The University’s graduate programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2013 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools. The School of Public and International Affairs tops the list ranking 4th among graduate schools of public affairs.

About the School

The School of Public and International Affairs is led by Dean Stefanie Lindquist, a well-known scholar in the fields of public affairs, political science and law. The School prepares undergraduate and graduate students for good citizenship and careers in public life, and trains future generations of teachers and scholars in the fields of international affairs, political science, and public administration and policy.

Degree Programs

  • International Affairs: A.B., M.I.P
  • Political Science: A.B., M.A., and Ph.D.
  • Public Administration: M.P.A. (ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report) and Ph.D.
  • Criminal Justice Studies: A.B. (co-offered with the Franklin College)

Research Centers

The internationally renowned Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) analyzes international export controls for weapons of mass destruction as well as provides research and training to U.S. and foreign officials to prevent the spread of these weapons.  There are many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student involvement at CITS.

The Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) organizes study abroad experiences to Verona, Italy, Kyoto, Japan, and Stellenbosch, South Africa. GLOBIS also administers the certificate program in Global Studies available to any UGA undergraduate.

Student Profile

  • 1,613 Undergraduate Students:
  • 763 Political Science majors
  • 850 International Affairs majors
  • 300 Graduate Students in Political Science and Public Administration
  • Over 14,000 alumni
  • Four Rhodes Scholars since 2005

Faculty Profile

  • 51 Full-time Faculty Members

2015 SPIA Brochure

The new SPIA brochure covers every aspect of the School. From departments to student organizations, our brochure is where it all begins. To view the brochure online, click here

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Joe Davis

Undergraduate Adviser

Office: 108 Candler Hall

Phone: 706/542-8978



Kevin James

Academic Advisor

Office: 104 Candler Hall




Brenda Smith

Degree Program Assistant

Office: Candler Hall

Phone: 706-542-4114

Fax: 706-583-0095


Paul D Welch

Director of Student Affairs and Co-Director of Internships and Experiential Opportunities

Office: 103 Candler Hall

Phone: 706-542-4114

Fax: 706-583-0095