Business Degrees in Florida
Renowned for its nightlife, sprawling theme parks, and being a hotbed for sports (particularly golf), Florida offers plenty of leisure activities that are always enticing to students, while also being a great place for a business degree because of its quality schools and business prospects that await graduates.
Based on data collated by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), there are at least 24 undergraduate business schools and 22 graduate business schools in Florida that are business accredited, and all of the schools on our list are all regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Below you will find information on our list of business schools, including a variety of sortable criteria that will help narrow down your ideal institution. The tables have data on tuition (before aid), average financial aid per student, admission exam median scores, and acceptance and graduation rates.
Best Business Schools in Florida – Fast Facts
Fast facts on some of the best business schools in Florida according to US News Rankings.
- University of Florida – #34 in Best Business Schools, #42 in Best National Universities, #93 in Best Value Schools, #24 in Best Business Programs, #9 in Top Public Schools, #6 in Best Online MBA Programs
- University of Miami – #18 in Best Collages for Veterans, #64 in Best Business Programs, #59 in Best Value Schools
- Florida State University – #45 in Best Business Programs, #81 in Best National Universities, #33 in Top Public Schools, #6 in Best Online Graduate Business Programs
- University of Central Florida – #25 in Most Innovative Schools, #128 in Best Business Programs, #16 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
Undergraduate Business Schools in Florida
The average in-state undergraduate cost of attendance before financial aid on our list is $16,370, with 15 schools offering undergraduate programs at a cost more affordable than this amount. Palm Beach State College offers the most affordable tuition at $2,444. Florida State College at Jacksonville offers a similarly affordable rate of $2,878 and average financial assistance of around $3,895 per student.
Florida Memorial University has the most difficult admission rate of schools on our list, at 25%, followed by Florida A&M University at 31%. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, on the other hand, has the highest acceptance rate of any school on our list, at 71%. The institution that boasts the highest graduation rate is the University of Florida with 87%.
You can browse our table below for the entire list of undergraduate business schools in Florida and sort them based on city, tuition fees, financial aid provided per student, acceptance rates, and average ACT and SAT scores. Click on the column header to sort by each category.
|School||City||Tuition||Aid||Median SAT||Median ACT||Accept. Rate||Grad. Rate|
|Bethune-Cookman University||Daytona Beach||$14,410||$10,496||33%|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University||Daytona Beach||$33,886||$18,008||71%||55%|
|Florida A&M University||Tallahassee||$5,785||$7,160||900-1080||19-24||31%||41%|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton||$4,831||$6,481||950-1140||20-25||60%||50%|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers||$6,118||$4,735||990-1150||22-26||56%||46%|
|Florida International University||Miami||$6,556||$5,125||1030-1210||23-27||50%||56%|
|Florida Memorial University||Miami Gardens||$15,536||$9,823||25%||38%|
|Florida Southern College||Lakeland||$33,150||$19,018||1040-1230||24-29||46%||60%|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville||$2,878||$3,895|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee||$6,507||$4,436||1110-1280||25-29||58%||80%|
|Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth||$2,444||$5,252|
|Rollins College||Winter Park||$46,520||$21,721||61%||72%|
|The University of Tampa||Tampa||$27,740||$11,057||990-1160||22-27||48%||59%|
|The University of West Florida||Pensacola||$6,360||$5,223||950-1130||21-26||41%||49%|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando||$6,368||$5,046||1080-1270||24-28||50%||69%|
|University of Florida||Gainesville||$6,381||$6,194||1180-1370||27-31||46%||87%|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables||$47,004||$23,168||1210-1390||28-32||38%||82%|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville||$6,394||$5,288||1040-1220||21-26||65%||54%|
|University of South Florida (USF)||Tampa||$6,410||$6,426||1070-1250||24-28||47%||68%|
|USF-St Petersburg||St. Petersburg||$5,821||$5,451||1050-1240||24-27||36%||36%|
Graduate Business Schools in Florida
Florida has plenty of options to choose from for those who want to pursue a business degree at the graduate level, with about 22 schools offering accredited graduate business programs. Based on NCES data, the average cost for a business degree in the state is $27,255 without financial assistance. Pensacola’s University of West Florida has the lowest tuition, at $12,461 before aid, while the University of Miami has the highest tuition before aid, at $91,748.
Based on the available data, the average student-to-faculty ratio for graduate business schools is about 3 to 1, and they range from a low of 1.26 to 1 at Florida State University to 8.35 to 1 at the University of Florida. Eleven of the schools on our list have at least 69% of faculty members with doctorate degrees.
Most of the schools on our list also offer their courses on the internet, which is more popularly known as an online MBA. These programs have essentially the same curricula and courses as their on-campus counterparts, allowing students with busy schedules to establish some balance and study at their own pace.
The table below contains sortable data on the graduate business schools we have on our list, which can by sorted by school, city, tuition, average Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees, and student to faculty ratio.
|Barry University||Miami Shores||$38,960||506||88%||1.45|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando||$17,743||563||72%||2|
|Florida A&M University||Tallahassee||$18,480||550|
|Florida Atlantic University||Boca Raton||$16,642||539||79%||2.73|
|Florida Gulf Coast University||Fort Myers||$13,442||533||89%||1.83|
|Florida International University||Miami||$35,000||557.7||85%||0.52|
|Florida Memorial University||Miami Gardens||$20,000|
|Florida Southern College||Lakeland||$29,900||76%||4.67|
|Florida State University||Tallahassee||$21,644||545||81%||1.26|
|University of Florida||Gainesville||$26,473||636||97%||8.35|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables||$91,748||563.8||100%||4.83|
|University of North Florida||Jacksonville||$17,772||530|
|Rollins College||Winter Park||$59,480||573|
|University of South Florida||St. Petersburg||$20,000||560|
|University of South Florida||Tampa||$14,487||567|
|University of South Florida||Sarasota||$16,800|
|University of Tampa||Tampa||$23,760||530|
|University of West Florida||Pensacola||$12,461||450|
Job Outlook for Business Graduates in Florida
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is an agency of the United States Department of Labor and is chiefly responsible for compiling statistical data on the field of economy and labor. The BLS offers career salary information as well as the projected growth rate for occupations by state. The fastest growing occupations in Florida are for Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists with a 22.8% projected growth rate expected through 2026.4
The average annual wage in 2016 across all occupations in the state was $50,860, with business-related practices averaging about $107,436, more than double the state average.4 Of business careers, chief executives earn the highest salaries, at $212,460, followed by financial managers who earn $141,300.4
|Advertising and Promotions Managers||11-2011||0,750||$63||$131,530||5.8%|
|Public Relations Managers||11-2031||1,710||$56||$117,390||10.4%|
|Administrative Services Managers||11-3011||10,710||$51||$105,940||10.1%|
|Computer and IT Systems Managers||11-3021||11,460||$66||$136,560||11.9%|
|Compensation and Benefits Managers||11-3111||0,600||$52||$107,790||5.0%|
|Human Resources Managers||11-3121||4,970||$54||$112,610||8.9%|
|Training and Development Managers||11-3131||1,180||$49||$101,690||10.3%|
|Architectural and Engineering Managers||11-9041||6,380||$62||$128,140||5.5%|
|Business Managers of Artists and Athletes||13-1011||0,970||$36||$73,850||4.9%|
|Human Resources Specialists||13-1071||32,220||$27||$57,180||7.1%|
|Labor Relations Specialists||13-1075||3,020||$29||$61,180||-7.8%|
|Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners||13-1121||6,470||$22||$46,260||10.2%|
|Compensation Job Analysis Specialists||13-1141||3,870||$28||$58,240||8.5%|
|Training and Development Specialists||13-1151||14,800||$28||$57,870||11.5%|
|Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists||13-1161||26,860||$31||$64,070||22.8%|
|Business Operations Specialists||13-1199||77,000||$33||$68,090||8.8%|
|Accountants and Auditors||13-2011||75,640||$33||$69,090||10.0%|
|Tax Examiners and Collectors||13-2081||4,220||$22||$46,690||-0.6%|
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/
2. AACSB, Best Business Schools: http://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/aacsb-accredited
2. ACBSP, Business Schools: https://www.acbsp.org/?page=accreditation
3. IACBE, Business Schools: http://iacbe.org/accreditation/
4. US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment and Wage Estimates Florida: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_fl.htm
5. Florida Colleges: http://www.fldoe.org/schools/higher-ed/
6. US News & World Report: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools