MPA Rankings

Top Masters in Public Administration Schools – Fall 2015

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.

1 University of Georgia 8.64
2 Virginia Tech 8.53
3 American University 8.37
4 CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice 8.35
5 University of Kansas 8.30
6 Rutgers University-Newark 8.29
7 University of North Florida 8.22
8 The George Washington University 8.20
9 Syracuse University 8.16
10 University of Southern California (USC) 8.14
11 Florida Atlantic University 8.13
12 California State University, Los Angeles 8.11
13 California State University, Fullerton 8.10
14 Georgia State University 8.09
15 University of Central Florida 8.07
16 Arizona State University 8.06
17 University of New Mexico-Main Campus 8.00
18 University of Pennsylvania 7.98
19 New York University 7.92
20 Columbia University 7.88
21 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 7.87
22 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 7.80
23 University of Washington Seattle 7.78
24 Cornell University 7.68
25 Baruch College 7.60

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 September 30, 2015. 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.