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2022 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools

600 Colleges in the United States
35,792 Bachelor's Degrees
Public Administration & Social Service isn't the most popular bachelor's program in the world, but it's not the least popular either. To be more precise it ranks #16 in popularity out of 38 majors in the country. So, you may have to do some digging around to find quality schools that offer the degree program. This list can help with that.

College Factual reviewed 600 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for bachelor's degree seekers in the field of public administration and social service. When you put them all together, these colleges and universities awarded 35,792 bachelor's degrees in public administration and social service during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Choosing a Great Public Administration & Social Service School for Your Bachelor's Degree

Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools Your choice of public administration and social service for getting your bachelor's degree school matters. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Overall Quality Is a Must

The overall quality of a bachelor's degree school is important to ensure a good education, not just how well they do in a particular major. To account for this we include a college's overall Best Colleges ranking which itself looks at a host of various factors like degree completion, educational resources, student body caliber and post-graduation earnings for the school as a whole.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking while the lowest ranked school on the list is still in the top 26%.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 134 to 1 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Average Early-Career Salaries

Average early-career salary of those graduating with their bachelor's degree is one indicator we use in our analysis to find the schools that offer the highest-quality education. After all, your bachelor's degree won't mean much if it doesn't help you find a job that will help you earn a living.

Other Factors We Consider

The metrics below are just some of the other metrics that we use to determine our rankings.

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on public administration and social service students vs. other majors.
  • Major Demand - The number of public administration and social service students who choose to seek a bachelor's degree at the school.
  • Educational Resources - How many resources are allocated to students. These resources may include educational expenditures per student, number of students per instructor, and graduation rate among other things.
  • Student Debt - How much debt public administration and social service students go into to obtain their bachelor's degree and how well they are able to pay back that debt.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or accredited by a recognized public administration and social service related body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for public administration and social service students working on their bachelor's degree.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The public administration and social service school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools.

To further help you make the college decision, we've developed a unique tool called College Combat that allows you to compare schools based on the factors that matter the most to you. Go ahead and give it a try, or bookmark the link so you can check it out later.

Best Schools for Bachelor’s Students to Study Public Administration & Social Service in the United States

The following list ranks the best colleges and universities for pursuing a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

25 Top Schools for a Bachelor's in Public Administration & Social Service

#1

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
14th Most Popular In NY
58 Annual Graduates

Any student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service needs to look into Cornell University. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #15 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Cornell is a great university overall.

A favorite major for public administration and social service students, there were about 58 students who completed this degree at Cornell in the most recent year we have data available.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NC
233 Annual Graduates

Every student who is interested in a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service has to take a look at Duke University. Duke is a large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Durham. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #7 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Duke is a great university overall.

There were approximately 233 public administration and social service individuals who graduated with this degree at Duke in the most recent data year.

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#3

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In IL
129 Annual Graduates

University of Chicago is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Chicago. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #10 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UChicago is a great university overall.

There were about 129 public administration and social service students who graduated with this degree at UChicago in the most recent data year.

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#4

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NJ
108 Annual Graduates

Princeton University is one of the finest schools in the United States for getting a bachelor's degree in public administration and social service. Located in the city of Princeton, Princeton is a private not-for-profit university with a medium-sized student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #12 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Princeton is a great university overall.

There were roughly 108 public administration and social service individuals who graduated with this degree at Princeton in the most recent data year.

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#5

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In IL
139 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Evanston, Northwestern is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #16 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Northwestern is a great university overall.

There were approximately 139 public administration and social service individuals who graduated with this degree at Northwestern in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
9th Most Popular In CA
90 Annual Graduates

Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #24 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

University of California - Berkeley is one of the most popular universities to study public administration and social service in the United States with about 90 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#7

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
34th Most Popular In CA
20 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of Stanford, Stanford is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #3 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

Stanford University is a fairly popular university to study public administration and social service in the United States with roughly 20 graduates in the most recent data year.

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#8

Brown University

Providence, RI
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In RI
60 Annual Graduates

Brown is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the city of Providence. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #19 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means Brown is a great university overall.

There were approximately 60 public administration and social service students who graduated with this degree at Brown in the most recent data year.

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#9

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
24th Most Popular In PA
23 Annual Graduates

UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit university located in the large city of Philadelphia. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #9 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

University of Pennsylvania is a fairly popular university to study public administration and social service in the United States with approximately 23 graduations in the most recent year we have data available.

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#10

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
37th Most Popular In PA
14 Annual Graduates

Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit university located in the city of Pittsburgh. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #18 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

Carnegie Mellon University is one of the most popular universities to study public administration and social service in the United States with approximately 14 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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#11

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, VA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In VA
82 Annual Graduates

Located in the suburb of Charlottesville, University of Virginia is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 48 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Virginia.

There were about 82 public administration and social service students who graduated with this degree at University of Virginia in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
20th Most Popular In CA
46 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit university with a very large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #30 out of 1,683 colleges nationwide means USC is a great university overall.

University of Southern California is a fairly popular university to study public administration and social service in the United States with approximately 46 graduations in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
10th Most Popular In MI
77 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Ann Arbor, U-M is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 1st out of 40 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Michigan.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor is one of the most popular universities to study public administration and social service in the United States with roughly 77 graduates in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In TX
68 Annual Graduates

UT Austin is a fairly large public university located in the city of Austin. This university ranks 2nd out of 84 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Texas.

There were about 68 public administration and social service individuals who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent year we have data available.

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#15

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In TN
37 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Bachelor's Degree Schools rank of #26 out of 1,683 schools nationwide means Vanderbilt is a great university overall.

There were approximately 37 public administration and social service individuals who graduated with this degree at Vanderbilt in the most recent data year.

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#16

Winona State University

Winona, MN
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In MN
79 Annual Graduates

Located in the town of Winona, Winona State is a public university with a medium-sized student population. This university ranks 11th out of 34 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Minnesota.

There were approximately 79 public administration and social service students who graduated with this degree at Winona State in the most recent data year.

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#17

Trinity College

Hartford, CT
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
7th Most Popular In CT
32 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Hartford, Trinity Bantams is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 20 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Connecticut.

Trinity College is one of the most popular colleges to study public administration and social service in the United States with about 32 graduations in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
12th Most Popular In MD
68 Annual Graduates

Located in the large suburb of College Park, UMCP is a public university with a very large student population. This university ranks 2nd out of 22 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Maryland.

University of Maryland - College Park is a fairly popular university to study public administration and social service in the United States with roughly 68 graduates in the most recent year we have data available.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In WI
71 Annual Graduates

UW - Madison is a fairly large public university located in the city of Madison. This university ranks 1st out of 36 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were approximately 71 public administration and social service students who graduated with this degree at UW - Madison in the most recent year we have data available.

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#20

Northeastern University

Boston, MA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
13th Most Popular In MA
17 Annual Graduates

Located in the large city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 9th out of 56 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Massachusetts.

Northeastern University is a fairly popular university to study public administration and social service in the United States with approximately 17 graduates in the most recent data year.

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4th Most Popular In WI
72 Annual Graduates

UW - Eau Claire is a fairly large public university located in the small city of Eau Claire. This university ranks 7th out of 36 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Wisconsin.

There were approximately 72 public administration and social service individuals who graduated with this degree at UW - Eau Claire in the most recent year we have data available.

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2nd Most Popular In ND
60 Annual Graduates

MSU is a small public university located in the remote town of Minot. This university ranks 6th out of 10 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of North Dakota.

There were approximately 60 public administration and social service students who graduated with this degree at MSU in the most recent data year.

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#23

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN
14th Most Popular In MN
13 Annual Graduates

Located in the distant town of Northfield, St. Olaf is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 2nd out of 34 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Minnesota.

St Olaf College is a fairly popular college to study public administration and social service in the United States with roughly 13 graduations in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
2nd Most Popular In NC
168 Annual Graduates

Located in the city of Chapel Hill, UNC Chapel Hill is a public university with a fairly large student population. This university ranks 4th out of 53 colleges for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of North Carolina.

There were approximately 168 public administration and social service individuals who graduated with this degree at UNC Chapel Hill in the most recent data year.

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Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
6th Most Popular In IL
78 Annual Graduates

UIUC is a very large public university located in the small city of Champaign. This university ranks 3rd out of 54 schools for overall bachelor's degree quality in the state of Illinois.

There were approximately 78 public administration and social service individuals who graduated with this degree at UIUC in the most recent year we have data available.

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Rest of the Top 50 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools

#27

New York University

New York, NY
#28

Marquette University

Milwaukee, WI
#29

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

#34

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI
#36

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#37

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#40

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

#41

William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

#42

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX
#43

Dickinson College

Carlisle, PA
#45

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

Additional Award Winners

This list shows the remainder of the colleges awarded a Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 600 different United States public administration and social service schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
50 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
51 Metropolitan State University Saint Paul, MN
52 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
53 Bemidji State University Bemidji, MN
54 University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA
55 Westfield State University Westfield, MA
56 St Catherine University Saint Paul, MN
57 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
58 Belmont University Nashville, TN
59 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
60 Boston University Boston, MA
61 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
62 New York City College of Technology Brooklyn, NY
63 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
64 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
65 University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Stevens Point, WI
66 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
67 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
68 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
69 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
70 Loras College Dubuque, IA
71 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
72 Brandeis University Waltham, MA
73 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
74 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
75 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
76 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
77 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
78 University of Maryland Global Campus Adelphi, MD
79 Siena College Loudonville, NY
80 James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA
81 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
82 Villanova University Villanova, PA
83 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
84 Towson University Towson, MD
85 Aurora University Aurora, IL
86 Elms College Chicopee, MA
87 Luther College Decorah, IA
88 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
89 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
90 Nazareth College Rochester, NY

Honorable Mentions

Here are some additional great schools for Public Administration & Social Service students that almost earned our Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
91 Salem State University Salem, MA
92 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
93 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
94 Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ
95 Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
96 Briar Cliff University Sioux City, IA
97 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
98 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
99 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
100 Seattle University Seattle, WA
101 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
102 Simmons University Boston, MA
103 Lehman College Bronx, NY
104 University of Phoenix - Arizona Tempe, AZ
105 Castleton University Castleton, VT
106 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
107 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
108 Bradley University Peoria, IL
109 University of Wyoming Laramie, WY
110 Harding University Searcy, AR
111 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
112 Western Washington University Bellingham, WA
113 Mount Vernon Nazarene University Mount Vernon, OH
114 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
115 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
116 Fordham University Bronx, NY
117 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
118 Illinois State University Normal, IL
119 Indiana Wesleyan University - National & Global Marion, IN
120 Saint Anselm College Manchester, NH

Public Administration & Social Service by Region

View the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 21,855
Human Services 6,126
Public Administration 3,117
Public Policy 2,524
Community Organization & Advocacy 1,863
Other Public Administration 307

Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 59,773
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 54,605
Legal Professions 4,637
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 1,180

Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to University of the Fraser Valley. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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