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Major in Public and Nonprofit Administration – Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The Bachelor of Arts degree at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to bring students to a deeper understanding of their roles as public servants – which, broadly defined, includes employees of government and not-for-profit organizations, elected officials, members of boards and communities at the local level, volunteers, and philanthropists, etc. – in the context of civic engagement. The program provides students with the substantive knowledge, analytical skills, and perspectives needed to respond effectively and fairly to major contemporary social problems with a particular focus on urban issues that affect our communities. It is not an undergraduate degree solely in public administration or public management. Rather, the curriculum is rooted in the concepts of civic engagement and the common good and helps foster an understanding of the spirit of service already evident among many students, suggesting a broad array of career and professional pathways to public service.

Program Quick Facts

  • Program: In Person | Online (all courses required to complete the major are available online)
  • Credits: 35 (out of the 120 required for an undergraduate degree)
  • Application Deadline: Fall: Dec. 1


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