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Online degree cost comparisons



Note: We plan to expand this page in the future.

Check out these cost comparisons

From “A tale of 10 online MBA programs”

Name Regional Accreditation B-School Accreditation Cost per hour Required number of hours Total Tuition Cost
American Intercontinental University Yes NONE $645.33 48 $30,975
Capella University Yes NONE $605 48 $29,040
Kaplan University Yes NONE $395 52 $20,540
University of Phoenix Yes ACBSP $612 39 $23,868
Walden University Yes NONE $685 36 $24,660

Name Regional Accreditation B-School Accreditation Cost per hour Required number of hours Total Tuition Cost
Clarion University of PA Yes AACSB $416 33 $13,728
Mississippi State University Yes AACSB $473 30 $14,190
Morehead State University (KY) Yes AACSB $355 36 $12,780
University of South Dakota Yes AACSB $269.35 33 $8,889
Western Kentucky University Yes AACSB $421 30 $12,630

NOTE: While Capella University is an ACBSP member, the school’s business programs are not yet ACBSP-accredited, according to ACBSP.

Information taken from each school’s website, and considered current as of September 17, 2007. All programs are offered online. Tuition rates in the second table are for out-of-state residents. The MBA through the University of South Dakota is, in my opinion, the best business degree bargain offered online in the USA.


Undergraduate tuition comparison for online courses

From “A simple cost comparison”

Select For-profit Universities

College/University Cost per undergraduate credit hour for online courses Parent company ticker symbol
University of Phoenix $494 APOL
Capella $300 CPLA
Kaplan $320 WPO
Devry $376-$525 DV

Phoenix tuition, Capella tuition, Kaplan tuition, Walden tuition, DeVry tuition

Select state colleges and universities

College or University Cost per undergraduate credit hour for online courses Team Mascot
Adams State College $120-$175 Grizzlies
Peru State College $157 Bobcats
Troy University $173 Trojans
Fort Hays State University $148 Tigers
University of Wyoming $135 Cowboys/Cowgirls

Adams State College tuition, Peru State College tuition, Troy University tuition, Fort Hays State University tuition, University of Wyoming tuition

Tuition rates in the second table are valid for in-state and out-of-state residents.