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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SPIA Grad Samantha Plotino Named New Foundation Associate at The Provident Bank Foundation
SPIA Grad Samantha Plotino Named New Foundation Associate at The Provident Bank Foundation

MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY (September 21, 2017) –The Provident Bank Foundation (PBF) announced today that Rutherford, N.J. resident Samantha Plotino has been named the new Foundation Associate. In her new role,

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PhD Student Wins Collins Award
PhD Student Wins Collins Award

Congratulations to our PhD student, Eunjin Hwang, on winning the 2017 Morris W.H. Collins Award for the paper she presented at the annual SECoPA conference. Her paper was titled “The

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MPA Program launches Double Dawg Initiative
MPA Program launches Double Dawg Initiative

The Master of Public Administration program announced this week that they will be one of the programs participating in the new Double Dawg initiative. The Double Dawg initiative will allow

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Fall 2017 MPA Socialization

On August 7th and August 8th UGA’s Department of Public Administration and Policy welcomed our Fall 2017 incoming class through their orientation called Socialization. Students had the opportunity to hear

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Baldwin Hall Dedication

On June 13, 2017 alumni, students, legislators, faculty, and staff celebrated the dedication of the new annex to Baldwin Hall. We are so grateful for the hard work of legislators and

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2017 Seoul Case Study Program for MPA Students

MPA Students spent a week in Seoul, South Korea with other masters students from around the world to learn more from the University of Seoul and Seoul Metropolitan Government regarding city

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Pi Alpha Alpha 2017

A celebration honoring students inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society for Public Administration

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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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2017 Georgia Students for Public Administration Banquet

Dr. Kellough presented the PhD Student of the Year to Megan LePere-Schloop, who will be an assistant professor at Indiana University in the fall, as well as the MPA Student of

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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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