• September 19, 2014

Doctoral Programs by the Numbers

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Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

The National Research Council assessed programs according to 21 different criteria. Here are the NRC's five major ratings summarizing those criteria. For a detailed explanation, see our FAQ.

S-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they are strong in the criteria that scholars say are most important.
Research: Derived from faculty publications, citation rates, grants, and awards.
Students: Derived from students' completion rates, financial aid, and other criteria.
Diversity: Reflects gender balance, ethnic diversity, and the proportion of international students.
R-Rank: Programs are ranked highly if they have similar features to programs viewed by faculty as top-notch.
Institution, program S-Rank High S-Rank Low Research High Research Low Students High Students Low Diversity High Diversity Low R-Rank High R-Rank Low
American U.
Public Administration
31 43 24 35 31 50 5 14 16 39
Arizona State U.
Public Administration
39 49 34 45 24 36 36 47 13 30
Carnegie Mellon U.
H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management
2 5 2 3 18 33 23 36 4 16
Cleveland State U.
Urban Affairs and Public Policy
32 41 35 47 25 36 8 17 30 45
Florida Atlantic U.
Public Administration
44 53 49 54 16 29 26 37 25 41
Florida Inter-
national U.

Public Administration
44 53 50 54 46 54 1 1 25 49
Florida Inter-
national U.

Social Welfare
17 31 21 31 14 32 5 13 30 49
Florida State U.
Public Administration and Policy
25 41 20 31 21 47 18 32 8 25
George Washing-
ton U.

Public Policy and Administration
18 33 12 26 28 44 37 48 7 20
Georgia Institute of Technology
Public Policy
7 18 14 35 2 9 2 4 7 23
Georgia State U. and Georgia Institute of Technology
Public Policy
12 25 13 24 8 28 13 25 15 35
Harvard U.
KSG Public Policy
4 7 4 8 2 9 42 51 11 29
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Public Affairs
11 24 17 31 14 32 13 24 1 4
Indiana U. at Blooming-
ton

Public Policy
2 5 4 10 4 13 21 34 4 13
Johns Hopkins U.
Health Policy and Management
1 3 1 3 32 45 11 22 31 52
Mississippi State U.
Public Policy and Administration
41 53 41 49 2 14 12 29 38 53
New York U.
Public Administration
13 29 7 20 51 54 24 37 8 23
North Carolina State U.
Public Administration
31 41 50 53 1 2 43 52 17 33
North-
eastern U.

Public & International Affairs
43 52 40 49 18 38 39 51 26 40
North-
eastern U.

Law Policy and Society
39 48 34 46 35 48 23 37 26 48
Ohio State U. Main Campus
Public Policy and Management
27 44 17 32 26 50 36 47 22 42
Old Dominion U.
Public Administration and Urban Policy
48 54 43 49 43 54 14 28 29 50
Pennsyl-
vania State U.

Public Administration
46 54 50 53 31 48 47 52 33 48
Princeton U.
Woodrow Wilson School
1 2 1 2 4 13 39 48 1 3
Rutgers U. at New Brunswick
Planning and Public Policy
15 31 12 25 19 36 26 37 20 35
State U. of New York at Albany
Public Administration and Policy
13 24 14 25 42 51 20 33 11 25
Syracuse U. Main Campus
Public Administration
4 7 4 10 2 9 6 15 4 16
U. of Akron
Public Administration and Urban Studies
38 49 35 47 35 52 2 4 53 54
U. of Arizona
Management
14 34 7 18 33 49 15 31 15 39
U. of Arkansas Main Campus
Public Policy
35 44 32 42 16 38 10 22 36 51
U. of California at Irvine
Planning Policy and Design
22 36 31 40 4 28 25 36 14 30
U. of California at Irvine
Social Ecology
20 37 17 31 35 51 4 10 20 42
U. of Central Florida
Public Affairs
17 32 18 30 6 18 49 54 11 26
U. of Chicago
Public Policy
6 10 8 14 1 10 38 51 8 23
U. of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Public Affairs
45 53 36 48 37 47 35 45 33 46
U. of Delaware
Urban Affairs & Public Policy
22 35 33 48 9 24 3 5 12 31
U. of Georgia
Public Administration
15 30 15 30 13 37 15 29 4 12
U. of Illinois at Chicago
Public Administration
17 29 10 17 32 50 19 35 28 46
U. of Kentucky
Public Administration
9 18 10 21 12 24 36 47 4 11
U. of Louisville
Urban & Public Affairs
30 39 33 45 15 26 39 49 33 48
U. of Maryland at College Park
Policy Studies
9 17 12 22 7 24 34 44 3 10
U. of Maryland-
Baltimore County

Public Policy
22 35 27 36 25 37 17 30 39 52
U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Public Policy
6 10 4 10 12 32 4 11 23 49
U. of Missouri at Kansas City
Public Affairs & Administration
36 46 33 42 35 49 50 54 32 50
U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Public Policy
9 18 15 32 2 10 35 48 7 25
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Business & Public Policy
10 21 4 11 15 32 52 54 6 19
U. of Pennsyl-
vania

Social Welfare
8 14 5 12 10 25 8 19 34 51
U. of Southern California
Policy, Planning & Development
11 22 13 24 30 40 9 19 1 4
U. of Texas at Austin
Public Policy
22 33 25 32 15 36 21 37 13 28
U. of Texas at Dallas
Public Affairs
45 54 52 54 12 30 7 18 50 54
U. of Texas at Dallas
Public Policy and Political Economy
19 30 37 46 5 17 19 32 32 52
Virginia Common-
wealth U.

Public Policy and Administration
38 48 40 49 44 51 5 14 43 53
Virginia Tech
Public Administration/ Public Affairs
32 43 30 41 37 51 30 39 23 37
Western Michigan U.
Public Administration
45 54 39 49 50 54 47 53 44 53
Methodology: This interactive tool is based on rankings developed by the NRC. For a complete explanation of the methods the research council used, go to its site; registration may be required.

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