The Global Standard in Public Service Education

We promote the ideal of public service globally. We want the best prepared students to enter public service, and we want the best faculty to teach and research in our field. Everything we do focuses on these goals.



#NASPAA2020 Virtual Conference

#NASPAA2020 will be an entirely new online experience that combines webinars and networking. The 2020 conference will be NASPAA’s first-ever VIRTUAL conference and occur as originally planned on Wednesday Oct. 14, Thursday Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct. 16.

This year’s theme, “Building the New Civic Square”, is clearly timely and significant to every program. NASPAA received a record number of panel proposals this year! This is an amazing testament to the NASPAA community and public service education, and it reinforces the importance of our annual conference as an opportunity to convene – there are important issues, ideas, and research to discuss. Learn more  



2020 Accreditation Institute

October 14, 2020

Interactive, flipped classroom with Experiential, skill-based learning (and occasional lecturettes) to prepare for accreditation. The 2020 Accreditation Institute will be held October 14, 2020  – one day before the official start of the NASPAA Annual Conference. The Institute and/or Site Visitor Training are free with your NASPAA Conference registration.

Online Resources for MPA/MPP Programs During Covid-19

Getting Started

Looking for info on Accreditation; NASPAA Data; or Resources for Students? Get started here!



Have questions about seeking or maintaining accreditation? Find the official Standards and policies, as well as resources for applicants and currently accredited programs here.


Data Center

Interested in enrollment and other data trends?  Need to enter your Annual Data Report? Trying the find the school that is the right fit for you? 


Student Resources

Want to join the student simulation? Want to learn more about what a public affairs degree is?  Looking for a program?  Interested in what future employment and salary prospects you have?

Pandemic Simulation Webinar

The Pandemic Crisis Management Simulation is available for classroom use at no cost to NASPAA member institutions!

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Recent JPAE Articles

Stay up to date on the research of Public Affairs Education!
Journal Article Research

Why gender and research productivity matters in academia: Exploring evidence from NASPAA-accredited schools

Gina Scutelnicu
Hillary J. Knepper
Rebecca Tekula
Journal of Public Affairs Education
Journal Article Gender

The invisible challenges: Gender differences among public administration faculty

Beth M. Rauhaus
Isla A. Schuchs Carr
Journal of Public Affairs Education
Journal Article Nonprofit

Nonprofit graduate education: Who gets the degree and why?

Amanda Stewart
Kerry Kuenzi
Marlene Walk
Journal of Public Affairs Education