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2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

29 Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region
242 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.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 29 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 242 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 Middle Atlantic 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. 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 combination 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 complete 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

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 the Middle Atlantic Region.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Public Administration & Social Service in the Middle Atlantic Region

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

10 Top Middle Atlantic Region Schools for a Doctorate in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

Cornell University

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

Cornell University is a great option for students interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the 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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

George Washington University is a great option for individuals interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. 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

#3

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

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

#4

New York University

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

Any student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service has to check out New York University. NYU 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 New York University

#5

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Princeton University

#6

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 large city of Philadelphia.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Pennsylvania

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

Columbia 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 Columbia University in the City of New York

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

#9

Binghamton University

Vestal, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

Binghamton University is a fairly large public university located in the midsize suburb of Vestal.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Binghamton University

#10

American University

Washington, DC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Washington, The American University 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 American University

Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges by State

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
New York 30 94
Maryland 29 38
Pennsylvania 29 83
New Jersey 28 15
District of Columbia 24 12
Delaware 21 0

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 113
Public Administration 48
Public Policy 45
Other Public Administration 20
Community Organization & Advocacy 16

Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Professions 8,632
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 37
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 20

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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