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NASPAA Membership

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NASPAA is the global standard in public service education. It is an association of academic programs that award graduate degrees in public policy, public affairs, and public administration.  NASPAA membership is open to schools around the globe that demonstrate a commitment to public service education and training. NASPAA has more than 300 members, including outside the U.S.

NASPAA membership confers a wide range of benefits, including:
  • An electronic subscription to NASPAA's quarterly, peer-reviewed Journal of Public Affairs Education.
  • A subscription to NASPAA's membership e-newsletter.
  • Multiple listservs that connect deans, program directors, faculty, and professional staff at schools of public affairs around the globe.
  • One free copy annually of the NASPAA membership mailing list.
  • Discounted registration for the NASPAA Annual Conference, and invitations to attend additional members-only meetings.
  • Participation in the NASPAA Data Center and surveys, and access to members-only analysis and reports.
  • Opportunity to join NASPAA Sections and serve on Committees.
  • Detailed listing on the school search locator visited by thousands of prospective students each year.

More examples of benefits are presented in two flyers:

 ▪  Why Your School Should Join NASPAA

 ▪  Ten Things You Could Do as a NASPAA Member  

Additionally, only NASPAA members are entitled to apply for accreditation and to establish a chapter of the Pi Alpha Alpha global honor society.

A summary of recent NASPAA activities can be found in the Year in Review brochure [PDF].

Programs that have a substantial commitment to the purpose of the Association, and which have established curricula leading to professional graduate degrees in public policy, affairs, or administration can be considered for membership.  The organizational structure and location of the degree-granting unit (within a college, a stand-alone school, a department, an institute, etc.) does not matter.

Membership does not automatically grant accreditation to degree programs, or imply that NASPAA has made any judgment about the quality of a member's academic program.


To apply for membership, first download a PDF copy of the application for reference.  Applicants should have their masters data ready prior to entering the application form.  To access the application form please go here. Applicants must agree to the Member Code of Good Practice

Membership applications are reviewed and voted on by NASPAA's Executive Council as they are received. 

Members pay annual dues based on enrollment size. Current membership dues are listed in the application form.

We are happy to discuss membership and the application process. Please contact David Marshall at