2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Public Administration Degrees

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This list of the most affordable online colleges for undergraduate public administration degrees includes six schools with annual tuitions under $12,000. Liberty University offers public administration concentrations with their government, criminal justice, and business degrees making it an affordable option for students with a variety of interests. Central Methodist University comes in at the top spot with an annual tuition of $7,750 for a BA in Public Administration. All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online public administration degrees at the bachelor's level, while master's degrees are ranked on our MPA most affordable list.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Public Administration Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,750 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's
#2 #2 Drury University Annual Tuition $8,970 Public Administration Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#3 #3 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#4 #4 Florida International University Annual Tuition $9,893 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#5 #5 Charter Oak State College Annual Tuition $11,310 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#6 #6 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Economics of Public Policy; Intro American National State Local Govt.; Law and Economics; Principles of Public Administration; Social Problems
  • Annual Tuition: $8,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Argumentation and Advocacy; Financial Basics for Leaders; Grant Writing; The Judiciary in Public Administration; The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law; Theories and Models of Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Disaster Recovery and Response; Municipal Government Operations; Public Fiscal Management; Social Issues and Economic Policies CED; Sustainable Communities
  • Annual Tuition: $9,893
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 43%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Leadership and Behavior; Applied Research Methods for Accountability in Public and Non-Profit Organizations; Applied Research Methods for Policy & Management; Leadership & Decision Making; Managing Global Cities - GL; Personnel Skills for Public Administrators

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,310
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Intergovernmental Relations; Non-Profit Management; Politics & Public Policy; Public Administration Law; Public Finance and Budgeting
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This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.