The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
at Rutgers University-Newark is highly recognized for its knowledge and competence in public service and administration, with particular attention to the fields of performance measurement, management, and improvement.
Guided by the principles of Knowledge, Competence, Diversity, Service and Ethics – with an emphasis on public service values and competencies for effective performance – SPAA promotes accountability, transparency, and performance in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Rutgers SPAA is highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and accredited by NASPAA - the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. In addition, SPAA is the first U.S. school to earn full international accreditation from ICAPA – The International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training Programs.
Rutgers SPAA educates and motivates students to choose careers in public service and administration through its innovative and comprehensive undergraduate program in Public and Nonprofit Administration (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA, PhD, and professional and graduate certificate programs.
The school’s faculty generates knowledge and best practices in public service and administration, and collaborates with public and nonprofit sector organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. and the world.
–The NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award (2 faculty: Norma Riccucci - 2002; Marc Holzer - 2009)
–The ASPA Dwight Waldo Career Research Award (3 faculty: Marc Holzer - 2013; Frank Thompson - 2015; Norma Riccucci - 2016)
–The ASPA Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award (Marc Holzer - 2001)
–The ASPA Charles H. Levine Award for Excellence in Public Administration Research, Teaching, and Service (3 faculty: Marc Holzer - 2000; Norma Riccucci - 2006; Frank Thompson - 2015)
–The American Political Science Association’s Herbert Simon Award for Best Book (Norma Riccucci - 2009)