Top Ranked Program in St. Louis for a Public Administration Degree

St. Louis, MO, has few schools with master's programs in public administration. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings, and tuition info.

School and Rankings Information

There are three schools in St. Louis that offer public administration degrees, two are private, not-for-profit universities and one is a public university. Based on program and school rankings, the top schools in the city for earning public administration degrees are the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL), St. Louis University (SLU), and Webster University (WU).

*Winner: The graduate public affairs program at the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) is ranked in the top 100 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

*Runner Up #1: St. Louis University (SLU) has graduate public affairs programs that are ranked among the top 125 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report..

*Runner Up #2: Webster University (WU) is a regionally-ranked university in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Missouri - St. Louis St. Louis University Webster University
Rankings Public administration graduate program ranked 87th nationally (2012)** Public administration graduate program ranked 121st nationally (2012),
University ranked 101st nationally (2014)**
University ranked 21st in the Midwest region (2014)**
Location St. Louis, MO St. Louis, MO St. Louis, MO
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, private not-for-profit
Graduate Tuition (2012-2013) $8,364 (in-state), $21,595 (out-of-state)* $17,820* $11,250*
Public Administration Master's Degrees Awarded in 2011-2012 33* 11* 52*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class 47%* 71%* 64%*
Noteworthy Students can join the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society for public administration Grants, fellowships, and research assistantships available Summer internships in global locations available for business students

Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report.

Winner: University of Missouri - St. Louis

  • Public sector experience available through the public administration program's partnerships with local government agencies
  • Students can apply for research assistantships

The Master of Public Policy Administration degree at UMSL requires 40 credit hours. Students can focus on public administration as it relates to human resource management, policy research, local government, or the nonprofit sector. The public policy administration program also offers certificates in local government management and nonprofit management and leadership that may further enhance student's areas of focus within the field. Internship opportunities are available through the program as well.

Runner-Up #1: St. Louis University

  • Internship required for students without field experience in public administration
  • Capstone project in public administration required

SLU's master's program in public administration has full-time and part-time schedules. Options are available for students with limited experience in the field, as well as for seasoned professionals. Students in the public administration program study management, public policy, accounting, healthcare, and criminal justice. Dual degree options are available combining public administration master's studies with either political science or a Juris Doctor (JD).

Runner-Up #2: Webster University

  • University sponsors an annual service day
  • Amnesty International among student organizations

The George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology houses the 36-credit master's program in public administration at WU. Topics of study include administrative law, budget analysis, and public administration research methods. Students diversify their range of knowledge by taking nine hours of electives in disciplines outside of public administration. The program's courses are also offered at a campus in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO.

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