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Earning a master’s degree in public affairs and administration can help prepare students for leadership roles in government, the nonprofit sector or a related field. The U.S. News rankings of public affairs programs are based solely on opinions of each program’s quality as rated by academic experts at peer institutions. See the methodology »

Graduate School Advice

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Applying to Graduate School

Planning for graduate school involves deciding what to study, finding the right school and applying to competitive programs.

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Weigh the Cost, Benefits of Graduate School

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Paying for Graduate School

Our tips and tools help you explore your options for grad school financial aid, including scholarships, grants and loans.

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Our test prep tips and news offer valuable insights as you prepare for the GRE.

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Studying at a U.S. Graduate School

The United States is a popular destination for international students. Use our tips and rankings to help you in your search.

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