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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.

       US New World and Report 2019

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Students & Alums

  • Danila Crespin (MPA '14) accepted into Doctor of Ed. Leadership at Harvard University
  • 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
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