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

30 Colleges in the Southeast Region
237 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.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 30 schools in the Southeast 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 237 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 Southeast 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. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

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

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

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 picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in the Southeast Region ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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Best Schools for Doctorate Students to Study Public Administration & Social Service in the Southeast 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 Southeast Region Schools for a Doctorate in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

Duke University

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

It's hard to beat Duke University if you wish to pursue a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke 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 Duke University

#2

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

George Mason University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. GMU is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Fairfax.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from George Mason University

#3

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3 Annual Graduates

Virginia Tech is a good decision for students pursuing a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the city of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Virginia Tech

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
13 Annual Graduates

University of Central Florida is a good decision for individuals interested in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. UCF is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of Orlando.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Central Florida

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
8 Annual Graduates

UNC Chapel Hill is a fairly large public university located in the city of Chapel Hill.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

#6

Clemson University

Clemson, SC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
19 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Knoxville, UT Knoxville is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

NC State is a fairly large public university located in the city of Raleigh.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from North Carolina State University

#9

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Auburn is a very large public university located in the small city of Auburn.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Auburn University

#10

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Athens, UGA is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Georgia

Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges by State

Explore the best public administration and social service schools for a specific state in the Southeast Region .

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Florida 29 42
Virginia 29 37
Mississippi 28 16
South Carolina 28 3
Georgia 28 36
North Carolina 26 20
Kentucky 26 17
Tennessee 25 23
Louisiana 25 25
Alabama 25 10
Arkansas 23 8

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 85
Social Work 84
Public Policy 53
Other Public Administration 13
Human Services 2

Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Professions 8,000
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 115
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 41

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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