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2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in the New England Region

9 Colleges in the New England Region
90 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 9 schools in the New England Region to determine which ones were the best for doctor's degree seekers in the field of public administration and social service. Combined, these schools handed out 90 doctor's degrees in public administration and social service to qualified students.

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

Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in the New England Region Your choice of public administration and social service for getting your doctor's degree school matters. Important measures of a quality public administration and social service program can vary widely even among the top schools. To make it into this list, a school must excel in the following areas.

A Great Overall School

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

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

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How many resources a school devotes to public administration and social service students as compared to other majors.
  • Major Demand - How many other public administration and social service students want to attend this school to pursue a doctor's degree.
  • 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 much debt public administration and social service students go into to obtain their doctor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • 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.

More Ways to Rank Public Administration & Social Service Schools

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in the New England Region list, to help you choose the best school for you.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Public Administration & Social Service in the New England Region

Learn about the top ranked colleges and universities for public administration and social service students seeking a a doctor's degree.

Top New England Region Schools for a Doctorate in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

Harvard University

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

Harvard University is a wonderful option for students interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the midsize city of Cambridge.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Harvard University

#2

Brandeis University

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

Every student who is interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service needs to check out Brandeis University. Located in the small city of Waltham, Brandeis is a private not-for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Brandeis University

#3

Boston University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat Boston University if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Boston University

#4

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

It is hard to beat Boston College if you want to pursue a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Boston College is a large private not-for-profit college located in the city of Chestnut Hill.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Boston College

#5

Smith College

Northampton, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

Smith is a small private not-for-profit college located in the suburb of Northampton.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Smith College

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

UMass Boston is a fairly large public university located in the large city of Boston.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Massachusetts - Boston

#7

Simmons University

Boston, MA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3 Annual Graduates

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Portland, University of Southern Maine is a public university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Southern Maine

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14 Annual Graduates

SCSU is a moderately-sized public university located in the medium-sized city of New Haven.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Southern Connecticut State University

Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges by State

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Massachusetts 29 70
Connecticut 28 15
Rhode Island 23 0
Maine 18 5

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Public Policy 51
Social Work 36
Other Public Administration 3

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Professions 2,972
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 4

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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