Loch Johnson, a faculty member in the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs, is the inaugural recipient of the Southeastern Conference's SEC Professor of the Year Award. The award honors faculty with outstanding records in teaching and scholarship who serve as role models for other faculty and students. Johnson is the author of more than 20 books on national security and foreign policy, including American Foreign Policy and the Challenge of World Leadership (2014), National Security Intelligence: Secret Operations in Defense of the Democracies (2012), and The Threat on the Horizon: An Inside Account of America's Search for Security After the Cold War (2011). In addition to his teaching and research, Johnson has served for the past decade as a mentor to undergraduate students involved in UGA's Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities. He also played a critical role in the establishment of UGA's School of Public and International Affairs in 2001.


Departmental faculty and students have continued to distinguish themselves with honors and awards. Our doctoral graduates are sought after by the top research universities in the U.S., and abroad.

Department of Public Administration & Policy

The Department of Public Administration and Policy administers the masters and Ph.D. programs in public administration while offering select undergraduate courses. The department has recently added courses at every level, expanded the academic offerings in public policy, and built new specializations into the MPA Program. We currently offer specializations in:

  • Health Policy and Administration
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Local Government Administration
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Administration
  • Public Management/Organization Theory
  • Public Policy

Ranked fourth in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2013) for its Master's of Public Administration degree program, the Department of Public Administration and Policy boasts one of the most productive research faculties in the field.  Preparing students for careers in the public sector, the Department's MPA graduates can be found at all levels of government, as well as in non-profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. The Department's doctoral graduates are recruited for academic positions by top research universities around the nation.


Department of Political Science

The Department of Political Science offers B.A., M.A., an A.B./M.A., and  Ph.D. degrees with specializations in American politics, law and courts, and political theory. Known for high quality research that is published by leading university presses and journals, the faculty have been successful funding their research through grants from organizations such as the National Science Foundation.  In addition to producing quality research, the Department is committed to excellence in the classroom.  Political science faculty have won every major teaching award given at the University of Georgia—a point of pride for the School of Public and International Affairs and the Department.


Department of International Affairs

The Department of International Affairs offers six degrees: A.B., M.A., A.B./M.A., MIP, A.B./MIP, and a Ph.D. degree with specializations in international relations and comparative politics.  Having grown to over 750 undergraduate students and 50 graduate students, the Department remains focused on its three-fold mission of instruction, research and service. Within the Department are 13 full-time faculty who are leading scholars in their fields of study, as well as two Centers, the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) and the Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis).


By The Numbers


Political science faculty have won every major teaching award given at the University of Georgia — a point of pride for the School of Public and International Affairs and the department.