2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Public Administration Programs

By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020
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By the OnlineU team | Updated 3/13/2020

Our list of the most affordable online master's in public administration (MPA) programs features a variety of options for distance learners. Ranked #1, Strayer University's Master of Public Administration has the lowest annual tuition rate at $4,480. Students interested in tailoring their education to a specific area may be interested in the #10th ranked Master of Public Administration from American Public University System. With an annual tuition of $6,300, this program offers several concentrations in an areas such as Coaching and Conflict Resolution, Human Resources, National Security, and Environmental Policy.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Strayer University $4,480
# 2 #2 Fort Hays State University $4,604
# 3 #3 Valdosta State University $5,274
# 4 #4 Columbus State University $5,418
# 5 #5 University of North Georgia $5,454
# 6 #6 Columbia Southern University $5,670
# 7 #7 Adams State University $5,925
# 8 #8 Wichita State University $6,038
# 9 #9 Georgia College & State University $6,084
# 10 #10 American Public University System $6,300
# 11 #11 The University of Texas Permian Basin $6,484
# 12 #12 University of Missouri $6,562
# 13 #13 Southeast Missouri State University $6,570
# 14 #14 University of South Dakota $6,987
# 15 #15 Stephen F. Austin State University $7,272
# 16 #16 Southern Utah University $7,292
# 17 #17 Texas Tech University $7,413
# 18 #18 Lamar University $7,444
# 19 #19 University of Louisiana-Monroe $7,500
# 20 #20 University of North Dakota $7,599
# 21 #21 Arkansas State University $7,608
# 22 #22 Southern Arkansas University $7,920
# 23 #23 University of Illinois at Springfield $8,154
# 24 #24 Wayland Baptist University $8,784
# 25 #25 Troy University $8,892
#1
#1

Strayer University

Nationwide
Annual Tuition: $4,480
Annual Tuition: $4,480
Annual Tuition: $4,480
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 53%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 41,599
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 9,908
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration in Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
#2
#2
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
Annual Tuition: $4,604
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,411
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,453
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Liberal Studies - Political Leadership and Public Service
  • Master of Liberal Studies - Political Science
  • Master of Liberal Studies - Public Administration
  • Master of Professional Studies - Political Management
  • Master of Professional Studies - Public Health Administration
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,107
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,886
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Policy
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Sector Management
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $5,418
Annual Tuition: $5,418
Annual Tuition: $5,418
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 674
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 786
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Track in Government Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Track in Justice Administration
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $5,454
Annual Tuition: $5,454
Annual Tuition: $5,454
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1190
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,138
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 311
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
#6
#6

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach (AL)
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 22%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 14,364
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,670
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration-Criminal Justice Administration
  • Master of Public Administration-General
  • Master of Science in Fire Executive Leadership - Concentration in Public Administration
  • M.S. Emergency Services Management
  • M.S. Occupational Safety and Health
  • M.S. Occupational Safety and Health-Environmental Management
#7
#7

Adams State University

Alamosa (CO)
Annual Tuition: $5,925
Annual Tuition: $5,925
Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 30%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 367
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,057
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Public Administration
  • Master of Business Administration - Emphasis in Public Administration
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,038
Annual Tuition: $6,038
Annual Tuition: $6,038
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1270
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,272
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 632
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $6,084
Annual Tuition: $6,084
Annual Tuition: $6,084
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 15
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 888
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,335
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 7,914
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Management - Concentration in Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Concentration in Comparative Government and Development
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Concentration in Public Policy
  • Master of Arts in Security Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Concentration in Government Contracting and Acquisition
  • Master of Public Administration
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 940 -1133
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,827
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 589
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
#12
#12

University of Missouri

Columbia (MO)
Annual Tuition: $6,562
Annual Tuition: $6,562
Annual Tuition: $6,562
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1120 -1340
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 835
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,423
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Dual Master of Public Affairs / Master of Library and Information Science
  • Dual Master of Public Affairs / Master of Public Health
  • Master of Public Affairs
  • Master of Public Affairs - Specialization in Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Public Affairs - Specialization in Public Management
  • Master of Public Affairs - Specialization in Public Policy
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $6,570
Annual Tuition: $6,570
Annual Tuition: $6,570
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,223
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 481
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration (Non-Thesis)
  • Master of Public Administration (Thesis)
#14
#14

University of South Dakota

Vermillion (SD)
Annual Tuition: $6,987
Annual Tuition: $6,987
Annual Tuition: $6,987
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,921
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 983
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Executive Master of Public Administration
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $7,272
Annual Tuition: $7,272
Annual Tuition: $7,272
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 574
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in National Security
  • Master of Public Administration
#16
#16

Southern Utah University

Cedar City (UT)
Annual Tuition: $7,292
Annual Tuition: $7,292
Annual Tuition: $7,292
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1020 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 730
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 497
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Public Administration - Higher Education Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - State and Local Government
#17
#17

Texas Tech University

Lubbock (TX)
Annual Tuition: $7,413
Annual Tuition: $7,413
Annual Tuition: $7,413
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,931
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,811
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Concentration in Environmental Policy and Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Concentration in Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Concentration in Non-Profit Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Concentration in Public Management
#18
#18

Lamar University

Beaumont (TX)
Annual Tuition: $7,444
Annual Tuition: $7,444
Annual Tuition: $7,444
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,222
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 6,150
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health in Public Health Administration
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 899
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 939
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
#20
#20

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks (ND)
Annual Tuition: $7,599
Annual Tuition: $7,599
Annual Tuition: $7,599
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,851
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,500
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Combined Accelerated Bachelor of Accountancy/Master of Accountancy - Concentration in Public Administration
  • Combined Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Master of Public Administration
  • Combined Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs/Master of Public Administration

Online Master's Degrees

  • Combined Accelerated Bachelor of Accountancy/Master of Accountancy - Concentration in Public Administration
  • Combined Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Master of Public Administration
  • Combined Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs/Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Accountancy - Professional Track - Concentration in Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
#21
#21

Arkansas State University

Jonesboro (AR)
Annual Tuition: $7,608
Annual Tuition: $7,608
Annual Tuition: $7,608
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1013 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,064
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,414
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) Public Management track
  • MS in Media Management - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) Non-Profit Management track
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $7,920
Annual Tuition: $7,920
Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 966 -1168
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 371
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 634
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration in Social Entrepreneurship
#23
#23
Annual Tuition: $8,154
Annual Tuition: $8,154
Annual Tuition: $8,154
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 995 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 889
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 859
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Joint Master of Public Health / Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences
  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences - Concentration in Environmental Planning and Management
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $8,784
Annual Tuition: $8,784
Annual Tuition: $8,784
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 880 -1060
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 670
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 604
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • MPA - Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • MPA - Government Administration
  • MPA - Homeland Security/Emergency Management
  • MPA - Justice Administration
#25
#25

Troy University

Troy (AL)
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
Annual Tuition: $8,892
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,633
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,088
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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