Top 10 Budget MBA Programs in New York

New York City: if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. 

Not just the (paraphrased) lyric of the famous Frank Sinatra song, New York, New York, the phrase will ring true for MBA students: the Big Apple is one of the world’s foremost cultural and commercial capitals. Home to a plethora of media, finance and fashion firms, New York City is also served well by a bevy of excellent business schools. 

New York City may rank as one of the most expensive cities in the country, but studying for an MBA in New York doesn’t have to blow a hole in your budget. There are plenty of affordable programs that do not sacrifice on quality, and we’ve ranked the best of them below, not just in the city but wider New York State, starting with the cheapest.

Binghamton, New York 22 Followers 18 Discussions
SUNY Binghamton

Located in upstate New York, Binghamton may not boast close access to Wall Street giants such as Goldman Sachs or Morgan Stanley, like business schools in the Big Apple do, but the area is renowned for its superb manufacturing industry, a reputation is has held since the 1880s when Binghamton was a leading producer of cigars, computers and shoes. Binghamton University’s MBA is accredited by AACSB, so you can be sure its teaching standards are very high indeed. Graduate fees are relatively affordable, for both in-state and out-of-state students. 

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Buffalo, New York 24 Followers 53 Discussions
SUNY - UB Buffalo

The University at Buffalo’s School of Management has a bevy of awards that should serve as a quality stamp for prospective MBA students: it offers a top-20 public MBA, according to Forbes, and is also ranked by US News as one of America’s best schools. In terms of MBA programs in New York, it’s also one of the cheapest. Approximately 88 percent of the school’s MBA students found work within three months of graduation, earning an average salary of $61,301, so you’ll likely enjoy a very good return on your investment. 

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Albany, New York 6 Followers 7 Discussions

What distinguishes the University at Albany’s MBA program, aside from the low cost, is that first-year students work on an intensive one-week capstone course called “going green globally”. They work with executives on sustainable solutions to global business challenges. In the second year, the MBA students work on field projects with local companies, so there’s great links to employers. 

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New York City, New York 78 Followers 68 Discussions
CUNY - Baruch - Zicklin

Students at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business enjoy all the benefits of being in the Big Apple, but without the high fees you’d find at larger schools, such as NYU or Columbia. As a public (non-profit) university, Baruch College offers affordable fees: the school was ranked by Forbes as among the best value colleges in the US last year. 

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Riverdale, Online 0 Followers 0 Discussions
Manhattan College

The O’Malley School of Business’s MBA program is designed for working professionals: students study in the evenings and online, so you can complete the course in a breezy 18 months. That means you’ll pay much less in tuition fees and forgo less salary than with a traditional, two-year, campus-based MBA.

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Hempstead, New York 15 Followers 36 Discussions

Studying at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, at Hofstra University on Long Island, means you’ll be in touching distance of one of the world’s most important economic capitals, but without the high housing and other costs associated with living, studying, or working in Manhattan. 

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Syracuse, New York 17 Followers 27 Discussions

One advantage to studying at the Whitman School of Management is that the MBA focuses on real-world, practical learning experiences. You can also specialize in one of seven concentrations, including accounting, business analytics, entrepreneurship and emerging markets, or real estate. So you’ll have the experience and niche knowledge that will no doubt be valued by employers. 

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Rochester, New York 8 Followers 21 Discussions

Located at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Saunders College of Business is renowned for infusing digital technology into its MBA courses. You’ll still get a strong foundation of business skills, but leveraging RIT’s innovation excellence, you also can study design and information systems, product or service innovation, supply chain management and other tech-focused subjects.

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Rochester, New York 29 Followers 42 Discussions
Rochester - Simon

In 2015, the University of Rochester’s Simon School made the headlines when it cut its MBA tuition by over 13 percent to $92,000. As of 2018, the fees remain unchanged at $46,000 per year for the two-year course. The school, located close to Lake Ontario, is known for its focus on quantitative coursework. So if you want to work in, say, finance or accounting, this may be the program for you. What’s more, the Simon MBA is ranked as one of the world’s best by The Economist.

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New York City, New York 49 Followers 73 Discussions

Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business is ranked by the prestigious US News and World Report, putting it in a small(ish) club of America’s best business schools with MBA degrees. 

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