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Askew School Ranks High Among US Grad Programs

Florida State University’s graduate programs are among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of Best Graduate Schools.

Once again, the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy made the Top 25 cut nationally, ranking even higher within the state and region.

In the overall Public Affairs category, Askew ranks #25 in the U.S., tied with Georgetown and Duke, putting it in the Top 5 for the Southeast and #1 in Florida.

if only public universities are counted, the Askew School ranks 14th nationally for public affairs programs and 4th in the Southeast.

The school ranks even higher nationally within particular specialities, all of which reflect a rise over the rankings released in 2019:

#11 in Local Government Management
#17 in Public Management and Leadership
#18 in Urban Policy
# 20 Public Finance and Budgeting

Askew also came in at #30 in Public Policy and Analysis.

“These high ratings reflect the Askew School’s long commitment to academic excellence and give our current and prospective students confidence that they will receive a world-class education at Florida State,” said Gary VanLandingham, director of the school’s Master of Public Administration program.

A study generated by the School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University and published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, found that the school ranked third in faculty research productivity among public administration programs throughout the world.

The study measured the numbers of peer-reviewed research articles published in the world’s most cited journals in the field over a five-year period. The analysis also took into account the overall impact these journals have among practitioners and researchers in public administration and policy.

“The Askew School of Public Administration and Policy continues to be a global leader in public affairs scholarship, teaching and service,” said Tim Chapin, dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the academic home of the Askew School. “Despite having a faculty far smaller than many other Top 25 programs, the Askew faculty have an impact not just in Florida and the nation, but around the globe.”