School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) – Rutgers University-Newark

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.

Exemplary Students

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.

  • More than 800 students are registered annually in SPAA’s PhD, Master of Public Administration (MPA), and BA in Public and Nonprofit Administration degree programs, as well as our many certificate programs.
  • Over 25% of SPAA students are international, representing over 30 countries.
  • SPAA graduates are teaching and gaining tenure at dozens of universities and holding executive-level positions in the nonprofit and public sectors in the U.S. and around the world.

World Class Faculty

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.

  • SPAA has over 25 faculty whose areas of expertise include public and nonprofit management and administration, public performance measurement and reporting, public budgeting and finance, economic development, health, and urban affairs.
  • In the last three years, SPAA faculty have published over 40 books
  • SPAA faculty have won major awards in the field, including:

–The NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award (Norma Riccucci - 2002)

–The ASPA Dwight Waldo Career Research Award (Frank Thompson - 2015; Norma Riccucci - 2016)

–The ASPA Charles H. Levine Award for Excellence in Public Administration Research, Teaching, and Service (Norma Riccucci - 2006; Frank Thompson - 2015)

–The American Political Science Association’s Herbert Simon Award for Best Book (Norma Riccucci - 2009)

–The Southern Political Science Association's VO Key Award for Best Book (Charles Menifield - 2006)

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