Humphrey School News—March 16, 2016

Humphrey School Jumps to Top 10 in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Minneapolis, MN (3/16/16)—The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is ranked eighth among the country’s 270 public affairs schools, according to national rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. The Humphrey School’s ranking is a significant rise from 16th when the survey was last conducted four years ago. Its nonprofit management program is rated second, up from third in the previous survey.

Dean Eric Schwartz says, “I firmly believe that this ranking reflects the extraordinary work underway at the Humphrey School, and we can all celebrate the extensive array of efforts by faculty, staff, administration, students, and alumni to strengthen the scholarship, service, and educational programs of our institution—and to broaden the impact of our work at the local, regional, and national levels.”

During the last few years, the Humphrey School has substantially expanded its teaching and research partnerships to reflect the increasingly complex public policy challenges facing our world, including global human rights, environmental sustainability, public-private partnerships, and civic involvement in public decision making. Students, faculty and alumni are deeply engaged in these issues here at the School and, increasingly, in communities around the world. The Humphrey School offers six distinctive degree programs, a PhD, and five professional certificate programs.

The U.S. News rankings are based on the results of a national survey of public affairs school deans and their designees conducted in the fall of 2015. Deans, directors, and department chairs representing 272 master’s programs in public affairs and administration were surveyed; two surveys were sent to each school asking respondents to rate the academic quality of master’s programs. For specialty rankings, deans and other academics were asked to nominate up to 10 programs for excellence in each specialty.

The new rankings appear in U.S. News’  “Best Graduate Schools 2017” issue, available online and in stores
April 5. To read the full rankings, visit

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