About Us


A group of diverse, interdisciplinary scholars and former practitioners, the School of Public Affairs has a strong commitment to applied social engagement and making differences in the community. The vision of SPA is to become a premier community-centered hub for public affairs education and research.

Our School provides quality education, research, and public service to prepare leaders in public administration and urban & regional planning. It engages in public policy, scholarship, and outreach activities in an urban region to meet community, national, and global needs.

SPA, part of USF's College of Arts and Sciences, offers graduate degree programs in public administration and urban & regional planning; graduate certificates in public management, nonprofit management, data science, community development, and coastal resiliency planning; and undergraduate minors in public service & leadership and urban studies.

SPA Annual Reports: 20212019, 2018