Are you interested in a career in economics? While some of the really exciting work is done by economists with a master’s degree or a doctorate, there are many entry-level careers possible, for a graduate of a bachelor program. With the increasing availability of quality online degree programs, earning a graduate degree in economics after gaining some real work experience is easier than it has been in the past.
Some possible careers for graduates of economics studies at all study levels includes: actuary, appraiser, banking and finance, business analyst, claims adjuster, commodities broker, compliance analyst, economic analyst, economic consultant, economic development specialist, economic loss specialist, economist, industry forecaster, investor relations specialist, lecturer/ professor, management consultant, operations research analyst, risk analyst, statistician and many more—some of which have entry-level equivalent roles.
Start your college search for an undergraduate economics program with this college ranking of the 10 most affordable online bachelor’s of economics degrees, below, which uses in-state tuition cost as the filtering factor. Also see our 10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Economics, for an alternative-viewpoint ranking of undergraduate economics degrees.
Fort Hays State University
In-State Tuition: $4,654
Out-Of-State Tuition: $13,657
Net Price: $11,890
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) was established in 1902 and originally founded as Western Branch of Kansas State Normal School. It is based in Hays, Kansas, and is a public institution.
It offers an online Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in International Business and Economics. This program requires 124 credits, including 27 credits of Core BBA courses, 39 credits of the economics major, three credits Free Elective, and 55 credits General Education. The program is broad in topic scope, combining business and economics, as well as foreign languages, geography, political science, sociology.
Econ courses include: International Economics; Managerial Economics; Money, Banking, and the Macroeconomy; Quantitative Methods.
University of West Georgia
In-State Tuition: $6,143
Out-Of-State Tuition: $16,717
Net Price: $14,565
University of West Georgia (UWG) was established in 1906 and originally founded as Fourth District Agricultural and Mechanical School. It is located in Carrollton, Georgia, and is part of the public University System of Georgia.
It offers a partially online Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA) with Economics concentration. This program requires 120 credits, with 60% of the courses currently available online and the rest on campus. Other undergrad Economics degrees are offered on-campus only, including a BA, BS and minor.
Sample Econ courses include: Forecasting; Intermediate Microeconomics; International Economics; Macroeconomic Policy; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; Statistics for Business.
Utah State University
In-State Tuition: $7,260
Out-Of-State Tuition: $19,760
Net Price: $11,686
Utah State University (USU) is based in Logan, Utah. It was established in 1888 as Agricultural College of Utah and is part of the public Utah System of Higher Education.
It offers online BA and BS Economics degrees, and a dual major option with Accounting. Students taking the BS option online can do so without an emphasis. BA students must choose one these four emphases: (1) Economic Theory; (2) International Economics and Trade; (3) Managerial Economics; (4) Prelaw Economics. Either degree requires a minimum of 120 undergrad credits, with most courses worth three or four credits each.
Sample Econ courses include: Intermediate Macroeconomics; Intermediate Microeconomics; Introduction to Economic Institutions, History, and Principles (BAI); Introduction to Global Economic Institutions and Business Environment (DSS); Introduction to Microeconomics (BSS); Macroeconomic Theory; Managerial Economics (DSS).
Eastern Oregon University
In-State Tuition: $7,764
Out-Of-State Tuition: $17,979
Net Price: $14,929
Based in La Grande, Oregon, Eastern Oregon University (EOU) was established in 1929 as Eastern Oregon Normal School. It is part of the public Oregon University System.
It offers two online bachelor’s of Economics degrees — one of which combines studies in Politics. Both require 60 credits of General Education courses and 61 credits of economics major courses. Part of the Economics curriculum is available as an online Minor. Students desiring a more customized degree should consider one of EOU’s online integrative or multidisciplinary bachelor’s programs and contact the school for the viability of such options.
Sample Econ courses include: History of Economic Thought; Intermediate Principles of Macroeconomics; Intermediate Principles of Microeconomics; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics.
Oregon State University
In-State Tuition: $10,107
Out-Of-State Tuition: $28,767
Net Price: $17,706
Oregon State University (OSU) was established in 1868 in Corvallis, Oregon, as Corvallis Academy.
It offers both a BA and BS Economics, as well as BS Environmental Economics and Policy. All three online economics degrees require 180 quarter credits for completion. The BAE/BSE has three options: (1) General; (2) Managerial Economics; (3) Law, Economics and Poilcy. Courses fall into five categories, includng Economics major (51 credits) and Electives (variable). The BSEEP courses are in four categories, including the major (96-98 credits) and Electives.
Sample Econ courses include: Introduction to Microeconomics; Introduction to Macroeconomics; Advanced Microeconomic Theory; Intermediate Microeconomic Theory; Advanced Macroeconomic Theory; Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory; Econometrics I, II; Introduction to Econometrics; Introduction to Economic Research; Public Policy Analysis; Economics of Traditional and Renewable Energy.
Colorado State University
In-State Tuition: $10,558
Out-Of-State Tuition: $27,267
Net Price: $15,664
Colorado State University-Fort Collins (CSU) was established in 1870 and originally founded as Colorado Agricultural College. It is part of the public Colorado State University System.
It offers an online BA Economics, and an Economics minor combined with a BA Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, both of which require 120 credits. The BAE must be taken with one of six cross-disciplinary minors (21-24 credits), or a second major. The BAILA is intended as a broad-based program, covering a wide range of topics, including economics, politics, communications and others.
Sample Econ courses include: Economic Development; Economics of Public Finance; Gender and the Economy; History of Economic Institutions and Thought; International Economics I, II; Introduction to Econometrics; Issues in Environmental Economics; Money and Banking; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; Regional Economics.
In-State Tuition: $10,720
Out-Of-State Tuition: $10,720
Net Price: $16,078
Ashford University (AU) was established in 1918 and originally founded as Mount St. Clare Academy. It is a private, for-profit institution.
It offers an online BA Business Economics, which requires at least 120 credits and accepts up to 90 transfer credits. General Education courses take 52 credits, Major courses take 45cr and Electives take 26cr.
Sample Econ courses include: Business Cycles and Growth; Financial Institutions and Markets ; International Economics ; Managerial Economics; Principles of Econometrics; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics.
In-State Tuition: $11,641
Out-Of-State Tuition: $11,641
Net Price: $24,764
The private, nonprofit Franklin University (Franklin) was established in 1902. It’s original name was the YMCA School of Commerce.
It offers an online BS Business Economics, which requires 124 credits for completion. This includes: 36 credits General Education; 28cr Business Core; 24cr Major Area; 12cr Major Electives; 24cr University Electives. This program can be taken as either a first or second/ subsequent bachelor’s degree, with the latter option requiring fewer credits and less time for completion.
Sample Econ courses include: Economics Internship; Forecasting; History of Economic Thought; Independent Studies – Economics; Intermediate Macroeconomics; Intermediate Microeconomics; Money,Banking and Financial Markets; Special Topics in Economics; Sustainable Economic Growth.
Pennsylvania State University
In-State Tuition: $17,514
Out-Of-State Tuition: $31,346
Net Price: $24,992
Pennsylvania State University (PSU) was established in 1855 and originally founded as Farmers’ High School of Pennsylvania. It is part of the public Pennsylvania Commonwealth System of Higher Education and is the main PSU campus.
It offers an online BA and BS Economics, both of which require 120 credits. The BA is for students interested in “the qualitative aspects of economics,” and it emphasizes more on topics such as foreign languages, culture, international relations, etc. The BS is more focused on analytics, mathematics, computer programming aspects, numerical concepts and models.
Sample Econ courses include: Intermediate Macroeconomic Analysis; Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis; Introduction to Econometrics; Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy; Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy; Statistical Foundations for Econometrics.
In-State Tuition: $25,050
Out-Of-State Tuition: $25,050
Net Price: $19,568
The private, nonprofit Lakeland University (LU) was established in 1862 and originally founded as Mission House College. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and changed its name from Lakeland College in early 2016.
It offers an emphasis option in Business Economics as part of an online Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) degree. The BBA Economics requires 120 credits, with 45-51 credits for business major requirements. The latter includes two economics courses, and another four economics courses (12 credits) are part of the Business Economics emphasis. The BBA has other non-economics emphasis options that include one or more economics courses. (See site for details.)
Sample Econ courses include: Intermediate Macroeconomics; Intermediate Microeconomics; International Economics; Money, Banking and National Income; Principles of Macroeconomics; Principles of Microeconomics; The Economics of Sports.