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2021 Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

962 Colleges
416,954 Bachelor's Degrees
$36,243 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsIn 2018-2019, 416,954 bachelor's degrees were awarded to business, management and marketing students, making the major the most popular in the country.

For this year's Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 962 colleges that offer a bachelor's in business, management and marketing. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great business, management and marketing programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the business, management and marketing program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

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Top 25 Business, Management & Marketing Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Bismarck State College

Bismarck, ND

Bismarck State College tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional business, management and marketing students. BSC is a small public school located in the small city of Bismarck.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.4%. 1,695 of BSC students are exclusively distance learners. About 1,738 of the students at BSC are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize Saint Joseph's University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. St. Joe's is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. St. Joe's not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #5 on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list.

About 3.6% of St. Joe’s students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 2,074 students at St. Joe’s are exclusively online. 2,816 students are part time. St. Joe’s does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Bellevue, Bellevue University is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population.

About 6.4% of Bellevue University students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 7,690 of Bellevue University students are exclusively distance learners. 4,035 of Bellevue University students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best business, management and marketing schools for non-traditional students. SMU MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the town of Winona. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, SMU MN is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list.

The student loan default rate at SMU MN is lower than is typical, just 3.6% of students default in three years. 1,378 of SMU MN students are exclusively distance learners. 1,773 students are part time. SMU MN does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Trident University International earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of Cypress, TUI is a private for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

About 4.3% of TUI students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 6,861 students at TUI and they are all exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 2,574 part time students in attendance at TUI. TUI does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#6

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Villanova is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Villanova. Villanova also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing rankings.

The student loan default rate at Villanova is lower than is typical, just 1.4% of students default in three years. 1,576 students at Villanova are exclusively online. 3,154 of Villanova students are attending part time.

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#7

Baruch College

New York, NY

Baruch College landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best business, management and marketing schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of New York, Baruch is a public school with a large student population. Baruch not only placed well in our non-traditional rankings. It is also #9 on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.7%. Approximately 1,271 students take at least one class online at Baruch. 5,968 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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National Louis University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best business, management and marketing schools for non-traditional students. Located in the large city of Chicago, NLU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 6.6%. 1,946 students at NLU are exclusively online. 2,792 students are part time. NLU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Golden Gate University - San Francisco landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best business, management and marketing schools for non-traditional students. Golden Gate University - San Francisco is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco.

The student loan default rate at Golden Gate University - San Francisco is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. 784 students at Golden Gate University - San Francisco are exclusively online. About 1,435 of the students at Golden Gate University - San Francisco are attending part time. Golden Gate University - San Francisco does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of the Incarnate Word. Located in the city of San Antonio, UIW is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. UIW also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 5.9% of UIW students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,623 students at UIW are exclusively online. 2,049 of UIW students are attending part time. UIW does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of South Carolina - Columbia. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, UofSC is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, UofSC also did well on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list. It's in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.3%. Approximately 8,099 students take at least one class online at UofSC. 3,525 students are part time. UofSC does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#12

Peirce College

Philadelphia, PA

Peirce College landed the #12 spot in our 2021 best business, management and marketing schools for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Peirce is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Peirce also did well on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

714 of Peirce students are exclusively distance learners. 1,066 of Peirce students are attending part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - Madison earned the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings. UW - Madison is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Madison. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing ranking.

About 1.3% of UW - Madison students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 6,424 students take at least one class online at UW - Madison. About 4,418 of the students at UW - Madison are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#14

Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor University landed the #14 spot in our 2021 best business, management and marketing schools for non-traditional students. Located in the midsize city of Waco, Baylor is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Baylor, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.6%. Approximately 520 students take at least one class online at Baylor. 766 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#15

Oakland City University

Oakland City, IN

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oakland City University. Located in the town of Oakland City, Oakland City is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Oakland City also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list. It's in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Oakland City is lower than is typical, just 8.8% of students default in three years. 116 students at Oakland City are exclusively online. 734 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#16

Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Lynn University. Located in the city of Boca Raton, Lynn University Fighting Knights is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Lynn University Fighting Knights also did well on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.9%. There are approximately 826 students at Lynn University Fighting Knights that take at least one class online. There are roughly 577 part time students in attendance at Lynn University Fighting Knights. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#17

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

Our rankings recognize University of Georgia as the #17 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Athens, UGA is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, UGA is in the top 1% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 2.3%. There are approximately 3,957 students at UGA that take at least one class online. 3,722 students are part time.

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Florida International University comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Miami, FIU is a public college with a fairly large student population. FIU also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

About 3.7% of FIU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. There are approximately 25,978 students at FIU that take at least one class online. 23,256 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Southern New Hampshire University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Located in the medium-sized suburb of Manchester, SNHU is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population.

96,912 of SNHU students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 74,621 part time students in attendance at SNHU. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#20

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Washington. Georgetown also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list. It's in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

The student loan default rate at Georgetown is lower than is typical, just 1.2% of students default in three years. 2,151 of Georgetown students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 4,463 part time students in attendance at Georgetown. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#21

Albertus Magnus College

New Haven, CT

The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Albertus Magnus College. Located in the city of New Haven, Albertus Magnus is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Approximately 412 students take at least one class online at Albertus Magnus. There are roughly 274 part time students in attendance at Albertus Magnus. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#22

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University comes in at #22 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Drexel is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our non-traditional rankings, Drexel also did well on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 3.1%. Approximately 1,528 students take at least one class online at Drexel. 6,322 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#23

George Washington University

Washington, DC

George Washington University comes in at #23 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, GWU is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list.

About 1.9% of GWU students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 5,374 students at GWU are exclusively online. About 9,073 of the students at GWU are attending part time.

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#24

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Emory University landed the #24 spot in our 2021 best business, management and marketing schools for non-traditional students. Emory is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Atlanta. In addition to being on our bet for non-traditional students list, Emory is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.5%. There are approximately 1,099 students at Emory that take at least one class online. There are roughly 1,556 part time students in attendance at Emory.

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#25

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University earned the #25 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, Temple is a public college with a very large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Temple also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing ranking.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.1%. Approximately 5,543 students take at least one class online at Temple. 5,358 students are part time. Temple does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

#26

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL
#27

Pace University - New York

New York, NY
#29

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#31

George Fox University

Newberg, OR
#32

Lakeland University

Plymouth, WI

#33

Barry University

Miami, FL

#34

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#36

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#39

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#40

University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

#43

Park University

Parkville, MO
#46

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT
#47

Ashland University

Ashland, OH
#48

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
#49

DePaul University

Chicago, IL
#50

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 962 different United States business, management and marketing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Whitewater, WI
52 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
53 University of Northwestern Ohio Lima, OH
54 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
55 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
56 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
57 Arizona State University - Tempe Tempe, AZ
58 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
59 Malone University Canton, OH
60 California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo, CA
61 Brigham Young University - Provo Provo, UT
62 Baker University Baldwin City, KS
63 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL
64 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
65 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
66 Creighton University Omaha, NE
67 University of Mary Bismarck, ND
68 University of Delaware Newark, DE
69 City University of Seattle Seattle, WA
70 Illinois State University Normal, IL
71 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
72 Post University Waterbury, CT
73 Mid-America Christian University Oklahoma City, OK
74 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
75 Suffolk University Boston, MA
76 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI
77 University of Houston Houston, TX
78 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH
79 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
80 Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus Atlanta, GA
81 Sullivan University Louisville, KY
82 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
83 Concordia University, Saint Paul Saint Paul, MN
84 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
85 Santa Clara University Santa Clara, CA
86 Washington State University Pullman, WA
87 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
88 Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA
89 Ball State University Muncie, IN
90 American InterContinental University - Online Schaumburg, IL
91 Concordia University, Wisconsin Mequon, WI
92 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA
93 Wilmington University New Castle, DE
94 Roosevelt University Chicago, IL
95 Xavier University Cincinnati, OH
96 University of Mississippi University, MS
97 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
98 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
99 Siena College Loudonville, NY
100 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
101 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
102 Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, CA
103 Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA
104 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
105 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
106 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
107 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
108 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
109 University of Charleston Charleston, WV
110 Centenary University Hackettstown, NJ
111 Endicott College Beverly, MA
112 Iowa State University Ames, IA
113 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA
114 The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX
115 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
116 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
117 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
118 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
119 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
120 Marymount University Arlington, VA
121 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
122 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
123 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL
124 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ
125 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
126 Grand Valley State University Allendale, MI
127 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
128 Faulkner University Montgomery, AL
129 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO
130 La Roche College Pittsburgh, PA
131 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
132 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
133 Mount Mercy University Cedar Rapids, IA
134 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
135 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
136 Columbia College Columbia, MO
137 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
138 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
139 New York University New York, NY
140 Salem International University Salem, WV
141 Fordham University Bronx, NY
142 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
143 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
144 Georgia Southwestern State University Americus, GA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Business, Management & Marketing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students award.

Rank College Location
145 Brandman University Irvine, CA
146 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
147 University of Wisconsin - Stout Menomonie, WI
148 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
149 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
150 California State Polytechnic University - Pomona Pomona, CA
151 Bethel University Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
152 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
153 University of Denver Denver, CO
154 The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX
155 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
156 Seattle University Seattle, WA
157 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
158 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
159 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
160 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
161 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
162 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
163 Athens State University Athens, AL
164 Philander Smith College Little Rock, AR
165 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
166 Buena Vista University Storm Lake, IA
167 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
168 Dallas Baptist University Dallas, TX
169 Dickinson State University Dickinson, ND
170 National University La Jolla, CA
171 Viterbo University La Crosse, WI
172 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
173 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
174 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania Shippensburg, PA
175 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
176 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
177 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS
178 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
179 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
180 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
181 Winona State University Winona, MN
182 University of Redlands Redlands, CA
183 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA
184 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
185 University of Minnesota - Crookston Crookston, MN
186 Northeastern University Boston, MA
187 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
188 Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Main Campus Indiana, PA
189 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
190 Regent University Virginia Beach, VA
191 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
192 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR

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Business, Management & Marketing Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 363,728
Accounting 87,112
General Business/Commerce 53,285
Finance & Financial Management 52,678
Marketing 48,756

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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