Matthew Fowler, a senior political science major from Loganville who served in the Navy for four years, was surprised when he enrolled at UGA in 2012 and could not find an organization on campus for students who were military veterans. To fix this problem, Fowler and Mike Lancaster, a military veteran who graduated from UGA in May, founded UGA's Student Veterans Association in 2012. But what started as an attempt to create a student organization turned into something bigger. The student group subsequently worked with Dean of Students William McDonald to start a Student Veterans Resource Center, a new unit on campus dedicated to pairing student veterans with the campus services they may need.

Fact Sheet

SPIA is led by Dean Stefanie Lindquist, a well-known scholar in the fields of public affairs, political science, and law. The School prepares undergraduate 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., M.A., and Ph.D.
  • 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 and School Profile

  • 1613 Undergraduate Students 
  • 763 Political Science Majors 
  • 850 International Affairs Majors 
  • 300 Graduate Students 
  • Over 14,000 Alumni

Faculty Profile

  • 51 Full-time Faculty Members
  • Six recipients of the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship
  • Five recipients of the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • Three recipients of the Honoratus Medal for Outstanding Teaching

By The Numbers


The master’s of public administration program in the School of Public and International Affairs is 4th in the nation and 2nd among public universities in U.S. News & World Report rankings. 

UGA's Buckingham Palace

Beginning in January 1902, Candler Hall began its life as a boys dormitory, one of only three dorms on campus at the time (including Old College and New College). Because of the columns on the front of the building, Candler’s residents referred to the building as “Buckingham Palace,” and themselves as the “Barons of Buckingham.” More than 100 years later, Candler Hall has played host to students, Navy personnel, football gear, two schools, a center, four offices, one institute and a ghost.

Candler Hall History

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