About NASPAA Accreditation

To ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. 

NASPAA – the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration – represents The Global Standard in Public Service Education. NASPAA accreditation promotes the field by fostering and maintaining educational quality for professional public service degrees. NASPAA accreditation recognizes that a master’s program in public policy, affairs, or administration has undertaken a rigorous process of peer review conducted by the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA)All NASPAA accredited programs have successfully met the NASPAA Accreditation Standards for Professional Master’s Degree Programs in Public Affairs, Policy and Administration.

The NASPAA Standards are the quality benchmark used by graduate public service programs around the world. NASPAA’s 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. 




NASPAA-COPRA is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit master’s degree programs in public policy, affairs, and administration globally. 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. To view NASPAA-COPRA’s most recent re-recognition self-study, click here.

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

NASPAA-COPRA 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.logo_inqaahe








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