ATLANTA—The U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools rankings released for 2022 show Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYS) rose in four program areas.
Ranking No. 19 overall for a second year among the nation’s Best Graduate Schools in Public Affairs, AYS rose eight points in Public Policy Analysis to No. 17 and two points in Nonprofit Management to No. 8. Additionally, the Criminology graduate program rose four points to No. 18 and Economics rose three to No. 56.
Additional AYS program areas and their rankings included:
- No. 4 – Urban Policy
- No. 5 – Public Finance & Budgeting
- No. 8 – Local Government Management
- No. 16 – Public Management & Leadership
- No. 56 – Economics
“Now celebrating our 25th year, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies continues to build capacity and support leaders in all sectors,” Dean Sally Wallace said. “Our strategic focus on policy in the digital age has propelled our rankings in policy analysis as we advance the field of policy analytics in the classroom and in practice. Our commitment to finding solutions to the world’s complex problems is reflected in the increased ranking of our criminal justice and economics departments.”
U.S. News bases its rankings of public affairs programs solely on peer assessment survey results. In fall 2020 and early 2021, U.S. News surveyed deans, directors and department chairs representing 285 master’s programs in public affairs and administration. Respondents were asked to rate the academic quality of the master’s programs ranked.
“I am very glad to see our new rankings both for public affairs in general and for all six of our specializations represented,” said Cathy Liu, chair of AYS’s Department of Public Management and Policy. “It demonstrates the continuous commitment and efforts of our faculty, students and alumni towards evidence-based policy in various domains of effective public and nonprofit management.”
Story by Sumar Deen