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Online MBA programs are a popular option for business students juggling work and family commitments, and for good reason – the programs let students go to school on their own schedule.
While online MBA programs can serve as a career booster, they are not always cheap.
The average per-credit, out-of-state tuition for part-time online graduate business school students in 2013-2014 was $728, according to data reported by 223 public, private and for-profit schools in an annual U.S. News survey. Part-time, in-state tuition was lower, averaging $673 per credit.
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At the 10 most expensive online business schools for out-of-state graduate students, the average per-credit, part-time tuition in 2013-2014 was $1,458.
Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business reported the highest out-of-state tuition for part-time students, charging $1,845 per-credit – the same amount it changes in-state, part-time students.
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Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business was the highest ranked school on the list. That program, which charges out-of-state, part-time students $1,389 per-credit hour, placed No. 2 in the U.S. News Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings. The school charges part-time, in-state students the same amount.
Below are the 10 online business schools with the highest in-state, part-time tuition on a per-credit basis. The list includes programs that were both ranked and unranked by U.S. News. U.S. News did not calculate a numerical ranking for Unranked programs because the program did not meet certain criteria that U.S. News requires to be numerically ranked.
Stevens Institute of Technology is designated as Rank Not Published in the U.S. News Best Online Graduate Business Programs rankings. U.S. News calculates, but does not publish, a numerical rank for RNP schools.
|Business school (name) (state)||2013-2014 out-of-state, part-time tuition per credit||U.S. News rank|
|Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) (PA)||$1,845||UR|
|Pepperdine University (Graziadio) (CA)||$1,533||73|
|Florida Atlantic University||$1,500||110|
|George Washington University (DC)||$1,485||64|
|New England College of Business and Finance (MA)||$1,437||102|
|Arizona State University (Carey)||$1,389||2|
|Northeastern University (MA)||$1,385||51|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||$1,341||131|
|Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)||$1,340||RNP|
|Clarkson University (NY)||$1,324||39|
School officials can access historical data and rankings, including of peer institutions, via U.S. News Academic Insights.
U.S. News surveyed 223 universities in our 2013 survey of online master's degree programs in business. Schools 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 Online Programs 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 Online Programs. The tuition data above are correct as of Jan. 28, 2014.