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Why Rutgers SPAA

Rutgers SPAA: Where Service Meets Leadership

As a highly ranked school dedicated to public service, Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration provides our diverse student body with a high-quality education, produces high-level scholarship, and serves our community in a thoughtful and fulfilling manner, fostering public understanding of societal issues and stimulating action for positive and ethical change.

Rutgers SPAA is ranked
#1 in New Jersey;
#1 Metro NY/NJ;
#2 in the Tri-State area; and
#2 in the Northeast
for public affairs among public institutions in
the 2022 U.S. News & World Report
Best Graduate Schools Rankings. 
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Exemplary Students & Graduates

Rutgers SPAA educates and motivates students to choose careers in public service and administration through its innovative and comprehensive degree programs – Public and Nonprofit Administration (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA, PhD – and professional and graduate certificate programs.

  • More than 800 students are registered annually in SPAA’s PhD, Master of Public Administration (MPA), and BA in Public and Nonprofit Administration degree programs, as well as our many certificate programs.
  • Over 25% of SPAA students are international.
  • SPAA graduates are teaching and gaining tenure at dozens of universities and holding executive-level positions in the nonprofit and public sectors in the U.S. and around the world.

World Class Faculty

The school’s faculty generates knowledge and best practices in public service and administration, and collaborates with public and nonprofit sector organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. and the world.

  • SPAA has over 25 faculty members whose areas of expertise include public and nonprofit management and administration, public performance measurement and reporting, public budgeting and finance, economic development, health, and urban affairs, and other Expert Topics.
  • SPAA faculty have won major awards in the field, including:
    – APSA's John Gaus Award and Lectureship (Norma Riccucci, 2018)
    – APSA's Herbert Simon Award for Best Book (Norma Riccucci, 2009)
    – ASPA's Charles H. Levine Award for Excellence in Public Administration Research, Teaching, and Service (Frank Thompson, 2015; Norma Riccucci, 2006)
    – ASPA's Chester A. Newland Presidential Citation of Merit (Charles Menifield, 2019; Marilyn Rubin, 2019)
    – ASPA's Donald C. Stone Service to ASPA Award (Charles Menifield, 2021)
    – ASPA's Dwight Waldo Career Research Award (Norma Riccucci, 2016; Frank Thompson, 2015)
    – MPSA's Herbert Simon Award (Norma Riccucci, 2021)
    – NASPAA's William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award (Norma Riccucci, 2020)
    – NASPAA/ASPA's Distinguished Research Award (Norma Riccucci, 2002)
    – PMRA's H. George Frederickson Award (Norma Riccucci, 2020)

Leading Research

Rutgers SPAA faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research in the fields of public and nonprofit management and administration through SPAA research centers and projects in areas such as public performance measurement; human resource management; nonprofit organizations and philanthropy; technology and information management; public finance and budgeting; experimental and behavioral public administration; transparency and ethics; and legal foundations of public administration.

Distinguished Campus

Rutgers University-Newark is known for the extraordinary racial, ethnic and religious diversity of its student body and its deep connections to the citizens and institutions of Newark (the largest city in New Jersey) and its surrounding communities, in a broad range of teaching, research and service programs.

  • Alumni of Rutgers-Newark have attained national and international distinction in many professions and disciplines. Prominent graduates include United States senators and congressmen, New Jersey Supreme Court justices, and leaders in the fields of law, nursing and health care, business, arts and humanities, and the public sector.
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has named Rutgers-Newark to its Transfer Honor Roll in recognition of the pathways created to support transfer students.
  • RU-N is one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Community Engagement Classification, an elective designation that indicates institutional commitment to community engagement.