The Department of Public Administration and Policy is a world leader in preparing students for managerial and policy analyst careers in public service and in nonprofit organizations, as well as for careers in academia, while emphasizing the values of ethics and accountability. The department is home to the #4 ranked masters program in public affairs according to US News & World Report.

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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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2017 Networking Night

On April 21, 2017, the third annual SPIA Networking Night was hosted at the Holiday Inn in Athens, GA. There were over 250 alumni, faculty, students, and organizations in attendance.

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2017 Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability

The 2017 Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability was presented by Charles H. Ramsey at the UGA Chapel on Wednesday April 12, 2017. Charles H. Ramsey is the former Commissioner of

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Georgia Students for Public Administration Banquet 2017

A wonderful evening celebrating another great academic year and honoring our Lifetime Teaching Award winners Dr. O’Toole and Dr. Rainey as well as the PhD Student of the Year (Megan

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SPIA DC Reception & Program

On November 16, 2016, the School of Public and International Affairs hosted its annual reception and program for alumni and friends in Washington DC. The event’s program featured a post-election

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2015 Seoul Case Study Program

Nine students from the University of Georgia traveled to Seoul, South Korea to study the innovative ways that the Seoul Metropolitan Government is implementing urban policy. The students spent a

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First Annual NASPAA Policy Competition

NASPAA held their first annual student simulation competition, hosted by the Department of Public Administration and Policy, on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the MLC. The competition took place simultaneously

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Annual PhD Cookout

The Department of Public Administration and Policy’s Doctoral students hosted their annual cookout on Saturday, October 18, 2014. The event took place at Sandy Creek Park. PhD students, faculty and

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This is our spring at UGA

Spring arrives early here at UGA. We start wear sandals in January, shorts and t-shirts in February and you can catch us walking barefoot through the grass on North Campus

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It’s pretty quiet here… except on Saturdays

Some would say that fall is the best time of year at UGA. And they’d be 30% right. Spring and summer are great, too. Maybe it’s the smell of coffee

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