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.

The Fourteenth Annual Arthur A. Blumenfeld Endowed Lecture Series 

The UNM School of Public Administration’s Faculty and Staff are pleased to invite you to a memorable evening with

President Winograd
Dr. Katharine W. Winograd
Central New Mexico Community College President


Monday, October 3, 2016
University of New Mexico 

Tickets are complimentary, seating is limited, reservations required. Event parking is available in the Cornell Parking Structure for $2.00 per hour (VISA or MC enabled debit/credit cards only). RSVP by September 26, 2016 to Angela Kamman at akamman@unm.edu or call (505) 277-5873, along with any dietary needs. 

Faculty Spotlights

Dr. Cartwright Co-Leads in London, England to Compare and Contrast Healthcare Systems 

CartwrightIn summer 2016, Professor Kate Cartwright co-led a study abroad program on Comparative Healthcare Systems in London, England, for Emory University with Emory Professor Emeritus John Boli. This course focused on issues and problems in health care delivery in Great Britain and the United States in addition to other countries. Emphasis was on the structure and outcomes of the US and UK health care systems, contrasting their evolution and current states, which included guest lectures from British professors and practitioners at University College London.

The class conducted site visits to the University College London Hospital emergency department, St. Christopher’s Hospice (the first hospice of the modern hospice movement), a general practitioner’s office, and the headquarters of the British Medical Association. Students’ culminating assessment was a hands-on survey research experience exploring British citizens’ views of the National Health Service (NHS).

Dr. Uday Desai Joins NASPAA's Executive Council

desai-webCongratulations to Professor Uday Desai on his election to NASPAA’s Executive Council for a three-year term.

NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. NASPAA is the membership association of graduate programs in public administration, public policy, and public affairs. NASPAA’s Comission on Peer Review and Accreditation is the specialized accreditor of these master degree programs.

If you would like more information on NASPAA, please visit: http://www.naspaa.org/

Now accepting applications for Spring 2017 for the MPA program!

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Submit your application materials before the October 1st deadline for domestic MPA candidates. Please review the admission requirements in order to apply for the MPA program. 

For Shared-Credit candidates, be sure not to miss the October 15th deadline. Please review applicant criteria for the BLA/MPA Shared-Credit Degree's program. 

Won't make the deadline? Feel free to learn more about our non-degree policy and petition to enroll into some of our core MPA classes! 


PAGSA Meeting

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

NASPAA Accredited