Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs

Ranked in 2018 | Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs Rankings Methodology

Earning your M.P.A. can lead to a career in public service, both domestically and abroad. Curricula often incorporate courses in policy, economics, analysis and management. These are the top public affairs schools. Each school's score reflects its average rating on a scale from 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding), based on a survey of academics at peer institutions.

Rank School name Score
#1
Overall Score:
Indiana University—​Bloomington 

Bloomington, IN

4.4
#2Tie
Overall Score:
Syracuse University (Maxwell) 

Syracuse, NY

4.3
#2Tie
Overall Score:
University of Southern California (Price) 

Los Angeles, CA

4.3
#4
Overall Score:
Harvard University (Kennedy) 

Cambridge, MA

4.2
#5
Overall Score:
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor (Ford) 

Ann Arbor, MI

4.1
#6Tie
Overall Score:
University of California—​Berkeley (Goldman) 

Berkeley, CA

4.0
#6Tie
Overall Score:
University of Georgia 

Athens, GA

4.0
#6Tie
Overall Score:
University of Washington (Evans) 

Seattle, WA

4.0
#9Tie
Overall Score:
Arizona State University 

Phoenix, AZ

3.9
#9Tie
Overall Score:
New York University (Wagner) 

New York, NY

3.9
#9Tie
Overall Score:
Princeton University (Wilson) 

Princeton, NJ

3.9
#9Tie
Overall Score:
University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities (Humphrey) 

Minneapolis, MN

3.9
#9Tie
Overall Score:
University of Texas—​Austin (LBJ) 

Austin, TX

3.9
#14Tie
Overall Score:
Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz) 

Pittsburgh, PA

3.8
#14Tie
Overall Score:
George Washington University (Trachtenberg) 

Washington, DC

3.8
#14Tie
Overall Score:
University of California—​Los Angeles (Luskin) 

Los Angeles, CA

3.8
#14Tie
Overall Score:
University of Chicago (Harris) 

Chicago, IL

3.8
#18Tie
Overall Score:
American University 

Washington, DC

3.7
#18Tie
Overall Score:
Columbia University 

New York, NY

3.7
#18Tie
Overall Score:
Duke University (Sanford) 

Durham, NC

3.7
#18Tie
Overall Score:
Georgia State University (Young) 

Atlanta, GA

3.7
#18Tie
Overall Score:
Ohio State University (Glenn) 

Columbus, OH

3.7
#23Tie
Overall Score:
Georgetown University (McCourt) 

Washington, DC

3.6
#23Tie
Overall Score:
University at Albany—​SUNY (Rockefeller) 

Albany, NY

3.6
#23Tie
Overall Score:
University of Kansas 

Lawrence, KS

3.6

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