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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.


Remembering Dr. RiveraDear UNM community:

It is with the deepest of sadness to inform that our esteemed colleague and dear friend, Regents' Professor Mario Rivera, unexpectedly passed away at home in Albuquerque on Friday, December 22nd. Please follow the link to his memorial page.

Leading Lobos at SPA

Students & Alums

  • MPA candidate Aaron Cowan accepted into OILS doctoral program
  • Sonya Chavez (MPA '93) to serve NM's next US Marshal
  • Anna Sanchez (MPA '09) appointed to serve as the city's Director of Senior Affairs
  • James B. Lewis (MPA '77) to serve as the city's Senior Advisor for Public Safety
  • Scott Atole (MPA '15) program manager at Presbyterian Health Plan-Native American Affairs
  • MHA candidate Mickayla Karikari named Lead Medical Laboratory Scientist at TriCore

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