COLLEGE STATION -- In an analysis of online ratings by graduate students, Texas A&M University ranked in the nation’s top two for its graduate programs in public affairs and policy. With its Bush School of Government and Public Service, along with the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts, the university is preparing future public servants and policy-makers with innovative programs, top-notch professors and a big dose of Aggie Core Values.
The website Graduateprograms.com compiled and analyzed more than 40,000 ratings posted on the site by graduate students attending more than 1,200 different graduate programs nationwide. Texas A&M ranked second overall, behind the University of Kansas, and among the top 10 in both the categories of Career Support and Financial Aid. Texas A&M also ranked in the Top 20, placing at No. 12, in the poll’s Social Life category.
“I am proud to see Texas A&M ranked so highly for our public affairs programs, which are made possible by our outstanding faculty and students and our ongoing commitment to academic excellence,” says Bush School Dean Ryan Crocker. “These rankings also reflect the Bush School's growing reputation for providing a unique blend of academic knowledge and practical experience."
College of Liberal Arts Dean Jose Bermudez says the university’s political science program is exceptional on its own, but also sees great gains from its ties to the Bush School.
“Here in the College of Liberal Arts, we are very proud of the graduate program in the Department of Political Science, which has an exceptionally strong record of success in recruiting and training top students in public affairs and policy,” Bermudez notes. “We also benefit from ongoing collaborations in teaching and research with the Bush School of Government and Public Service. This honor is very meaningful to us and to Texas A&M University as a whole.”
The survey ranked graduate programs in 15 categories, including academic competitiveness, program value and quality of network.
Following Kansas and Texas A&M in the overall rankings were such institutions as Carnegie Mellon University (#3), Cornell University (#12), Brown University (#16) and Harvard University (#18).