NASPAA, the global standard in public service education, is a membership association of over 280 graduate programs in
public affairs, public policy, public administration, and public
management, across the US and around the world. It serves as an international resource for the promotion of excellence in education and training for public service.
NASPAA accomplishes its mission through services to its member institutions and by:
Membership in NASPAA is open to academic programs at accredited institutions of higher education, both in and outside the U.S., which grant professional graduate or undergraduate degree in public affairs, administration or policy, and have a substantial commitment to the purpose of NASPAA.
NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is the specialized accrediting body for masters degree programs in public affairs, administration, and policy in the U.S., as recognized by the Department of Education. In 2011-12, there were 170 accredited master's programs.
NASPAA member institutions with common interests or characteristics may group themselves into sections to promote their shared interests. For a list of all current committees and sections, click here.
NASPAA publishes the Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE), a quarterly refereed journal that serves to stimulate research and dialogue about issues in public affairs education.
NASPAA organizes an annual conference to engage the public affairs education community in discussions of challenges and opportunities. For more information, click here.
In recognition of outstanding student achievement in public affairs programs, NASPAA sponsors the Pi Alpha Alpha honor society.