Top Management Degrees Publishes Ranking of Top 50 Master’s of Public Administration Programs 2017

SEATTLE, March 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/  Online business education and career guide Top Management Degrees ( has published a ranking of the Top 50 Master’s of Public Administration Programs.

This residential MPA ranking is based on the most recent data on over 400 programs from around the US, collected from the NASPAA, the National Center for Education and Statistics, PayScale’s Graduate School Salary Report, the Princeton Review, and US News & World Report. The programs were then vetted according to accreditation, affordability, average salary, and prestige and awards.

Placing first in this ranking is the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas. The Texas A&M University Bush School of Government and Public Service in College Station, Texas, placed second in the ranking, while Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Bloomington, Indiana, placed third.

Other schools making the list include (alphabetically ordered):

American University — Washington, District of Columbia

Auburn University — Auburn, Alabama

Baruch College, CUNY — New York, New York

Binghamton University, SUNY — Vestal, New York

Brigham Young University — Provo, Utah

Carnegie Mellon University — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Columbia University — New York, New York

DePaul University — Chicago, Illinois

Florida State University — Tallahassee, Florida

George Mason University — Fairfax, Virginia

Georgia State University — Atlanta, Georgia

James Madison University — Harrisonburg, Virginia

Louisiana State University — Baton Rouge, Louisiana

New York University — New York, New York

North Carolina State University — Raleigh, North Carolina

Northeastern University — Boston, Massachusetts

Ohio State University — Columbus, Ohio

Portland State University — Portland, Oregon

San Diego State University — San Diego, California

Syracuse University — Syracuse, New York

University at Albany, SUNY — Albany, New York

University of Alabama at Birmingham — Birmingham, Alabama

University of Arizona — Tucson, Arizona

University of Central Florida — Orlando, Florida

University of Connecticut — Storrs, Connecticut

University of Dayton — Dayton, Ohio

University of Delaware — Newark, Delaware

University of Georgia — Athens, Georgia

University of Kansas — Lawrence, Kansas

University of Kentucky Martin — Lexington, Kentucky

University of Louisville — Louisville, Kentucky

University of Maryland — College Park, Maryland

University of Minnesota — Minneapolis, Minnesota

University of Missouri — Columbia, Missouri

University of Nebraska Omaha — Omaha, Nebraska

University of New Mexico — Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University of North Carolina at Greensboro — Greensboro, North Carolina

University of North Texas — Denton, Texas

University of Oregon — Eugene, Oregon

University of Southern California — Los Angeles, California

University of Texas at Arlington — Arlington, Texas

University of Texas at Dallas — Richardson, Texas

University of Utah — Salt Lake City, Utah

University of Washington — Seattle, Washington

Villanova University — Villanova, Pennsylvania

Virginia Tech — Blacksburg, Virginia

A Master of Public Administration is similar to an MBA degree, but specifically tailored to develop leaders in the public sector. Tammie Cagle, editor at Top Management Degrees says, “Like an MBA, an MPA trains students to be effective and knowledgeable leaders with advanced communication skills, but it also teaches the efficient management of policy development with an eye toward the ethical questions regarding societal impacts.” This degree, with a history of over 100 years, develops leaders with the knowledge and skills to implement policies, develop projects, and manage programs within government and nonprofit organizations. This top 50 ranking can help potential MPA students on their journey to pursue their future career in public service.

Top Management Degrees is an online resource for information about business and management education and careers. The site publishes rankings and reviews of top business and management degree programs, financial aid options for business students, career guides, and more.

MEDIA CONTACT |  Tammie Cagle, editor of Top Management Degrees / (425) 440-0619 /


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