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2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master's Degree Schools

404 Colleges in the United States
49,660 Master's Degrees
a master's degree in public administration and social service is more popular than many other degrees. In fact, it ranks #5 out of 37 on popularity of all such degrees in the nation. So, you have a fair amount of options to choose from when looking for a school.

College Factual reviewed 404 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for master's degree seekers in the field of public administration and social service. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 49,660 master'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 Master's Degree

Best Public Administration & Social Service Master's Degree Schools Your choice of public administration and social service for getting your master'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

A school that excels in educating for a particular major and degree level must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges for a Master'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 master's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your master'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

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 master'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 master'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 master's degree.

More Ways to Rank Public Administration & Social Service Schools

When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Public Administration & Social Service Master's Degree Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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Best Schools for Master’s Students to Study Public Administration & Social Service in the United States

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities for pursuing a master's degree in public administration and social service. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Master's in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
425 Annual Graduates

It is difficult to beat University of Chicago if you want to pursue a master's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the city of Chicago, UChicago is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from University of Chicago

#2

Princeton University

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

Princeton University is a great option for students pursuing a master's degree in public administration and social service. Princeton is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Princeton.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Princeton University

#3

Harvard University

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

Harvard University is a great choice for students interested in a master'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 master’s in public administration and social service from Harvard University

#4

Duke University

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

Every student who is interested in a master's degree in public administration and social service needs to check out Duke University. Located in the large city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Duke University

#5

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
52 Annual Graduates

Johns Hopkins is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Baltimore.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Johns Hopkins University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
194 Annual Graduates

UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the city of Berkeley.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from University of California - Berkeley

#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
100 Annual Graduates

Northwestern is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Evanston.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Northwestern University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1,182 Annual Graduates

USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Los Angeles.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from University of Southern California

#9

New York University

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

Located in the city of New York, NYU is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from New York University

#10

Carnegie Mellon University

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

Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Carnegie Mellon University

#11

Brown University

Providence, RI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
59 Annual Graduates

Located in the medium-sized city of Providence, Brown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Brown University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
861 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Columbia University in the City of New York

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
291 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Washington University in St Louis

#14

Boston University

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

Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Boston.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Boston University

#15

Georgetown University

Washington, DC
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
208 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Washington, Georgetown is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Georgetown University

#16

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
222 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from University of Pennsylvania

#17

George Washington University

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

GWU is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Washington.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from George Washington University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
552 Annual Graduates

U-M is a fairly large public university located in the city of Ann Arbor.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

#19

American University

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

The American University is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Washington.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from American University

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
411 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Baltimore, UMB is a public university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from University of Maryland - Baltimore

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
98 Annual Graduates

UMCP is a fairly large public university located in the large suburb of College Park.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from University of Maryland - College Park

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
291 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public university with a very large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from University of Washington - Seattle Campus

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
734 Annual Graduates

Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public university located in the city of New Brunswick.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Rutgers University - New Brunswick

#24

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
60 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Villanova, Villanova is a private not-for-profit university with a large student population.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Villanova University

#25

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
233 Annual Graduates

Syracuse is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the medium-sized city of Syracuse.More information about a master’s in public administration and social service from Syracuse University

Rest of the Top Best Public Administration & Social Service Master's Degree Schools

#25

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#26

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
#27

University of Denver

Denver, CO
#28

Yeshiva University

New York, NY
#29

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
#30

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

#35

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA
#37

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
#40

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

#45

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
#46

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#47

Simmons University

Boston, MA
#48

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the schools awarded a Best Public Administration & Social Service Master's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the college was ranked in the top 15% of the 404 different United States public administration and social service schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
51 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
52 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
53 Smith College Northampton, MA
54 Seattle University Seattle, WA
55 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
56 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
57 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
58 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
59 University of Georgia Athens, GA
60 Hunter College New York, NY

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Public Administration & Social Service Master's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
61 Aurora University Aurora, IL
62 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
63 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
64 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
65 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
66 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
67 Baylor University Waco, TX
68 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
69 Texas A&M University - College Station College Station, TX
70 Montclair State University Montclair, NJ
71 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
72 Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA
73 Widener University Chester, PA
74 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
75 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
76 Walden University Minneapolis, MN
77 Saint Louis University Saint Louis, MO
78 University at Buffalo Buffalo, NY
79 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
80 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA

Public Administration & Social Service by Region

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Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 32,218
Public Administration 12,290
Public Policy 3,153
Human Services 1,153
Community Organization & Advocacy 633
Other Public Administration 213

Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 11,614
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 9,894
Legal Professions 7,113
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,035

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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