What’s the most popular college major? Business (for both undergrad and grad students), including administration, management and general business. Whether you want to launch your own small business or work for an established one, a baccalaureate business degree opens the door to incredibly wide range of career possibilities, as shown below.
In this top-20 colleges rankings list, we look at online bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration. Academic programs referred to in this article are delivered either fully online or in some hybrid mode, with the possibility of some on-campus presence required – either for specific classes, exams or orientation sessions.
Careers in Business Administration
The following scrolling list shows some possible careers for graduates of a bachelor’s program in business administration, as well as some organizations/ industries that have shown a need for people with similar skills. (Some occupations may require graduate studies and/or professional certification in business or other topics.)
- account executive
- accounts payable office manager
- administrative services manager
- advertising executives
- auto dealership sales manager
- bank loan officer
- bank managers
- bank regulators
- benefits specialist
- budget analyst
- business administration
- business continuity planner
- business management
- business marketing services
- business owner
- business teachers
- certified public accountant
- chief executive
- chief executive officer
- city accounting assistant
- city clerk
- claims adjuster
- commodities trader
- community service manager
- compensation and benefits specialist
- compliance manager
- construction manager
- corporate communications
- corporate finance manager
- cost accountant
- cost estimator
- credit analyst
- credit manager
- customer relations manager
- distribution manager
- equal opportunity officer
- executive administrative assistant
- executive secretary
- export manager
- financial aid adviser
- financial analyst
- financial management services
- financial planner
- franchise sales director
- general manager
- government property inspector
- hospital administrator
- human resources manager
- import/ export agent
- information processing/ data entry technology
- information systems and services management
- insurance agent
- internal revenue service agent
- international business
- logistics administrator
- logistics manager
- loss prevention manager
- management analyst
- management consultant
- managerial economics
- market researcher
- marketing manager
- marketing research assistant
- marketing services management
- Medicare office manager
- meeting and convention planner
- online merchant
- operations management
- operations manager
- operations supervision
- production managers
- property manager
- public relations director
- purchasing manager
- real estate broker
- regulatory affairs director
- regulatory affairs specialist
- retail buyer
- retail manager
- risk analyst
- risk manager
- sales agent
- sales manager
- security manager
- small business management
- social media marketer
- social media marketing manager
- social service manager
- sports management
- supply chain manager
- tax preparer
- telemarketing sales director
- training and development specialist
- transportation manager
If you are interested in a career in business administration, or closely-related fields, this rankings list of relevant and affordable online bachelor’s degrees may help you find a suitable college/ university. Check the NOTES section after the college rankings if you need info on the ranking process, selecting colleges, etc.
Rankings: Affordable Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration
Bookstore, University of Maine at Augusta (source)
The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) is a public university established in 1965. It is part of the University of Maine System and its main campus is located in Augusta, Maine, about 60 miles northeast of Portland, ME, and some 170 miles northeast of Boston, Massachusetts.
UMA offers four online Business Administration programs: two Bachelors (each with multiple concentrations), and two minors. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a Major in Management requires a minimum of 121 credit hours, with 57-66 for the major: 42 for the common business core and 15-24 for one of five concentrations: Computer Information Systems, Executive Management, Financial Services, Public Administration, or Small Business. The BSBA with a Major in Accounting also requires 121 hours, with 60 for its major: 48 for the core courses and 12 for one of three concentrations: Financial Accounting, Governmental Accounting, or Management Accounting. Both BSBAs provide students with not only a strong business foundation, but an array of the small skills (analysis, cultural awareness, ethical assessment, personal communication, persuasion) needed to be a manager. Finally, UMA also has two online, 18-hour minors: one in Business Administration, one in Small Business Management.
Sample courses: Accounting for Management Decisions; Business Law; Business Finance; Labor-Management Relations; Management Information Systems; Marketing; Operations Management; Organizational Behavior; Principles of Management; Seminar in Strategy and Policy Planning
City Hall, Jacksonville, Florida (source)
Jones College is a private, nonprofit college established in 1918. It is located in Jacksonville, Florida, about 170 miles east of Tallahassee, FL, and some 140 miles roughly north of Orlando, FL. Note: Jones is only nationally accredited, not regionally accredited.
Jones has one online Business Administration program — its Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration. This BS requires a minimum of 120 credit-hours, with 63 for the major, 12 for supplemental business courses, and 9 for approved upper-level electives. The BS provides students with a strong and diverse business foundation, augmented by an elective component that can be tailored to suit each student’s individual career goals. This prepares students for a range of entry-level administrative opportunities (leading to managerial roles) with advertising agencies, corporations, e-commerce companies, finance departments, human resources firms, international companies, or small businesses. To help ensure maximum career success, Jones provides all students and alumni with free, lifetime career development assistance. The school also provides an organizational version of this complimentary service to potential employers, to help them more easily connect with and hire Jones College students and alumni.
Sample courses: Advertising; Business Law – Contracts and Commercial Paper; Business Policy and Administration; Consumer Behavior; E-Commerce Management; Federal Taxation – Business; Human Resource Management; International Business; Public Relations Management; Small Business Management
TRAC building, University of Illinois at Springfield (source)
The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is a public university established in 1969 as Sangamon State University. It is now part of the University of Illinois System and is located in Springfield, Illinois, about 95 miles northeast of St Louis, Missouri.
UIS offers two online Business Administration programs — both based on the College of Business and Management’s (CBM’s) Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. Both BBA options require 120 credit-hours, with 17-19 for foundation requirements, 21 for CBM core courses, and 15 for the chosen concentration. The BBA with the Comprehensive Concentration is for students who want advanced study in such areas as finance, management, marketing, and/ or operations management. The BBA with the Management Concentration is for students who want to further the critical thinking, conceptual, and/ or interpersonal skills needed to be a manager in all types of organizations. Both BBAs are limited-enrollment degree completions that require an appropriate Associate’s degree (or 54 hours of suitable course credit), with at least a 3.0 GPA. Finally, UIS also has a 15-hour Business Administration Minor that may be available for online study (check with the university for confirmation).
Sample courses: Business and Society; Economics for Managerial Decisions; International Management; Managing Organizational Behavior; Negotiation; Principles of Financial Management; Principles of MIS; Principles of Operations Management; Research Methods for Marketing; Strategic Management: The Capstone
Texas A & M University-Commerce (source)
Texas A&M University-Commerce (A&M-Commerce) is a public university established in 1889 as East Texas Normal College. It is part of the Texas A&M University System and its main campus is in Commerce, Texas, about 65 miles northeast of Dallas, TX.
A&M-Commerce has three online Business Administration programs — all Bachelor’s degrees where the upper-level courses are available online (and some lower-level courses are, as well). The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies requires 120 semester hours, with 60 for the business core and 18 for the minor. The degree suits students seeking entry-level management/ management trainee positions with financial services companies, government agencies, hospitals, marketing services firms, real estate brokerages, or retail stores. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in General Business has a similar curriculum, but replaces the minor with 18 hours of business electives, including a recommended focus on human resources, insurance, and legal organizations. For students interested in financial management careers, A&M-Commerce has the 120-hour BBA in Finance. Finally, the university also has an 18-hour General Business Minor that may be available fully online (check with the school for confirmation).
Sample courses: Business and Economic Statistics; Business Communications; Data and Information Management; Economic Forecasting; Entrepreneurial Strategy; GLB/ Operations Management; GLB/ Principles of Management; Global Financial Statement Analysis; International Management and Business; Marketing
Western Governors University Administration Building (source)
Western Governors University (WGU) is a private, not-for-profit university that was established in 1997 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. It gets its name from the fact that it was founded by 19 governors of Western U.S. states. All programs available through WGU can be taken online.
WGU offers four online Business Administration-related programs — all Bachelor’s degrees. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management requires 121 competency units (equivalent to credit hours), with about 62 for courses in business, management, and related and support subjects. The degree is primarily for working adults who are trying to advance their existing business management careers or transition into a business management career. For students who want to pursue or advance business management careers in specialty areas, WGU has the 120-unit BS in Business – Healthcare Management, 120-unit BS in Business – Human Resource Management, and 122-unit BS in Business – Information Technology Management. All four degrees are competency based, which allows for accelerated progress, a better grasp of subject matter, increased affordability, and a learning style that suits working adults.
Sample courses: Business Communication; Business Management Capstone Written Project; Business Strategy; Change Management; Global Business; Managerial Accounting; Operations and Supply Chain Management; Project Management; Quantitative Analysis For Business; Workforce Planning: Recruitment and Selection
Johnson Center, Cleary University (source)
Cleary University is a private, non-profit business university established in 1883. Cleary’s main campus is in Howell, Michigan, about 5 miles northeast of Ann Arbor, MI; and around 40 miles roughly west of Detroit, MI. Original name: The Cleary School of Penmanship.
Cleary has four fully online Business Administration programs and 10 other partially available options. All 14 are based on Cleary’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. The BBA in Executive Management requires 120 credits in total, with 28 for core subjects and 9 for the BBA project sequence. It is a degree completion program that requires students to have first completed an appropriate Associate’s degree or have 60 suitable transfer credits. This cohort program can be completed in an accelerated one-year track or standard 18-month track. Finally, this Executive Management BBA is for adult students with significant experience working in business, the health care industry, government agencies, or non-profits. Cleary’s other two fully online BBAs are its Health Care Management (HCM) and Human Resource Management (HRM) majors. There are also 10 more BBA majors that are available partially online; and a Business Leadership Certificate and Business Management Minor that may be fully available online (check with Cleary on all these options).
Sample courses: Business and Research Communication; Financial and Managerial Accounting; Financial Management; Global Business; Law and Ethics; Managing Projects and Processes in Organizations; Quantitative Business Analysis; Professional Project I; Professional Project II; Strategic Marketing Management
Aerial view of Ellsworth AFB (source)
National American University-Ellsworth AFB Extension (NAU-Ellsworth, est. 1974) is a campus of National American University, a private, for-profit university established in 1941 in Rapid City, South Dakota. This campus is located in Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota, some 10 miles northeast of Rapid City, and about 395 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado. Several other NAU campuses also offer economical online Business Administration programs (please check with NAU or its website to determine what offerings are available at locations in your state of residence).
NAU-Ellsworth offers a dozen online Business Administration programs — all based on its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). Each BSBA program requires 180 credits, with 64.5 for the Business Admin major and 27 for the selected emphasis. The Areas of Emphasis available for online study are: (1) Accounting; (2) Business; (3) Entrepreneurship; (4) Financial Management; (5) Human Resource Management; (6) Management; (7) Management Information Systems; (8) Marketing; (9) Pre-Law; (10) Retail Management; (11) Supply Chain Management; and (12) Tourism and Hospitality Management. Overall, each BSBA option provides students with the business foundation, communication skills, ethics, management principles, and teamwork focus needed to manage businesses, government departments, or nonprofit organizations, or start their own business. Each BSBA option also allows students to continue on to graduate studies.
Sample courses: Business Ethics; Business Finance; Business Review Lab; Human Resource Management; Macroeconomics; Managing Information Systems; Marketing Administration; Microeconomics; Operations Management; Strategic Management
University of Tennessee at Martin (source)
The University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin or UTM) is a public university that was established in 1927 (but has roots that go back to 1900). UTM is part of the University of Tennessee System and is located in Martin, Tennessee, some 130 miles northeast of Memphis, TN, and about 205 miles southeast of St Louis, Missouri. Original names: University of Tennessee Junior College (1927); Hall-Moody Institute (1900).
UTM has one online Business Administration program — its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a Major in Management and a Concentration in General Management. The BSBA requires at least 120 credit hours, with 37 for business common courses and 30 for the major (incl. 21 for the concentration). The program provides students with the opportunity to gain a broad background in management and business administration, allowing for career opportunities in such diverse environments as government departments, retail businesses, manufacturing companies, or service organizations. To further a particular career path, students can use their management and/ or business electives to shift some of the broadly focused courses to ones in a more narrow, specialized area of interest. (UTM also has an 18-hour Minor in Business Administration that may be available for online study; check with the school for details.) In regards to affordability, about 90% of students at UTM receive financial aid.
Sample courses: Accounting Information Systems; Business Communication; Business Policy; Data Analysis for Managerial Decision Making; Human Resource Management; International Management; Management and Behavior; Managerial Finance; Operations Management; Principles of Marketing
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau campus housing (source)
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is a public university that was originally established in 1972 as the University of Alaska, Southeastern Senior College, but has roots that go back to 1956 and Juneau-Douglas Community College. UAS is part of the University of Alaska System and its main campus is located in Juneau, Alaska, some 200 miles roughly south of Whitehorse, Yukon.
UAS offers six online Business Administration programs: four Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees, one certificate, and one minor. Each UAS online BBA program requires at least 120 credit hours, with 61-70 for the major and 15-24 for one of four selected areas of emphasis — Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, or Management Information Systems. Each BBA prepares students for leadership positions within public sector organizations or private businesses, or for graduate studies in business, a related discipline, or the selected area of emphasis. UAS’s 30-hour Certificate in Small Business Management, meanwhile, is for students who want to create the starting point for becoming a small business owner or manager. It can also be counted toward the first year of the AAS in Business Administration (if a student chooses to continue with their studies). For students in non-business majors who want to add a business component to their studies, UAS has its 15-hour Minor in Business.
Sample courses: Applied Business Research; Business Communications; Capstone: Strategic Management; Financial Management; Legal Environment of Business; Management Information Systems; Political and Social Environment of Business; Principles of Management; Principles of Marketing; Project Management
Signers Hall, University of Alaska Fairbanks (source)
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is a public research university established in 1917 as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. It is part of the University of Alaska System and its main campus is in Fairbanks, Alaska, some 360 miles northeast of Anchorage, AK.
UAF has two online Business Administration programs: one Bachelors, one certificate. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Business Administration with a General Business Concentration requires 120 credits, with 31-34 for the common body of (business) knowledge and about 27 for the major, including 12 for the concentration. The degree prepares students to become managers, executives, or owners, solving economic, financial, organizational, personnel, and/ or technical problems in businesses of all sizes. (A 15-credit Minor in General Business may be available for online study; check with UAF for more details.) Finally, UAF also has a 30-36 credit Certificate in Applied Business Management that is essentially the first year of the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Applied Business. The certificate has multiple concentration options, some of which are available online (please check with the university to confirm which ones).
Sample courses: Business Continuity and Crisis Management; Corporate Strategy; International Finance; Introductory Human Resource Management; Legal Environment of Business; Money and Banking; Operations Management; Organization Theory and Behavior; Principles of Managerial Accounting; Principles of Marketing
University of Louisiana at Monroe Library and Conference Center (source)
The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is a public university established in 1931 as Ouachita Parish Junior College. It is part of the University of Louisiana System and its main campus is in Monroe, Louisiana, about 270 miles northwest of New Orleans, LA, and 290 miles roughly east of Dallas, Texas.
ULM offers three online Business Administration programs — all Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees. Each BBA requires 120 credit hours with 33 for professional business requirements and 30 for the chosen major. The BBA in Business Administration is for students who want to have the broadest background in business: its 30-hour major incorporates two 9-hour areas of study (for online students the only two areas currently available are in Marketing and Management) and 12 hours of selected business electives. ULM’s BBA in Marketing is for students seeking careers in advertising, brand management, consumer relations, e-marketing, marketing research, or the retail industry. ULM’s BBA in Risk Management and Insurance is one of a handful of programs of its kind available online in the U.S. It prepares students to work in claims adjustment, policy sales, risk management, or underwriting. (ULM also has a 21-24 hour Minor in Business Administration for non-business majors that may be available online; check with the university for details.)
Sample courses: Business Finance; Fundamentals of Marketing; International Business; Introductory Financial Accounting; Introductory Managerial Accounting; Legal Environment of Business; Management Concepts and Practice; Management Information Systems; Strategic Management
U of Texas-Permian, Parker Ranch House building (source)
The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) is a public university that was established in 1973. UTPB is part of the University of Texas System and is located in Odessa, Texas, about 350 miles roughly southwest of Dallas, TX, and about 280 miles roughly east of El Paso, TX.
UTPB has three online Business Administration programs: two Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees and one minor. The BBA in Management requires at least 120 credit hours, with 27 for upper-level (UL) business core courses and 27 for UL management courses and management/ business electives. The program provides students with a strong understanding of business and organizational practices, and insights into people working in organizations. UTPB’s BBA in Marketing, meanwhile, also requires a minimum of 120 hours, with 27 for UL business core courses and 27 for marketing courses and marketing/ business electives. This program gives students the ability to assess the marketing needs of, and create the plans for, almost any type of organization (business or non-profit). Both BBAs allow students to be admitted with as little as 24 hours of lower-level coursework and complete some or all of the common core requirements through CLEP exams. Finally, UTPB also has a 21-hour Business Minor that can be taken online.
Sample courses: Business and the Law; Business Communications; Information System Fundamentals; Management Concepts and Organizational Theory; Managerial Economics; Principles of Finance; Principles of Marketing; Production Operations Management; Strategic Management (Capstone)
Brigham Young University-Idaho, Spori building (source)
Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-Idaho, BYUI, or BYU-I) is a private, nonprofit university established in 1888. BYU-Idaho is located in Rexburg, Idaho, some 275 miles east and slightly north of Boise, ID, and about 240 miles north and slightly east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Original name: Bannock Stake Academy. Religious affiliation: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
BYU-Idaho has one online Business Administration-related program — its Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management with an Emphasis in Entrepreneurial Management. This BS requires 120 credits, with 54-55 for the major. The degree provides a strong foundation in traditional and new business principles, along with an understanding of adaptability, agility, innovation, and risk taking. Students will graduate with an understanding of the needs of not just corporations and multi-nationals, but also new ventures, small businesses, and web businesses. (While this BS is an online program, BYU-Idaho does require online students to first take 15 credits of on-campus courses at a Church Educational System/ CES institution, or complete the Pathway college prep program.) The university also has an online, associate-level, 15-credit Certificate in Business Management, and a 24-credit Minor in Business Management that may be available for online study (check with BYU-Idaho for confirmation).
Sample courses: Advanced Business Internship; Entrepreneurial Management; Financing New Ventures; Introduction to International Business; Principles of Business Strategy (Capstone); Production and Operations Management; Small Business Creation; Social Media Marketing; Social Innovation; Web Business Creation
University of Hawaii, West Oahu (source)
The University of Hawaii-West Oahu (UHWO or UH West Oahu) is a public university established in 1976. It is part of the University of Hawaii (UH) System and is located in Kapolei, Hawaii, about 20 miles northwest of Honolulu, HI.
UHWO offers one online Business Administration program — its Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BABA), which has three concentration options: Accounting, General Business Administration, and Marketing. The BABA is a three-year, part-time, degree completion program that requires at least 120 credits overall, with 27 for the major and 12-15 for the chosen concentration. The degree is primarily for students living on the neighboring islands of Hawaii, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai. It has a hybrid class structure that offers a combination of online and interactive television (ITV) courses. The ITV courses are broadcast to university and education centers on the five neighboring islands and normally take place in the evenings or on weekends to accommodate working adults. To enroll in the BABA, students must first have completed lower-division requirements through UHWO (online and in-person courses) and/ or through a UH System community college on one of the neighboring islands.
Sample courses: Administrative Practicum; Business Finance; Business Law; Global Management and Organizational Behavior; Intermediate Financial Accounting; Management Information Systems; Principles of Marketing; Small Business Institute Supervised Field Study; Statistics for Decision-Making; Strategic Management
Saint Petersburg College Downtown Center (source)
St. Petersburg College (SPC) is a public state college established in 1927 as St. Petersburg Junior College. It is part of the Florida College System and is based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Among its multiple campuses and learning centers, is one in Clearwater, FL, some 15 miles north of its main St. Petersburg campus, and about 20 miles west and slightly north of Tampa, FL.
SPC has two online Business Administration-related programs — the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration and the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in International Business. The BS requires 120 credits, with 27-30 for upper-division (UD) major core courses and 30 for one of four subplans: Banking, Financial Services, Management, or Marketing. This degree prepares students to assume leadership/ management positions in a variety of businesses or business departments. The BAS, meanwhile, suits students seeking worldwide positions managing multinational business operations (in industries such as banking, consulting, information technology, or international trade). It also requires 120 credits, with at least 42 for UD major courses. Both the BS and BAS are degree completions that require students to already have 60 credits in a related subject or an appropriate Associate’s degree. (SPC has several Associate degrees that can be completed online; and a Certificate in Business Administration).
Sample courses: Business Communication for Professional Effectiveness; Financial Management; Law for Professionals; Management and Leadership Practices; Management Information Systems; Marketing Management; Operations Management; Policy and Strategy; Quantitative Methods for Business; Strategic Capstone Project
University of Houston-Downtown Commerce building (source)
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is a public university originally established in 1974 as the University of Houston-Downtown College. UHD became a standalone institution and a member of the University of Houston System in 1979. The university currently has four campuses, with the main one located in downtown Houston, Texas.
UHD offers eight (8) online Business Administration programs — Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees with Majors in Enterprise Information Systems, Finance, General Business, Insurance and Risk Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Each BBA requires at least 120 credit hours, with 48 for a common business core and 24-30 for the selected major. (Seven of the eight majors require 30 hours of required courses and electives, while the International Business major requires 24 hours, plus 6 for a foreign language requirement.) Each BBA is an online degree completion program that requires students to have already finished the lower-division general education requirements and program prerequisites before applying for admission to UHD’s College of Business and declaring one of these eight majors. UHD also has three business minors that may be available online (check with the school for confirmation).
Sample courses: Business Communications; Business Cornerstone; Business Finance; Business Strategy; Legal Environment of Business; Management of Information Systems; Operations and Supply Chain Management; Principles of Management and Organization Behavior; Principles of Marketing; Statistical Analysis for Business Applications
Jacksonville Urban Resource Center (source)
Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) is a public state college that was established in 1965 as Florida Junior College at Jacksonville. FSCJ is part of the Florida College System and its main campus is in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, some 165 miles east of Tallahassee, FL, and about 140 miles north and slightly west of Orlando, FL.
FSCJ has one online Business Administration program — its Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration. This BS requires 120 credit hours, with 60 for upper-division business courses: 36 for core courses and 24 for one of three concentration options: Entrepreneurship, General Business Administration, or Human Resources. The program provides students with the communication, critical thinking, decision making, financial analysis, personnel management, and problem-solving skills needed to become executives, leaders, managers, or specialists in a variety of organizations. To gain entry into this degree completion program, students must first have completed an appropriate Associate’s degree or at least 60 credits of prerequisites and general education courses. (Several FSCJ Associate’s degrees are also available online, potentially enabling the entire 120 credit-hours required to be taken fully online; check with the school or website for details.)
Sample courses: Business Law and Ethics; Business Writing; Financial Management; Human Relations in Management; Introduction to Management Information Systems; Management Theory and Practices; Marketing for Managers; Operational Decision Making; Selected Topics in Management; Strategic Management (Capstone)
Downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina (source)
Third on our list of the most inexpensive online Bachelors degrees in Business Administration is an offering from Fayetteville State University (FSU), a public, comprehensive HBCU (Historically Black College/ University) established in 1867 as the Howard School. FSU is part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System and is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, about 60 miles southwest of Raleigh, NC, and some 130 miles east and slightly south of Charlotte, NC.
FSU offers one online Business Administration program — its Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration with a concentration in General Business. This BS requires 120 credit hours, with 81 for program requirements (incl. 40 for required business courses, 18 for general business courses, and 6 for business electives). This is a degree completion program that allows both traditional and non-traditional students to complete their upper division courses online. Lower division courses (incl. program and university core requirements) can be completed at FSU or another accredited institution. Students who have not completed their lower-division requirements can still be admitted into the BS if they’re in a dual enrollment program with an FSU community college partner. FSU has a long standing tradition of helping military personnel and veterans achieve their educational and career goals. This includes having a career advancement program and tuition funding for military spouses.
Sample courses: Cost Accounting; Entrepreneurial Strategy and Opportunity Analysis; Information Systems Theory and Practice; Operations Management; Principles of Finance; Principles of Management; Principles of Marketing; Quality Management; Social Media and Digital Marketing; Strategic Management
Welcome sign, Graceville, FL (source)
The second lowest cost online Business Administration-related degree is offered by Baptist College of Florida (BCF), a private, not-for-profit, Christian college established in 1943 as the Florida Baptist Institute. BCF is located in Graceville, Florida, about 90 miles northwest of Tallahassee, FL, in the northwestern part of the state (Florida Panhandle).
BCF has one online Business Administration related program — its Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Leadership. This BA requires 120 semester/ credit hours, with 53 for the major. (To qualify for admission, students must be Christian and active participants in a local church.) The degree provides a solid foundation in business augmented with theological teachings. This prepares students for a variety of career options, from executive/ management roles in businesses and corporations of all kinds, to leadership roles in the business operations of churches or religious organizations. To help with affordability, BCF charges the same tuition rate to all students (incl. both out of state and international students), and provides all students with free Office 365 and cloud storage access. BCF also recognizes the value of life, training, and/ or work experience, allowing for up to 15 hours of credit to be earned through College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.
Sample courses: Business Finance; Business Internship; Business Law and Ethics; Business Management; Human Resources Management; Managerial Accounting; Not for Profit Business; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Marketing; Principles of Microeconomics
Fort Pierce Inlet, Florida (source)
Topping our list of the most affordable online Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration is a program from Indian River State College (IRSC). IRSC is a public college established in 1959 as Indian River Junior College. Its main campus is in Fort Pierce, Florida, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, FL, and 125 miles north of Miami, FL.
IRSC offers one online Business Administration program — its Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration. This BS is a degree completion (2+2) program that requires 120 credits in total, with 60 for upper-division Business Administration courses. To gain entry, students must first have completed an appropriate Associate’s degree (IRSC has Associate in Science/ AS and Associate in Arts/ AA options that can be completed online). This BS is not only suitable for those students who want to become corporate managers or executives, but also those who plan to start their own businesses. Additionally, this degree provides students with the foundation needed to pursue an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration). To help with affordability, IRSC has interest-free, tuition payment plan options and access to a variety of financial aid possibilities, including the Complete Florida Scholarships, which help students who are returning to school to complete their degrees.
Sample courses: Accounting for Decision Makers; Business Internship; Business Thesis; Corporate Finance; Customer Relations for Managers; Organizational Ethics and Values; Perspective in Leadership; Principles of Management; Statistics for Business Decisions; Strategies and Technology Entrepreneurship
- In terms of topic categories searched in the NCES.ed.gov database, we queried only for “Business Administration” categories. However, if the final 20 colleges in this rankings article have interdisciplinary programs, they may be mentioned in a school’s ranking.
- For online degree rankings, if a college does not report graduation rate, it is shown as 0% for that institution, for the purposes of charting and statistical summaries.
- A college’s tuition for online programs may differ than that quoted for the on-campus program. This could be due to either or both of technology fees and out-of-state-portion waivers. Check with a college if you’re unsure. We have listed the tuition and net price values recorded in the NCES.ed.gov database.
- As accreditation can change or only be valid regionally, please verify accreditation of any college to which you are planning to apply.
- NCES data is subject to change and some of these “affordable degrees” guides may use more recent data than described in the Methodology.
- For the full list of programs covered to date, please check our School Rankings page.
- Online programs are strongly self-directed and recommended only for students who are self-driven when it comes to studying and researching.
- Some online program selection tips:
- Spend the time to carefully read the degree requirements.
- Browse the course curriculum and make notes of the courses that interest you most.
- Consider creating a spreadsheet to compare summaries of course/ programs across the schools referenced here. If you are looking for a minimum set of courses, make a list of those courses, one per column. Then list ranked schools vertically in the spreadsheet, one per row. Color code or make an annotation for each course offered by a given school.
- Add other columns to record information about tuition, net price, #credits/ courses required, etc., and color code their cells as suitable.
- This visual approach to online program selection can be quite effective compared to staring at bare numbers.
- The methodology for this series on online bachelor’s degrees is essentially the same as for our 15-school college rankings list. For example, see the “Methodology” section of the ranking list article 15 of the Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Marketing for an explanation of the process we use to rank colleges in each topical bachelor’s list.