2016 Top Public Administration Graduate Programs

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Our list of the top 17 schools that offer graduate degrees in the field of public administration is based on student feedback scores. Many of the schools on our list are affordable options for the budget-conscious student, with six of the programs costing less than $20,000 annually. Drake University offers one of the most affordable programs, with yearly tuition starting at $10,946. Not only are many of these schools affordable, but all received average student ratings of 3.69 out of 5 or higher.

A graduate student at #1 ranked California State University-Northridge rated her program a 4.64 out of 5, saying that "the teachers are great and are professionals in the field we are studying... everything we are learning can be applied in the real world.” A graduate student at Drake University commented on the accessibility of the professors, saying “professors travel to teach the courses and are wonderful about making themselves available to students as resources.” Explore the links listed below to learn more about California State University-Northridge, Drake University, and the other top schools that offer graduate degrees in public administration.

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Rank College Annual Tuition 2016 Student Rating
#1 #1 California State University-Northridge Annual Tuition $18,951 2016 Student Rating 4.45
#2 #2 University of Kansas Annual Tuition $20,316 2016 Student Rating 4.38
#3 #3 Drake University Annual Tuition $10,946 2016 Student Rating 4.36
#4 #4 Rutgers University-Newark Annual Tuition $27,646 2016 Student Rating 4.23
#5 #5 University of Georgia Annual Tuition $25,234 2016 Student Rating 4.22
#6 #6 Cornell University Annual Tuition $29,581 2016 Student Rating 4.20
#7 #7 Syracuse University Annual Tuition $32,216 2016 Student Rating 4.20
#8 #8 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice Annual Tuition $17,331 2016 Student Rating 4.19
#9 #9 University of Southern California Annual Tuition $37,504 2016 Student Rating 4.14
#10 #10 New York University Annual Tuition $38,228 2016 Student Rating 3.99
#11 #11 Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $41,594 2016 Student Rating 3.92
#12 #12 George Mason University Annual Tuition $28,442 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#13 #13 University of Baltimore Annual Tuition $18,248 2016 Student Rating 3.83
#14 #14 Seattle University Annual Tuition $19,446 2016 Student Rating 3.75
#15 #15 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College Annual Tuition $17,348 2016 Student Rating 3.74
#16 #16 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $21,325 2016 Student Rating 3.69
#17 #17 University of North Florida Annual Tuition $22,946 2016 Student Rating 3.69

Methodology

Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2015-2016 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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Our tuition numbers reflect data collected from the National Center for Education Statistics.

This indicates that a school has an annual tuition of $15,000 or less as reported to the National Center for Education Statistics or based on the school's website.