Our Rankings

The Heller School consistently ranks among the nation’s top graduate schools of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report. For 2020, Heller was ranked in the top 10 for social policy and top 20 for 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 in the top 20 percent 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 290 schools of public affairs.

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 motto 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)

2. Harvard University (Kennedy)

3. University of California—Berkeley (Goldman) 

4. University of Chicago (Harris)

5. Princeton University (Wilson)

5. University of Wisconsin—Madison (La Follette)

7. Brandeis University (Heller)

7. Duke University (Sanford)

9. University of Minnesota—Twin Cities (Humphrey)

9. University of Washington (Evans)

11. New York University (Wagner)

12. Syracuse University (Maxwell)

12. University of Texas—Austin (LBJ)

14. Columbia University

14. University of Southern California (Price)

16. Arizona State University

16. Cornell University

16. University of California—Los Angeles (Luskin)

1. Harvard University (Kennedy)

2. New York University (Wagner)

3. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ford)

3. Johns Hopkins University (Bloomburg)

5. University of Southern California (Price)

6. Cornell University

7. Duke University (Sanford)

8. Indiana University—Bloomington

9. University of California—Berkeley (Goldman)

9. University of Wisconsin—Madison (La Follette)

11. University of Chicago (Harris)

12. George Washington University (Trachtenberg)

12. University of California—Los Angeles (Luskin)

14. Johns Hopkins University (DC)

14. Syracuse University (Maxwell)

16. Brandeis University (Heller)

16. Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz)