Top Public Affairs Programs for Career Support

1 Cornell University 9.750
2 University of Washington Seattle 9.250
3 Brown University 9.167
4 Syracuse University 9.040
5 New York University 8.833
6 Carnegie Mellon University 8.810
7 Rutgers University-Newark 8.750
8 Duke University 8.625
9 University of Kansas 8.500
10 Texas A&M University 8.250
11 University of Central Florida 8.100
12 University of Pennsylvania 8.000
13 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 7.900
14 Barry University 7.833
15 The University of Texas at Arlington 7.667
16 Georgia State University 7.500
17 Harvard University 7.450
18 Old Dominion University 7.400
19 University of Georgia 7.333
20 Columbus State University 7.250
21 The George Washington University 7.200
22 George Mason University 7.125
23 Columbia University, NY 7.000
24 Penn State University Park 6.950
25 Arizona State University 6.900

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2015 student earning her graduate degree from Lamar University online wrote: “My career as an international teacher takes me around the world, so being able to get my graduate degree while traveling is a complete blessing.”

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 September 30, 2013. 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.