These days, employers are looking for more. Most entry-level corporate jobs require a bachelor’s degree as a minimum, and that’s just to get your resume on the desk instead of the garbage can. If you want to go into the corporate world, a bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA) is your starting point.
We at Value Colleges know that there are many ways of defining “value,” but sometimes, the easiest way is the most obvious: cheap. That’s why we have our Cheapest lists.
Now, these aren’t the cheapest of the cheap – they’re the best of the cheap. Most schools on this list are AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited or the equivalent, so there’s a basic level of quality they must all meet. These are also all 100% online – no classroom time needed.
Note: calculations are based on per-semester in-state tuition as reported by the institution; out-of-state residents may differ, and particular programs may have special fees. Most of these are degree-completion programs, meaning students must apply with foundational requirements completed elsewhere, such as community college.
A respected Historically Black University in Fayetteville, NC, Fayetteville State University has looked at changing higher education landscape and wisely expanded its distance education programs to reach non-traditional students across North Carolina and the nation. The School of Business and Economics offers an all-online bachelor’s degree in General Business Administration. FSU’s online programs are affordable and flexible, designed with part-time and working students in mind, to provide education to those who want to improve their status and career potential, but who would otherwise find a college education out of reach. Fayetteville, our number one cheap school, is priced at under $100 per credit hour for North Carolina residents!
Wyoming is another of those large states with scattered communities, and those tend to be the states that develop the best distance education programs, for obvious reasons. The University of Wyoming offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration degree from their respected College of Business. UW’s program emphasizes entrepreneurship, ethics, and sustainability, so for business students interested in making an impact on the world while making money, Wyoming’s got you covered. And at $119 per credit hour, you’ve got no excuses not to go for it!
Part of the prestigious University of North Carolina system, UNC Greensboro has a mandate to provide high quality education to NC residents at low prices. To meet student demand, UNCG has developed an impressive online program, including two business bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and BS in Supply Chain Management. The Bryan School of Business and Economics staffs their online courses with the same highly-credentialed faculty as their on-campus program and provide a full, in-depth education that is convenient for the working adult and seriously cheap, priced at just $147 per credit hour for in-staters.
Columbus State University, in Columbus, GA, is known for its business school, the D. Abbott Turner College of Business, one of the best regarded in the south. U.S. News & World Report has noted CSU’s online business programs, a vote of confidence from the leading voice in academic ranking, and, of course, the tuition is exceedingly reasonable. Online students can choose a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business, or specialize in the International Business track, a highly desirable field in today’s global corporate world. With quality and affordability, CSU is a good, relatively cheap investment. Georgia residents pay only $174 per credit hour!
t’s easy to see a trend here: big state with lots of open spaces (plains, desert, mountains) = significant online education program. New Mexico State’s mission is to provide education to its highly diverse citizenry (in race, ethnicity, and economic status), and one way of doing that is a distance education program that offers non-traditional students a way to learn at their convenience. NMSU has two all-online Bachelor of Business Administration degrees: General Business and Marketing. Online students will learn business principles to prepare them for careers in the modern economic climate, all for a low, low price of $253 per credit hour.
The California State University system is one of the most renowned in the nation, with many of its affiliated institutions standing high on national and international rankings of the best universities. CSU Fullerton, with a highly diverse student body and an internationally-recognized faculty, is one of those, ranked as a top 10 public regional university by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to its reputation, CSU Fullerton is also exceptionally affordable, and its online Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree is a solid, reputable value priced at $264 per semester credit for California residents. The online program is presented in a cohort format, so the same students stay together throughout their courses to develop bonds and support one another, a real advantage in an online degree.
The University of Houston is one of the leading public research universities in the state, and one of the largest (everything is bigger, etc), the University of Houston system includes numerous campuses and a robust online program with many majors. Online business students can choose from three BBA options: Healthcare Administration, Management, and Supply Chain Management. Informed readers will realize these are three of the most desirable degrees, especially Healthcare Administration (the healthcare industry is growing exponentially) and Supply Chain Management (an essential component of modern international trade). It’s a cheap and solid investment priced at $355 per credit hour.
The Lone Star state appears again with Texas A&M Commerce, a long-standing part of the nationally-recognized Texas A&M University system and one of the oldest universities in Texas. Since Texas is big, with spread-out populations, TAMUC has built up their online offerings impressively to provide education across the state. The College of Business offers two fully-online programs: the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business. No fancy specialities here, just a solid general business program that will prepare students for their careers or an MBA program from the convenience of home, with flexible schedules that working adults can manage and an affordable $374 per credit hour tuition rate.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s eULM campus has a high level of prestige in Louisiana, as the top online program in the state. eULM offers more than 30 degrees, some of which have been ranked highly by U.S. News & World Report for their quality. Students can get a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in general business, all online, or choose a Marketing specialization. With small classes, students get individualized attention, and flexible scheduling allows students to work full-time or part-time, around the schedules they already have. And, of course, there’s no sticker shock with a low tuition rate of $375 per credit hour.