Online Public Administration Degrees Ranked From Lowest to Highest Tuition

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Colleges in the US that have online public administration programs require students to pay an average tuition of $12,100 per year. The average tuition has increased over the past few years. This change in tuition was about 12.1%. In 2007, the average tuition was $10,791 per year at these online colleges and universities.

Online public administration schools are also known as public management schools. The range of tuition at online public administration colleges from most to least expensive is shown in the following chart:

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 14
Low cost 21
Average cost 54
Most expensive 15

Tuition of more than $18,900 annually is charged by the most expensive colleges and universities offering online public administration programs. The cheapest schools, however, have annual tuition costs ranging from $1,704 to $5,652. The least costly accredited online public administration schools are located in Arizona, Georgia, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas.

  • Master of Business Administration in Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration – Health Policy and Administration
  • Master of Public Administration – Government Administration
  • Master of Public Administration with an Emphasis in Government and Policy
  • Master of Public Administration – Government and Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Accounting – Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration – Government Management
  • Associate of Arts in Public Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Public Administration

In 2011, these low tuition programs graduated approximately 18% of public administration graduates from online colleges and universities in the nation. This represents 125,304 of the 711,618 graduates from around the US. From 2006 to 2011, the percentage of public administration graduates from the most inexpensive online colleges has increased. Also, the number of graduates has increased by 64,669 graduates per annum.

Other somewhat more costly online public administration schools charge a yearly tuition in the range of $6,000 to $9,720. Tuition in this range is charged by 21 of the 104 online colleges offering public administration programs in the country.

A reported 31.2%, or 221,987 of the nation’s public administration graduates earned their degrees and certificates from these affordable online programs in 2011. A short 5 years prior, in 2006, only 67,494 students earned credentials from these colleges and universities.

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1. Rio Salado College Tempe, Arizona $1,704 $7,488
2. Houston Community College Houston, Texas $1,968 $1,968
3. University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota $2,994 $4,491
4. Cuyahoga Community College District Cleveland, Ohio $3,354 $6,868
5. Valdosta State University Valdosta, Georgia $3,696 $13,272
6. Southern Utah University Cedar City, Utah $4,196 $13,846
7. University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico $4,348 $17,533
8. University of Hawaii Pearl City, Hawaii $4,656 $14,352
9. Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas $5,096 $14,396
10. University of Nebraska Omaha, Nebraska $5,423 $15,983
11. Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, Alabama $5,424 $10,848
12. California State University Carson, California $5,472 $11,160
13. University of Baltimore Baltimore, Maryland $5,484 $15,000
14. University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota $5,652 $15,091
15. Bellevue University Bellevue, Nebraska $6,000 $6,000
16. Washburn University Topeka, Kansas $6,210 $14,100
17. University of Colorado Denver, Colorado $6,216 $19,128
18. University of Illinois Springfield, Illinois $6,486 $13,806
19. Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas $6,672 $17,700
20. Northern Michigan University Marquette, Michigan $7,248 $11,664

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