Online Economics Degree Programs

The economy is of enormous concern to everyone, from the everyday "Joe" to political figures and business owners. Economists collect information and analyze data to determine trends in inflation and interest rates, as well as other types of economic data. Some work with government analysts to analyze the labor market to improve the understanding of current economical events and trends. Federal, state, and local governments find this information essential to the development of public policy relevant to current trends. Various organizations use economists to help determine market trends so they can make insightful decisions when developing strategic plans.

Career opportunities are available in both the private and public sector. These careers include: international economy editors, who write about the global economy, or professors, lecturers, writers, or consultants.

Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$111,52013,06010.6%
Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$72,7902,9707.8%
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Like many people, you may not have a great deal of time to earn a traditional college degree. Career training is available through online college degree programs, which offer flexibility for those working a full-time job.


To be included in these rankings, all schools must meet the following initial criteria for the specific subject being ranked.

  1. Offer an undergraduate degree (either associate or bachelor’s) in that subject.
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in the most recent year of IPEDS data available.

Based on those criteria, we ranked all 2-year and 4-year schools in IPEDS that reported data for all of the following points. Ratings are calculated on a 10-point scale, using the weights specified.

  1. In-state undergraduate tuition & fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  3. Accessibility, based on admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  4. Institutional spending, based on two equally weighted factors, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
    • Instructional and academic support expenses per full-time enrolled student
    • Instructional and academic support spending as a percentage of all expenses
  5. Student-to-faculty ratio, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  6. Flexibility, based on the following factors, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
    • Percent of students enrolled fully or partly in distance education
    • Whether the school offers programs that can be completed entirely in the evenings and on weekends
    • Whether the school offers academic and career counseling
    • Whether the school offers job placement services for students who complete their programs
    • Whether the school offers any alternative tuition plans, such as a payment plan or guaranteed rate
  7. Size of program, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
  8. Related subjects, based on the number of similar topics for programs in relevant CIP codes that are offered at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015
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