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2021 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools

438 Colleges
$32,432 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree School for You

In 2018-2019, 98,535 people earned a degree or certificate in public administration and social service, making the major the #16 most popular in the United States.

When it comes to higher education, there are a lot of options for students. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country. On top of that, there are a considerable number of trade schools that offer fast-track entry to many fields.

To help you arm yourself with the information you need to make your decision, Course Advisor has developed this Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools ranking. Our analysis looked at 438 schools in the United States to see which bachelor's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for students. The factors used to develop this ranking include those related to how in-demand the school is, the overall quality of the school, and post-graduation wages, and more.

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2021 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for public administration and social service majors pursuing a bachelor's degree.

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

#1

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

Our analysis found Princeton University to be the best school for public administration and social service students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Princeton.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, NC

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Duke University. The school came in at #2 on this year’s Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Durham, Duke is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

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#3

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of North Dakota. The school came in at #3 on this year’s Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the city of Grand Forks, UND is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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#4

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Out of the 438 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Cornell University landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the small city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Concordia College at Moorhead helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best public administration and social service schools in the United States. Located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead, Concordia College Moorhead is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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#6

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

Northwestern University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Northwestern U is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Evanston.

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#7

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

University of Chicago did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for public administration and social service students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. UChicago is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Chicago.

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With a ranking of #8, Minot State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for public administration and social service students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the remote town of Minot, MSU is a public school with a small student population.

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University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for public administration and social service students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. University of Virginia is a fairly large public school located in the suburb of Charlottesville.

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#10

Winona State University

Winona, MN

Winona State University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the distant town of Winona, Winona State is a public college with a medium-sized student population.

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#11

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

Bemidji State University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for public administration and social service students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #11 on the list. Located in the town of Bemidji, Bemidji State University is a public school with a small student population.

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The College of Saint Scholastica came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. St. Scholastica is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Duluth.

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With a ranking of #13, Minnesota State University - Mankato did quite well on this year’s best schools for public administration and social service students working on their bachelor’s degree. Minnesota State University - Mankato is a large public school located in the city of Mankato.

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Nebraska Wesleyan University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Lincoln, NWU is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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University of Nevada - Reno came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. UNR is a very large public school located in the large city of Reno.

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University of California - Berkeley did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for public administration and social service students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #16 on the list. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools ranking. U of Michigan is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Ann Arbor.

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#18

Brown University

Providence, RI

Brown University landed the #18 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree public administration and social service programs. Brown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence.

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#19

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Carnegie Mellon University did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for public administration and social service students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Carnegie Mellon is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Pittsburgh.

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#20

St Catherine University

Saint Paul, MN

With a ranking of #20, St Catherine University did quite well on this year’s best schools for public administration and social service students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in the city of Saint Paul, St. Kate's is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

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With a ranking of #21, University of St Thomas Minnesota did quite well on this year’s best schools for public administration and social service students working on their bachelor’s degree. UST MN is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Saint Paul.

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#22

Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg, MA

With a ranking of #22, Fitchburg State University did quite well on this year’s best schools for public administration and social service students working on their bachelor’s degree. Fitchburg State is a moderately-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Fitchburg.

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Minnesota State University - Moorhead landed the #23 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best bachelor’s degree public administration and social service programs. Minnesota State University - Moorhead is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize suburb of Moorhead.

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#24

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools list. Located in the large city of Nashville, Vanderbilt is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly large student population.

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University of Nebraska at Kearney did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for public administration and social service students to get a bachelor’s degree. It came in at #25 on the list. UNK is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Kearney.

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

#26

Barry University

Miami, FL
#27

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#28

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN
#29

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
#30

Metropolitan State University

Saint Paul, MN
#31

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI
#32

Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA
#33

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
#35

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA
#36

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN
#39

Aurora University

Aurora, IL
#40

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
#41

George Washington University

Washington, DC
#43

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#44

Westfield State University

Westfield, MA
#50

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Remaining Award Winners

This section shows the rest of the schools 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 438 different United States public administration and social service schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Bluefield College Bluefield, VA
52 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
53 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
54 Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, PA
55 Appalachian State University Boone, NC
56 California State University - Monterey Bay Seaside, CA
57 Keuka College Keuka Park, NY
58 Stockton University Galloway, NJ
59 Eastern Washington University Cheney, WA
60 Colorado State University - Fort Collins Fort Collins, CO
61 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
62 Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall, MN
63 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
64 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
65 University of Delaware Newark, DE

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor's Degree Schools award.

Rank College Location
66 Nazareth College Rochester, NY
67 College of Our Lady of the Elms Chicopee, MA
68 Angelo State University San Angelo, TX
69 Whittier College Whittier, CA
70 Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA
71 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
72 Boston University Boston, MA
73 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
74 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
75 National University La Jolla, CA
76 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT
77 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bloomsburg, PA
78 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
79 Salem State University Salem, MA
80 Central Connecticut State University New Britain, CT
81 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
82 Heritage University Toppenish, WA
83 Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
84 San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
85 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
86 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
87 Fort Hays State University Hays, KS

Public Administration & Social Service by Region

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

Public Administration & Social Service Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Social Work 57,499
Public Administration 17,444
Human Services 13,768
Public Policy 6,021
Community Organization & Advocacy 2,832
Other Public Administration 971

Majors Similar to Public Administration & Social Service

Related Major Annual Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 144,759
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 71,951
Legal Professions 61,011
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 3,568

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • 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.

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