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Rankings & Accreditations

Rutgers SPAA Rankings

Rutgers SPAA has one of the top programs in public affairs and administration in the United States and globally according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report and others.

#1 in Metro NY/NJ Area 
for public affairs among public institutions
(U.S. News & World Report Rankings)

U.S. News & World Report

Out of nearly 300 schools nationwide, in the "Best Graduate School" rankings U.S. News & World Report ranks Rutgers SPAA:

  • 9th nationally in Urban Policy
  • 12th nationally in Public Management and Leadership
  • 14th nationally in Nonprofit Management
  • 31st nationally in Public Finance and Budgeting
  • 34th nationally in Best Public Affairs Programs

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

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) ranks Rutgers SPAA:

  • 13th globally in Public Administration

Rutgers SPAA Accreditations

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

NASPAA accreditation "recognizes that a master's program in public affairs has gone through a rigorous process of voluntary peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), and has met NASPAA's Standards for Professional Master's Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy and Administration."

Rutgers SPAA's program first received NASPAA accreditation in 1989, and has successfully received reaccreditation every seven years since, in accordance with NASPAA guidlines.

NASPAA Annual Accreditation Data Reports which include graduation and employment rates are available from NASPAA: https://accreditation.naspaa.org/resources/data-on-accredited-programs/.