2019 Most Affordable Online Public Administration Degrees

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With an annual tuition of less than $29,000, the schools on this list represent the most affordable options for obtaining online bachelor's degrees in public administration. Distance learners can earn a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Public and Non-Profit Administration at top-ranked University of North Carolina at Pembroke for the price of $6,684 per year. Central Methodist University, ranked second, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with courses such as Economics of Public Policy, Law and Economics, and Principles of Public Administration.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2019 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 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Annual Tuition $6,684
#2 #2 Central Methodist University Annual Tuition $7,500
#3 #3 Peru State College Annual Tuition $8,670
#4 #4 University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $8,730
#5 #5 Florida International University Annual Tuition $8,993
#6 (tie) #6 (tie) Northwestern State University of Louisiana Annual Tuition $9,600
#6 (tie) #6 (tie) Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600
#8 #8 Charter Oak State College Annual Tuition $9,792
#9 #9 SUNY Empire State College Annual Tuition $10,633
#10 #10 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $10,644
#11 #11 Columbia College Annual Tuition $11,250
#12 #12 Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700
#13 #13 Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Annual Tuition $11,815
#14 #14 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Annual Tuition $11,940
#15 #15 Park University Annual Tuition $11,970
#16 #16 Central Michigan University Annual Tuition $12,927
#17 #17 Point Park University Annual Tuition $13,650
#18 #18 Ashford University Annual Tuition $14,250
#19 #19 California State University-Northridge Annual Tuition $14,976
#20 #20 National University Annual Tuition $16,650
#21 #21 Siena Heights University Annual Tuition $16,950
#22 #22 California Baptist University Annual Tuition $18,848
#23 #23 Kentucky State University Annual Tuition $19,000
#24 #24 University of La Verne Annual Tuition $20,640
#25 #25 Austin Peay State University Annual Tuition $28,380
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  • Annual Tuition: $6,684
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 42%
  • 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: $8,670
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $8,730
  • 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: $8,993
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 62%
  • Example Classes:
    Crisis Intervention Management; Disaster Response Operations & Management; Financial Management & Budgeting; Law & Public Policy; Planning & Decision-Making in Public Organizations; Social Dimensions of Disaster
  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Acceptance Rate: 93%
  • 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: $9,792
  • 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: $10,633
  • 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: $10,644
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 75%
  • Example Classes:
    Courts and Sentencing; Immigrants and Refugees; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues; Public Management and Administration; Stress Management Tools I; Substantive Criminal Law
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • School Type: For-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
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Acceptance Rate: 24%
  • 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: $11,815
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • 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

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 74%
  • 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: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Example Classes:
    Administrative Law; Capitalism and Societal Issues; Public Management and Leadership; Public Personnel Administration; Public Service Values; State and Local Government
  • Annual Tuition: $12,927
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • 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: $13,650
  • 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: $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

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,976
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Example Classes:
    Class, Status and Power; Communities, Neighborhoods and Planning; Growth and Sustainable Development of Cities; Politics of Public Spending; Social Legislation and Social Policy; Social Welfare Institutions

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  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • 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: HLC
  • Acceptance Rate: 72%
  • 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: $18,848
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 64%
  • 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
  • Annual Tuition: $19,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 49%
  • 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: $20,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Acceptance Rate: 48%
  • Example Classes:
    Federalism and the Administrative State; Labor/Management Negotiation in the Public Sector; Management of Change and Conflict; Oral Communication in Organization; Policy Making Process; Urban Environments
  • Annual Tuition: $28,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Acceptance Rate: 89%
  • Example Classes:
    International Politics; Public Budgeting & Finance; Public Personnel Administration; Public Policy Analysis; Public Sector Management
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