Public Affairs

Ranked in 2012 | Public Affairs Rankings Methodology

Earning your M.P.A. can lead to a career in public service, both domestically and abroad. Curricula often incorporate courses in policy, economics, analysis and management. These are the top public affairs schools.

Rank School name Score
#1 Syracuse University (Maxwell)

Syracuse, NY

4.5
#2 Indiana University—​Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

4.4
#3 Harvard University (Kennedy)

Cambridge, MA

4.3
#4 University of Georgia

Athens, GA

4.2
#5 Princeton University (Wilson)

Princeton, NJ

4.1
#6 New York University (Wagner)

New York, NY

4.0
#6 University of California—​Berkeley (Goldman)

Berkeley, CA

4.0
#6 University of Southern California (Price)

Los Angeles, CA

4.0
#9 Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz)

Pittsburgh, PA

3.9
#9 University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

3.9
#9 University of Washington (Evans)

Seattle, WA

3.9
#12 American University

Washington, DC

3.8
#12 George Washington University (Trachtenberg)

Washington, DC

3.8
#12 University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor (Ford)

Ann Arbor, MI

3.8
#12 University of Wisconsin—​Madison (La Follette)

Madison, WI

3.8
#16 Arizona State University

Phoenix, AZ

3.7
#16 Duke University (Sanford)

Durham, NC

3.7
#16 Florida State University (Askew)

Tallahassee, FL

3.7
#16 University at Albany—​SUNY (Rockefeller)

Albany, NY

3.7
#16 University of Kentucky (Martin)

Lexington, KY

3.7
#16 University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities (Humphrey)

Minneapolis, MN

3.7
#16 University of Texas—​Austin (LBJ)

Austin, TX

3.7
#23 Georgetown University

Washington, DC

3.6
#23 Georgia State University (Young)

Atlanta, GA

3.6
#23 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​Newark

Newark, NJ

3.6

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