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

6 Colleges in California
231 Doctor's Degrees
When it comes to popularity, a doctor's degree in public administration and social service sits in the middle of the road, ranking #15 out of 36 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual looked at 6 colleges and universities when compiling its 2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in California ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 231 doctor's degrees in public administration and social service to qualified students.

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 in California 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

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 host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

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

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 full 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

The public administration and social service school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in California.

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Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the universities below.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Public Administration & Social Service in California

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

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

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 city of Los Angeles, USC 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 University of Southern California

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat University of California - Berkeley if you wish to pursue a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the medium-sized 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
5 Annual Graduates

University of California - Los Angeles is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. UCLA is a very large public university located in the city of Los Angeles.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of California - Los Angeles

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service needs to take a look at California Baptist University. Cal Baptist is a large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Riverside.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from California Baptist University

#5

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

Loma Linda University is a small private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Loma Linda.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Loma Linda University

#6

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4 Annual Graduates

ULV is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large suburb of La Verne.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of La Verne

Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Public Administration & Social Service Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Washington 27 7
Oregon 27 11
Nevada 25 12
Hawaii 23 2

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 203
Public Administration 14
Public Policy 13
Human Services 1

Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Professions 4,150

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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