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All NASPAA accredited programs have successfully met NASPAA Standards for Professional Masterís Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy and Administration.†

The NASPAA Standards are the quality benchmark used by graduate public service programs around the world. NASPAAís accreditation process is mission-based and driven by public service values. Accredited programs must contribute to the knowledge, research, and practice of public service, establish observable goals and outcomes, and use information about their performance to guide program improvement. They must practice truth in advertising and ensure their students achieve learning objectives in five domains essential to public service.

It is important to note that NASPAA accredits degree programs and not institutions, schools, or departments. Some universities have more than one NASPAA accredited program; in this case each degree program must meet NASPAA standards independently. Programs located outside the United States may apply for NASPAA accreditation. NASPAA does not accredit undergraduate degrees or PhD programs. NASPAA membership is an eligibility requirement for NASPAA accreditation, but does not imply that a program has undertaken a peer review process. The purpose of NASPAA accreditation is to promote and maintain educational quality for professional public service degrees. NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a masterís program in public affairs has undertaken a rigorous process of peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA).††


COPRA- NASPAA is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit masterís degree programs in public affairs, policy and administration in the United States. Recognition by CHEA affirms that the standards and processes of the accrediting organization are consistent with the academic quality, improvement and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.

COPRA-NASPAA is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), a membership organization that seeks to advance the knowledge, skills, good practices, and ethical commitments of accreditors. COPRA abides by ASPAís Code of Good Practice. 

COPRA-NASPAA is a member of The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) is a world-wide association of some 200 organizations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education.





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