Inaugurated in 2001 as the University of Georgia’s fourteenth college, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) was formed from the existing Department of Political Science in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. Emerging at a critical time in US history, SPIA’s existence since 2001 has coincided with public policy challenges and threats to democratic governance.

Now, more than ever, the nation and the world require scholars and students to focus their attention on the pressing policy and governance issues of the day. SPIA 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.

Latest News

Alumna Wins Award for Local Government Excellence
Alumna Wins Award for Local Government Excellence

Congratulations to our alumna, Betsy Fretwell, for winning the Thomas H. Muehlenbeck Award for Excellence for Innovation in Local Government and being recognized at the Alliance for Innovation 2017 Transforming Local

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SPIA public administration ranked first in global study
SPIA public administration ranked first in global study

The University of Georgia ranked number one in the world for public administration in a new international study by The Center for World University Rankings. These rankings measure the quality

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SPIA Students Win National Policy Competition with Life Saving App
SPIA Students Win National Policy Competition with Life Saving App

Athens, GA –  Challenged by the public health threat of distracted driving among teens, students from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the College

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Upcoming Events

Keith T. Poole: A Retrospective of His Scholarly Contributions
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Constitution Day 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
UGA Chapel