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.

Last Updated: 08/14/2020

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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1Florida International UniversityMiami, FLONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students34,281Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
2University of Missouri-ColumbiaColumbia, MOONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students8,380Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
3Texas A & M University-College StationCollege Station, TXONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students8,448Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
4University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical CampusDenver, COONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students6,582Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
5University of BaltimoreBaltimore, MDONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students2,408Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
6University of South Florida-Main CampusTampa, FLONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students22,876Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
7California State University-NorthridgeNorthridge, CAONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students20,127Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
8University of UtahSalt Lake City, UTONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students10,720Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
9Arkansas State University-Main CampusJonesboro, ARONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students7,707Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
10University of Central FloridaOrlando, FLONLINE 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 InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students38,073Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
11San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students14,170Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
12The University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, TXONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students23,362Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
13University of North DakotaGrand Forks, NDONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students6,336Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
14George Washington UniversityWashington, DCONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students6,485Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
15Texas Tech UniversityLubbock, TXONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students17,369Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
16The University of MontanaMissoula, MTONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students2,717Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
17California State University-San BernardinoSan Bernardino, CAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students5,806Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
18University of Nebraska at OmahaOmaha, NEONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students8,135Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
19Park UniversityParkville, MOONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students8,859Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
20Southern Utah UniversityCedar City, UTONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students5,012Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
21University of IdahoMoscow, IDONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students3,647Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
22East Carolina UniversityGreenville, NCONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students12,348Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
23Missouri State University-SpringfieldSpringfield, MOONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students8,106Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
24University of Nevada-Las VegasLas Vegas, NVONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students12,520Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
25The University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdinburg, TXONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students12,741Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
26Old Dominion UniversityNorfolk, VAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students11,705Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
27Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort Myers, FLONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students7,319Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
28Indiana University-BloomingtonBloomington, INONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students7,490Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
29Marist CollegePoughkeepsie, NYONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students1,577Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
30Lindenwood UniversitySaint Charles, MOONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students3,489Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
31Capella UniversityMinneapolis, MNONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students36,284Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
32Kent State University at KentKent, OHONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students14,235Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
33Ohio University-Main CampusAthens, OHONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students12,909Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
34Rutgers University-NewarkNewark, NJONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students1,667Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
35Central Michigan UniversityMount Pleasant, MIONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students8,038Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
36University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill, NCONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students4,348Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
37National UniversityLa Jolla, CAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students13,240Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
38University of South DakotaVermillion, SDONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students4,764Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
39Stephen F Austin State UniversityNacogdoches, TXONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students4,486Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
40Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsville, TXONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students10,547Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
41University of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students601Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
42Notre Dame de Namur UniversityBelmont, CAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students124Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
43University of DelawareNewark, DEONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students2,333Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
44Texas A & M International UniversityLaredo, TXONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students2,837Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
45University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColorado Springs, COONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students3,931Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
46Gannon UniversityErie, PAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students558Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
47University of North GeorgiaDahlonega, GAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students4,359Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
48University of West GeorgiaCarrollton, GAONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students7,295Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
49University of Illinois at SpringfieldSpringfield, ILONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students3,245Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementYesInstitutional 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.
50American Public University SystemCharles Town, WVONLINE MPA PROGRAM INFORMATION Total online programs1 Get Info

School InformationAmeriCorps 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 Students46,420Academic CounselingYesCareer PlacementNoInstitutional 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

Those who are interested in a career in health services organizations or public health agencies can enroll in this concentration in order to learn how to plan, organize, and manage health-related programs. Specific coursework may cover health care law and ethics, strategic communication methods, finance and budgeting, and leadership skills.

International Relations

Students who are interested in applying their skills to helping the global community can enroll in this concentration to learn how public administration principles are applied on an international scale. The specific classes may cover national security, foreign policy, intercultural communication, and diplomacy.

Local Government

This specialization provides a look at what it’s like to work in local government administration. Students may learn about parks and recreation management, urban planning, waste management, and budgeting.

Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy

This concentration is for students who are interested in human rights issues in the government, as well as in private companies and nonprofit organizations. Students who choose this area take classes about humanitarian policies, human rights advocacy, the politics of reconciliation, and genocide prevention.

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

Students learn about how arts and cultural administration work in nonprofit organizations, as well as government agencies. Specific topics may include the history of arts and cultural administration, and how the arts affect the economy and the people who consume them. In addition, there is a discussion of the different types of arts and cultural organizations and how they are managed.

Public Administration Research Methods

Introduces the different ways research is conducted and how studies are designed and executed, as well as how results are written up and presented. Students may learn about the principles of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and the computer programs that are used to compile and analyze data.

Project Management

Students learn the fundamental concepts of how projects are managed, including determining project scope, time management, project design, and the different roles that workers take during the length of a project. Also, the course helps students understand how these ideas are applied in private companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Sustainability Management

No matter where those with MPA degrees decide to spend their careers, sustainability will be a concern as organizations are increasingly looking for solutions to decrease their footprint. This course introduces students to the theories of sustainability management and how organizations create an environmentally-sound workplace.

Leadership and Ethics

Discusses the relationship between ethics and good governance, and the consequences leaders face when they go against these principles and behave in a corrupt manner. In order to illustrate the concepts taught in class, students may be required to read case studies that outline examples of good ethical leadership, as well as ethical failures.

Budgeting

This course provides a look at how budgeting is handled in government agencies on the local, state, and federal level, as well as in nonprofit organizations. Topics may include debt management, cost-benefit analysis, tax policy, and expenditures.

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?

While finding an online MPA program that has the right curriculum and concentrations is important, prospective students should still consider tuition rates and total out-of-pocket costs. In order to help people get an idea of how much a master’s in public administration will cost, we have gathered the per credit tuition of five different schools. Review the table below for a glimpse into what MPA students pay for their education.

School Name No. of Credits Cost/Credit Est. Total Tuition Cost
University of San Francisco 38 $1,190 $45,220
Capella University 48 $540 $25,920
Excelsior College 30 $645 $19,350
Ashford University 36 $705 $25,380
University of North Carolina 45 $1,209 $54,405

What are the admissions requirements for online MPAs?

Admissions requirements for online MPA programs vary from one school to another, but generally, applicants are expected to meet the following criteria for acceptance:

  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • A high score on the GRE
  • Statement of purpose explaining why they are interested in enrolling in an MPA program
  • Meeting with a representative from the MPA department

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

Yes. Although many schools require that applicants earn a certain score on the GRE to gain admission, more and more MPA programs are waiving this requirement because the test is not necessarily a predictor of how successful an applicant will be. Instead, these schools are relying on other factors, like grade point average and professional experience, in order to make their admissions decisions. Alternatively, some MPA programs may allow you to submit a GMAT score instead of a GRE.

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

Although some prospective MPA students may be reluctant to enroll in an online program because they’re concerned about quality, they can rest assured that they will receive the same high-caliber education that their on-campus counterparts do. In many cases, online programs feature the same curriculum as the traditional versions, so as long as distance students keep up with their work, they will reap the same benefits as other students.

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.