2016 Top Public Policy Graduate Programs

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According to student reviews, these are the top 25 schools offering graduate degrees in public policy. Available specializations include health, education, and general public policy analysis. All schools that made the list scored over 3.7 out of 5 stars, and the top 16 scored over 4.0. Harvard University earned the #1 spot and offers a variety of public policy degrees at both master's and doctorate levels.

Reviewers of Georgia State University, which offers a doctorate degree in public policy analysis, praise its helpful faculty and staff. One student writes that the faculty is "one of the most supportive and available group of professors I have ever worked with." Another student notes that the school's career counselors are also a valuable asset. Dependable student support was also a common theme for students at the University of Washington - Bothell, which offers a master's degree in public policy analysis. As one reviewer said, "Any time I had a question or issue, there was always someone willing and able to help."

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Rank College Annual Tuition 2016 Student Rating
#1 #1 Harvard University Annual Tuition $42,874 2016 Student Rating 4.64
#2 #2 Carnegie Mellon University Annual Tuition $41,371 2016 Student Rating 4.48
#3 #3 Rutgers University Annual Tuition $29,722 2016 Student Rating 4.47
#4 #4 Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Annual Tuition $37,256 2016 Student Rating 4.45
#5 #5 Georgia State University Annual Tuition $24,502 2016 Student Rating 4.38
#6 #6 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $6,098 - $27,790 2016 Student Rating 4.30
#7 #7 The New School Annual Tuition $41,250 2016 Student Rating 4.28
#8 #8 University of California - Berkeley Annual Tuition $28,533 2016 Student Rating 4.19
#9 #9 University of Central Florida Annual Tuition $28,657 2016 Student Rating 4.19
#10 #10 University of Virginia - Main Campus Annual Tuition $27,574 2016 Student Rating 4.14
#11 #11 University of Baltimore Annual Tuition $20,219 2016 Student Rating 4.13
#12 #12 University of Washington - Bothell Annual Tuition $28,245 2016 Student Rating 4.11
#13 #13 Tufts University Annual Tuition $49,218 2016 Student Rating 4.09
#14 #14 George Mason University Annual Tuition $31,424 2016 Student Rating 4.06
#15 #15 American University Annual Tuition $27,898 2016 Student Rating 4.04
#16 #16 University of Denver Annual Tuition $43,458 2016 Student Rating 4.01
#17 #17 University of San Francisco Annual Tuition $22,460 2016 Student Rating 3.93
#18 #18 Portland State University Annual Tuition $21,300 2016 Student Rating 3.90
#19 #19 University of Southern California Annual Tuition $40,670 2016 Student Rating 3.89
#20 #20 Johns Hopkins University Annual Tuition $50,510 2016 Student Rating 3.88
#21 #21 Indiana University - Bloomington Annual Tuition $28,113 2016 Student Rating 3.86
#22 #22 Georgetown University Annual Tuition $45,136 2016 Student Rating 3.85
#23 #23 Columbia University in the City of New York Annual Tuition $44,176 2016 Student Rating 3.83
#24 #24 George Washington University Annual Tuition $27,851 2016 Student Rating 3.78
#25 #25 University of California - Los Angeles Annual Tuition $27,731 2016 Student Rating 3.70

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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