Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, March 15, 2013

Campus departments win high rankings

Several University of Wisconsin–Madison graduate programs are ranked among the nation's best in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "Best Graduate Schools."

The La Follette School is ranked 12th overall with six programs ranked in the top 15. U.S. News last ranked public affairs graduate programs in 2012.

Among campus graduate programs, the Sociology Department tied for first, with specialties economic sociology tied for second; sex and gender tied for second; social stratification ranked first; and sociology of population ranked second.

The Economics Department tied for 13th overall. Ranked specialties include econometrics (tied for 10th), industrial organization (tied for eighth), international economics (tied for sixth), labor economics (eighth) and public finance (10th).

The School of Education ranked 10th overall, with administration and supervision ranked second, and education policy ranked fourth.

The Political Science Department ranked 15th overall, with specialties American politics and international politics ranked 13th and 10th respectively.

Many La Follette School faculty have joint appointments with these departments, and public affairs students appreciate the opportunity to take courses in these and other departments.

At the La Follette School, the social policy focus field ranked third in 2012, behind only Harvard and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Health policy and management ranked ninth. Public policy analysis ranked 10th. Public management administration ranked 14th. Environmental policy and management ranked 14th. Public finance and budgeting ranked 14th.

Graduate programs ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report, March 12, 2013, UW-Madison News