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2023 Best Public Policy Doctor's Degree Schools in the Far Western US Region

4 Colleges in the Far Western US Region
34 Doctor's Degrees
If you plan on getting your doctor's degree in public policy, you won't be alone since the degree program is ranked #77 in the country in terms of popularity. This means you won't have too much trouble finding schools that offer the degree.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 4 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Public Policy Doctor's Degree Schools in the Far Western US Region ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 34 doctor's degrees in public policy to qualified students.

Jump to one of the following sections: * Our Methodology

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

Best Public Policy Doctor's Degree Schools in the Far Western US Region The public policy doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality public policy program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

The overall quality of a doctor's degree school is important to ensure a quality 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 Earnings

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their doctor's degree from the school. After all, your doctor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

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 policy students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of public policy 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 policy 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 policy related body.

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

More Ways to Rank Public Policy Schools

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 Policy Doctor's Degree Schools in the Far Western US Region list to help you make the college decision.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Public Policy in the Far Western US Region

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

Top Far Western US Region Schools for a Doctorate in Public Policy

6 Annual Graduates

University of California - Berkeley is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in public policy. UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the midsize city of Berkeley.More information about a doctorate in public policy from University of California - Berkeley

5 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat University of Southern California if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in public policy. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a doctorate in public policy from University of Southern California

12 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat University of Nevada - Las Vegas if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in public policy. UNLV is a fairly large public university located in the midsize city of Las Vegas.More information about a doctorate in public policy from University of Nevada - Las Vegas

5 Annual Graduates

It's difficult to beat Portland State University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in public policy. Portland State University is a very large public university located in the large city of Portland.More information about a doctorate in public policy from Portland State University

Best Public Policy Colleges by State

Explore the best public policy schools for a specific state in the Far Western US Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
California 180 13
Oregon 107 9
Nevada 84 12

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Public Policy is one of 5 different types of Public Administration & Social Service programs to choose from.

Public Policy Focus Areas

Major Annual Graduates
General Public Policy Analysis 28
Health Policy Analysis 6

Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 212
Public Administration 16
Human Services 1

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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