Top Online MPA Programs

Top Online MPA Programs

1 Bellevue University 9.65
2 Penn State Harrisburg 9.52
3 CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice 9.51
4 Villanova University 9.44
5 Notre Dame de Namur University 9.37
6 Troy University-Main Campus 9.29
7 The University of Texas at Arlington 9.08
8 Clemson University 8.96
9 University of Baltimore 8.92
10 Valdosta State University 8.77
11 Arkansas State University 8.75
12 Rutgers University-Newark 8.72
13 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 8.71
14 California State University, Northridge 8.61
14 Indiana University 8.61
16 University of Phoenix-Online 8.50
17 Texas Southern University 8.47
18 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 8.46
18 University of Southern California (USC) 8.46
20 Capella University 8.45
21 American Public University System 8.27
22 Kaplan University – online 7.74
23 University of West Florida 7.70
24 Belhaven University 7.63
25 American University 7.30

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2016 student earning her graduate degree from Villanova University wrote: “While an online program, Villanova’s Online MPA allowed students to learn in the same way that its in-person students did. The online students, in many ways, became even closer than their in-person counterparts. While financial aid was available, grant-aid was not to online students. Also, the core program did not include some electives that were available in-person.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to March 31, 2015. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.