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We are Maryland's only college dedicated to public service!


We are ranked 68th nationally in  U.S. News & World Report 's 2016 edition of " Best Grad Schools ," a significant honor and testament to the quality of our programs, students and faculty.

Training the public leaders of the future.

Tomorrow's workplace is even more complex than today's. The College of Public Affairs prepares the problem-solvers who will analyze policy and lead public, nonprofit, health-care and third sector organizations of the future.

Our faculty members are renowned experts in their fields and include a group of National Academy of Public Administration fellows. In the classroom, they urge you to analyze today's pressing policy issues to inform your contribution to national and international public affairs of tomorrow. The college is also home to the Schaefer Center for Public Policy, the preeminent public policy research center in Maryland, and the Center for Drug Policy and Enforcement, a leading regional policy center focused on resolving the nation’s drug problems and addiction issues.

Our academic programs capitalize on the University's distinction in the fields of public administration, criminal justice and health and human services:

Learn more about the schools within the college: