About Heller

Our Rankings

The Heller School consistently ranks among the nation’s top graduate schools of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report. For 2023, Heller is ranked 8th for health policy and management and 10th for social policy, as well as #26 for public policy analysis.

Social policy and health policy and management are specialty areas within the public affairs category, where Heller ranks in the top 25% of schools. Heller is among the top four graduate schools of public affairs in New England. These rankings reflect peer assessments of deans, directors and department chairs at 267 schools of public affairs. Our deep commitment to excellence pushes us to constantly pursue our motto of "knowledge advancing social justice."

In Good Company: 2023 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Social Policy

Health Policy and Management

  1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ford)

2. University of California, Berkeley (Goldman) 

3. Harvard University (Kennedy)

4. University of Chicago (Harris)

5. Duke University (Sanford)

6. University of Wisconsin, Madison (La Follette)

7. University of California, Los Angeles (Luskin)

8. Indiana University, Bloomington (O'Neill)

9. New York University (Wagner)

10. Brandeis University (Heller)

10. Princeton University

12. University of Washington (Evans)

13. Georgetown University (McCourt)

13. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Humphrey)

15. Cornell University

15. Syracuse University (Maxwell)

17. Columbia University

18. University of Southern California (Price)

18. University of Texas, Austin (LBJ)

20. George Washington University (Trachtenberg)

21. Ohio State University (Glenn)

22. American University

22. Arizona State University

22. Brown University

22. George Mason University 

  1. Johns Hopkins University
  2. Harvard University (Kennedy)
  3. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ford)
  4. New York University (Wagner)

5. Cornell University

6. Indiana University—Bloomington (O'Neill)

7. University of Southern California (Price)

8. Brandeis University (Heller)

9. Duke University (Sanford)

9. George Washington University (Trachtenberg)

11. University of Chicago (Harris)

12. University of California, Los Angeles (Luskin)

12. University of Wisconsin, Madison (La Follette)

14. Georgetown University (McCourt)