New Rankings Keep Humphrey School in Top 10 of Public Affairs Graduate Programs

US News & World Report survey rates nonprofit management program No. 6, social policy No. 9
March 17, 2020
Three Humphrey School graduates backstage at the 2019 commencement ceremony.
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is one of the top 10 public affairs graduate programs in the country, for the fourth year in a row. Photo: Bruce Silcox

For the fourth year in a row, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs is being recognized as one of the top 10 graduate schools for public affairs in the nation.

According to the latest annual survey of graduate and professional schools by US News & World Report, the Humphrey School is ranked 10th out of 275 schools nationally. In addition, the Humphrey School’s nonprofit management program placed sixth in the nation, and its social policy program placed ninth.  

The results, released today in the magazine’s Best Graduate Schools 2021 issue, place the Humphrey School program overall in the top 3.5 percent of all master’s degree programs in public affairs at US institutions.

“I am proud of the Humphrey School community every single day because we set a high standard for mission-focused scholarship and research,” Dean Laura Bloomberg says. “Today's reaffirmation of the Humphrey School's top 10 ranking reflects the caliber of our students, staff, and faculty. Their tireless quest to advance the common good is why our peer institutions chose to recognize our excellent work and the impact we have on the world.”

US News & World Report also released rankings for specialty programs offered by public affairs schools. This year, six Humphrey School programs are ranked in the top 20 nationally:

  • Nonprofit management, No. 6
  • Social policy, No. 9
  • Urban policy, No. 14
  • Local government management, No. 16
  • Public management and leadership, No. 19
  • Public policy analysis, No. 20

The rankings are based on a survey of deans, directors, and department chairs representing the 275 master’s degree programs in public affairs and administration at colleges and universities across the country. Two surveys were sent to each school.

Read the full rankings