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2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in the Great Lakes Region

14 Colleges in the Great Lakes Region
100 Doctor's Degrees
Public Administration & Social Service isn't the most popular doctorate program in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #15 in popularity out of 36 majors in the country. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 14 schools in the Great Lakes Region to determine which ones were the best for public administration and social service students pursuing a doctor's degree. Combined, these schools handed out 100 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 the Great Lakes Region 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. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

Quality Overall Is Important

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

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

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 schools 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 in the Great Lakes Region 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 Great Lakes Region

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a doctor's degree in public administration and social service.

10 Top Great Lakes Region Schools for a Doctorate in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service has to look into University of Chicago. UChicago is a 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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is a good option for students pursuing a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the 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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat University of Wisconsin - Madison if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. UW - Madison is a very large public university located in the large city of Madison.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Wisconsin - Madison

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a good choice for students interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. UIUC is a fairly large public university located in the city of Champaign.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Columbus, Ohio State is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Ohio State University - Main Campus

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Cleveland, Case Western is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Case Western Reserve University

#8

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3 Annual Graduates

Michigan State is a fairly large public university located in the city of East Lansing.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Michigan State University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Bloomington, IU Bloomington is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Indiana University - Bloomington

#10

Aurora University

Aurora, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

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

Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges by State

Explore the best public administration and social service colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Indiana 29 18
Michigan 29 19
Ohio 29 15
Illinois 29 39
Wisconsin 27 9

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 56
Public Administration 22
Public Policy 17
Community Organization & Advocacy 5

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Professions 5,129
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 78
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 22

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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