MPA Rankings

MPA Rankings for Public Administration

1 The University of Texas at Arlington 8.97
2 University of Georgia 8.91
3 The University of Alabama at Birmingham 8.83
4 University of Kansas 8.76
5 California State University, Northridge 8.71
6 Virginia Tech 8.53
7 Georgia State University 8.41
8 American University 8.37
9 Columbus State University 8.35
10 University of Southern California (USC) 8.21
11 Syracuse University 8.18
12 Rutgers University-Newark 8.08
13 Pace University-New York 8.03
14 CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice 7.92
15 Cornell University 7.87
16 New York University 7.83
17 George Mason University 7.80
18 Arizona State University 7.78
19 University of Pennsylvania 7.77
20 University of Baltimore 7.71
21 University of Washington Seattle 7.68
22 Columbia University 7.48
23 North Carolina State University 7.42
24 Old Dominion University 7.28
25 Florida Atlantic University 7.25

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2017 student earning her graduate degree from University of Kansas wrote: ‚ÄúThere is a great balance of personal freedom to explore what is important to you, while also ensuring students have historical as well as current knowledge of the public administration field.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to April 15, 2014. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.