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2021 Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools

299 Colleges
$40,821 Avg Salary
$25,596 Avg Student Debt

General Business/Commerce is one of the most popular majors in the nation, ranking 3rd of all the majors we analyze. In 2018-2019, 58,451 degrees and certificates were awarded to students with this major.

With all the business programs available today, it can be tough to choose which one is the best for you. You can choose a traditional brick and mortar school, or with the growth of online education, you can attend a school half-way across the country without even leaving your house. Also there are many trade schools that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

Along with in-depth profiles of schools and the programs they offer, Business Degree Central has created the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools to help you in your search for the best school for you. Our analysis looked at 299 schools in the United States to see which online programs were the most popular for business students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from schools with online programs.

The colleges and universities below are the most popular for general business majors pursuing an online .

#1

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

Our analysis found SUNY Empire State College to be the most popular school for general business/commerce students who want to pursue an online degree in the United States. SUNY Empire is a fairly large public school located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs.

General Business majors at SUNY Empire take out an average of $23,023 in student loans while working on their egree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $238, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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A rank of #2 on this year’s list means University of Missouri - Columbia is a great place for general business/commerce students pursuing an online degree. Located in the city of Columbia, Mizzou is a public college with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Mizzou take out is $26,114. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $290, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend San Jacinto Community College. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools list. San Jacinto College is a very large public school located in the suburb of Pasadena.

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A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Strayer University - Global Region is a great place for general business/commerce students pursuing an online degree. Located in the large city of Washington, Strayer University - Global Region is a private for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Strayer University - Virginia. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Arlington, Strayer University - Virginia is a private for-profit college with a medium-sized student population.

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Strayer University - Georgia came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Strayer University - Georgia is a moderately-sized private for-profit school located in the large suburb of Atlanta.

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#7

Columbia College

Columbia, MO

Columbia College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the midsize city of Columbia, Columbia College Missouri is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population.

On average, general business graduates from Columbia College Missouri take out $28,442 in student loans while working on their degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $311.

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#8

Montgomery College

Rockville, MD

Montgomery College landed the #8 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the small city of Rockville, Montgomery College is a public school with a very large student population.

On average, general business graduates from Montgomery College take out $8,000 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $83.

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#9

Kaplan University-Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Kaplan University-Indianapolis landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Kaplan University-Indianapolis is a very large public school located in the large city of Indianapolis.

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Strayer University - Maryland landed the #10 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the suburb of Suitland, Strayer University - Maryland is a private for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Missouri - St Louis did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, UMSL is a public college with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, general business majors at UMSL accumulate an average of around $22,625 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 $250.

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#12

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, MO

Lindenwood University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the city of Saint Charles, Lindenwood University is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population.

General Business majors at Lindenwood University take out an average of $30,030 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $331, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#13

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE

Bellevue University ranked #13 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools list. Bellevue University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Bellevue.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Bellevue University take out is $22,550. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $234, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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With a ranking of #14, Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the rural area of Marion, IWU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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Pennsylvania State University - World Campus landed the #15 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Penn State World Campus is a small public school located in the rural area of University Park.

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Strayer University - North Carolina ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools list. Located in the large suburb of Morrisville, Strayer University - North Carolina is a private for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population.

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#17

Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

Sam Houston State University landed the #17 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the town of Huntsville, SHSU is a public college with a very large student population.

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#17

South Texas College

McAllen, TX

South Texas College ranked #17 on this year’s Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools list. South Texas College is a very large public school located in the city of McAllen.

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#19

Tarleton State University

Stephenville, TX

With a ranking of #19, Tarleton State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the town of Stephenville, Tarleton is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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#20

Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA

With a ranking of #20, Georgia Military College did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Georgia Military College is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Milledgeville.

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Missouri Southern State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #21 on the list. Missouri Southern is a medium-sized public school located in the city of Joplin.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Missouri Southern take out is $19,437. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $202.

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#22

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA

Westfield State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools ranking. Located in the suburb of Westfield, Westfield is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

General Business majors at Westfield take out an average of $22,875 in student loans while working on their egree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $237.

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Collin County Community College District landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best general business/commerce programs. Located in the midsize suburb of McKinney, Collin County Community College District is a public school with a fairly large student population.

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Community College of Philadelphia did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for general business/commerce students. It came in at #24 on the list. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, Community College of Philadelphia is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that general business majors at Community College of Philadelphia take out is $11,000. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $114, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#25

University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

With a ranking of #25, University of Baltimore did quite well on this year’s best schools for general business/commerce students. Located in the city of Baltimore, UB is a public college with a small student population.

After completing their degree, general business graduates from UB carry an average student debtload of $23,100. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $240.

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#27

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO
#30

Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City, OK
#31

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#32

Edmonds Community College

Lynnwood, WA
#34

Indiana University - East

Richmond, IN
#35

Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI
#36

Ball State University

Muncie, IN
#43

Union County College

Cranford, NJ

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools award.

Rank College Location
45 American Public University System Charles Town, WV
46 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
47 Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, PA
48 Montana State University - Billings Billings, MT
49 Holmes Community College Goodman, MS
49 Harford Community College Bel Air, MD
51 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
52 Harrisburg Area Community College Harrisburg, PA
53 Baton Rouge Community College Baton Rouge, LA
54 Waldorf University Forest City, IA
54 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
56 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
57 Central Texas College Killeen, TX
58 University of Houston - Downtown Houston, TX
59 Southeast Technical Institute Sioux Falls, SD

View the Most Popular Online General Business/Commerce Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

General Business/Commerce is one of 21 different types of business programs to choose from.

General Business Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Business/Commerce 58,451

Majors Similar to General Business

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
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.

  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to U.S. Consulate General Munich.

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