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Rutgers SPAA in Newark Holds Top Spots in NJ, Metro NY/NJ, Northeast, and Nationwide in U.S. News 2022 Public Affairs Rankings

School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark ranks #1 in New Jersey; #1 in Metro NY/NJ Area; #2 in the Tri-State Area; and #2 in the Northeast for public affairs among public institutions

The School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark continues to be recognized among the nation’s outstanding higher education institutions for public affairs and administration, ranking #34 out of 285 schools surveyed in the U.S in the just-released U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Public Affairs Programs. In specialty areas, SPAA was nationally ranked #9 in Urban Policy; #12 in public management and leadership; #14 in nonprofit management; and #31 in public budgeting and finance. 

2022 Rankings

In analyzing the U.S. News & World Report 2022 rankings, Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration secured top spots in several key categories.

Best Public Affairs Programs

  • #1 in State of New Jersey among public institutions
  • #1 in Metro NY/NJ Area among public institutions
  • #2 in State of New Jersey overall
  • #2 in Tri-State Area among public institutions
  • #2 in Northeast Region among public institutions  

Specialties: 

Public Management and Leadership

  • #1 in State of New Jersey
  • #1 in Metro NY/NJ among public institutions
  • #1 in Northeast Region among public institutions  
  • #1 in Tri-State Area among public institutions

Nonprofit Management

  • #1 in State of New Jersey
  • #2 in Metro NY/NJ among public institutions
  • #2 in Tri-State Area among public institutions
  • #2 in Northeast Region among public institutions  

Public Finance and Budgeting

  • #1 in State of New Jersey
  • #2 in Metro NY/NJ among public institutions
  • #3 in Tri-State Area among public institutions
  • #3 in Northeast Region among public institutions  

Urban Policy

  • #1 in State of New Jersey
  • #1 in Metro NY/NJ among public institutions
  • #1 in Tri-State Area among public institutions
  • #1 in Northeast Region among public institutions  

Rutgers SPAA: Where Service Meets Leadership

The School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark educates and motivates students to choose careers in public service and administration through its innovative and comprehensive degrees and certificate programs. Rutgers SPAA’s faculty generates knowledge and best practices in public affairs and administration, and collaborates with public and nonprofit organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. and the world.

Prospective students can enroll in undergraduate or graduate programs at SPAA: Bachelor of Arts in Public and Nonprofit ManagementMaster of Public Administration (MPA)Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA); and the PhD in Public Administration.

Methodology

The rankings of public affairs programs, conducted each year by U.S. News & World Report, are based solely on peer assessment survey results. More information on U.S. News & World Report’s methodology for ranking public affairs programs can be read here

Distinctions highlighted above are based on the following geographical area definitions:

  • Metro NY/NJ: NYC; Long Island; Lower Hudson Valley; Northern and Central NJ
  • Tri-State Area: NY, NJ, CT
  • Northeast Region: CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, PA, RI, VT