College of Public Affairs MPA Program Receives Top 25 Percent Ranking from U.S. News
April 2, 2021
Contact: Office of Advancement and External Relations
The Master of Public Administration program in The University of Baltimore's College of Public Affairs has earned the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Programs" ranking in its just-published 2022 edition. The MPA, the first in the state to be fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), was ranked at #69, just ahead of University of Oklahoma and Northeastern University, and tied with Auburn University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and University of Massachusetts-Boston. The magazine assessed 285 graduate programs in public administration, policy and public affairs. The UBalt program continues to be ranked in the nation's top 25 percent, where it has been for the past five years.
"We are so excited for our faculty, students and alums for this ranking by our peers—we are among some of the best schools in the nation," says Roger Hartley, dean of the College of Public Affairs. "The ranking underscores the quality of our MPA program and our ever growing reputation at UBalt in the field of public administration."
Other Maryland-based programs cited in the 2022 U.S. News rankings are the University of Maryland-College Park (#28), UMBC (#73) and Bowie State University (#193).
Typically, Dean Hartley says, graduates who earn The University of Baltimore MPA go on to successful careers in government, nonprofit and the private sector. These individuals impact the lives of Marylanders in every city and county in the state, through public-service efforts including public policy, fiscal administration, health policy and more.
"We regularly receive reports that our MPA graduates are well prepared to solve today’s policy issues and make significant contributions in the area of public service," Hartley says. "Our strong track record in the field, plus our accreditation from NASPAA, are our best proof points that the UBalt MPA is a great investment when it comes to establishing a public-service career. We're proud to be consistently delivering leaders in public service."
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.