Top 10 Most Affordable Online MBA in Finance Degree Programs 2015

Posted July 2015
By MFD Staff

This article highlights the top 10 most affordable online MBA in Finance degree programs of 2015, based on our own internal research and editorial review.

Methodology

Schools selected for the 2015 list offer online MBA programs with an option to specialize in finance or financial management. All schools bear approval from a major regional or national accrediting body. While school rankings and awards factored heavily in the selection of online degree programs, affordability was the key factor. Schools are ranked in order of affordability.

It should be noted that the graduate tuition detailed below is the most current rate for in-state, full-time students. The tuition rate reflects the most recent publication by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Science, National Center for Education Statistics – College Navigator. The graduate tuition price may not reflect program fees; therefore, it is important to contact the school or program directly to obtain the most recent tuition rate.

#10 – National University

Online MBA with Specialization in Financial Management

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Graduate Tuition : $10,638

National University is a private institution that was founded in the early 1970s. Located in the urban setting of La Jolla, California, National University offers various graduate degrees in business, including the MBA. MBA programs offer areas of concentration, including the Financial Management specialization. Special emphasis makes students marketable when applying for jobs in the financial field. National University is the second-largest nonprofit and private university in California. The Western Association of School and Colleges accredits the university.

#9 – Freed-Hardeman University

Online MBA with Concentration in Finance

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Graduate Tuition : $9,900

Freed-Hardeman University offers a unique online MBA program that allows students to pursue an MBA while focusing studies in Finance, or other areas of specialization. MBA courses include Economic Thought, Financial Management, and Managerial Accounting. The program is administered entirely online, providing students with the flexibility needed to balance school with other responsibilities. U.S. News and World Report ranks Freed-Hardeman as the 43rd Best Regional University in the South, according to the 2015 edition of Best Colleges. The online MBA program is nationally ranked but the ranking remains unpublished as of 2015.

#8 – Concordia University – Wisconsin

Online MBA in Finance

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Graduate Tuition : $9,540

Concordia University offers an online MBA with Finance concentration program that combines a faith-based approach to learning with advanced business and finance curriculum. Ethical accounting practices, financial models, and investment strategies are covered in the program. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredits the institution. U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges ranks Concordia University as the 80th Best Regional University in the West and the 27th Best College for Veterans. The MBA program is one of the most affordable of its kind.

#7 – Kaplan University – Various Campuses, including Cedar Falls, Des Moines, and Mason City

Online MBA with Finance Specialization

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Graduate Tuition : $9,240

Kaplan University offers an online MBA degree program designed with the objective to help students pursue advanced roles in business. Various areas of specialization are offered, which include Finance. Students who specialize in Finance graduate with an online MBA and Finance Specialization. Course topics include Corporate Finance, Financial Statement Analysis, and Risk Analysis and Management. Kaplan University is a proprietary institution with nationally and regionally ranked undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Kaplan is affiliated with the Kaplan Higher Education Corporation and Graham Holdings Company.

#6 – Colorado State University – Global Campus

Online MBA – Applied Business Management and Finance

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Graduate Tuition : $9,000

Colorado State University – Global Campus offers a unique and affordable MBA program that combines applied business management with finance. The advanced degree allows students to concentrate studies to receive a specialization in areas of interest, including Finance. The program prepares students for careers as financial leaders and managers. The program is nationally and regionally recognized as a top institution. U.S. News and World Report ranks Colorado State University’s Global Campus the 7th Best Online Bachelor’s Program and the 53rd Best Online Graduate Business Program.

#5 – Brenau University

Online MBA in Finance

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Graduate Tuition : $8,596

The MBA in Finance provides students at Brenau University with the skills required to progress into upper-level positions in the field of finance. Students hone skills in areas of investments, international finance, and rick management. The degree program leads to a Masters in Business Administration degree with a certificate in Finance. Brenau University is a nationally and regionally ranked institution. U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as the 43rd Best Regional University in the South and the 12th Best College for Veterans. The online MBA program is ranked but not published in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges.

#4 – Gardner-Webb University

Online MBA with Finance Emphasis

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Graduate Tuition : $7,038

The MBA program at Gardner-Webb University is offered entirely online and designed to bring flexibility to students’ already busy schedules. The principle objective of the online graduate degree is to change the way students work and think, while honing business and finance skills needed to successfully impact the workplace. Typical finance courses include Cases in Financial and Managerial Accounting, Financial Institution Management, and Investment Portfolio Management. U.S. News and World Report ranks Gardner-Webb the 34th Best Regional University in the South, with the 74th Best Online MBA Program.

#3 – University of Houston – Clear Lake

Online MBA with Concentration in Finance

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Graduate Tuition (In-State): $6,372

University of Houston’s Clear Lake campus offers the only online MBA program in Houston accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The MBA program provides specific areas of concentration, such as Finance, for students to hone skills and gain understanding in areas of interest. The school has gained recognition as one of the most affordable institutions to earn an MBA degree online. U.S. News and World Report ranks University of Houston at Clear Lake the 89th Best Online MBA Program and the 67th Best Online Graduate Business Program in its 2015 edition of Best Colleges.

#2 – Columbia Southern University

Online MBA with Concentration in Finance

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Graduate Tuition : $4,950

Columbia Southern University’s College of Business offers an MBA degree program with the option to focus on Finance. The finance concentration incorporates research skills, contemporary issues, and job related behaviors as related to today’s competitive finance and business world. Program courses include Corporate Finance, International Economics, and Public Budgeting. The Distance Education Accreditation Commission, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits the private university. Columbia’s degree programs are recognized as among the most affordable in the United States.

#1 – Aspen University

Online MBA in Finance

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Graduate Tuition : $3,900

Aspen University’s online Master in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance program is designed for students seeking an advanced business degree with finance-focused courses and curriculum. Aspen University is a for-profit online university, offering accredited distance learning graduate degree programs. The Commission of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission accredits the school and the Project Management Institute routinely reviews and approves programs offered by the university. The school prides itself in offering responsibly priced specialty degrees through its distance learning programs designed to assist students with achieving sustainable economic benefits.

Sources

• Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, College Navigator
• U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges Rankings and Lists