accounting, (2) management, and (3) marketing.

Students will complete 120 credits for graduation. The curriculum consists of courses in general studies (37-38 credits), business core (39 credits), major, and a minor (same as major choices plus health services management or information systems). The number of credits covered by courses in the major varies by topic (18-24 credits).

Courses in the curriculum include:

  • Quantitative Techniques in Business
  • Business and Electronic Communications
  • Business Law and the Legal Environment
  • Applied Business Statistics
  • International Business

Additional data:

  • Net price: $8,531
  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,120
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $11,280


9. Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, Utah) 


Western Governors University (WGU) is a private, nonprofit university. Established in 1997, it is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has virtual branches in six states. The university is an entirely online institution, and students get paired with an education mentor whom they can consult for guidance.

WGU receives institutional accreditation through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Business programs are offered through the College of Business.

WGU has six online bachelor’s degrees in business-related topics (including concentrations), and offers an online BS in Business Management with four concentrations: (1) management, (2) healthcare management, (3) human resource management, and 4) information technology management.

The general business management program requires 121 credits and is designed for working business managers and supervisors looking to build skills for career advancement. Students should expect to spend 15+ hours/week on studies. Those with an associate’s degree or suitable equivalent credits will take 2-2.5 years for completion, compared to 4-5 years for a new student.

Sample courses include:

  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Business Management
  • Business of IT
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business

Additional data:

  • Net price: $8,667
  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,070
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $6,070


10. Bellevue University (Bellevue, Nebraska) 


Bellevue University (BU) is a private, nonprofit university. Established in 1966, the campus is located in Bellevue, Nebraska. Educational programs are offered both on-campus and online. The institution has ranked on a number of “top colleges” lists, including Washington Monthly’s 2016 Best Colleges for Adult Learners, and six “military-friendly” rankings from U.S. News & World Report, Military Times (twice) and other publishers.

Bellevue is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission at the institutional level, and by International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for its BSBA and other select other business degrees, which are offered through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

BU has 22 online bachelor’s degrees in business and business-related topics. It offers the following online business bachelor’s degrees: BS Business (BSB), BS Business Administration (BSBA), BS Business Analytics and Management (BSBAM), and BS Business Analytics (BSBAn)

All four online degrees require 127 credits, including 36 credits for general education courses — but differ on the breakdown of electives, major and other course categories.

Some business courses offered include:

  • Business Accounting and Finance
  • Business Communications
  • Business Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Business Marketing and Supply Chain
  • Decision Making in a Business Environment
  • Global Business Management

Additional data:

  • Net price: $8,727
  • In-state tuition and fees: $7,050
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $7,050


11. University of Alaska Fairbanks (Fairbanks, Alaska) 


University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is a member of the public University of Alaska System. Originally established as Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines in 1922, the main campus is located in Fairbanks, Alaska. Eleven additional UAF campuses and community centers are located throughout Alaska.

UAF receives its institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Business programs are offered through the School of Management (SOM), whose programs are additionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

UAF has three online bachelor’s degrees and offers a BS in Business Administration (BSBA) with a concentration in general business, as well as an undergrad certificate in Applied Business Management.

The BSBA requires 120 credits, of which four courses must be in management, for the general business concentration. The BSBA offers a number of minor options, though online availability may be limited (Contact UAF for information.)

Some of the courses offered include:

  • Business Continuity and Crisis Management
  • Corporate Strategy
  • International Business
  • Introduction to Business
  • Introductory Human Resource Management
  • Introductory Statistics for Economics and Business
  • Legal Environment of Business

Additional data:

  • Net price: $8,741
  • In-state tuition and fees: $5,674
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $17,303


12. University of Maine at Augusta (Augusta, Maine) 


University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is a member of the public University of Maine System. Established in 1965, the main campus is located in Augusta, Maine. An additional campus is in Bangor, ME, and various learning centers are located throughout the state of Maine. The university serves both new college students recently out of high school, as well as adult students, some of whom are returning to college. U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) has ranked UMA on their list of top online bachelor’s programs for five straight years.

UMA’s institutional accreditation is from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Business programs are offered through the College of Professional Studies.

UMA has 12 online bachelor’s degrees, plus concentrations. It offers a Bachelor’s of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Business Administration (BABA/BSBA) with two majors (accounting and management) and 3-5 concentrations for each major.

These BBA programs require 121 credits, with the credit breakdown dependent on the degree type and concentration. Skills categories collectively covered by the BBA program include: communication, technical, quantitative and analysis.

Sample major requirement courses include:

  • Business Finance
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting for Management and Decision Making
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Principles of Management

Additional data:

  • Net price: $8,837
  • In-state tuition and fees: $7,448
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $16,688

 

13. University of Texas of the Permian Basin (Odessa, Texas) 


University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) is a member of the public University of Texas System. Established in 1973, the campus is located in Odessa, Texas. Online learning features include live tutoring and live streaming video and apps. UTPB has received multiple top rankings in U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), including placing #3 for online bachelor’s programs amongst public Texas universities and #46 in the country (Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Program).

UTPB is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered through the College of Business and Engineering (CBE), which are additionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

UTPB has 12 online bachelor’s degree programs (BA, BBA, BS, BSN), including concentrations and accelerated formats. It offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with concentrations in management or marketing.

The BBA program for either concentration requires 120 credits (credit breakdown varies by concentration). Courses are about 8 weeks long, and the program has six start dates per year, resulting in an average timeline of 16 months. The program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Business management and marketing courses offered include:

  • Business and Ethics
  • Business and the Law
  • Business Communications
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Concepts and Organizational Theory
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Social Media Marketing

Additional data:

  • Net price: $8,984
  • In-state tuition and fees: $5,250
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $6,090


14. Coppin State University (Baltimore, Maryland) 


Coppin State University (CSU) is a member of the public University System of Maryland. Established in 1900, the campus is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The university’s online program professors are Sloan-C certified for online teaching skills.

CSU receives institutional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Business programs are offered through the College of Business. The CSU College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

CSU has one online bachelor’s degree, the BS Management program, which is offered through a partnership with Pearson. CSU claims this is the only 100% online accredited business management degree offered by an HBCU (Historically Black College/University).

The BSM requires 120 credits, with 24 credits for core management courses, 39 credits for College of Business requirements (including management courses), 40 credits for general education courses, and the rest in various electives.

Sample business and related courses include:

  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Business Communication
  • Human Behavior and Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Labor Management Relations
  • Not-for-Profit Management
  • Principles of Management
  • Small Business Management

Additional data:

  • Net price: $9,043
  • In-state tuition and fees: $7,346
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $12,870


15. Northern Kentucky University (Highland Heights, Kentucky) 


Northern Kentucky University (NKU) is a public university. Established in 1968 as the University of Kentucky Northern Extension Center, the campus is located in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

NKU is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The university’s Haile/US Bank College of Business offers a range of business/management programs, which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). This latter accreditation puts NKU into a category that around 15% of business schools worldwide share.

Online bachelor’s degrees in business include the Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems (BSBIS), which has 5 tracks: (1) business analytics, (2) information assurance, (3) computer security, (4) collaboration systems, and (5) healthcare information systems.

The degree requires 120 total credits. Of that, 30 credits are covered by general business courses, 33 credits are for business informatics courses (including electives) and a track takes up nine credits.

Example business and BIS courses include:

  • Ethics: Managerial Decision Making
  • Management Information Systems
  • Advanced Business Programming
  • Information Systems Analysis
  • IT Project Management

Additional data:

  • Net price: $9,173
  • In-state tuition and fees: $9,120
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $17,856


16. University of Maine at Machias (Machias, Maine) 


University of Maine at Machias (UMM) is a member of the public University of Maine System. Originally established as Washington State Normal School in 1909, the campus is located in Machias, Maine. The university offers an in-state tuition to former UMM students living outside of Maine who want to pursue an online-based degree.

UMM is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The university’s business programs have an emphasis on the development of entrepreneurial talents.

UMM offers four online bachelor’s degrees, including two business-related programs: Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of College Studies (BCS) in Business and Entrepreneurial Studies. Both programs have multiple concentration choices: accounting, business sustainability, management, marketing, sports and fitness management or a custom concentration that students can design.

Students need to complete at least 120 credits for graduation. This includes 60 credits of major courses, which breaks down to 27 credits of foundation courses (accounting, business, economics, marketing, statistics) and 33 credits for the chosen concentration. Courses are offered four times per year.

Sample business and related courses include:

  • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Business Math and Financial Literacy
  • Business Communications
  • Business Law
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
  • Additional data:

Net price: $9,230

  • In-state tuition and fees: $7,480
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $19,370

 

17. Northwestern State University of Louisiana (Natchitoches, Louisiana) 


Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSU) is a member of the public University of Louisiana System. Originally established as Louisiana State Normal School in 1884, the campus is located in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

NSU receives its institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered through NSU’s School of Business (hosted by the College of Business and Technology), with bachelor’s level programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

NSULA offers 16 online bachelor’s degrees and a number of concentrations, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program. Students can choose a concentration in finance, management or marketing, as well as take additional courses in economics, to supplement general business courses. There are also pre-licensing courses in insurance, financial institutions and real estate, for students who may want to seek licensing in these areas.

This online BSBA degree puts an emphasis on having students apply business principles to real world situations, using simulations, and to engage in case studies with both regional and global scope. Concentrations consist of 21 credits of upper-division courses, of the total 120 credits required to graduate.

Business and related courses examples include:

  • Business Administration
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Economics
  • Finance

Additional data:

  • Net price: $9,290
  • In-state tuition and fees: $7,006
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $17,794

 


18. Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, Louisiana) 


Nicholls State University (NSU) is a member of the public University of Louisiana System. It was founded in 1948 as Francis T. Nicholls Junior College and is located in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Institutional accreditation for NSU is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered through the College of Business Administration, which are additionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

NSU offers seven online bachelor’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program. Alternately, some students may prefer the Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) with a minor in business. The BSBA prepares students for both graduate studies and careers in private business and government.

The online BSBA degree requires a total of 120 credits. This includes 45 credits of upper-division courses. Students in this major cannot declare a minor. NSU has an 8-week format for online courses.

Sample business and related courses include:

  • Business Administration
  • Business Communications
  • Strategically Managing Organizations
  • Management Information Systems
  • Quantitative Analysis

Additional data:

  • Net price: $9,892
  • In-state tuition and fees: $7,348
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $7,348

 


19. Baptist College of Florida (Graceville, Florida) 


The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) is a private, nonprofit institution affiliated with the Florida Baptist Convention. It was founded in 1943 as Florida Baptist Institute and is based in Graceville, Florida.

Institutional accreditation for BCF comes from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

BCF offers 18 online bachelor’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership (BABL). The program prepares graduates for business operations either in industry or church.

The online BABL degree requires 120 credits in total. Of this, the major consists of 53 credits, which includes a choice of a 9-credit semester internship or a combination of a 3-credit internship and six credits of electives. Other requirements include 18 credits of Biblical/theological foundation courses.

Sample business and related courses include:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Business Management

Additional data:

  • Net price: $10,360
  • In-state tuition and fees: $10,000
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $10,000

 


20. Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, Missouri) 


Northwest Missouri State University (NMSU) is a public university based in Maryville, Missouri, and originally founded as the Fifth District Normal School. Around 97% of NMSU grads have found work or go on to grad studies within six months of graduation.

NMSU receives institutional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Business programs are offered through the university’s Melvin D. & Valorie G. Booth School of Business and are additionally accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

NMSU offers two online bachelor’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Management (BSBM) program. Students may alternately be interested in the online BS in Marketing.

Students will complete 124 credits to receive the BSBM. The curriculum provides both a broad education in business, as well a focus on management concepts. No major is required. This program supplements educational content with learning experiences, and provides a means for students to gain skills such as communication, critical thinking, ethical decision-making, problem-solving, teamwork and more.

Sample business and related courses include:

  • Managerial Communications
  • Principles of Management
  • Fundamentals of Business Finance
  • Operations Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Additional data:

  • Net price: $10,548
  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,767
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $11,823

 


21. Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus (Portales, New Mexico) 


Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) is a public institution based in Portales, New Mexico. Founded in 1927, ENMU claims to be the largest regional comprehensive university in New Mexico. Both traditional and adult students are served by the curriculum and latest technologies.

ENMU receives institutional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Business programs are offered by the College of Business, which have additional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

ENMU has 30+ online degree options at the bachelor’s level, including concentration/emphasis choices. This includes a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree program with emphasis options including: general business, applied economics, finance, hospitality management, information systems, marketing, and personal financial planning. The program prepares students for a variety of business-related careers, depending on the emphasis selected. (Note: For students having an Associate of Applied Arts (AAS) degree, there is an online BAAS degree completion program with a concentration in business.)
For the BBA with general business emphasis, students will complete 120 credits. Of that, business foundation courses take 38 credits (12 courses), business core courses take 21 credits (seven courses, including capstone), and the general business emphasis takes 18 credits (six courses). A required international course in any “business” topic is valued at three credits. Remaining credits are filled with a mix of electives and non-business requirements. Courses are taught by faculty who are specialists in their area.

Business and related courses in the curriculum include:

  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Business Research and Analysis
  • Information Systems for Managers
  • Business Strategy and Policy (capstone)

Additional data:

  • Net price: $10,562
  • In-state tuition and fees: $4,858
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $10,633

 


22. University of North Carolina at Pembroke (Pembroke, North Carolina) 


University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) is a member of the public University of North Carolina System. Founded as Croatan Normal School in 1887, it is located in Pembroke, North Carolina.

UNCP is institutionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Business programs are offered by UNCP’s School of Business, and are additionally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

UNCP offers eight online bachelor’s degrees, including concentrations. For online undergrad business programs, UNCP has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree with two tracks online: finance or management (additional tracks are only available on-campus). This program provides students with a global scope on business principles. Students may also be interested in the online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) with a major in Applied Professional Studies (APS), which is intended for individuals interested in for-profit business. The APS has several online business-related tracks, including a general track. See site for additional BIS options.

The BSBA requires that students complete a total of 120 credits. Of that, courses in the School of Business common body of knowledge requirement take up 45 credits. Business electives take 12 credits, and the selected track (management or finance) takes six credits. The remaining credits are filled with courses in general education (45 credits) and university electives (12 credits). UNCP’s School of Business allows students to take additional tracks under certain conditions. See site or contact school for details.

Sample business and related courses include:

  • Business Fundamentals
  • Spreadsheets and Database Management
  • Organization and Management
  • Business Statistics
  • Business Strategy

Additional data:

  • Net price: $10,613
  • In-state tuition and fees: $5,564
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $16,012

 


23. Columbia College (Columbia, Missouri) 


Columbia College (CC) is a private, nonprofit institution based in Columbia, Missouri. It was originally founded as Christian College.

CC receives institutional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Business and related programs are offered by the Business Administration Department, which is part of the School of Business Administration, and are additionally accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

CC offers nine fully online bachelor’s and five degree completion online bachelor’s degrees. For online undergrad business programs, there is both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BSBA/BABA) program with multiple concentration options. Students can choose a major in business administration or international business, as well as the related topics of accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare management, human resource management, management, marketing, or sports marketing.

Both BABA and BSBA programs provide students with a broad understanding of business and require the completion of 120 credits. Core requirements courses take up 51 credits for both programs. Requirements for electives and business electives vary by program (see site for details.)

Business and related courses in the curriculum include:

  • Introduction to business
  • Business Finance
  • Business Communication
  • Business Law
  • International Business

Additional data:

  • Net price: $10,685
  • In-state tuition and fees: $8,240
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $8,240

 


24. Minot State University (Minot, North Dakota) 


Minot State University (MSU) is a member institution of the public North Dakota University System. It was founded in 1913 as Minot Normal School.

MSU’s institutional accreditation is provided by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Business-related programs are offered through two departments of MSU’s College of Business (CoB): the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Business Information Technology. Select undergrad programs from the CoB are additionally accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

MSU offers eight online bachelor’s degrees, including several related to business: (1) Bachelor of Science with a Major in International Business (BSIB; IACBE-accredited), and the (2) Bachelor of Applied Science with a Major in Business Information Technology (BIT). Students may alternately be interested in the online BS programs for management, marketing or management information systems. Non-business students can add an online minor in business administration. Note: a relevant on-campus only offering is the Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Business Education (BSEdBE) program.

For the online BSIB program, students complete 120 credits to graduate. This includes 27 credits for courses in each of CoB core (business) and international business major categories. Students must also take a foreign language course and either a geography or history course as part of the international business electives. See site for details on the other business-related bachelor’s degrees.

Sample courses include:

  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Business Communication
  • Elements of Accounting
  • Corporate Finance

Additional data:

  • Net price: $10,756
  • In-state tuition and fees: $6,390
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $6,390

 


25. Montana State University-Northern (Havre, Montana) 


Montana State University-Northern (MSU-N) is a member of the public Montana State University System. Founded in 1929 as Northern Montana College, it is based in Havre, Montana.

MSU-N gets its institutional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Business programs are offered through the College of Technical Sciences (COTS).

MSU-N offers six online bachelor’s degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). Minors in various business-related topics are also available online, and can be combined with a non-business major (see site for details). Note: For students already holding a suitable associate’s degree, MSU-N offers an online degree completion program, their Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Business Technology (BASBT).

Students must complete a minimum 120 credits for graduation in the online BSBA. This includes a compulsory minor, which consists of 30 credits, 51 credits of required business-related courses, nine credits of electives (advisor-approved), and 33 credits of general education core courses.

Business and related courses include:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Applied Business Leadership
  • Business Statistics and Research
  • Business Law

Additional data:

  • Net price: $10,787
  • In-state tuition and fees: $5,329
  • Out-of-state tuition and fees: $17,408


References

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  3. Best College Values. (2017). The 25 Most Affordable Online Colleges - Best College Values. [online] Available at: http://www.bestcollegevalues.org/cheapest-online-college/
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