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10 Priciest Public B-Schools for Out-of-State Students

At these schools, MBA students pay more than $50,000 per year in tuition and fees, on average.

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The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel or have room to grow in specific areas. Be sure to explore The Short List: College and The Short List: Grad School to find data that matters to you in your college or grad school search.

The country's most expensive b-school is Harvard Business School, a private school that costs $60,610 per year in tuition and fees. Although the University of California—Berkeley's Haas School of Business is a public school, it can cost out-of-state students almost as much in tuition and fees as some of the most expensive private b-schools. Non-California residents can expect to pay $53,396 in annual tuition and fees to attend Haas full time, which makes it the country's most expensive public b-school for out-of-state students.

The average cost of annual tuition and fees for out-of-state students at the 51 public business schools that reported this data to U.S. News for the 2011-2012 school year was $34,101. By comparison, the average cost in annual tuition and fees at the 10 most expensive public business schools for out-of-state students was $50,036—nearly $16,000 above the national b-school average.

[See the 10 lowest-priced private b-schools.]

Haas, which ranked No. 7 in U.S. News's Best Business Schools rankings, was the highest ranked school on the list of priciest public b-schools for out-of-state students. Five other schools on the list were also in the top 20 ranked business schools, including the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor's Ross School of Business (tied for 13th), the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration (tied for 13th), the University of California—Los Angeles's Anderson School of Management (15th), the University of Texas—Austin's McCombs School of Business (17th), and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School (tied for 19th).

Only schools that reported the yearly cost of tuition and fees were included in this analysis. Public schools that provided tuition and fees data to U.S. News based on per-credit hour costs or overall costs for the entire length of the program were excluded. Unranked schools, which did not meet certain criteria required by U.S. News to be numerically ranked, were not considered for this report.

Below is a table of the 10 most expensive public business schools for out-of-state students based on tuition and required fees for 2011-2012 (figures do not include room and board, books, and other miscellaneous costs):

Business school (name) Out-of-state tuition & fees (2011-12) U.S. News b-school rank
University of California—Berkeley (Haas) $53,396 7
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ross) $52,944 13
University of California—Los Angeles (Anderson) $52,580 15
University of Virginia (Darden) $52,000 13
University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler) $50,613 19
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities (Carlson) $48,566 30
University of California—Riverside (Anderson) $48,153 97
University of California—Davis $47,526 36
University of Maryland—College Park (Smith) $47,448 44
University of Texas—Austin (McCombs) $47,136 17

Don't see your school in the top 10? Access the U.S. News Business School Compass to find data on tuition, fees, and much more.

U.S. News surveyed more than 400 schools for our 2011 survey of business programs. Schools self-reported a myriad of data regarding their academic programs and the makeup of their student body, among other areas, making U.S. News's data the most accurate and detailed collection of college facts and figures of its kind. While U.S. News uses much of this survey data to rank schools for our annual Best Business Schools rankings, the data can also be useful when examined on a smaller scale. U.S. News will now produce lists of data, separate from the overall rankings, meant to provide students and parents a means to find which schools excel, or have room to grow, in specific areas that are important to them. While the data come from the schools themselves, these lists are not related to, and have no influence over, U.S. News's rankings of Best Colleges or Best Graduate Schools.