Top Public Affairs Programs for Grad Program Value

1 University of Kansas 9.750
2 California State University, Fullerton 9.750
3 Troy University-Main Campus 9.714
4 Syracuse University 9.500
5 The University of Texas at Arlington 9.450
6 Cornell University 9.400
7 California State University, Northridge 9.350
8 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) 9.250
9 University of Georgia 9.200
10 The University of Alabama at Birmingham 9.000
11 George Mason University 8.950
12 University of Central Florida 8.800
13 Columbia University, NY 8.750
14 University of Washington Seattle 8.710
15 Western Michigan University 8.680
16 Rutgers University-Newark 8.610
17 University of Kentucky 8.550
18 University of Pennsylvania 8.510
19 University of Baltimore 8.450
20 Arizona State University 8.400
21 New York University 8.350
22 North Carolina State University 8.330
23 Valdosta State University 8.300
24 Georgia State University 8.250
25 University of North Texas 8.210

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.