Humphrey School Ranks No. 9 in New Survey of Public Affairs Graduate Programs

April 9, 2024
A group of graduates at commencement 2023
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is ranked No. 9 among public affairs graduate programs in the country. Photo: Bruce Silcox

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs continues to be recognized as one of the top graduate schools for public affairs in the nation. According to the latest annual survey by US News & World Report, the Humphrey School is ranked ninth out of 269 public affairs schools nationally. Last year, the School was ranked 10th.  

The results, released today in the magazine’s Best Graduate Schools 2024 issue, place the Humphrey School program overall in the top 3 percent of all master’s degree programs in public affairs at U.S. institutions.

“Humphrey School faculty, students, alumni and staff are leading important innovation and change at the local, state, national, and global levels," said Humphrey School Dean Nisha Botchwey. "It's gratifying that our peers recognize us as one of the country’s best places to study public affairs and public policy. 

“Our approach ensures that our students have the tools necessary to translate their academic work into practical, real-world solutions. We are constantly enhancing our programs to deliver the best educational experiences and opportunities, fostering a community where learning leads to meaningful and enduring positive change,” she added.

US News & World Report also released rankings for specialty programs offered by public affairs schools, and several Humphrey School programs are ranked highly.  

  • Nonprofit management, No. 10
  • Social policy, No. 14 
  • Urban policy, No. 14 
  • Public policy analysis, No. 23 
  • Leadership, No. 30 

The US News & World Report rankings are based on a survey of deans, directors, and department chairs representing 269 master’s degree programs in public affairs and administration at colleges and universities across the country. Two surveys were sent to each school.

Long noted for equipping students to play key roles in public life at the local, state, national, and global levels, the Humphrey School is respected for its role in shaping public policy, its focus on social justice and human rights, and its expertise in planning, leadership, and management. It  offers six distinctive master’s degrees, a doctoral degree, and five certificate programs. 

Read the full rankings