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 here, and the cost per credit, which is $91.79, and found here">$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 here">$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: Department of Education.

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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: Department of Education.

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  • 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: Department of Education.

    ">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 - Concentration in 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: Department of Education.

    ">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 - Concentration in Public Administration
    • Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies - Concentration in 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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: 4
    • 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: Department of Education.

    ">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

    • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Concentration in 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: Department of Education.

    ">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

    • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management - Concentration in Emergency Management Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management - Concentration in Emergency Medical Services
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management - Concentration in 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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: 3
    • 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: Department of Education.

    ">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

    • Bachelors in Emergency Medical Services Administration
    • Bachelors in Fire Services Administration
    • Bachelors in Politics, Policy and 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: Department of Education.

    ">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

    • Bachelor of Science 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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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

    • Bachelor of Science in Public Administration
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management and Leadership
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management and Leadership - Focus in Fire and Emergency Medical Services
    • Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management and Leadership - Focus in 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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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: Department of Education.

    ">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

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