The 10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Economics for 2019

The study of economics gives individuals a unique advantage in understanding market trends and the potential impact that the economy can have on an individual business. It also helps individuals to analyze and make crucial strategic decisions about money and investments in today’s market. Students who specialize in economics gain a number of skills, including logic, critical thinking, money management, and, most importantly, an understanding of the economy as a whole.

Earning a bachelor’s degree within this subject area can be critical in helping students to hone these skills while still having opportunities to specialize in different areas of business and economics. Plus, completing it online allows students to gather real world experience or work full-time while studying. With a median starting salary of $49,514, economics students can go on to become financial analysts, advisors, market research analysts, statisticians, sales agents, or government workers, among others.

 

#10 ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY

MOON  TOWNSHIP, PA

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ECONOMICS
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Robert Morris University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics. This online program also gives students access to a wealth of services, including a career advisor, a wellness counselor, and 24-hour technical support. Ranked 23rd by U.S. News and World Report for Online Bachelor’s Programs, RMU’s curriculum allows students to apply an economic mindset to all aspects of their lives. Students have interned with ESPN, U.S. Steel, and West Penn Financial before being hired by other organizations such as UPMC Health System, PNC Bank, Dollar Bank, and Allstate Insurance.
Tuition: $22,950

 

#9 WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

PULLMAN, WA

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMIC SCIENCES – BUSINESS ECONOMICS OPTION
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Washington State University’s Bachelor of Science in Economic Sciences – Business Economics Option allows students to take courses with the same faculty as those who teach on the physical campus. Students also have the option between a concentration in either commodity marketing or management. Graduates of WSU’s program, which has been ranked #23 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of best online bachelor’s programs, have become financial analysts, advisors, loan officers, and government officials. Sample courses include Advanced Food Economics and Marketing, Labor Economics, and Introductory Econometrics. The program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Tuition: $24,656

 

#8 EASTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY

LA GRANDE, OREGON

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Eastern Oregon University’s Economics degree provides a lot of variety. You’ll be sure to find your niche. Focusing on the practical applications of economics, EOU helps students study the economic factors in areas like the environment, financial markets, and job creation. The required capstone project connects students to the local community to reinforce the real-life impact of economics.
Out-of-State Tuition: $15,768

 

#7 WEST TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

CANYON, TEXAS

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A MAJOR IN LAW & ECONOMICS
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Students can earn their BBA with with an Economics & Law major at Texas A&M entirely online if they choose. The program can also be combined with on-campus instruction. The online courses are identical – they meet at the same times, they’re taught by the same faculty, and meet the same requirements. Online students have access to academic advising and campus resources. The program is highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
Out-of-State Tuition: $5,185

 

#6 UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA

CARROLLTON, GA

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A MAJOR IN ECONOMICS
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University of West Georgia aims for its students to be able to move from theory to real-life application through its Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Economics. The program and school are accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Graduates of the program are able to understand economic concepts such as income accounting, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, and international trade. All students also complete a business core curriculum, preparing them for careers in business or government.
Out-of-State Tuition: $15,876

 

#5 PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY WORLD CAMPUS

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA

BACHELOR OF ARTS OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMICS
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With a history of distance and online education, Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics degree that has a well-rounded and career-focused curriculum. Penn State also has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten best online bachelor’s program by U.S. News and World Report. World Campus’ online education community has also been praised for being one of the top military-friendly institutions by the Military Times, U.S. Veterans Magazine, and the Military Advanced Education and Transition journal. In their course of study, students complete 120 credits after choosing between the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science tracks.
Tuition: $20,470

 

#4 OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

CORVALLIS, OR

BACHELOR OF ARTS OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMICS
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Ranked #6 by the U.S. News and World Report for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, Oregon State University offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Economics online. Students have the option to choose between a specialization in managerial economics or law, economics, and policy. OSU also allows for students to complete a minor online. Designed to help students connect with faculty members through OSU’s Ecampus, students complete 180 credits throughout their course of study.
Out-of-State Tuition: $22,761

 

#3 FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY

HAYS, KS

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION WITH A MAJOR IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
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With over 50 online programs designed with distance and adult learners in mind, Fort Hays State University’s Virtual College has a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and Economics. Students must complete 124 credits that together emphasize the international elements of product and resource markets. The program also offers flexibility for scheduling. Additionally, Fort Hays State’s online program is ranked #35 by U.S. News and World Report. Students can take a wide variety of courses ranging from introductory macro and microeconomics to business law, leadership and team dynamics, and global business communication.
Out-of-State Tuition: $9,961

 

#2 COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY – FORT COLLINS

FORT COLLINS, CO

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ECONOMICS
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Colorado State University at Fort Collins offers an online Bachelor of Arts in Economics that is  taught by the same faculty members who teach on campus. This program, offered through CSU’s College of Liberal Arts, consists of 120 credits. Students must also complete a minor in a field such as business administration, media studies, political science, or one of many others. This program produces graduates who are able to think critically about economic systems and how they are influenced by society. Students also have access to student support services and a flexible timeline for completion.
Out-of-State Tuition: $24,312

 

#1 UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY

LOGAN, UT

BACHELOR OF ARTS OR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ECONOMICS
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Students at Utah State University have the option to complete either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. The programs both have a strong grounding economics theory, preparing students for careers requiring them to do economic policy analysis. Additionally, Utah State University’s program is ranked as #5 on the list of best online bachelor’s degrees while still offering a flexible course schedule. Students also have a wide variety of options for their coursework, including classes in economic theory, managerial economics, pre-law economics, and international economics and trade. Sample courses include Introduction to Global Economics, Law and Economics, Money and Banking, and the Economics of Public Choice.
Tuition: $19, 564