2020 Most Affordable Online Public Administration Degrees

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Ranked by affordability, these 24 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.

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Rank School Annual Tuition
# 1 #1 $2,753
# 2 #2 $5,190
# 3 #3 $5,487
# 4 #4 $5,766
# 5 #5 $6,977
# 6 #6 $7,410
# 7 #7 $7,556
# 8 #8 $7,800
# 9 #9 $8,895
# 10 #10 $9,269
# 11 #11 $9,600
# 12 #12 $9,637
# 13 #13 $9,750
# 14 #14 $10,376
# 15 #15 $10,943
# 16 #16 $11,250
# 17 #17 $11,340
# 18 #18 $11,700
# 19 #19 $11,835
# 20 #20 $11,836
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) $11,940
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) $11,940
# 21 (tie) #21 (tie) $11,940
# 24 #24 $12,450
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  • Annual Tuition: $2,753
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Executive Leadership; Financial Management in the Public Sector; Principles of Crisis and Emergency Management; Public Safety System Integration; Strategic and Operational Planning; Technology in the Public Sector

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $5,190
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 44%
  • Example Classes: Grant Writing for Organizations; Inter-organizational Behavior; Management of Non-Profit Organizati; Modern Public Management; Public Finance; Public Policy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Office Administration and Technology Public Service Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $5,487
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Example Classes: Management Information Systems for Public Management; Public Admin: Scope, Development & Ethical Environment; Public Budgeting & Financial Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Public Service Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $5,766
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes: Administrative Law; Leadership & Innovation; Public Budgeting & Finance; Public Policy

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Public Policy
  • Annual Tuition: $6,977
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 81%
  • Example Classes: Community Resource Development; Federal Policy and the American Indian; Social Problems in Modern Society; Sociology of Poverty; Survey of Ethics in Economics and Finance; Voluntary Associations and Non-Profit Organizations

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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $7,556
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 68%
  • Example Classes: Advanced Fire Administration; Applied Fire Service Ethics; Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services; Fire Prevention Organization and Management; Fire Service Personnel Administration; Managerial Issues in an All Hazards Environment

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration (Degree Completion)
  • Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 71%
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $8,895
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $9,269
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Business Administration: Management - Public Administration
  • BS in Public Administration
  • Post-Baccalaureate of Science in Business Administration - Public Administration
  • Post-Baccalaureate of Science in Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Example Classes: Disaster Recovery and Response; Energy and Society; Municipal Government Operations; Public Fiscal Management; Social Issues and Economic Policies CED; Sustainable Communities

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA Management - Public Administration
  • BA Public Administration
  • BS Business Administration - Public Administration
  • BS Criminal Justice - Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
  • BS Criminal Justice - Police Administration & Operations
  • BS Public Health
  • Annual Tuition: $9,637
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Example Classes: Community Risk Reduction; Ethics in Public Safety; Fire and Emergency Services Governance and Administration; Homeland Security and Emergency Management Governance and Administration Strategies; Labor Relations for Public Safety; Political and Legal Foundations of Public Safety

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Public Safety Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 28%
  • Example Classes: Border Security; Current Events in Homeland Security; Intelligence Analysis; State and Local Government; The Criminal Justice System

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety
  • Annual Tuition: $10,376
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 54%
  • Example Classes: Administrative Leadership and Behavior; Applied Research Methods for Policy & Management; Managing Global Cities - GL; Personnel Skills for Public Administrators; Policy Development and Implementation - GL; Public Sector Budgeting

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Environmental Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Health Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Public Policy and Service
  • Annual Tuition: $10,943
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: 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

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $11,340
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Acceptance Rate: 98%
  • Example Classes: Administrative Law & Process; Budgetary Politics & Process; Community & Regional Planning; Constitutional Law; Public Personnel Management; State & Local Government

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BA in Public Administration
  • BS in Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 30%
  • Example Classes: Advanced Public Administration; Government Regulation of Business; Introduction to Public Administration; Judicial Process; Public Finance and Budgeting

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS 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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,835
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Example Classes: Administrative Ethics in Public Service; Administrative Law; Leadership for the Common Good; Leadership of Non-Profit Organizations and Social Enterprises; Policy Development, Implementation and Analysis; Public Economics

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Management - Non-Profit Management and Leadership
  • Annual Tuition: $11,836
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Ethics and Leadership; Interorganizational Behavior; Leadership in Global Society; Modern Public Management; Profiles of Leaders; Writing for Leadership

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership - Public Service
  • Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Business & Professional Writing; Financial Management and Budgeting; Government & Nonprofit Budgeting; Human Resources Management; Organizational Supervision; Performance Management

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • BS in Public Administration
  • BS in Public Safety Management & Leadership
  • BS in Public Safety Management & Leadership - Fire & Emergency Medical Services
  • BS in Public Safety Management & Leadership - Law Enforcement
  • Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Example Classes: Applied Leadership Project; Ethics and Law; Management and Leadership Techniques; Public Policy; Public Service in Communities; Spreadsheets for Leaders

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: Open Admissions
  • Example Classes: Capital Improvement Planning & Management; Contemporary Issues In Public Administration; Organizational Behavior And Ethical Responsibility; Public Finance: Sources, Management, And Reports; Research In Public Administration; Urban And Regional Planning

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $12,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Example Classes: Administrative Law; Capitalism and Societal Issues; Public Management and Leadership; Public Personnel Administration; Public Service Values; State and Local Government

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