SPIA remains top public affairs graduate school

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia ranks among the top-tier Public Affairs Graduate Schools according to U.S. News and World Report. In the 2021 rankings, SPIA ranks 6th in the nation for Public Affairs Graduate Programs out of 275 programs. SPIA has consistently ranked among the top ten public affairs programs for over two decades. In addition to the overall rankings, SPIA ranks 3rd in the specialization field of Public Management and Leadership and 4th in the field of Public Finance and Budgeting.

“The latest rankings attest to the excellent reputation of our faculty in public administration and public policy at SPIA and also to the quality of our students,” declares Matthew Auer, SPIA Dean. “It’s not just the rankings that signal we’re delivering a high-quality product. Employers tell us that our graduates are well-prepared for major responsibilities in the public affairs workplace and our research is widely recognized for its impact and value.”

An example of SPIA’s quality proposition is the research of Dr. Amanda Abraham, associate professor of public administration and policy. She is tackling the opioid crisis through scholarship on opioid use disorder treatments, specifically in underserved populations and communities. Dr. Abraham is partnering with fellow SPIA professors, as well as current and former doctoral students, to conduct local-level analyses of opioid use.

SPIA continues to foster deep partnerships with institutions such as the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the International City/County Management Association, and Seoul National University. These relationships provide SPIA students with unique opportunities to engage in public service locally and globally.

“Our MPA students are committed to developing careers in public service,” says Dr. Eric Zeemering, MPA Director and associate professor of public administration and policy. “Our small classes and expert faculty make the University of Georgia an ideal place for students to gain the analytical and managerial skills needed to make a difference in our world.”

Other institutional rankings place SPIA among the top programs in public administration. In 2019, Shanghai’s Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UGA 5th globally.

U.S. News & World Report provides annual rankings for graduate school programs.