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Our Proud History

  • Rutgers SPAA celebrates 10 Years as a School
  • First U.S. School to Receive International Accreditation for Public Administration Programs – Rutgers SPAA is the first U.S. school to earn full international accreditation from The International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training Programs (ICAPA). The accreditation covers Rutgers SPAA’s doctoral, master of public administration, and certificate programs.
  • The 1st Global Conference on Transparency Research is held at Rutgers University–Newark
  • Public Service Undergraduate Degree Launched The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Service – the first of its kind in the U.S. – is offered starting in the Fall of 2010.
  • NECoPA (Northeast Conference on Public Administration) Founded – the annual regional conference of ASPA – is founded at SPAA in October 2010.
  • Our New Home – Rutgers SPAA dedicates the Center for Urban and Public Service building on the Rutgers University-Newark campus as its new home in Fall 2009.
  • 4th Sino-US Conference Held at SPAA – SPAA hosts the 4th Sino-US Conference on the Rutgers University-Newark campus in June 2008.
  • Newark Executive MPA Program Starts – The Newark/Essex County Executive MPA program is inaugurated at Newark City Hall.
  • Rutgers SPAA Established – The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark is established by the Rutgers Board of Governors in 2006, with Marc Holzer, PhD, as Founding Dean, 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.
  • National ASPA Conference Hosted by SPAA – The National Conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is held entirely on the Rutgers University-Newark campus and draws 1,600 plus participants – a 20-year high for ASPA.
  • PhD in Public Administration Offered – The first students enter the doctoral program in the Fall of 1994. Over 100 graduates have completed the program. Most graduates are in academic positions worldwide.
  • NASPAA Accreditation – Accreditation received from NASPAA – National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, now known as the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.
  • Executive MPA Program Starts – SPAA’s Executive MPA Program in Trenton admits its first students in 1987.
  • MPA First Offered at Rutgers University-Newark – The Master of Public Administration program at Rutgers University-Newark welcomes its first students in January 1975 and awards its first MPA degrees in June 1976.