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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 nearly 300 members, including 19 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, please download the application packet. Submission instructions are included. Applicants must agree to the Member Code of Good Practice

Membership applications are reviewed and voted on by NASPAA's Executive Council 4 times a year.

Members pay annual dues based on enrollment size. Current membership dues are listed on p. 9 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