SPAA students

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

U.S. News & World Report

Highly innovative degree and certificate programs
Best nonprofit management graduate programs

U.S. News & World Report

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
Rutgers students

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.


A World-Class Education
Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) is consistently ranked as a top school for public management and leadership, as well as nonprofit management and urban policy, by U.S. News & World Report.

Renowned and Engaged Faculty
The school’s award-winning faculty generates knowledge and best practices in public and nonprofit administration, and collaborates with organizations and professional networks in the region as well across the country and around the globe.

Cutting-Edge Research
SPAA is a hub of cutting-edge research in the field of public affairs and administration. SPAA's centers and institutes further its mission to generate and diffuse knowledge and best practices.

Diversity and Opportunity
Rutgers University–Newark is known for the extraordinary racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of its student body. And the campus is actively engaged with the Newark community, the State of New Jersey, and the nation.

Students walk on plaza outside the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and Center for Urban and Public Service on the Newark campus in the fall.

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