Why is NASPAA Accreditation Important?

NASPAA Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review quality assurance process for master’s degree programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs.

What is NASPAA Accreditation?

NASPAA Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process, which signals that a program has undergone a rigorous mission- and outcomes-based process, and made a long-term commitment to providing the best in public service education. Programs seeking accreditation must be in substantial compliance with the standards of education for the field. The accreditation process is designed to foster continuous assessment and improvement, even after accreditation has been achieved. All currently accredited programs are included on the Roster of Accredited Programs, which is updated annually.

Why should you pursue a NASPAA-accredited degree?

Pursuing and earning a master’s degree in public policy, affairs, or administration is a significant investment in yourself, and your potential. NASPAA Accreditation verifies that your degree meets the standards of the public service education field, ensuring a foundation for future success.

Graduating from a NASPAA-accredited program:

  • Confirms your education is based in field-wide standards of quality
  • Assures future employers that you have been well-prepared for the profession
  • Enhances employment opportunities

Accreditation, at any level of education, is important. Read more here.


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