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The Best Online MBA Programs | 2016 Edition  February 13, 2019 – 03:00 pm

Best Affordable Online MBA ProgramsRegional accreditation is the most common accreditation—over 85% of online schools in the United States are regionally accredited. Regionally accredited online MBA programs ensure that you’ll have a wide variety of credit transfer options and will be eligible for tuition reimbursement programs.

Demand for MBA graduates is also growing. Payscale reports that an MBA with a focus on strategy will bring an average mid-career salary of $148, 000 while more traditional MBA majors like marketing will bring an average of $124, 000.

We undertook a detailed survey looking at 164 schools offering 462 regionally accredited online MBA programs. Our research revealed an online MBA program can cost you as little as $8, 031 or as much as $64, 720!

Average Cost (In-state): $25, 869.48
Least Expensive: Eastern New Mexico University ~ $8, 030.70
Most Expensive: University of the Sciences ~ $64, 720.00

Our MBA rankings are data-driven. We calculate total tuition plus fees and award only the MBA online programs that are more affordable than the national average. The online MBA programs listed above the red dividing line are official 2016 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.

Best Online MBA Programs

Rankings Note: These online MBA program rankings are based on a Spring 2016 distance learning survey of regionally accredited or accredited university candidates which offer online master's in Business Administration. Tuition and fees stated were valid at the time of collection (Spring 2016) and reflect part-time attendance rates. Profiles for each distance degree in the Get Educated online college directory may reflect slightly different costs based on a different update schedule.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online MBA program and typically reflects the most affordable, cheapest distance degree program. Factors such as transfer credits at entrance, prerequisite online course requirements, and financial aid will affect your final purchase price.

Editorial Note: Colleges NEVER pay to be included in the Get Educated online MBA rankings. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited university which offers a degree that is delivered at least 75% at a distance and open to the public. There is no cost to use the Get Educated Best Buy award seals, should your degree appear on these rankings.

If your online university is regionally accredited and not currently surveyed by Get Educated, please contact us for inclusion. Each affordability ranking list is calculated every two years. The next online MBA rankings will be undertaken Spring 2018.

These affordable online MBA rankings may NOT be re-posted online or reprinted in any format without a license from, Get Educated, Inc. (TM). Consumer finance bloggers and editors, contact our editors for a free custom article on the best regionally accredited online MBA programs for use on your website. Our mission: Help consumers Get Educated® about the best online colleges for cost and credibility.


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