Compared to 300+ public affairs and administration programs nationally,
U.S. News & World Report ranks SPAA
10th in Public Administration/Management
The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) is the newest school at Rutgers University. Established in 2006, SPAA continues and expands the commitment to public service that began in the 1970s as the Department of Public Administration in the Graduate School. Over the years, public administration at Rutgers has become a recognized educational leader in preparing managers and professionals for the government and nonprofit sectors.
SPAA’s mission is captured in four elements: competence, diversity, knowledge, and service in the context of the core value of ethics. In serving its mission, SPAA values an ethics-based performance approach to effective, equitable and accountable public policy implementation. The mission is supported by a faculty of distinguished academic leaders who bring students current knowledge and active research agendas. Academic faculty are complemented by adjunct faculty members rich in relevant experience and dedicated to ensuring student access to applied skills and effective networks.
SPAA carries out its mission through academic and professional credit and non-credit programs at all levels of higher education. These academic programs are enhanced by a culture of learning through faculty publications, published journals and newsletters, conferences, prominent and provocative speakers, and meaningful student internships for pre-career, in-career, and career-changing students. Through its memorandums of understanding and collaborations with colleagues all over the world, SPAA provides its students with international networks and global opportunities for learning, practice, and career destinations.