NASPAA member schools
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 nearly
300 members, including 19 outside the U.S.
BENEFITS OF JOINING
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
connect deans, program directors, faculty, and professional staff at
schools of public affairs around the globe.
- One free copy annually of the NASPAA membership
- Discounted registration for the NASPAA
Conference, and invitations to attend additional members-only
- Participation in the NASPAA
Data Center and
surveys, and access to members-only analysis and reports.
- Opportunity to
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
NASPAA members are entitled to apply for
accreditation and to establish a
chapter of the
Alpha global honor society.
A summary of
recent NASPAA activities can be found in the
Year in Review
CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP
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
To apply for membership,
please download the
Submission instructions are included. Applicants must agree to the
of Good Practice.
Membership applications are
reviewed and voted on by NASPAA's Executive Council at its
meetings each Spring and Fall. The Council may also review
applications via email at other times of the year.
Members pay annual dues based on enrollment size. Current membership
dues are listed on p. 8 of the
application packet. Payment of the first year's dues must be
included with a submitted application. (The payment will not be
processed until the application has been approved; payment will be
returned if the application is deferred or denied.)
We are happy to discuss membership and the application process. Please contact
Executive Director Laurel McFarland at