Business Degree Schools in Kansas

Located smack-dab in the center of the state, Kansas straddles many geographical lines in the United States. Neither north nor south, it is influenced by both; it is often considered part of the Midwest region to its east but rubs shoulders with the mountain state of Colorado to its west. A land of vast plains, Kansas is a key agricultural state, single-handedly responsible for 40% of the nation’s entire production of winter wheat. Other key agricultural outputs include soybeans, cotton, sorghum, corn, and livestock. Kansas is also a petroleum and natural gas producer, and its economy is influenced by the US aerospace industry and the US military.

According to National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) statistics, there are 29 public and non-profit schools offering business degrees in Kansas. Eight of these offer accredited programs at the undergraduate level and 7 at the graduate level. Kansas also has an interesting feature for the prospective student: it offers 7 community colleges that have an “open admission policy” and don’t require entrance exams. These are accredited schools but do not appear in the NCES stats, so they are in addition to the 8 mentioned above.

We emphasize accreditation because it provides you with the assurance that the business degree you select has clearly stated objectives and that the school has proven that its program produces quality outcomes while adhering to national and international standards. Schools with accreditation are also more likely than unaccredited schools to offer real-world experience opportunities through interaction with actual businesses.

All of the schools in this article have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and/or International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). They are all public or non-profit and regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

This article provides you with all the data you need to choose the best business school for your unique needs based on a variety of key factors: tuition, financial aid, entrance exam scores, acceptance rates, and more. The three sections that follow describe undergraduate programs, graduate schools, and the job prospects for business school graduates in Kansas.

Undergraduate Business Schools in Kansas

Kansas has a number of very inexpensive options for obtaining a business education, and a couple that would be considered on the more expensive side but aren’t too bad compared to high-end schools in other states. In addition, as mentioned earlier, it offers 7 accredited community colleges that are exceptionally affordable. We have broken out our undergraduate schools into two tables: one for the regular colleges and the other for the community colleges.

In terms of the conventional schools, we see an overall average tuition cost of about $13,300. This is a little deceptive, however, because 6 of the schools are below $12,000 and 2 are around $28,000 each (MidAmerica Nazarene University and Baker University). The average of the other 6 schools is only $8,345. The least expensive school is Emporia State University at $6,179. Average financial aid is about $5,900 for the 6 inexpensive schools and in the $14,000 range for the 2 pricier options.

The community colleges are even more affordable. Six of the 7 cost approximately $3,000, while Neosho County Community College is a little more at $4,500. Average financial aid for all 7 is nearly $4,500, with many schools offering more financial aid than their tuition cost. Obviously, money is not going to be an obstacle to getting a business degree in Kansas!

Looking again at the regular colleges, we have acceptance rate data for 7 of our 8 schools. Rates are very high for all but one school: MidAmerica Nazarene University sits at 52%, while the remaining 6 schools range from 78% at Baker University to 94% at Kansas State University. (The community colleges accept all applicants.)

Graduation rates for undergraduate business degrees in Kansas tend to be in the moderate zone, with a range of 33% to 63% for our 8 schools. The overall average graduation rate is 51%. Kansas State University has the best combination of acceptance rate and graduate rate, at 94% and 63%, respectively; this narrowly edges out the University of Kansas (93% and 63%).

We’ve included two tables below. The first shows you all the important data you need about regular undergraduate business schools in Kansas, including annual in-state tuition costs, average aid per student, acceptance rates, SAT and ACT score ranges of accepted students, and graduation rates. The second lists the 7 open community colleges; test scores and acceptance rates are not generally relevant here, and these schools don’t generally provide graduation rates. You can click any column header in either table to sort it based on its contents.

SchoolCityTuitionAidMedian SATMedian ACTAccept. RateGrad. Rate
Baker UniversityBaldwin City$28,030$14,373970-119020-2578%56%
Emporia State UniversityEmporia$6,179$5,878910-103019-2587%44%
Kansas State UniversityManhattan$9,874$5,68894%63%
MidAmerica Nazarene UniversityOlathe$28,150$14,845790-98018-2552%55%
Pittsburg State UniversityPittsburg$6,910$5,01519-2487%48%
University of KansasLawrence$11,455$7,55823-2993%63%
Washburn UniversityTopeka$7,754$6,36233%
Wichita State UniversityWichita$7,895$4,668470-122021-2786%46%
SchoolCityTuitionAid
Butler Community CollegeEl Dorado$3,080$5,067
Hutchinson Community College and Area Vocational SchoolHutchinson$3,296$4,162
Johnson County Community CollegeOverland Park$3,300$2,750
Kansas City Kansas Community CollegeKansas City$3,240$5,931
Neosho County Community CollegeChanute$4,522$3,680
Pratt Community CollegePratt$3,332$4,397
Seward County Community College/Area Technical SchoolLiberal$2,976$5,174

Graduate Business Schools in Kansas

We have data for 8 accredited colleges for graduate-level business study in Kansas. MBA tuition in Kansas is low, with an overall average of about $19,000. The cost of our schools falls in a bimodal distribution, with 4 schools at $22,000 or higher and the other 4 below $14,000. The least expensive is Pittsburg State University at $10,932, while the priciest is the University of Kansas at $33,165.

We have average admission GMAT scores for 5 schools. Three of these are around the 530 mark, while the University of Kansas is higher at 618 and Pittsburg State University much lower at 377.

Given the relatively small number of schools for in person study, there is a nice selection of options for online MBA programs in Kansas, ideally suited to those who want to further their educations while continuing their careers. In fact, half of the 8 schools on our list have online equivalents of their in-person programs, all of which offer improved flexibility and the same basic education as their campus versions: Emporia State University, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, and Washburn University. Emporia’s program is aimed at corporate executives, while Kansas State University focuses more on entrepreneurship. The University of Kansas has concentrations in management & leadership, marketing, and finance. Washburn University’s program emphasizes finance, quantitative analysis, economics, and communication.

The table that follows shows graduate business school tuition costs, average accepted applicant GMAT scores, percentage of faculty with a doctorate degree, and student-to-faculty ratios. Click any column header to sort the table based on its contents.

SchoolCityTuitionAvg. GMATFaculty
with Doct.
Degree
Student/
Faculty
Baker UniversityBaldwin City$22,110
Emporia State UniversityEmporia$11,19693%4.07
Kansas State UniversityManhattan$26,68154067%1.15
MidAmerica Nazarene UniversityOlathe$21,204
Pittsburg State UniversityPittsburg$10,93237777%1.02
University of KansasLawrence$33,16561884%2.24
Washburn UniversityTopeka$13,55053088%1.66
Wichita State UniversityWichita$12,57552678%

Job Outlook for Business School Graduates in Kansas

Growth of at least 5% is predicted in 32 of 37 business and management occupations across the US between 2016 and 2026, according to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. The highest growth will be for market analysts and marketing specialists, at 22.8% over ten years, with financial managers next at 18.7%.

Kansas has a strong economy, especially when it comes to unemployment, where it consistently fares better than the nation overall. Even as the Great Recession caused US unemployment to spike to 10% in late 2009, the rate in Kansas only reached 7.3%. The state currently has just 3.4% unemployment, still below the nation’s 4% current rate. About 98,000 people were employed in the business and management sector in Kansas in 2016. The largest subgroup was general and operations managers, with 18,000 employed; accountants and auditors fell in second place at about 12,400.

According to BLS data, the overall average annual wage in 2016 across all occupations in Kansas was $54,935; as befitting its centralized geography, this puts Kansas also near the middle for wages, at 29th out of 51 states plus the District of Columbia. Business and management occupations had a weighted average annual salary of around $88,000 in that same year. Chief executives were the highest-paid subgroup, like their counterparts in other states, with an average salary of $170,000. This was followed by a variety of management positions ranging from $80,000 to $130,000. Tax preparers were the lowest-paid group at $38,800.

Occupation TitleBLS.gov
Code
2016
Total
Employment
Kansas
Mean
Hourly
Wage
Kansas
Mean
Annual
Wage
Kansas
National
Growth
2016-26
Accountants and Auditors13-201112,390$31$65,09010.0%
Administrative Services Managers11-30112,330$43$89,09010.1%
Advertising and Promotions Managers11-2011180$45$93,0705.8%
Agents andManagers of Artists and Athletes13-101130$48$99,2904.9%
Architectural and Engineering Managers11-90411,450$62$128,3005.5%
Budget Analysts13-2031270$33$67,7006.5%
Business Operations Specialists13-11997,680$35$72,6308.8%
Chief Executives11-10114,210$82$170,1708.0%
Compensation and Benefits Managers11-3111110$51$105,9005.0%
Compensation, and Benefits Specialists13-1141490$30$63,0208.5%
Compliance Officers13-10412,780$28$58,9308.2%
Construction Managers11-90212,570$40$83,64011.4%
Cost Estimators13-10511,930$32$66,26010.6%
Credit Analysts13-2041550$32$65,7008.4%
Credit Counselors13-2071100$22$45,27013.9%
Financial Analysts13-20511,490$35$73,60010.8%
Financial Examiners13-2061430$36$75,1809.8%
Financial Managers11-30313,900$60$124,1600.187
General and Operations Managers11-102118,050$48$100,5809.1%
Human Resources Managers11-31211,180$51$105,4608.9%
Human Resources Specialists13-10715,310$29$59,7107.1%
Information Systems Managers11-30212,940$58$121,18011.9%
Insurance Underwriters13-20531,280$37$76,180-5.2%
Labor Relations Specialists13-1075420$26$53,080-7.8%
Loan Officers13-20724,100$41$85,74011.5%
Logisticians13-10811,290$34$71,6106.9%
Management Analysts13-11114,510$40$82,40012.0%
Market Analysts and Marketing Specialists13-11615,640$31$64,35022.8%
Marketing Managers11-20211,560$64$133,82010.0%
Meeting and Event Planners13-1121740$22$45,98010.2%
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers11-2031550$53$110,60010.4%
Purchasing Managers11-3061680$50$104,0705.6%
Sales Managers11-20222,780$65$135,5707.4%
Tax Examiners and Revenue Agents13-2081100$35$73,810-0.6%
Tax Preparers13-2082670$19$38,83010.8%
Training and Development Managers11-3131210$44$92,31010.3%
Training and Development Specialists13-11513,220$28$58,30011.5%

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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics:https://nces.ed.gov/
2. AACSB, Best Business Schools:https://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/aacsb-accredited
3. ACBSP, Business Schools:https://www.acbsp.org/page/accreditation
4. IACBE, Business Schools:http://iacbe.org/accreditation/
5. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook, Business and Financial Occupations: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/home.htm
6. US Bureau of Labor Statistics – Employment and Wage Estimates Kansas: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ks.htm
7. US News & World Report, 2018 Best Business Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools
8. The Kansas Board of RegentsL https://www.kansasregents.org/