Ranked fourth in the nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2009) 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.
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.
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).