Master of Public Affairs Rankings

Master of Public Affairs

1 University of Kansas 9.544
2 Texas A&M University 9.181
3 Carnegie Mellon University 9.050
4 Central Michigan University 8.974
5 Rutgers University-New Brunswick 8.950
6 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 8.947
7 Duke University 8.933
8 Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) 8.933
9 University of Georgia 8.867
10 Penn State University Park 8.805
11 University of North Texas 8.800
12 Cornell University 8.717
13 Arizona State University 8.703
14 Syracuse University 8.661
15 Northwestern University 8.592
16 Brown University 8.583
17 The New School 8.433
18 Harvard University 8.406
19 Georgia State University 8.333
20 New York University 8.254
21 The George Washington University 8.234
22 University of Southern California 8.124
23 Rutgers University-Newark 8.083
24 Florida State University 8.075
25 University of Kentucky 8.060

In addition to rating their respective programs, students often post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2017 student earning her graduate degree from University of Kansas wrote: “There is a great balance of personal freedom to explore what is important to you, while also ensuring students have historical as well as current knowledge of the public administration field.”

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 April 15, 2014. 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.