Guide to Earning Your Master’s in Public Administration Online

People who want to take leadership roles in government agencies and nonprofit organizations can prepare for the responsibilities of these important positions by enrolling in online MPA programs. These degrees teach students to recruit and manage employees, make data-driven and ethical decisions, and oversee finances. Learn more about the curriculum, jobs graduates qualify for, and where to find the best online MPA programs.

The Best Online MPA Programs of 2020

In order to find the right online MPA program for your needs, you’ll want to consider several factors, such as total cost, available concentrations, program format and length, and admissions requirements. To help you find a program that will give you the best return on your investment, we have created the following rankings that provide details on the best online MPA programs from around the country. Browse the list, then sort and filter programs by the qualities that are most important to you to find your ideal school match.

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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 MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Florida International University (FIU) offers an online Master of Public Administration that is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Despite a fall-only start date, the curriculum is set up for maximum flexibility for working students. Students can take anywhere from one to four classes at a time. The curriculum consists of 42 credit hours, 24 of which are core courses and 18 of which are electives. To accommodate students who aren’t fortunate enough to enroll with enough public service experience, FIU’s program offers a Public Service Internship Option, which allows qualified students the ability to gain 300 hours of public service experience through an internship at an approved location.

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 MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The University of Missouri at Columbia’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs has a 33 credit hour Master of Public Affairs program. This program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and can be completed 100 percent online. Each class lasts nine weeks, and students usually take just one class at a time. Major topics covered include financial management, strategy for public policy, and leadership ethics. Despite this seemingly light course load, students can finish their master’s degree in two years. And all students are eligible to pay the in-state tuition rates, regardless of their state residency status.

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 Texas A & M University-College Station College Station, TX ONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Through the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, students can enroll in a hybrid online Executive Master of Public Service and Administration graduate program. Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the coursework is 100 percent online; however, once during each of the program’s two years, students must attend an in-person residency session at College Station that lasts one week. These residencies usually take place during the summer, while coursework takes place during the 15-week spring and fall sessions. The curriculum consists of 39 credit hours and includes three areas of specialization: Public Management, Homeland Security, and Nonprofit 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.
4 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO ONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

At the University of Colorado at Denver, students interested in a career in a nonprofit organization or government can gain the leadership and management skills necessary to achieve their professional goals. Specifically, CU Denver offers an online Master of Public Administration, which entails completing at least 36 hours of graduate coursework, including seven core classes, four elective classes, and a capstone project or thesis. One of the benefits of attending CU Denver is the ability to specialize, with the following six areas of concentration available: Disasters, Hazards and Emergency Management, Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Environmental Policy, Management and Law, Gender-Based Violence, Nonprofits Organizations, and State and Local Government.

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.
5 University of Baltimore Baltimore, MD ONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

At the University of Baltimore, graduate students with relevant public administration experience can enroll in the 42 credit hour online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program. Those without sufficient relevant experience are still encouraged to attend, but will take a curriculum that consists of 45 credit hours. The extra three credit hours come from an internship. Regardless of prior professional experience, all students will take at least 33 core classes and nine electives in their chosen area of specialization. Even though the University of Baltimore is a public institution, all online students in the MPA program will be allowed to pay the in-state tuition rate.

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.
6 University of South Florida-Main Campus Tampa, FL ONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Located in exciting city of Tampa, the University of South Florida offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree for those already in the public administration field and those who are seeking to step into it for the first time. To accommodate the high percentage of nontraditional students, USF offers what amounts to an evening and online hybrid program. Most students will attend class during the evening, although many classes can be completed online. To better facilitate learning, class sizes are small, typically amounting to 10 to 25 students. Students without relevant experience will need to complete 45 credit hours of coursework, although those who hold a nonprofit or government management position will only need to complete 42 credit hours.

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.
7 California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

California State University, Northridge is one of the national leaders in preparing future professionals in public and nonprofit service. In fact, it prepares the most Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduates in California and is third to only Harvard and Columbia University with respect to national MPA graduates. The school partners with dozens of California government agencies to help graduates reach their maximum professional potential. Through Tseng College, students can enroll in the traditional or online MPA program track. If choosing the online track, students can pick from one of three concentrations: Health Administration, Nonprofit Sector Management, and Public Sector Management and Leadership.

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.
8 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT ONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

The University of Utah offers two program tracks for prospective students interested in obtaining a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree and enhancing their public administration career. The first is the evening option, which allows students to take however large or small of a course load they choose. The second is the executive option, which is designed for students who already have at least five years of middle-to-upper level management experience relevant to public administration. Both tracks can be offered in a traditional or hybrid manner. The latter allows students who need maximum academic flexibility to complete some of their coursework online.

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.
9 Arkansas State University-Main Campus Jonesboro, AR ONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Arkansas State University provides an online Master of Public Administration (MPA) that is primarily intended for professionals already working in the public sector field, such as law enforcement and administrative agencies. Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the MPA program consists of 36 credit hours and can be completed in as little as 18 months. The curriculum is 100 percent online. However, for students with insufficient experience in public service, an in-person internship is strongly recommended. The core coursework will teach students how to develop the skills necessary to effectively collaborate across diverse groups, build communities, and apply theory to real world challenges.

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.
10 University of Central Florida Orlando, FL ONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

Through its College of Community Innovation and Education, the University of Central Florida offers a 42 credit hour online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program. Upon graduation, students will be ready for new or enhanced careers in public administration, such as a city manager, education administrator, or government program analyst. There is also an online dual degree option. Those interested in both government and nonprofit service can earn both their MPA and Master of Nonprofit Management degrees at the same time online. Admission requires completion of an online application, submission of transcripts, and providing graduate entrance exam test scores, such as from the GRE or GMAT.

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.
11 San Diego State University San Diego, CA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
12 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
13 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 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.
14 George Washington University Washington, DC ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
15 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
16 The University of Montana Missoula, MT ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
17 California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
18 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 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.
19 Park University Parkville, MO ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 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.
20 Southern Utah University Cedar City, UT ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
21 University of Idaho Moscow, ID ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
22 East Carolina University Greenville, NC ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
23 Missouri State University-Springfield Springfield, MO ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 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.
24 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
25 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg, TX ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
26 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 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.
27 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
28 Indiana University-Bloomington Bloomington, IN ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
29 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students1,577 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid87% ×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$56,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
30 Lindenwood University Saint Charles, MO ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students3,489 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid98% ×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$41,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
31 Capella University Minneapolis, MN ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 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.
32 Kent State University at Kent Kent, OH ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
33 Ohio University-Main Campus Athens, OH ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
34 Rutgers University-Newark Newark, NJ ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students1,667 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid42% ×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$57,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
35 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 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.
36 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.
37 National University La Jolla, CA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students13,240 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.
38 University of South Dakota Vermillion, SD ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students4,764 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$42,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
39 Stephen F Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students4,486 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$41,900 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
40 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students10,547 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid9% ×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$44,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
41 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students601 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid82% ×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$62,300 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
42 Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, CA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students124 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.
43 University of Delaware Newark, DE ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students2,333 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$57,000 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
44 Texas A & M International University Laredo, TX ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students2,837 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid37% ×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$45,800 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
45 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students3,931 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.
46 Gannon University Erie, PA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students558 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid94% ×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$48,100 ×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 Georgia Dahlonega, GA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students4,359 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid9% ×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.
48 University of West Georgia Carrollton, GA ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students7,295 Academic CounselingYes Career PlacementYes Institutional Financial Aid15% ×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$38,200 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
49 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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 Students3,245 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$44,600 ×Median earnings of former students 10 years after entering the college. Only represents earnings of students who received federal financial aid.
50 American Public University System Charles Town, WV ONLINE MPA PROGRAM 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.

How to Choose the Right Online MPA Program for You

There are a variety of online MPA programs that give students the chance to study in a way that’s convenient for them as they take coursework to gain the expertise they need to excel in their field. Although the needs of students are different, there are some common factors that all students should evaluate when looking at programs. When researching schools, people should consider:

  • Whether or not a school is accredited and what organization provides the program’s accreditation
  • How much the program costs
  • What concentrations are offered by the program
  • Career services offered by the school
  • Networking opportunities for current students and alumni
  • Opportunities to earn joint degrees
  • Background of faculty members in the department
  • Number of transfer credits that can be applied

What You’ll Learn In an Online MPA

Online MPA programs are designed to teach students skills and knowledge to become leaders of public organizations and government agencies. By the time you graduate, you should expect to gain proficiency in the following areas:

  • Using critical thinking to solve administrative challenges
  • Creating and implementing public administrative policies
  • Understanding seminal public administration theories and how they are applied in the real world
  • Understanding how public administration research is conducted
  • Using management principles to lead small, medium-sized, and large nonprofit organizations
  • Using financial management skills in government agencies and nonprofit organizations
  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring budgets
  • Recruiting, hiring, and successfully onboarding quality staff members
  • Understanding ethical principles and how they are applied in public administration settings
  • Effectively communicating with an organization’s stakeholders.

Concentrations Available for Online MPA Degrees

Many students decide to earn an MPA with a specific career path in mind, and in order to help them achieve these goals, online programs may offer concentrations that allow them to gain relevant expertise. The following are examples of some of the areas that students can focus their studies on.

Nonprofit Management

Although general leadership skills can be applied in the public and private sectors, managing a nonprofit organization comes with its own set of unique challenges. Students in this specialization learn how to tackle these challenges through classes in effective nonprofit leadership, government regulations for nonprofit organizations, and grant writing.

Health Services Administration

International Relations

Local Government

Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy

Core Classes in an Online MPA Degree Program

No matter what area students choose to specialize in, the core curriculum in online MPA degree programs is designed to give them the leadership and analytical skills they need to tackle organizational and policy issues. The following are examples of classes students can expect to take during their degree program.

Strategic Planning

Addresses planning strategies that professionals use to overcome the complicated challenges that organizations may face. Coursework covers engagement processes, environmental analysis, and organizational transformation. In addition, students may learn how tactics and strategies differ and when the use of each one is appropriate.

Arts Administration

Public Administration Research Methods

Project Management

Sustainability Management

Leadership and Ethics

Budgeting

What Can You Do with a Master’s in Public Administration?

Earning an online master’s degree in public administration unlocks a variety of managerial career paths. Whether they want to work for city government agencies, nonprofit organizations, health care providers, or private companies, the curriculum of MPA programs will equip graduates to be successful in their jobs. Here are some examples of the positions MPA graduates can qualify for.

City Manager

City managers, who are appointed by elected officials, are responsible for ensuring that all of the city’s operations run smoothly. Whether they manage small or large cities, these professionals handle everything from budgeting to supervising specific departments to being the face of the city during public events like conferences.

Budget Director

Since the funding that governments and nonprofit organizations have to work with can be limited, budget managers are tasked with stretching those dollars as much as possible to ensure everything gets done. As a result, budget directors research and analyze financial data in order to determine where money should be allocated and how costs can be cut.

Director of Development

These professionals are responsible for overseeing the fundraising of an organization. The position entails providing information to the public about what an organization does, recruiting and training volunteers, and managing the work of fundraisers on staff.

Human Resources Director

Whether they work for nonprofit organizations, private companies, or government agencies, human resources directors ensure that the right employees are hired. These professionals manage the recruitment, hiring, and training of new workers, as well as create benefits and compensation packages and resolve employee conflicts.

Public Affairs Director

Public affairs directors are responsible for ensuring that their organization or agency has a positive public perception. In order to do this, public affairs directors grant interviews to reporters, write press releases, and participate in fundraising events.

FAQs About Earning Your MPA Degree Online

How long does it take to earn a master’s in public administration online?

The exact amount of time it takes to complete an online master’s in public administration depends on the program students enroll in. However, generally MPAs can take around two to five years to complete, depending on the program and whether students enroll on a full- or part-time basis. The number of credits students must complete can also differ between schools. For example, the online MPA program at Excelsior College requires students to complete 30 credits, while the University of San Francisco requires 38 and Capella University has a 48-credit program.

How much does an online MPA degree cost?

What are the admissions requirements for online MPAs?

Is it possible to enroll in an online MPA without taking the GRE?

Will I learn the same skills in an online MPA as an on-campus program?

Accreditation for Master’s in Public Administration Online Programs

Accreditation is an extremely important factor that prospective MPA students should keep in mind when choosing an online program because it certifies that a school offers a quality curriculum. In order to receive this designation, schools are rigorously vetted to ensure that they are training students to industry standards.

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) is responsible for accrediting MPA programs, including those taught online. During the accreditation process, the organization reviews a self-report of schools’ curriculum, mission, and outcomes, as well as visits the campuses in order to verify the information provided.

Beyond NASPAA accreditation, students should check to make sure the university they are researching holds institutional accreditation, which governs the entire school, not just the MPA program. Search the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Postsecondary Institutions and Programs to check a school’s accreditation status.