2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Public Administration Degrees

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These 24 schools offer affordable tuition rates for online bachelor's degrees in public administration. Nineteen schools on this list offer annual tuition rates of less than $15,000. At Central Methodist University, ranked number one, you will find low annual tuition rates starting at just $7,750 for a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. In the second spot on our list, SUNY Empire State College offers a remarkable 32 online public administration bachelor's degrees for as low as $8,000 per year.

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

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,750
#2 #2 SUNY Empire State College Annual Tuition $8,000
#3 #3 Peru State College Annual Tuition $8,370
#4 #4 Columbia College Annual Tuition $9,150
#5 #5 University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $9,207
#6 #6 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600
#7 #7 Florida International University Annual Tuition $9,893
#8 #8 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700
#9 #9 Charter Oak State College Annual Tuition $11,760
#10 #10 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Annual Tuition $11,940
#11 #11 Park University Annual Tuition $11,970
#12 #12 Kentucky State University Annual Tuition $12,330
#13 #13 Central Michigan University Annual Tuition $12,927
#14 #14 Point Park University Annual Tuition $12,990
#15 #15 Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $13,230
#16 #16 Dominican University Annual Tuition $13,837
#17 #17 Barry University Annual Tuition $13,870
#18 #18 Ashford University Annual Tuition $14,250
#19 #19 University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $14,953
#20 #20 Franklin University Annual Tuition $15,270
#21 #21 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $15,430
#22 #22 National University Annual Tuition $16,290
#23 #23 Siena Heights University Annual Tuition $16,950
#24 #24 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $17,546
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Example Classes:
    Economics of Public Policy; Intro American National State Local Govt.; Law and Economics; Law in American Society; Principles of Public Administration; Social Problems
  • Annual Tuition: $8,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Employment and Labor Law; Images of Women in Western Culture; Modern Political Theory; Policy Analysis: Theory and Practice; Public Finance and Budgeting; Public Sector Ethics

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,370
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    American Constitutional Law; American National Government; Organizational Ethics; Risk Management and Insurance; State and Local Government; Team Design and Performance
  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    American Public Policy; Methods of Public Decision Making; Non-Profit Organization and Management; Organizational Behavior; Public Human Resources Administration; Values and Ethics in Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $9,207
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Accounting for Not for Profit Organizations; American Government; American State and Local Government; Grant Writing; Municipal Administration; Public Budgeting and Financial Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 92%
  • Example Classes:
    Disaster Recovery and Response; Energy and Society; Municipal Government Operations; Public Fiscal Management; Social Issues and Economic Policies CED; Sustainable Communities
  • Annual Tuition: $9,893
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 50%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Leadership and Behavior; Applied Research Methods for Accountability in Public and Non-Profit Organizations; Applied Research Methods for Policy & Management; Leadership & Decision Making; Managing Global Cities - GL; Personnel Skills for Public Administrators; Policy Analysis & Program Planning
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 22%
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Public Administration; Applied Public Policy Research Methods; Government Regulation of Business; Introduction to Geopolitics; Introduction to Public Administration; Judicial Process; Political Philosophy
  • Annual Tuition: $11,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Intergovernmental Relations; Non-Profit Management; Politics & Public Policy; Public Administration Law; Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Leadership Project; Ethics and Law; Management and Leadership Techniques; Public Policy; Public Service in Communities; Spreadsheets for Leaders
  • Annual Tuition: $11,970
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 40%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law; Capitalism and Societal Issues; Public Management and Leadership; Public Personnel Administration; Public Service Values; State and Local Government
  • Annual Tuition: $12,330
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 38%
  • Example Classes:
    Comparative Administrative Systems and Policies; Management Information Systems; Organizational Behavior and the Bureaucratic Structure; Policy Analysis; Public Budgeting Processes; Research Methods in Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $12,927
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes:
    Compensation Administration; Public Budgeting Processes; Public Relations Principles and Practices; Public Sector Human Resources; Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law; The American Legislative Process
  • Annual Tuition: $12,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • Example Classes:
    Methods of Public Management; Nonprofit Organization; Policy and Decision Analysis; Public Budgeting and Finance I
  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 66%
  • Example Classes:
    Development of Foreign Policy; Political and Policy Basis of Emergency Management; Political Parties and Interest Groups; Public Budgeting; Public Speaking; Urban Management
  • Annual Tuition: $13,837
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 63%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law; Fundamentals of Public Administration; Negotiation Theory; Philosophical Basis of the Law; Social Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $13,870
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 55%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law and Process; Concepts & Issues in Public Planning; Human Resources in the Public Sector; Productivity Improvements in the Public Sector; Public Budgeting & Finance; Values and Ethics in Public Administration

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,250
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law; Budgeting for Public Administrators; Finance for Public Administrators; Intergovernmental Relations & Issues; Public Policy Formation; Urban Management
  • Annual Tuition: $14,953
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 45%
  • Example Classes:
    City Planning and Community Development; Florida Politics and Government; Managing Information Resources in the Public Sector; Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy; Personnel and Supervision in Today’s Diverse Organizations; Public Financial Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $15,270
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Business & Professional Writing; Financial Management and Budgeting; Government & Nonprofit Budgeting; Human Resources Management; Organizational Supervision; Performance Management
  • Annual Tuition: $15,430
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Example Classes:
    Economics and Public Finance; Effective Communication for Public Service; Ethics and Leadership; Ethics in Public Service; Financial management for public service; Leading for the Public Good; Management for Public Service

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC ACCJC and WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics in Law, Business & Management; Government and Nonprofit Accounting; Government Relations; Management Science; Public Policy Development; Urban Environments

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,950
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes:
    Budgeting for Public Service Administration; Critical Issues Public Service Administration; Funding of Public Services Administration; Issues in Social Justice; Research in the Social Sciences; Speech Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $17,546
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 65%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law and Bureaucracy; Career and Professional Development; Executive Leadership and Management in the Public Sector; Policy Process and Analysis; Political Economy; Public Personnel Management
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