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 top-ranked masters program in public affairs according to US News & World Report.

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From UGA to the Republic of Georgia: Five Researchers Travel to Train Scholars
From UGA to the Republic of Georgia: Five Researchers Travel to Train Scholars

by Shelby R. Steuart Several UGA SPIA Researchers are participating in a grant-funded project in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, this month. The goal of the project is to train groups

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Five SPIA Grads Named to 40 Under 40 Class of 2018
Five SPIA Grads Named to 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

SPIA is proud to announce that five alumni will be recognized this fall as recipients of the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 under 40 award. This award, given annually, recognizes successful

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Dr. Moldogaziev Wins Best Article Award
Dr. Moldogaziev Wins Best Article Award

Dr. Tima Moldogaziev, along with co-authors Dr. Sharon N. Kioko and Dr. W. Bartley Hildreth, have been chosen to receive the Jesse Burkhead Award for 2018. The Burkhead Award is

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Upcoming Events

SPIA Donor Appreciation Tailgate
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Baldwin Hall, Pinnacle Room
Constitution Day 2018
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
UGA Chapel

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Public Administration & Policy Spring Service Day 2018

On March 23rd and March 24th MPA students, PhD students, and Public Administration faculty volunteered around Athens at some local nonprofits. Students and faculty helped put the finishing touches on

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MPA Fall Service Day 2017

We had 15 MPA students, staff, and faculty volunteer their Friday to help rebuild two homes for Habitat for Humanity. Students were painting, cutting and laying tile, cleaning, and landscaping.

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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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