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 $4,480
# 2 #2 $4,604
# 3 #3 $5,274
# 4 #4 $5,418
# 5 #5 $5,454
# 6 #6 $5,670
# 7 #7 $5,925
# 8 #8 $6,038
# 9 #9 $6,084
# 10 #10 $6,300
# 11 #11 $6,484
# 12 #12 $6,562
# 13 #13 $6,570
# 14 #14 $6,987
# 15 #15 $7,272
# 16 #16 $7,292
# 17 #17 $7,413
# 18 #18 $7,444
# 19 #19 $7,500
# 20 #20 $7,599
# 21 #21 $7,608
# 22 #22 $7,920
# 23 #23 $8,154
# 24 #24 $8,784
# 25 #25 $8,892
#1
#1

Strayer University

Nationwide
Annual Tuition: $4,480
Annual Tuition: $4,480
Annual Tuition: $4,480
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 41%
  • Graduation Rate: 28%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,009
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 10,021
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Example Classes: Constitutional and Administrative Law, Leadership and Conflict Resolution, Modern Public Administration: Managing Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Personnel Management

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
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 43%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 8,608
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,404
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (785) 628-4000

Example Classes: Administrative Process, Policy Analysis, Public Budgeting, Public Personnel Management

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
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1140
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,131
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,871
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 333-5800

Example Classes: Governmental Budgeting and Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Management, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Performance Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Policy
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Sector Human Resource Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Sector Management
#4
#4
Annual Tuition: $5,418
Annual Tuition: $5,418
Annual Tuition: $5,418
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 92%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Acceptance Rate: 53%
  • Average SATs: 870 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 737
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 781
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (706) 507-8800

Example Classes: Legal and Ethical Environment of Administration, Policy Analysis, Public Budgeting/Financial Administraion, Public Personnel Administration

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration in Public Administration - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Public Administration in Public Administration - Government Administration
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $5,454
Annual Tuition: $5,454
Annual Tuition: $5,454
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 31%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1025 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 940
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 279
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Example Classes: Military Policy and Administration, Perspectives on Military Leadership, The Legal and Ethical Environment of Public Administration

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration in Diversity
  • Master of Public Administration in Military Leadership
  • Master of Public Administration in Public Affairs
#6
#6

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach (AL)
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
Annual Tuition: $5,670
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 15,245
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,859
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Phone #: (251) 981-3771 x1278

Example Classes: Administration of Public Institutions, Local Government Planning, Public Administration Ethics, Public Policy, Quantitative Research Methods

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration-Criminal Justice Administration
  • Master of Public Administration-General
  • M.S. Emergency Services Management
  • M.S. Occupational Safety and Health
  • M.S. Occupational Safety and Health-Environmental Management
  • Master of Business Administration-Public Administration
#7
#7

Adams State University

Alamosa (CO)
Annual Tuition: $5,925
Annual Tuition: $5,925
Annual Tuition: $5,925
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 870 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 386
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,041
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (719) 587-7011

Example Classes: Planning in the Real World, Public, Law, Policy & Regulatory Environment, Research Methods & Data Analysis

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Humanities - Public Administration
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $6,038
Annual Tuition: $6,038
Annual Tuition: $6,038
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 94%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,016
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 572
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (316) 978-3456

Example Classes: Public and Nonprofit Governance, Public Sector Organizational Theory and Behavior, Quantitative Methods for Public Sector Professionals

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
#9
#9
Annual Tuition: $6,084
Annual Tuition: $6,084
Annual Tuition: $6,084
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 18
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 731
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 342-0471

Example Classes: Leadership and Organizational Behavior, Public Administration and Public Service, Public Finance and Budgeting, Public Personnel Management, Public Policy Analysis, Quantitative Techniques in Public Administration

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
Annual Tuition: $6,300
  • Online Degrees: 29
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 37,746
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 8,342
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (877) 468-6268

Example Classes: Administrative Theory, Cross-Cultural Management, Environmental Policy, Regulation, and Law, Human Resource Policy, Public Health in America

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Management - Public Administration
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Comparative Government and Development
  • Master of Arts in Political Science - Public Policy
  • Master of Arts in Security Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Government Contracting and Acquisition
  • Master of Public Administration
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
Annual Tuition: $6,484
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Average SATs: 970 -1130
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,165
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 714
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (432) 552-2020

Example Classes: Analytical Techniques, Leadership and Public Policy, Organizational Leadership and Administration, Public Budgeting, Public Leadership and Ethics, Public Personnel Administration

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
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 69%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Average SATs: 1090 -1290
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 679
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,236
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 882-2121

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, The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Affairs
  • Master of Public Health in Health Promotion & Policy
  • Master of Public Health in Veterinary Public Health
#13
#13
Annual Tuition: $6,570
Annual Tuition: $6,570
Annual Tuition: $6,570
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,356
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 456
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (573) 651-2000

Example Classes: Behavioral Statistics, Federalism, State and Local Government, Government/Not-for-Profit Accounting, Organizations as Open Systems, Public and Non-profit Budgeting, Public Policy

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
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 56%
  • Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,887
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,003
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (605) 677-5301

Example Classes: Administrative Law and Government, Budgetary & Fiscal Management, Executive Public Administration, Facilitation and Conflict Management, Organization and Management, Public Personnel Management

Online Master's Degrees

  • Executive Master of Public Administration
#15
#15
Annual Tuition: $7,272
Annual Tuition: $7,272
Annual Tuition: $7,272
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1180
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 729
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (936) 468-2011

Example Classes: Applied Methods for Public Administration, Policy Systems and Evaluation, Public Administration Methods, Public Budgeting and Financial Management, Public Personnel Administration, Survey of Public Administration

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
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 39%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1010 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 459
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 414
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (435) 586-7700

Example Classes: Administrative Law, Critical Thinking and Ethics in the Public Sector, Public Human Resource Management, Public Policy Analysis, Public Sector Economics, Research Methods for Public Administration

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
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1070 -1240
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,980
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,533
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 742-2011

Example Classes: Administrative Ethics and Leadership, City Management, Planning and Management of Weather and Climate Risks, The Science and Policy of Climate Change

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Environmental Policy and Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Management
#18
#18

Lamar University

Beaumont (TX)
Annual Tuition: $7,444
Annual Tuition: $7,444
Annual Tuition: $7,444
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • Average SATs: 950 -1120
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,040
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 5,069
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (409) 880-7011

Example Classes: Constitutional Law for Public Administration, Disaster Policy, Ethics and Morality in Public Administration, Leadership in Public Administration and Non-profits, Public Organization, Public Policy

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
#19
#19
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 777
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 649
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (318) 342-1000

Example Classes: Ethnic and Cultural Variations in Service Delivery, Managing School and District Resources, Nonprofit Management, Research and Presentation Skills, School Community Relations, Sociology of Law

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
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Acceptance Rate: 83%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1230
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,867
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,664
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (800) 225-5863

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, Public Personnel Administration, Public Policy

Online Master's Degrees

  • Combined Bachelor of Science in Public Administration/Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Health Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Social Entrepreneurship
#21
#21

Arkansas State University

Jonesboro (AR)
Annual Tuition: $7,608
Annual Tuition: $7,608
Annual Tuition: $7,608
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1196
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 961
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,259
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 972-2100

Example Classes: Administrative Behavior, Grant Writing, Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Information Management, Public Policy Analysis, Techniques of Public Administration Research

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Public Management
  • MS in Media Management - Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration - Non-Profit Management
#22
#22
Annual Tuition: $7,920
Annual Tuition: $7,920
Annual Tuition: $7,920
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 98%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Average SATs: 1000 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 261
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 608
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (870) 235-4000

Example Classes: Legal Issues in Public Administration, Rural Politics, Statistics for Public Administrators

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
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Acceptance Rate: 52%
  • Average SATs: 990 -1218
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 942
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 944
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (217) 206-6600

Example Classes: Analytical Tools, Budget and Finance, Human Resource Management, Information for Decision Making, Organization Dynamics, Public Policy for Managers

Online Master's Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health/Master of Public Administration Joint Degree
  • Master of Science in Environmental Studies
  • Master of Science in Environmental Studies - Environmental Planning and Management
  • Master of Science in Environmental Studies - General Environmental Science
#24
#24
Annual Tuition: $8,784
Annual Tuition: $8,784
Annual Tuition: $8,784
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Acceptance Rate: 99%
  • Average SATs: 890 -1090
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 769
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 631
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (806) 291-1000

Example Classes: Applied Alternative Dispute Resolution, Diversity Management, Facilitative Mediation, Negotiations in Management

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
  • Online Degrees: 7
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 94%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Acceptance Rate: 88%
  • Average SATs: 960 -1145
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 4,492
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,056
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (334) 670-3100

Example Classes: Governmental Budgeting and Financial Management, Organizational Behavior, Public Human Resource Management, Public Policy, Research Methods in Public Administration, Theory of Organizations

Online Master's Degrees

  • MPA
  • MPA in International Public Administration
  • MPA in National Security Affairs
  • MPA in Nonprofit Management
  • MPA in Public Health Administration
  • MPA in Public Human Resource Management