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2023 Best Public Administration & Social Service Associate Degree Schools

70 Colleges in the United States
6,780 Associate Degrees
When it comes to popularity, an associate degree in public administration and social service sits in the middle of the road, ranking #18 out of 38 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.

In 2023, College Factual analyzed 70 schools in order to identify the top ones for its Best Public Administration & Social Service Associate Degree Schools ranking. Combined, these schools handed out 6,780 associate degrees in public administration and social service to qualified students.

What's on this page: * Our Methodology

Choosing a Great Public Administration & Social Service School for Your Associate Degree

Best Public Administration & Social Service Associate Degree Schools The public administration and social service associate 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. 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 account for this we include a school's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a combination of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Average Early-Career Salaries

To determine the overall quality of a graduate school, one factor we look at is the average early-career salary of those receiving their associate degree from the school. After all, your associate 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 associate 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 much debt public administration and social service students go into to obtain their associate 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 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 associate degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The public administration and social service school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Associate Degree Schools.

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Best Schools for Associate 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 an associate 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.

10 Top Schools for an Associate in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
37 Annual Graduates

Camden County College is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting an associate degree in public administration and social service. Camden County College is a moderately-sized public college located in the large suburb of Blackwood.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Camden County College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
143 Annual Graduates

Every student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in public administration and social service needs to take a look at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Located in the city of New York, BMCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Borough of Manhattan Community College

#3

Bristol Community College

Fall River, MA
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
27 Annual Graduates

It's hard to beat Bristol Community College if you wish to pursue an associate degree in public administration and social service. Bristol is a medium-sized public college located in the large suburb of Fall River.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Bristol Community College

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
42 Annual Graduates

Any student pursuing a degree in an associate degree in public administration and social service has to check out Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global. IWU is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the rural area of Marion.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global

#5

Century College

White Bear Lake, MN
Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
18 Annual Graduates

Century College is a medium-sized public college located in the large suburb of White Bear Lake.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Century College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
138 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Dover, Delaware Tech is a public college with a large student population.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Delaware Technical Community College - Terry

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
29 Annual Graduates

Located in the rural area of Gardner, MWCC is a public college with a small student population.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Mount Wachusett Community College

#8

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY
Graduate Certificate Highest Degree Type
69 Annual Graduates

SUNY Empire is a medium-sized public college located in the small suburb of Saratoga Springs.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from SUNY Empire State College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
21 Annual Graduates

DMACC is a fairly large public college located in the suburb of Ankeny.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Des Moines Area Community College

Associate Degree Highest Degree Type
34 Annual Graduates

Located in the small city of Ocala, Rasmussen University - Florida is a private for-profit university with a moderately-sized student population.More information about a associate in public administration and social service from Rasmussen University - Florida

Honorable Mentions

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 Associate Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
11 Passaic County Community College Paterson, NJ
12 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
13 Ohio Christian University Circleville, OH
14 Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
15 Bryant & Stratton College - Online Orchard Park, NY
16 Quinsigamond Community College Worcester, MA
17 Tacoma Community College Tacoma, WA

Public Administration & Social Service by Region

View the Best Public Administration & Social Service Associate Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

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
Human Services 4,517
Social Work 1,721
Community Organization & Advocacy 351
Public Administration 122
Other Public Administration 69

Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 35,304
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 5,979
Legal Professions 5,809
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,106

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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