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

11 Colleges in the Plains States Region
406 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.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 11 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Public Administration & Social Service Doctor's Degree Schools in the Plains States Region ranking. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 406 doctor's degrees in public administration and social service during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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 Plains States 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 account for this we consider a school's overall Best Colleges for a Doctor's Degree ranking which itself looks at a host 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 complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for public administration and social service students working on their doctor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

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 Plains States 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 Plains States Region

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

10 Top Plains States Region Schools for a Doctorate in Public Administration & Social Service

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
5 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in a doctor's degree in public administration and social service has to check out Washington University in St Louis. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Saint Louis.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Washington University in St Louis

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
18 Annual Graduates

University of St Thomas Minnesota is a good option for students pursuing a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Saint Paul.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of St Thomas Minnesota

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
11 Annual Graduates

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. UMN Twin Cities is a very large public university located in the large city of Minneapolis.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

#4

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
238 Annual Graduates

Walden University is one of the best schools in the country for getting a doctor's degree in public administration and social service. Walden University is a very large private for-profit university located in the large city of Minneapolis.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Walden University

#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
112 Annual Graduates

Capella University is a fairly large private for-profit university located in the large city of Minneapolis.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Capella University

#6

Hamline University

Saint Paul, MN
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3 Annual Graduates

Hamline is a small private not-for-profit university located in the city of Saint Paul.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Hamline University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
3 Annual Graduates

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

#8

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
7 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Lawrence, KU is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from University of Kansas

#9

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Manhattan, K -State is a public university with a fairly large student population.More information about a doctorate in public administration and social service from Kansas State University

#10

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, MO
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2 Annual Graduates

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

Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges by State

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

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Minnesota 27 382
Missouri 27 10
Kansas 26 9
Iowa 26 0
Nebraska 24 5

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Public Administration 170
Social Work 144
Human Services 79
Public Policy 10
Community Organization & Advocacy 2
Other Public Administration 1

Related Major Annual Graduates
Legal Professions 2,092
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 121
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 11

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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