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2019 Best Online Business Administration Colleges in Texas

Methodologies and Sources

Methodology

In order to qualify for our ranking a college needed to have the following requirements:

  • Offer a degree or certificate program in that subject, either in an online or hybrid format
  • Have at least 1% of students attending some form of distance education
  • Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2016-17
  • Have reported data for all 11 ranking variables listed below

After applying the above criteria, we ranked 50 colleges and universities in the United States offering an online business administration degree program, using 2016-17 data from the National Center for Education Statistics on the following criteria:

  1. Bachelor’s Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2016-2017 were in this particular subject
  2. Ratio of undergraduate students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Retention rate
  5. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  6. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students
  7. Student-to-faculty ratio
  8. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  9. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed,  Prepaid, Other)
    1. Payment
    2. Guaranteed
    3. Prepaid
    4. Other
  10. Services (Academic/Career Counseling, Placement for Completers)
    1. Academic/Career
    2. Placement for Completers
  11. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
    1. Dual
    2. Life
    3. AP
    4. Military

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Business Administration Texas

The Lone Star State is home to 48 Fortune 500 companies ranking third in the United States after California and New York. Twenty-two of these Texas-based companies have their home in the Dallas-Fort Worth region which has one of the largest concentrations of tech workers in the country. According to the Dallas Regional Chamber, Texas is on several lists of top-performing states, including the best state for female entrepreneurs and being the No. 1 state for wind energy. The 2019 Chief Executive Magazine's survey of CEOs put Texas as the best state for doing business.

Texas also holds a record for being one of the highest earning majors for bachelor's degree holders in Texas, according to a 2017 report by the Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. If you have a job or other life commitments that keep you from earning the degree you want, online colleges in Texas offer flexible online degree programs in business administration. These are fully online or hybrid programs that take into consideration your busy lifestyle allowing you to balance work, life and study. But read on to find out why the Texas job market is so hungry for business professionals!

Business in Texas is big; so is the job market for business professionals

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Texas would make it the tenth largest economy in the world if it was its own country contributing to 9 percent of the U.S. economy, according to the American Enterprise Institute. The wide variety of industries — from manufacturing to aeronautics to oil - translates to a variety of occupation choices for business professionals in Texas.

According to the 2018 Texas Workforce Commission's report, professional and business services were listed among the 4 largest private industries when combined accounted for over 58 percent of the jobs in Texas, at the end of fiscal year 2018. The same report mentions a variety of growth occupations (2016 to 2026) including general and operations managers, sales and customer service representatives, sales managers, business operations specialists, first-line supervisors, meeting convention and event planners, and public relations specialists across top-growing industries in Texas. For those wanting to start their own business, Texas is home to 2.6 million small businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, and is one of four states without corporate income tax.

Read on to know more about the colleges that make it to our list of the best online degrees for business administration in Texas!

15 Best Online Business Administration Degrees in Texas

Our methodology explained

Our unique methodology uses data from the Integrated Postsecondary Data Systems (IPEDS), a government database. In crafting this ranking we have considered factors that are most likely to be important to online students, such as the percentage of students participating in distance education, along with factors like placement services, accreditation, and financial aid. We invite you to take a look at the methodology to see how these factors align with your needs.

Here are our top 15 picks for the best online business administration degree programs in Texas.

1

Wayland Baptist University

Wayland Baptist University is a private Christian University offering online business administration degrees at the bachelor's and master's levels. It is associated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). It also participates in the National Council for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and the university can accept students from all 50 states, according to their website.

Students enrolled in the online Master's in Business Administration program can choose a concentration from accounting, general business, healthcare administration, human resource management, international management, management, management information systems, or project management while students of their online Bachelor's in Business Administration degree program can choose a specialization from business administration, cybersecurity, economics/finance, management information systems, and marketing/management.

Apart from a low student to faculty ratio of 10 students to one faculty member, they also have the largest electronic library collection on our ranking of the best online colleges in Texas for business administration.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $14520
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4698
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 13,099,737

2

LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University is a Christian polytechnic university. It is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). It offers online business administration degree programs at the bachelor's and master's levels through its School of Business. It also offers a unique 4+1 MBA program where you can earn your master's degree in just five years after graduating from high school.

Online students of the business administration bachelor's degree program can choose concentrations in finance, general business, human resource management, management and nonprofit management.

The school boasts of a 90 percent graduate placement rate which can help recent high school graduates secure their first jobs or career changers finally make the switch. LeTourneau also has a special endowed scholarship fund specifically for home schooled students, according to their website.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17:
  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $28770
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5255
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 288,437

3

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, non-profit Christian university. It offers online business administration degrees at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) as well.

Their online bachelor's degree program in business administration allows students to add on an additional associate degree to their BBA's in accounting, human resource management, management and marketing.

Their online degree programs are geared for students above the age of 22. Students can save up to $25,000 toward their bachelor's degrees through experiential learning credits, according to their website information.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $19700
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4530
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 263,862

4

Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University is regionally accredited by the SACSCOC while its online business administration degree programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). It also participates in NC-SARA making it easier to transfer credits from other states.

The University offers a range of online business administration degree programs including associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. It also offers an accelerated online Bachelor's and Master's Business Administration degree programs with concentrations in accounting, finance, management and music business.

Dual online MBAs are also offered in different disciplines like Children's Ministry, Christian Ministry, Discipleship, Global Leadership and Student ministry. It also offers various MBAs in education as dual master's degrees.

The website states their online library offers personal research aid to students and allows them to access to materials owned by other libraries through their inter library loan program.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $26580
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4757
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 194,273

5

Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Texas A&M University-Texarkana is accredited by SACSCOC and participates in NC-SARA. The University's College of Business, Engineering and Technology is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB International).

The school offers an online MBA with students being required to complete a capstone project in their last semester.

Students have access to their online library which has over 50,000 e-books apart from journal subscriptions, per website information. Students can also access VAST, Films on Demand and NBC Learn HigherED which gives them access to large multidisciplinary video databases to help connect their learning to real world situations.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $5178
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4821
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 747,399

6

Concordia University Texas

Concordia University Texas is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university offers its online business administration programs through the College of Business and Communication which has specialized accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) to offer the online MBA program.

Apart from the MBA the university also offers an online Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in global health and economic development, healthcare administration and human resource management. MBA students can choose from two concentrations namely Health Care Administration (HCA) and Organizational Development and Learning (ODL). Students of online business administration degree programs may be required to attend synchronous sessions periodically.

A tie-up with tutor.com means that online students can make use of online one-to-one tutoring services offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Students working with non-profit organizations can also benefit from a $70 per credit hour non-profit discount as stated by their website. The school's Center for Vocation & Professional Development can also help students find internship positions.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $29840
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5134
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 708,629

7

Parker University

Parker University is a private university with a focus on healthcare. It is accredited by the SACSCOC. It offers an online Bachelor's of Business Administration in Healthcare Management as well as an online Master's in Business Administration with a healthcare management focus. The MBA program is currently a candidate for accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Business Programs (ACBSP).

Its healthcare management BBA takes in new enrollments every month making it convenient for students to align their classes with their busy schedules. The MBA program offers four concentrations in health care management, management, information technology and practice management.

A hundred percent of the university's students received financial aid last year and this college also has the lowest student to faculty ratio on our list with just seven students per faculty member. Their job placement rates for graduates of both the BBA and MBA programs were 100% in 2017-18, according to IPEDS data.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $25128
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $3100
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 109,072

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Our Lady of the Lake University

Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the SACSCOC. It offers an online MBA program through its School of Business and Leadership (SBL). SBL's business programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The online MBA program offers concentrations in management and healthcare management.

Students can access their library online and use the TexShare Card Program to gain access to books and other material offered by participating libraries in the state of Texas, per website information. It also offers a number of tutoring services including writing consultants, peer tutors and online tutorials through smartthinking.com.

Students received an average of $5667 in federal grant aid which was the highest amount on our list!

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $27364
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5667
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 226,276

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University of the Incarnate Word

University of the Incarnate Word is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The H-E-B School of Business & Administration offers an online Bachelor's and Master's in Business Administration while the School of Professional Studies offers a blended Doctor of Business Administration program. The bachelor's and master's degree program are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The BBA program offers 10 concentrations including ones in sports management and professional golf management while the MBA offers specializations in asset management, data analytics and human resource management. Students who would like to choose a specialization in human resources may be eligible to sit for the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) Certified Professional exam.

According to their website, the Writing and Learning Center offers writing support for undergraduate students while the student success center can help in other aspects like career planning and life skills coaching.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $27900
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4992
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 131,910

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Central Texas College

Central Texas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers an online Associate of Science in Business Administration. It prepares students for transfer into four year institutions. The college has articulation agreements with many senior institutions which guarantee that every course they take at Central Texas College can transfer to a four-year degree program.

Adults returning to college are also offered transition services to take the next steps to advance their education or return to the workforce. Their website states that the college offers online tutoring and online help for the military and their families at no cost via a government agency. Students can also ask for assistance during the admissions and enrollment process from the Student Services Advisors.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $3390
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5027
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 34,584

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University of Houston-Downtown

University of Houston-Downtown is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). It offers eight online Bachelors of Business Administration degree programs through the Marilyn Davies College of Business, all of which are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB International).

Business administration students can choose majors from finance, general business, insurance and risk management, international business, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management.

Online students can benefit from a range of services including the TexShare card for libraries, academic advisors, and departmental scholarships for eligible students, as per website information. The University also has a joint admission partnership with Lone Star College allowing students to be simultaneously admitted and co-enrolled at both UHD and Lone Star College.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $4996
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4903
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 598,837

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is regionally accredited by the SACSCOC to award baccalaureate and masters' degrees. It offers both the Bachelors' and Master's in Business Administration online which are accredited by AASCB International. The university offers six start dates through the year making it easy to enroll at a time that's convenient to you. The university participates in NC-SARA and Texas Distance Education of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) electronic marketplace which can make it easier for students from Texas and other states to enroll in their educational offerings ensuring a quality online learning experience.

Undergraduate students can choose from specializations in management and marketing while MBA students can choose from a general business administration degree, finance, accounting or obtain their MBA with a certificate in health systems policy and management.

Master's degree students can complete their online MBA in as little as 12 months through their accelerated program. Information on their website states that online students can make use of 24/7 tutoring services through the Smarthinking Online Tutoring system.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $4529
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4274
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 1,074,625

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Amarillo College

Amarillo College is accredited by the SACSCOC to award associate degrees. It offers an online Associate in Business Administration with a focus on computer information systems. Students can choose to transfer to a four-year institution after completing their associate degree as the college has transfer agreements with over 20 universities and four-year colleges. Online students can also access tutoring at no cost, through the Smarthinking Online Tutoring system.

Apart from the financial aid office which can provide help with grants, loans and scholarships, the college also offers a money management service to help students achieve financial literacy, as per website information. With average in-state tuition rates of $ 1128, Amarillo College is one of the most inexpensive colleges on our list.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $1128
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4307
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 75,744

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Trinity Valley Community College

Trinity Valley Community College is accredited by the SACSCOC to award associate degrees. The College offers an online Associate of Applied Science in Business and Office Administration designed for students who plan to enter into employment upon completion. The online courses are open only to Texas residents. The college also has articulation agreements with 25 four-year colleges and universities for students who do wish to transfer into a more advanced degree program.

The student advisement center helps students with goal setting and scheduling. Tutoring services at no cost are available to all students, according to their website. The average in-state undergraduate tuition rates of $1080 can make this college choice the most inexpensive on our list.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $1080
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $4517
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 86,210

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Southwestern Adventist University

Southwestern Adventist University is accredited by the SACSCOC and has further accreditation from the Adventist Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities. The university also offers online degrees to students from other states through NC-SARA. It offers an online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as an online certificate in senior living management.

The university offers counseling services at no cost for its students as well as career planning and tutoring while enrollment counselors guide out-of-state students through the admissions process. Website information shows that students and alumni also have access to their Purple Briefcase System which is a private social media platform for networking and video education content and can help students get started on their careers and find internships.

Data Points:

  • Average in-state undergraduate tuition, 2016-17: $20112
  • Average amount of federal grant aid, 2016-17: $5321
  • Credits offered, 2016-17: AP Credit, Dual Credit, Life Experience Credit, Military Training Credit
  • Services, 2016-17: Career Counseling, Placement Services
  • Total electronic library collections, 2016-17: 34,600

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