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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 Public Leadership
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Walden University
Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.
Programs Offered:
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Northcentral University
  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
Programs Offered:
  • MS Organizational Leadership - Public Administration
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Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College is a private, not-for-profit, Catholic liberal arts institution accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Founded by the Sisters of Saint Anne in 1946, AMC's programs integrate liberal education and professional preparation that reflect the respect for liberal arts and sciences education grounded in the traditions of the Sisters of Saint Anne—educational innovation, service to others, and access to a quality education for all.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Public Administration - General Track
  • Master of Public Administration

 
Southern New Hampshire University

At SNHU, we believe everyone should have greater access to higher education. 

Programs Offered:
  • BA Public Administration
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Keiser University

Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

 
Ashford University
100% online degrees from Ashford University
Programs Offered:
  • BA Public Administration
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Bryant & Stratton College

There are a lot of reasons Bryant & Stratton College is the place to get an education.

Programs Offered:
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College of Westchester

The College of Westchester offers an exceptional experience that can lead to a lifetime of achievement and success.

 

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Programs Offered:
  • BBA-Business Administration

 
Berkeley College

The Berkeley Advantage®is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.

Programs Offered:
  • BBA, General Business
  • AAS, Bus Admin-Management
  • BBA, Bus Admin-Management

 
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