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2023 Best Public Administration Doctor's Degree Schools

35 Colleges in the United States
377 Doctor's Degrees
Public Administration is above average in terms of popularity with it being the #62 most popular doctor's degree program in the country. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual reviewed 35 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for doctor's degree seekers in the field of public administration. Combined, these schools handed out 377 doctor's degrees in public administration to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Public Administration School for Your Doctor's Degree

Best Public Administration Doctor's Degree Schools The public admin doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality public admin program can vary widely even among the top schools. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their doctor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. That is, everyone wants their doctor's degree to be worth something, and salaries are one measure of determining that.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to public administration students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of public administration students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - The amount of money and other resources allocated to students while they are pursuing their degree. These resources include such things as number of students per instructor and education expenditures per student.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for public administration to pay back their student loans after receiving their doctor's degree.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized public administration related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for public administration students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Public Administration Doctor's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Public Administration in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in public administration.

10 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Public Admin

#1

New York University

New York, NY
2 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat New York University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in public administration. Located in the large city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration from New York University

8 Annual Graduates

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in public administration. Located in the city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
3 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in public administration needs to check out Virginia Tech. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration from Virginia Tech

#4

American University

Washington, DC
5 Annual Graduates

American University is a wonderful option for students interested in a doctor's degree in public administration. The American University is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a doctorate in public administration from American University

#5

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit university with a fairly large student population.

Doctorate recipients from the public administration major at Walden University get $9,805 above the typical college grad with the same degree shortly after graduation.

More information about a doctorate in public administration from Walden University

#6

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
4 Annual Graduates

Syracuse is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Syracuse.More information about a doctorate in public administration from Syracuse University

22 Annual Graduates

WCUPA is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of West Chester.More information about a doctorate in public administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania

4 Annual Graduates

IU Bloomington is a fairly large public university located in the city of Bloomington.More information about a doctorate in public administration from Indiana University - Bloomington

2 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

5 Annual Graduates

NC State is a very large public university located in the large city of Raleigh.More information about a doctorate in public administration from North Carolina State University

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One of 5 majors within the Public Administration & Social Service area of study, Public Administration has other similar majors worth exploring.

Public Admin Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 377

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 680
Public Policy 241
Human Services 82
Other Public Administration 37
Community Organization & Advocacy 23

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to The Official CTBTO Photostream. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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