Ten Cheapest Universities to do an MBA with Out of State Tuition

Posted by Rohit Mittal
Updated on April 27, 2022

If you are planning to study your MBA in the United States and are on a tighter budget than most, this article will show you what the cheapest universities in the US are for you to pursue higher education. Whether you are an international student or out of state student, you will learn which school gives the most bang for your buck.

First we are going to have a look at two Ivy League school and the cost of an MBA in one of their Top MBA programs.

Ivy League MBA Program

If you are planning to study your MBA at an Ivy League such as Harvard, be prepared to shell out a lot of cash because those schools are really expensive. The Tuition fee is about $60,000, but on top of that you will need to pay fees for a student health insurance plan and for your housing. The cost to cover just those two things comes out to more than $20,000. If you have a spouse or children, it can get even more expensive. Without considering the costs associated with taking care of your family, an MBA program at Harvard will cost you more than $95,000. At Stanford the cost is even higher and all in all it sums up to almost a $100,000.

If you do not have an extra $100,000 lying around, we will give you the inside scoop on the cheapest MBA programs that will not leave you in a hole of debt.

The Cheapest MBA program in the United States with Out of State Tuition Fees

Now that we have shocked you with Ivy League tuition fees, here’s our list on the cheapest MBA programs you can find in the United States by paying the out of state tuition fee.

University or Business SchoolOut-of-state tuition
University of Hawaii$14,934
Lamar University (TX)$15,868
University of North Carolina—Wilmington$17,300
University at Buffalo$19,627
Clemson University (SC)$20,010
University of North Carolina$20,896
Iowa State University$21,864
San Diego State University$22,868
University of Houston$23,638
University of Alabama$24,230

For more information on our favorite cheap universities, keep reading the analysis on the different MBA programs offered at various schools below. We start with Lamar university.

Lamar University (TX)

Website: www.lamar.edu

Type: 4-year, Public

Lamar university in Texas offers Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship and Doctor’s degree for professional practice. The campus is a mid-size campus with campus housing and a plethora of organizations to join.  The student population is about 14,000 with about 10,000 undergraduate students. A plus about this university is that the student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1.  

University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Website: www.uncw.edu

Type: 4-year, Public

The university of North Carolina offers Bachelor’s degree, Post baccalaureate certificate, Master’s degree, Post-master’s certificate and Doctor’s degree for research/scholarship. The campus is a mid-size campus that includes on campus housing. The student population is about 13,000 with about 12,000 undergraduate students. You would be of a few graduate students at this university. Furthermore, the student to faculty ratio is 16 to 1.  

University at Buffalo

Website: www.buffalo.edu

Type: 4-year, Public

The university at Buffalo offers degrees for one – two years’ certificate, Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Post-master’s certificate, Doctor’s degree for research/scholarship as well as Doctor’s degree for professional practice. The suburb campus is a large campus with on campus housing and a student population of about 29,000 with about 19,000 undergraduate students. The student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1.  

Clemson University (SC)

Website: www.clemson.edu

Type: 4-year, Public

Clemson University in South Carolina offers Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Post-master’s certificate and Doctor’s degree for research/scholarship. The campus is a distant from town, making it a large college town with lots of on campus housing. The student population is about 20,000 with about 16,000 undergraduate students. Furthermore, the student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1.  

University of North Carolina

Website: www.uncg.edu

Type: 4-year, Public

The university of North Carolina offers Bachelor’s degree, Post baccalaureate certificate, Master’s degree, Post-master’s certificate, and Doctor’s degree for research/scholarship. The campus is in a large city but there is on campus housing, although many chose to live in the  city. The student population is about 19,000 with about 15,000 undergraduate students. Furthermore, the student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1.  

Iowa State University

Website: www.iastate.edu

Type: 4-year, Public

The university of Iowa State offers Bachelor’s degree, Post baccalaureate certificate, Master’s degree, Doctor’s degree for research/scholarship and Doctor’s degree for professional practice. The campus is in a small city, with many choosing to live in the on campus housing. The student population is about 30,000 with about 24,000 undergraduate students. Furthermore, the student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1.  

San Diego State University

Website: www.sdsu.edu

Type: 4-year, Public

The university of San Diego State offers Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctorates. The campus is in a large city and the student population is about 31,000 with about 26,000 undergraduate students. Furthermore, the student to faculty ratio is 27 to 1.  

University of Houston

Website: www.uh.edu

Type: 4-year, Public

The university of Houston offers Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Doctorates for research/scholarship as well as for professional practice. The campus is in a large city, has on campus housing, and the student population is 40,000 with about 32,000 undergraduate students. Furthermore, the student to faculty ratio is 23 to 1.  

University of Alabama

Website: www.ua.edu/

Type: 4-year, Public

The university of Alabama offers Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Post-master’s certificate, and Doctor’s degree for research/scholarship and professional practice. The campus is in a small city, it has on campus housing, and the student population is 32,000 with about 26,000 undergraduate students. Furthermore, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1.  

Although there are some pricey US universities, there are many good quality colleges that offers a lot of affordable MBA programs. I hope we have helped you with this guide to help you choose a strong MBA school in the United States. Save a couple of thousand dollars, or tens of thousands of dollars depending on the school you choose to do your MBA!

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