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Sanford Ranked Among Leading Public Policy Schools

March 15, 2016

The Duke Sanford School of Public Policy is one of the nation’s leading institutions for public policy education, according to the latest graduate and professional school rankings from U.S. News & World Report.

Sanford rose to 4th (from 6th) in the specialty area of public policy analysis, widely viewed as the key indicator among schools of public policy. Others in the top five are University of California, Berkeley (Goldman School), Harvard (Kennedy School), University of Michigan (Ford School), and University of Chicago (Harris School).

Duke University tied for 3rd place for its graduate programs in environmental policy and health policy and management (previously 2nd and 6th, respectively). Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment and Fuqua School of Business also offer interdisciplinary public policy graduate programs. In the specialty area of social policy, Sanford rose to 5th (from 7th in 2012).

The Sanford School tied for 13th place in the rankings of all “public affairs” programs, up from 16th when the magazine last ranked the programs in 2012. The U.S. News rankings are reputational. They are based on responses to surveys sent to faculty administrators at more than 250 colleges and universities nationwide that award the Master of Public Policy degree, the more common Master of Public Administration degree, or both. (Sanford offers the MPP degree, as well as a Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) and a PhD in Public Policy.