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Rutgers SPAA: Where Service Meets Leadership

Earning a degree in public administration from Rutgers SPAA prepares you for public management and leadership roles across a wide range of public service careers in the government and nonprofit sectors, which generally consist of government and publicly controlled and funded entities that deliver public programs, goods, or services. Our graduates work in all levels of government (federal, state, and local), nonprofit organizations, academia, and the private sector.

What Can you Do with a Degree in Public Administration?

Public administrators and managers work in public sector departments and agencies at all levels of government (local, state, and federal) and nonprofit organizations in a wide range of service and interest areas. 

The government sector consists of nearly 90,000 federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. that provide basic services directly to the public. The nonprofit sector is made up of over 1.5 million not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. that focus mainly on social services.

For more information, download Careers in Public Administration [pdf] or see Career Resources.

Careers in government or nonprofit organizations can be in or be related to the following service or interest areas and more:


Positions of administrators in the public sector – in government or nonprofit organizations – can include:


SPAA Graduate Employment Outcomes

The Rutgers SPAA DataBook [pdf] shows employment outcomes of SPAA graduates, including employment by sector and representative lists of employers and job titles.

How SPAA Alumni Serve

SPAA alumni hold positions in education, government, nonprofits, public safety, and more. Read our Alumni Stories to see what some our alumni do with their public administration degrees from Rutgers SPAA and find out what "Public Administration is..." to them.

Where you can find SPAA alumni:

  • ASPIRA Inc., of New Jersey
  • Borough of Prospect Park, NJ
  • Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
  • New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Newark City Council
  • Newark Emergency Services for Families, Inc.
  • Newark Housing Authority
  • Office of Congressman Donald Payne Jr.
  • Port Authority of New York/New Jersey
  • Prudential
  • Rutgers University
  • The City University of New York (CUNY)
  • The Family Support Organization of Union County
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Union County Division of Social Services