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School of Public Affairs and Administration

Where Service Meets Leadership

The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark prepares students to lead and manage in public and nonprofit administration positions, understand policy, make critical analyses and decisions, and communicate and interact proactively with a diverse community and workforce.

Best public management and leadership graduate programs

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Highly innovative degree and certificate programs
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Worldwide in public administration in global ranking of academic subjects

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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration program provides the cutting-edge knowledge and professional skills needed for successful careers in government, the nonprofit sector, international organizations, and even the corporate world. Students become competent in leadership and management, the policy process, evidence-based decision-making, public service values, and interacting productively with a diverse workforce and society.

Program Quick Facts

  • Location: on campus, 100% Online, or hybrid
  • Program: full-time or part-time
  • Courses: 14 (7 core courses / 6 elective courses / 1 capstone)
  • Credits: 42 (21 core credits / 18 elective credits / 3 capstone credits)
  • Options: public management track or nonprofit management track, plus specializations
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Top-Ranked Public and Nonprofit Management Programs

The School of Public Affairs and Administration educates and motivates students through innovative, comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as professional and graduate certificates. Students from across the region and around the globe come to the 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.

Program Spotlight: Public and Nonprofit Administration (100% Online BA)

The 100% Online Bachelor of Arts program at Rutgers SPAA is designed to prepare students for careers or advanced study in public and nonprofit administration. The program's curriculum aims to give students a hands-on educational experience through internships and projects that provide the practical knowledge and skills required to enter rewarding careers in government or the nonprofit sector in a variety of policy areas.

Program Quick Facts

  • Location: 100% Online
  • Program: full-time or part-time
  • Courses: 12 (5 core / 5 elective / 1 service-learning Internship / 1 career explorations)
  • Credits: 35 (out of the 120 required for an undergraduate degree)
Rutgers students

Alumnus Perspective

"My experience at SPAA has been great. I have enjoyed my classes, peers, professors, and the different opportunities that the school has presented to me, including attending the Forbes summit, studying abroad in London, and consistently informing me about unique scholarship and career development opportunities."

Joshnelly Orbe (BA '23)

Joshnelly Orbe