Top Public Affairs Programs for Social Life

1 Syracuse University 9.750
2 Florida State University 9.250
3 Duke University 9.167
4 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) 9.040
5 Central Michigan University 8.833
6 The George Washington University 8.810
7 University of Georgia 8.750
8 New York University 8.625
9 Harvard University 8.500
10 Brown University 8.250
11 Cornell University 8.100
12 Texas A&M University 8.000
13 Carnegie Mellon University 7.900
14 University of Kentucky 7.833
15 University of Colorado Denver (UC Denver) 7.667
16 University of Central Florida 7.500
17 University of Kentucky 7.450
18 Old Dominion University 7.400
19 Florida Atlantic University 7.333
20 University of North Texas 7.250
21 Pace University-New York 7.200
22 Columbia University, NY 7.125
23 University of Pennsylvania 7.000
24 Arizona State University 6.950
25 University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus 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.