NASPAA offers the authoritative directory of master’s degree programs in public affairs: MPA, MPP, MPAff, and others. It’s the only search tool that includes data from schools themselves. You can search and filter by degree type, location, concentrations offered, size, cost, whether a program is NASPAA-accredited*, online offerings, and many other criteria. You can also download and print unique School Profiles.
Note that all NASPAA member schools are included in the search, but those that did not respond to a membership suuvey will show only basic information, such as name and location. Additionally, schools that did not respond have blank school profiles.
Additional resources for finding a school:
- Doctoral programs (xls)
- Undergraduate programs
- NASPAA-accredited master’s degree programs*
- Roster of all NASPAA member schools
- Master’s degree programs (as provided by members)
- Google map of NASPAA members
The map was created, and is maintained, by Prof. Stephen Kleinschmit of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Please report any errors or omissions to him.
* NASPAA Accreditation is a voluntarily peer review process. Read more about NASPAA Accreditation.
Even a very focused search for degree programs is likely to turn up mulitple possibilities. Here are some additional areas to consider when searching for a program.
What type of work would you like to do after school? Public sector, non-profit sector, private sector? Research, advocacy, program implementation? Domestic or international? If government, federal, state or local? Is there a particular issue you are interested in such as social policy, children, environment, health, or education?
What type of location would best suit or interest you? Urban, rural, suburban? Location? US or international? Does the size of the program or university matter? MPA/MPP programs range in enrollment from 15 to over 200 entering students.
What can you afford? How will you finance your education? Loans, grants, savings? Does the cost of living in the area around the school matter to you? Factors that influence program costs include whether a school is at a public or private university, the availability of financial aid, and the duration of a program.
Nature of the Program/Curriculum
What degrees does the program offer? Is the program full-time or part-time? How long does it typically take to complete the degree? Are classes mostly offered during the day or evening or mixed? Has the program experienced any changes recently in mission, curriculum, faculty, or deans? Does the curriculum emphasize working for policy clients or is it focused more on classroom exercises? Can you take classes outside of the school? What is the balance in the curriculum between policy analysis, management, and leadership? Are there elements related to advocacy and technical specialization?
Does the program have a career placement office? What types of jobs do graduates enter? Does the school have a list where students are placed or interned? Is an internship required? Does the program let/encourage students work? How organized is the school’s alumni network?
Financial Aid/Other Support
How much financial aid is available? What is the cost of living in the area? What type of support does the school provide to students?
What is considered a successful application? How much emphasis is placed on work or other experience? What factors are used in rating applicants? What are the average standardized test scores for successful applicants?