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2021 Best Business Administration & Management Master's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

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Finding the Best Business Administration & Management Master's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 410,147 degrees and certificates were awarded to business administration and management students, making the major the most popular in the country.

With all the business programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Business Degree Central has developed this Best Business Administration & Management Master's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. This report analyzed 287 schools in the Southeast Region to see which ones offered the best master's degree programs for business students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for business administration majors pursuing a master's degree.

Top 25 Top Southeast Region Schools for a Master's in Business Administration

#1

Duke University

Durham, NC

Our 2021 rankings named Duke University the best school in the Southeast Region for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

Business Administration majors at Duke take out an average of $81,571 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $845.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Virginia - Main Campus. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from University of Virginia carry an average student debtload of $99,691. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $1,098.

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#3

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means Emory University is a great place for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Located in the large city of Atlanta, Emory is a private not-for-profit college with a large student population.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at Emory take out while working on their Master's Degree is $66,371. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $712, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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The excellent master’s degree programs at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best business administration and management schools in the Southeast Region . Located in the small city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public college with a very large student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at UNC Chapel Hill accumulate an average of around $81,154 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $881.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Georgia Tech is a very large public school located in the city of Atlanta.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at Georgia Tech accumulate an average of around $72,518 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $916, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#6

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

On average, business administration graduates from Vanderbilt take out $86,160 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $1,023, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#7

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

With a ranking of #7, Virginia Tech did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Virginia Tech is a very large public school located in the small city of Blacksburg.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at Virginia Tech accumulate an average of around $46,415 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $462.

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#8

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

With a ranking of #8, University of Richmond did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. U of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of University of Richmond.

Business Administration majors at U of Richmond take out an average of $42,574 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $389.

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#9

University of Georgia

Athens, GA

University of Georgia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. UGA is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Athens.

Business Administration majors at UGA take out an average of $53,907 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $594.

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#10

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem, Wake Forest University is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, business administration graduates from Wake Forest University take out $54,125 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $632.

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#11

Auburn University

Auburn, AL

With a ranking of #11, Auburn University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Auburn is a very large public school located in the city of Auburn.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at Auburn accumulate an average of around $44,950 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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With a ranking of #12, University of Management and Technology did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Located in the medium-sized city of Arlington, University of Management and Technology is a private for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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#13

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

James Madison University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Located in the city of Harrisonburg, JMU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, business administration graduates from JMU take out $33,604 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $365.

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#14

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

University of Florida came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the midsize city of Gainesville, U of F is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, business administration graduates from U of F take out $39,852 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $414, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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Citadel Military College of South Carolina ranked #15 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. The Citadel is a small public school located in the city of Charleston.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from The Citadel carry an average student debtload of $29,882. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $371, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. William & Mary is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Williamsburg.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from William & Mary carry an average student debtload of $48,485. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $504.

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The University of Tennessee - Knoxville did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #17 on the list. Located in the city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that business administration majors at UT Knoxville take out while working on their Master's Degree is $42,662. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $435, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #18, North Carolina State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for business administration and management students working on their master’s degree. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a very large student population.

On average, business administration graduates from NC State take out $37,489 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $464.

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University of South Carolina - Columbia came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Carolina is a very large public school located in the medium-sized city of Columbia.

Business Administration majors at Carolina take out an average of $47,441 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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#20

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

George Mason University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #20 on the list. GMU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Fairfax.

Business Administration majors at GMU take out an average of $47,144 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $478.

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#21

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Clemson University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in the suburb of Clemson, Clemson is a public school with a fairly large student population.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from Clemson carry an average student debtload of $36,538. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $421.

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Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #22 on the list. Located in the city of Daytona Beach, Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their Master's Degree, business administration majors at Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide accumulate an average of around $38,375 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $418.

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#23

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

University of Miami came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking. U Miami is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Coral Gables.

On average, business administration graduates from U Miami take out $83,144 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,000.

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#24

Elon University

Elon, NC

Elon University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools in the Southeast Region list. Elon is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized suburb of Elon.

After completing their Master's Degree, business administration graduates from Elon carry an average student debtload of $63,054. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $524.

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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for business administration and management students to get a master’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Daytona Beach.

Business Administration majors at Embry Riddle Daytona Beach take out an average of $38,375 in student loans while working on their Master's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $418.

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Rest of the Top Best Business Administration & Management Master's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region

#26

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR
#27

University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA
#28

John Brown University

Siloam Springs, AR
#29

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA
#30

Belmont University

Nashville, TN
#31

Wingate University

Wingate, NC
#33

Longwood University

Farmville, VA
#35

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS
#36

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Business Administration & Management students in the Southeast Region that almost earned our Best Business Administration & Management Master's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region award.

Rank College Location
37 University of Mississippi University, MS
38 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
39 Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA
40 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
41 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
42 Georgia College & State University Milledgeville, GA
43 Berry College Mount Berry, GA
44 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
45 Florida Institute of Technology - Online Melbourne, FL
46 Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY
47 Radford University Radford, VA
48 Mississippi College Clinton, MS

Best Business Administration & Management Colleges by State

Explore the best business administration and management colleges for a specific state in the Southeast region.

State Degrees Awarded
Florida 29,554
West Virginia 4,140
Alabama 7,303
Georgia 9,936
Louisiana 3,755
Kentucky 4,836
Tennessee 6,589
South Carolina 4,445
Virginia 11,863
Arkansas 2,056
North Carolina 15,140
Mississippi 2,442

One of 21 majors within the business area of study, business administration and management has other similar majors worth exploring.

Business Administration Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Business Administration and Management 350,924
Interior Design Management 16,189
Organizational Leadership 12,591
Supply Chain Management 9,732
Operations Management 5,802
Office Administration 5,025
Project Management 3,344
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 3,071
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 1,294
Retail Management 833
Transportation/Mobility Management 731
E-Commerce 233
Research and Development Management 194
Customer Service Management 184

Related Major Annual Graduates
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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