Affordable MBA Programs in Massachusetts

Mar 12, 2019

Massachusetts has many colleges and universities that offer affordable Master of Business Administration degrees. If you are considering such a degree, take a look at the five institutions profiled in this guide.

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When selecting an affordable MBA program in Massachusetts, you can choose from several that offer annual tuition rates under $26,000. You can learn about the eligibility requirements, required courses, and enrollment options for each degree program.

School Comparison At a Glance

Institutions are located across the state in locations like Boston and Dudley.

Institution Location Average Graduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
Bay Path University Longmeadow, MA $23,787
Cambridge College Boston, MA $14,240
Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA $12,510**
Nichols College Dudley, MA $25,200**
Salem State University Salem, MA $8,188 (in-state) / $9,808 (out-of-state)

Sources: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), **School websites

Overview of Affordable Massachusetts Programs

Bay Path University

You can complete Bay Path University's 36-credit MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices in 1-2 years. The program is very flexible, as you can choose either full or part-time enrollment and distance or hybrid learning. Program coursework includes topics like organizational behavior and leadership and entrepreneurial finance. You will need to provide an application, official transcripts, an essay on your personal and professional goals, a resume, and two recommendations.

Cambridge College

Cambridge College's MBA program offers five specializations to choose from: non-profit management, human resources management, information technology management, marketing, and business analytics. The program offers evening and weekend classes to suit your scheduling needs. You will need to earn between 45 and 54 credits (depending on your specialization) with classes like organizational environment and foundations of management. You will need a bachelor' s degree to apply to the program. The admissions requirements include an online application and $50 fee, official transcripts, a resume, personal statement, two recommendations, and an interview.

Fitchburg State University

You can earn your MBA in Management via Fitchburg State University's 30-credit, online program. The program can be completed in one year. Required courses include organizational behavior and development and marketing management. A bachelor's degree with at least a 2.8 GPA or better is needed for admission. If you do not meet the GPA requirement, you may be accepted with a recommendation letter and relevant work experience. You must submit an online application with $50 fee, official transcripts, and a resume.

Nichols College

This college has a 24-month, part-time MBA program. You will need to earn 36 credits through classes such as business communications and operations management. It should be noted that Nichols College allows students who have taken graduate business courses in another accredited program to transfer up to 9 credits toward their MBA. The application process involves creating an account on the school website and submitting an online application.

Salem State University

Salem State University has a 36-credit MBA program with both full and part-time enrollment. You will take required courses in areas such as marketing, finance, and business, with electives in areas like management information systems and operations. Class options include traditional weekend and evening classes, distance learning, or a combination of both. You can complete the program in two years if you are enrolled full-time, with 3-6 years for part-time enrollment. Salem's admissions process includes an online application and $50 fee, three references, GMAT or GRE scores no older than 5 years, official transcripts, a resume, and a statement of purpose.

Affordable MBA programs in Massachusetts range in delivery from part-time to entirely online. Time lengths range from 1-2 years and specializations are available.

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