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.

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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
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 32%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,438
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

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
#2
#2

Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley (GA)
Annual Tuition: $5,190
Annual Tuition: $5,190
Annual Tuition: $5,190
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 44%
  • Average SATs: 850 -960
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 40
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 68
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (478) 825-6211

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
#3
#3
Annual Tuition: $5,487
Annual Tuition: $5,487
Annual Tuition: $5,487
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (229) 500-3500

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
#4
#4

Georgia Southern University

Statesboro (GA)
Annual Tuition: $5,766
Annual Tuition: $5,766
Annual Tuition: $5,766
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (912) 478-5391

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
#5
#5
Annual Tuition: $6,977
Annual Tuition: $6,977
Annual Tuition: $6,977
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (910) 521-6000

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
#6
#6

Barry University

Miami Shores (FL)
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
Annual Tuition: $7,410
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 35%
  • Acceptance Rate: 85%
  • Average SATs: 930 -1080
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 233
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 408
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (800) 756-6000

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
#7
#7

Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville (NC)
Annual Tuition: $7,556
Annual Tuition: $7,556
Annual Tuition: $7,556
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (910) 672-1111

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)
#8
#8
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
Annual Tuition: $7,800
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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
#9
#9

Peru State College

Peru (NE)
Annual Tuition: $8,895
Annual Tuition: $8,895
Annual Tuition: $8,895
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 97%
  • Graduation Rate: 34%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 616
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 238
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (402) 872-3815

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
#10
#10
Annual Tuition: $9,269
Annual Tuition: $9,269
Annual Tuition: $9,269
  • Online Degrees: 3
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 90%
  • Graduation Rate: 13%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,342
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (207) 621-3000

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 Public Administration
#11
#11
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Online Degrees: 5
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%
  • Acceptance Rate: 78%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 86,849
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 19,526
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NECHE
  • Phone #: (603) 668-2211

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 Public Administration
  • BS Business Administration - 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
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (618) 453-2121

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
  • BS in Public Safety Management - Emergency Management Administration
  • BS in Public Safety Management - Emergency Medical Services
  • BS in Public Safety Management - Fire Service Management
#13
#13

University of West Alabama

Livingston (AL)
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
Annual Tuition: $9,750
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (205) 652-3400

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
#14
#14
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
Annual Tuition: $10,376
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (305) 348-2000

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 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
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 24%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 3,754
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,145
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Phone #: (518) 587-2100

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

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
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU
  • Phone #: (541) 962-3672

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
#17
#17

Liberty University

Lynchburg (VA)
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Online Degrees: 8
  • 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: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (434) 582-2000

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
#18
#18
Annual Tuition: $11,835
Annual Tuition: $11,835
Annual Tuition: $11,835
  • Online Degrees: 2
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 27%
  • Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Average SATs: 910 -1100
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 323
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (912) 279-5700

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
#19
#19

Dalton State College

Dalton (GA)
Annual Tuition: $11,836
Annual Tuition: $11,836
Annual Tuition: $11,836
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 87%
  • Graduation Rate: 25%
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Phone #: (706) 272-4436

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
#20
#20

Franklin University

Columbus (OH)
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Online Degrees: 4
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 96%
  • Graduation Rate: 28%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 2,642
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,457
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (614) 797-4700

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
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 100%
  • Graduation Rate: 68%
  • Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • Average SATs: 980 -1220
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 342
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 389
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (740) 392-6868

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

  • Public Administration (BA)
#20
#20
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
Annual Tuition: $11,940
  • Online Degrees: 1
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 15%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 72,096
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 21,942
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC

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
#23
#23

Park University

Parkville (MO)
Annual Tuition: $12,450
Annual Tuition: $12,450
Annual Tuition: $12,450
  • Online Degrees: 6
  • Financial Aid Recipients: 93%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Acceptance Rate: 69%
  • Undergrad Online Enrollment: 5,473
  • Graduate Online Enrollment: 1,358
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Phone #: (816) 741-2000

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