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2021 Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools

Identifying Quality Schools at More Affordable Prices

987 Colleges
$19,865 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$46,740 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Business Administration & Management School for You

In 2018-2019, 135,757 degrees and certificates were awarded to business administration and management students, making the major the most popular in the country.

With all the programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Grad Degree Search has developed this Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. This report analyzed 987 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value programs for business administration students. The goal was to highlight schools with more affordable prices than others offering similar quality experiences.

Our ranking of value is based on the quality of a program as defined in our per sticker price dollar. More specifically, we discount our quality score by the published tuition and fees charged by a school. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The value is determined by how much quality your dollar buys.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. Average in-state tuition and fees are used for our statewide rankings.

2021 Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Value Business Administration & Management Colleges.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality in Business Administration

#1

Nichols College

Dudley, MA
$35,715 Average Tuition & Fees

Our 2021 rankings named Nichols College the best value school in the United States for business administration and management students. Nichols is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Dudley.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Nichols are $35,715 per year.

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#2

Otterbein University

Westerville, OH
$32,474 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Otterbein University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best business administration and management schools in the United States. Located in the suburb of Westerville, Otterbein is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Otterbein are $32,474 a year.

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$9,450 Average Tuition & Fees

Out of the 987 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Management and Technology landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the city of Arlington, University of Management and Technology is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

University of Management and Technology undergraduate students pay an average of $9,450 in tuition and fees each year.

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#4

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Fitchburg State University. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools list. Fitchburg State is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized suburb of Fitchburg.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Fitchburg State are $16,585 per year.

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#5

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL
$5,655 Average Tuition & Fees

The excellent programs at Columbia Southern University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best business administration and management schools in the United States. Located in the town of Orange Beach, Columbia Southern University is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Columbia Southern University are $5,655 a year.

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$5,790 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #6, Brigham Young University - Provo did quite well on this year’s best value schools for business administration and management students. Located in the city of Provo, BYU is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at BYU are $5,790 a year.

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$7,566 Average Tuition & Fees

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin ranked #7 on this year’s Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the city of Odessa, UT Permian Basin is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at UT Permian Basin are $7,566 per year.

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#8

Ashland University

Ashland, OH
$21,965 Average Tuition & Fees

Ashland University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #8 on the list. Located in the town of Ashland, Ashland is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Ashland are $21,965 a year.

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$9,240 Average Tuition & Fees

Trident University International ranked #9 on this year’s Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools list. TUI is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the suburb of Cypress.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at TUI are $9,240 a year.

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#10

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI
$12,376 Average Tuition & Fees

Ferris State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools list. Ferris is a fairly large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Ferris are $12,376 a year.

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#11

Gordon College

Wenham, MA
$38,650 Average Tuition & Fees

Gordon College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. Gordon College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Wenham.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Gordon College are $38,650 per year.

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$19,560 Average Tuition & Fees

Arizona State University - Skysong ranked #12 on this year’s Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools list. Located in the city of Scottsdale, ASU - Skysong is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at ASU - Skysong are $19,560 per year.

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#13

Park University

Parkville, MO
$8,399 Average Tuition & Fees

Park University landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value business administration and management programs. Park University is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Parkville.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Park University are $8,399 a year.

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#14

Doane University

Crete, NE
$35,300 Average Tuition & Fees

Doane University landed the #14 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value business administration and management programs. Located in the town of Crete, Doane Crete is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Doane Crete undergraduate students pay an average of $35,300 in tuition and fees each year.

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#15

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA
$28,678 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #15, Grand View University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for business administration and management students. Located in the city of Des Moines, Grand View University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Grand View University are $28,678 per year.

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#16

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY
$9,875 Average Tuition & Fees

University of the Cumberlands did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the remote town of Williamsburg, Cumberlands is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Cumberlands are $9,875 a year.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value business administration and management programs. Located in the city of Daytona Beach, Embry-Riddle Worldwide is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Embry-Riddle Worldwide are $9,912 a year.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Embry-Riddle Worldwide also is in the top 10% of our Best Business Administration & Management Schools ranking.

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#18

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS
$8,280 Average Tuition & Fees

Grantham University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. Located in the small city of Lenexa, Grantham University is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

Grantham University undergraduate students pay an average of $8,280 in tuition and fees each year.

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#19

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA
$16,241 Average Tuition & Fees

Worcester State University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. Worcester State is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Worcester.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Worcester State are $16,241 a year.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value business administration and management programs. Located in the small city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Minnesota State Mankato undergraduate students pay an average of $16,730 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Minnesota State Mankato also did well on our Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#21

Cabrini University

Radnor, PA
$32,865 Average Tuition & Fees

Cabrini University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best value schools for business administration and management students. It came in at #21 on the list. Located in the suburb of Radnor, Cabrini University is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Cabrini University undergraduate students pay an average of $32,865 in tuition and fees each year.

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$8,400 Average Tuition & Fees

With a ranking of #22, Colorado State University - Global Campus did quite well on this year’s best value schools for business administration and management students. Located in the city of Greenwood Village, Colorado State University - Global Campus is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Colorado State University - Global Campus are $8,400 per year.

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#23

Providence College

Providence, RI

Providence College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. Providence is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Providence.

Providence undergraduate students pay an average of $52,438 in tuition and fees each year.

On top of its placing in our value ranking, Providence also did well on our Best Business Administration & Management Schools list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#24

Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI
$29,630 Average Tuition & Fees

Spring Arbor University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value business administration and management programs. Located in the suburb of Spring Arbor, Spring Arbor is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state undergraduate student at Spring Arbor are $29,630 a year.

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#25

Midway University

Midway, KY
$24,850 Average Tuition & Fees

Midway University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools ranking. Midway is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Midway.

Out-of-state tuition fees for undergraduate students at Midway are $24,850 per year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools

#26

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#26

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD
#29

Cumberland University

Lebanon, TN
#31

Wisconsin Lutheran College

Milwaukee, WI
#32

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA
#37

Avila University

Kansas City, MO
#39

Endicott College

Beverly, MA
#41

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, OH
#42

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA
#43

Marian University

Fond Du Lac, WI
#44

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#45

Bethel College - Mishawaka

Mishawaka, IN
#46

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI
#47

Kettering University

Flint, MI
#48

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA
#49

Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 987 different United States business administration and management schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Minnesota State University - Moorhead Moorhead, MN
51 Warner University Lake Wales, FL
53 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
54 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
54 Northwest Missouri State University Maryville, MO
56 Drake University Des Moines, IA
57 West Texas A&M University Canyon, TX
58 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
59 Loras College Dubuque, IA
60 Delaware Valley University Doylestown, PA
61 Illinois State University Normal, IL
62 Winona State University Winona, MN
63 Oakland City University Oakland City, IN
64 Wayne State College Wayne, NE
65 Hamline University Saint Paul, MN
66 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
67 Chadron State College Chadron, NE
68 Cleary University Howell, MI
68 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
70 Drury University Springfield, MO
71 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
72 Saint Joseph’s College of Maine Standish, ME
73 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
74 Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC
74 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
76 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
76 Hood College Frederick, MD
78 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
79 Wingate University Wingate, NC
80 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
81 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
82 West Liberty University West Liberty, WV
83 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
84 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
84 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Edwardsville, IL
86 University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
87 Union University Jackson, TN
88 Villanova University Villanova, PA
89 Virginia Wesleyan University Virginia Beach, VA
89 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
91 Concordia University, Irvine Irvine, CA
92 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
93 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
94 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce Mercedita, PR
95 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
96 Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY
97 Universidad Metropolitana San Juan, PR
97 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
97 Salem State University Salem, MA
97 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
101 Taylor University Upland, IN
101 Assumption University Worcester, MA
103 University of Saint Mary Leavenworth, KS
103 Carroll University Waukesha, WI
105 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
105 Brandman University Irvine, CA
107 Capital University Columbus, OH
108 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
108 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
110 Santa Barbara Business College - Ventura Ventura, CA
111 University of Jamestown Jamestown, ND
112 Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies Danville, VA
112 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
114 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
114 Briar Cliff University Sioux City, IA
116 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
116 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
118 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
119 Rivier University Nashua, NH
120 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
120 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
122 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
122 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
124 Champlain College Burlington, VT
125 Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO
126 William Jessup University Rocklin, CA
126 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
126 University of the Potomac - VA Campus Vienna, VA
126 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
130 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
131 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
132 Bluffton University Bluffton, OH
133 Dakota State University Madison, SD
133 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
135 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
135 Saint Vincent College Latrobe, PA
137 The Master’s College and Seminary Santa Clarita, CA
137 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
139 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
139 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
141 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
142 Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, WV
143 Heidelberg University Tiffin, OH
143 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
145 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
145 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
147 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
148 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
148 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
148 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
148 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great value schools for Business Administration & Management graduate students seeking value that almost earned our Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools award.

Rank College Location
152 Frostburg State University Frostburg, MD
152 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
154 Malone University Canton, OH
155 University of Nebraska at Kearney Kearney, NE
155 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
157 Newman University Wichita, KS
157 Stephens College Columbia, MO
159 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
159 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
161 Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, IN
161 Mount St Mary’s University Emmitsburg, MD
163 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
164 Bluefield College Bluefield, VA
164 Walsh University North Canton, OH
166 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
166 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
166 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
169 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
169 Ohio Dominican University Columbus, OH
171 Aurora University Aurora, IL
171 Concordia University, Texas Lakeway, TX
171 University of Dubuque Dubuque, IA
174 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
175 Marywood University Scranton, PA
175 Clarke University Dubuque, IA
177 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
177 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
179 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
179 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
179 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
179 Westminster College Utah Salt Lake City, UT
183 Lasell College Newton, MA
183 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
185 Meredith College Raleigh, NC
185 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
185 Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati, OH
188 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
189 Creighton University Omaha, NE
190 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
191 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
191 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
191 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
191 Butler University Indianapolis, IN
195 University of Virginia - Main Campus Charlottesville, VA
196 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
197 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
197 Corban University Salem, OR
197 Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID
197 Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL

Business Administration & Management by Region

View the Best Value Business Administration & Management Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Business Administration & Management is one of 21 different types of programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 21,904
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 14,136
Human Resource Management 10,770
General Business/Commerce 10,236
Finance & Financial Management 6,277

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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