2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Public Administration Degrees

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This list of the most affordable online colleges and universities for public administration degrees includes 23 schools with annual tuitions under $12,000. Waldorf University offers public administration degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels, making it an affordable option for students at all levels. Students pursuing a master's in public administration (MPA) will find 8 different options at American Public University System as well as 16 other master's level degree options. Columbia Southern University comes in at the top spot with an annual tuition of $3,345.

All schools considered for this ranking offer fully online public administration degrees at the bachelor's level or higher. Those interested can find more detailed information on these most affordable public administration schools below or read our full methodology.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Public Administration Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $3,345 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#2 #2 University of Missouri Annual Tuition $5,994 Public Administration Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#3 #3 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#4 #4 Waldorf University Annual Tuition $6,811 Public Administration Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#5 #5 Capella University Annual Tuition $7,116 Public Administration Degrees: Master's and Doctoral
#6 #6 Northern Michigan University Annual Tuition $7,120 Public Administration Degrees: Master's
#7 #7 Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Annual Tuition $7,750 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's
#8 #8 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $7,832 Public Administration Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#9 #9 Ball State University Annual Tuition $8,850 Public Administration Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#10 #10 Drury University Annual Tuition $8,970 Public Administration Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#11 #11 Indiana State University Annual Tuition $8,982 Public Administration Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#12 #12 University of Mary Annual Tuition $9,175 Public Administration Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Grand Canyon University Annual Tuition $9,500 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#14 #14 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $9,560 Public Administration Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#15 #15 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#16 #16 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $9,810 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#17 #17 Florida International University Annual Tuition $9,893 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#18 #18 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $10,320 Public Administration Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#19 #19 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $11,250 Public Administration Degrees: Master's
#20 #20 Charter Oak State College Annual Tuition $11,310 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's and Certificate
#21 #21 Western International University Annual Tuition $11,375 Public Administration Degrees: Master's
#22 #22 Liberty University Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#22 #22 Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Public Administration Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
  • Annual Tuition: $5,994
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Collaborative Governance; Ethics, Democracy and the Public Service; Public Policy Processes and Strategies; Strategic Management of the Public Service Organizations; The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Theory; Cross-Cultural Management; Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law; Human Resource Policy; Public Health in America

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (24)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Annual Tuition: $6,811
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Attitudes and Persuasion; Human Resource Development; Industrial/Organizational Psychology; Leadership; Risk Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,116
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Master's Learners; Ethics and Personal Leadership Development; Leadership and Human Resource Management in Public Services; Policy Analysis and Research; Strategic Management and Planning
  • Annual Tuition: $7,120
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Grant Writing for Public Administrators; Municipal Management; Program Evaluation for Public and Nonprofit Agencies; Public Budget Management; The Politics of Education
  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • 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: $7,832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector; Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship; Program Evaluation; Public Organizations; Public Personnel Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 61%
  • Example Classes:
    Collaborative Learning in AHCE; Evaluation of Educational Programs; Managing Community Education; The Grant Process and Research; Working with Volunteer Community Agencies
  • Annual Tuition: $8,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes:
    Argumentation and Advocacy; Financial Basics for Leaders; The Judiciary in Public Administration; The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law; Theories and Models of Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $8,982
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Example Classes:
    Budgeting in Governmental Agencies; Organizational Behavior in Public Agencies; Proseminar in American Administrative Institutions and Public Policies; Public Personnel Administration; Statistical Analysis for Public Administrators
  • Annual Tuition: $9,500
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Acquiring, Developing, and Leveraging Human Capital; Law and Administrative Processes; Leadership and Organizations; Public Governance; Servant Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $9,560
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and NASPAA
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Analytical Tools; Human Resource Management; Information for Decision Making; Organization Dynamics; Public Policy for Managers
  • 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: $9,810
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Communications in the Public Sector; Contemporary Issues in Public Administration; Finance for the Public Administrator; Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness; Organizational Modeling & Decision Theories

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $9,893
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 43%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Research Methods for Accountability in Public and Non-Profit Organizations; Leadership & Decision Making; Policy Analysis & Program Planning; Political, Social & Economic Context of Public Administration; The Practice of Public Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $10,320
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NASPAA
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Theory I: The Context of Public Administration; Administrative Theory II: The Process of Public Administration; Ethical Foundations of Public Administration; Public Budgeting and Financial Management; Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Managing Conflict and Change; Nonprofit Financial Management; Public Service Leadership; Research and Analytic Methods; The Policy Process and Democracy

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,375
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Corporate Power, Politics, and Negotiations; Ethical Leadership and Corporate Responsibility; Information Resource Management; Managing Public Policy; Strategic Management in the Public Sector

Online Master's Degrees (1)

  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Public Policy Research Methods; Introduction to Geopolitics; Political Philosophy; Politics, Strategies, and Initiatives of Community Economic Development
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