Top College in Wichita for Business Training

Students interested in studying business in Wichita, KS, have several schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

Many of the schools in the Wichita area offering business programs are private schools. Of the top three schools in the area, only one is a public university. That public school is also one of the few schools in the area with a ranked business program. Based on rankings, program offerings and degrees awarded, the following schools are the top schools in the area for business degrees:

  • Winner: Wichita University is the only public university in Wichita. It was named one of the top 200 undergraduate business schools in the entire nation. It also has a top 150 part-time graduate MBA program. The school offers a bachelor's and a master's degree related to business.
  • Runner Up #1: Friends University is a 4-year, private, not-for-profit school. It also offers bachelor's and master's degrees. Students here have added flexibility: they can take some courses online. About half of the 2011-2012 graduates from Friends University earned degrees in a business-related field, and the university has a very low student-to-faculty ratio.
  • Runner Up #2: Newman University is also a 4-year, private, not-for-profit school. The school offers associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees in business. Classes are geared for traditional students and adult learners. Despite offering three different programs, the school has graduated the smallest number of business students of these three institutions.

School Comparison Chart

Category Wichita State University Friends University Newman University
Rankings 199th for Best Undergraduate Business Programs (2012),
146th for part-time MBA (2013)*
Location Wichita, KS Wichita, KS Wichita, KS
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; private not-for-profit 4-year; private not-for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,442 (in-state, undergraduate); $14,476 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$4,952 (in-state, graduate); $11,876 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$22,500 (undergraduate);
$11,358 (graduate)**
$22,238 (undergraduate); $7,862 (graduate)**
Business Degree Program Award Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees
Business Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012 493** 431** 79**
Most Popular Business Program 2011-2012 Bachelor's in Business Administration (109 awarded)** Bachelor's in Business Administration (122 awarded)** Master's in Business Administration and Management (48 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2006 Entering Class 41% (34% transfer-out rate)** 32%** 47%**
Noteworthy Study abroad programs available for business students Online undergraduate and graduate business degree programs available Through a business education initiative, students can study business in Northern Ireland for a semester or a year

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, ** National Center for Education Statistics.

Winner: Wichita State University

  • The Barton School of Business is accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International
  • The on-campus Kansas Small Business Development Center provides business education opportunities for entrepreneurs
  • 17% of degrees awarded in 2011-2012 were business-related, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The Barton School of Business at Wichita State University, the only 4-year public university in Wichita, offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business along with a Master of Business Administration. MBA specializations include marketing, technology and operations management, finance, general business administration, entrepreneurship, health care administration, economics and accounting. Wichita's business school also offers an Executive MBA program, along with master's degrees in accountancy and economics. The university has various partnerships with local, national and international businesses that allow students to pursue cooperative education programs and internships. Business students may study at partner universities in six countries.

Runner-Up #1: Friends University

  • 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, according to NCES
  • 53% of degrees awarded in 2011-2012 were business-related, according to NCES data

Friends University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in business. The Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management is available on campus as well as online. This program combines training in management, decision making, information systems, business law, accounting, marketing, communication and project management. The university's MBA program is offered at the Wichita campus, the Topeka education center and online. There are also master's degree programs in business law and accounting. Students may participate in study abroad opportunities.

Runner-Up #2: Newman University

  • 96% of first-time freshman received some form of financial aid in 2011-2012, according to NCES
  • 15% of degrees awarded in 2011-2012 were in business, according to NCES data
  • Undergraduates must complete a theology course as part of general education requirements

Newman University is a liberal arts, Catholic university that offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in business. In order to enroll in the Associate of Science in Business Administration or the Bachelor of Science in Business Studies programs, students must have three years of full-time work experience. Additionally, the business studies bachelor's program is a degree-completion program, and students must have 62 credits before enrolling. Newman also offers two Bachelor of Business Administration degrees with majors in general business or management. The university's MBA program offers concentrations in finance, management, international business, leadership and management information systems. MBA courses are offered in the evenings, and the program can be completed in about 18 months.

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