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

5 Colleges in the Southwest Region
81 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.

For its 2023 ranking, College Factual looked at 5 schools in the Southwest Region to determine which ones were the best for public administration and social service students pursuing a doctor's degree. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 81 doctor's degrees in public administration and social service during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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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 Southwest 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 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 Southwest 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 Southwest Region

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

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin 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 Texas at Austin

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
16 Annual Graduates

The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the best schools in the United States for getting a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the city of Richardson, UT Dallas 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 Texas at Dallas

#3

Baylor University

Waco, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

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

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
22 Annual Graduates

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the large city of Arlington, UT Arlington 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 Texas at Arlington

#5

University of Houston

Houston, TX
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6 Annual Graduates

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

Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges by State

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Texas 29 68
Arizona 28 13

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Public Policy 31
Public Administration 30
Social Work 20

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Professions 2,946
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 59
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 15

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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