Top Public Affairs Programs for Financial Aid

1 University of Georgia 9.200
2 University of Kansas 9.050
3 The New School 8.950
4 Carnegie Mellon University 8.857
5 Cornell University 8.750
6 Syracuse University 8.500
7 University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus 8.450
8 Duke University 8.333
9 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) 8.250
10 Texas A&M University 8.000
11 University of Kentucky 7.750
12 Northwestern University 7.667
13 Penn State University Park 7.500
14 Georgia State University 7.450
15 New York University 7.400
16 Harvard University 7.330
17 Brown University 7.250
18 Arizona State University 7.125
19 George Mason University 7.000
20 Northwestern University 6.950
21 Rutgers University-Newark 6.910
22 University of Southern California (USC) 6.850
23 California State University, Northridge 6.600
24 University of Pennsylvania 6.500
25 University of Washington Seattle 6.450

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.