The Bachelor of Arts degree at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to bring students to a deeper understanding of their roles as public servants – which, broadly defined, includes employees of government and not-for-profit organizations, elected officials, members of boards and communities at the local level, volunteers, and philanthropists, etc. – in the context of civic engagement. The program provides students with the substantive knowledge, analytical skills, and perspectives needed to respond effectively and fairly to major contemporary social problems with a particular focus on urban issues that affect our communities. It is not an undergraduate degree solely in public administration or public management. Rather, the curriculum is rooted in the concepts of civic engagement and the common good and helps foster an understanding of the spirit of service already evident among many students, suggesting a broad array of career and professional pathways to public service.
Major in Public and Nonprofit Administration Requirements (35 Credits)
* Required Courses
Core Courses (15 Credits – All Required)
- Introduction to Public Administration (3)*
- Introduction to Nonprofit Administration (3)*
- Ethical Public Service [Writing Intensive] (3)*
- Public Service Organizations (3)*
- Leadership for the Service Professions (3)*
Electives I (Select 15 credits from the following courses)
- Public Service as Responsible Citizenship (3)
- US and Global Urban Experience (3)
- Technology and Public Service (3)
- Grant Writing for Organizations [Writing Intensive] (3)
- The Arts and Culture of Public Service (3)
- Philanthropy: Volunteerism, Fundraising, and Community Engagement (3)
- Democratic Foundations of Public Service (3)
- Research in Public Administration (3)
Electives II (Select no more than 6 credits from the following)
- Special Topics in Public Service (3)
- Public Service Independent Study (credits by arrangement)
Service-Learning Internship Courses (Select a minimum of 5 credits from the following; Required courses marked with *)
- Career Explorations in Public Service (1)*
- Service-Learning Internship I (4)*
- Service-Learning Internship II (4)
All applications are completed online.
High School Seniors/First-Year Students
All applications are completed online via http://admissions.rutgers.edu. Select “School of Public Affairs and Administration – Public and Nonprofit Administration Undergraduate Program – Newark” as your college of choice on the application.
Students enrolled at other colleges/universities wishing to transfer to Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) apply online via http://admissions.rutgers.edu. Select “Transfer Student” on the application.
Students who attend a New Jersey community college can use the web-based resource NJ Transfer (www.njtransfer.org) to determine if a course offered at their current school will transfer to Rutgers SPAA. Students transferring from a 2-year institution may receive a maximum of 65 credits. Students transferring from a 4-year institution may receive a maximum of 90 credits.
Rutgers School-to-School Transfer Students
Students from Rutgers (New Brunswick, Camden, and other Newark undergraduate divisions such as SCJ, RBS, NCAS, UC, and Nursing) should use the online School-to-School application: https://www.ugadmissions.rutgers.edu/SchoolToSchool.
If you have been away from the university for a semester or more, you need to complete a re-enrollment application to reactivate your status via http://www.ugadmissions.rutgers.edu/reenrollment.
Criteria for Re-Enrollment to the Joint Program:
- Students must have completed a minimum of one (1) academic term as a matriculated student at Rutgers University.
- Any student previously enrolled in any of the Rutgers University undergraduate divisions may apply for re-enrollment after a leave of absence of at least one (1) semester.
- Students enrolling in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) undergraduate program cannot have earned more than 90 college-level credits, except in the case of second-degree candidates (for whom the credit limit is not applicable).