2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for MPA Degrees

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The most affordable online MPA programs of 2018 are offered at the 25 schools on this list. Valdosta State University offers the cheapest option, with an annual tuition of $5,274 for an MPA with concentrations available in public policy and public sector management. Second-ranked University of North Georgia offers three online MPA options: a Master of Public Administration in Diversity, a Master of Public Administration in Military Leadership, and a Master of Public Administration in Public Affairs.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2018 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Valdosta State University Annual Tuition $5,274
#2 #2 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $5,454
#3 #3 University of West Georgia Annual Tuition $5,616
#4 #4 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $6,084
#5 #5 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,363
#6 #6 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $6,663
#7 #7 Arkansas State University Annual Tuition $7,056
#8 #8 Southern Utah University Annual Tuition $7,184
#9 #9 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $7,640
#10 #10 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $7,650
#11 #11 Wichita State University Annual Tuition $7,936
#12 #12 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $8,242
#13 #13 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $8,500
#14 #14 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $8,640
#15 #15 Northern Michigan University Annual Tuition $8,772
#16 #16 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $8,842
#17 #17 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $8,973
#18 #18 Clemson University Annual Tuition $9,373
#19 #19 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $9,494
#20 #20 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $9,558
#21 #21 Texas A & M International University Annual Tuition $10,332
#22 #22 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $10,760
#23 #23 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Annual Tuition $10,815
#24 #24 Central Michigan University Annual Tuition $10,925
#25 #25 Sul Ross State University Annual Tuition $11,232
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  • Annual Tuition: $5,274
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,595
  • Example Classes:
    Governmental Budgeting and Finance; Human Resource Management; Information Management; Organizational Theory and Behavior; Performance Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $5,454
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 515
  • Example Classes:
    Military Policy and Administration; Perspectives on Military Leadership; The Legal and Ethical Environment of Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $5,616
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,153
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law and Procedures; Public Budgeting and Financial Management; Public Organizational Theory; Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation; Research Methods for Public Administration; Theory of Public Administration and Ethics

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,084
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 868
  • Example Classes:
    Intergovernmental Relations; Public Administration and Public Service; Public Finance and Budgeting; Public Personnel Management; Quantitative Techniques in Public Administration

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,363
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,285
  • Example Classes:
    Behavioral Statistics; Federalism, State and Local Government; Government/Not-for-Profit Accounting; Organizations as Open Systems

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,663
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,538
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law and Government; Budgetary & Fiscal Management; Executive Public Administration; Facilitation and Conflict Management; Organization and Management; Public Personnel Management
  • Annual Tuition: $7,056
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,246
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Behavior; Grant Writing; Public Budgeting & Finance; Public Information Management; Public Policy Analysis; Techniques of Public Administration Research
  • Annual Tuition: $7,184
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 892
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law; American Higher Education Environments; Comparative Public Policy; Constitutional Law; Critical Thinking and Ethics in the Public Sector; Higher Education Law and Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $7,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 953
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Topics in Spatial Analysis; Analyzing Spatial Networks; Hazard Mitigation; Organization and Management of Spatial Systems; Site Location Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $7,650
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,684
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,936
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,581
  • Example Classes:
    Public and Nonprofit Governance; Public Sector Organizational Theory and Behavior; Quantitative Methods for Public Sector Professionals

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,242
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,393
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector; Government and Business; Leading and Managing Public Health Systems; Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship; Political and Public Policy Analysis; Program Evaluation

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 12,507
  • Example Classes:
    Capital Budgeting; Ethics in Public Service; Financial Management in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors; Non-Profit Institutions; Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship; Public and Non-Profit Human Resources

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,201
  • Example Classes:
    Business-Government Environment; Economic Analysis for Policy Makers; Government Institutions: Performance and Accountability; Governmental Budgeting; Program-Implementation and Evaluation; Public Administration: Principles, Applications and Ethics

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,772
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 697
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics and Public Administration; Grant Writing for Public Administrators; Municipal Management; Organizational Theory; Political Economy; Politics of American Foreign Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $8,842
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,575
  • Example Classes:
    Dynamics Of Public Administrtn; Ethics In Government; Human Resource Management; Organizational Theory & Behavior; Program Evaluation; Public Budgeting and Finance
  • Annual Tuition: $8,973
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,469
  • Example Classes:
    Analytical Tools; Best Value Analysis and Negotiation; Budget and Finance; Childhood Trauma: Risk and Resiliency; Contemporary Issues in Nonprofit Management; Contract Formulation and Administration

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,373
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,807
  • Example Classes:
    American Government; Sustainability and Public Administration; Sustainable Rural Economic Development
  • Annual Tuition: $9,494
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,194
  • Example Classes:
    Local Government Politics and Administration; Public Personnel Administration; Research Methods for Local Government and Community Administration

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,558
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 258
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Justice Policy; Economic Analysis of Crime; Public Institutions and Values
  • Annual Tuition: $10,332
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 799
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Ethics; Communication for Public Administrators; Human Resources Management in Public Administration; Organization Theory; Principles and Politics of Public Budgeting; Public Policy Development and Implementation

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,529
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Theory I: The Context of Public Administration; Administrative Theory II: The Process of Public Administration; Legal and Ethical Foundations of Public Administration; Management of Nonprofit Organizations; Public Budgeting and Financial Management; Public Policy and Evaluation

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,815
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,756
  • Example Classes:
    Assessments, Audits and Investigations in Human Resources; Bureaupathology; Cases and Techniques in Quantitative Policy Analysis; Ethics Integrity and Accountability; International Inspection and Oversight; Investigation and Operational Inspection
  • Annual Tuition: $10,925
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,109
  • Example Classes:
    Board Governance and Executive Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations; Public Budgeting and Finance; Research in Public Administration

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,232
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 688
  • Example Classes:
    Intergovernmental Relations; Local Government Administration; Public Administration Survey; Public Budgeting and Finance; Public Policy Analysis
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