2020 Most Affordable Online Public Administration Degrees

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

Ranked by affordability, these 23 schools all offer online low-cost bachelor's degrees in public administration. Florida SouthWestern State College is the #1 school on the list, offering a tuition rate of $2,753 annually. Ranked #2, Fort Valley State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Public Service Administration at a tuition rate of $5,190 annually.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our rankings of the most affordable online MPA programs. View our methodology or learn more about OnlineU.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 Florida SouthWestern State College $2,753
# 2 #2 Fort Valley State University $5,190
# 3 #3 Albany State University $5,487
# 4 #4 Georgia Southern University $5,766
# 5 #5 University of North Carolina at Pembroke $6,977
# 6 #6 Barry University $7,410
# 7 #7 Fayetteville State University $7,556
# 8 #8 Central Methodist University $7,800
# 9 #9 Peru State College $8,895
# 10 #10 University of Maine at Augusta $9,269
# 11 #11 Southern New Hampshire University Online $9,600
# 12 #12 Southern Illinois University - Carbondale $9,637
# 13 #13 University of West Alabama $9,750
# 14 #14 Florida International University $10,376
# 15 #15 SUNY Empire State College $10,943
# 16 #16 Eastern Oregon University $11,340
# 17 #17 Liberty University $11,700
# 18 #18 College of Coastal Georgia $11,835
# 19 #19 Dalton State College $11,836
# 20 (tie) #20 (tie) Franklin University $11,940
# 20 (tie) #20 (tie) Mount Vernon Nazarene University $11,940
# 20 (tie) #20 (tie) University of Phoenix $11,940
# 23 #23 Park University $12,450
#1
#1

Florida SouthWestern State College

Fort Myers (FL) (and 3 others)
Annual Tuition: $2,753
Annual Tuition: $2,753
Annual Tuition: $2,753
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,438
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration
#2
#2

Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley (GA)
Annual Tuition: $5,190
Annual Tuition: $5,190
Annual Tuition: $5,190
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 44%
  • Average SATs: 850 -960
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 40
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 68
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Office Administration and Technology Public Service Administration
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $5,487
Annual Tuition: $5,487
Annual Tuition: $5,487
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 23%
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Average SATs: 740 -890
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,048
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 229
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Concentration in Public Service Administration
#4
#4

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro (GA)
Annual Tuition: $5,766
Annual Tuition: $5,766
Annual Tuition: $5,766
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 1050 -1200
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,088
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,619
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Concentration in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Concentration in Public Policy
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $6,977
Annual Tuition: $6,977
Annual Tuition: $6,977
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,435
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 853
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Public and Non-Profit Administration
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Public and Non-Profit Administration - Financial Administration
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Public and Non-Profit Administration - Public Management
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Public and Non-Profit Administration - Substance Abuse
#6
#6

Barry University

Miami Shores (FL)
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 233
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 408
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Public Administration
#7
#7

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville (NC)
Annual Tuition: $7,556
Annual Tuition: $7,556
Annual Tuition: $7,556
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Average SATs: 870 -1010
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,714
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 603
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration (Degree Completion)
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,734
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 159
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
#9
#9

Peru State College

Peru (NE)
Annual Tuition: $8,895
Annual Tuition: $8,895
Annual Tuition: $8,895
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 616
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 238
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Public Administration
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $9,269
Annual Tuition: $9,269
Annual Tuition: $9,269
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 13%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,342
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Business Administration: Management - Public Administration
  • BS in Public Administration
  • Post-Baccalaureate of Science in Public Administration
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 86,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,526
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Concentration in Public Administration
  • BS Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • BS Criminal Justice - Police Administration & Operations
  • BS Public Health
#12
#12
Annual Tuition: $9,637
Annual Tuition: $9,637
Annual Tuition: $9,637
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 95%
  • Graduation Rate: 48%
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Average SATs: 1030 -1250
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,534
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 552
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management - Concentration in Emergency Management Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management - Concentration in Emergency Medical Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management - Concentration in Fire Service Management
#13
#13

University of West Alabama

Livingston (AL)
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Average SATs: 860 -1020
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 718
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 3,300
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Average SATs: 1110 -1280
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 10,922
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 2,749
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Public Policy and Service
#15
#15

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs (NY)
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
Annual Tuition: $10,943
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,754
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,145
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Public Affairs
#16
#16

Eastern Oregon University

La Grande (OR)
Annual Tuition: $11,340
Annual Tuition: $11,340
Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1145
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 1,365
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 131
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelors in Emergency Medical Services Administration
  • Bachelors in Fire Services Administration
  • Bachelors in Politics, Policy and Public Administration
#17
#17

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 99%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Average SATs: 1040 -1260
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 34,092
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 36,337
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Law and Policy
  • BS: Business Admin: Public Administration
  • BS: Criminal Justice: Public Administration
  • BS: Government: Public Administration
  • BS: Public Administration
  • BS: Government: Politics & Policy
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $11,835
Annual Tuition: $11,835
Annual Tuition: $11,835
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 323
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Management - Non-Profit Management and Leadership
#19
#19

Dalton State College

Dalton (GA)
Annual Tuition: $11,836
Annual Tuition: $11,836
Annual Tuition: $11,836
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Public Service
#20
#20

Franklin University

Columbus (OH)
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 28%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,642
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,457
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management and Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management and Leadership - Focus in Fire and Emergency Medical Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management and Leadership - Focus in Law Enforcement
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 342
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 389
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Public Administration (BA)
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 15%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 72,096
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 21,942
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
#23
#23

Park University

Parkville (MO)
Annual Tuition: $12,450
Annual Tuition: $12,450
Annual Tuition: $12,450
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,473
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,358
  • School Type: Nonprofit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Public Administration - Business Relations
  • Bachelor of Public Administration - Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Public Administration - Fire Service Management
  • Bachelor of Public Administration - Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Public Administration - Public Service

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