2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for MPA Degrees

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This list ranks the most affordable online Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs. All 25 schools cost less than $11,000 per year. The most affordable option can be found at #1-ranked Valdosta State University for just $5,274. Students seeking a specific focus might consider #5-ranked American Public University System, which offers eight different degree options including an MPA in Disaster Management, Health Policy, or Organizational Management.

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 Columbus State University Annual Tuition $5,418
#3 #3 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $5,454
#4 #4 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,250
#5 #5 American Public University System Annual Tuition $6,300
#6 #6 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $6,763
#7 #7 Georgia College & State University Annual Tuition $6,770
#8 #8 University of North Dakota Annual Tuition $6,869
#9 #9 Stephen F. Austin State University Annual Tuition $7,056
#10 #10 Southern Utah University Annual Tuition $7,292
#11 #11 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $7,640
#12 #12 University of Illinois at Springfield Annual Tuition $8,154
#13 #13 The University of Texas at Arlington Annual Tuition $8,288
#14 #14 Northern Michigan University Annual Tuition $8,296
#15 #15 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $8,520
#16 #16 Lindenwood University Annual Tuition $8,640
#17 #17 Sam Houston State University Annual Tuition $8,842
#18 #18 University of Idaho Annual Tuition $9,352
#19 #19 Sul Ross State University Annual Tuition $9,475
#20 #20 Indiana Wesleyan University Online - Adult Education Annual Tuition $9,558
#21 #21 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $9,572
#22 #22 Capella University Annual Tuition $9,782
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) Belhaven University Annual Tuition $9,900
#23 (tie) #23 (tie) Strayer University Annual Tuition $9,900
#25 #25 Park University Annual Tuition $10,080
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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: $5,418
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,618
  • Example Classes:
    Legal and Ethical Environment of Administration; Policy Analysis; Public Budgeting/Financial Administraion; Public Personnel Administration
  • 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: $6,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $6,763
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $6,770
  • 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: $6,869
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $7,056
  • 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: $7,292
  • 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: $8,154
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $8,288
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,296
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $8,520
  • 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: $8,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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: $8,842
  • 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: $9,352
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $9,475
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $9,558
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ---
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 258
  • Example Classes:
    Criminal Justice Policy; Economic Analysis of Crime; Public Institutions and Values
  • Annual Tuition: $9,572
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 8,365
  • Example Classes:
    Analytical Techniques for Public Administration; Public Administration in the Policy Process; Public Administrators in the Governance Process; Public Budgeting; Public Organization Management; Strategic Planning and Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,782
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: ---
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 28,176
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,044
  • Example Classes:
    Administration of Financial Resources; Economics and Public Policy; Organizational Behavior; Principles of Executive Leadership; Public and Administrative Law; Public Policy Analysis
  • Annual Tuition: $9,900
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 11,928
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,080
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,370
  • Example Classes:
    Business, Government, and Global Society; Ethical Foundations of Authority and Responsibility; Global Conflict and Dispute Resolution; Leadership Development and Organizations; Public Affairs Methodology; The Environment of Public Organizations
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