Guide to Earning Your Public Administration Degree Online

Online public administration programs prepare you for management roles in the public and nonprofit sectors. Explore your degree options, find a program that suits your professional goals, and learn more about exciting careers in public service.  

Best Online Public Administration Programs for 2020

With so many online public administration programs now available, it can be difficult to know where to even begin your search. Our list of top-ranked schools can help. We’ve rounded up high-quality, accredited schools with online public administration programs and let you sort them by the data points that are the most important to you, whether it’s tuition cost, the number of online programs offered, or financial aid options. Find your ideal school match below.

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School Rank Number School Name City, State PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs Get Info School Information AmeriCorps match Top Peace Corps School Online Students Academic Counseling Career Placement Students Institutional Aid Total Cost (In-State) Median Earnings 10 Years Post-Entry
1 Florida International University Miami, FL ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

Students interested in an online degree in public administration have two options to choose from at Florida International University (FIU). At the undergraduate level, students can choose to earn their bachelor’s degree in Public Administration by completing 120 credit hours of coursework, half of which will be in public administration-related classes, such as Policy Development and Implementation, Managing Global Cities, and Administrative Leadership and Behavior. For those looking to complement an undergraduate degree or prior public administration experience, they can choose to enroll in the Master of Public Administration program. This graduate program consists of 42 credit hours and allows students to complete their degree at their own pace by enrolling in as little as one or as many of four courses per term.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students34,281 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid76% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$46,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
2 University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia, MO ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

At the University of Missouri in Columbia, there are two online programs to choose from for those looking for to begin or enhance a career in public administration or similar field. First is the Master of Public Affairs degree. It is fully online and comprised of 33 credit hours. Each class is nine weeks long, with students usually taking two years to complete their master’s degree. The second online option is a graduate certificate in Public Management. This is also available fully online and takes 12 credit hours to complete. Coursework covers many pertinent topics including human resources, local government, budgeting, and management strategy.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,380 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid65% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$48,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
3 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

The University of Colorado at Denver allows students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels the opportunity to earn a degree online and pursue a career in public administration. At the undergraduate level, there’s the Bachelor of Arts in Public Service, which takes 120 credit hours to earn, 45 of which will be Public Service major classes. For those who might already have some public service experience, there’s the Master of Public Administration graduate degree program. Students must complete 36 credit hours and will have the opportunity to focus on one of six possible specializations within the public administrative realm.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students6,582 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid50% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$56,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
4 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

Students interested in a future career in public administration have several programs to choose from, including a Bachelor of Arts in Policy, Politics and International Affairs, Master of Public Administration (MPA), and a Doctor of Public Administration. However, The University of Baltimore only offers only one of these fully online: the Master of Public Administration. This online MPA degree requires 42 or 45 credit hours to complete and can be combined with a Juris Doctor degree. Another thing for prospective students to keep in mind is that they will only have the Public and Nonprofit Management specialization to choose from. Other public administration specializations are available, but only through the traditional, on-campus MPA track.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students2,408 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid56% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$58,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
5 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs3 Get Info

The University of Utah offers one public administration program to its students, and it’s at the graduate level: the Master of Public Administration, or MPA degree. The curriculum is primarily traditional, meaning students must attend on-campus classes. However, to provide additional flexibility, some classes are available at night, on the weekends, and online. The University of Utah has three tracks available. The first is the evening track, which provides for evening classes along with the ability to take as many or as few classes as the student chooses. The executive track is for those who already have professional experience in public administration or related fields. There are also multiple joint degree options, such as the MPA and Master of Public Health or Master of Social Work degrees.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students10,720 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid71% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$53,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
6 California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

When it comes to producing graduates with a Master in Public Administration, California State University, Northridge is one of the national leaders. Since 1985, more than 2,000 people have graduated from CSUN with an MPA degree; only Harvard and Columbia have more MPA graduates. CSUN offers six areas of MPA specialization, as well as two certificates. However, none of the certificates are available exclusively online and only three of the concentrations are available online. These three include Health Administration, Nonprofit Sector Management, and Public Sector Management and Leadership. All these online concentrations consist of 36 credit hours and take about two years to earn along with the MPA.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students20,127 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid57% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
7 Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Through the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M offers an online Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA). The MPSA consists of 39 credit hours, all of which can be completed online except for two weeks of on-campus residencies, usually held each summer. Texas A&M also offers several online certificate programs, including Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management, and Public Management.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,448 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid48% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$58,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
8 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Florida Atlantic University allows students to study public administration and related fields at a variety of academic levels. However, only at the undergraduate level can a student earn a degree fully online. Through the College for Design and Social Inquiry, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in either Public Safety Administration (BPSA) or Public Management (BPM). The BPSA degree consists of 120 credit hours and is intended for professionals interested in working in first response or disaster management and administration. The BPM degree also consists of 120 credit hours and is perfect for anyone who desires a career in public service or working for public sector organizations.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students13,332 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid59% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$43,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
9 University of South Florida-Main Campus Tampa, FL ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The University of South Florida has two public administration programs available: the minor in Public Administration and the Master of Public Administration (MPA). While neither of these are available fully online, the MPA is a hybrid program, with some of the coursework requirements available for completion through distance learning means. The MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and takes either 42 or 45 credit hours to complete, depending on the student’s prior level of experience in public administration. Each incoming class is comprised of about 60-70 students, which helps allow for small class sizes, often with as few as 10 students.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students22,876 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid62% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$43,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
10 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

IUPUI has a number of online degree and certificate programs available, including four in public affairs and related areas of study. Specifically, IUPUI offers an online Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree, along with the following three online graduate certificate programs: Nonprofit Management, Public Budgeting, Public Budgeting and Financial Management, and Public Management. Each graduate certificate program requires the completion of 15 credit hours while the MPA degree requires students to complete 48 credit hours. Of these 48 credit hours, 18 credits come from core courses, 24 to 27 credits from electives and three to six credits from an experiential component.

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students11,185 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid57% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$42,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
11 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students6,336 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid59% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$48,700 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
12 Regis University Denver, CO ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,219 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid97% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$56,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
13 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students38,073 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid41% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
14 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs3 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,135 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid54% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$44,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
15 Park University Parkville, MO ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs3 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,859 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid47% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
16 San Diego State University San Diego, CA ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students14,170 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid21% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$51,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
17 Columbia College Columbia, MO ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students9,727 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid49% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$38,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
18 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Jonesboro, AR ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students7,707 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid67% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$32,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
19 Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,106 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid59% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$39,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
20 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students17,369 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid44% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$51,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
21 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students23,362 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid54% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$48,700 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
22 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students11,705 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid70% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$43,700 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
23 Capella University Minneapolis, MN ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs3 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students36,284 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid50% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$63,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
24 California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,806 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid58% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$44,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
25 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,012 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid80% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$39,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
26 University of Idaho Moscow, ID ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,647 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid88% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$41,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
27 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,038 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid86% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$41,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
28 George Washington University Washington, DC ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students6,485 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid75% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$69,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
29 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students7,012 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid67% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$48,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
30 University of Houston-Clear Lake Houston, TX ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,219 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid44% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$47,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
31 East Carolina University Greenville, NC ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students12,348 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid49% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
32 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students2,203 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid61% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$58,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
33 The University of Montana Missoula, MT ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchYes ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students2,717 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid48% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$35,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
34 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students12,520 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid32% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
35 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students12,741 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid45% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$41,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
36 National University La Jolla, CA ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students13,240 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid4% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$59,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
37 Fayetteville State University Fayetteville, NC ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,646 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid93% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$31,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
38 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,931 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid53% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$43,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
39 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students13,094 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid83% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,100 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
40 Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, IN ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students7,490 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid58% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$47,700 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
41 American Public University System Charles Town, WV ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students46,420 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementNo Institutional Financial Aid52% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$62,400 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
42 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students7,319 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid25% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$42,100 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
43 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students14,235 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid79% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$38,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
44 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students10,133 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid36% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$62,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
45 Ohio University-Main Campus Athens, OH ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students12,909 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid83% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$40,500 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
46 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,457 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid74% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$45,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
47 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students4,348 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid41% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$55,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
48 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students3,371 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid68% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$37,700 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
49 Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students5,327 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid64% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$39,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
50 Troy University Troy, AL ONLINE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION DEGREE INFORMATION Total online programs2 Get Info

School Information AmeriCorps MatchNo ×Participates in the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program. Gives a minimum of $1,000 in matching financial aid or other benefits to at least one AmeriCorps alumnus each year. Top Peace Corps SchoolNo ×Ranked among the highest-producing colleges of Peace Corps volunteers in 2018. Online Students8,629 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid49% ×Percentage of students with scholarships or fellowships awarded and funded by the college. Only applies to full-time, first-time undergraduates. Total Cost
(In-State)$$ ×Tuition and fees charged per academic year to full-time students qualifying for in-state residency.
Post-College Earnings$37,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.

Exploring Online Public Administration Degree Programs

Online public administration programs exist at every degree level and as certificates, making it easy for you to find a program that meets your educational and professional goals. Some students may start postsecondary education as a public administration major while others may come to the discipline later via graduate study. Check out the table below to get a sense of available programs, timelines, and careers you can qualify for after graduating.

Program Snapshot: 5 Ways to Get Your Public Administration Degree Online

ProgramCredit HoursTime to CompleteCommon Careers for Graduates
Bachelor’s in Public Administration120-1286 years part-time; 4 years full-time Financial Analyst; Management Consultant; Nonprofit Program Coordinator
Graduate Certificate12-189-15 monthsTraining Manager; Nonprofit Director
Master of Public Administration (MPA) 36-602-4 yearsPublic Policy Analyst; Nonprofit Fundraising Manager; Political Scientist
Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)48-603-5 yearsLegislative Affairs Director; Senior Policy Director; Regulatory Affairs Director
PhD in Public Administration68-805-7 yearsPublic Administration Professor; Senior Researcher; Senior Academic Administrator

Online Public Administration Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Bachelor’s in public administration degrees serve as gateways for careers in this field, with options available as Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA). These programs cover foundational topics such as policy development and implementation, public sector finance, applied research methods, and public sector administration.

Baccalaureate-level programs typically attract learners who want to secure entry-level roles upon graduation and use their skills to work in areas of policy, civil service, research, or consulting. Schools of all types provide these degrees, including public and private institutions offering both traditional face-to-face courses and distance learning programs. The format tends to vary based on school, but students should be able to find fully-online, hybrid, asynchronous/synchronous, and full-time/part-time programs to meet their needs.

Public Administration Certificate Online Options

After completing a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related topic, some students opt to progress into a graduate-level certificate program rather than a master’s degree. Some schools, such as Indiana State University, allow these credits to count towards a graduate program if you later change your mind.

Certificates differ from degrees in that they take less time, focus solely on the given topic (e.g., no general education requirements), and usually cost less. They appeal to both career changers and those already working in the field, though some may require relevant prerequisites. Options exist both online and in person, with hybrid formats also available. Some schools only offer part-time options, while others also provide full-time paths as well.

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programs Online

Master’s in public administration programs, typically offered as MPAs (Master of Public Administration) or Mas (Master of Arts), appeal to those who already possess a bachelor’s degree and have been working in the field for a while. These individuals have reached the point in their career where they want to further their education and increase their potential in terms of leadership roles and salary.

Online and in-person degrees exist and, given the fact that many people who undertake this degree also work, part-time and full-time learning options are available. Learn more about online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degrees, and find the right program for you.

Online Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) Degrees

This online public administration doctorate exists as a professional program for those who want to use advanced skills in research, analytics, statistics, and management to elicit social change. Learners cover topics such as public management and leadership, evidence-based decision making, and applied research funding proposal writing to help build their managerial and leadership skills along the way.

DPA programs are available fully-online, in-person, and through hybrid learning. Because many students work while completing the degree, most schools provide both full-time and part-time learning paths. Though a professional program, most departments still require students to complete a dissertation rather than taking part in a final project.

PhD in Public Administration Online Programs

While the DPA focuses on preparing advanced practitioners, the PhD is designed for students who want to work primarily in research and/or academia. This terminal degree gives students the skills and experience needed to help shape policy through analytical research and educate the next generation of public administration professionals.

After completing coursework requirements, students begin researching and writing their dissertations. Degrees are available both online and at brick-and-mortar locations, but are more likely to require learners to visit campus for short learning intensives than a DPA program.

A Closer Look at Online Public Administration Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Completing a public administration bachelor’s degree online is a great choice for students who need the added flexibility offered by distance learning but don’t want to sacrifice program quality. Bachelor’s degrees serve as an entry to both meaningful jobs and graduate programs. Keep reading to learn more about what you can expect from this degree program.

Subjects Studied

  • Public Policy Administration
  • Research Methods
  • Financial Management
  • Project Evaluation and Management in the Public Sector
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • History of Public Administration

Key Skills Learned

  • Nuanced understanding of policy lifecycle
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Understanding of fundraising and financial management
  • Collaborative approaches
  • Use of data to make informed decisions
  • Understanding of how social, political, and community factors affect societal change
  • Advanced problem-solving
  • Ability to design, implement, and evaluate programs

Example Courses in an Online Public Administration Bachelor’s

Public Administration Foundations

Typically taken in the first year, this course familiarizes students with foundational writings on public administration and helps them understand how the discipline has evolved in the modern era.

Fiscal Management

Policy Analysis

Programmatic Evaluation

Research Methodologies

Options for Specialization

Given the variety of professional options for public administration graduates, it’s not uncommon to find both bachelor’s programs offering specialization tracks. Common concentration areas include:

  • State and Local Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Financial Management
  • International Affairs
  • Public Management

Typical Admissions Requirements

To gain entrance to a bachelor’s in public administration online degree, students need to meet a number of admissions requirements set by the school to gauge their preparedness for higher education. Actual requirements differ by school, but usually include some or all of the following components.

  • Completed paper or online application and payment of application fee
  • Official transcripts from any school attended Policy Analysis
  • Minimum GPA
  • SAT/ACT scores
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement outlining why you want this degree and why you want to attend that institution
  • In-person or online interview (if the program is particularly competitive)
  • IELTS or TOEFL scores from international students

Average Tuition for an Online Bachelor’s in Public Administration  

Costs for online bachelor’s in public administration vary significantly based on type of school and whether the institution charges online students resident or non-resident tuition. To give you an idea of what you can expect to pay, here are tuition rates at four schools that offer online bachelor’s degrees in public administration. Note: Tuition rates do not include fees, so prospective students should visit individual school websites to understand the total degree cost.

School NameNo. of CreditsCost/CreditEst. Total Tuition Cost
Florida International University120$229 (in-state)
$346 (out-of-state)
$27,480 (in-state)
$41,520 (out-of-state)
Franklin University120$398$47,760
Southern New Hampshire University120$320$38,400
University of Colorado, Denver120$330 (in-state)
$509 (out-of-state)
$39,600 (in-state)
$61,080 (out-of-state)

Looking for help paying for your online public administration degree? Check out our in-depth financial aid and scholarship guides.

Top 10 Careers for Your Online Degree in Public Administration

Regardless of whether they get their undergraduate or graduate degree, graduates of public administration online programs may qualify for myriad professional positions. The amount of responsibility tends to increase along degree lines – as do salaries. Some students may find they want to work in an entry-level position for a few years to ensure they enjoy the field before completing a master’s degree. Others may already know they aspire to these types of roles and move straight through both degrees before finding a professional role.

Political Scientist
Minimum Education

Master’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

None

Graduates of master’s programs use their skills to better understand political systems and trends. They may use this information in an academic setting or they might work for an elected official to create policies.

Emergency Management Director
Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

5 years +

Working with local, state, and federal governments, these professionals create response plans for dealing with natural disasters and emergencies. They liaise with other public safety workers, develop training programs, and share resources.

Social and Community Service Manager
Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

Less than 5 years

Social and community service managers frequently work in government agencies or nonprofit organizations to provide local neighborhoods with the services they need. Aside from developing and overseeing programs, these professionals collect data to assess the effectiveness and apply for governmental and private funding.

Legislator
Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

Several Years

Legislators work in local, state, and federal governments to create legislation that is then voted into law or rejected in their corresponding political body. They work with their teams to develop proposed legislation based on communal needs, work with fellow legislators to garner support and review other legislation up for votes.

Political Science Professor
Minimum Education

PhD Degree

Work Experience Needed

None

Legislators work in local, state, and federal governments to create legislation that is then voted into law or rejected in their corresponding political body. They work with their teams to develop proposed legislation based on communal needs, work with fellow legislators to garner support and review other legislation up for votes.

Fundraising Manager
Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

5 years +

Fundraising managers may work for political campaigns, nonprofits, research facilities, or educational organizations. They use their skills in campaign development, persuasion, and donor relations to bring in new donors while managing existing relationships.

City Manager
Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

5 years +

City managers work in local government to oversee all the administrative functions needed to keep the municipality running smoothly. They liaise with the mayor and other leaders to set budgets, oversee staffing needs, and make decisions about local investments and projects.

Management Analyst
Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

Less than 5 years

Management analysts find work with government agencies, political campaigns, nonprofits, and corporations alike. They use their consulting skills to help identify issues around management deficiencies and make recommendations for improvements.

Budget Analyst
Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

None

Budget analysts work in-house or as consultants to help state and local governments, corporations, campaigns, and companies better administer finances. They help department heads develop budgets, make company-wide recommendations, and create income and spending projections.

Postsecondary Education Administrator
Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience Needed

Less than 5 years

Working in public and private university settings, these master’s degree graduates typically manage specific areas of programming. They may apply to governmental grants, handle fundraising initiatives, oversee personnel needs, or manage the costs associated with ongoing projects.

Understanding Accreditation for Online Public Administration Degrees

As part of finding the right school and program, students must ensure that any university they select maintains proper accreditation. Accreditation exists in two forms: institutional and programmatic. The former refers to the type of accreditation given to a school as a whole and includes regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditation is considered the most prestigious; however, as long as the accrediting organization is recognized by the Department of Education, attending a school with either type will help avoid issues with transferring credits, finding a job, and/or receiving licensure.

Programmatic accreditation exists for specific degree programs and academic departments. The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) accredits master’s degree programs in public administration and has a roster of more than 300 accredited schools. It does not accredit programs at other degree levels however, so students looking into non-master’s programs should make sure their degree program holds institutional accreditation.

Prospective students can learn about the accreditation status of their school by searching the U.S. Department of Education’s database.

10 Key Resources for Online Public Administration Students

Plenty of professional, academic, and research resources exist to help students build their expertise in the field and learn more about what a public administration education and career entails.