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Public Administration and Policy School Rankings

Organizations and individuals have been ranking public administration and policy schools for years. In the US, a whole industry has arisen focused on the ranking of universities and colleges, including public administration and policy schools. These rankings focus on graduate rather than undergraduate programs in public administration and policy; however, if the school offering the master's program also offers an undergrad program, then these rankings may be of interest to you for helping you choose where to pursue your bachelor's. So you may want to consult publications like The Princeton Review, The Washington Monthly, US News & World Report and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) based in Shanghai, China: these regularly publish both general and specialty rankings designed to identify the "best" graduate and undergraduate schools and programs according to quality and value. You may also find rankings for public administration and policy programs in smaller, more specific publications, such as Foreign Policy magazine. Less "official" rankings of universities and colleges can also be found in resources like StudentsReview or Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges, and there are also a number of college guides (e.g., Fiske, Kaplan's, Barron's, etc.) and surveys (of guidance counselors, of students) which provide still more school or program rankings.

Each of these publications, however, uses its own particular set of criteria for ranking schools and programs. In the case of the controversial Gourman Report (which looks at undergrad programs in all fields), the author specifically refuses to disclose his methodology. How then should all these rankings be interpreted?

First, the ranking reports often come with detailed data to support conclusions, and while data collection may be criticized, the editors of these reports usually make an effort to ensure that statistics are comparable. So the reports can be used by you to compare institutions and schools on the basis of the data provided.

Second, the statistics that come from the rankings can also suggest topics that need to be studied in more detail. For instance, if a school has a high acceptance rate, high tuition fees but a low graduation rate, you may want to ask why.

All university and college rankings have one other thing in common: they are a list of institutions and schools. Scanning the list might suggest a public administration and policy school that you had not considered or perhaps even heard of. Used this way, the rankings can help expand your list of schools that can then be researched in more detail.

However, you should never judge based on public administration and policy school rankings alone. Public administration and policy school rankings are important, but there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration. Schools that are less prominent may have a program that suits your needs better than any nationally ranked schools. Lesser known regional universities and colleges can also be a good choice if you wish to remain close to home during your studies. Often times, these schools have the strongest relationships with local industries and employers. Once you have accumulated this information, you can create your own public administration and policy school rankings.

Schools

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Regent University
Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration in Non-profit & Faith Based Organizations
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Administration in Emergency Management and Homeland Security
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Kaplan University
Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration - Governmental Management
  • Master of Public Administration - General MPA
  • Master of Public Administration
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Liberty University

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science: Government: Pre-Law
  • MA Public Policy: Campaigns and Elections
  • MA Public Policy: Middle East Affairs
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Northcentral University

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

Programs Offered:
  • MS Organizational Leadership - Public Administration
  • Public Administration - PhD in Bus. Admin.
  • Public Administration - D.B.A.
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American University

Change the World with American University

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration and Policy

 
South College

At South College we welcome students from all different stages of life and career. 

Programs Offered:
  • CERT Public Admin for CMJ Professionals (Grad Level)

 
Kaplan University - KHE

At Kaplan University, we offer over 180 degree and certificate programs.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration : Criminal Justice
  • Master of Public Administration : Governmental Management
  • Master of Public Administration
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South University

As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs Offered:
  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Business Administration (BBA)
  • Business Administration (DBA)

 
California University of Pennsylvania

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

Programs Offered:
  • Law and Public Policy Certificate

 
Southern New Hampshire University
Give your career a boost with an education from Southern New Hampshire University.
Programs Offered:
  • BA Public Administration
  • Master of Business Administration - Public Administration
  • BA Political Science
  • And more...

 
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