Best Online MPA

The 23 Best Affordable Online MPA Programs

Looking for the best online MPA from an accredited university at a truly affordable cost?

Get Educated surveyed 50 master's degree programs nationwide to create this fact-based ranking list of Best Buys in Public Administration degrees in the USA—23 accredited online MPA programs, all with a price tag less than $22,500.

These online degree rankings were calculated by analyzing tuition and online learning fees at 45 regionally accredited universities in the USA that offer 50 different online master's degrees for students interested in public administration careers. This is an objective ranking list of the most affordable MPA online programs.

To appear on a Get Educated Best Buy list, the online degree profiled must objectively cost less than the average cost of all the degrees surveyed in the comprehensive data set. 

Average Cost: $22,244
Most Affordable: University of North Carolina at Pembroke ~ $7,478
Most Expensive: Rutgers University ~ $42,798

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These online public administration degree rankings are based on a national survey of regionally accredited MPA online programs or the allied career area of public affairs. Costs were verified valid at time of collection (Fall 2013).

Most Affordable Online MPA Programs

 

Rankings Note: These online degree rankings are based on a Fall 2013 distance learning survey of regionally accredited or accredited university candidates which offer an MPA online. Tuition and fees stated were valid at the time of collection (Fall 2013). Profiles for each distance degree in the Get Educated online college directory may reflect slightly different costs based on a different update schedule.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online master's degree and typically reflects the most affordable, cheapest distance degree program. Factors such as transfer credits at entrance, prerequisite online course requirements, and financial aid will affect your final purchase price.

Editorial Note: Colleges NEVER pay to be included in the Get Educated online university rankings. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited university which offers a degree that is delivered at least 80% at a distance and open to the public. There is no cost to use the Get Educated Best Buy award seals, should your degree appear on these rankings.

If your online university is regionally accredited and not currently surveyed by Get Educated, please contact us for inclusion. Each affordability ranking list is calculated every two years. The next MPA online degree rankings will be undertaken Fall 2015.

To see affordability rankings of the best online colleges for other business master's degree programs, check out the following lists:

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RANKSCHOOL / DEGREESTATEPRICENOTE
1

A

University of North Carolina at Pembroke(NC)
$7,478
$26,681
Resident
Others
2

A

Fort Hays State University Logo
Fort Hays State University
(KS)
$7,654
3

A

University of Nebraska at Omaha(NE)
$11,448
$19,278
Resident
Others
4

A

Stephen F. Austin State University(TX)
$11,622
$15,942
Resident
Others
5

A-

University of South Dakota Logo
University of South Dakota
(SD)
$12,002
6

A-

American Public University - School of Health Sciences-Graduate Logo
American Public University - School of Health Sciences-Graduate
(WV)
$12,300
7

A-

Valdosta State University(GA)
$12,378
8

A-

University of North Dakota(ND)
$14,254
9

B+

Florida Gulf Coast University Logo
Florida Gulf Coast University
(FL)
$15,682
$54,628
Resident
Others
10

B+

California State University-Dominguez Hills Logo
California State University-Dominguez Hills
(CA)
$16,560
11

B+

Troy University(AL)
$16,560
12

B+

Kent State University Logo
Kent State University
(OH)
$17,100
$29,412
Resident
Others
13

B+

Southern Utah University(UT)
$16,704
$50,640
14

B

California State University-San Bernardino Logo
California State University-San Bernardino
(CA)
$17,656
$29,560
Resident
Others
15

B

Park University(MO)
$18,180
16

B

Upper Iowa University(IA)
$18,312
17

B-

Anna Maria College Logo
Anna Maria College
(MA)
$18,750
18

B-

Florida Institute of Technology Logo
Florida Institute of Technology
(FL)
$20,160
19

B-

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$20,350
20

C+

National University Logo
National University
(CA)
$20,736
21

C+

University of Colorado Denver(CO)
$21,564
22

C

Eastern Kentucky University Logo
Eastern Kentucky University
    (KY)
    23

    C

    Golden Gate University
      (CA)