Best Graduate Social Policy Programs

Ranked in 2018, part of Public Affairs

Social policy analysts and social workers aim to improve the lives of children, the elderly, minority groups, disadvantaged populations and others. These are the top public affairs schools for social policy.

Rank School name
#1Tie
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University of California—​Berkeley (Goldman) 

Berkeley, CA

#1Tie
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University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor (Ford) 

Ann Arbor, MI

#3
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Harvard University (Kennedy) 

Cambridge, MA

#4
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University of Chicago (Harris) 

Chicago, IL

#5
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University of Wisconsin—​Madison (La Follette) 

Madison, WI

#6
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Duke University (Sanford) 

Durham, NC

#7
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New York University (Wagner) 

New York, NY

#8
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Brandeis University (Heller) 

Waltham, MA

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Princeton University (Wilson) 

Princeton, NJ

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Syracuse University (Maxwell) 

Syracuse, NY

#11
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University of Southern California (Price) 

Los Angeles, CA

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University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities (Humphrey) 

Minneapolis, MN

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University of Washington (Evans) 

Seattle, WA

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Columbia University 

New York, NY

#14Tie
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University of California—​Los Angeles (Luskin) 

Los Angeles, CA

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