2017 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Public Administration Degrees

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This list of the most affordable online colleges 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.

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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, Master's, and Certificate
#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 and Certificate
#7 #7 Central Methodist University 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
#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, Master's, and Certificate
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,994
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Example Classes:
    Collaborative Governance; Economic Analysis for Public Policy; Ethics, Democracy and the Public Service; Organizational Dynamics and Leadership; Public Policy Processes and Strategies; Research Methods and Inquiry in Public Affairs; Strategic Management of the Public Service Organizations
  • Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Theory; Cross-Cultural Management; Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law; Human Resource Policy; Public Health in America

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,116
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • 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: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics and Public Administration; Grant Writing for Public Administrators; Municipal Management; Organizational Theory; Political Economy; Politics of American Foreign Policy; Politics of Public Budgeting
  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $7,832
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector; Government and Business; Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship; Political and Public Policy Analysis; Program Evaluation; Public Budgeting and Financial Administration; Public Organizations
  • Annual Tuition: $8,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • 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: 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: $8,982
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • 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: HLC
  • 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: HLC and NASPAA
  • Acceptance Rate: 60%
  • Example Classes:
    Analytical Tools; Budget and Finance; 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: HLC
  • 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

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  • 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; Policy Analysis & Program Planning

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  • 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; Environmental Planning; Ethical Foundations of Public Administration; Management of Nonprofit Organizations; Public Budgeting and Financial Management; Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes:
    Economics and Public Finance; Ethics and Leadership; Managing Conflict and Change; Nonprofit Financial Management; Organizational Management and Behavior; Policy Process and Democracy; Public Service Leadership

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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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,375
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Career Management; Principles of Economics; Public Budgeting and Taxation Policy; Public Policy Initiatives

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (12)

Online Certificate Programs (1)

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