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About Rutgers SPAA

Rutgers SPAA:
Where Service Meets Leadership

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 is recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutions in public administration in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) compiled by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. Rutgers SPAA is also accredited by NASPAA – the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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SPAA's cutting-edge research, projects, and initiatives help serve the community, the nation, and the world by addressing pressing social issues.
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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.
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SPAA's award-winning faculty generate knowledge and best practices in public and nonprofit administration, collaborating with organizations and professional networks in the region as well as across the country and around the globe. 
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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 SPAA's Newsroom for stories that highlight the school's accolades and activities