47 Best Public B-Schools for a Full-Time MBA

MBA programs at some public institutions may be less expensive.

Although the cost of an MBA can vary, some two-year programs can exceed $60,000 in tuition annually. Attending a top-ranked public business school as an in-state student is one way to save on costs. In fact, the average in-state tuition for full-time MBA students during the 2020-21 school year was about $30,000 among the 37 of the top 47 public B-schools that reported annual tuition figures, U.S. News data shows. Some B-schools provided tuition statistics per credit or per program. Rates during the pandemic may differ from customary prices. Here are the 47 highest-ranked full-time MBA programs at public institutions.

University of California–San Diego (Rady)

U.S. News business school rank: 87 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 48.7%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $52,599

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $57,203

Learn more about Rady School of Management.

Binghamton University–SUNY

U.S. News business school rank: 84 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 75.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $15,000

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $24,390

Learn more about Binghamton University School of Management.

Temple University (Fox) (PA)

U.S. News business school rank: 84 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 51.9%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $64,722 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $67,828 per program

Learn more about the Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management.

University of Kentucky (Gatton)

U.S. News business school rank: 83

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 77.4%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $34,264 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $40,798 per program

Learn more about Gatton College of Business and Economics.

University of Oklahoma (Price)

U.S. News business school rank: 81 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 93%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $34,000 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $54,000 per program

Learn more about the Michael F. Price College of Business.

CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin)

U.S. News business school rank: 77 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 39.2%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $16,310

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $29,970

Learn more about the Zicklin School of Business.

University at Buffalo–SUNY

U.S. News business school rank: 77 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 81.7%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $15,000

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $24,390

Learn more about the UB School of Management.

Auburn University (Harbert) (AL)

U.S. News business school rank: 74 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 37.9%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $15,120 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $45,360 per program

Learn more about the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.

Clemson University (SC)

U.S. News business school rank: 74 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 96.1%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $19,802

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $32,540

Learn more about Clemson University School of Business.

University of Colorado–Boulder (Leeds)

U.S. News business school rank: 74 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 55.6%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $52,470 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $64,125 per program

Learn more about Leeds School of Business.

University of Kansas

U.S. News business school rank: 72 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 96.5%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $682 per credit

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $1,264 per credit

Learn more about the University of Kansas School of Business.

College of William and Mary (Mason) (VA)

U.S. News business school rank: 71

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 68.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $34,748

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $45,738

Learn more about the Raymond A. Mason School of Business.

Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge (Ourso)

U.S. News business school rank: 68 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 63.2%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $36,800 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $70,400 per program

Learn more about the E.J. Ourso College of Business.

North Carolina State University (Poole)

U.S. News business school rank: 64 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 49.7%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $23,220

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $41,031

Learn more about the Poole College of Management.

University of Arizona (Eller)

U.S. News business school rank: 64 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 26.4%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $11,938

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $32,065

Learn more about Eller College of Management.

University of Connecticut

U.S. News business school rank: 60 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 38.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $16,908

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $39,706

Learn more about University of Connecticut School of Business.

University of California–Irvine (Merage)

U.S. News business school rank: 57 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 20.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $46,954

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $55,899

Learn more about the Paul Merage School of Business.

University of Massachusetts–Amherst (Isenberg)

U.S. News business school rank: 57 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 38.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $14,778

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $34,587

Learn more about Isenberg School of Management.

University of South Carolina (Moore)

U.S. News business school rank: 55 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 68.2%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $32,000 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $60,384 per program

Learn more about the Darla Moore School of Business.

University of California–Davis

U.S. News business school rank: 53 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 44.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $39,558

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $51,803

Learn more about the UC–Davis Graduate School of Management.

University of Pittsburgh (Katz)

U.S. News business school rank: 52

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 36.6%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $23,460

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $32,910

Learn more about the Katz Graduate School of Business.

Iowa State University (Ivy)

U.S. News business school rank: 50 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 75.5%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $12,494

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $27,892

Learn more about the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business.

Purdue University–West Lafayette (Krannert) (IN)

U.S. News business school rank: 44 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 49.6%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $9,992

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $19,766

Learn more about the Krannert School of Management.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey–Newark and New Brunswick

U.S. News business school rank: 44 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 42%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $27,704

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $48,096

Learn more about Rutgers Business School.

University of Alabama (Manderson)

U.S. News business school rank: 44 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 56.1%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $10,780

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $30,250

Learn more about Manderson Graduate School of Business.

University of Utah (Eccles)

U.S. News business school rank: 44 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 43.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $30,000

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $31,000

Learn more about the David Eccles School of Business.

University of Maryland–College Park (Smith)

U.S. News business school rank: 42 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 45.8%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $92,232 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $113,292 per program

Learn more about the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

University of Wisconsin–Madison

U.S. News business school rank: 42 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 46.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $23,365

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $47,013

Learn more about the Wisconsin School of Business.

Michigan State University (Broad)

U.S. News business school rank: 39 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 47%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $33,098

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $52,458

Learn more about the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management.

University of Georgia (Terry)

U.S. News business school rank: 39 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 37.4%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $13,587

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $32,606

Learn more about the Terry College of Business.

University of Tennessee–Knoxville (Haslam)

U.S. News business school rank: 39 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 43.7%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $11,468

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $29,656

Learn more about Haslam College of Business.

Texas A&M University–College Station (Mays)

U.S. News business school rank: 38

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 42.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $61,629 per program

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $87,323 per program

Learn more about Mays Business School.

Ohio State University (Fisher)

U.S. News business school rank: 33 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 40%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $30,120

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $53,708

Learn more about the Max M. Fisher College of Business.

Pennsylvania State University–University Park (Smeal)

U.S. News business school rank: 33 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 20.1%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $26,938

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $43,296

Learn more about Smeal College of Business.

University of Texas–Dallas

U.S. News business school rank: 31 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 40.9%

In-state tuition (2020-20210): $14,721

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $29,166

Learn more about the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Arizona State University (W.P. Carey)

U.S. News business school rank: 30

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 22.2%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $28,720

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $48,400

Learn more about the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller)

U.S. News business school rank: 28 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 37.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $29,508

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $40,752

Learn more about the Scheller College of Business.

University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (Carlson)

U.S. News business school rank: 28 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 53.8%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $40,176

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $51,456

Learn more about the Carlson School of Management.

University of Florida (Warrington)

U.S. News business school rank: 26 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 26.6%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $12,737

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $30,130

Learn more about the Warrington College of Business.

Indiana University (Kelley)

U.S. News business school rank: 23 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 42.7%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $27,865

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $51,454

Learn more about the Kelley School of Business.

University of Washington (Foster)

U.S. News business school rank: 22

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 41.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $35,610

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $52,452

Learn more about the Michael G. Foster School of Business.

University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)

U.S. News business school rank: 20

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 52.5%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $48,051

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $63,174

Learn more about the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson)

U.S. News business school rank: 18 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 34.4%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $65,049

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $65,049

Learn more about the Anderson School of Management.

University of Texas–Austin (McCombs)

U.S. News business school rank: 18 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 36.9%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $51,020

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $56,572

Learn more about the McCombs School of Business.

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross)

U.S. News business school rank: 13 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 37%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $66,048

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $71,048

Learn more about the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

University of Virginia (Darden)

U.S. News business school rank: 13 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 35.1%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $66,436

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $68,754

Learn more about the Darden School of Business.

University of California–Berkeley (Haas)

U.S. News business school rank: 7 (tie)

Acceptance rate (2020 new entrants): 23.3%

In-state tuition (2020-2021): $64,246

Out-of-state tuition (2020-2021): $68,444

Learn more about the Haas School of Business.

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Explore the 47 public business schools that place highest in the full-time MBA rankings.

— University of California–Berkeley (Haas): 7 (tie)

— University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (Ross): 13 (tie)

— University of Virginia (Darden): 13 (tie)

— University of California–Los Angeles (Anderson): 18 (tie)

— University of Texas–Austin (McCombs): 18 (tie)

— University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler): 20

— University of Washington (Foster): 22

— Indiana University (Kelley): 23 (tie)

— University of Florida (Warrington): 26 (tie)

— Georgia Institute of Technology (Scheller): 28 (tie)

— University of Minnesota–Twin Cities: 28 (tie)

— Arizona State University: 30

— University of Texas–Dallas: 31 (tie)

— Ohio State University (Fisher): 33 (tie)

— Pennsylvania State University–University Park (Smeal): 33 (tie)

— Texas A&M University–College Station (Mays): 38

— Michigan State University: 39 (tie)

— University of Georgia: 39 (tie)

— University of Tennessee–Knoxville: 39 (tie)

— University of Wisconsin–Madison: 42 (tie)

— University of Maryland–College Park: 42 (tie)

— Purdue University–West Lafayette: 44 (tie)

— Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey–Newark and New Brunswick: 44 (tie)

— University of Alabama (Manderson): 44 (tie)

— University of Utah (Eccles): 44 (tie)

— Iowa State University: 50 (tie)

— University of Pittsburgh: 52

— University of California–Davis: 53 (tie)

— University of South Carolina (Moore): 55 (tie)

— University of California–Irvine: 57 (tie)

— University of Massachusetts–Amherst: 57 (tie)

— University of Connecticut: 60 (tie)

— North Carolina State University (Poole): 64 (tie)

— University of Arizona: 64 (tie)

— Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge (Ourso): 68 (tie)

— College of William and Mary (Mason): 71

— University of Kansas: 72 (tie)

— Auburn University: 74 (tie)

— Clemson University: 74 (tie)

— University of Colorado–Boulder (Leeds): 74 (tie)

— CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College (Zicklin): 77 (tie)

— University at Buffalo–SUNY: 77 (tie)

— University of Oklahoma (Price): 81 (tie)

— University of Kentucky (Gatton): 83

— Binghamton University–SUNY: 84 (tie)

— Temple University (Katz): 84 (tie)

— University of California–San Diego (Rady): 87 (tie)

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