Public Administration Program Continues To Climb the Rankings

US News & World Report releases its 2023 list of best public affairs programs in the nation
Aerial view of the Mass. State House and Suffolk campus

Located right next to the Suffolk campus, the Massachusetts State House is just one of the many locations where Sawyer Business School Public Administration graduates find internships and build careers.

Last year, the Public Administration program at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School leaped into the top 100 public affairs programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

In its most recent rankings of the best Public Affairs programs for 2023, the Business School has climbed even higher, to No. 88. That’s a jump of 70 spots in six years.

U.S. News based its rankings on surveys of deans, directors, and department chairs representing 270 master’s programs in public affairs and administration throughout the nation.

Suffolk’s MPA focuses on preparing the next generation of top public service leaders by bridging the gap between academics and practice. It offers a career-advancing educational experience by leveraging experienced faculty, a practical approach to learning, and deep community partnerships. With an equal emphasis on public and nonprofit management, the program equips Suffolk students with the skills, values, and creativity they need to lead and manage in today’s complex environment, while building a vast network of fellow public service professionals, not only in Boston but around the world.

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“We share this success in our latest jump in rankings with our students and alumni,” said Aimee Williamson, chair and associate professor in Suffolk’s Institute for Public Service, which houses the MPA program. “They bring enormous value to their agencies and communities every day. We remain committed to do our part to build the bench of public service in the Commonwealth and beyond.”

The rise in the rankings also reflects a growing recognition of the Institute for Public Service’s leadership role in public affairs through its sponsorship of research-based journals, faculty publication of books and peer-reviewed articles, and the hosting of international conferences.

“We are proud to house the Master of Public Administration program at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School,” said Dr. Amy Zeng, dean of the Sawyer Business School. “Our unique structure allows us to foster cross-sectoral collaboration in education, research, and outreach. And the program’s continued rise in rankings is well deserved, as the Institute for Public Service has been providing top-notch public and nonprofit management education for almost five decades.”

Learn more about the Master of Public Administration and the Institute for Public Service.


Greg Gatlin
Office of Public Affairs

Ben Hall
Office of Public Affairs