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The 63 Best Affordable Online MPA Degree Programs

An online MPA can spark a rewarding career but can cost a small fortune—as much as $72,000! Clearly, it pays to do your research before choosing an online master’s in public health.

GetEducated compared 118 master’s degree in public administration from 96 regionally accredited online schools to create this ‘Best Buy’ list. Our rankings reveal the most affordable options in the United States—63 online MPA programs for under $24,000.

Average Cost (In-state): $23,743.76
Least Expensive: University of North Carolina at Pembroke ~$7,371.00
Most Expensive: University of Southern California ~$72,000.00

Our data-driven research creates a truly reliable system of scientific rankings. There’s no fancy formulas here. We meticulously calculate total full-time tuition—including any fees—for the most accurate total cost. Our rankings cannot be bought, and therefore factually showcase the cheapest online mpa programs. The online degrees listed above the gray dividing line are official 2018 “Best Buys” and cost less than the national average.
 

Most Affordable Online MPA Programs

 

Accreditation Note: To qualify for a ranking, a program must be regionally accredited. Additional programmatic accreditation is noted in the rank table.

15 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
16 International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
17 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
22 National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
 

Rankings Note: These online college rankings are based on a GetEducated Fall 2017 review of regionally accredited online mpa programs. Total cost includes full-time tuition and fees and was valid at the time of collection and specific to the online learning program. School profiles for the online master’s degree programs in our directory may reflect a slightly different cost based on different editorial update schedules.

The published cost is an estimated sticker price for the entire online degree including fees. Actual costs may vary by student. Factors such as transfer credits, prerequisite courses, professional licensing and financial aid availability will affect final cost.

Editorial Note: Online schools do NOT pay to be included in any GetEducated online degree ranking. These rankings are editorially independent, open to any regionally accredited or candidate college that offers a master's degree that is available at least 80 percent through online learning and that is open to enrollment by the public. If your online college is regionally accredited and not currently reviewed by GetEducated, please contact us for inclusion. Each ranking list is calculated every two years. The next survey to identify the cheapest online public administration graduate degree will be undertaken in Fall 2019.

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RANKSCHOOL / DEGREESTATEPRICENOTE
1

University of North Carolina at Pembroke(NC)
$7,371.08
$17,383.55
In-State
Out-of-State
2

Tarleton State University(TX)
$7,549.56
$22,489.56
In-State
Out-of-State
3

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin(TX)
$9,747.52
$29,192.56
In-State
Out-of-State
4

Columbus State University(GA)
$10,284.00
$35,484.00
In-State
Out-of-State
5

Arkansas State University(AR)
$10,584.00
All Students
6

The University of Montana(MT)
$11,031.24
$27,501.60
In-State
Out-of-State
7

Valdosta State University(GA)
$11,988.00
All Students
8

Southeast Missouri State University(MO)
$12,024.00
All Students
9

University of North Georgia(GA)
$12,108.00
All Students
10

University of Wyoming(WY)
$12,709.71
$32,170.71
In-State
Out-of-State
11

American Public University System Logo
American Public University System
(WV)
$13,300.00
$12,400.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
12

Stephen F. Austin State University(TX)
$13,326.00
$17,646.00
In-State
Out-of-State
13

University of South Dakota Logo
University of South Dakota
(SD)
$13,327.50
All Students
14

Florida Gulf Coast University(FL)
$13,441.68
$46,823.76
In-State
Out-of-State
15

University of Nebraska at Omaha(NE)
$13,494.00
$22,737.00
In-State
Out-of-State
16

Georgia College and State University(GA)
$13,540.00
All Students
17

University of Central Florida(FL)
$13,747.44
$29,182.44
In-State
Out-of-State
18

University of Management and Technology(VA)
$14,090.00
$9,050.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
19

Indiana State University(IN)
$15,144.00
$19,068.00
In-State
Out-of-State
20

Wichita State University(KS)
$15,475.98
All Students
21

California State University-San Bernardino(CA)
$16,026.36
$28,698.36
In-State
Out-of-State
22

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley(TX)
$16,031.84
All Students
23

Wayland Baptist University(TX)
$16,250.00
All Students
24

University of North Dakota(ND)
$16,484.04
All Students
25

California State University-Dominguez Hills(CA)
$16,560.00
All Students
26

The University of Texas at Arlington(TX)
$16,615.00
All Students
27

Lindenwood University(MO)
$16,685.00
All Students
28

Northern Michigan University(MI)
$17,544.00
All Students
29

Sam Houston State University(TX)
$17,685.00
$32,625.00
In-State
Out-of-State
30

Troy University(AL)
$17,844.00
All Students
31

University of Louisiana at Monroe(LA)
$18,000.00
All Students
32

Upper Iowa University(IA)
$18,720.00
All Students
33

Southern Utah University(UT)
$18,786.00
All Students
34

Florida International University(FL)
$18,995.34
$41,929.44
In-State
Out-of-State
35

Colorado Christian University Logo
Colorado Christian University
(CO)
$19,080.00
All Students
36

Indiana Wesleyan University(IN)
$19,116.00
All Students
37

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh(WI)
$19,324.80
All Students
38

University of Colorado Denver(CO)
$19,526.32
$23,270.32
In-State
Out-of-State
39

Park University(MO)
$19,764.00
$14,688.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
40

San Diego State University(CA)
$19,800.00
All Students
40

Strayer University - Online(DC)
$19,800.00
All Students
42

Old Dominion University(VA)
$20,160.00
$21,798.00
In-State
Out-of-State
43

Texas A & M University(TX)
$20,244.26
$37,339.78
In-State
Out-of-State
44

Liberty University Logo
Liberty University
(VA)
$20,440.00
$10,000.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
44

Belhaven University(MS)
$20,440.00
All Students
46

Roger Williams University(RI)
$20,886.00
All Students
47

Post University Logo
Post University
(CT)
$21,090.00
All Students
48

Bellevue University(NE)
$21,240.00
All Students
49

Central Michigan University(MI)
$21,275.00
$12,691.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
50

University of Colorado - Colorado Springs(CO)
$21,288.00
$25,140.00
In-State
Out-of-State
51

University of Illinois at Springfield(IL)
$21,372.00
All Students
52

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Logo
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
(MN)
$21,960.00
All Students
53

Murray State University(KY)
$22,176.00
All Students
54

University of Massachusetts-Boston - College of Advancing & Professional Studies - Graduate Logo
University of Massachusetts-Boston - College of Advancing & Professional Studies - Graduate
(MA)
$22,425.00
All Students
55

National University(CA)
$22,564.00
$11,872.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
56

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth - College of Arts & Sciences - Graduate Logo
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth - College of Arts & Sciences - Graduate
(MA)
$22,656.00
All Students
57

Grand Canyon University Logo
Grand Canyon University
(AZ)
$22,780.00
$16,700.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
58

University of Mary(ND)
$22,900.00
All Students
59

Purdue University Global Logo
Purdue University Global
(IA)
$22,945.00
$18,800.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
60

California Baptist University(CA)
$23,272.00
All Students
61

Washington Adventist University(MD)
$23,400.00
All Students
62

Brandman University(CA)
$23,550.00
$14,910.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
63

Walden University Logo
Walden University
(MN)
$23,715.00
$20,259.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Eastern Kentucky University(KY)
$23,829.00
All Students

California State University-Northridge(CA)
$23,906.00
All Students

West Chester University of Pennsylvania(PA)
$23,918.60
$24,278.60
In-State
Out-of-State

Anna Maria College Logo
Anna Maria College
(MA)
$24,760.00
All Students

Kent State University(OH)
$24,876.00
$25,236.00
In-State
Out-of-State

Regent University Logo
Regent University
(VA)
$25,310.00
All Students

Florida Institute of Technology(FL)
$25,641.00
All Students

Capella University Logo
Capella University
(MN)
$26,250.00
All Students

Franklin University(OH)
$26,445.00
All Students

Norwich University Logo
Norwich University
(VT)
$27,744.00
All Students

Clemson University(SC)
$28,119.00
All Students

Webster University(MO)
$28,155.00
$16,995.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military

Golden Gate University(CA)
$29,060.00
All Students

Ohio University Logo
Ohio University
(OH)
$29,376.00
$30,060.00
In-State
Out-of-State

Texas Southern University(TX)
$29,999.88
All Students

Indiana University Online(IN)
$30,286.56
$58,893.12
In-State/Military
Out-of-State

Pennsylvania State University(PA)
$31,716.00
All Students

Marist College(NY)
$32,000.00
All Students

Villanova University Logo
Villanova University
(PA)
$33,500.00
All Students

Rutgers University(NJ)
$34,188.00
All Students

University of Delaware Logo
University of Delaware
(DE)
$34,992.00
All Students

DePaul University(IL)
$35,620.00
All Students

Gannon University(PA)
$35,820.00
All Students

Nova Southeastern University(FL)
$39,510.00
All Students

University of Baltimore(MD)
$40,124.00
All Students

University of San Francisco(CA)
$44,850.00
All Students

Northwestern University(IL)
$45,539.00
All Students

Johns Hopkins University Logo
Johns Hopkins University
(MD)
$47,496.00
All Students

Seton Hall University Logo
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$52,208.00
All Students

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(NC)
$52,799.85
All Students

Northeastern University Logo
Northeastern University
(MA)
$54,390.00
All Students

American University Logo
American University
(DC)
$59,272.00
All Students

University of Southern California Logo
University of Southern California
(CA)
$72,000.00
All Students