Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration

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Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration
Type Public
Established 2006
Endowment US$783.5 million
Dean Marc Holzer - Former
Academic staff
Students 1200
Location Newark, New Jersey, United States
Campus Urban

The Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) is a public policy and public administration school, and one of Rutgers University's professional schools. It offers bachelor's degrees in public service, master's degrees in public administration and public health, grants doctoral degrees, administers executive programs for senior government officials, and conducts research in subjects relating to politics, government, international affairs, and economics.

According to U.S. News & World Report, SPAA is one of the top seven programs in the United States in public management and administration. SPAA's campus is located in the University Heights neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, United States. Since 2004, the school's dean has been Marc Holzer, who is also the Board of Governors Professor at SPAA.

Founding Dean Marc Holzer retired from his position as Dean on June 30, 2016. A nationwide search for dean candidates began in the summer of 2016 and will conclude sometime in late 2016.


The School of Public Affairs and Administration was founded in 2006 after providing doctoral and master’s public administration education for over 30 years to pre-service, in-service, and executive students through the Rutgers–Newark Graduate School.


U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Rutgers Newark campus #1 in Diversity for each of the last 17 years.[1] Rutgers SPAA’s rich composition in race, ethnicity, gender and nationality is considered a major contributor to the campus’ acclaim.

Compared to over 300 public affairs and administration schools and programs nationally, U.S. News & World Report ranks SPAA:[2]

    • 7th nationally in Information and Technology Management
    • 11th nationally in City Management and Urban Policy
    • 13th nationally in Public Management/Administration
    • 17th nationally in Nonprofit Management
    • 18th nationally in Public Finance and Budgeting
    • 28th nationally in Public Policy Analysis
    • 34th nationally in Public Affairs

Faculty expertise[edit]

SPAA has over 25 faculty and five are members of the National Academy of Public Administration. SPAA faculty offer expertise in Public Administration; Public Performance Measurement and Reporting; E-Governance; Public Management; Public Service; Urban Affairs; Public Health; Health Policy; Transparency; Human Resources; Public Management; and Citizen Surveys.[3]

Research publications and journals[edit]

SPAA publishes four journals: Public Performance and Management Review (PPMR), Public Voices, Chinese Public Administration Review (CPAR), and the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy (JPMSP).

Faculty members regularly publish books that reflect the quality and importance of their research.

Affiliations and partnerships[edit]

Rutgers SPAA works closely with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), and the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management.


With Renmin University and the Chinese Public Administration Society, SPAA organizes a bi-annual conference in China. In Korea, Rutgers SPAA works with the Korean Association of Public Administration, several universities and other groups on research and conferences. In South Africa, SPAA engages in regular scholarly exchanges and collaborations. And in Western Europe, the SPAA has helped develop a series of trans-Atlantic dialogues between ASPA and the European Group on Public Administration.[4]


SPAA graduates consistently achieve positions of high responsibility and leadership at the federal, state, and local levels of government and in the nonprofit sector. Doctoral graduates are teaching and gaining tenure at many universities throughout the United States and around the world.

Centers, institutes, and networks[edit]

  • National Center for Public Performance: The NCPP provides consulting, research, and training services to public and non profit organizations. The center hosts a performance management conference each fall as well as offers an array of professional certificates for public and non profit professionals in the area of performance.

In 2015, the center conducted a study on road salt application in a New Jersey county and in 2016 was commissioned by the New Jersey Department of Health to conduct a program evaluation.[5]

  • E-Governance Institute: The Institute works in partnership with the Global E-Policy & E-Government Institute of Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, to conduct surveys of municipalities in the United States and worldwide.
  • Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies


  1. ^ "Diversity | Rutgers University - Newark". 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  2. ^ Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey--Newark. "Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark | Best Public Affairs School | US News". Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  3. ^ SPAA, Competence, Diversity, Knowledge, Service. Brochure, 2008.
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Rutgers University National Center for Public Performance (NCPP)". Retrieved 2016-09-16. 

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Coordinates: 40°44′41″N 74°10′15″W / 40.744599°N 74.170841°W / 40.744599; -74.170841