Welcome to the School of Public Affairs at ASU


The ASU School of Public Affairs' mission is to understand and address society's grandest challenges in public management, policy and governance. We seek to maximize our impact through rigorous transdisciplinary research, project-based education, collaborative and inclusive community engagement, experiential learning and innovative solutions.


ASU Charter


ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

Highly Ranked Graduate Programs

Source: US News & World Report  



#12 Public Affairs school in the nation

#4 IT Management

#1 Emergency Management and Homeland Security

#4 Local Government Management

#6 Urban Policy

#4 Public Management and Leadership

#4 Nonprofit Management

#8 Environmental Policy and Management

#12 Public Finance and Budgeting

#19 Public Policy Analysis

#22 Social Policy