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Carson College of Business Measuring the ROI of an Online MBA

Measuring the ROI of an Online MBA


Earning an MBA could cost you $25,000 to $94,000, or higher if you factor in lost salary for programs that don’t fit a full·time working professional. You can calculate the possible ROI to make sure the time and tuition are worth it.

The Typical ROI for MBA Graduates


The Economist conducted a study
and found out that:

The ROI of a typical brick and mortar school runs between 6.3% and 20.8%.
Loss of salary is the main reason for a low ROI since most students can’t work while attending full-time studies.


Data sources continue to develop for online MBA programs.
At present, the ROI of an online MBA program is often more favorable as students don’t have to stop working.

In 2015, the Graduate Management Admission Council, a nonprofit organization, surveyed business school alumni from various programs, including on­campus, online, part-time, and full-time, and found:


of the respondents reported their graduate business education increased their earnings potential


of alumni rated their business education value as ranking from good to outstanding


said they have and would continue to encourage others to attend their business school

2016 Post-MBA Average Salary of Workers



What MBA Graduates Have to Say



Crunching the Numbers
Calculating Your MBA Program’s ROI


Know Your Options:
The Three Main Types of MBA Programs




With the wide range of online and campus based offerings, you can certainly find a program that best fits your lifestyle and desired ROI. Whichever program you choose, a degree from a reputable and accredited MBA program can ultimately result in long-term value.