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The 63 Best Affordable Online MPA Degree Programs

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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 administration.

GetEducated compared 118 master’s degrees 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

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
(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
(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 & 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
(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
(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
(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
(MN)
$21,960.00
All Students
53
Murray State University
(KY)
$22,176.00
All Students
54
University of Massachusetts-Boston
Master of Public Administration / Global Comparative Public Administration
(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
(MA)
$22,656.00
All Students
57
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
(IL)
$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
(MN)
$23,715.00
$20,259.00
In-State/Out-Of-State
Military
NOTE: The following schools did not make our Best Buy ranking but are also great online options.
School / DegreeStatePriceNote
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
(MA)
$24,760.00
All Students
Kent State University
(OH)
$24,876.00
$25,236.00
In-State
Out-of-State
Regent University
(VA)
$25,310.00
All Students
Florida Institute of Technology
(FL)
$25,641.00
All Students
Capella University
(MN)
$26,250.00
All Students
Franklin University
(OH)
$26,445.00
All Students
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
(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
(PA)
$33,500.00
All Students
Rutgers University
(NJ)
$34,188.00
All Students
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
(MD)
$47,496.00
All Students
Seton Hall University
(NJ)
$52,208.00
All Students
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
(NC)
$52,799.85
All Students
Northeastern University
(MA)
$54,390.00
All Students
American University
(DC)
$59,272.00
All Students
University of Southern California
(CA)
$72,000.00
All Students

14 Program is no longer accepting new students.

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.

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