Welcome to the School of Public Administration

Welcome to the School of Public Administration (SPA) at the University of New Mexico. Founded in 1969 under the leadership of former UNM president, Dr. Ferrel Heady, the school provides a solid academic foundation to prepare students for leadership and management positions in the public and non-profit sectors. From public management and organizational behavior, to public policy evaluation and health policy and management - our faculty provide insights into the numerous challenges facing our society and government and how they can best be managed.

SPA’s students come from diverse backgrounds - some from years of professional work experience, some are recent college graduates, and others are mid-career professionals interested in advancing in their current positions or exploring new career opportunities. Our students pride themselves in fostering debate on important issues, encouraging one another, and creating a vibrant learning environment. 

We invite you to explore our website and learn about our professional administration programs.


SPA Spotlights

MPA Program Makes Top 50 in the Nation for 2017

One of the University of New Mexico’s School of Public Administration master's programs is being hailed one of the best in the country.

According to the website “Top Management Degrees,”  the MPA program is #42 in the nation. The ranking touts the School of Public Administration’s intensive curriculum, its numerous accreditations and recognitions as more than 1,500 UNM students have received Master's in Public Administration (MPA) degrees. It is one of the largest graduate programs on UNM’s campus and the only School of Public Administration in the state of New Mexico. It offers two master’s programs: Public Administration and Health Administration.

“It is very gratifying to get this national recognition as we do a fine job of training and graduating our students,” said SPA Director, Dr. Felipe Gonzales.

OCAC Awards Dr. Bruce Perlman as Certificate Recipient for PADM Course

For the first time, Regents’ Professor, Dr. Bruce Perlman, is a Fall 2016 recipient of the Online Course Advisory Best Practices Certificate for PADM 522 Program Evaluation. 

Dr. Bruce PerlmanDr. Perlman was certified through a course review process led by three peer instructors who have taught online and were selected by the Online Course Advisory Council (OCAC). PADM 522 Program Evaluation was reviewed to meet the UNM Online Best Practices Rubric standards in 5 Categories: Course Overview and Introduction, Instructional Elements, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment and Feedback, and Course Evaluation.

The UNM rubric was developed at the direction of the Provost by faculty members serving on the Online Course Advisory Council and approved by the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee.

Dr. León-Moreta Recently Published with One of the Top Journals in the PA Field

Dr. Agustin Leon-MoretaDr. Agustín León-Moreta published an article in the American Review of Public Administration (ARPA) entitled “Functional Responsibilities of Municipal Governments.” 

ARPA is one of the elite scholarly peer-reviewed journals in public administration and public affairs. ARPA  focuses on public administration broadly defined, encompassing organization and management studies, leadership, performance measurement and management systems, budgeting and financial management, network governance, and nonprofit management, among other topics.

Dr. León-Moreta's article examines the assignment of functional responsibilities to municipalities, contributing conceptualization and measurement for the analysis of breadth of those responsibilities across the American states. The main findings are that a diverse scope of functional responsibilities is prevalent across American municipalities and that the institutional environment of municipalities influences those diverse functional responsibilities.

Congratulations to Dr. León-Moreta for another successful publication!


Speaker Series Event 2017

Now accepting MHA & MPA applications for Fall 2017!

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Review the admission requirements for the MHA or the MPA program and submit your online applications by March 1st for International applicants and April 1st for Domestic applicants

In your senior year and/or graduating with a Bachelor's of Liberal Arts? Considering a Master's degree? Save time and money by applying to the BLA/MPA Shared-Credit Degrees Program for the Fall 2017 semester by March 15th for International applicants and April 15th for Domestic applicants. Please review the MPA admission requirements and submit your online MPA application today!

Not going to make the Fall semester deadline? Feel free to learn more about our non-degree policy and petition to enroll into some of our core MPA classes! 

SPA Course Schedules

View Master of Public Administration and Master of Health Administration course schedules for the Spring semester:

MPA Spring 2017

MHA Spring 2017

NASPAA congratulates SPA for "stand-out practices for diversity."

NASPAA Accredited