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2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools

108 Colleges in the United States
1,440 Doctor's Degrees
Public Administration & Social Service is about average in terms of popularity for doctor's degrees programs. That is, it ranks #15 out of the 36 majors across the country that we analyze each year. So, it might take a little more work to find colleges and universities that offer the degree program.

College Factual reviewed 108 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for doctor's degree seekers in the field of public administration and social service. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 1,440 doctor's degrees in public administration and social service during the 2020-2021 academic year.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

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

Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools The public administration and social service doctor's degree program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking which itself looks at a combination of different factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Early-Career Earnings

One measure we use to determine the quality of a school is to look at the average salary of doctorate graduates during the early years of their career. This is because one of the main reasons people pursue their doctor's degree is to enable themselves to find better-paying positions.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on public administration and social service students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of public administration and social service students who choose to seek a doctor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How easy is it for public administration and social service 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 and social service related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for public administration and social service 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 & Social Service 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 & Social Service in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for public administration and social service students seeking a a doctor's degree. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

16 Top Schools for a Doctorate in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
21 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service needs to take a look at Harvard University. Located in the midsize city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Harvard University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
198 Annual Graduates

University of Southern California is a wonderful option for individuals pursuing a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Southern California

#3

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3 Annual Graduates

Cornell University is a great decision for students interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Cornell University

#4

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3 Annual Graduates

Duke University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Durham.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Duke University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of California - Berkeley

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from George Washington University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Pittsburgh.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Carnegie Mellon University

#8

New York University

New York, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
20 Annual Graduates

NYU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of New York.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from New York University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Chicago.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Chicago

#10

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
17 Annual Graduates

UPenn is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Philadelphia.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Pennsylvania

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

#12

Brandeis University

Waltham, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14 Annual Graduates

Brandeis is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Waltham.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Brandeis University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

Columbia is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of New York.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Columbia University in the City of New York

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

WUSTL is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Louis.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Washington University in St Louis

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Maryland - College Park

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Fairfax, GMU is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from George Mason University

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
17 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
18 Boston University Boston, MA
19 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
20 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
21 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
22 University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI
23 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
24 American University Washington, DC
25 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA

Public Administration & Social Service by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 680
Public Administration 377
Public Policy 241
Human Services 82
Other Public Administration 37
Community Organization & Advocacy 23

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Professions 36,426
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 326
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 247

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 University of the Fraser Valley. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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