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Rutgers SPAA: Where Service Meets Leadership

Earning a degree from Rutgers SPAA prepares you for management and leadership roles across a wide range of careers spanning all levels of government (federal, state, and local), the nonprofit sector, international organizations, academia, and the private sector.

> Read our Alumni Stories to see what some of our alumni do with their degrees from Rutgers SPAA

What Can you Do with a Degree in Public Administration?

Our graduates work in a variety of fields including health and healthcare, human services, public safety and security, housing and community development, environmental protection, transportation, public finance, education, the arts and culture, philanthropy, politics, social entrepreneurship, corporate public affairs, and many other fields of policy and practice.

The government sector consists of nearly 90,000 federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. that provide a range of critical public programs and services. The nonprofit sector is made up of over 1.5 million not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations in the U.S. that focus on human services, health, education, the arts and culture, and other issues. And many of the millions of for-profit businesses in the U.S. perform important work for government (under contracts) or need experts in public affairs to manage their complex relations with government.

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

For More Information

To learn more, Request Information or Join a SPAA Info SessionIf you have questions about a program or the application process, contact Aaron Gibbs, associate dean of student and academic services, at