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Rutgers SPAA Recognized as Top National Public Affairs School in U.S. News and World Report 2024 Rankings

The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark has received top national accolades, including the rank of #26 in Best Public Affairs Programs and top recognitions across five specialty program areas, in the U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Graduate Schools Rankings, which were released today. 

In specialty areas, SPAA ranks #7 in Urban Policy, #8 in Public Management and Leadership, #10 in Nonprofit Management, #16 in Local Government Management, and #21 in Public Finance and Budgeting, out of almost 300 institutions nationwide.

Rutgers SPAA: A World-Class Education

Students from across the region and around the globe come to Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration to experience a world-class education from renowned faculty, to learn cutting-edge knowledge and skills, to advance their careers, and to help create a better world. Prospective students can enroll in undergraduate or graduate programs and certificates at SPAA, which are offered on campus and online with opportunities for flexibility and customization. Programs at SPAA include:


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 found here