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Rutgers SPAA Secures Top Spots in NJ, Northeast, and Nationwide in U.S. News 2021 Public Affairs Rankings

Rutgers SPAA continues to be recognized among the nation’s outstanding higher education institutions for public affairs and administration, ranking #34 out of 275 schools surveyed in the U.S in the just-released U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools list. In specialty areas, SPAA was ranked #13 in public management and leadership; #16 in nonprofit management; and #26 in public budgeting and finance. 

SPAA ranked #1 in New Jersey; #2 in the Tri-State area; and #3 in the Northeast for public affairs among public institutions.

2021 Rankings

In analyzing the U.S. News & World Report 2021 rankings, SPAA secured top spots in several key categories.

Best Public Affairs Programs

  • #1 in State of New Jersey among public institutions
  • #2 in State of New Jersey overall
  • #2 in Tri-State Area among public institutions
  • #3 in Northeast Region among public institutions  

Specialties: 

Public Management and Leadership

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

Nonprofit Management

  • #1 in State of New Jersey
  • #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
  • #3 in Tri-State Area among public institutions
  • #5 in Northeast Region among public institutions  

Methodology

Tri-State Area: NJ, NY, & CT
Northeast Region: NJ, NY, CT, DE, MA, ME, RI, NH, VT, PA, & MD (includes Washington, DC)

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional school programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine and nursing. The Best Graduate Schools rankings in these areas are based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students. More information on U.S. News & World Report’s methodology for ranking graduate business schools can be seen here. The methodology on how U.S. News & World Report ranks the graduate public affairs programs can be read here

Rutgers SPAA: Where Service Meets Leadership

Rutgers SPAA 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.