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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