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2021 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools

Highlighting Quality Schools With More Affordable Pricing

723 Colleges
$7,115 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$63,907 Avg Salary

Finding the Best Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree School for You

Business, Management & Marketing is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 2nd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 843,779 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

It's not easy to decide which program to enroll in when you have so many options available. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

The Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 723 schools in the United States to see which ones offered the best value master's degree programs for business, management and marketing 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. Specifically, our score for quality is discounted by the published tuition and fees charged by the given college. This gives the cost per unit of quality for each college. The more quality your dollar buys, the better the value.

In our regional and nationwide rankings, out-of-state tution and fees are used in our calculations. For statewide rankings, we use average in-state tuition and fees.

2021 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools in the United States

Check out the business, management and marketing master's degree programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your educational dollar.

Top 25 Best Schools for Affordable Quality for a Master's in Business, Management & Marketing

#1

Nichols College

Dudley, MA

Our 2021 rankings named Nichols College the best value school in the United States for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the suburb of Dudley, Nichols is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Nichols graduate students pay an average of $1,538 in tuition and fees each year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of Management and Technology. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. University of Management and Technology is a fairly small private for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Arlington.

University of Management and Technology graduate students pay an average of $7,110 in tuition and fees each year.

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#3

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

Out of the 723 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Fitchburg State University landed the # 3 spot on the list. Located in the midsize suburb of Fitchburg, Fitchburg State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

Fitchburg State graduate students pay an average of $5,742 in tuition and fees each year.

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#4

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, AL

The excellent master’s degree programs at Columbia Southern University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best value business, management and marketing schools in the United States. Columbia Southern University is a very large private for-profit school located in the fringe town of Orange Beach.

Columbia Southern University graduate students pay an average of $3,915 in tuition and fees each year.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at Brigham Young University - Provo helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best value business, management and marketing schools in the United States. BYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Provo.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at BYU are $7,290 per year.

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin ranked #6 on this year’s Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. UT Permian Basin is a medium-sized public school located in the medium-sized city of Odessa.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at UT Permian Basin are $6,664 a year.

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Trident University International came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Cypress, TUI is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at TUI are $6,120 per year.

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#8

Grantham University

Lenexa, KS

With a ranking of #8, Grantham University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Grantham University is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the small city of Lenexa.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Grantham University are $4,800 a year.

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Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business, management and marketing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. ASU - Skysong is a very large public school located in the city of Scottsdale.

ASU - Skysong graduate students pay an average of $6,592 in tuition and fees each year.

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Culver - Stockton College landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Culver - Stockton is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Canton.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Culver - Stockton are $6,200 per year.

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#11

Doane University

Crete, NE

Doane University landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Doane Crete is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Crete.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Doane Crete are $7,502 a year.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide landed the #12 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Embry-Riddle Worldwide is a large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Daytona Beach.

Embry-Riddle Worldwide graduate students pay an average of $8,268 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Embry-Riddle Worldwide is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list.

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With a ranking of #13, Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well on this year’s best value schools for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Minnesota State Mankato is a fairly large public school located in the city of Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato graduate students pay an average of $8,474 in tuition and fees each year.

In addition to its great value ranking, Minnesota State Mankato is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list.

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#14

Cabrini University

Radnor, PA

Cabrini University ranked #14 on this year’s Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. Cabrini University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Radnor.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Cabrini University are $6,305 per year.

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#15

Worcester State University

Worcester, MA

Worcester State University landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Located in the medium-sized city of Worcester, Worcester State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Worcester State graduate students pay an average of $5,796 in tuition and fees each year.

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#16

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

University of the Cumberlands landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Cumberlands is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the remote town of Williamsburg.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Cumberlands are $5,970 a year.

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#17

Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor, MI

With a ranking of #17, Spring Arbor University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Spring Arbor is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Spring Arbor.

Out-of-state tuition fees for graduate students at Spring Arbor are $8,176 per year.

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Colorado State University - Global Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business, management and marketing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #18 on the list. Colorado State University - Global Campus is a fairly large public school located in the city of Greenwood Village.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Colorado State University - Global Campus are $9,000 a year.

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#19

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

With a ranking of #19, Western Governors University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City, WGU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

WGU graduate students pay an average of $7,790 in tuition and fees each year.

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Grace College and Theological Seminary came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the distant town of Winona Lake, Grace College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Grace College are $7,386 a year.

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#21

University of Scranton

Scranton, PA

University of Scranton landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. University of Scranton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Scranton.

University of Scranton graduate students pay an average of $11,630 in tuition and fees each year.

University of Scranton also claimed a spot on our Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#22

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

Holy Family University landed the #22 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Holy Family is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Holy Family graduate students pay an average of $9,290 in tuition and fees each year.

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Concordia University, Saint Paul did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business, management and marketing students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #23 on the list. Located in the city of Saint Paul, Concordia University, Saint Paul is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

The average tuition and fees for an out-of-state graduate students at Concordia University, Saint Paul are $8,550 a year.

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With a ranking of #24, Illinois State University did quite well on this year’s best value schools for business, management and marketing students working on their master’s degree. Located in the midsize suburb of Normal, Illinois State is a public college with a very large student population.

Illinois State graduate students pay an average of $11,030 in tuition and fees each year.

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#25

Avila University

Kansas City, MO

Avila University landed the #25 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best value master’s degree business, management and marketing programs. Avila is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Kansas City.

Avila graduate students pay an average of $6,748 in tuition and fees each year.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools

#26

Kettering University

Flint, MI
#28

Tusculum College

Greeneville, TN
#33

Drake University

Des Moines, IA
#34

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#36

Warner University

Lake Wales, FL
#37

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
#38

Cleary University

Howell, MI
#40

Universidad Metropolitana

San Juan, PR
#41

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater, MA
#43

Winona State University

Winona, MN
#44

Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN
#47

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN
#48

Baker University

Baldwin City, KS
#49

Post University

Waterbury, CT
#50

Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the schools awarded a Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 723 different United States business, management and marketing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Chadron State College Chadron, NE
52 MSU Texas Wichita Falls, TX
53 North Dakota State University - Main Campus Fargo, ND
54 Drury University Springfield, MO
55 Wingate University Wingate, NC
56 Salve Regina University Newport, RI
57 Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce Mercedita, PR
57 Charleston Southern University Charleston, SC
59 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
60 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses Fort Wayne, IN
61 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
62 Villanova University Villanova, PA
63 West Liberty University West Liberty, WV
64 Fairfield University Fairfield, CT
65 University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN
66 Messiah University Mechanicsburg, PA
67 Union University Jackson, TN
68 Emmanuel College Massachusetts Boston, MA
69 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration Troy, MI
70 Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY
71 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
72 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
72 Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, WI
74 Universidad del Turabo Gurabo, PR
74 Capital University Columbus, OH
76 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
76 York College of Pennsylvania York, PA
78 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
79 Averett University - Graduate & Professional Studies Danville, VA
80 Carson - Newman University Jefferson City, TN
81 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT
82 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO
83 Brandman University Irvine, CA
84 Concordia University, Irvine Irvine, CA
85 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD
85 Missouri Southern State University Joplin, MO
87 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
87 William Jessup University Rocklin, CA
89 Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD
90 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
91 Bradley University Peoria, IL
91 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
91 Bellevue University Bellevue, NE
94 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
95 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
96 Purdue University Northwest Hammond, IN
96 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
98 Michigan Technological University Houghton, MI
99 Southern Wesleyan University Central, SC
100 Augsburg University Minneapolis, MN
101 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
101 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
103 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
103 Alverno College Milwaukee, WI
103 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
106 Mississippi College Clinton, MS
106 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus Bowling Green, OH
106 Anderson University South Carolina Anderson, SC

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Value Business, Management & Marketing Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
109 Biola University La Mirada, CA
109 Malone University Canton, OH
111 St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, NY
111 Gardner - Webb University Boiling Springs, NC
113 Newman University Wichita, KS
113 Truman State University Kirksville, MO
115 The University of Tampa Tampa, FL
116 Southwestern College Winfield, KS
117 Aurora University Aurora, IL
117 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
117 Marywood University Scranton, PA
120 Webster University Saint Louis, MO
120 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
120 Missouri State University - Springfield Springfield, MO
123 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
124 The College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN
124 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
126 Mount St. Joseph University Cincinnati, OH
127 Clarke University Dubuque, IA
128 Butler University Indianapolis, IN
128 Westminster College Utah Salt Lake City, UT
128 Oklahoma City University Oklahoma City, OK
131 Columbus State University Columbus, GA
131 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
133 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
133 Bellarmine University Louisville, KY
135 University of Central Arkansas Conway, AR
136 Meredith College Raleigh, NC
136 Champlain College Burlington, VT
136 Canisius College Buffalo, NY
139 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
139 Elon University Elon, NC
141 Concordia University, Chicago River Forest, IL
142 Kaplan University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
143 Creighton University Omaha, NE
143 Universidad del Este Carolina, PR
143 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX

Business, Management & Marketing by Region

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

Business, Management & Marketing Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23,738
Business Support & Assistant Services 19,483
Hospitality Management 19,042
Management Information Systems 14,747
Entrepreneurial Studies 10,427
International Business 10,181
Business/Managerial Economics 6,345
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5,873
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,834
General Sales & Marketing 5,734
Real Estate 5,700
Construction Management 3,664
Insurance 2,218
Taxation 1,783
Business/Corporate Communications 968
Telecommunications Management 71

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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Amit Savargaonkar.

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