About the Andrew Young School

Our school and its graduates, students, faculty and staff strengthen communities in Georgia and across the globe through policy research, scholarship, public engagement and the development of leaders.

U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks us among the top 10 percent of the nation’s Best Public Affairs Schools. In 2017, the Andrew Young School ranked No. 25 overall, No. 5 in Public Finance and Budgeting, No. 9 in City Management/Urban Policy, No. 10 in Nonprofit Management, No. 19 in Public Management Administration and No. 24 in Public Policy Analysis. Our School of Social Work, at No. 64, boasts the highest ranking for a social work school without a doctoral program. Our graduate program in economics ranks No. 59 in the nation.

We enroll more than 2,100 students each semester in sought-after degree programs in public economics, public management and policy, criminal justice and criminology, and social work.

Our strong course work provides students the skills and knowledge needed to address the tough problems facing communities, government and nonprofit agencies.

Top reasons to attend

  • Flexible, specialized and sought-after degree programs that integrate theory with analytical skills and real-world experience
  • Nationally acclaimed faculty, staff and students engaged in innovative research, community outreach and partnerships
  • Highly ranked, accredited academic and professional programs that can be completed part-time or full-time
  • Great internships and job opportunities: Georgia State University is within walking distance of one of the nation’s largest concentrations of local, state and federal governments and close to several national nonprofit agencies.

Other advantages

Atlanta & Global Connections

Our students complete more than 137,500 internship and community service hours during the year.

Our faculty, students and research associates have worked in more than 60 countries.

We encourage study abroad programs that provide a wide variety of experiences in policy and practice.

Programs like the USAID-funded Indonesian Master’s Program bring students from around the world into our classrooms, exposing our students to the broader world.

Research & Discovery

Our research attracts more than $35 million in active sponsored grants annually.

Faculty and students write more than 250 scholarly papers, chapters and books that are published or forthcoming every year.

Student Success

“I never expected to become a Public Policy student, but my first day of class I knew I was in the right place. Since then I have become president of the PMAP Community Network and have worked for the Atlanta Regional Commission and Southface Energy Institute. Being able to talk about my interests with classmates and faculty, and seeing those discussions apply in real situations, assures me that I will be an engaged, effective leader.”

–      Brionte McCorkle (B.S. in Public Policy ’13), now Georgia Chapter Assistant Director, Sierra Club & Atlanta City Council Candidate

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