Our Rankings

The Heller School consistently ranks among the nation’s top graduate schools of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report. For 2019, we are ranked #8 in social policy and #11 in health policy and management. Heller is one of only two New England graduate schools of public affairs to be ranked in either specialty area.

Social policy and health policy and management are specialty areas within the public affairs category, where Heller ranks number 52. Heller is among the top three graduate schools of public affairs in New England. These rankings reflect peer assessments of 282 deans, directors and department chairs at master’s programs in public affairs and administration.

The faculty, researchers, staff, and students who give Heller life and purpose are what make us one of the top-ranked graduate schools in the country. Our deep commitment to excellence pushes us to constantly pursue our mission of "knowledge advancing social justice."

In Good Company: 2019 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Social Policy

Health Policy and Management

1. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ford)

1. University of California—Berkeley (Goldman)

3. Harvard University (Kennedy)

4. University of Chicago (Harris)

5. University of Wisconsin—Madison (La Follette)

6. Duke University (Sanford)

7. New York University (Wagner)

8. Brandeis University (Heller)

9. Syracuse University (Maxwell)

9. Princeton University (Wilson)

11. University of Southern California (Price)

12. University of Washington (Evans)

12. University of Minnesota—Twin Cities (Humphrey)

14. University of California—Los Angeles (Luskin)

14. Columbia University

1. New York University (Wagner)

2. Harvard University (Kennedy)

3. University of Southern California (Price)

4. Johns Hopkins University

5. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ford)

6. University of California—Berkeley (Goldman)

7. Duke University (Sanford)

8. Indiana University—Bloomington

9. Cornell University

10. University of Wisconsin—Madison (La Follette)

11. George Washington University (Trachtenberg)

11. Syracuse University (Maxwell)

11. Brandeis University (Heller)

11. Princeton University (Wilson)

15. University of Chicago (Harris)