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.

We rank among the top 10 percent of Best Public Affairs Schools by U.S. News and World Report (2013): No. 23 among 266 colleges with graduate programs in public affairs and administration, No. 4 in public finance and budgeting, No. 12 in city management/urban policy, No.12 in nonprofit management, No. 24 in public policy analysis, and No.26 in public management administration. And our School of Social Work ranks No. 52, the second-highest ranking for a school without a doctoral program.

We enroll more than 2,200 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 introduces students to the role of policy and leadership, providing 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 10,000 internship 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 Masters Program bring students from around the world into our classrooms, exposing our students to the broader world.

Research & Discovery

Our research attracted nearly $30 million in active sponsored grants for departments and research centers in CY 2013.

Faculty and students wrote more than 300 scholarly papers, chapters and books that were published or forthcoming in CY 2013.

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

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