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About Rutgers SPAA

The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) is consistently ranked as a top school for public management and leadership, as well as nonprofit management and urban policy, by U.S. News & World Report. And SPAA is accredited by NASPAA – the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. Learn more Facts & Figures about the school.

Guided by the principles of Knowledge, Competence, Diversity, Service, and Ethics – and with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches to the effective and equitable implementation of public policy – Rutgers SPAA promotes accountability, transparency, and performance in the public and nonprofit sectors. Explore SPAA At-a-Glance to learn more.


Rutgers SPAA was founded in 2006 after providing doctoral and master's public administration education for over 30 years to pre-service, in-service, and executive students through the Rutgers–Newark Graduate School’s Department of Public Administration on campus. Learn more about SPAA’s Proud History and milestones.


SPAA offers a variety of innovative, world-class degree programs – Public and Nonprofit Administration (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA, and PhD – as well as a complement of professional and graduate certificate programs. Learn more about our Academics.


SPAA faculty and students conduct research, lead projects, and provide resources to practitioners, academics, and the community in the fields of public affairs and administration, offering insights and best practices. Learn more about our Research activities.

Community Engagement

SPAA maintains close relationships with New Jersey's local and state government agencies and nonprofit organizations, offering assistance and resources to community organizations and providing our students with learning and career opportunities. Learn more about our Community Engagement initiatives.

Service to the Field

Our diverse students, alumni, faculty, and staff make us proud through their local, national, and international academic and professional achievements and research contributions. Visit our Newsroom for stories that highlight their accolades and activities.