The cost of getting an MBA differs wildly depending on the program you chose. Earning an MBA from the lowest-cost campus program in the U.S., Augusta University, will set you back only $6,660.00 if you live in-state. At this price, earning an advanced degree seems like an exceptional investment in your career.
A degree from country’s most expensive campus MBA program, Columbia University, will cost you $170,330.00. A Columbia University MBA degree will need to earn you a big jump in salary to pay for itself.
With such a wide range in price, there’s a degree program out there that will fit everyone’s budget. The average in-state tuition cost for an MBA program is $39,291.07. Use that as a starting point as you consider your options.
The table below shows the high, low and average tuition you’ll pay for an MBA degree depending on whether you qualify for in-state tuition at a public university, pay out-of-state tuition, or pay out-of-country tuition. As you navigate the data, keep in mind the following questions. Are you looking for the lowest cost program that meets your needs? Or a program that includes every bell and whistle on offer? Also, keep in mind that price is an important decision-making criteria when choosing where you’d like to study business, but not the only one.
Most Affordable MBA Programs Offered on-Campus
The table below list the ten most expensive U.S. MBA programs by their total tuition cost and the ten least expensive. What’s the difference in the education you’ll receive if you pay $100,000 or more in tuition for an MBA versus the $39,291.07 average or less? The University of Washington at Tacoma’s Milgard School of Business – ranking as the 10th least expensive business program in the U.S., is accredited by the AACSB. The University of Michigan’s Ross School, the 10th most expensive MBA program, is accredited by the same board. In that sense, the programs both pursue excellence and continuous improvement in their degree programs.
Differences are more subtle. U of M totes alumni living in 103 countries across the globe, 244 companies recruiting on campus, 5,168 jobs posted for their students to apply for, and their faculty’s high ranking for research. Consider what most important to you in this degree—low price or some of these benefits that with a more expensive school.
With more than 324 online MBA degrees offered, you can find a program and concentration that fits your needs and work full time while earning your MBA. Many online MBA programs have reasonable tuition costs. The average online degree costs $34,054, a couple thousand dollars less than the average campus program. If an online program allows you to continue to work full time and pursue your degree, that saves one of the biggest costs you’d otherwise face—lost wages.
An online MBA program may offer an additional advantage—a concentration not available at an in-state MBA program near you. To learn more about tuition for online MBA programs, see our online MBA programs ranked by tuition.
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